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Two senior figures of the Australian gallery world receive top honours

Judith Ryan with Warna Jukurrpa (snake dreaming) by PeterJapanangka Blacksmith. Photo via theage.com.au

Two senior figures of the Australian gallery world received top honours in the recent 2017 Queen’s Birthday announcements. Judith Ryan, Senior Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the visual arts, particularly to the museums and galleries sector, as a curator of Indigenous exhibitions, and as an author. Dr Anna Gray, former head of Australian art at the National Gallery of Australia was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant services to the visual arts, as a curator, scholar and historian, to Australian artists and to the promotion of cultural heritage.

News | Mardi Nowak New Director of NETS Victoria

NETS Victoria has announced the appointment of Mardi Nowak as Director. From NETS Ms Nowak who trained as an artist has worked as a curator and gallery manager for more than 16 years in the public gallery and local government sector most recently at the Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn. Over the past decade she has developed over 100 exhibitions and programs, working closely with gallery staff, artists and organisations on collection building, artist-in-residence programs and overseeing public art commissions. Sarah Bond, Chair of NETS Victoria: “The Board was won over by Mardi’s significant professional achievement, commitment to the sector and vision. She brings a wealth of management and curatorial experience to the role. We’re looking forward to working with Mardi to deliver our current slate of ambitious and stimulating exhibitions and shape the program going forward.” Mardi Nowak: “I’m really…

News | Zara Stanhope appointed as new Head of Asian and Pacific Art at QAGOMA

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines has announced that renowned curator Zara Stanhope (most recently Principal Curator and Head of Programmes, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki) as the Gallery’s Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art. From QAGOMA ‘We are delighted to welcome Zara, who has over 20 years’ experience in curatorial and collection management in lead roles in art institutions in Australia and New Zealand,’ Mr Saines said. ‘Along with an expansive curatorial practice focusing on Australian, New Zealand and Pacific art, she will bring to the Gallery a great depth of strategic thinking, management experience and strong local and international networks. ‘As head of the Gallery’s dynamic Asian and Pacific art team, Zara will have responsibility for QAGOMA’s flagship exhibition series, The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, and its world…

News | Wiradjuri artist, Amala Groom joins the board of NAVA

Wiradjuri artist, Amala Groom, has been elected unopposed as the first Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts Representative Director on the board of the NAVA. From NAVA Amala Groom is a New South Wales based conceptual artist whose practice is informed by, and reflects, Aboriginal methodologies, epistemologies and ways of being. Her work, as a form of passionate activism, delivers insightful commentary on contemporary society, politics and race relations. Groom said today, “It is both an honour and a privilege to have been nominated to hold the first dedicated Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Director’s position on the NAVA Board. I bring to the role both my personal expertise as a practitioner and my background in Aboriginal political and legal advocacy. My voice is one of the many thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual artists, curators, writers,…

News | Dr Christian Thompson announced as the recipient of inaugural Mordant Family VR Commission

ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) has announced that the recipient of the inaugural $80,000 Mordant Family VR Commission is Dr Christian Thompson, one of Australia’s leading visual artists. The commission, created in partnership with Catriona and Simon Mordant AM, the City of Melbourne and ACMI, builds on ACMI’s existing commissioning initiatives, and heralds a new era of artist support at ACMI for emerging platforms. The Mordant Family VR Commission will allow Thompsons’ practice to extend into the exciting medium of VR for the first time. Thompson is a contemporary artist whose work explores notions of identity, cultural hybridity, and history; often referring to the relationships between these concepts and the environment. Formally trained as a sculptor, Thompson’s multidisciplinary practice engages mediums such as photography, video, sculpture, performance, and sound. His work focuses on the exploration of identity, sexuality,…

News | Ian McLean appointed to the Hugh Ramsay Chair of Australia Art History

More big news in art history appointments from the University of Melbourne with Ian McLean announced as the inaugural Hugh Ramsay Chair of Australian Art History, based in the Art History Program at the University of Melbourne.   Ian has published extensively on Australian art and particularly on Indigenous art. His books include Indigenous Archives: The Making and Unmaking of Aboriginal Art, with Darren Jorgensen (2017); Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art(2016); Double Desire: Transculturation and Indigenous art (2014); How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art (2011); White Aborigines Identity Politics in Australian Art (1998); and The Art of Gordon Bennett, with a chapter by Gordon Bennett (1996). He is a superb addition to the Art History Program, to Indigenous Studies, and to our School as a whole.   The Hugh Ramsay Chair of Australian Art History is an endowed Chair, based in…

News | NGV to receive funding boost in upcoming Victorian Budget

Martin Foley has announced major funding boost for the National Gallery of Victoria to build on its growth in recent years, saying that ‘Melbourne is renowned as the nation’s arts and cultural capital – and that’s in no small part because of the NGV.’ From the government press release Australia’s most popular gallery – and now one of the world’s most visited – is set to continue its success thanks to a funding boost in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today announced that the Andrews Labor Government will invest $28.7 million over two years to support the NGV to build on its incredible growth of recent years. Five years ago, NGV hosted 28 exhibitions per year – in 2016 that number rose to 49. This growth has encouraged more visits than ever, rising from just…

News | Jennifer Milam appointed new Head of the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne

