Category: Events

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

Lecture | Syria: Ancient History – Modern Conflict – Andrew Jamieson | Melbourne Museum

In this lecture Andrew Jamieson will discuss the forthcoming exhibition Syria: Ancient History – Modern Conflict in the Ian Potter Museum of Art’s Classics and Archaeology Gallery at the University of Melbourne. He explores three decades of fieldwork conducted in the middle and upper Euphrates River valley, which ceased in the region in 2010 as a result of the conflict in Syria. In some cases, artefacts uncovered by the researchers stored on site have been lost or destroyed. The whereabouts of other objects transferred to the Aleppo museum before the war remains unknown. Syria: Ancient History – Modern Conflict seeks to illustrate the key archaeological findings of the Australian research projects in Syria. The exhibition will also draw attention to the current Syrian conflict and the destruction of cultural heritage, most notably at Palmyra. Andrew will also discuss his involvement…

Exhibition | ART & HERBARIUM – Creative Ecological Investigations | Lab 14 Gallery

ARt and HErbarium invite picture

Invite to an art exhibition at Lab-14 This unique collaboration between artists and science investigates how the arts and sciences can enliven each other in unexpected ways. Through its form, practice and reflection /Art & Herbarium/ shows how modes of scientific knowledge and of creative practice continue to be intertwined in this most challenging of centuries. The /Art & Herbarium/ exhibition show works by the artists, who engaged with the Herbarium collection with imagination, sensitivity and intelligence. This exhibition is part of the forthcoming issue of Unlikely – Journal for Creative Arts http://unlikely.net.au. Website: https://www.carltonconnect.com.au/art-herbarium-creative-ecological-investigations/ Exhibition Dates: 2-16 March, 2017 Artists: Tom Bristow, Rosalind Hall, Elizabeth Hickey, Jessica Hood, Bonny Cassidy, Harry Nankin, Josh Wodak Opening Night: 2 March, 6pm Venue: Lab 14 Gallery, 700 Swanston St, Carlton, Vic 3053 Curator: Jan Hendrik Brueggemeier Project team: Tom Bistow & Danielle Wyatt

Meet the Artist – Louise Hearman | TarraWarra Museum of Art

TarraWarra Museum of Art presents the first survey exhibition of Louise Hearman’s work, curated by Anna Davis and organised and toured by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, MCA from 18 February – 14 May 2017, with paintings and drawings from across her 25-year practice. Meet the artist and join Fiona Gruber posing questions to curator and artist and gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the work in this exhibition. Compere: Fiona Gruber, journalist and producer with twenty years experience writing and broadcasting across the arts as a commentator, profile writer, and reviewer Guests: Louise Hearman, artist and Anna Davis, Curator, MCA and Curator Louise Hearman exhibition Date: Saturday 18 March, 2pm Venue: TarraWarra Museum of Art, Tickets: $20 / $15 concession – book via twma.com.au Telephone (03) 5957 3100 Email museum@twma.com.au  

CCP Lectures | Echo Chamber: Emerging Research on Photography

Thursday 2 March, 6pm | Centre for Contemporary Photography Gold-coin doantion, 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. Chair | MICHELLE MOUNTAIN | Program Manager, Centre for Contemporary Photography Speakers Kate Golding | The camera obscura: past, present, future A precursor to photography as we know it today, the camera obscura is a naturally occurring optical phenomenon. Through her research, Golding has examined historical and contemporary applications of this “darkened chamber” from astronomical observation, seaside recreation, scientific and military uses through to art making. This research has extended to experimentations with the creation of several camera obscura both fixed and portable. However, the camera obscura is more than just a photographic apparatus or mechanical device, it…

Seminar | Garin Nugroho’s Satan Jawa: Remediating Art and History in Contemporary Indonesian film

Thursday 23rd February 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm From January to April, Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennal of Performing Arts will be held in Melbourne, an artistic celebration of Australia’s relations with contemporary Asia. One of the main goals of Asia TOPA is to foster cultural understanding between Australia and Indonesia (see https://www.asiatopa.com.au/about). One of the highlights of Asia TOPA is the film Satan Jawa by award-winning Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho, a black and white film accompanied by live gamelan music. Satan Jawa was inspired by the German black and white silent cinema tradition, such as Nosferatu, as well as wayang kulit, the Indonesian shadow puppet theatre. Satan Jawa is an interdisciplinary production, merging filmmaking, music, dance, theatre, fashion and visual arts. Themes such as colonialism, magic realism, mysticism, mythology, and sensuality are set in a historical context. This panel discussion…

