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

Lecture Series | The Art and Life of Edgar Degas – Roberta Crisci-Richardson | NGV International

Edgar Degas 
Family portrait (Portrait de famille), also called The Bellelli family 1867
oil on canvas
201.0 x 249.5 cm
Lemoisne 79
Musée d'Orsay, Paris (RF 2210)
© Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

Throughout art history Edgar Degas has been categorised as a nationalist, misogynist and experimental artist. But, is this an accurate portrayal? Considering Degas’s life and work from the streets of Paris to the walls of the salon – who was Degas really? In a series of three lectures, Dr Roberta Crisci-Richardson, author of Mapping Degas, challenges popular notions of Degas by considering his life and work in his context of nineteenth century France. Speaker Dr Roberta Crisci-Richardson, art historian, author of Mapping Degas: Real Spaces, Symbolic Spaces and Invented Spaces in the Life and Work of Edgar Degas (1834–1917) Book for the series or individually via the NGV website: Cost: $16 M / $20 A / $18 C (individual lecture) $44 M…

Writing and Concepts | Lecture 13 Pia Ednie-Brown | RMIT Design Hub

Pia Ednie Brown

Pia Ednie-Brown   Pia Ednie-Brown is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT in Melbourne, where she Chairs the biannual Practice Research Symposium, coordinates the College creative practice research strategies course and leads the Architectural Ecologies Laboratory – ( Her creative research practice, Onomatopoeia, ( ) combines diverse modes of design investigation – working across small architectural projects, installations, short films, and writing. Between 2009 and 2011 she led an ARC funded project that re-theorised innovation in the context of creative practice, and is currently working on two funded cross-institutional research projects concerning different aspects of creative practice research, ethics and research training. She has edited two books Plastic Green: designing for environmental transformation (RMIT…

Conference | Society of Architectural Historians 70th Annual International Conference | Glasgow 2017


Society of Architectural Historians 70th Annual International Conference June 7-11, 2017 | Glasgow, Scotland, UK  The Society of Architectural Historians will host its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, from June 7–11, 2017. Meeting in Glasgow reflects the increasingly international scope of the Society and its conference, and we expect SAH members from all over the world to join us in Scotland’s largest city, world renowned for its outstanding architectural heritage. This is the first time that SAH has met outside North America since 1973, when it planned a joint meeting in Cambridge with the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. Architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals and preservationists from around the world will convene to present…

Lecture | A History of the Future ‘Imagining Melbourne’ – Clare Williamson


In 2016, the city of Melbourne’s future Melbourne 2026 project urges Melburnians to consider their city for the decade ahead. So what better time to reflect on the kind of futures that were imagined for Melbourne in the past. Some big dreams and ambitious visions have been realised, others have not – for better or for worse. And it’s not just the appearance of the city that these imaginings have shaped, but also how we interact with it, move through it and inhabit it. Melbourne looks back in order to look forward. For 180 years, city planners, architects, artists and writers have imagined a future Melbourne from the vantage point of their own time and place. The stories told here…

Lecture | Les Immatériaux: experiments in art and philosophy – Ashley Woodward | VCA


  Les Immatériaux: experiments in art and philosophy A public lecture by Ashley Woodward (Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Dundee) | 28th July 2016   Les Immatériaux (‘The Immaterials’), was a major exhibition held at the Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris, in 1985. It’s principal director was the philosopher Jean-François Lyotard. After several decades of little interest, this exhibition is increasingly becoming recognized as a landmark exhibition of the twentieth century, a recognition marked by a number of commemorative events in France, England, and Germany over the last several years to mark its 30th anniversary. The exhibition collected a wide array of ‘new materials,’ including artefacts developed with new technologies, artworks made with such technologies, and the new technologies themselves. As such,…

Lecture | How Pre-Raphaelite Frames Influenced Degas and the Impressionists | NGV International

Ford Madox BROWN The finding of Don Juan by Haidée (1869-1870) {retouched (1871) and later}  watercolour and gouache over pencil 47.5 x 57.6 cm (sheet) Bennett A91 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Felton Bequest, 1905 210-2

