Category: Melbourne Events

Art and Art History related events in Melbourne. We welcome submissions in this category. If you are organising or know of an event that would be of interest to our readers please see ‘Contact Us’ for detail on how to submit an item.

Symposium | Academia and Bohemia: New Perspectives on the National Gallery School | Victorian College of the Arts

Image: Samuel Calvert, "Sketches at the School of Design [at the National Gallery School]", 30 April 1887, wood engraving, Illustrated Australian News; Source: State Library of Victoria

A free one-day symposium, which presents new perspectives on the National Gallery of Victoria’s Art School, is organised by the Australian Institute of Art History (AIAH) in the Faculty of Arts, in collaboration with the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), as part of the celebrations in honour of the 150th anniversary of the Victorian College of the Arts. Founded in 1867, the National Gallery Art School has remained the leading continuous centre of academic art training in Australia, becoming the first school of the Victorian College of the Arts in 1973, and later affiliating with the University of Melbourne in 1991. You are invited to hear a group of experts, including Michael Varcoe-Cocks (National Gallery of Victoria), Professor Catherine Speck (University of Adelaide), Dr Stephen Mead (independent scholar), Dr Bronwyn Hughes (independent scholar), Ms Alexandra Ellem (University of Melbourne),…

Writing and Concepts | Carolyn Eskdale ” : before : room : after : ” | RMIT Design Hub

Carolyn Eskdale presents: ” : before : room : after : ” Date: Thu 8 June 6:00pm at RMIT Design Hub Venue: Level 3 Lecture Theatre, Building 100, Cnr Victoria and Swanston Streets Carlton More information: link to facebook event or follow on Instagram CAROLYN ESKDALE’S practice encompasses drawing, photography, sculpture, and intervention, working in tension with site as a context and reference. She engages with processes of transformation and reconstruction of actual, remembered and imagined actions, objects, and architectures. Since 1995 Eskdale has worked on an ongoing series of installations and residencies in relation to the domestic interior. Her works feature a systematic use of transference of surface and relations of space & form, through the trace of hand from one surface to another. This represents a formal mechanism or language that enables a reconstruction of material memory. Carolyn…

Writing & Concepts | Anthony Carew – ‘So, What Did You Think?’: Asshole Opinions and Critical Criticism | Neon Parc

Anthony Carew presents: “So, What Did You Think?”: Asshole Opinions and Critical Criticism. Saturday 3 June 3:00pm at Neon Parc, 15 Tinning Street Brunswick link to facebook event or follow us on Instagram ANTHONY CAREW is a Melbourne-based writer, critic, broadcaster, DJ, and music consultant. Since 2000, he has hosted the weekly radio show The International Pop Underground on RRR FM. He’s DJ’d events from album launches to museum exhibitions, house parties to weddings. And, in recent years, covertly curated countless playlists for a top-secret online streaming service. As well as writing the scathing movie-review column Film Carew, he is a regular contributor to The Music, The Age, The Big Issue, Metro, and Screen Education, typing about music and cinema without fear or favour. He has hosted Q&As at MIFF, spoken at the Emerging Writers Festival, and presented a paper…

VCA’s ART150 | NGV Floor talks

On 28 May 2017, the Victorian College of the Arts and the National Gallery of Victoria will present a series of floor talks by VCA Art staff, including VCA Director Su Baker, Jon Cattapan, Elizabeth Gower, Stieg Persson, Raafat Ishak, Kate Daw, Lou Hubbard, Bernhard Sachs, Cate Consandine and Jon Campbell, as part of the VCA’s ART150 celebrations in 2017. Artists on Art is at the National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, Melbourne, on 28 May 2017, 1pm–3pm, free admission. See the VCA events listing for more information. As both practising artists and teachers, the speakers will provide new insights and share their thoughts on iconic Australian works of art by National Gallery School and VCA Art alumni that are held in the NGV collection. Artists include Fred Williams, Howard Arkley, Sidney Nolan, Margaret Preston, John Brack, Noel Counihan, Rosslynd…

