Author: Katrina Grant

Call for Papers – Collaborations: artists, scholars and libraries in a research ecosystem

ARLIS/ANZ 2012 Conference Collaborations: artists, scholars and libraries in a research ecosystem National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 6 – 8 September 2012 The Art Libraries Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference 2012 is focused on the them of Collaboration. Collaboration and interactions between various disciplines and practitioners within the visual arts domain which foster a ‘research ecosystem’ – interconnected streams, zones, resources, methods and formats of knowledge and enquiry that sustain and encourage each other to flourish. The conference addresses art librarians, artists, scholars, curators, critics and educators, students and other visual resources professionals and provides a platform to discuss the requirements and processes particuarly relevant to visual arts research, and informing artistic practice. We are calling for papers that expand on this theme, share different perspective and provoked speculation on the future development of, and collaboration between artists,…

Book Launch – Lucio Fontana: Between Utopia and Kitsch by Anthony White

Book Launch LUCIO FONTANA: Between Utopia and Kitsch by Anthony White MIT Press The book will be launched by Dr Ted Gott, Senior Curator International Art, National Gallery of Victoria Date: 3pm, Wednesday, 30th November, 2011 Venue: Level 1, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd About the book In 1961, a solo exhibition by Argentine-Italian artist Lucio Fontana met with a scathing critical response from New York art critics. Fontana (1899–1968), well known in Europe for his series of slashed monochrome paintings, offered New York ten canvases slashed and punctured, thickly painted in luridly brilliant hues and embellished with chunks of colored glass. One critic described the work as ‘halfway between constructivism and costume jewelry,’ unwittingly putting his finger on the contradiction at the heart of these paintings and much of Fontana’s work: the cut canvases suggest avant-garde iconoclasm, but…

Warburg Institute Fellowships in Cultural and Intellectual History 2012-2013

The Warburg Institute Fellowships in Cultural and Intellectual History 2012-2013 The Warburg Institute: The Warburg Institute is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the classical tradition – in the sense of those elements in European thought, art and institutions that have evolved out of the cultures of the ancient world. Its Library and Photographic Collection are designed and arranged to encourage research into the processes by which one culture learns from another and by which different fields of thought and art act on each other. They are particularly concerned with continuities between the ancient Mediterranean civilizations and the cultural and intellectual history of post-classical Europe, especially in the period to c. 1800. The Institute offers a number of short-term Fellowships of two, three or four months. Details of those available for tenure in the academic year 2012-13 are given below.…

Heide Museum of Modern Art 30th Birthday Weekend

Heide Museum of Modern Art 30th Birthday Weekend Heide Museum of Modern Art is celebrating it’s 30th birthday this weekend with FREE ENTRY all weekend to Forever Young: 30 Years of the Heide Collection and a BBQ by Café Vue at Heide. On Sunday 13 November visitors can also enjoy the musical entertainment of Vardos and fun kids & family activites with Barking Spider Visual Theatre. As part of the celebrations, Heide is offering a FREE 12 month individual membership to all visitors who share the same birthday, turning 30 on 12 November 2011*. Ask at the information desk for details. * Offer only valid to visitors who present the Heide III information desk with a valid proof of age card on 12 November 2011 between 10am and 5pm. Date: 12th and 13th November 2011, 10am – 5pm. Venue: Heide…

MUMA Talks: Janet Burchill, Dr Kyla McFarlane and Liv Barrett

MUMA Talks: Janet Burchill, Dr Kyla McFarlane and Liv Barrett On Saturday 12 November at 12.30pm, join artist Janet Burchill with Dr Kyla McFarlane, curator of A Different Temporality and Liv Barrett, curator of Performative Philosophy in the gallery for an informal discussion about the current exhibitions, feminism, film and writing. Janet Burchill Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley have worked collaboratively and individually as artists since the mid 1980s. Their practice embraces a wide variety of media including sculpture, photography, film, video, neon and works on paper in works that critically engage with the history and forms of modernist art and their relationship to everyday life, reconsidered through feminist, psychoanalytic, filmic and spatial discourses. Liv Barrett. Liv Barrett is an Independent Curator and Writer who has curated projects in number of public and artist-run galleries.  She was Curatorial Assistant on…

