Category: Events

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

Colony: Australia 1770-1861 and Colony: Frontier Wars Exhibition Opening Programs Saturday 17th March | NGV Australia

For the opening weekend of Colony: Australia 1770-1861 and Colony: Frontier Wars the NGV is hosting a series of talks and performances on Saturday 17th March. See the website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program-series/colony-opening-weekend/ COLONY: AUSTRALIA 1770–1861 Drawing from public and private collections across the country, Colony: Australia 1770–1861 brings together the most important examples of art and design produced during this period and surveys the key settlements and development of life and culture in the colonies. Importantly, the exhibition acknowledges the impact of European settlement on Indigenous communities. COLONY: FRONTIER WARS Colony: Frontier Wars explores the period of colonisation in Australia from 1788 onwards and its often devastating effects on First Peoples. The period, that was to many the discovery of a ‘wondrous’ southern continent, was to others an invasion of homelands occupied for many millennia. This powerful exhibition reveals some of what…

Writing & Concepts | Working the Room: Some notes on Exhibition-Making – John Meade | Collingwood Arts Precinct

John Meade presents: “Working the Room: Some notes on Exhibition-Making” Sat 17 March 3:00pm @ Collingwood Arts Precinct 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood VIC 30066 Website WRITING & CONCEPTS JOHN MEADE is a Melbourne based artist who graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, in 1994. His recent solo exhibitions include, Set Pieces (2016) and Autumn 2014, both at Sutton Gallery Melbourne. Through 2010/2011, a NETS survey exhibition curated by Zara Stanhope, Objects to Live By: The Art of John Meade, toured six regional and city public galleries throughout Australia. Other solo exhibitions include, The Desultory Arabesque (2012), Show Business (2009) and Aftermath (2005), all at Sutton Gallery Melbourne; Incident in the Museum 2 (2004), at the Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, and Propulsion (2001), at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and the…

Opening Event for Bundoora Homestead Art Centre’s two new exhibitions – We and Accession.

IMAGES: L-R Briony Galligan | Nothing incarnadine (detail) | 2016 | teak hands made in collaboration with Lejar Budiharjo from Carving Arts Studio in Jogja Calling | 4A Centre for Contemporary Art, Sydney | Photo: Courtesy of artist. Claire McArdle | The Missing Parrot | 2016 | hand carved second hand hammers | Darebin Art Collection.

Exhibition Opening Join us at the opening and hear from leading art critic, art historian and curator Sasha Grishin AM FAHA. The exhibition opening will include a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. WHEN: Saturday 17 March | 2-4pm COST: Free | includes refreshments BOOKINGS: not required, all welcome Website: http://www.bundoorahomestead.com/whats-on/ We We explores emerging contemporary artists with studios in the Darebin municipality. These artists have diverse practices that critically engage with installation, site, sound, video, performance, text, photography, painting and sculpture. They have studios in Northcote and Preston at Artery Cooperative, Beaconsfield Parade Studios, Arts Project Australia and Gertrude Contemporary. Featuring: Julian Aubrey Smith, Beth Caird, Georgina Criddle, Saskia Doherty, Briony Galligan, Jethro Harcourt, Rosie Isaac, Warren O’Brien and Lucreccia Quintanilla. Curated by Renee Cosgrave. Accession Accession presents recent acquisitions to the Darebin Art Collection representative of a cross-section of Australian contemporary…

Lecture | Skin Deep: Reading Emotion on Early Modern Bodies – Prof Evelyn Welch

This lecture will explore the ways emotion was understood on the body’s surface and how this was represented both materially and visually in early modern Europe. Based on traditional medical theories, early modern skin was often described as a ‘fishing net’, something that held the body in place and offered a decorative surface but had no function of its own. At the same time, the body’s surface also told you about its interior wellbeing. Learning to read the body meant both examining the exterior and sampling the interior’s waste products ranging from urine to hair and tears. This approach was as true of animals as it was of people. Manuals described how to read faces and skin, and argued for and against blushing. You could also predict astrological futures by reading the lines on foreheads as well as on hands…

Call for Papers and Performances – The Magic Lantern in Australia and the World: An Interdisciplinary Conference | Canberra, September 2018

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: 30 MARCH 2018 4-6 September 2018 | ANU School of Art & Design, Canberra Contact: elisa.decourcy@anu.edu.au Affect / Animation / Aparatuses & Technology /  Cinema / Digital Humanities /Entertainment / Evangelism / Exploration / Globalisation & Trade / Heritage Studies Media Archaeology / Performance & Reenactment / Photography / Illusion, Optics & Phantasmagoria / Science Communication / Missionary Histories From its development in the colonial period, to its echoes in today’s multimedia spaces, the magic lantern, along with its thousands of photographic and hand-painted slides, has had a pervasive and lasting impact on visual culture. Historians are just discovering its powerful presence in entertainment, education, science, religion, politics and advertising. Galleries, libraries and archives are uncovering untouched caches of slides in their collections. And artists and performers are rekindling the ‘magic’ of the technology. The Australian Research…

