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Jobs, Funding, Calls for papers | Art History and Curatorship | 24th June 2016

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Jobs Australia and New Zealand Head of School: Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia – deadline 22nd July 2016 Manager, Asia Pacific Design Library, State Library of Queensland – deadline 29th June 2016 Manager, Art Gallery, University of the Sunshine Coast – deadline 3rd July 2016 Registrar, Canterbury Museum (New Zealand) – deadline 17th July 2016 International Lecturer, Art History & Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Essex – deadline 17th July 2016 Funding and Prizes Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship (for artists between the ages of 20 and 30) – deadline 8th July 2016 Fellowships at the National Humanities Center (North Carolina) – deadline 18th October 2016 Calls for Papers The Royal Palace in the Europe of Revolutions (Paris, Centre André Chastel) – deadline August…

NGV acquires Degas sculpture

Edgar Degas Dancer looking at the sole of her right foot (Second study) c. 1900–10, cast 1919–37 or later bronze 47.3 x 24.3 x 20.8 cm Czestochowski/Pingeot 59 (cast T) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased with funds donated by Leigh Clifford AO and Sue Clifford, 2016

At today’s preview for the new Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition – Degas: A new vision – the NGV announced that one sculpture in the exhibition will be staying in Melbourne. Degas’s ‘Dancer looking at the sole of her right foot (Second study)’ has been purchased for the NGV collection with funds donated by Leigh and Sue Clifford. Many of Degas’ sculptures were unknown during his lifetime. After the poor reception of his now-famous ‘Little Dancer’ (a cast of which is in the exhibition) in 1881 he kept much of his work in sculpture secret. He modelled in wax and is known to have remade and often destroyed works. Around 150 wax studies were found in his studio when he died in 1917 and 74 of these were…

Castlemaine Art Museum Inc. is Seeking Inaugural Board Directors


From the Castlemaine Art Museum: This Not-for-Profit (profit for purpose) organisation is to be incorporated on 1 July 2016 and is seeking four (4) Directors to appoint to its Board. Castlemaine Art Museum (CAM) is an exciting and energetic organisation based in Castlemaine (population ~7,000), Central Victoria. It was founded in 1913, as the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum and has a unique collection of Australian art and fascinating historical artefacts reflecting the early history of the district. It offers a high quality and diverse program of visual art. Castlemaine is now heralded as a destination for the arts, with a vibrant local arts community and many opportunities to participate in, practice or simply enjoy the many artistic offerings of…

DigitalGLAM symposium | State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne


Thursday, 14 July 2016 – 5:00pm to Friday, 15 July 2016 – 6:00pm, State Library of Victoria and Melbourne School of Design The DigitalGLAM symposium will bring together cultural institutions, historians, heritage practitioners, researchers and digital designers to discover new practices in digital media and cultural engagement. The event will include national and international keynote talks, and panels of presentations and discussions around four themes of Touring, Digital Frontiers, Immersive Experience, and Animating Archives. Issues under scrutiny include: The projection of collections and artefacts into physical places beyond the traditional institutional reach; New intersections between expert knowledge, curatorial practice and citizen-generated content; Pathways and approaches to the design and development of new technologies; Understanding and evaluating digital impacts and significance; Critical reflections on…

Prize | R & M McGivern Prize 2016 deadline extended to Sunday 26 June 2016


The theme is Text, for a painting in acrylic, oil, gouache or watercolour.   Given the rapid developments in the way we communicate, it is timely to consider the role of text in art. Muriel McGivern was both a published author and practicing artist, so it’s apt that the 2016 R & M McGivern Prize should harness the power of the painted word. There is a vast reach throughout history where text is incorporated into painting as an aesthetic component. In contemporary painting, the use of text finds its origins in Pop, Minimal and Conceptual traditions. In painting today, it assumes many forms; as found object, marker, descriptor, defacement or formal surface. About the R & M McGivern Prize The R…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | 17th June 2016

This painting shows the enormous scale of The Great Fire. Unknown artist, c.1700.

