Lecture Series | Uncommon Knowledge at ACCA

Uncommon Knowledge | ACCA’s  annual lecture series this year focuses on artists and the special interests that inspire and inform their art practice. Leading Australian artists such as Bill Henson, Fiona Hall and Ronnie van Hout will discuss the subjects and pastimes that occupy them – from eavesdropping, UFOs, to the body and Brexit, the stolen Picasso and art activism, architecture, social media and The Australian Ugliness. Presented on Monday evenings at 6pm from April through November, the series offers a trans-generational insight into the inner lives and thinking of artists. Tickets are $35 per lecture or $200 for a Season Pass to all eight lectures (includes drink). The program includes: 30 April, Bill Henson: The wilderness within: The body as the last frontier   Internationally renowned photographer Bill Henson will explore his lifelong fascination with the human figure.  Henson, who represented Australia in…

Exhibition | Eugene von Guérard: Artist–traveller | Art Gallery of Ballarat

EUGENE VON GUERARD: ARTIST–TRAVELLER Saturday 24 March to Sunday 27 May 2018 A remarkable exhibition telling the story of the art and travels of Eugene von Guérard, the preeminent landscape painter of colonial Australia, opens in Ballarat in late March. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s life of travel and adventure, as revealed by his sketchbooks, which offer a glimpse into the heart and mind of one of our greatest and most enduringly relevant artists. Von Guérard travelled extensively throughout south-eastern Australia, methodically recording the landscape, trekking into some of ‘the wildest and least-known portions of Australian territory’, his pencil and pocket-sized sketchbooks always close at hand. Back in the studio, he transformed his sketches into meticulously executed paintings which are remarkable for their detail. During his twenty-eight years in Australia, he filled twenty-two sketchbooks with drawings that capture his…

Book Launch | Eugene Von Guérard Tom Darragh and Ruth Pullin in Conversation | Art Gallery of Ballarat

For a period of nine years, between 1876 and 1885, landscape painter and founding curator of the National Gallery of Victoria Eugen von Guérard (1811–1901) corresponded with his friend and fellow-German Julius von Haast (1822–1887), geologist and founder of the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch. These letters, written by one of Australia’s greatest landscape painters, an inveterate collector and the dedicated inaugural custodian of the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, to his good friend and colleague, a distinguished and pioneering geologist, writer and museum director, shed new light on the personal and professional lives of both men and their institutions. Date: Saturday 21st April, 2pm Venue: McCain Annexe, Art Gallery of Ballarat Free, book online: https://artgalleryofballarat.com.au/gallery_events/book-launch-tom-darragh-and-ruth-pullin-lieber-freund/

Symposium | CHANGEMAKERS #1: Mapping Sustainability in the Visual Arts | VCA Melbourne

SYMPOSIUM – CHANGEMAKERS #1: Mapping Sustainability in the Visual Arts Friday 20 April 2018, 10.15am-17.30pm Federation Hall, VCA, Melbourne This symposium is FREE and open to students and the public. CHANGEMAKERS #1 will bring together key people in the field who are focused on fostering change and new models of arts and cultural practice, and even more importantly – those who are seeking a sustainable future where emerging artists, curators and arts professionals are placed at the forefront. Broken down into six distinct themes, six leaders in the arts will discuss their present circumstances and future vision. With an introduction by Dr. Rachel Marsden, Lecturer in Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne, speakers include: Patricia Piccinini – Artist and Enterprise Professor, Victorian College of the Arts Alexie Glass-Kantor – Curator and Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney Corbett Lyon – Collector…

Museum Marketing jobs at TarraWarra Museum of Art and SAM Shepparton

Marketing and Events Manager @ TWMA The position is located at the TarraWarra Museum of Art and is responsible for strategically planning and implementing the Museum’s marketing in order to promote exhibitions, collections and associated programs and events. The purpose of the role is to increase visibility of the Museum to a diverse public including tourists to the Yarra Valley; and to increase audiences. The Marketing and Events Manager is responsible for the design brief of invitations and marketing collateral. They will write and produce the e-news, social media posts and website updates. In 2018-19 the Manager will brief and manage the roll out of a new website. The position is also responsible for liaison with tourism organisations and assists in the delivery of the annual Australian Chamber Orchestra weekend. In addition the role will coordinate the organisational aspects of…

