Conferences, symposia, talks, walks and other art events in Melbourne and further afield.

Lecture Series | Philosophy, Literature, and Catherine the Great | NGV International

Marie-Anne COLLOT, French 1748–1821, Voltaire (1770s),, marble, 49.0 x 30.0 x 28.0 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (Inv. no. Н.ск. 3) Acquired from the artist, 1778

In conjunction with the current NGV exhibition Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great the NGV is presenting a series of lectures on Philosophy, Literature and Catherine the Great. Catherine the Great’s intellectual pursuits extended far beyond her collection of art. Exchanging letters over a fifteen year period with French writer, historian and philosopher Voltaire, she was spurred to bring Russia into the modern era through ideas raised by the Enlightenment and its supporters. Patronage of the arts and education, as well as economic achievements, led to Catherine’s reign being cited as the golden age of Russia. In this special series of four lectures, specialists of history, philosophy and literature explore this rich period through the lens of the philosophers and…

Event | An Instructive Introduction to the Basics of Dry Fly-Fishing for Trout on the River with Ross Coulter | BLINDSIDE ARI


Designed to assist with the foundations for those keen but inexperienced persons who are interested in dry fly-fishing for trout on the river, the course will discuss the habits and habitats of the brown and rainbow trout, entomology (matching the hatch), river craft (reading the river) and the requisite equipment you will need to get started. From wading tips to false casting and roll casts, this presentation will ensure that you are kitted out with the essential knowledge for your next early morning rise. Ross’s unique skill in helping the novice to pre-visualise, you will feel like you are mid stream as trout vigorously launch into a mayfly hatch. Questions will be taken throughout the presentation. Ross Coulter began fly-fishing…

Melbourne Masterclasses: The Life and Legacy of Catherine the Great


The Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne proudly presents a four-part masterclass series in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great. Catherine the Great is the most famous and longest-ruling female monarch of Russia. Her passion for education, the arts and culture heralded the Golden Age of Russia during the Enlightenment era. As a patron of the arts, Catherine amassed a vast art collection over her thirty-four year reign, which ranged from Old Master of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to the newest contemporary art of her day. Within a relatively short time Catherine had amassed a collection that rivalled many of the greatest collections in Europe.…

AAANZ Conference 2015 | Open Session added and Registrations Open


An update from the 2015 AAANZ conference, to be held in Brisbane at QAGOMA, 23rd-34th November 2015 In response to queries from a number of AAANZ members, the 2015 Conference Organising Committee would like to extend the call for papers to an open session Open Session: Image | Space | Body. Email abstract to by the 28th August 2015. See the full Call for Papers here – the deadline is 28th August 2015. Early Bird registrations are now open. This year there is a joint registration for the AAANZ Conference and the Asia Pacific Triennial Conference. You can also register just for the AAANZ conference. See full details of costs and deadlines here.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Symposium – Borderless Futures, Reimaging the Citizen

Alejandro Chaskielberg, Dark Passage,

Second Ballarat International Foto Biennale Symposium, Presented by Photography Studies College In the catalogue for the The photograph and Australia exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales this year, Senior Curator Judy Annear wrote, ‘There is much at stake in what might constitute the nation state, which is as porous as photography is mutable’. Among its many ideas, the exhibition posited photography in Australia as a medium for the constant renegotiation of the nation. This symposium aims to continue the discussion generated by the most important exhibition of photography in Australia in 25 years, by looking beyond national borders to ask what it means to be a global citizen, with particular reference to the role of images. The…

Talk | Anthony White – Beyond the Present | Heide Museum of Modern Art

Melinda Harper, Untitled 2011, oil on canvas, 153 x 182 cm, Courtesy of the artist and NKN Gallery, Melbourne

Dr Anthony White, senior lecturer at the School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne, discusses the art practice of Melinda Harper, from her earliest paintings of geometric shapes on pieces of found wood or board, to her most recent large canvases with their brilliant colours and dazzling formal arrangements. Reflecting on the relationship between Harper’s work and the history of modernism, Dr White will respond directly to the works in the exhibition, exploring the expressive vitality of abstract painting today. Date: Sunday 30 August, 2pm Venue: Heide Museum of Modern Art FREE with admission More about the Melinda Harper exhibition at Heide here.