Jennifer Milam

News from the University of Melbourne that art historian Professor Jennifer Milam has been appointed as the new Head of the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She will take up the position from 1 January 2018. Jennifer is currently an ARC Future Fellow and Professor of Art History and Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Sydney. She has published articles on art, gardens and aesthetic ideas during the Enlightenment in journals such as The Art Bulletin, Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, Art History, Burlington Magazine, Eighteenth-Century Studies and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. Her books include studies of Rococo art and architecture, the French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and a co-edited volume on women artists and patrons in eighteenth-century Europe. Her previous roles at the University of Sydney include Chair of Department of Art History and…

News | TarraWarra Museum of Art appoints Emily Cormack as Curator for Biennial in 2018

Emily Cormack has been appointed to curate the TarraWarra Museum of Art Biennial 2018 (10 August – 4 November 2018). TarraWarra Director, Victoria Lynn, said the appointment of Cormack as sole curator for the TarraWarra Biennial 2018 was an exciting step for the Museum, and visitors can expect a great show. “Emily curated Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney last year to wide acclaim, and we look forward to her unique vision for the TarraWarra Biennial 2018,” Ms Lynn said. Based in Melbourne, Cormack has extensive experience in both curating and managing contemporary art exhibitions.  She has previously curated major exhibitions for Gertrude Contemporary; Warrnambool Art Gallery; Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell;  Benalla Art Gallery; and the Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, and co-curated shows for Artsonje Center Seoul, St. Paul’s St Gallery, Auckland and National University Museum (NUS),…

News | Gertrude Contemporary announces move to a new space in Preston South

Yesterday Gertrude Contemporary announced that it would move to a new space on High Street in Preston South when its current lease ends in June. A few years ago then-director Emma Crimmings flagged that the gallery would be forced to move. Gertrude Contemporary opened in Fitzroy in 1985 as 200 Gertrude, well-before the current gentrification that is opushing up rentals and will see this important site for contemporary art in Melbourne no doubt replaced by more bars, rastaurants and expensive clothing shops.  Despite the announcement back in 2014 that Gertrude would become part of the planned Contemporary arts precinct at the old Collingwood Technical School site, this key space for contemporary art in Melbourne will now move further north to the ‘top end of Thornbury’ and into a purpose-built space. The final exhibition at 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, The End…

News | Denton Corker Marshall wins new SAM architecture competition

Yesterday the Greater Shepparton City Council announced that Denton Corker Marshall has won the architetural competition to build the new Shepparton Art Museum. From SAM The architectural competition for a new SAM (Shepparton Art Museum) and building jury recommendation was endorsed at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 18 April following a comprehensive design competition spanning several months. The seven member expert jury report noted that the Denton Corker Marshall proposal was unanimously selected as the winning proposal for the Stage 2 Concept Design Competition after a robust and rigorous assessment of the five design concepts against the agreed criteria. The Denton Corker Marshall proposal stood out because it combined a powerful and relevant conceptual idea – well-resolved and compelling in its sculptural expression and detail – with a highly adaptable, functional, safe and efficient solution, according to the report. The…

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…

News |  Major painting by renowned artist eX de Medici donated to Australian War Memorial

One of the most significant artwork donations in the Memorial’s history, Cure for pain, by renowned Australian artist eX de Medici, is now on display at the Australian War Memorial. Donated by Erika Krebs-Woodward through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, Cure for pain is a detailed, multi-layered work that reflects the themes of mortality and equality in death throughout a century of Australian military history. At more than four metres long the painting is also the largest work produced by de Medici, who was appointed official war artist to the Solomon Islands in 2009 and is one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson said the donation added to the Memorial’s world-class art collection, and that the work is an important tool in our evolving understanding of the Australian experience of war.…

News | NGV announces inaugural NGV triennial to open December 2017

The NGV has announced the line-up for its inaugural triennial of contemporary art. From the NGV: Featuring the work of 60 artists and designers from 30 countries, the NGV Triennial surveys the world’s best art and design, across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives. The inaugural NGV Triennial will open in December 2017. It will be a free exhibition and celebration of contemporary art and design practice that traverses all four levels of NGV International, as well as offering a rich array of programs. The NGV Triennial explores cutting edge technologies, architecture, animation, performance, film, painting, drawing, fashion design, tapestry and sculpture. Visitors will have an opportunity to look at the world and its past, present and future through the eyes of some of the most creative minds working today. See the full list of artists here: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/triennial/ The triennial will also…

News | Judith Neilson creates Chair in Contemporary Art at UNSW

News from UNSW that founder of the White Rabbit Gallery has donated money to create The Judith Neilson Chair in Contemporary Art, which will focus on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Philanthropist and White Rabbit Gallery founder Judith Neilson AM has made her second major donation to UNSW with the announcement of The Judith Neilson Chair in Contemporary Art. The Professorial Chair will work between UNSW Art & Design and Sydney’s internationally recognised White Rabbit Gallery to lead rigorous scholarly research. White Rabbit Gallery is home to one of the world’s most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art and UNSW Art & Design is ranked in the top 30 art and design schools in the QS World University Rankings. With privileged access to the White Rabbit collection, The Judith Neilson Chair in Contemporary Art will develop new knowledge and a…