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

Panel Discussion | Australian Surrealism | NGV International

Max Dupain
Australia 1911–92
Surrealist study 1938 
gelatin silver photograph 
45.9 x 35.5 cm (image)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (NGA 2007.949)
Purchased with the assistance of James Agapitos OAM and Ray Wilson OAM, 2007

Surrealism had a profound impact on Australian art and creative life. The movement encouraged young artists such as Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and James Gleeson to challenge conventions, forever changing the Australian art world. Discover the rich legacy of Surrealism on Australian art, past and present, in a conversation between an artist, curators and an academic. Speakers Tim Schultz, Artist Lesley Harding, Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art Dr Anthony White, Senior Lecturer, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne Simon Maidment, Curator, Contemporary Art, NGV Date: 2pm Saturday 28th August 2015 Venue:  NGV Australia Booking required: $16 M / $20 A / $18 C Book online.

Open Studios | Gertrude Contemporary Art

Gertrude Contemporary

Saturday 21st November 12-4:30pm | 200 Gertrude St, Fitzroy Facebook event page:   Gertrude Contemporary’s Studio Artists will open their studios to the public for the afternoon of Saturday the 21st of November 2015, from 12 noon until 4:30pm. The annual Open Studios day is an exclusive opportunity to visit the sixteen studios upstairs, view works in progress, and meet with the artists. It complements the annual Gertrude Studios exhibition, which is currently on display. Gertrude’s current Studio Artists are: Brooke Babington, Ross Coulter, Sarah crowEST, Eric Demetriou, Fayen d’Evie, Søren Dahlgaard, Debris Facility, Hamishi Farah, Helen Grogan, Minna Gilligan, Ry Haskings, Claire Lambe, Adelle Mills, Tully Moore, Sean Peoples, and Danae Valenza. In Studio 18, a project entitled…

Conference | Asia Pacific Tropical Climate Art Conservation Research Network (APTCCARN) in Taiwan


Staff and recent graduates of the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (GCCMC), University of Melbourne are taking part in the 4th Asia Pacific Tropical Climate Art Conservation Research Network (APTCCARN) conference. From November 25-27 APTCCARN will hold their 4th meeting at the Conservation Centre, Cheng Shiu University, Taiwan. With a focus on Asia Pacific’s diverse climate and history, the meeting aims to embrace cultural materials conservation in the region, lessons learnt and ways forward. Issues such as developing a regional practice of conservation within the needs, resources, communtities and geographic place will be addressed for locally informed decision making. This is in light of recent extreme weather events, the current reality of the environment and sustainable practices. It is…

Discussion | Celebrating the stories of Redfern through art | Sydney 13th November 2015


Join us for a day of presentations and open discussion about the restoration of the 40,000 Years mural and the future of public art in Redfern. The 40,000 Years mural on Lawson Street is a vital part of Redfern’s cultural heritage. Painted in 1983, it contains a complex weave of Aboriginal histories that relate both to the Redfern area and to the passage of Aboriginal people to and from the city of Sydney from across Australia. The mural has deteriorated considerably since it was painted in 1983 and plans are underway for its restoration. At the same time, the Central to Eveleigh Urban Transformation Program has highlighted the need for contemporary Indigenous stories to be represented in future public art…

Panel Discussion | The Judgement of Paris: Melbourne’s Love Affair with French Theory on the Occasion of Roland Barthes 100th Birthday | CCP Melbourne


  Kevin Murray, Ann Debono and Bryan Cooke, will share their perspectives on three different aspects of French theory, with an overarching nod to Roland Barthes.  Kevin Murray will link back to the 1980s, specifically the Judgement of Paris series at Gertrude contemporary and the local relevance of French Theory for Melbourne artists and commentators. Ann Debono will address the way that Barthes, Derrida and Baudrillard all suggest a suspicion of images as ideological programming devices, and Bryan Cooke of the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy will look from Barthes to Ranciere. Entry is by gold coin donation, bookings can be made on our website:

