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.

Lecture | Melbourne Mandarins: ‘Modern Chinese painters’ 1974 – Claire Roberts | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Date: Thursday 10 Aug 2017, 6.00- 7.30pm Venue: Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne Free. RSVP via the website: http://www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au/public-programs/current-events/prgm-date/2017-08-10/prgm/melbourne-mandarins-modern-chinese-painters-1974 Join us for a lecture on the exhibition ‘Modern Chinese Painters in the Traditional Style’, held at the University Art Gallery, Melbourne in 1974, an early and rather impressive effort to promote the appreciation of Chinese painting in Australia. The exhibition crossed boundaries in bringing together those in Australia with an interest in and knowledge of Chinese art to share their understandings with a wider public. At a pivotal moment in Australia’s changing relationship with China it reflected a fragile but evolving cultural eco system that developed from the efforts of a discerning group of citizens with strong links to the University. Followed by refreshments. Claire Roberts is an historian of Chinese art and a curator. She is…

Lecture | Ding Yanyong’s Guangzhou/Hong Kong: A Forgotten History of Modern Chinese Art that Straddles the Year 1949 – Cai Tao | Ian Potter Museums of Art

Ding Yanyong’s Guangzhou/Hong Kong: A Forgotten History of Modern Chinese Art that Straddles the Year 1949 Date: Wednesday 9 Aug 2017, 12.00- 1.30pm Venie: Ian Potter Museum of Art A lecture presented by Cai Tao with translation by Claire Roberts This talk will focus on the cross-disciplinary artistic practice developed by Ding Yanyong (1902-1978) in Guangzhou and Hong Kong in the period after the end of the Sino-Japanese War. Owing to the fact that Ding moved to Hong Kong after 1949, viewers in mainland Chinese remain unfamiliar with this talented avant-garde artist. Using works by Ding Yanyong from collections in Australia, Hong Kong and elsewhere, the talk will reconsider the artist’s life experience and, drawing on perspectives from modern East Asian art history, examine the pathways of modern art opened up by Ding Yanyong, Guan Liang, Tan Huamu and other…

Workshop | Art and Translation: Ian Fairweather’s The Drunken Buddha | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Date: Tuesday 8 Aug 2017, 10.00- 5.00pm Venue: Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne Website: http://www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au/public-programs/current-events/prgm-date/2017-08-08/prgm/art-and-translation-ian-fairweather-s-the-drunken-buddha This international workshop will examine the translation of The Drunken Buddha (University of Queensland Press, 1965), from Chinese to English, by artist Ian Fairweather (1891-1974), and the accompanying illustrations. Scholars with backgrounds in Chinese language, literature and art history; artists and students of translation will come together to consider this rare example of a serious book-length translation by a practicing artist. How do we understand The Drunken Buddha in the context of literature, translation and creative practice? What was the relationship between Chinese language, translation and artistic practice for Fairweather, and what might that mean in an Australian context? Workshop participants include: Cai Tao, Associate Professor, Art History Research Institute, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts Nicholas Jose, Professor of English and Creative…

Seminar Presentations by candidates for the University of Melbourne position Lecturer in Art History (circa 500-1600)

You are cordially invited to attend the upcoming Seminar Presentations by candidates for the following position: Lecturer in Art History (circa 500-1600) Date: Wednesday, 2 August, 9.40 am-11.40 am Venue: Arts West, North Wing, room 553 9.40am: Dr. Mark Erdmann will discuss his ongoing and future research on Japanese medieval and early modern art. 10.40am: Dr. Miya Tokumitsu will discuss her ongoing and future research on northern European medieval and early modern art For more information on the presentations, please contact Anne Dunlop anne.dunlop@unimelb.edu.au

Workshop | Some Artists and Philosophers Walked into a Room | VCA

Some Artists & Philosophers Walked into a Room… Tuesday 11 July, 2017 – 9.30am-5.30pm Theme: A work might be experienced in numerous ways—in person, online, across multiple versions, as a record, diagram, report, description, witness account, podcast, video, plan, remix, or even as a scalable aggregate of elements. Perhaps, once we consider the world of a work of art as a constellation of elements, the indeterminacy of art is given a more conspicuous materiality. Where is a work of art? Is there an optimum or primary point of entry into a work of art? Chairs: Sean Lowry (VCA) and Jenny McMahon (Philosophy, Adelaide) Presenters: Barbara Bolt, Elizabeth Burns Coleman, Edward Colless, Cate Consandine, Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, Justin Clemens, Cynthia Freeland, Vanessa Godden, Andrew Goodman, Paul Guyer, Raafat Ishak, Kate Just, Tessa Laird, Claire Lambe, Sean Lowry, David Macarthur, Mohan Matthen,…