MADA Master of Fine Art Graduate exhibition and Fine Art Postgraduate Symposium

MADA’s Master of Fine Art Graduate exhibition includes both emerging and established contemporary artists who have completed their Master’s of Fine Art. This is an opportunity for industry professionals, future students, educators and the general public to see our graduating students’ work. – Belle Bassin – Sophia Dacy-Cole – Melissa Deerson – Marnie Edmiston – Christopher L G Hill – Kym Maxwell – Rosina Prestia The Fine Art Postgraduate Symposium 2017 presents a day of papers by Monash graduate researchers working across art history and theory, curatorial and fine art practice. The papers span a broad spectrum of research and practice, but share an attention to some of the most vital and compelling aspects of contemporary life and culture. Schedule: Thursday 16 February Fine Art Postgraduate Symposium 2017 9.00am Welcome 9.15–10.15am Keynote: Agatha Gothe-Snape Session 1: Robert Vidas, An Examination of…

Sydney Asian Art Series Talks | Marketing Pleasure for Profit – Julie Nelson Davis

9 March, 6.00pm –Sydney Asian Art Series Marketing Pleasure for Profit: The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared – Julie Nelson Davis The University of Sydney China Studies Centre, The Power Institute and VisAsia is proud to present the first of our Sydney Asian Art Series talks, with a lecture by Professor Julie Nelson Davis. In Marketing Pleasure for Profit, Professor Davis will explore the production of the now famous eighteenth-century Japanese book of ‘performing beauties’ prints, The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared. LECTURE ABSTRACT Today, The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared is regarded as one of most remarkable printed books of eighteenth-century Japan. Featuring sumptuous illustrations by two leading ukiyo-e artists, Kitao Shigemasa and Katsukawa Shunshō, the book exploited full-color multiple block printing to represent the glamorous ‘beauties’ of the licensed Yoshiwara pleasure district. In her presentation, Professor Davis will discuss…

Exhibition | Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in Time | MUMA

Image: John Glew's clay pit near Hodgson Street, Brunswick in operation between 1849-1857. Image courtesy of Moreland City Library, Brunswick.

OPEN SPATIAL WORKSHOP: CONVERGING IN TIME Dates: 11 February – 8 April 2017 Opening function: Saturday 11 February, 3-5pm – With remarks by Professor Lynette Russell, Director, Faculty of Arts Monash Indigenous Studies Centre. Website: https://www.monash.edu/muma/exhibitions/exhibition-archive/2017/open-spatial-workshop In February 2017 MUMA I Monash University Museum of Art presents Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in time, the first major museum exhibition by Open Spatial Workshop (comprising artists Terri Bird, Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell). The exhibition is part of MUMA’s much anticipated annual survey exhibition series that presents the practices of Australia’s most exciting and innovative mid-career artists. Converging in time continues OSW’s sculptural investigation into the forces of material formation. Drawing on earth sciences research and studies of the Anthropocene, this new exhibition explores the relationship between the mineral make-up of a site and the societies they produce and sustain. This approach is particularly…

Unconference | Teacher as Artist | Art Education Victoria and the Victorian College of the Arts

Unconference | Teacher as Artist | Victorian College of the Arts 3rd Feb 2017, 9:00am – 10:00pm Art Education Victoria and the Victorian College of the Arts present Unconference | Teacher as Artist – a day of inspiration, collaboration, learning and development.   Morning | Teacher as Artist Ten exhibiting contemporary Melbourne artists have put their hands up to work with you. They were inspired by their art teachers, now it’s their opportunity to inspire you. You’ll learn exciting new skills, techniques and knowledge for your 2017 classroom. Choose who you want to work with for an immersive three hour workshop at the home of art education, the Victorian College of the Arts. 1 Jon Cattapan: The Figure | The City | The Landscape 2 Kate Daw: Text based Art 3 Elizabeth Gower: Geometries of Pattern Logic 4 Rafaat Ishak: Intersections | Urban environments through…

Book Launch | University Construction

University Construction was a one-day exhibition by David Homewood and Bronté Lambert. The exhibition was open from 11am to 7pm on 23 June 2015. It was held in a classroom of John Medley Building at the University of Melbourne. The exhibition presented a variety of readymade, found and modified objects—many sourced from the University campus—in geometric configurations on the classroom floor, accompanied by a flyer and information sheet. The publication University Construction is a record of the exhibition. It includes photographs of the exhibition, along with scans of the flyer and information sheet. The publication also includes More Minor Constructions, a series of photographs taken several weeks after the exhibition closed, in the classroom where the exhibition was held. The publication serves a documentary function; it also builds a discursive context around the exhibition. It features texts by David Homewood, Helen…

