Events

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

Conference | ST Gill and the colonial world conference | State Library of Victoria

Coach parties turning into Bourke Street from Elizabeth Street, ST Gill, 1867

In this free conference, curators and art historians discuss the art, life and times of the nineteenth-century Australian artist ST Gill, whose work is showcased in the Australian sketchbook: Colonial life and the art of ST Gill exhibition (17 July to 25 October 2015). The conference will feature papers and discussions presented by Professor Sasha Grishin, art historian and curator of Australian sketchbook; David Hansen, Associate Professor, Centre for Art History and Art Theory, Australian National University; Dr Gerard Vaughan, Director, National Gallery of Australia; Angus Trumble, Director, National Portrait Gallery; Daniel Thomas, art historian and curator; Dr Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director, National Gallery of Victoria; Alisa Bunbury, Curator, National Gallery of Victoria; Associate Professor Alison Inglis, University of Melbourne;…

Symposium | Medieval Moderns – The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood | NGV International

Edward Robert Hughes, 'The princess out of school', (c. 1901) 
gouache and watercolour with some scratching out
(52.0 x 95.3 cm) (sheet)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1901
103-2

The National Gallery of Victoria has an outstanding collection of Pre-Raphaelite art (ranging from paintings and drawings to textiles and stained glass) – as is demonstrated by the current exhibition, Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. In conjunction with this exciting exhibition, various academics, curators and specialists will come together in a symposium to discuss the British Pre-Raphealite movement and its significance in Australia. The symposium will include a keynote lecture by visiting scholar Dr Barbara Bryant on Australia’s Pre-Raphaelite Collections: the People behind the Portraits. Full details here. Beginning with a guided tour of the exhibition Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with curator Laurie Benson on the Friday morning, the program includes six sessions of speakers over two days. A detailed program available…

Lecture | Barbara Bryant – Australia’s Pre-Raphaelite Collections: the People behind the Portraits | NGV International

Figure 5. Edward Burne-Jones, The Wheel of Fortune, 1871-1885. Oil on canvas, 151.4 x 72.5 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (381-2).

The idea of portraiture in Pre-Raphaelite art encompassed a new and exciting range of possibilities. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painted portraits with a stark realism that was unlike anything seen before. The meaning of the formal portrait mutated into a more direct vision of a real person, while subject paintings gained new meanings as artists cast friends and family in new roles. Dr Barbara Bryant is an art historian and writer who specialises in the work of artists in nineteenth-century Britain. In this special lecture, Dr Bryant looks at the real individuals in the extended Pre-Raphaelite circles to explore their impact on the artistic practice of D.G. Rossetti, F.M Brown, J.E. Millais, E. Burne-Jones and G.F. Watts in the 1850s and…

Tracey Moffat Talk at CCP

Image: Tracey Moffatt
Art Calls: Episode One 2014 (video still)
HD video: 28 min 0 sec, black and white and colour, stereo sound 
dimensions variable
courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney  image courtesy of Mulesfilm

“I would rather talk to another artist about their art practice than discuss my own work”, Tracey Moffatt said in a recent interview published in the Spirited catalogue for the Queensland Art Gallery. This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear directly from Tracey Moffatt, one of Australia’s best known and most influential contemporary artists. In conjunction with her exhibition at CCP, Moffatt will give an exclusive public talk at the gallery. Join us for an evening of information sharing and discussion around Moffatt’s enduring and wide reaching practice. As an artist within the VCE syllabus in 2015, this is a valuable opportunity for educators to hear, first hand from Moffat. Date: Tuesday 7 July, 6pm—7.30pm Venue: Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street,…

Talks | Echo Chamber: Emerging Research on Photography | CCP Australia

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Thursday 25 June 2015, 6pm Centre for Contemporary Photography Free event, no bookings required. CCP’s Echo Chamber represents a series of occasional, ongoing public programs showcasing current emerging research in all areas of photography, including historical research, technology, communications and contemporary discussion. Applications to present research for future Echo Chamber public programs are welcome. Chair: PIPPA MILNE, Curator, Centre for Contemporary Photography Speakers HANNAH WILLIAMS Does the policy fit the crime? Government responses to high-profile offending EVIL! MONSTER! PERVERT! GROVELING MURDERER! This research seeks to explore the relationship between high profile crime, the media and criminal justice policy change in Australia. While there is a wealth of literature on each of the themes, little scholarly attention has focused on examining…