Lecture | Dr Christopher Heathcote – Discovering Dobell | TarraWarra Museum of Art

William Dobell Gentleman conversing with a prawn 1970 oil on panel 27.8 x 25.4 cm Private collection © Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

2pm, Saturday 22 July Dr. Christopher Heathcote, curator of Discovering Dobell, as he shares his fresh insights into the work of William Dobell. Exploring in detail Dobell’s London years, his portraits of Sydneysiders, and the more experimental New Guinea paintings, Heathcote’s lecture will present a close examination of the artist’s practice, shedding new light on the processes and methods by which the artist developed ideas from sketches to paintings. Exploring in detail Dobell’s London years, his portraits of Sydneysiders, and the more experimental New Guinea paintings, Heathcote’s lecture will present a close examination of the artist’s practice, shedding new light on the processes and methods by which the artist developed his ideas through several drawings and studies to reach one or more paintings. Dr. Christopher Heathcote is one of Australia’s foremost art critics and has written on a broad range of topics…

Lecture | ‘Re-visiting Peter Lely’: a Dutch painter in seventeenth-century London – Diana Dethloff | University of Melbourne

Peter Lely's Portrait of Sir John Rous

The Dutch-born artist Peter Lely was an important figure in seventeenth-century British portrait painting. His position as Principal Painter at the court of Charles II, and his portraits of royal mistresses and privileged courtiers have, for many, come to define the Restoration period, as well as earning Lely the reputation of being nothing more than a fashionable face painter. This lecture aims to present a more balanced assessment of an artist who enjoyed a working life of almost forty years, only half of which were as royal painter, and examines Lely’s work during the earlier periods of English civil war and Commonwealth government, in addition to that for the Restoration Court. As well as arguing for a more balanced view of this interesting and prolific artist, this discussion will provide a useful context for the National Gallery of Victoria’s own Lely portrait…

Writing and Concepts | Yhonnie Scarce – Product of his Majesty | MUMA

Image: Yhonnie Scarce, Thunder raining poison 2015. Photograph by Janelle Low

Yhonnie Scarce presents: “Product of his Majesty” Thu 6 July 6:00pm at Monash University Museum of Art Ground Floor, Building F, 900 Dandenong Rode, Caulfield East VIC 3145 link to facebook event, follow us on Instagram, or visit our website WRITING & CONCEPTS YHONNIE SCARCE was born in Woomera, South Australia, and belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. Scarce holds a Master of Fine Arts from Monash University. She is one of the first contemporary Australian artists to explore the political and aesthetic power of glass, describing her work as ‘politically motivated and emotionally driven’. Scarce’s work often references the on-going effects of colonisation on Aboriginal people, In particular her research focus has explored the impact of the removal and relocation of Aboriginal people from their homelands and the forcible removal of Aboriginal children from their families. Scarce’s work…

Exhibition and Art Talks | Call of the Avant-Garde Constructivism and Australian Art | Heide MoMA

As part of the soon-to-open ‘Call of the Avant-Garde’ exhibition at Heide MoMA there are a series of floor talks whhere visitors can learn about Russian constructivist art and ideas and key works in the exhibition withy exhibiting artists, social commentators and curators. All talks are included with museum admission. All free with admission, no bookings required. Call of the Avant-Garde | Sunday 9 July, 2pm | An overview of the exhibition with its curators curators Lesley Harding and Sue Cramer Writing and Concepts: Art in the Time Of Trump | Saturday 22 July, 2pm | One hundred years after the Russian revolution, writer and social commentator Ben Eltham discusses dissent and descensus in the current political landscape. (Please be aware that this program has limited capacity.) Rose Nolan and Kerrie Poliness | Saturday 5 August, 2pm | Artists Rose…

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…