Medieval Renaissance Art Forum at the University of Melbourne

A new Medieval and Renaissance Reading Group is being set up at the Univeristy of Melbourne, see below for more detail. A proposal is being considered to form a reading group at the University of Melbourne to discuss medieval and early modern art and art history, with the working title the “MedRen Art Forum”. If you are a graduate student, scholar, art history graduate, or simply have an interest in this area, we would be interested in meeting with you. The forum will be open to all. Please come along to our first general meeting to share your thoughts about possible activities, readings, formats: Thursday, 1 June 2017 5.30-6.15 pm University of Melbourne, Medley building, room W202 Medley is building number 191 on campus maps, easily accessed through University Gate 10 on Grattan Street. If you have any queries please…

Boiler Room Lecture | Ritual intimacy – Conversation with Christian Thompson, Professor Sarah Joseph, Hettie Perkins

Thursday 18 May 2017, 6:00-7.30pm Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, Conference Centre, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne FREE. Bookings required: muma.rsvp@monash.edu MUMA is pleased to present a special conversation between leading Australian artist Christian Thompson and Professor Sarah Joseph, Director for the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University, convened by curator and writer Hetti Perkins. The conversation will traverse ideas of cultural hybridity, the ethics of working with cultural material from museum collections, Australia’s colonial history, the environment and the importance of country and language. This event coincides with the exhibition, Christian Thompson: Ritual intimacy, the first major survey exhibition by the artist at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), curated by Charlotte Day and Hetti Perkins. Christian Thompson, of the Bidjara people, works across photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound to explore notions of identity, race and…

Photography in Focus | National Gallery Victoria

Saturday 20 May, 10am – 4.30pm, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International What photography trends are inspiring current photography practice and what can we expect to see in future? Explore key areas of photography including portraiture, performance and the role of the artist as curator in a series of talks and discussions. Program Introduction to NGV Festival of Photography Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator, Photography, NGV Eye of the Beholder: The Photographic Portrait (Session One) Dr Daniel Palmer, Associate Professor, Art Theory Program, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Monash University David Rosetzky , artist Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator, Photography, NGV The Artist as Curator as Artist (Session Two) Dr Kyla McFarlane, Acting Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Patrick Pound, artist Maggie Finch, Curator, Photography, NGV  Photography and the Question of Making Visible…

Cancelled – Writing & Concepts at RMIT Design Hub | Bryce Ives – Restrictions x Freedom

From the organisers – This event has been cancelled due to illness and will be rescheduled to a later date – apologies for any inconvenience caused. Bryce Ives presents: Restrictions x Freedom at the RMIT Design Hub Level 3 Lecture Theatre, Building 100, Cnr Victoria and Swanston Streets Carlton link to facebook event BRYCE IVES is the Director of the Gippsland Centre of Art and Design and the Ballarat Arts Academy at Federation University Australia. Federation University plays a unique role in regional Victoria for its studio-based undergraduate and graduate programs in visual arts, graphic and communication design, acting and music theatre. Sought after as a theatre maker, facilitator, broadcaster, and writer; the breadth of Ives’ work is interdisciplinary. Ives successfully led the strategic development of Australia’s leading youth participation projects, including SYN Youth Media (2003 to 2007 as General…

Talk and Launch | Barbara Creed – Stray: Human–Animal Ethics in the Anthropocene

The Power Institute and the Ian Potter Museum of Art are pleased to invite you to a talk by Barbara Creed to mark the launch of her book ‘Stray: Human–Animal Ethics in the Anthropocene’ Barbara Creed’s timely polemic explores the relationship between human and animal in the context of the stray. To celebrate the launch of this new publication, Creed, with respondent Dr lynn mowson, Vice Chair of the Australasian Animal Studies Association, will discuss the concept of the stray through the visual arts, film and literature, introducing the concept of the anthropogenic stray and exploring the contradictions it embodies. Following the talk, Stray will be officially launched by curator Victoria Lynn, Director, TarraWarra Museum of Art. A stray, to stray, the act of straying. The stray is the outsider, other, exile, refugee—the one who lives apart from the mainstream or isolated…

Lecture Series | A Life in Pictures – Vincent Alessi on Van Gogh | NGV International

