Updated – date corrected | Lecture | Jane Clark – Mona: The only certainty is change | ANU Sir William Dobell Annual Lecture

Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, is the largest private museum in Australia, with a collection ranging from antiquities through Australian modernism to contemporary international art. Its owner is Tasmanian-born David Walsh, who, in sharing his collection with the public and through an ambitious exhibition and publication program, seeks to challenge conventional approaches to art, to received wisdom and to the intersections between culture and biology. Mona is an experiment: questioning, unpredictable, and fun. When the museum opened in 2011, it was almost entirely subterranean, a structure you could hardly see until you were in it. There was one tunnel. All that has changed in 2018. The tunnels have multiplied, are longer, layered, turn corners; and are not yet finished. The underground interior has expanded and erupted, upward and outward, into the light. Jane Clark, Senior…

Launch | emaj 10 | Buxton Contemporary

Help us launch the tenth edition of emaj! Please join the editors for a drink in the Buxton Contemporary foyer to celebrate the tenth edition of the electronic Melbourne art journal. emaj was co-founded by our director, Ryan Johnston in 2005, who will launch the edition along with current editors, Giles Fielke, Dr Helen Hughes and Paris Lettau. emaj (electronic Melbourne art journal) is an online, refereed art history journal published in Australia. emaj aims to provide an international forum for the publication of original academic research in all areas and periods of art history. Topics covered include fine arts, architecture, curatorship, politics and aesthetics, visual culture, philosophy, historiography and museum studies. emaj welcomes monographic articles about specific artists or art collectives as well as thematic or theoretical analyses on aspects of art history. All articles are blind-refereed by academics working within the relevant field.

Call for artists | Large-scale art commission for State Library Victoria

Large-scale art commission for State Library Victoria – applications now open Proposal deadline 11th May 2018 ​State Library Victoria is calling on artists, graphic designers and illustrators to submit proposals for a large-scale artwork to be installed inside the Library’s new Russell Street entrance, opening this spring. Proposals are invited for artworks inspired by the Library’s extensive collection of items related to Victoria’s flora, fauna and natural history. The successful artist will be awarded $20,000 to produce an artwork measuring 29 metres wide and 5 metres high to be temporarily displayed in the new Russell Street Welcome Zone. Shortlisted proposals will be awarded $500 each. Kate Torney, State Library Victoria CEO, said it was an exciting opportunity to be a part of the once-in-a-generation transformation of an iconic Melbourne landmark. ‘Around five thousand people visit the Library each day so…

Exhibition | Experimenta Makes Sense: International Triennial of Media Art | Plimsoll Gallery

  Exhibition dates: 21st Apr – 27th May 2018 Plimsoll Gallery, School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania, Hunter Street, Hobart, Tasmania Gallery Hours: Wed – Mon 12pm – 5pm (during exhibitions), Closed Tuesdays and Public holidays Artists | Robert Andrew, Ella Barclay, Michele Barker and Anna Munster, Briony Barr,Steve Berrick, Antoinette J. Citizen, Adam Donovan and Katrin Hochschuh, Lauren Edmonds, Liz Magic Laser, Jon McCormack, Lucy McRae, Gail Priest, Matthew Gardiner, Jane Gauntlett, Scale Free Network: Briony Barr and Gregory Crocetti, Andrew Styan, Judy Watson and Katarina Zdjelar. Experimenta Makes Sense: International Triennial of Media Art expresses the disconcerting and delightful world of the digital age. Both playful and thought provoking, this exhibition asks audiences to immerse their senses into a ‘thinking’, ‘feeling’ and ‘doing’ contemplation of what it is to be human in an age of technological acceleration. The exhibition investigates how artists ‘make sense’ of our world, and invites us to explore our understanding…

Symposium | From Melancholy to Euphoria: The materialisation of emotion in Middle Eastern Manuscripts Symposium | University of Melbourne

  From Melancholy to Euphoria: The materialisation of emotion in Middle Eastern Manuscripts Symposium 27-28 June 2018, The University of Melbourne Register Now Full Programme Registrations are now open for the two-day symposium From Melancholy to Euphoria: The materialisation of emotion in Middle Eastern Manuscripts. Early-bird registrations are now available at $100 for both days, including: all conference sessions 27-28 June 2018 with keynote lectures by Assoc. Prof Mandana Barkeshli, Prof Amir Zekrgoo, Prof Robyn Sloggett and Dr Stefano Carboni. Morning tea is provided both days. Standard registrations cost $120. This Symposium will examine the relationship between text, manuscript production (calligraphy and illumination) and the elicitation and excitation of emotions in this form of transmission of knowledge and beliefs. This symposium is made possible by support from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. The Middle Eastern…

