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Publication News | Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria 53 now available

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The latest edition of the Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria is now available. You can read the full journal online here. From the editors: This edition of Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria again ranges widely across the NGV’s collection, including investigations of two nineteenth-century Tibetan lama paintings, a prize-winning work by an early and little-known Australian female artist, the iconography of two carved Renaissance cassoni and the relationship of Australian artist Guy Stuart’s late 1960s practice to American Minimalism. For this issue we have also invited Melbourne-based artist Patrick Pound to reflect on his Gallery of air, 2013, one of the most popular and talked about works in the NGV’s recent Melbourne Now exhibition.…

Nominations for AAANZ prizes now open

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The AAANZ prizes honour the achievements of members in publishing and research. The prizes are awarded based on the following: Originality and rigour of scholarship Contribution to knowledge in the area and impact on scholarly debate in the field Significance of the topic to the field and to adjacent disciplines Significance and originality of picture research Quality of the design and production values of the publication Ability to convey complex ideas to wider audiences Please note entrants must be a member of AAANZ. Staff affiliated with museums that have a AAANZ institutional membership are eligible to enter. In general, all books, catalogues and articles must have been published in the year 2014.  The one exception is the Best Artist Book Prize,…

News | Geoffrey Edwards announces retirement from Geelong Gallery

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The director of Geelong Gallery, Geoffrey Edwards, has announced his retirement from the role, from the end of April 2016. Prior to his appointment at Geelong, Geoffrey Edwards held senior curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Victoria where he was in charge of collections including International and Australian sculpture. From Geelong Gallery: Having led the Geelong Gallery for the past 15 years, Geoffrey Edwards oversaw the national campaign to acquire from celebrity vendor, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the great colonial masterpiece, View of Geelong (1856) by Eugene von Guérard.  At the time of its acquisition in 2006 for close to $4 million, the work held the national record as the most expensive Australian painting ever purchased for a public institution. He was…

Special edition of the La Trobe Journal looks at Artists’ Books in Australia

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The most recent issue of the La Trobe Journal focuses on the development of artists’ books as an art practice in Australia. The digital revolution has led many to question the future of the book, yet more artists are involved with making books than ever before. Artists, printmakers, letterpress printers and binders are creating and designing books that draw upon and extend the traditional format. The editors write in their introduction that In editing this special issue of the La Trobe Journal on artists’ books, our chief aim has been to introduce the Library’s significant collection of artists’ books to new readers. At the same time, we hope that these essays will open up questions and point others toward new…

BLINDSIDE call for exhibition proposals

Deadline Extended | BLINDSIDE IS CALLING FOR 2016 EXHIBITION PROPOSALS Now Due SUNDAY 31 MAY  BLINDSIDE is calling for proposals from artists and curators—emerging and established—local, interstate and international—solo or collaborative. We welcome proposals by practitioners working in all fields of creative endeavour, from painting to sound to somewhere in between. BLINDSIDE welcomes proposals from artists, collectives and curators for solo and group exhibitions and performances across one or both gallery spaces. Alternatively, we welcome artists and curators to contact us to discuss exhibition ideas that are still in the planning stages. BLINDSIDE will assist artists and curators to seek funding and sponsorship and we help provide advice and letters of support. Please contact BLINDSIDE if you would like to discuss…

News | Anne Dunlop announced as next Herald Chair of Fine Arts at Melbourne University

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Exciting news that Melbourne University has appointed Anne Dunlop to be the next Herald Chair of Fine Arts within the Art History and Art Curatorship discipline. Anne Dunlop teaches and writes about Italian art and culture from the fourteenth to the mid-sixteenth century. Her research interests include Europe’s relations with Asia and Africa in the Mongol era, early secular art and culture, the visual shift of circa 1300, and Renaissance ideas of gender. She has held fellowships at Harvard’s Villa I Tatti, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington, DC, the British School at Rome, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and at the Getty Research Institute. She served on the International Evaluation Committee for Art History of…

Keeping Culture Strong – discussion series for ATSI artists and Cultural Leaders

The Australia Council for the Arts will be hosting discussion sessions across the country about the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts – and Executive Director of ATSI Arts, Lydia Miller, is inviting ATSI artists and cultural leaders to attend. “One of the goals is that Australians cherish Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures and we want input from Indigenous artists and cultural leaders to help shape and realise that goal,” Lydia Miller said “These conversations are important to the work of the Australia Council and to the arts sector more broadly to ensure Indigenous arts and cultures receive the support and recognition they deserve. “Participants are welcome to extend an invitation to their colleagues who…

News | Australia Council loses $104.8 million in funding

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News that the Australia Council will lose around $100 million in funding under the federal budget handed down last night. This money isn’t going to be take away from the arts, instead it will be reallocated to a new ‘National Centre for Excellence in the Arts’. The suggestion at this stage is that the proposed centre will more-or-less duplicate the role of the Australia Council, but instead of funding being allocated by a panel of experts it will be allocated at the discretion of the Arts Minister of the day. Is this partly a response to the artists who boycotted the Sydney Biennale last year? There are also cuts to the funding of several major arts bodies including Screen Australia…