A LIFE OF PICTURES – Saturday 13th, Sunday 21st and Saturday 27th MAY, 2-3pm Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium – NGV International Journey through Van Gogh’s multifaceted career as an artist in a series of illustrated lectures by Dr Vincent Alessi. Dr Vincent Alessi is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts at La Trobe University and an alumni of The University of Melbourne. His research interests include the life and work of Vincent van Gogh, mid-late nineteenth century European art, nineteenth century popular graphic illustration and Australian contemporary visual art and curatorial practice. Vincent completed his PhD on Van Gogh’s collection of black-and-white popular illustrations and is currently undertaking research on the influence of Charles Dickens on Van Gogh. Alessi has also held numerous positions within cultural institutions including Curatorial Manager at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne…

Writing & Concepts at Bus Projects – talk by Daniel von Sturmer

Daniel von Sturmer presents the talk: “Electric Light (facts/figures)” (2017). at Bus Projects 25-31 Rokeby Street, Collingwood 4 May at 18:00–19:30 link to facebook event DANIEL VON STURMER’S practice involves a range of media and approaches including video, photography and installation. His works orchestrate a field of relations between things and people, light and space, video and time, where the encounter between audience and artwork tests the ways in which we conventionally view artworks in a gallery. Born in New Zealand in 1972, von Sturmer has been based in Melbourne as a practising artist since 1994. In 2007 he represented Australia at the 52nd Venice Biennale, showing in the Australian Pavilion. He has exhibited at numerous public venues including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; The Gothenburg Museum…

Ian Potter Museum of Art to host Richard Bell’s Embassy this weekend

The Ian Potter Museum of Art is pleased to host Richard Bell’s Embassy from 28 – 30 April 2017. Website: http://www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au/public-programs/current-events/prgm-date/2017-04-28/prgm/richard-bell-embassy Taking inspiration from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy assembled by activists on the lawn of Parliament House in Canberra in 1972, Richard Bell’s Embassy is a mobile art installation that both reflects upon a pivotal moment in the Indigenous Australian land rights movement, and reveals the extent to which the struggle for self-determination continues today, in Australia and internationally. Since its launch in 2013, Bell’s green canvas tent, with its sign declaring, “White invaders you are living on stolen land”, has been steadily touring the world – from Sydney and Brisbane to New York, Venice and Jerusalem. Bell’s Embassy provides a platform for presentations, discussions, screenings and performances which explore topics such as the high rates of suicide among Aboriginal…

Registrations close tomorrow Friday 28th for The Emotions of Love in the Art of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

The Emotions of Love in the Art of Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe Date: Thursday 4 May ‒ Saturday 6 May 2017 Venue: Thursday and Friday – The University of Melbourne, Woodward Conference Centre, 10th floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106), 185 Pelham Street, Carlton Venue: Saturday – The National Gallery of Victoria, Clemenger Auditorium, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Convenors: Charles Zika and Angela Hesson Contact: Julie Davies (daviesja@unimelb.edu.au) See the conference website for full information: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/events/the-emotions-of-love-in-the-art-of-late-medieval-and-early-modern-europe/ Registrations: http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/emotionsoflove Please register by Friday 28 April. Registrations will not be available at the venue. Costs Full Reg – 3 days: Full $80, Students and unwaged $50 Daily Reg Day one: Full $30, Students and unwaged $20 Day two: Full $30, Students and unwaged $20 Day three (at NGV): Full $40, Students and unwaged $25 Conference Dinner Full $80, Students and unwaged $45 The Conference dinner will be held at…

Lecture | Cecilia Vicuña, About to Happen – Julia Bryan-Wilson | University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson will give a lecture on Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña. Her lecture will discuss Vicuña’s sculptural work looking closely at her textile-based work from the 1970s to think through issues of production and materiality. Drawing on her forthcoming book, Fray: Art and Textile Politics, Julia Bryan-Wilson investigates how Vicuña’s use of knotted threads and strings signified politically during the Pinochet dictatorship and in relation to Andean systems of knowledge production. She explores a range of art and performance from several decades of Vicuña’s practice to illuminate how textiles unravel preconceived ideas about handicraft, industry, and memory. Julia Bryan-Wilson’s writing has appeared in Afterall, Aperture, Artforum, Art Journal, Bookforum, October, Oxford Art Journal, and Parkett. Her work centres on feminist and queer theory, artistic labour, performance, and craft histories. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War…