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…

2015 Trendall Lecture | Professor Tyler Jo Smith – More Celebrated than Actually Known': Sir John Soane’s Greek Vases

Sir John Soane’s Museum L101. Apulian krater, c. late 4th century BC

The 19th Trendall Lecture will be given by Professor Tyler Jo Smith, Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Virginia, USA, will present the lecture titled ‘More Celebrated than Actually Known: Sir John Soane’s Greek Vases. This lecture is hosted by the A.D. Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies at La Trobe University. Sir John Soane (1753–1837) launched his career as an antiquities collector with the purchase of a large red-figure vase manufactured in southern Italy during the 4th century BC. Known as the Cawdor Vase, the monumental vessel is arguably the first object among numerous Classical antiquities on show to greet visitors to Sir John Soane’s Museum at no. 13 Lincoln Inn’s Fields, London.…

Lecture and Symposium | Tim Barringer Lecture and Gallipoli Gelibolu Symposium | Sydney

Image: George W. Lambert, Cartoon for The Charge of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade at the Nek, 1920 (detail).

On Sunday 25 April 1915, Anzac troops began landing on the Turkish coast at Gallipoli (Turkish name, Gelibolu) in what has become a defining campaign of World War I. The Power Institute is proud to be supporting a special symposium with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, which brings together leading Turkish and Australian academics to explore the impact of that event on Australian and Turkish art, architecture and material culture and to critically assess the role of visual culture in mediating the conflict’s significance within both polities. By creating a dialogue between Turkish and Australian scholars, Gallipoli Gelibolu aims to encourage new approaches to the narrative of an event of shared national significance. Participants will explore a range of themes…

Lecture and Discussion | Art in the Time of Colony | Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll in conversation with Brook Andrew

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Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll in conversation with Brook Andrew In this lecture Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll presents her method of writing the history of Australian art in the time of (post)colony as one of perpetual anachronism. Through a history of anachronic exhibitions of colonial material in Melbourne by contemporary artists the argument traces shifts between alienation in the museum vitrine and irreverent vitrinizations. The evening’s discussion also marks the launch of the book ‘Art in the Time of Colony’ by focusing on how anachronistic artists engage in a process of disalienation. Brook Andrew will moderate a debate about the taboo and critical import of working with Aboriginal archives. Date: Thursday 14 May, 2015, 6.00 – 7.00pm Venue: 
William Macmahon Ball Theatre, Room 107…

Jobs, Funding and Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | May 8th 2015

Jobs Faculty Positions in Digital Humanities, EPFL (Lausanne) – no specified deadline Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs, Art Gallery of South Australia – deadline 16th May 2015 Collection Manager, Museum of Brisbane – deadline 30th May 2015 Assistant Curator, Museum of Brisbane – deadline 16th May 2015 Funding and Fellowships Caroline Villers Research Fellowship, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London – deadline 4th June 2015 4th Duchamp Research Scholarship by the Friends of the Staatliches Schwerin e.V – deadline 30th June 2015 Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, David Saunders Founder’s Grant – deadline 1st June 2015 Calls for Papers From Argument to Image (Bonn, 4-5 Dec 15) – deadline June 30th, 2015 The Venice Biennale as an Art Market: Anatomy of a Complex…

West Space Annual Fundraiser 2015

Tom Polo, The Decision Makers (Hands Held High) 2015, acrylic and Flashe on clapboard, 36 x 28cm. Courtesy of the artist and STATION, Melbourne

West Space is proud to present our 2015 Annual Fundraiser. Originally called A4 Art, the West Space Annual Fundraiser is a curated exhibition that includes artworks by over 100 artists. Works for sale are of diverse size and medium, including sculpture, photography, drawing, painting and videos and prices range from as low as $40 through to $3,000. Artists generously choose to donate either 50% or 100% of the proceeds to West Space. The West Space Annual Fundraiser is a unique opportunity to collect an artwork from a wide selection of emerging and established Australian artists, while also supporting one of Australia’s oldest and most respected artist-led initiatives. This event is a crucial fundraising opportunity for us to raise essential funds to…

Online Resources | Getty releases ULAN database as linked open data

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The Getty has released its Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)® as linked open data. It is available with other Getty vocabularies (The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) ® and The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) ®) here. About the database The Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)® is a resource containing more than 650,000 names and biographical information for current and historical artists, architects, patrons, workshops, firms, museums, and other people and groups associated with the creation and history of art, architecture, and other works of cultural heritage. ULAN includes records for identified people, as well as for anonymous “hands.” It also includes links to related people and groups within ULAN, as well as links to places in…