Symposium and Concert | Goya and Spanish Music | NGV and VCAM

Anonymous, 'Portrait of Luigi Boccherini', c.1764-1767. Oil on canvas, 133.8 x 90.7 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Everard Studley Miller Bequest, 1962.

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and National Gallery of Victoria are delighted to host a program of specialist talks and music performance, exploring music in the time of Spanish artist Francisco de Goya, and the impact of his art on the emergence of Hispanic musical modernity in the early twentieth century. Symposium: Goya and Spanish Music (9.30am – 2.45pm) Speakers: Convened by Michael Christoforidis the speakers include distinguished Spanish scholars Francesc Cortes* (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Miguel Ángel Marín (Universidad de La Rioja), Luisa Morales (FIMTE), and local experts from the University of Melbourne and the NGV, including Michael Christoforidis, David Irving, Liz Kertesz, Geraldine Power, and Yolanda Acker. Download the full program here (pdf) Tickets: Free, no booking required Venue:…

Launch | Gertrude Glasshouse and exhibition by Tully Moore

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Exhibition dates: 24 July–29 August 2015 Launch: Thursday 13 August 2015, 6pm Gertrude Contemporary is proud to announce the launch of a new off-site gallery and project space, Gertrude Glasshouse, which opened to the public on Friday 24 July 2015 with the exhibition What noise does a pig make? by Gertrude Studio Artist Tully Moore. The official launch of the space and Moore’s exhibition will take place on Thursday the 13th of August from 6pm. Located in Collingwood just five minutes from the organisation’s Fitzroy headquarters, Gertrude Glasshouse will serve as a transitional space as Gertrude Contemporary moves closer to its anticipated move from the address that gave it its name thirty years ago. The Glasshouse venture is supported by long-term…

Lecture | The Hours of Jeanne de Navarre, Three Medieval Queens and Hermann Goering – Christopher de Hamel | University of Melbourne


Early Books of Hours, especially those made for women, have long been a speciality of Professor Margaret Manion, who in 1998 published a major article on the famous fourteenth-century Book of Hours of Queen Jeanne of Navarre, in the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris (ms n.a. lat. 3093). This lecture takes up her lead and it asks why and when this beautiful manuscript was made, and why it includes some very rare components and extraordinary pictures, then unparalleled in medieval art. It follows the history of this Book of Hours in directions hitherto unsuspected, tracing its descent through the possession of at least four different reigning queens, of Navarre, France and England. Using entirely unknown material, it follows the astonishing journey…

Boiler Room Lecture | Jalal Toufic Which Is the More Difficult in the Christian Era: to Resurrect or to Bury? | State Library of Victoria

Jalal Toufic, Self Portrait? (2007)

Monash University Museum of Art [MUMA] in partnership with Monash Art Design & Architecture [MADA] are pleased to co-present a keynote lecture by Lebanese artist, writer and thinker Jalal Toufic, whose influence in the Beirut artistic community over the past two decades has been immense. The lecture will be introduced by Callum Morton, MADA Head of Department, and will be followed by a screening of Toufic’s video Attempt 137 to Map the Drive (7 minutes, 2011; made in collaboration with Graziella Rizkallah Toufic). Jalal Toufic is a thinker and a mortal to death. He was born in 1962 in Beirut or Baghdad and died before dying in 1989 in Evanston, Illinois. His books, many of which were published by Forthcoming…

Lecture | Conservation of cultural heritage, Henan Province, China – Chen Jiachang and Lan Wanli | University of Melbourne