Jobs Australia and New Zealand Curator, Australian National Museum, Canberra – deadline 30th June 2016 Curatorial and Collections Manager, University of Wollongong Art Collection – deadline 3rd July 2016 Registrar, Grade 2 (Project Manager), Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Sydney – deadline 3rd July 2016 Senior Editor/Writer, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa – deadline 24th June 2016 International Teaching Fellow in History of Art, University of Edinburgh – deadline 22nd June 2016 Professor of Art, Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University – deadline 15th September 2016 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Museum, Gallery and Heritage Education, University College London – deadline 12th July 2016 Lecturer in Art History in the 16th and 17th Centuries (Teaching Focused), The University of Manchester – deadline 23rd June…

MUMA Boiler Room Lecture | Outlaw Territories – Felicity D. Scott | State Library of Victoria

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Outlaw Territories Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) is pleased to present a special lecture by visiting international curator and writer, Felicity D. Scott. Felicity D. Scott will discuss her book, Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counter-insurgency (Zone Books, 2016), which outlines the historical and contemporary legacy of the American counterculture from the 1960s and ‘70s and its effects on environmental governance and the management of populations globally. During this lecture Scott will draw connections between many subjects including Kevin Roche’s designs for the Ford Foundation Headquarters and One United Nations Plaza in New York; the Open Land communes and Earth People’s Parks; two major UN world conferences (the Human Environment in Stockholm of 1972 and the Human Settlements…

Wednesday News Round Up | 15th June 2016 | Writing about art, Arts Funding, Australian Museum Director’s salaries + more

Julia deVille's prize-winning entry: Neapolitan Bonbonaparte. Via ABC News: Photo by Tom Fedorowytsch

A new column from Burnaway will examine ‘Artspeak’ – the first column takes apart that the arts press release, the forum where I personally read some of most breathlessly nonsensical statements about art. Matthew Terrell observes that ‘A bit of simple explanation goes a long way in engaging the public. Tell us what it is: a dance show, an art installation, a DJ performance, an online event, etc. Don’t overinflate your words until your sentences are bulging at the seams. Keep it short. Keep it simple. Keep it clear.’ Yes! Fisun Güner in the Spectator observes that good art writing is not necessarily simple, while she agrees that ‘art-speak should be blasted, I dread the spread of the far more…

News | NGV Senior Curator Dr Ted Gott awarded Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government

Photo via The Age [Dr Ted Gott, Head of International Art, NGV. Theo Van Rysselberghe, The Canal in Flanders. Photo: Jason South

On Thursday 9 June 2016, Dr Ted Gott, Senior Curator of International Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, received a Knighthood from the French government for services to French culture, The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters). The insignia was presented by His Excellency M. Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France, in a ceremony which took place at Alliance Francaise, St Kilda. Ted Gott is Senior Curator of International Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. He has curated and co-curated 26 exhibitions, including The Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay (2004), Kiss of the Beast: From Paris Salon to King Kong (2005), Modern Britain 1900-1960 (2007), Salvador Dalí: Liquid Desire (2009) and Napoleon: Revolution…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | June 10th 2016


Jobs Australia McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme (3 year fellowships for recent PhD graduates), University of Melbourne – deadline 26th September 2016 Exhibitions Project Coordinator, National Portrait Gallery of Australia – deadline 24th June 2016 Exhibitions Coordinator, RMIT Gallery – deadline 19th June 2016 Museum Collections Officer, Orange Regional Museum – deadline 19th June 2016 Public Engagement and Education Officer, Orange Regional Museum – deadline 19th June 2016 Public Engagement Manager, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane – deadline 1st July 2016 Assistant Curator (Temporary Part Time – Maternity Leave position), Latrobe Regional Gallery – deadline 19th June 2016 International Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Curation, University of Glasgow – deadline 30th June 2016 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Photography, Nottingham Trent University – deadline 26th June 2016…

