Author: Katrina Grant

Melbourne Open House 2011

Melbourne Open House Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July This weekend Melbourne’s architecture is open to the public. Residents and visitors alike are invited to see behind the façades of 75 of Melbourne’s historic and contemporary buildings. Buildings range from historic interiors such as the recently restored interior of Myer’s Mural Hall or the stately 19th century interiors of the Melbourne Town Hall to contemporary architecture such as the 60L Green building (headquarters of the Australian Conservation Foundation) and the rooftop garden of the Origen Energy building. A full list and map can be obtained from the Melbourne Open House website. Please note that tours of some buildings must be booked, and in many cases these tours are already fully booked. In addition, everyone is advised that this event is always incredibly popular and there are often queues to get into the more…

Sir John Monash Lecture 2011: Whose Art Is It? Cultivating a Creative Community.

Sir John Monash Lecture 2011 Whose Art Is It? Cultivating a Creative Community Join the 2011 Sir John Monash Lecture panellists Bryan Dawe, artist and political satirist, Prof. Ruth Rentschler, Arts & Entertainment management, Deakin University, Julie Shiels, artist, and Stephen Zagala, MGA Curator, to have your say about creativity in Monash. The 2011 Sir John Monash Lecture is brought to you by the City of Monash Arts & Cultural Development Unit. Date: 10 August, 2011, 6.30PM at Venue: Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill, 3150 Bookings Essential: Ph. 8544 0500 or Email. mga@monash.vic.gov.au

Symposium: This Wondrous Land at NGV

Symposium: This Wondrous Land NGV Australia This symposium will feature local and interstate colonial art experts addressing a range of topics relating to this fascinating period of Australian art. Following this symposium attendees are invited to join us for the official launch of the exhibition catalogue at NGV Australia. Speakers Dr Philip Jones,Senior Curator, Department of Anthropology, South Australian Museum; Dr David Hansen, Senior Researcher, Sotheby’s Australia; Dr Danielle Clode, author of Continent of Curiosities: A journey through Australian natural history (2006). Date: Sat 16 Jul, 10.30am–2.30pm (registration from 9.45am) Cost: $45 Adult / $40 NGV Member / $42 Concession (bookings essential) Bookings 8662 1555 (10am-5pm daily) (Event Code P1192) Venue: Theatre, Ground Level, NGV Australia Event code P1191 Exhibition Website: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/exhibitions/this-wondrous-land

Funding: University of Queensland Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Women 2012

University of Queensland Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Women 2012 The University of Queensland (UQ) invites applications for a small number of Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Women to commence in 2012. The Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Women have been developed in accordance with the University’s research strategy to introduce special initiatives to advance women in research.  The purpose of the Fellowships is to assist eligible women to re-establish their academic research careers following a career break or interruption. Both full-time and half-time positions will be available, all over a period of three years.  The research must be conducted at The University of Queensland in any of its disciplines. The selection process will consider the alignment of the proposed research with areas of existing research strength, or research areas that Faculties/Institutes wish to develop as priorities. Eligibility To be eligible, applicants must possess a PhD degree or equivalent postgraduate experience; demonstrate clearly how their…

Call for Papers: New Directions in Gothic Revival Studies Worldwide 13-14 July 2012, University of Kent, Canterbury

Call for Papers New Directions in Gothic Revival Studies Worldwide 13-14 July 2012, University of Kent, Canterbury This conference will be the primary international academic event marking the bicentenary of the birth of the architect A.W.N. Pugin, bringing the field’s leading scholars worldwide to a broadbased conference at Canterbury. It will also be the first conference on the British Gothic Revival’s international impact that incorporates North America, and the first significant international conference on the subject since  ‘Gothic Revival: religion, architecture and style in Western Europe’ (Leuven, 1997). There will be opportunities to visit key Pugin sites immediately before and after the conference.  In association with the Pugin Society, the Victorian Society and the Landmark Trust we will offer visits to The Grange and St Augustine’s in Ramsgate.  Further tours and walks will be organised over the following week to Gothic Revival sites in Birmingham and Staffordshire. The academic sessions of…