News | Virginia Trioli appointed new chair of Gertrude Contemporary

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News from Gertrude Contemporary that journalist Virginia Trioli has been appointed the new chair of Gertrude Contemporary. Trioli joins Gertrude Contemporary as they make plans to move to a new home in Johnson St at the former Collingwood Technical School. From Gertrude Contemporary: The Board of Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to announce the appointment of Virginia Trioli as the new Chair of the Board of Management. Trioli is one of Australia’s most respected and recognised journalists, and brings to the organisation a rich knowledge of visual art and its broader role within Australian culture. Gertrude Contemporary Director Emma Crimmings said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Virginia to the role of Chairperson of the Gertrude Board. Virginia was associated with Gertrude in…

News | Minister for Creative Industries announces $20million in funding for Regional Arts in Victoria

Support for art in Regional Victoria will get a boost in the next Victorian State budget with $20 million for regional arts and creativity. It is a four-year package that will secure continued investment in around 40 galleries and performing arts centres across regional Victoria. One interesting development (see below) is the plan for a new touring strategy that will tour exhibitions from the NGV and Heide, and will apparently be separate to NETS Victoria (though the details are not yet clear). The funding will also spotlight a specific region each year. The full press release is here. From the press release: The programs will be delivered by Creative Victoria and funded through the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund. The…

News | John Cunningham appointed as new Director of McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery

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News that McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery has appointed John Cunningham, current director at the Warrnambool Art Gallery, as their new director. He will take up his new position in July 2015. From McClelland Lyn Williams AM, the Chair of McClelland Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of John Cunningham as Director, McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery. ‘We are delighted to welcome John to McClelland.  His enthusiasm, vision and experience in leading galleries here in Australia and in Ireland, will invigorate McClelland and I believe take McClelland to the next stage, as a major tourist destination,’ says Lyn Williams. John arrived in Australia in January 2011 to take up the position as Director of the Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG).…

News | First issue of Journal of Creative Arts ‘Unlikely’ published

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Unlikely – Journal for Creative Arts is an initiative of the Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University. Unlikely is a transdisciplinary journal, which aims to open unexpected spaces for artistic exchange and scholarly conversations across mediums, disciplines and continents. It offers artists working in practice-led research the chance to participate in and explore a range of practical and theoretical contemporary art concerns. An experiment in form, Unlikely engages its audience and contributors in a two-stage process of live event, presenting creative practitioners’ works, followed by peer-reviewed digital publication. Unlikely works with an international editorial board and a large panel of peer-reviewers. Unlikely is an open-access journal – you can read the first issue here. Issue 01: Feral is now online Editors: Alexis Harley and Norie…

News | West Space announces Patrice Sharkey as new director

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West Space has announced their new director is Patrice Sharkey. From West Space The West Space Board, Program Committee and Staff would like to announce Patrice Sharkey as our new Director. We are thrilled with Patrice’s appointment and look forward to working with her through this next exciting stage in West Space’s history. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majoring in Art History at the University of Melbourne in 2010, Patrice has worked at Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA since 2011. At MUMA she has co-curated keynote survey exhibitions that track watershed moments in art throughout the twentieth century (Art as Verb, 2014, and Reinventing the Wheel: The Readymade Century, 2015), and coordinated solo projects by the…

Publication of EMAJ Issue 8

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The editors of EMAJ (electronic Melbourne art journal) are pleased to announce the publication of issue 8. 2015 marks ten years of online, open-access art history publishing in Melbourne. EMAJ remains dedicated to publishing peer-reviewed scholarly articles on a broad range of art historical topics and is edited by a group of volunteer art history graduates and early career researchers based in Melbourne. Table of contents below – to download the full articles please visit http://emajartjournal.com/current-issue/ The call for papers for EMAJ 9 closes on April 30th 2015 – http://emajartjournal.com/call-for-papers-emaj-9/   emaj issue 8, 2014-2015 EDITORS Nicholas Croggon, Giles Fielke, Katrina Grant, Helen Hughes, Tim Ould, Amelia Sully, Christopher Williams Wynn ARTICLES War and Peace: 200 Years of Australian-German Artistic…

Launch | EMAJ 8 | Gertrude Contemporary

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The editors are pleased to announce the launch of EMAJ (e-Melbourne art journal) vol. 8. The 2015 volume marks ten years since EMAJ was founded. Date: 6-8pm, Tuesday 14th April 2015 Venue: Gertrude Contemporary, 200 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, www.gertrude.org.au There will be a pay bar operating to purchase drinks on the night. Enquiries: emaj.editors@gmail.com EMAJ 8 will be launched by Dr Anthony White, Senior Lecturer in the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne and president of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand. Please come along and celebrate ten years of online, open-access art history publishing in Melbourne! Contents Rex Butler and ADS Donaldson, War and Peace: 200 Years of Australian-German Artistic Relations Toby Juliff and…