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.

Exhibition | Ronnie Van Hout; Martine Corompt and Philip Brophy | CCP

Image: Ronnie van Hout
Creature Mummy 2015
detail from The Dark Pool
PhotoTex polyester fabric, 100 x 80 cm, courtesy the artist

Exhibition Dates: 2nd October 2015 to 15th November 2015. CCP Australia, 404 George Street, Fitzroy New exhibitions have opened at CCP in Fitzroy. Official opening next weekend with talks from the artists. Saturday 10 October 2015 | Opening: 12pm | Free Artist Floor Talks: 1pm Gallery 1 | Ronnie van Hout | The Dark Pool Presented by Centre for Contemporary Photography in association with Melbourne Festival. In his latest exhibition, New Zealand artist Ronnie van Hout considers the point where art crosses a line—and society turns against it. In 1971, successful American toy company Aurora and acclaimed film director Stanley Kubrick both released products into the world that generated strong negative reactions. A firestorm of controversy saw Aurora close its doors,…

Lecture | Re-imagining Heritage Interpretation: Enchanting the Past-Future – Russell Staif | University of Melbourne


The lecture will canvas the issues raised in the speaker’s recent book, Re-imagining Heritage Interpretation; Enchanting the Past-Future (Ashgate, 2014). One of the peculiar features of the so-called ‘heritage industry’ is the separation between art galleries, museums and cultural heritage as fields of knowledge production. The latter lags behind the museum/art gallery sector partly because of institutional borders and bureaucratic silos and yet all three make claims about protecting ‘things’ from the past for the present/future. All three sectors ‘do’ conservation, education, research and stage/perform the material for visitors. Interpretation of objects/places/monuments for visitors/tourists, while common across all heritage sites (whatever the definition), has at non-museum heritage sites been locked into an information/education/on-site learning paradigm for decades. A critique of…

Lecture | Design and Violence – Paola Antonelli | NGV International

Paola Antonelli. Copyright Robin Holland. Image via

Design has a history of violence. Aside from commercial and aesthetic successes, many design objects have ambiguous relationships with violence, challenging us with moral ambiguities and inconsistencies. MoMA curator Paola Antonelli explores how design can provide extraordinary insight into society and human nature, uncovering the dark side of the world’s ‘second oldest’ profession. Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator, Architecture and Design and Director of Research and Development at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Antonelli’s work investigates design’s influence on everyday experience, advocating for often overlooked objects and practices. Antonelli recently began adding to the MoMA Collection a range of important contemporary designs – videogames, the @ symbol and Google Map drop pin. Speaker Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Architecture…

Talks | Echo Chamber: Emerging Research on Photography | CCP

Image: Jane Brown, Decommissioned Art History Library, University of Melbourne, 2012-2013, courtesy of the artist.

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. Date: Wednesday 7 October, 6pm Venue: Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street, Fitzroy Applications to present research for future Echo Chamber public programs are welcome. CHAIR Michelle Mountain, Gallery Manager, Centre for Contemporary Photography SPEAKERS HUGH HUDSON | The Backwards Glance: Art History and Australian Photography Taking as its point of departure Helen Ennis’ 2011 article ‘Other histories: photography and Australia’, this presentation will look at how Art History as a discipline has and has not contributed to our understanding of Australian photography, and how, in any case, photographers in Australia have engaged…

Exhibition | Technologism | MUMA

Jan Dibbets
TV as a Fireplace
video on television set 
distributed by LIMA, Amsterdam

Exhibition Dates: 3 October – 12 December 2015 Opening function: Saturday 10 October 2015, 3-5pm Curated by Charlotte Day Artists Cory Arcangel (US), Dara Birnbaum (US), Chris Burden (US), Ian Burns (AU), Antoinette J. Citizen (AU), Simon Denny (NZ), Jan Dibbets (NL), Aleksandra Domanović (SI/DE), Harun Farocki (DE), Benjamin Forster (AU), Isa Genzken (DE), Greatest Hits (AU), Martijn Hendriks (NL), Lynn Hershman Leeson (US), Matt Hinkley (AU), Jenny Holzer (US), Edward Kienholz & Nancy Reddin Kienholz (US), Oliver Laric (AT), Mark Leckey (UK), Scott Mitchell (AU), Rabih Mroué (LB), Henrik Olesen (DK), Nam June Paik (KR/US), Nam June Paik & John Godfrey (US), Joshua Petherick (AU), Matte Rochford (AU), Jill Scott (AU), Richard Serra (US), John F. Simon Jr. (US),…

Lecture | Scorn, Greed, Malevolence & Mischief: Goya’s graphic expression of emotions – Deanna Petherbridge | University of Melbourne

Francisco Goya, No es siempre bueno el rigor, 1816-1820 c.