Exhibition and Talk | Andy Drewitt ‘Displaced Pastimes’ | Maroondah Art Gallery

Mariam, Andy Drewitt

Exhibition launch | 2-4pm Saturday 20 June As part of the opening celebrations, we welcome several dance groups from the Burmese and African communities in Maroondah. Guest speakers at the opening include Mariam Issa, a Somali-born community activist who is included in the exhibition, and Judy McDougall from the Migrant Information Centre. This will be a very welcoming and inclusive event for everyone in the community, and there will also be children’s activities as part of the celebrations. About the Exhibition Displaced Pastimes is a poignant collection of twenty-four images and video footage celebrating the migrants and refugees who have made Australia their home. The series depicts migrants and refugees undertaking their hobbies; from coconut carving to bonsai, from playing soccer…

Conference | Grounding the Sacred through Literature and the Arts | Sydney July 2015

© Shirley Purdie, Gurragurrag, 120x120 cm, natural ochre and pigment on canvas, 2013, courtesy Warmun Art Centre.

The conference will bring together writers, artists, musicians, academics, researchers, religious and members of the public to discuss where creativity sits in relation to religion and the search for meaning. Invited speakers and performers include Imam Afroz Ali, Carmel Bird, Kathleen Deignan (Iona Spirituality Institute), Kevin Hart (Virginia), David Jasper (Glasgow), Vivien Johnson, Dr Rachael Kohn, Dr Genevieve Lacey, David Malouf, Michael McGirr, and Thaddeus Metz (Johannesburg). An exhibition of paintings by Papunya Tula Artists and the Warlayirti Artists of Balgo will be shown at the McGlade Gallery during the Conference. Date: Thursday 23 July to Sunday 26 July, 2015 Venue: Australian Catholic University, 25A Barker Road, Strathfield, NSW 2135 Program highlights Thursday 23 July | Postgraduate seminar on Grounding the Sacred.…

Lecture | Martin Jolly Spectral Stories: A Melbourne Spiritualist’s carte-de-visite album | MUMA

Frederick Hudson Mrs Houghton and Spirit 1872
spirit photograph of Georgiana Houghton, albumen silver photograph 
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, NGA Photography Fund: Farrell Family Foundation donation

To mark the exhibition Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, MUMA, in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Photography are co-presenting a lecture by Martin Jolly, Spectral Stories: A Melbourne Spiritualist’s carte-de-visite album as part of the 2015 Glen Eira Storytelling Festival. Martyn Jolly is the head of Photography and Media Arts at the ANU School of Art, and is fascinated by the craze for spirit photography in the late 19th century. For this program he will discuss forgotten Victorian era artist Georgiana Houghton and her presence in Australia via the carte-de-visite album of a spiritualist in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. In most carte-de-visite albums portraits of intimate friends rubbed shoulders with portraits of…

Talk | Stein Rønning | CCP Australia

Stein Rønning, Renient 1 2014, inkjet print, 42.5 x 42cm, courtesy the artist.

Resituating time, lost time re-embedded, or how Chronos eats his stone Since Bernd and Hilla Becher, fine art photography has been practiced with great fervour. It has been disseminated and analysed, and as an art form, it has become an auto-critical practice. It’s even started to find its own way of dying as its very mode of existence, in much the same way as painting has for quite some time. Modern photography appeared as a potential artistic medium (plate photography in the 1820s) much at the same time as a modern systemic concept of art is settled (Hegel’s lectures on aesthetics delivered between 1818—29 and the famous notion that art is something of the past). Now with photography’s referent being…

Lecture | The beginning of the Qing Dynasty | NGV International

Giuseppe CASTIGLIONE
Italian 1688–1766, worked in China 1714–66
Qianlong Emperor in ceremonial armour on horseback 清人画弘历戎装骑马像轴Qing dynasty, Qianlong period 1739
coloured inks on silk
322.5 x 232.0 cm
The Palace Museum,

Join the President of NGV Voluntary Guides, Ramona Chua, for an in depth exploration of the beginning of the Qing Dynasty. Discover the history of the Manchus, where they came from and how they came to rule China for 268 years. The Qianlong Emperor’s long 60-year reign (1736–1795) was a particularly fascinating time in China’s history where he was a leader of the Golden Age of China. Take a closer look at the paintings and objects created during Qianlong’s reign, and featured in the exhibition. Speaker Ramona Chua, President, NGV Voluntary Guides Date: 11am–12pm, 21st June 2015 Venue: NGV International, Ground Level, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium Tickets: Cost $16 M / $20 A / $18 C, Code P1539 Booking required: Ph…