Short Course | The Galileo Affair | University of Melbourne

6.15pm – 8.30pm | Thursdays 24 and 31 May, 7 and 14 June This short course will focus on the ‘Galileo Affair’ which remains one of the most fascinating episodes in the history of science. The ‘Galileo Affair’, as it has come to be known, remains one of the most fascinating episodes in the history of science. It is often taken as an illustration of the repressive attitude of the Catholic Church to the rise of modern science in the 17th century, and an example of the fundamental conflict between science and religion. Yet, it has been subject to distortion and myth, and continues to spark intense disagreement among historians, scientists and philosophers. In 1632 Galileo published his Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems, in which he defended the Copernican view that the earth moves around the sun. He…

Scholarship | The Judith Neilson Scholarship in Contemporary Art at University of Sydney

The Judith Neilson Scholarship in Contemporary Art Applications close 22 May 2018. The Judith Neilson Scholarship in Contemporary Art has been established to support the study of contemporary Chinese art in its global contexts. The Scholarship provides support for full-time doctoral study to be undertaken through the Department of Art History at the University of Sydney. We invite applications from highly motivated individuals interested in engaging deeply with issues related to contemporary Chinese art, global art cultures, and transcultural studies. Prospective students must possess demonstrable research skills, high proficiency in writing in English, and academic experience in one or more of the following fields: art history and theory, Chinese studies, visual culture, and/or curatorial studies. Proficiency in Chinese is strongly preferred. Applications that demonstrate potential for engagement with the White Rabbit Collection are encouraged. For further information, please refer to…

Job | Gallery Curator | Bus Projects

Applications due midnight (AEDT) 26 March 2018. The Gallery Curator (0.6 FTE) works collaboratively with the Director and Program Coordinator to develop and implement the annual program of exhibitions, public programs and publishing projects. The Gallery Curator will confidently liaise with a variety of stakeholders, including the general public, emerging and established artists, curators and writers, on the planning and realisation of a broad range of exhibitions and creative projects. More information: https://busprojects.org.au/footer/positions-vacant Position Description (PDF): https://busprojects.org.au/content/footer/1-positions-vacant/2018_curator_pd_bus_projects.pdf Applicants must provide the following via email (PDF): 2-page letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria and a current curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of two professional referees. Address applications to channon@busprojects.org.au Attn: The Director, Bus Projects Bus Projects is committed to being an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally, religiously and…

Lecture | Things Fall Apart – Putting the world back together one document at a time – Robyn Sloggett | University of Melbourne

Faculty of Arts Dean’s Lecture: ‘Things Fall Apart’ – Putting the world back together one document at a time The world as we know it swirls around us as objects, ideas and aspirations. How we make sense of it is dependent on what we have access to, what we can imagine and how we are enabled to think, learn and do. The loss, degradation, or inauthenticity of cultural material threatens the security of our knowledge and the construction of identity, and community that is unable to access its cultural, historic and scientific records is impeded in its ability to construct relevant and effective cultural futures. Conversely, a well-secured cultural record assists a community to tell its stories, understand its past, and cement its identity into the future. Taking Chinua Achebe’s 1958 novel as the point of departure, in this lecture…

Seminar | Engaging with landscape and heritage through playful methods – Phil Jones | Deakin Cultural Heritage Seminar Series

Engaging with landscape and heritage through playful methods – Phil Jones (University of Birmingham) Visiting a heritage landscape is very different to learning about the same site second-hand through text and images. An embodied, multisensory, engagement enhances emotional and affectual connections to the histories that such sites bear witness to. This paper discusses a series of methodological tools that can be used to examine the embodied connection between people and place, uncovering both tangible and intangible histories. Three approaches in particular are reflected upon: the use of smartphones to crowdsource materials gathered in-place; arts-based urban transects; and biosensing as a tool for examining the emotional unconscious. The potentials and limitations of each are discussed, with an emphasis on methodological triangulation, combining novel and more conventional techniques to gain rounded insights into how people understand landscape and heritage. Phil Jones is…