Call for Contributions: Mapping South – The Potentials of the South Project

Call for Contributions Mapping South – The Potentials of the South Project Deadline for Proposals: 25 November 2011 Since its launch in 2004, the South Project has dedicated itself to bringing the distinct voices of the southern hemisphere together through south-south dialogue and trans-cultural exchange. Alongside long-term residencies and mentorship programs, the South Project has hosted annual gatherings in locations across the south – in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, South Africa, Chile and Indonesia – building dynamic spaces in which artists, curators, writers and other cultural producers can meet across national, social and disciplinary borders. In 2012, the South Project’s first wave of activity will draw to a close with its first book project. This is Mapping South: an anthology of images, reflections, essays and polemics that will emphasise the South Project’s exchange of cultural histories, knowledge and creativity across the region. Edited by a collective of some…

Funding: History Books in the Anglo-Norman World Project, University of Dublin

History Books in the Anglo-Norman World Project 2012 Visiting Research Fellowships at the University of Dublin, Trinity College – History of Art In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries history (interpreted as both the recent past and a period stretching back to include the biblical narrative) seems to have become a major interest for both the educated elite and a growing audience who accessed ideas through vernacular texts. New chronicles and annals were produced, together with accounts of the histories of particular peoples, nations and subjects. At the same time, history was explored through images in books and other media. Much historical writing in this period dealt with issues of conquest and identity, which were often allied to geography, ethnicity or particular institutions. The ‘History Books’ project, funded by the Marie Curie Programme (FP7), aims to examine surviving medieval manuscripts in order…

Book Launch: Permanent Revolution: Mike Brown and the Australian Avant-Garde 1953-1997 – Richard Haese

The Miegunyah Press invites you to the launch of Permanent Revolution: Mike Brown and the Australian Avant-Garde 1953-1997 Richard Haese To be launched by Robert Nelson About the book In 1961 the 22-year-old Mike Brown joined the New Zealand artist, Ross Crothall, in an old terrace house in inner Sydney’s Annandale. Over the following two years the artists filled the house with a remarkable body of work. Launched with an equally extraordinary exhibition, the movement they called Imitation Realism introduced collage, assemblage and installation to Australian art for the first time. Laying the groundwork for a distinctive Australian postmodernism, Imitation Realism was also the first Australian art movement to respond in a profound way to Aboriginal art, and to the tribal art of New Guinea and the Pacific region. By the mid-1960s Brown was already the most controversial figure in Australian art.…

Memorial Tribute to Bernard Smith at the National Gallery of Victoria

Memorial Tribute to Bernard Smith at the National Gallery of Victoria A memorial tribute to eminent art historian and writer Bernard Smith will be held in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria at 10.30am on Monday 28 November 2011. The event will celebrate the life and achievements of this major figure in the Australian art world.  We will acknowledge Bernard’s role as fundamental in Australian art historiography, his contribution to Australian cultural life generally, and his influence on generations of art and cultural historians. To assist with arrangements, could you please notify the NGV at ngv.foundation@ngv.vic.gov.au or phone 03 8620 2415 to allow us to accommodate all those who would like to attend. Date: 10:30am, Monday 28th November, 2011 Venue: Great Hall, NGV International, St Kilda Rd.

Lecture: Living Building Challenge – Jason McLennan, Melbourne School of Design

Melbourne School of Design Lecture Living Building Challenge – Jason McLennan What is the Living Building Challenge? The Living Building Challenge is a philosophy, advocacy tool, and certification program that addresses development on all scales and defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today. The Challenge acts to diminish the gap between current limits and ideal solutions and is comprised of seven performance areas, or ‘Petals’: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Petals are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. Living Building Challenge certification is based on actual, rather than modeled, or anticipated, performance. Therefore, projects must be operational for at least twelve consecutive months prior to evaluation. By identifying an ideal and positioning that ideal as an indicator of success, the Challenge…