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…

Jobs, Funding and Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | May 1st 2015

Jobs Australia Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Sydney – deadline 15th May 2015 Executive Assistant & Membership Administrator, Regional Arts Victoria – deadline 19th May 2015 International Lecturer in Art History (including Gallery Studies), University of East Anglia- deadline 22nd May 2015 Early Career Lecturer in 13th to 17th Century History of Art, University of London – deadline 24th May 2015 Funding National Library of Australia Creative Fellowships – deadline July 30, 2015 Visiting Fellows Research Program 2015-2016, ATCH (Architecture Theory Criticism History) Research Centre, University of Queensland – deadline 1st June 2015 Calls for Papers Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities (The Third Euroacademia International Conference) (Lucca, June 2015) – deadline 15th May 2015 Art Criticism 2.0…

Exhibition and Artist Talk | Gosia Wlodarczak – Found in Translation | Deakin University Art Gallery

Gosia Wlodarczak installing FOUND IN TRANSLATION, Interpretation Drawing #2: SIGNS, 2015
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The exhibition, Found in Translation: Deakin University Art Gallery is a new site-specific project by Gosia Wlodarczak and is part of her ongoing Instruction Drawing project. It explores the notion that drawing and language are coded modes of communication. One mode of communication is language. Language is a code. When words are the mode of communication, each individual uniquely ‘remakes’, ‘interprets’, ‘translates’, ‘de-codes’ words. Another mode of communication is drawing. Drawing is a language. Like language, drawing is a code.  – Gosia Wlodarczak For the exhibition at Deakin, Wlodarczak has created a series of three site-specific wall drawings, each containing encoded texts ‘written’ from these pictorial alphabets. The first piece will be completed by the artist, the second by Deakin University Art…

Art Book Fair | National Gallery of Victoria

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The NGV is holding an art book fair this weekend (1–3 May) at NGV International. Several of the major events are already booked out but there are plenty of other talks, signings, rare book tours, readings and performances going on, as well the book fair to browse. It is free and open to the public but some events are ticketed so double check the event listing online. About the Art Book Fair Melbourne is a literary city, of readers and curious minds. Celebrating Melbourne’s diverse literary heritage and love of printed matter, and international recognition as one of only eleven worldwide UNESCO Cities of Literature, the NGV presents the Melbourne Art Book Fair in 2015. A new project of its kind in…

Exhibition and Floor Talk | Two of a Kind | Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre

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Scrub Man (from the series ‘ The Ghillies’) 2013
pigment ink print, edition of 8, 120.0 x 120.0 cm. Courtesy of the artist & Stills Gallery, Sydney.

Two of a Kind features works from the Darebin Art Collection alongside a new work by each of the artists, this exhibition will give you an insight into how an artist’s work changes over time. Artists include: Peta Clancy, Paul Compton, Georgina Cue, Frances Gallagher, Gwen Garoni, Jennifer Goodman, Mathew Gove, Phil Harris, Katherine Hattam, Hilary Jackman, Michael Kelly, Ju Yuen Merran Chew, Will Murray, Adam Nudelman, Polixeni Papapetrou, Suzana Poljak, John Sheehan, Vipoo Srivilasa, Ray Thomas, Natalie Thomas, Peter Waples-Crowe & Sharon West. Curated by Renee Cosgrave. Public Program Artist and Curator Talk | Two of a Kind Date: Sat May 2, 2015 , 3.30-4.30pm Join Curator Renee Cosgrave for a talk and walk through of the exhibition with artists Katherine…

Exhibition Review | Medieval Moderns, National Gallery of Victoria | Monique Webber

Figure 5. Edward Burne-Jones, The Wheel of Fortune, 1871-1885. Oil on canvas, 151.4 x 72.5 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (381-2).

Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood,  NGV International, 11 April – 12 July 2015 The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB) burnt brightly and quickly. Forming in 1848, the seven original artists – John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James Collinson, Thomas Woolner, William Michael Rossetti, and Frederic George Stephens – worked cohesively for little more than five years. Only Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti remained directly involved in the movement. While Hunt continued as a largely independent artist, Rossetti later became a driving force in the second generation of the Brotherhood centred around William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. Despite the brevity of their activity, the PRB had a profound influence upon the Industrial era. Rejecting the enforced hierarchies of beauty and…