Diseased archaeological site

Disease types and the conservation status of archaeological site museums | Professor CHEN Jiachang,  Director,  Henan Provincial Conservation Centre for Cultural Relics, Henan, China This lecture will introduce types of disease and the current conservation status of archaeological earthen sites in Henan province. It will discuss current approaches to conservation as well as proposed improvements to treatment methods. Professor CHEN was elected Fellow of the China Association for Preservation Technology of Cultural Relics (CAPTCR) in 2012. Professor CHEN has overseen numerous conservation projects including the in situ preservation of large scale earthen relics; the exploration of new methods and materials for shape recovery of collapsed, archaeological wood ware and the preservation of metal relics. Conservation of cultural relics and tombs…

Forum | Art of a Nation – Hermitage Exhibition | NGV International

Alexander Roslin
Swedish 1718–1793
Portrait of Catherine II 1776–77
oil on canvas
271.0 x 189.5 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
Acquired, 1918 (Inv. № ГЭ-1316)

Catherine and her art collection played a vital role defining Russian nationhood in a time of drastic social, political and cultural changes. Even now, the State Hermitage Museum’s exquisite collection and iconic architecture is linked to understandings of Russian identity. Join visiting international and Australian specialists as they explore the relationship between art collections, the buildings that house them, nationhood and cultural identity. Speakers Senior Curator Maria Menshikova, Department of Oriental Art and Culture of the State Hermitage Museum Assistant Professor Tijana Vujosevic, University of Western Australia; and Professor Professor Jennifer Milam, University of Sydney. Date: Saturday 1st August, 2–5pm Venue: NGV International, Ground level, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium Tickets: $30 academic, student and concession / $35 Adult / $28 NGV…

Artist Talk | Julie Rrap – Remaking the World | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Julie Rrap will talk about her new exhibition Remaking the World. this Friday 31st July, 1 – 1.30pm, at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne. All welcome. Free talk. About the Exhibition Julie Rrap has been working across painting, photography, sculpture and video since the 1970s. Her art often focuses on the naked human form and examines the ways in which the human body is perceived and represented in the history of Western art. Her work uses humour and a sense of irony to encourage the viewer’s to engage with themes such as gender, fetish, sexuality and death. Julie Rrap: Remaking the World at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, examines the creative process…

Lecture | The Artist as Collector: Sir Joshua Reynolds and his Collection of Art | Donato Esposito

Self-portrait of Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A., ca. 1780
Oil on panel, 1270 X 1016 mm. Given by Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A., 1780 . Royal Academy of Arts.

Dr Donato Esposito will present a lecture on Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), the first and most famous President of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, focussing upon his activities as a collector of art. Dr Donato Esposito was a curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, London (1999-2004). He co-curated the exhibition “Sir Joshua Reynolds: the acquisition of genius” at Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery in 2009. He was recently an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He is currently working on a monograph on Reynolds as an art collector. Date: Wednesday 29th July, 6:30pm Venue: theatre D, Old Arts Building, University of…

Event | Flinders Lane Artwalk for NiteArt 2015

Philip Wolfhagen, Landscape Reinvention no. 29 (2015), oil on board, 46 x 49 cm, courtesy Karen Woodbury Gallery

As part of Nite Art 2015 exhibition spaces along Flinders Lane will be open from 6pm until late. Eight venues on Flinders Lane will show photography, video, paintings and site-responsive installations. At Flinders Lane Gallery Jon Eiseman and Josh Robbins will be working on new pieces in the gallery space, and Melinda Schawel will guide visitors through creating their own paper-based art. Karen Woodbury Gallery will have an exhibition by Philip Wolfhagen called Other Worlds, a new collection of landscape works that are inspired by the artist’s experiences in Tasmania’s Skullbones Plains. Blindside ARI (in the Nicholson Building) and the Chin Chin Wall of Art will show video art. Blindside’s Screen Series is curated by Xanthe Dobbie and Anabelle Lacroix…