Symposium| Apps, Maps and Models: Digital Pedagogy and Research in Art History, Archaeology and Visual Studies

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Organized by the Wired! Group @ Duke University Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM, February 22, 2016, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Free and open to the public. Registration requested.   This one-day symposium will examine how digital tools prompt new approaches to teaching and research in art and architectural history, as well as in archaeology and visual studies. Databases, mapping, modeling, animations, and websites are also transforming the ways in which scholars and museums can communicate information to the public. Above all, digital tools stimulate entirely new types of research questions on the production and dissemination of works of art and material culture, the construction of buildings and cities, and issues of…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | Friday 28th January 2016

Jobs Postdoctoral Opportunities in the Humanities 2016-19, University of Oxford – deadline 15th February 2016 Terra Foundation for American Art Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Berlin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2018) – deadline February 29, 2016 Lecturer in Art History at the National University of Singapore – no deadline specified, search will continue until position is filled Lecturer in the History of Early Modern Art or Architecture, University College London – deadline 22nd February 2016 Lecturer in the History of Art and Material Studies, University College London – deadline 22nd February 2016 Assistant Professor – Visual Studies, University of Toronto – deadline 16th March (open until filled) Funding Newton International Fellowships Scheme – deadline 9th March 2016 Calls for Papers Paragons and Paper Bags.…

News | Rebecca Coates appointed Director of SAM Shepparton

Photo of Dr Rebecca Coates

The Greater Shepparton City Council has announced that Dr Rebecca Coates will take up the role of Director of Shepparton Art Museum (SAM). Dr Coates has been in the role of Acting Director since August 2015 and replaced Kirsten Paisley who left SAM to work for the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. From SAM Shepparton: Dr Coates is an established curator, writer and lecturer, with over 20 years professional art museum and gallery experience in both Australia and overseas. She is also a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne in Art History and Art Curatorship and has a PhD in Art History. Her work history includes roles as Associate Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; Curator, Visual Arts…

News | Karen Quinlan appointed Professor of Practice and new Director at La Trobe Arts Institute

Professor John Dewar with Professor Karen Quinlan and Mr Craig Niemann, Chief Executive Officer, City of Greater Bendigo

Under a new initiative, announced jointly today by the City of Greater Bendigo and La Trobe University, Ms Quinlan will take on an unprecedented leadership role in the Victorian and national arts industry by leading two of Victoria’s prominent regional arts institutions. Today’s announcement confirms that the La Trobe Arts Institute has appointed Karen Quinlan as both its first Professor of Practice and new Director. Professor Quinlan will continue her role as the Director of the highly successful Bendigo Art Gallery and concurrently lead the La Trobe Arts Institute to achieve its ambition of building a vital cultural and creative sector in regional Victoria and establishing La Trobe University as a leading arts destination in its own right. Vice-Chancellor Professor…

News | Horsham Regional Art Gallery to re-open after redevelopment

Images from Horsham Regional Art Gallery's collection

The redeveloped Horsham Regional Art Gallery will reopen this weekend, as part of the new visual and performing arts hub located at the Horsham Town Hall. A $20 million construction project was undertaken in 2014 to create a new arts and performance hub for Horsham, co-locating the city’s visual and performing arts venues. The official opening of the Horsham Town Hall will take place in mid-February, the new Horsham Regional Art Gallery will open on Saturday 30 January. The special retrospective exhibition Smiling when I wake will celebrate the best of the gallery’s photography collection. It includes work from Australian artists Tracey Moffatt, Max Dupain and Carol Jerrems. At the same time the gallery will open an exhibition of works…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | 22nd January 2016

Jobs Australia Curatorial Assistant, The University of Queensland Art Museum- deadline 28th January 2016 Assistant Curator, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse) (three positions) – deadline 14th February 2016 Senior Curator – National Wool Museum, Geelong – deadline 29th January 2016 International Associate Professor / Assistant Professor – Art History and Theory, Hong Kong Baptist University – deadline 27th February 2016 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Art History, University of East Anglia – deadline 17th February 2016 Curator of Drawings, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London – deadline 12th February 2016 Professor and Head of Department for Art and Communication, University of Huddersfield – deadline 8th February 2016 Art Historian, Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance or Baroque periods, with additional specialization in Museum…

Opportunity | Free Book Fair Stalls for Indie and Small Press at 2016 NGV Arts Book Fair

Art Book Fair   NGV

The Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office is providing opportunities for smaller press publishers and independent artists to participate in this year’s NGV Arts Book Fair free-of-charge. The inaugural Fair in 2015 attracted over 16,000 visitors and showcased the work of over 100 publishers, artists, designers and writers. Returning in 2016, the Melbourne Art Book Fair is a unique platform bringing together emerging and established publishers, artists, writers and designers to provide visitors with access to artists’ books, catalogues and monographs, periodicals and independent publications, all in the one venue at NGV International. The Fair is also a unique design experience; visitors in 2016 will delight in an  architectural commission by Bangkok-based artist Wit Pimkanchanapong who will transform the NGV’s Great…

Recent News and Writing on Art History | 22nd January 2016

Raphael (1483-1520), Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn, ca. 1505-06, oil on canvas transferred from panel, 26 5/8 x 20 15/16 in. (67.7 x 53.2 cm), Galleria Borghese, Rome, inv. 371 1