Enter the world of picture framing through a lecture by British art historian and specialist Lynn Roberts. Although often ignored, picture frames have a huge impact on our viewing and perception of pictures. This fact was well appreciated by many artists connected with the British Pre-Raphaelite and the French Impressionist movements, including Edgar Degas. For these artists, framing was a critical aspect of their art, and literally integral to it. In different ways their frames radically contrasted to the conventional, ornate frames in which pictures were hung in official exhibitions such as the Salon in Paris and Royal Academy in London. Explore the connections between the frame designs of the British Pre-Raphaelites and those of the French Impressionists, as seen in original Pre-Raphaelite…

Symposium | FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation | NGV International


AICCM – FRAME: Concept, History and Conservation, Melbourne 2016. A symposium on the picture frame. 24-26 August 2016 Hosted by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia The AICCM Conservation Framing and Gilded Objects special interest groups will hold this international symposium encompassing both traditional framing as well as broader concepts of framing for the presentation of modern and contemporary art and design. This wide-ranging theme will appeal to artists, conservators, curators, designers, frame makers and historians. Our symposium will coincide with the exhibition Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2016 – Degas: A New Vision. It is anticipated that some of our speakers will focus on the frames designed by Degas for his artworks, further enriching our understanding of the artist and…

Book Launch | Talking Contemporary Curating | Ian Potter Museum of Art


Friday 29 Jul 2016, 6.00- 8.00pm Terry Smith, Rebecca Coates & Tara McDowell In 2015, Terry Smith launched his second publication, Talking Contemporary Curating, as part of ICI’s series Perspectives in Curating. To accompany the Melbourne launch of this important publication, Terry Smith will be speaking with Rebecca Coates (curator and writer, Fellow, School of Culture and Communication, UoM, and Director, SAM, Shepparton Art Museum) and Tara McDowell(Associate Professor, Curatorial Practice, MADA, Monash University). The conversation will be moderated by Professor Charles Green. Talking Contemporary Curating offers timely reflections by curators, art historians, critics, and artists on emergent debates in curatorial practice around the world. Featuring arts industry professionals and theorists deeply immersed in reflecting upon the demands of their…

Writing and Concepts | Lecture 12 Helen Johnson | RMIT Design Hub

Helen Johnson lecture image

Helen Johnson Helen Johnson is an artist, writer and teacher based in Melbourne. Painting is at the centre of her practice. Recent solo exhibitions include Barron Field as part of the 2016 Glasgow International and Slow Learners at Château Shatto, Los Angeles in 2015. She has recently exhibited work as part of June: A Painting Show at Sadie Coles, London; In my absence at Jocelyn Wolff, Paris; and Pleasure and Reality at the NGV. In 2017 Johnson will present a solo exhibition at the ICA in London. In 2015 she launched a book titled Painting is a Critical Form, developed from a PhD in Fine Art completed at Monash University in 2014, where she is also a lecturer. Johnson is…

Exhibition | Limits to Growth – Nicholas Mangan | MUMA

Nicholas Mangan, Matter over mined 2012 C-print on cotton paper 69 x 103cm Courtesy the artist; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland and LABOR, Mexico city

Exhibtion Dates: 20 July – 17 September 2016 Opening celebration: Wed 20 July, 6pm. With remarks by Dr Amelia Barikin, Lecturer in Art History, School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland Limits to Growth is the first survey exhibition of Melbourne-based artist, Nicholas Mangan. With a strong research base in both history and science, Mangan’s work addresses a range of themes, including the ongoing impacts of colonialism, humanity’s relationship with the natural environment, contemporary consumptive cultures and the complex dynamics of the global political economy. The exhibition brings together several key projects (the eldest dating to 2009-10) in conversation with a new commission, Limits to Growth. This latest work explores the relationship between two monetary currencies: Rai, large stone coins…

Lectures | Contesting Marginality: Three lectures on recent Chilean art and art historiography by Carla Macchiavello

Video still Francisca Benitez, Décimas Telúricas, 2010.