Research Day in 18th Century Studies at the University of Sydney

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Topic: 18th Century Philosophy in Dialogue Date: 28 August 2015 The Sydney Intellectual History Network (SIHN) is sponsoring a Research Day in Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Sydney on 28 August 2015. The event supports the efforts of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (ANZSECS) in building a new community of scholars and postgraduate studies from a broad range of disciplines within the humanities. The Research Day will begin with an interdisciplinary panel discussion with experts from a number of fields speaking on the relationships between philosophy, music, literature, art and architecture during the eighteenth century. Led by Dalia Nassar (Philosophy), the panel features visiting scholar Justin Smith (Université Paris Diderot – Paris VII) engaged in discussion…

Floortalk | Inspiration by Design| State Library of Victoria

Yohji Yamamoto womenswear catalogue 1986, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Nick Knight/Trunk Archive

Floor talk: Exhibition co-curator Elizabeth James, Victoria and Albert Museum Join special guest Elizabeth James from the Victoria and Albert Museum as she shares her intimate knowledge of the exhibition. Elizabeth James is the Senior Librarian in charge of National Art Library Collections, and one of the lead curators for the exhibition Inspiration by Design. Her research interests centre on the history of the book and book arts since 1800, including museum publications and artists’ books. About the Exhibition Inspiration by Design: Word and Image (until 14th June) from the Victoria and Albert Museum showcases some of the world’s finest book art, graphics, photography and illustration. The exhibition celebrates 150 years of collecting by the Victoria and Albert Museum’s National Art…

Lecture: ‘In Every Respect Equal’: John Rogers Herbert (1810-1890) and the Monumental Moses | NGV

John HERBERT
Moses bringing down the Tables of the Law (c. 1872-1878)
oil on paper on canvas
344.4 x 633.5 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1878
p.306.4-1

In 1872 the NGV purchased a large mural of Moses Bringing Down the Tables of the Law by John Rogers Herbert, originally created for Parliament in London. However, it was more than a mere copy. Its earnest artist wrote that he wanted Melbourne to have an original, and he achieved this in a surprising way. Though it was initially popular with Melburnians, it was rolled up 70 years ago and hasn’t been on display since.  Now, unrolled at last, what can we discover about this enigmatic painting, concerned with law and justice? Speaker Dr Nancy Langham Hooper, art historian Date: 2pm–3pm, 14th June 2015 Venue: NGV International, Ground Level, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium Tickets:Cost $16 M / $20 A / $18 C…

Boiler Room Lecture | Ryan Gander | State Library of Victoria

Image: Ryan Gander, Porthole to Culturefield Revisited 2010
Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery. Photo: Ken Adlard and Dave Morgan.

MUMA and Monash Art Design and Architecture [MADA], in association with Australian Centre for Contemporary Art [ACCA] are pleased to co-present a keynote lecture by renowned UK artist Ryan Gander. The lecture will be introduced by Charlotte Day, Director MUMA, and followed by a discussion and Q&A with Hannah Mathews, Associate Curator, ACCA. Ryan Gander was born in Chester, UK in 1976 and lives and works in London and Suffolk. He has established an international reputation through artworks that materialise in many different forms, including sculpture, film, writing, graphic design, installation and performance. Through associative thought processes that connect the everyday and the esoteric, the overlooked and the commonplace, Gander’s work involves a questioning of language and knowledge; a reinvention…

Lecture | Joe Banks ‘Rorschach Audio’ |Gertrude Contemporary

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Joe Banks | ‘Rorschach Audio’ | Histories and Theories of Sound, Lecture #5 2015 Liquid Architecture and the Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA are pleased to present British sound artist and writer Joe Banks in Australia for the first time. On Wednesday June 3 at 6.30pm at Gertrude Contemporary, Banks will deliver a lecture titled ‘Rorschach Audio’ as part of the ‘Histories and Theories of Sound’ series presented in association with Gertrude Contemporary, Liquid Architecture and Discipline. Banks’s lecture is #5 in the ‘Histories and Theories of Sound’ series that began last year, and has featured lectures by Branden W. Joseph, David Grubbs, Douglas Kahn, and James Parker. BLURB In Rorschach Audio: Art & Illusion for Sound, Banks offers a critical account…