Category: Melbourne Exhibitions

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…

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

Exhibition | High Risk Dressing / Critical Fashion | RMIT Design Hub

  Exhibition Dates: Friday 17 February – Saturday 18 March Project Rooms 1 & 2, Level 2, RMIT Design Hub More information: http://designhub.rmit.edu.au/exhibitions-programs/high-risk-dressing-critical-fashion High Risk Dressing / Critical Fashion looks at the ideas and community coalescing within contemporary fashion practice today through the lens of the Fashion Design Council (FDC). The FDC (1983–1993) was a membership-based organisation established to support, promote and provoke avant-garde Australian fashion, founded by Robert Buckingham, Kate Durham and Robert Pearce. By using the FDC materials housed within the RMIT Design Archives as a leaping off point, the exhibition opens up and queries ideas promoted by the FDC while looking at the relevance of the Council to contemporary practice today. Rather than looking back with nostalgia at this rich period of fashion practice, Design Hub will be transformed into a ‘set’ for a month-long program of fashion provocations,…

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…

RMIT University School of Art Graduate Exhibition

RMIT University School of Art Graduate Exhibition  Exhibitions and performances will be located throughout various spaces at the RMIT City campus. Opening night: Wednesday 23 November 2016 Venue: RMIT City Campus, 6.00pm to 9.00 pm Programs:  Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (Honours) Master of Fine Art (by coursework) Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) (Opening 6.00pm – 8.00pm) Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts (Opening 5.30pm – 7.30pm) Find out more info on our Facebook event  Exhibition dates: Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and (Honours) Wednesday 23 November to Wednesday 7 December 10.00am to 4.00pm (Monday to Friday) 12.00pm to 4.00pm (Saturday) Master of Fine Art (by coursework) Wednesday 23 November to Friday 2 December 10.00am to 5.00pm (Monday to Friday) 10.00am to 4.00pm (Saturday) Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) One night only Wednesday 23 November…

Discussion | The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Join guest curator Julie Ewington for a special discussion on The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver and enjoy the unique opportunity of viewing, and learning about Oliver’s exquisite works in this much-awaited exhibition. The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver presents over 50 sculptures drawn from public and private Australian collections, from the mid-1980s to the artist’s final solo exhibition in 2006. It will reveal Oliver as the most significant sculptor of her generation. At a time when many artists were turning to installation, video and other ephemeral art forms, Oliver resolutely pursued making inventive and substantial works in metal, which became her signature material. Guest curator, Julie Ewington, describes Oliver as one of the most exciting and rewarding sculptors to work in Australia in the last decades of the twentieth century. Date: 2pm, 26th November 2016 Venue: TarraWarra Muesum of Art Bookings essential: $20 Adult, $15 Concession…

Conversation | All About Hockney with John McDonald

David Hockney English 1937– 4 blue stools 2014 photographic drawing printed on paper, mounted on Dibond edition 5 of 25 170.3 x 175.9 cm (image) Collection David Hockney Foundation © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmid

The NGV presents a major solo exhibition of one of the most influential living artists, David Hockney. The exhibition (opens this Friday) features more than 700 works from the past decade of the artist’s career. Learn more about David Hockney’s life and work as renowned art critic John McDonald shares his thoughts on one of Britain’s greatest living painters before speaking in conversation with exhibition curator Simon Maidment. John McDonald is an art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald and film critic for the Australian Financial Review. He has written for many Australian and international publications, worked as an editor and publisher, lectured at colleges and galleries around the country and is former Head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia. Simon Maidment is the Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the NGV. Date: Saturday 12th November, 11am-12pm Venue:…

Exhibition | Chris Bond – Tormentor | LUMA

Exhibition Opening 6 – 8pm Wednesday 5 October 2016 Exhibition Dates: 5 October – 9 December 2016 Curated by Michael Brennan Fictional documentary material and sculptural works made in the body-mind of imagined Norwegian artist Tor Rasmussen (a temporary resident at Bond’s house in late 2014), are at once deceptive, self-deceptive, characterised and representational, and speak of discord and fracture. Tormentor charts Bond’s relationship with Rasmussen (also known as Kraken), determining the value of embodying and performing multiple invented artistic identities within a practice, encouraging imbalance and enabling unlikely action. This exhibition will be the last presented at La Trobe University Museum of Art in Glenn College on La Trobe University’s Bundoora Campus. In 2017, the La Trobe Art Institute will deliver an exhibition program focused in Bendigo. LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art, La Trobe University Mon – Fri…

Exhibition | Life Inside an Image | Monash University Museum of Art

Gerard Byrne, Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli (Film inside an image) 2015-16 (still) Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery, London

Exhibition dates 1 October – 10 December 2016 Opening function Saturday 8 October 2016 3-5pm Artists | Matthew Buckingham (USA), Gerard Byrne (IRL), Melvin Moti (NDL), Fiona Pardington (NZ), Elizabeth Price (UK), Amie Siegel (USA), Judy Watson (AUS) MUMA’s upcoming exhibition Life inside an Image, presented in association with Melbourne Festival, will bring together seven contemporary artists from six different countries whose work engages with significant cultural collections including the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersberg, the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and the British Museum in London. The exhibition explores the function of the museum in relation to the camera. Museums, like cameras, preserve, frame and index the world. Both attempt to arrest beings, objects and environments into conditions of stasis. In so doing, museums also translate objects (whether artworks, ancient tools, mineral samples or taxidermied animals) into documents – official…