Program for AAANZ 2015 – Image | Space | Body


The program is now available for the 2105 AAANZ conference Image | Space | Body, QAGOMA, Brisbane, Tuesday 24 – Wednesday 25 November 2015 For more details and registration see the conference website Program PROGRAM About the conference After the many ends of art history, we begin again. The conjunction of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art’s 8th Asia-Pacific Triennial (APT 8) and the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand annual conference presents opportunities to re-examine art history and generate innovative perspectives on histories and cultural traditions. APT 8 prompts us to challenge assumptions and reconsider the relations between images, bodies, and spaces. We invite discussion on traditions and legacies of art practices and of art histories. We also invite…

Lecture | The Robert Wilson Annual Decorative Arts Lecture: Amarna Palace Ware – decorated ceramics of Egypt’s Golden Age – Colin Hope | NGV International

EGYPT, Malqata, Palace of Amenhotep III, Blue-painted ibex amphora, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III, c. 1390–1353 BCE, Nile silt, white slipped and decorated, 39.5 x 21.0 cm diameter, Rogers Fund, 1911 (11.215.460), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The study of ancient Egyptian decorative arts tends to focus upon manufactures in glass, precious stones and glazed composition, such a jewellery, containers and sculptures. Ceramics, which were generally undecorated, are viewed as utilitarian and often ignored. Yet during the New Kingdom – Egypt’s Golden Age – elaborately decorated pottery was produced for use on festive occasions within palaces, temples and the homes of the elite. The best quality was made in the period of King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti, their likely son Tutankhamun and the king’s father Amenhotep III (1390-1327 BCE), in the royal workshops using a pale blue cobalt pigment and with a wide range of other techniques. It was distributed around the country and has been found…

Seminar | SUPERCONNECTIVITY – Korean contemporary art | Sydney

Sanghyun Lee, First Tales of Korean Made ICBM, 2014, digital C print. Courtesy the artist

The Korean Cultural Centre in association with the launch of Artlink magazine’s new issue on Korean contemporary art, presents SUPERCONNECTIVITY, a free seminar on Korean contemporary art in Sydney. Renowned Korean and Australian curators and art writers explore connections and differences in a rare opportunity to hear from experts on Korean art in Australia. With a focus on cutting edge contemporary visual arts and in partnership with respected publications Artlink (Australia) and TheArtro (Korea), SUPERCONNECTIVITY is the first contemporary art seminar at the Korean Cultural Centre. Founding Editor of Artlink and co-editor of the Artlink KOREA issue, Stephanie Britton says “From private collections to North-South relations and Korean cultural policy, this seminar and publication look in depth at Korean contemporary…

Lecture | Surrealism and its Australian Accent – Ken Wach | Rae Alexander Lecture at NGV International


The La Trobe University Art History Alumni, with the National Gallery of Victoria, presents the eighteenth annual Rae Alexander Lecture. This year we welcome La Trobe University Alumnus, Associate Professor Ken Wach as our speaker. The title for this year’s lecture is “Surrealism and its Australian Accent”. Ken completed his PhD and Masters of Art History at La Trobe University before going on to become Associate Professor, Principal Research Fellow and Head of the School of Creative Arts at The University of Melbourne where he taught Art History for 35 years. Ken has conducted research all over the world at renowned institutions such as Columbia University and The Museum of Modern Art in New York and has also consulted and…

Symposium | Recasting the Question: Digital Approaches in Art History and Museums | University of Sydney

Image: Sinan Goknur (Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University) in collaboration with the “Lives of Things” Team in the Wired! Laboratory (M. Olson, M. Tepper)

5 November, 2015, 8.45am – 5.00pm A day-long symposium presented by the Power Institute Foundation, University of Sydney, and the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, Australian National University, with support from the Asia Art Archive. The symposium will be followed by a keynote lecture by professor Caroline Astrid Bruzelius on Digital Thinking and Art History: Re-Imagining Teaching, Research, and the Museum. Please click here for details and how to register. Location: Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre (D17), Johns Hopkins Drive, the University of Sydney Contact: Ira Ferris Email: This is a free event, open to all with online registrations required. To register please click here – Digital approaches occupy an increasingly important place in the…