Lecture | The Good Room: Viennese Designers in Australia – Professor Harriet Edquist | Duldig Studio

During the postwar period the modern family home assumed a special place for Australians. Planning for modernity became key activities for budding home-makers. In 1945 “The Australian Home Beautiful”, published a series of articles entitled “Joanna Plans A Home” which was a frank and exploratory dialogue between an Australian housewife and a Viennese émigré designer. Through the eyes of Joanna, Harriet Edquist, Professor of Architectural History at RMIT, examines the influence of Viennese émigré designers in Australia, to expose a more complex picture of the impact of émigré and refugee Viennese designers and architects on modern Australian design practice. Melbourne Design Week is an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV. For the Full Program head to: www.ngv.vic.gov.au/melbourne-design-week/ Date: Thu. 22 March 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Venue: Duldig Studio 92 Burke Road, Malvern East Cost:…

Lecture | ‘Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy’ an influential, posterity-averse art dealer – Dr Judith E. Stein, Writer and Curator | University of Melbourne

During the early 1960s in New York, the Chinese-American art dealer Richard Bellamy (d. 1998) ran the fabled Green Gallery on Fifty- Seventh Street where he launched the careers of many of today’s iconic Pop, minimalist and maverick artists. In an illustrated talk based on her engrossing biography, Eye of the Sixties, Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016), Stein brings alive this beatnik with a legendary eye who was the first to show Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin, Mark di Suvero and George Segal, as well as Yayoi Kusama’s sculpture and Warhol’s printed money. He even brokered Yoko Ono’s first sale. “There was nobody like Bellamy. I certainly consider myself his pupil,” art dealer Leo Castelli later reflected. Judith Stein is a writer and curator specialising in post-war…

Full program now available | Devotion, Objects and Emotion, 1300-1700 symposium

Religion is a cultural field in which emotions exercise a preeminent role. Feelings are integral to religion, and their significance is encapsulated in the concept of religious devotion. This symposium will focus on the relationships between religious devotion, objects and emotion in Europe between 1300 and 1700. Religious devotion promotes the exercise of a wide range of emotional expressions and behaviours that assume, communicate and give shape to the broader religious belief systems and cosmologies of which they are part. Objects used in religious practices accrue the power to arouse, channel and mediate our emotions; while their materiality and use in devotional practice can expand our understanding of the historical layering and expression of religious emotions, and how they change over time. In this way, devotional practices and objects provide a rich vantage point from which to explore the multifarious…

Symposium Devotion, Objects and Emotion, 1300–1700 | Registrations Now Open

Friday and Saturday, 16-17 March 2018. Registrations Now Open: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/events/devotion-objects-and-emotion-1300-1700/ Program: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/media/259673/devotions-lowres.pdf Contact for further enquiries: Julie Davies, daviesja@unimelb.edu.au , or 8344 5981 Religion is a cultural field in which emotions exercise a preeminent role. Feelings are integral to religion, and their significance is encapsulated in the concept of religious devotion. This symposium will focus on the relationships between religious devotion, objects and emotion in Europe between 1300 and 1700. Religious devotion promotes the exercise of a wide range of emotional expressions and behaviours that assume, communicate and give shape to the broader religious belief systems and cosmologies of which they are part. Objects used in religious practices accrue the power to arouse, channel and mediate our emotions; while their materiality and use in devotional practice can expand our understanding of the historical layering and expression of religious emotions, and…

Keir Lectures on Art | Chardin’s Girls: The Ethics of Painting | Professor Ewa Lajer-Burcharth

Free Public Lecture | Keir Lectures on Art: Chardin’s Girls: The Ethics of Painting will be held Thursday, 8 March 2018. Professor Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University. What did it mean to be a girl in the 18th century? Professor Ewa Lajer-Burcharth examines 18th-century French painter Jean- Baptiste-Siméon Chardin’s intriguing depictions of young adults as images of emergent subjectivity. Lajer-Burcharth’s lecture considers the complex ethics of these representations of a nascent gendered self. Ewa Lajer-Burcharth is William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art & Architecture at Harvard University. A specialist in eighteenth- and nineteenth century French art, she has also written extensively on contemporary art, including, among others, the artists such as Janine Antoni, Gary Hill, Mona Hatoum,…