A round-up of recent stories from the world of art, museums and art history. A story from Tim Walsh in Apollo that asks whether Australia’s ‘coup culture’ in politics is hurting the arts. “In the space of five years, Australia has seen five prime ministers attempt to take the reins of an increasingly erratic and jittery federal parliament. In tandem, Australia’s art world keenly felt each twist and turn; moments of optimism were eclipsed by fear and doubt with the election of the right wing conservative government led by Tony Abbott in September 2013.” A report on Enfilade that the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library has catalogued, re-catalogued, and made available online 60,000 objects in their collection. While the Yale Center for British Art has…

Exhibition Review | Lurid Beauty: Surrealism and its Echoes | Katrina Grant

Eric Thake, Archaeopteryx, 1941 Melbourne, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Purchased 1964

Lurid Beauty: Surrealism and its Echoes NGV Australia, Federation Square. The exhibition closes on the 31st January 2016. “Surrealism is a word that is applied to those forms of creative art which are evolved, not from the conscious mind, but from the deeper recesses of the subconscious. The theory of Surrealism is based upon a belief that the logical mind, with its prescribed formulas of thought, is incapable of expressing the entire range of human experience and aspiration. To express such a range, the complete mechanism of the human mind must be utilised.” James Gleeson This description by James Gleeson is from his essay published in Art & Australia in 1940 ‘What is Surrealism’, which explained the principals and rationale driving…

Lecture Series | A Tale of Three Cities – Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol | NGV International

Christopher Makos Andy Warhol in Tiananmen Square 1982 © Christopher Makos 1982,, Ai Weiwei Chinese 1957– Williamsburg, Brooklyn 1983 from the New York Photographs series 1983‒93 silver gelatin photograph Ai Weiwei Studio © Ai Weiwei

Two artists, three cities. Journeying through similar times and places, though never crossing paths, Andy Warhol’s and Ai Weiwei’s work and life have been shaped by the cities of Beijing, Pittsburgh and New York. How have time and place shaped Andy Warhol, Ai Weiwei and their artworks? What legacy have these artists had on the cities they called home? Each week guest speakers explore these questions through the lens of the city: Pittsburgh, New York and Beijing, sharing illustrated insights into Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei’s artistic practice and revealing the impact of the city, time and place on these two influential artists. Purchase series here. Or purchase tickets to individual lectures here. Sat 13 Feb, 2pm – A Tale…

Exhibition | Jacqui Stockdale – Drawing the Labyrinth | Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

Jacqui Stockdale Drawing the Labyrinth 2015

Concertina book of ink drawings (detail), Courtesy of the artist and This is No Fantasy, Melbourne.

A new exhibition opening at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery next week. Exhibition Dates: 27 January – 28 February 2016 Jacqui Stockdale’s Drawing the Labyrinth comprises more than one hundred metres of drawings presented in a fold- out concertina sketchbook set out on tables and configured in the form of a labyrinth. This continuous length of drawings reflects the artists’ intimate journey over a twelve month period, variously depicting moments spent travelling across Europe, incorporating a diverse array of portraits such as friends, family members, self-portraits, anonymous people on trains, teenagers in their classrooms, a live band on stage, even a woman giving birth. Making these sketches Stockdale seeks a direct connection with her subject, often drawing people she has…

Public Forum | The Art of Howard Arkley | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Howard Arkley in front of one of the houses he painted in his House and Homes series, 1988 Photo: Martin Kantor

Join us for a panel discussion and audience Q & A with three of Arkley’s friends, colleagues, and fellow artists, Callum Morton, Jenny Watson and Constanze Zikos. This event promises to provide fascinating insights into Arkley’s practice and processes, highlighting his immersion and influence within a vibrant artistic milieu from the mid-1970s through to the late 1990s. Date: 2pm-3:30pm, 6th February 2016 Venue: TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road,Healesville, Victoria, Australia Tickets: Adults $25, TWMA Members $12.50, Seniors $22.50, Student, Pension & Healthcare card holders $20.00 Website and bookings:  

Exhibition | Nick Austin & Patrick Lundberg | TCB

FRONT AND BACK SPACE | ZERO TO HERO | NICK AUSTIN – PATRICK LUNDBERG Curated by Chloe Geoghegan Exhibition dates: 20 January ˆ February 6, 2016 Zero to Hero addresses the individual practices of Patrick Lundberg and Nick Austin as continuously intersecting at certain points within one narrative system. Accompanied by a brief curatorial text, Zero to Hero uses the convention of space to form a conversation around the inevitability of location. Based in Dunedin, Chloe Geoghegan runs Blue Oyster Art Project Space. Across the road, Nick Austin paints in his studio. In 2014, Patrick Lundberg had a studio in Dunedin too, but now he lives in Auckland. Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 20th January 2016 Address: TCB art Inc. level 1/12 Waratah place, Melbourne Gallery hours: Wed-Sat 12-6pm Website:

News | Jason Smith appointed new Director at Geelong Gallery


The Board of Geelong Gallery today announced that Jason Smith will take over as new director following Geoffrey Edwards’ departure at the end of April 2016. Jason Smith is an internationally recognised public art museum director and exhibitions and collections curator who has worked in the art museum sector for 25 years. His appointment builds on Geelong Gallery’s commitment as Australia’s foremost regional gallery to presenting exhibitions of vision and national significance. Currently the Curatorial Manager of Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Jason Smith was the Director and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art from 2008 to 2014 during which time he led the critically acclaimed reinvigoration of the Museum’s cultural programming and artistic direction.…