Symposium – Public interactions: Dialogues on art and public space, ANU School of Art, Canberra, 20 July – 23 July 2011

Public interactions: Dialogues on art and public space ANU School of Art, Canberra, 20 July – 23 July 2011 The Australian National University School of Art presents Public interactions: Dialogues on art and public space, an international symposium to be held in Canberra from the 20th to the 23rd of July 2011. International and local artists, architects, designers and public intellectuals will converge to explore the role of art in the public spaces of the contemporary community. Diverse practices will be revealed across digital, relational, guerrilla, ephemeral, heritage, commemorative and architectural spaces. Participants will discover Canberra’s vibrant public art scene, as well as glimpsing the failed dreams of those projects that might have been. Canberra, Australia’s capital, was planned at a time when faith in the role of art and design in perfecting inhabited space was at its zenith. A remnant…

The Gift: Redaction and Decontamination – Performance by Slave Pianos at MUMA

The Gift: Redaction and Decontamination Performance by Slave Pianos at Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA MUMA presents a performance by Slave Pianos on the final day of the acclaimed exhibition Slave Pianos | Punkasila | Pipeline to Oblivion: 3 Projects by Danius Kesminas and Collaborators. Slave Pianos is a provocative and highly inventive collective of artists, composers and musicians devoted to the exhibition, collection, analysis, performance and re-composition of sound work by visual artists. The closing day performance The Gift: Redaction and Decontamination will combine theatre, music and art to activate elements of the exhibition including a parlour-grand piano suspended in an electric chair. Building on the installation work The execution protocol 2007-11 and incorporating texts by Joanna Murray-Smith, Julian Barnes and John C. Welchman, The Gift: Redaction and Decontamination will feature actor Richard Piper, an electrically charged tesla…

News: Yale Center Offers Unprecedented Access to Largest Collection of British Art Outside the UK through New Online Catalogue

Yale Center Offers Unprecedented Access to Largest Collection of British Art Outside the UK through New Online Catalogue – Redesigned website—britishart.yale.edu—features an online catalogue of the Center’s holdings, allowing seamless searching across the art collections and related library materials. – Publication-quality images of all art objects in the public domain available for free downloading. – An associated exhibition, “Connections” (May 20–September 11, 2011), including more than two hundred objects from the Center’s collections, demonstrating the value of being able to search across the institution’s rich holdings of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, rare books, and manuscripts The Yale Center for British Art, which houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside of the United Kingdom, now shares its extraordinary holdings with the world through a new online catalogue. For the first time, visitors to the museum’s redesigned and expanded website have the ability to search…

Conference: The World and World-Making in Art, Canberra 11-13 August, 2011

The World and World-Making in Art Sir Roland Wilson Building, The Australian National University, Canberra 11-13 August, 2011 This international conference coincides with the Humanities Research Centre’s theme for 2011 on ‘The World and World-Making in the Humanities and the Arts’. It complements two further HRC conferences in 2011 on World Literature and World History. The conference will explore a number of key issues in art discourses today and also address a central concern of the HRC’s theme in invoking the idea of world-making beyond cultural divides and instead, speaking ‘to a domain of human connectivity’. We seek to explore the significance of connectivities and differences in the field of art: its practices, histories, institutions, inclusions and exclusions, ethical concerns and theoretical and methodological approaches under the overarching theme of ‘the World and World-Making’. Much of the focus of the conference…

Call for Papers: Johan Zoffany and his international contexts

Call for Papers Johan Zoffany and his international contexts Conference, 14 May 2012, at the Royal Academy of Arts and Geological Society, London The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, will be co-hosting a conference on Monday 14 May 2012 to accompany a major exhibition on the eighteenth-century Anglo-British artist Johan Zoffany (1733-1810). The exhibition, Johan Zoffany RA. Society Observed, is curated by Martin Postle (Paul Mellon Centre) with Gillian Forrester (Yale Center for British Art), and MaryAnne Stevens (Royal Academy), and will be held at the Yale Center for British Art from 27 October 2011 to 12 February 2012, and at the Royal Academy of Arts from 10 March to 10 June 2012. Born in Frankfurt in 1733, Johan Zoffany trained as an…