Discipline and Ensayos, along with Gertrude Contemporary, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and The Alderman, are pleased to present three lectures on recent Chilean art and art historiography by Chilean art historian, Carla Macchiavello. The lectures will take place at three different venues in Melbourne between Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 July. All are free to attend. Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 6:00 for 6:30pm The Alderman, Melbourne (upstairs) Convened by Rex Butler ‘Rough edges or Extremadura: a brief panorama of Chilean art, from centres to margins’ Since the 1970s, Chilean art has been haunted by a concern with borders and territoriality. During the 1970s and 1980s, margins were taken as physical and imaginary spaces from which to contest the repression…

Forum | Max and Olive | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Olive Cotton Max after surfing 1937 gelatin silver photograph 38 x 30 cm National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2006

Olive Cotton and Max Dupain are key figures in twentieth century Australian photography. Champions of modernism, they were an important and influential part of a generation of Australian photographers during the 1930s and ‘40s, engaged in international debates on the role of photography in modern Australian life. Through their images they explored the ways that form, technology and the properties of photography come together. Working separately, but often alongside each other they created a sense of a ‘contemporary Australian photography’ for the first time. Max and Olive: the photographic life of Olive Cotton and Max Dupain is the first exhibition to bring together Dupain and Cotton’s work in a comprehensive way. Join us for an illuminating forum discussing these two…

Launch | EMAJ 9 | Lincoln Hotel

emaj launch

  The editors of EMAJ invite you to join us for a drink this Friday, to celebrate the launch of the 2015/16 edition of emaj. Rex Butler, Professor (Art History & Theory) Monash University, will officially launch this edition. The 2015/2016 edition includes articles by Lauren Bliss, Veronica Bremer and Anne-Marie Van de Ven, Jason Gibson and John Keane, Wes Hill, as well as a reviews and interviews by Giles Fielke and Darren Jorgensen. See the full issue here: Date: Friday 8th July, 6pm. Venue: The Lincoln Hotel, Cnr Cardigan Street & Queensberry Street, Carlton.

Lecture | International Degas expert Xavier Rey on Degas and the Nude | NGV International

Edgar Degas Woman in a tub c. 1883 pastel 70.0 x 70.0 cm Tate, London Bequeathed by Mrs A.F. Kessler 1983 (T03563) © Tate, London 2016

The nude figure was central to the art of Edgar Degas, and yet frequently the artist’s expansive body of work in this area has been overshadowed by focus on portraits and dancers. Listen in as Xavier Rey, Director of Collections, Musée d’Orsay explores the evolution of Degas’s nude, from the academic and historical approach of his early years to the role of the body in modernity. Xavier Rey is the Director of Collections at the Musée d’Orsay. He has curated numerous exhibitions including Degas and the Nude (2012); Degas. The Masterpieces of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris (2012-13) and Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d’Orsay (2014-15). Date: Friday 8th July, 2.30pm Cost: Free, booking essential. Book via the NGV website: Venue:…

Panel Discussion | The trouble with remuneration: the tricky business of being an artist | West Space

Mladen Stilinović, Artist at work, 1978 (detail). Image courtesy the artist.

THIS TUESDAY 5th July: Panel Discussion – The trouble with remuneration: the tricky business of being an artist   In conjunction with West Space’s exhibition, The Trouble with Remuneration, there will be a panel discussion to explore different ways artists are engaged with contemporary economic realities: as survival, as challenge, as resistance, as opportunity. Speakers: Janet Burchill, Masato Takasaka, Debris Facility and Beth Rose Caird. Chaired by: Jan Bryant. Date: Tuesday 5th July 2016 – 6pm Venue: West Space – Level 1, 225 Bourke St Melbourne RSVP: Janet Burchill is a Melbourne-based visual artist. Masato Takasaka is a Melbourne-based artist, known for both his performances as a lead guitarist in über-hip rock bands as well as his visual art practice. Takasaka thinks…