Wednesday News Round Up | 8th June 2016 | Arts and the election, the rise of the Private Museum, NGV MoMA + more

A DISCURSIVE PRACTICE in Broadsheet Journal 45.1

The recent cuts and restructure of the Australia Council means that the arts sector is pushing harder than usual for arts to be a factor in the election. This week the Greens have proposed the idea for a ‘living wage’ for creatives to cover the fact that many artists are paid very little, or nothing at all, as they try to establish themselves. A report in Arts Hub on the first of several discussions organised by NAVA (National Association for Visual Arts) and Artspace looking at how to push a vote for culture onto the stage. Labor has promised to boost arts funding by $160 million if elected and promises to dump the Catalyst program. An article by Sharon Verghis in The Australian…

Contemporary Pacific Art and Community Day | NGV International

Lisa Reihana Māori people born 1964 in Pursuit of Venus 2015 (still); (detail) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased NGV Foundation, 2015 © Lisa Reihana

A celebration of Melbourne’s vibrant Pacific community, contemporary culture and art Please join us at 11am for a traditional welcome and blessing ceremony, followed by morning tea and harmonies by the Pasefika Vitoria Choir, formed especially for this event. This day of celebrations marks the opening of the exhibitions Siu i Moana: Reaching Across the Ocean, Greg Semu: The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific), Lisa Reihana: in Pursuit of Venus and the NGV Collection display, Art of the Pacific. Program highlights include a contemporary performance by Tongan artist Ruha Fifita, collaborator with Robin White on the ngatu exhibition, Siu i Moana: Reaching Across the Ocean. Hear from exhibiting artists Greg Semu, Lisa Reihana, Robin White, Ruha…

Call for Expressions of Interest | Ian Potter Moving Image Commission

From Daniel Crooks 'Phantom Ride', 2016/ Courtesy the artist, Anna Schwarz Gallery and Future Perfect, Singapore.

Applications are now open for the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission no. 3 Expressions of interest are sought until Friday 15 July 2016 . ACMI and the Ian Potter Foundation invite artists to apply for the $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, Australia’s most significant commission for moving image art. Following the success of previous commissions, The Calling by Angelica Mesiti and Daniel Crooks: Phantom Ride, the ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust are calling for submissions from mid-career Australian artists for the third iteration of the Commission. The successful artist will receive $100,000 from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and professional support including highly specialised curatorial, production and presentation expertise from ACMI. The…

New Book | Representations of Renaissance monarchy Francis I and the image-makers


New book Representations of Renaissance monarchy Francis I and the image-makers by Lisa Mansfield from the University of Adelaide. About the book Representations of Renaissance monarchy analyses the portraits and personal imagery of Francis I, one of the most frequently portrayed rulers of sixteenth-century Europe. The distinctive likeness of the Valois king was widely disseminated and perceived by his French subjects, and Tudor and Habsburg rivals abroad. Complementing studies on the representation of Henry VIII, this book makes a dynamic contribution to scholarship on the enterprise of royal image-making in early-modern Europe. The discussion not only highlights the inventiveness of the visual arts in Renaissance France but also alludes to the enduring politics of physical appearance and seductive power of the…

News | Wurundjeri group raising funds to purchase William Barak painting

William Barak's Ceremony (1897) has an estimated price range of $180,000 to $250,000.

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A group representing Melbourne’s Aboriginal population is trying to raise money to buy a work by William Barak From The Age Ceremony, a relatively small work in earth, ink and charcoal on paper, will go to auction at Bonham’s in Sydney on Tuesday night. The picture was created by Wurundjeri elder Barak – known by some in the Aboriginal community as “Uncle William” or “Grandfather” – in 1897. It was exchanged by its creator for a glass work by English craftsman Frank Piggott Webb, and has remained with Webb’s descendants until now. You can find their crowdfunding page here: