Category: Exhibitions

Exhibition | Seeing Voices | Horsham Regional Art Gallery

Seeing Voices, an exhibition that thinks through how the voice is visualised, employed and reimagined in contemporary art, has opened at Horsham Regional Gallery and runs until 10 December. Seeing voices, a collaboration between NETS Victoria and Monash University Museum of Art I MUMA uses the Monash University Collection as a springboard for thinking through the voice. The exhibition encompasses drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and video, and a live performance with each iteration of the exhibition. In the exhibition, the voice might act as a metaphor for  collective action, for speaking out against injustice and coming together in gestures of solidarity. It can be a marker of cultural and geographic specificity or the trace of disappearing language. It may also function like a spiritual medium; through its historical recording and archiving it time-travels to haunt the present. The voice is…

Exhibition | TarraWarra International: All that is solid…

Cao Fei Rumba II: Nomad (video still) 2015 video installation, 14:16 min Sound by Artist Dickson Dee Courtesy the artist and Vitamin Creative Space

TarraWarra International: All that is solid… 2 September – 12 November Curator: Victoria Lynn All that is solid… is the third exhibition in the TarraWarra International series, designed to showcase leading contemporary art practice in a global context. The Australian and international artists in this exhibition depict precarious histories, and their art offers imaginative responses. Many of them use the format of the archival fragment as a starting point for their work – a photograph or video from days gone by. Others depict the current social changes, turbulent conflicts, and altered political landscapes with a new imaginative filter. The artists in this year’s TarraWarra International are Didem Erk (Turkey); Cao Fei (China); Tom Nicholson (Australia); Patrick Pound (Australia); and Cyrus Tang (Australia). More information on the TarraWarra website: www.twma.com.au/exhibition/tarrawarra-international-all-that-is-solid/  

Exhibitions at the State LIbrary of Victoria

Self-made: zines and artist books This bold exhibition delves into the evolution of do-it-yourself culture, from limited-run artist books to cut-and-paste photocopy fanzines. Discover science fiction fanzines from the 1940s, ground-breaking 1970s punk zines, Australian underground press publications, and artist books designed to defy tradition and buck the commercial gallery system. Free Open daily during Library hours 11 August –12 November 2017 Free guided tours: Tuesdays 12.30pm, Thursdays 6pm, Sundays 3pm Blue Rotunda, Cowen Gallery Looped: artist books in the round In this unique installation from artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, each glass-panelled cabinet case around the domed reading room’s original heritage dais becomes a page. Free Open daily during Library hours 4 August –26 November 2017 La Trobe Reading Room

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…

Exhibition | dot, dot, dot […] | : SCA Galleries

Bronwyn Bancroft, Falling Through Time (Riverstone series), 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

The Papunya dot is a powerful symbol of social and cultural identity in Aboriginal art and culture. In a new exhibition at Sydney College of the Arts, a group of artists harness the power that the dot holds for Aboriginal people, as a starting point to explore their own beliefs and ideas that drive them as artists in Australian society. The exhibition titled dot, dot, dot […] is curated by the University of Sydney’s SCA Lecturer, Wingara Mura Fellow and Dharug artist Janelle Evans. It follows an exhibition in Paris in 2012 – Beyond the Papunya Dot curated by Geraldine Le Roux – that exposed the diverse and complex nature of contemporary Indigenous art through the work of nine artists including Janelle Evans. In contrast to the Paris show, dot, dot, dot […], which is a collaborative project of Janelle…

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…

Exhibition | No Turning Back: Artworks from The Torch | Deakin University ‘Pop Up’ Gallery

An exhibition staged by  Deakin University Art Gallery in partnership with community arts organisation The Torch to showcase artworks by Indigenous artists in its latest pop-up exhibition at Deakin’s Downtown site. Open until Friday 14 July, the exhibition “No Turning Back: Artworks from The Torch” features works by 11 Indigenous artists who participated in The Torch’s Indigenous Arts in Prison and Community program. The program supports current and former Indigenous offenders in Victoria by focusing on cultural strengthening and artistic expression in the rehabilitation process. Manager of the Deakin University Art Gallery, Leanne Willis, said the Deakin University Art Gallery was proud to support The Torch’s Indigenous Arts in Prison and Community program. No Turning Back is a testament to the success of The Torch’s cultural and arts vocational support for Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders. The exhibition provides participants with…

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…

News and Exhibition | Sidney Nolan’s man behind Ned Kelly mask revealed | Heide MoMA

Recent research by Paula Dredge and Kendrah Morgan with assistance from the Australian Synchrotron has revelead a face behind the mask of one of Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly paintings. From April 22 to May 14 Heide will host a virtual reality display that will allow visitors to explore this ‘face behind the mask.’ From Heide Working in collaboration with the scientific research centre Australian Synchrotron, and utilising its state of the art technology, art conservators have imaged pigments buried underneath layers of paint to reveal a face behind the mask of Sidney Nolan’s painting Ned Kelly, “Nobody knows anything about my case but myself” 1945. When examining the painting in 2012, Paula Dredge, Paintings Conservator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and Kendrah Morgan, Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne noticed brush strokes underneath the…