CFP | Women in the Creative Arts | August 2017 at ANU

Women in the Creative Arts | 10-12 August 2017 | Australian National University The School of Music at the Australian National University, is pleased to announce a call for papers and submissions for an innovative research conference on “Women in the Creative Arts” to be held at the school from 10-12 August, 2017. Papers and proposals are invited from scholars and industry practitioners from the creative arts. The topical focus for this conference is the creative work of artists who identify as women. Delegates of all gender identities are invited to submit proposals for papers. Research papers will receive 30 minutes of presentation time – papers should be presented within 20 minutes, allowing 10 minutes for questions. Submissions are also invited for poster presentations, seminar panels, roundtable presentations, networking events, or creative workshops that might be of interest to delegates in this…

Symposium | Agency and aesthetics: A symposium on the expanded field of photography | Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

With more photographs circulating than ever before, what do photographers want their images to do? How are artists retaining agency amongst the changing ontology of photography and its conventions and technologies? Does photography either in an art gallery or online still offer a democratic potential in its ability to alter or resist existing positions? As part of considering the shifting politics and aesthetics of photography the event is an opportunity to consider the current nature of subjectivity in image worlds. If the selfie is the “the first format of the new global majority” as Niholas Mirzoeff has stated, how has it continued to be an argument about who a person is and what they stand for? Where is the self situated in the convergence of images and multiple public personae online? This day-long symposium invites artists, writers, critics, academics and…

Panel Discussion | Collectivism and the art of the poster making | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Convenor: Roger Butler AM, Senior Curator of Australian Prints and Drawings, NGA Speakers: Exhibiting artists Carole Wilson, Dianna Wells, Nicholas Mau, Wendy Black, Julie Sheils Join Roger Butler and some of the artists exhibiting in the exhibition for a discussion of the power of this community art movement as a mode of social commentary and how they went about designing and printing posters, pamphlets, postcards, t-shirts, banners and fabric to disseminate their views. Don’t Be Too Polite: Posters and activism features works by printmaking collectives Redletter Community Workshop Inc. (1977-1991), Another Planet Posters (1985-1991) and Red Planet Inc. (1992-2001) spanning from the early eighties to the mid-nineties. The prints reflect community engagement and concerns for the socio-political and changing economic environment of the late twentieth century. Producing timely and significant works in response to nuclear testing, shifting social norms, a…

AICCM Symposium and Workshops | Shock of the New: Modern Materials, Media and Methods | Melbourne February 2017

The AICCM Objects and Electron Special Interest Groups welcome you to register for the AICCM symposium the Shock of the New: Modern Materials, Media and Methods, to be held at the Royal Exhibition Building Theatrette in Melbourne, Australia from 8-9 February 2017. The program includes over 20 presentations from conservators and researchers around Australia and the worlds, as well as renowned invited speakers Dragan Espenschied (Rhizome, USA) and Kate Dunn (UNSW, Australia). Registration costs include morning and afternoon tea, as well as lunch for the two days. On 10 February 2017 three workshops will be held in association with the symposium. These are: Dragan Espenschied – Web Archiving AU$325 Dragan Espenschied – Emulation AU$325 Dr Michelle Woulahan – Introduction to Arduino and microcontrollers AU$265 Simon Young – Immersive VR experiences in archaeological sites FREE Places in these workshops are strictly…

Conference | Enchanted isles, fatal shores: Living Versailles | NGA March 2017

Friday 17 – Saturday 18 March 2017 | National Gallery of Australia, Canberra On the occasion of the Versailles: Treasures from the Palace exhibition at the NGA, which brings major works of art from the Palace of Versailles to Canberra, this conference showcases the latest ideas about the lives of past people and objects, as well as the living culture of Versailles today. See the website for full details and to register: http://nga.gov.au/symposia/versailles/ Staged in Canberra, which like Versailles is a planned capital city, centre of government and culture, this is a unique opportunity to explore the enduring influence and resonance of Versailles, its desires and self-perceptions of modernity, from film to fashion to architecture. Gathering a generation of scholars whose work is shifting our perceptions of the art, culture and life of ancien-régime Versailles and its reception, this is…