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News | Kirsty Grant to leave Heide MOMA at the end of 2016

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News that after only two years, Kirsty Grant is to step down as director and CEO of Heide. Press release After two years in the role of Director and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art, Kirsty Grant will step down from the position in December 2016 in order to focus on freelance art and curatorial projects. At Heide, Kirsty has overseen a series of acclaimed exhibitions including Colour Sensation: The Works of Melinda Harper, Aleks Danko: My Fellow Aus-tra-aliens and the forthcoming O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism. Prior to joining Heide, Kirsty held curatorial positions at the National…

Call for Community Participation | Women’s Mural Documentation Project

Image via Yarra City Arts | Image: Courtesy of Megan Evans.

The Women’s Mural Documentation Project will document the lifespan and significance of The Women’s Mural: From Bomboniere to Barbed Wire, located in Smith Street, Fitzroy. Created in 1986 by artists, Megan Evans and Eve Glenn, the mammoth 50 by 12 metre mural, a striking example of Melbourne’s world famous street art, was once again the source of much controversy in February 2016 when almost two-thirds of its area was defaced. The obliteration of many of the women from inner northern Melbourne depicted in the mural, provoked community outcry and reminded us of the importance of this women’s space.The City of…

Interview with Eike Schmidt, new director of the Uffizi

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Eike Schmidt was one of the new ‘stranieri’ directors of major Italian cultural institutions who were appointed last year as part of a ‘shake up’ intended to end a long period of stagnation. In this interview with Alain Elkann, Schmidt discusses the challenges and developments of the past year (including having to repurchase the uffizi.it domain name and set up a website..). He comments on the need to ‘slow visitors down in front of these masterpieces, to try and motivate people to actually study them’, rather than ‘rush to see the bucket-list masterpieces’. He also notes the need to marry good management skills…

Rose Nolan, Jon Campbell and Vernon Ah Kee among finalists in the R & M McGivern Prize

Jon Campbell On For Young & Old 2016 enamel paint, cottonduck 150x150cm Courtesy of the artist and Darren Knight Gallery

  Twenty-seven finalists are in the running for the prestigious $25,000 R & M McGivern Prize for 2016, the winner of which will be announced at the finalists’ exhibition launch, at 6pm on Friday 16 September at ArtSpace, Realm. The R & M McGivern Prize is awarded every three years for an outstanding artwork in oil, gouache, acrylic or watercolour. This year’s theme of “text” attracted entries from more than 200 emerging, mid-career and established artists from across Australia. The shortlist draws together artists working with text – or the idea of text – from a variety of perspective. Texta Queen’s work (below)…

News | National Art School appoints Michael Lynch CBE AM as Interim Director

Muchael Lynch - image via Sydney Morning Herald.

The National Art School has announced that it has appointed Michael Lynch CBE AM as Interim Director, commencing September 2016. The appointment follows the recent resignation of current Director Michael Snelling, who is relocating to Hong Kong to support his partner Suhanya Raffel as she takes up her position as Director of Hong Kong’s M+ Museum. Mr Lynch commented that: ‘The National Art School has an extraordinary history of creating great artists across genres. I recognize the difficulties that face the School over the coming months and hope to work closely with staff and the Board to find a solution that…

News | Victorian Government announces $3million for Collingwood Contemporary Arts Precinct

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The disused Collingwood tech site is set to become a contemporary arts precinct, with support from the Victorian Government. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley MP today announced $3 million, as part of the Government’s Creative State strategy, alongside $4.5 million in donations and $4 million already contributed by the State. The announcement heralds the next stage of the creative transformation of the former Collingwood Technical School in Johnston Street. The long abandoned school was given a new lease on life in 2010 when it was earmarked for a new home for Circus Oz. In 2014 Circus Oz moved in…

News | Boost for Victoria’s Regional Galleries and Performing Arts centres

The recently re-opened Horsham Regional Art Gallery

The Victorian Government seems determined to buck the federal trend of cutting arts funding by providing support for the arts across the state. Last week the state government announced funding for 90 independent arts companies (including organisations such as CCP that lost federal funding earlier in the year). Today, the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, announced funding for regional galleries across the state, saying ‘We want to ensure that all Victorians – no matter where they live – have the opportunity to unlock their creative potential and experience the benefits of creative activity. We are supporting some of our oldest art galleries…

New Society for the History of Emotions/New Journal Emotions: History, Culture, Society

Image: The Letter Writer, Frans van Mieris (I), 1680.  Copyright Rijksmuseum.

The Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800 (CHE) has announced a new Society for the History of Emotions (SHE). It is a professional association for scholars interested in emotions as historically and culturally-situated phenomena within past and present societies. The Society welcomes members working in the field of the history of emotions across the world, including independent scholars, early career researchers and postgraduates. Membership information will soon be available through our website but in the meantime please email us at: societyhistoryemotions@gmail.com Current committee members consist of: Jacqueline Van Gent (Convenor); Giovanni Tarantino (Research Development Officer); Ute Frevert, Miri…

News | Finalists for Bowness Prize announced

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The judges for this year’s Bowness Prize have announced the list of finalists. From MGA: Judges of the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, including well-known Filmmaker Fred Schepisi, have this week confirmed the 60 emerging and established photographers to secure their positions as finalists in Australia’s most sought-after photography prize, edging closer to winning the $25,000 prize to be announced in September this year. Schepisi was joined by Professional Photographer John Gollings and MGA’s Director Kallie Blauhorn in determining the 2016 finalists of the coveted award, following the review of works submitted across a diverse range of contemporary and…

Weekly News Round-Up | Art and Art History | 13th July 2016

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The Art Newspaper has a story about Orhan Pamuk’s keynote address to the ICOM conference in Milan. In his talk Pamuk reflected on the museums we have and the museums we need, saying that in the future we need ‘small and economical museums that address our humanity. All museums are genuine treasures of humankind, but I am against these precious and monumental institutions being used as models for the institutions to come. Museums should explore and uncover the population as a whole and the humanity of the new and modern man that emerges from the growing economies of non-Western countries.…

Weekly News Round-Up | 6th July 2016 | Cows for poems, Fact Checking the SCA UNSW merger, More concerns over Indian sculptures at NGA + more

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In this chaotic moment of uncertainty (ahem) with no government in Australia perhaps we might have to return to arts funding arrangements of yesteryear and inspire artists with… cows. Amanda Smith of RN has this story about the history of arts funding in Australia in which she reveals that the first arts grant was in the form of two cows ‘from the goverment herd’ given as payment to nineteenth-century poet Michael Masset Robinson for a series of ‘odes for George III and Queen Charlotte on their birthdays. In other signs of the apocalypse (though admittedly this was reported on the eve of the…

News | Mami Kataoka appointed Artistic Director of 21st Biennale of Sydney

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The Biennale of Sydney has announced that the artistic director for the 21st Biennale in 2018 will be Mami Kataoka.    Mami Kataoka, is the Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo, and she is the first curator from Asia to be appointed as Artistic Director of the Biennale of Sydney. She was one of thirteen eminent international advisors to this year’s 20th edition and already has strong connections to local curators and artist. Ms. Kataoka is regarded as a key figure in analysing socio-historical and generational trends within Japanese and Asian art. From the BoS   Ms. Kataoka is renowned…

Arts Funding and the 2016 Federal Election

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For the first time that I can remember Arts Funding has been a Federal Election issue (this article from Ben Eltham is a reminder that arts and culture barely rated a mention in 2013). This year there have been stories every week and we even saw a National Arts Debate between representatives of each major party. There wre a number of other forums where politicians, artists and others discussed the many issues surrounding arts funding and making a living in the arts. Although arts funding has no doubt been foremost in many of our minds, the fact that the Coalition has…

Wednesday News Round Up | 29th June 2016 | Arts Funding, Brexit, SCA and UNSW merger + more

William Hogarth's O the Roast Beef of Old England (‘The Gate of Calais’, 1748) Via Bendor Grosvenor's article in The Art Newspaper

News The Daily Review has come out with an editorial saying that ‘A Vote for the Coalition is a Vote against the Arts’ and with Arts Minister Mitch Fifield yet to release an arts policy and only the coalition’s past performance on arts funding (de-funding more like it) it’s a pretty straightforward claim. I am aiming to a pre-election round-up on Friday of all the latest arts funding news and debates and links to the policies of the main parties (where they exist…). The protests over cuts have been making international news with stories in Hyperallergic and Apollo Magazine. The other major news…

Invitation to submit material – Women, Feminism and Art in Australia since 1970

Image: Alice Lang Originals (2014).

Call out for submissions from Australian artists who engage with feminism in their work. Women, Feminism and Art in Australia since 1970 – Invitation to submit material Professor Anne Marsh has commenced work on her Australian Research Council project ‘Women, Feminism and Art in Australia since 1970’. The project will investigate the impact of feminism on contemporary Australian art, revealing the roles and interactions between gender, race, class and ethnicity. It will analyse and interpret the history of feminism in the visual arts during the critical decades since the 1970s, and the impact of feminist thought on the ways in which…