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.

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…

Boiler Room Lecture | Ritual intimacy – Conversation with Christian Thompson, Professor Sarah Joseph, Hettie Perkins

Thursday 18 May 2017, 6:00-7.30pm Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, Conference Centre, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne FREE. Bookings required: muma.rsvp@monash.edu MUMA is pleased to present a special conversation between leading Australian artist Christian Thompson and Professor Sarah Joseph, Director for the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University, convened by curator and writer Hetti Perkins. The conversation will traverse ideas of cultural hybridity, the ethics of working with cultural material from museum collections, Australia’s colonial history, the environment and the importance of country and language. This event coincides with the exhibition, Christian Thompson: Ritual intimacy, the first major survey exhibition by the artist at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), curated by Charlotte Day and Hetti Perkins. Christian Thompson, of the Bidjara people, works across photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound to explore notions of identity, race and…

Photography in Focus | National Gallery Victoria

Saturday 20 May, 10am – 4.30pm, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International What photography trends are inspiring current photography practice and what can we expect to see in future? Explore key areas of photography including portraiture, performance and the role of the artist as curator in a series of talks and discussions. Program Introduction to NGV Festival of Photography Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator, Photography, NGV Eye of the Beholder: The Photographic Portrait (Session One) Dr Daniel Palmer, Associate Professor, Art Theory Program, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Monash University David Rosetzky , artist Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator, Photography, NGV The Artist as Curator as Artist (Session Two) Dr Kyla McFarlane, Acting Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Patrick Pound, artist Maggie Finch, Curator, Photography, NGV  Photography and the Question of Making Visible…

Cancelled – Writing & Concepts at RMIT Design Hub | Bryce Ives – Restrictions x Freedom

From the organisers – This event has been cancelled due to illness and will be rescheduled to a later date – apologies for any inconvenience caused. Bryce Ives presents: Restrictions x Freedom at the RMIT Design Hub Level 3 Lecture Theatre, Building 100, Cnr Victoria and Swanston Streets Carlton link to facebook event BRYCE IVES is the Director of the Gippsland Centre of Art and Design and the Ballarat Arts Academy at Federation University Australia. Federation University plays a unique role in regional Victoria for its studio-based undergraduate and graduate programs in visual arts, graphic and communication design, acting and music theatre. Sought after as a theatre maker, facilitator, broadcaster, and writer; the breadth of Ives’ work is interdisciplinary. Ives successfully led the strategic development of Australia’s leading youth participation projects, including SYN Youth Media (2003 to 2007 as General…

Talk and Launch | Barbara Creed – Stray: Human–Animal Ethics in the Anthropocene

The Power Institute and the Ian Potter Museum of Art are pleased to invite you to a talk by Barbara Creed to mark the launch of her book ‘Stray: Human–Animal Ethics in the Anthropocene’ Barbara Creed’s timely polemic explores the relationship between human and animal in the context of the stray. To celebrate the launch of this new publication, Creed, with respondent Dr lynn mowson, Vice Chair of the Australasian Animal Studies Association, will discuss the concept of the stray through the visual arts, film and literature, introducing the concept of the anthropogenic stray and exploring the contradictions it embodies. Following the talk, Stray will be officially launched by curator Victoria Lynn, Director, TarraWarra Museum of Art. A stray, to stray, the act of straying. The stray is the outsider, other, exile, refugee—the one who lives apart from the mainstream or isolated…