News: BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation launch Your Paintings website

BBC and Public Catalogue Foundation launch Your Paintings website This new initiative from the BBC, the Public catalogue foundation and participating collections and museums from across the UK is not yet finished but it promises to be a fantastic resource for art historians working across a range of topics. The website states that ‘Your Paintings is a website which aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country.’ Paintings that will be included on the database are any that are owned by state and local authorities as well as those held in charitable trusts for the benefit of the public. It will include the collections of the major national museum collections,…

Lecture: From Court to Street-gang- Men’s Fashion in 18th-century West Europe Peter McNeil

From Court to Street-gang- Men’s Fashion in 18th-century West Europe Peter McNeil, Professor of Design History, University of Technology, Sydney This lecture explores a range of men’s dress cultures, from the rake to the macaroni; from the servant to the courtier; from the Incroyable to the Revolutionary street gangs called the jeunesse dorée (gilded youth) and the muscadins, who retained aspects of court dress as an affront to the authorities and the sans-culottes. Date: Sat 9 Jul, 3.30pm Cost: $18 Adult / $12 NGV Member / $14 Concession & Student. Bookings 8662 1555 (10am-5pm daily) (Event Code P1192) Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International

Lecture: Kent Larson ‘Changing Places: Responsive housing, mobility systems, and networked intelligence for future cities’

Special Public Lecture Changing Places: Responsive housing, mobility systems, and networked intelligence for future cities Professor Kent Larson To meet the profound sustainability, demographic, and health challenges of the future, new strategies must be found for creating responsive places where people live and work, and the mobility systems that connect them. Professor Kent Larson will present the work of his MIT Media Lab research group to explore the intersection of high-performance housing with urban mobility-on-demand systems, including persuasive electric bike-lane vehicles to encourage exercise, the transformable live-work “CityHome” that functions as if it were much larger, and autonomous parking/charging technology. He will also review the group’s “Living Lab” experiments to better understand and respond to human activity in natural environments including sensing, algorithms, and interfaces for proactive health and energy conservation. Professor Larson brings his insights as an architect, researcher…

‘Audience’ SAHANZ Conference, State Library Queensland, Brisbane July 2011

Audience: The XXVIIIth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, July 7-10, 2011 Conference Theme: Who are the audiences of architectural history? This international conference includes over 70 papers addressing the relationship between architectural history and its audience, inviting reflection upon works of architecture, ideas about architecture and the roles that architects, historians and critics play in projecting audiences for our built past. Keynote Speakers: Mark Jarzombek – Professor of History and Theory of Architecture and Associate Dean, MIT School of Architecture and Planning Taro Igarashi – Department of Architecture and Building Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University (supported by the Japan Foundation) Conference Sessions: Australian and New Zealand audiences for modern architecture/ Adaptive re-use as architectural history/ Urban architecture and its histories/ Landscapes of performance and invention for the…

NGV Seminar: Ceramics and their Usages in America and Britain – Lesley B. Grigsby

NGV Seminar: Ceramics and their Usages in America and Britain Lesley B. Grigsby, Curator of Ceramics and Glass, Winterthur Museum, Delaware Presented in conjunction with the Ceramics and Glass Circle of Australia. Discover ceramics and their usage in America and Britain in this series of lectures from an internationally acclaimed, earthenware expert. 1. English Drinking Vessels & Traditions in Colonial America Imported English drinking vessels—from slipware to delftware, salt-glazed stoneware and soft paste porcelain – were employed in modest homes and taverns as well as in more elegant settings and at formal public and private celebrations. 2. English and Continental Tin-Glazed Earthenwares An attractive range of delft shapes and decorative motifs will be examined through images of documented objects, archaeological material and period references. 3. Cobalt Ornament on Tin-Glazed Earthenware This talk begins with early, Middle Eastern use of cobalt…