This presentation will examine the consummate skill with which Goya represents emotions in his late private albums and some of the print series associated with these drawings. From 1795-6 Goya borrows the figure of the bruja or witch as an historically subversive topos for portraying his disgust with a corrupt clergy, monarchy and cruel social order. As the proportions of his figures change in the album drawings so his ability to suggest subtlety of facial and bodily emotions in his brush and pen work deepens. Language also becomes more intense for Goya, isolated by his total deafness, and the texts appended to drawings and prints are variably metaphoric, playing with language/visual puns or seeming blocks to clarity of meaning. Like…

Symposium | Heritage Destruction in the Middle East: Beyond the Media Hype | Deakin University City Centre

Deakin_Heritage SYmposium

The Middle East Studies Forum at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation welcomes you to a public half-day symposium. Convened by Dr Benjamin Isakhan and Professor Tim Winter. This half-day symposium focuses on the recent heritage destruction in Syria and Iraq by ISIS. Presenters will bring to the table a variety of interpretations on the factors driving the destruction and the challenges of mounting effective responses. Venue: Deakin University City Centre Date: 15th Oct 2015 5:00pm (3 hours) Website: Topics and Speakers include: Panel 1: Documenting and Interpreting the Destruction Heritage Destruction under the ‘Islamic State’ – Dr Benjamin Isakhan, Deakin University What does ISIS Communicate Through Iconoclasm? – Dr Antonio Gonzalez, Deakin University ISIS Attacks on…

Seminar | S. T. Gill as eyewitness: art as historical evidence | State Library of Victoria

Diggers on the way to Bendigo, ST Gill, 1869

This seminar is part of the Making Public Histories series. Celebrating the first-ever retrospective of one of Australia’s forgotten artists, S. T. Gill, this seminar reflects on Gill as an ‘eyewitness’ to colonial life in nineteenth century Australia. Join us for the inside story on how historians have used Gill’s works to make sense of the colonial past, from the Victorian goldfields to horse-racing. Chair: Associate Professor Alison Inglis, University of Melbourne Speakers: Emeritus Prof. Sasha Grishin (ANU, Exhibition curator), Dr Jan Croggon (Historian, Sovereign Hill Museums Association) and Dr Andrew Lemon (professional historian) This is a free event, but bookings are essential – click here to book. This event accompanies the current State Library of Victoria exhibition Australian sketchbook:…

Exhibition | Katherine Hattam | Deakin University Art Gallery

Personal pronouns, 2015
Charcoal on paper
163.5 x 164 cm
Collection of the artist
Image courtesy the artist and Daine Singer
Photography: Clare Rae

A new exhibition has just opened at Deakin University Art Gallery Katherine Hattam: Desire first: 1978–2015, which is a survey of Hattam’s career to date. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. In the exhibition viewers can see the development of Hattam’s distinct style. Recurring motifs in her work include chairs and other domestic objects, which she combines with references to literature, feminism, art history and modern psychoanalysis to create work that is personally symbolic. The artist and her experiences have some kind of presence in many of the works; anthropomorphic chairs stand in for a range of family members and Hattam herself is present in many of the spaces she depicts. Hattam has exhibited widely throughout Australia. Her…

New Exhibitions and Talks at RMIT Gallery | Power to the People and Performing Mobilities


Power to the People! September 24th until 24th October 2015 Spanish artist Julio Falagán’s work questions power and the established status quo through humour and irony. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to become participants and collectors by photocopying and stamping the artist’s work in the gallery.Come along and start your very own art collection – along with discussions about production/reproduction/ copyright and artist’s moral rights and remuneration. All coin donations collected will be sent to the  RMIT Scholarship Philanthropy Fund to support disadvantaged undergraduate students. Power To The People Pre-Opening Discussion Be the first to print your very own artwork and chat to the artist Julio Falagán over churros and Spanish wine on his Melbourne visit, at a pre-opening…