Funding: AGL Shaw Summer Research Fellowships at State Library, Victoria

AGL Shaw Summer Research Fellowships State Library of Victoria Named for eminent historian AGL Shaw AO, these annual Summer Research Fellowships help honours or postgraduate university students pursue research projects. Recipients are given access to our collection to undertake in-depth research in their chosen field for four weeks during January or February. We also provide $1200 and space in a private study in the Library, which can be accessed out of hours. Three fellowships are awarded each year. Two fellows from Melbourne are chosen as well as one from regional Victoria. The fellow from outside of Melbourne is also awarded a living-away-from-home allowance. To be eligible you must: be enrolled at a Victorian university have satisfied the requirement for an undergraduate degree be undertaking, or about to undertake, an honours degree or first postgraduate degree or diploma For guidelines and…

Ranjani Shettar and Alex Baker In Conversation at NGV International

In Conversation: With Ranjani Shettar and Alex Baker Join Alex Baker, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, NGV & Ranjani Shettar, artist for this rare opportunity to hear from Ranjani Shettar how she transforms a wide array of unusual materials into magical forms that suggest natural phenomena. Ranjani Shettar’s exhibition Dewdrops and Sunshine opens at the NGV International on Friday 4th November. Exhibition website http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/exhibitions/ranjani-shettar Date: Fri 4 Nov, 6pm Venue Exhibition space, Ground Level, NGV International Bookings: Ph +61 3 8662 1555, 10am-5pm daily – Event Code P11261 Cost $25 Adult / $20 NGV Member / $22 Concession & Student (bookings essential, champagne on arrival)

Masterclass – Medievalism and Youth Culture

Medievalism and Youth Culture Limited places are available for a Masterclass sponsored  by the Australian Research Council and the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Western Australia on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Participation in this all-day Masterclass is invited from postgraduate and early career researchers in fields related to medievalism and youth culture, such as children’s and young adult literature, fantasy literature, graphic arts, computer gaming, role-playing games, fandom, creative and re-enactment community groups, theatre, television and cinema. The Masterclass will be led by: Clare Bradford, Professor of Literary Studies at Deakin University, former President of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (2007–2011), and the first international winner of the prestigious Trudeau Fellowship (2009). Stephen Knight, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in English at Cardiff University and Honorary Professor of English at the University of Melbourne. Chantal Bourgault du Coudray, Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at UWA, scholar, screenwriter and occasional filmmaker. The Masterclass will consist of: An overview…

Stuart Rattle Open Garden Garden, Musk, Victoria and Restoration of Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

Stuart Rattle Open Garden, Musk, Victoria and Restoration of Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens About the Garden Stuart Rattle’s garden in Musk, Victoria is inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement and the romantic tradition of Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. The garden is divided into fourteen distinct garden rooms joined by interconnecting walkways. A love of individual plants has been indulged alongside architectural features, extensive use of hedging and other garden ornamentation. On the day there will be a BBQ, boutique wines, coffee and other local produce as well as a sale of rare and exotic plants from Lambley nursery, Ascot. Date: 10am-4pm,  Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th november, 2011. Address: 11 School Rd, Musk (Look for sign between Bullarto and Daylesford). Tickets: $10 (children 12 and under free). On December 4th 2011 other gardens in Daylesford will be open as part…

Talk: British Watercolours in the National Gallery of Victoria

Short Talks Afternoon: British Watercolours in the National Gallery of Victoria Hear about the NGV’s significant collection of British watercolours and how it was assembled, and the rise of the “exhibition” watercolour in the 19th century that sought to rival oil painting in size, brilliance of colour and effect. Speakers Cathy Leahy, Senior Curator, Prints & Drawings, NGV, Assoc Prof Alison Inglis, The University of Melbourne and Caroline Clemente, freelance art historian Date: Sun 6 Nov, 2– 4.30pm Cost: $25 Adult / $20 NGV Member / $22 Concession & Student (includes afternoon tea, bookings essential) Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International, St Kilda Rd. Bookings and Information: Ph +61 3 8662 1555, 10am-5pm daily. Event code P11247.