Lecture Tonight | The disaffection from the project of portraiture: Romney’s wild humours and Gainsborough’s graphic inventions – Deanna Petherbridge| University of Melbourne

Thomas Gainsborough, "Upland Landscape with market cart, cottages and figures", 1778, ink, chalk and gouache, 27 x 34.9 cm, National Gallery of Victoria

This public lecture will compare the rival eighteenth century portraitists Thomas Gainsborough and George Romney, united by their disaffection from portrait painting but revealing contrasting constructions of creativity in their sketches and drawings. Gainsborough, who was in love with rural life and his invention of British landscape, played with new techniques and combinations of materials with innovative skill and gestural verve. He gave away many of his drawings to friends Romney, the intense and obsessive melancholic was in search of inspiring historical or social themes and his mercurial sketches in endless private notebooks are attempts to capture inspirational moments at speed in order to serve profound artistic and philosophical ends. His obsessive graphic re-workings of themes are in some respects…

Lecture| Commemorating The Great War in a Community Museum | University of Melbourne

Date: Wednesday, Oct 2015 6:00–7:30PM Venue: Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, University of Melbourne Bookings: This lecture will present a community-engagement project which was focused on the development of the museological skills of volunteers running the LifeCare retirement village’s War Museum. University of Melbourne conservation students have worked with residents and volunteers for the past 5 years to help them establish good museum practices. The students’ appreciation of their positive contribution to stakeholder engagement, community museums and commemorative displays deepened as residents demonstrated the links between their wartime experiences and the collection. With increasing professional activity the museum’s public profile expanded, inducing more residents to contribute more time, objects and stories to the museum. The project’s beneficial outcomes—educational, personal and community—demonstrate that…

Conference |Society of Architectural Historians 2016 Annual International Conference | Pasadena April 2016

image The SAH 2016 Annual International Conference will take place in Pasadena/Los Angeles, April 6-10, with the theme New Local/Global Infrastructures. The conference will engage participants from around the world with the rich, evolving legacy of the region’s built environment. With the scheduled completion of the Metro Expo Light-Rail Line west to Santa Monica in early 2016, Pasadena will be connected to downtown LA and the rest of Los Angeles County. This infrastructure, building on historic right-of-ways, will provide new ways to see the broad range of the region’s architecture and urbanism. The conference will include 42 sessions on built environment topics from antiquity to the critical present, roundtables, tours of the region’s architecture and landscapes, and more. UCLA professor…

Reminder | Early bird Conference Registration for AAANZ 2015 closes October 9th


A reminder that early bird conference registrations close this Friday 9th October. 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. The Annual Conference of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand will be held in Brisbane, Queensland, 24-25 November 2015. The conference venue will be Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and is hosted by The Brisbane Consortium for Visual Arts (a collaboration between art history/theory departments at The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and QAGOMA). Image Space Body After the many ends of art history, we begin again. The conjunction of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery…

Exhibition | Ronnie Van Hout; Martine Corompt and Philip Brophy | CCP

Image: Ronnie van Hout
Creature Mummy 2015
detail from The Dark Pool
PhotoTex polyester fabric, 100 x 80 cm, courtesy the artist

Exhibition Dates: 2nd October 2015 to 15th November 2015. CCP Australia, 404 George Street, Fitzroy New exhibitions have opened at CCP in Fitzroy. Official opening next weekend with talks from the artists. Saturday 10 October 2015 | Opening: 12pm | Free Artist Floor Talks: 1pm Gallery 1 | Ronnie van Hout | The Dark Pool Presented by Centre for Contemporary Photography in association with Melbourne Festival. In his latest exhibition, New Zealand artist Ronnie van Hout considers the point where art crosses a line—and society turns against it. In 1971, successful American toy company Aurora and acclaimed film director Stanley Kubrick both released products into the world that generated strong negative reactions. A firestorm of controversy saw Aurora close its doors,…