Lecture | Something on High: Van Gogh, Nature and the Seasons – Sjraar van Heugten | NGV International

Vincent van Gogh A wheatfield, with cypresses early September 1889 Saint-Rémy oil on canvas 72.1 x 90.9 cm F 615, JH 1755 National Gallery, London Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1923 (NG3861) © The National Gallery, London Photo: The National Gallery, London

Something on High: Van Gogh, Nature and the Seasons Sjraar van Heugten Date: Saturday 29th April 2017, 2pm  Venue: Clemenger BBDO AUditorium, NGV International Tickets $16 M / $20 A / $18 C (Book here http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/something-on-high/) The seasons had profound meaning for Vincent van Gogh: they represented the circle of life within nature – birth, bloom, maturity and death. For the artist, this ongoing cycle represented the greatness of nature and the existence of a higher force. Celebrate the opening weekend of Van Gogh and the Seasons as exhibition curator Sjraar van Heugten explores Van Gogh’s love of nature in both his life and work and the role of the seasons in his oeuvre. Sjraar van Heugten is an independent art historian and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Sjraar joined the Van Gogh Museum in…

Exhibition | Plotting the island: dreams, discovery and disaster

Plotting the island: dreams, discovery and disaster navigates both real and imaginary voyages, seeing the island of Australia as a pivotal destination. The Indigenous inhabitants had long established profound connectedness and history to this island, yet in the Western mind it was shrouded in mystery and imagined through art and literature. It was the lucrative spice trade and the opportunities for territorial expansion that brought Europeans to the Pacific and onto Australia, sometimes purposefully, other times by fateful accident. Their cartographic developments began to transform the world’s map. The era of exploration encompassed another age, that of the Enlightenment. This in turn gave rise to a great desire to collect; voyages were a course leading to the collection of scientific specimens from natural history and objects of culture. The subsequent and often disastrous shipwrecks, mutinies and encounters between Europeans and…

Exhibition and Public Programs | Her Place: Women in the West

Her Place WOmen in the West Exhibition image

Her Place: Women in the West honours the lives and contributions of women in Melbourne’s west. The second in a series of exhibitions presented by Her Place Women’s Museum, it celebrates the work, achievements and historical significance of women through moving image, photographs, biographical accounts and personal artefacts. The exhibition tells the stories of ten women from the western suburbs of Melbourne. These women have contributed to Australian society at both national and local levels through their work as artists and activists, writers and scientists, businesswomen, lawyers and community leaders. The group includes a former state premier and the AFL’s first female coach. The exhibition is accompanied by a program of public discussions, educational programs and workshops that explore current and topical issues affecting women of all ages today. PANEL DISCUSSION Everyday Documents and Australian Women’s History: Why Archives Matter Wednesday 15…

Melbourne Masterclass: Objects, Sounds and Stories of Love

Melbourne Masterclass: Objects, Sounds and Stories of Love Wednesdays 12, 19, and 26 April, 6.00pm-8.30pm Love, a complex emotion to say the least, has inspired artists and creative practitioners for centuries, generating countless artworks, objects, poems, books, musical compositions and films. Over three weeks this masterclass will explore the materiality, visions and sounds of love in response to the exhibition Love: Art of Emotion 1400-1800 held at the National Gallery of Victoria (March 31- June 18 2017); a collaborative project produced with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne. Love: Art of Emotion 1400–1800 draws upon the NGV’s diverse permanent collection to explore the theme of love in art, and the changing representations of this complex emotion throughout the early modern period in Europe. While popular conceptions of love tend to focus upon romantic love, Love: Art of…

Symposium | Mutable Truths -Perspectives on Philippine Contemporary Art Practice | Castlemaine

Mutable Truths -Perspectives on Philippine Contemporary Art Practice Artists – Poklong Anading, Martha Atienza, Lyle Buencamino, Charles Buenconsejo, Buen Calubayan, Marina Cruz, Kawayan de Guia, Leeroy New, Mark Salvatus, Ronald Ventura A decade-long partnership of reciprocal arts residencies between Ateneo de Manila University, through Ateneo Art Gallery, and La Trobe University is being celebrated during the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival. Featuring a group exhibition of contemporary Filipino visual art Mutable Truths at La Trobe University’s Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo and a temporary installation at the Castlemaine Art Museum, La Puerta del Laberinto by Leeory New, this unique project is also the focus for a visual art symposium. All 10 exhibiting artists will participate in the symposium at the Castlemaine Art Museum, providing rare and inspiring insights into contemporary Filipino art. Venue: Phee Broadway Theatre, 14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine Date: Friday…

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