Lectures on The Origins and Development of Ceramic Design – Leslie B. Grigsby | NGV

The Netherlands
Garniture 1680–1700
earthenware (tin-glazed)
(a) 64.3 x 29.5 x 29.2 cm (vase)
(b-c) 65.1 x 39.1 x 38.6 cm (overall) (covered vase)
(d) 64.6 x 28.9 x 29.5 cm (vase)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 2015

John Kenny Memorial Lectures | The Origins and Development of Ceramic Design | Saturday 26th September from 10am at NGV International Speaker Leslie B. Grigsby, Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass, Winterthur Museum, Delaware, USA Book online here – $75 members/ $85 full Explore the development of design in glass and earthenware in these three special lectures by Leslie B. Grigsby, Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass, Winterthur Museum, Delaware, USA .Presented by The Ceramics and Glass Circle of Australia. 10am: “An Adoration of the Orient: The Chinese Taste Reflected in Western Ceramics” Focussing on Chinese ceramics and selected other Asian artwork such as lacquer ware, in this lecture Grigsby will explore important inspirations for Western ceramic design from the 17th to the early 19th centuries. English and Continental European…

Symposium | Art Curatorship Now and Beyond | University of Melbourne

Image Credit: MA students on first Advanced Art Fieldwork: Contemporary China trip, 2015. Photograph courtesy of 
Ashlee Baldwin.

Art Curatorship Now & Beyond: A symposium celebrating 25 years of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne Thursday 17–Saturday 19 September 2015 This symposium celebrates 25 years since art curatorship was first offered as a degree at The University of Melbourne. As well as recognising this legacy through reflection and debate, the symposium program provides the opportunity to construct a new roadmap for contemporary curating through dynamic interaction and the exploration of new ideas. Engage with professional colleagues from a range of Australia’s leading art museums and visual arts institutions to examine past, present and future directions in art curatorial research, teaching, and the career development of visual arts professionals. The symposium welcomes academic colleagues, professional peers, art curatorship students and graduates…

Exhibition |Fingerprints on the Surface of the Brain – Antony Riddell | BLINDSIDE Sound Series

Antony Riddell

Fingerprints on the Surface of the Brain | Antony Riddell | 9 – 26 SEPT 2015 | Curated by Jared Davis + Liquid Architecture Liquid Architecture presents Fingerprints on the Surface of the Brain, the first ever solo exhibition by the artist, writer and musician Antony Riddell. Showing a rare selection of recordings, footage, drawings and reading material from throughout Antony Riddell’s prolific career. OPENING + ARTIST PERFORMANCE | Saturday 12 September, 2.30pm Join the artist and curators at the opening of Fingerprints on the Surface of the Brain, with readings by artist, writer and musician Antony Riddell and musical support from Rosalind Hall, Dave Brown, Francis Plagne, Christopher LG Hill + more. All welcome.

Lecture Series to accompany An Illumination – The Rothschild Prayer Book & other works from the Kerry Stokes Collection c.1280–1685


A lecture series to accompany the current exhibition of art from the Kerry Stokes collection on at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. See the website to register for individual lectures. All lectures are free to attend. Tuesday 8 September 2015 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Kate Challis | Down the Rabbit Hole: An intimate look at Rothschild Prayer Book within a new era of art production and society The Rothschild Prayer Book has been called “exceptional”, “exquisite”, “legendary” and “one of the most important manuscripts to be offered at auction”. This lecture reveals the reasons for these accolades by providing an intimate look at the miniatures and borders. Central to appreciating the Rothschild Prayer Book is an understanding of its historical…

Lecture | Herzschmerz – Love And Pain: Representing the Heart in Early Modern Art | Dagmar Eichberger

Heart Emblem, from A Collection of Emblemes, George Wither, 1635

This paper investigates the contexts in which the image of a heart-shaped object could be used in order to evoke a range of different meanings. Human love and magic, divine love and faith, the passion of Christ and the sorrows of the Virgin Mary are some of the most prominent associations invoked by the heart in the early modern period and beyond. The heart can also be used in a more allegorical context to signify wrath and envy. Thus the heart is often employed as a symbol for compassion (or lack of compassion), a tradition that continued well into the modern period as Wilhelm Hauff’s novel Cold Heart and other literary texts convey. Dagmar Eichberger is part of an EU-funded research project, Artifex, at the University of Trier and is Professor in the Department of…