Discussion | Outsider Art: Contemporary Considerations | University of Melbourne

The “Talk, The Talk” lecture series and Art Curatorship Partnership (ACP) PROJECTS invites you to join Dr. Anthony White, Senior Lecturer at The University of Melbourne and Ms. Sim Luttin, Curator and Gallery Manager at Arts Project, in a discussion on some of the myths and stereotypes that have been applied to the work of Outsider artists. Entitled ‘Outsider Art: Contemporary Considerations’ this topic will include artists who have experienced disability, mental issues and other forms of marginalization over the last 100 years. It will also entail a presentation reflecting on the role of supported studios, focusing on Arts Projects Australia as a national and international model of excellence, and extend to discussing barriers encountered in broader contemporary practice. Date: Friday 27th April, 5:00PM-6: 30 PM Venue: Room 553, Level 5, Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne, Parkville This…

Job | Assistant Curator, Kenneth E. Tyler Collection | National Gallery of Australia

Assistant Curator, Kenneth E. Tyler Collection NGA Level 4/5 Position number 4305 $61,706 – $73,064 pa The Kenneth Tyler collection comprises over 7000 editioned prints, proofs, drawings, paper-works, screens, multiples and illustrated books as well as a collection of rare candid photography, film and audio and reference material. The Assistant Curator’s role is to assist in developing web-based material and online access, assisting in and contributing to the digitisation and cataloguing of the film and sound component of the collection. The Assistant Curator’s role is to assist the Senior Curator and Curator in the preparation of exhibitions and publications related to the Tyler Collection. The position is located in the International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books Department of the International Art. To be successful in this role, applicants must demonstrate knowledge of American printmaking in general, the history of Kenneth…

Call for Papers | Perspective : actualité en histoire de l’art – issue on Scandinavia

Continuing with its project of publishing thematic issues, Perspective : actualité en histoire de l’art – joining for the first time with the Festival of Art History – will dedicate its 2019-1 issue to the Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands). After the Maghreb, Perspective once again moves beyond the nation-state to consider a more expansive territory. This issue will be devoted to an examination of the territory’s extent and specificities as a cultural and historical construct whose contours have fluctuated over time. In contrast to an endogenous or essentialist approach, the themes will be considered in light of the representations, the narratives and imaginations it has nourished through exchanges with the rest of Europe and the world. Perspective wishes to privilege diachronic studies with multiple forms and stakes: topics related to works of art and…

Redmond Barry Fellowship | University of Melbourne

The first Fellowship was awarded in 2004 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Sir Redmond Barry’s laying of the foundation stones for both institutions on 3 July 1854. The 2016 Fellowship shall be awarded to scholars and writers to facilitate research and the production of works of literature that utilise the superb collections of the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne. Up to $20,000 shall be awarded to assist with travel, living and research expenses. Fellows will be based at the State Library of Victoria for three to six months. During this period, Fellows will be expected to pursue their own project, present a lecture or short seminar series open to the public, Library and University communities, and submit a brief report at the conclusion of their Fellowship. Fellowships are open to scholars and writers from Australia…

Exhibition | Synthesizers: Sound of the Future | Grainger Museum

Presented by Grainger Museum and Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio 20 April to 9 September 2018 Today’s digital musicians and sound artists, who patch and share and experiment with a vast array of electronic sounds, are the direct beneficiaries of innovators in electronic music composition in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, who worked in the analogue world. The Grainger Museum was at the heart of electronic music experimentation in Melbourne in the 1960s and early ‘70s, when University of Melbourne composer and teacher Keith Humble, recently returned from a decade of cutting-edge musical experimentation in Paris, transformed the Museum into ‘the Grainger Centre’: an electronic experimentation studio for students and composers. Humble equipped the Grainger Centre with the latest analogue synthesizers made by the experimental music company, Electronic Music Studios, Ltd, (EMS), London. The powerful, but compact and modestly priced, EMS…