Artbank Open Day | 24th March 2018

Artbank will launch its new Collingwood premises by opening its doors to all on Saturday 24 March, offering the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and view one of the largest collections of contemporary Australian art in the world. Eventbrite invite here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/artbank-open-house-tickets-42660945035 The Artbank Open House is designed to promote the accessibility of the Artbank collection and to provide the opportunity to see some great examples of contemporary Australian art. Part of a renewed presence in Melbourne, the Open House is one of a number of new initiatives which include: A new non-residential Studio Program, which offers creatives practicing in the visual arts (including artists, curators, writers, designers and academics) the opportunity to realize projects and progress their work in an architecturally purpose-designed space with its own laneway access, all within the increasingly unaffordable city fringe.  Residents will be selected via…

Updated – Symposium – ‘Collecting the Now’ | NGV International | 7-8 March 2018

‘Collecting the Now’ Symposium 7th – 8th March, 2018 NGV-I Clemenger Auditorium The art and design of the twenty-first century is characterised by complexity and change. Contemporary artists and designers experiment with new materials, emerging technologies and fluid conceptual frameworks that challenge normative approaches to the collection, preservation and presentation of art within collecting institutions. ‘Collecting the Now’ means collecting works that defy easy categorisation by media type or size and may invite an active and iterative engagement with the visitor that contradict traditional preservation conventions. The program for this two-day symposium will bring together an inter-disciplinary mix of conservators, installers, registrars, contract specialists, curators and artists to explore the challenges presented by the acquisition and display of contemporary art and design. It will be an opportunity to share the innovative methods, practices and materials being used to address their…

Conference and Public Lecture | A Baroque Bishop in Colonial Australia | University of Melbourne

A Baroque Bishop in Colonial Australia: The cultural patronage of Bishop James Goold (1812-1886). This international symposium (15 to 16 February 2018, with keynote opening evening on 14 February) examines the patronage of Melbourne’s first Catholic Bishop, James Goold and his contribution to the cultural life of colonial Melbourne, especially through his art collection, library and patronage of architecture. The conference will be opened with a keynote public lecture  Image and Imagination, The Pictorial Presence of Heavenly Grace in Baroque Painting by Professor Dr Klaus Krüger, Professor of Art History, Freie Universität Berlin Keynote Lecture: 14th February 5:30-7:30pm at the University of Melbourne, Elisabeth Murdoc Theatre. Registrations here Symposium 15-16th February, 9am onwards at The Cardinal Knox Centre, St Patricks Cathedral; & Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A, University of Melbourne, Parkville. Registrations here Download the Symposium Program here. About the Symposium…

NGV Triennnial | Opening Weekend – Candice Breitz, Humberto Campana, Joris Laarman, Formafantasma

CANDICE BREITZ IN CONVERSATION | SUN 17 DEC, 6.30PM–7.30PM $20 M / $25 A / $22.50 C https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/candice-breitz-in-conversation/ International artist Candice Breitz, discusses her multiscreen video installation Love Story, 2016, a work that focusses on the current, worldwide refugee crisis, in conversation with director and producer Ivan O’Mahoney. Doors open at 6pm with drinks available for purchase. Candice Breitz is internationally recognised as a leading contemporary photographic and video artist. Her latest video installation Love story, 2016, considers the global scale of the refugee crisis. The work reflects on how celebrities are often treated by the media as more newsworthy than people facing real-world adversity. The film is based on interviews conducted with six people who have fled their countries as a result of a range of oppressive conditions: Sarah Mardini, who escaped war-torn Syria; José Maria João, a former…

Seminar | Anthony Gardner – The Artist as Unsettler: Tom Nicholson and the Art of Historiography | University of Melbourne

A research seminar delivered by MacGeorge Visiting Speaker, Associate Professor Anthony Gardner, “The Artist as Unsettler: Tom Nicholson and the Art of Historiography.” Date: Wednesday 13 December 2017, 6pm. Venue: Room 553,  5th Floor, Arts West North Wing, Arts West Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville. Anthony Gardner is Associate Professor in Contemporary Art History and Theory and Head of the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford. He writes extensively on postcolonialism, postsocialism, and exhibition and curatorial histories, and he is one of the editors of the MIT Press journal ARTMargins. Among his books are Mapping South: Journeys in South-South Cultural Relations (Melbourne, 2013), Politically Unbecoming: Postsocialist Art Against Democracy (MIT Press, 2015), NSK From Kapital to Capital: Neue Slowenische Kunst – An Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia (with Eda Čufer and Zdenka Badovinac, MIT Press, 2015), and (with Charles Green) Biennials, Triennials, and documenta (Boston, Wiley-Blackwell, 2016).…