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
Deakin University Art Gallery
Photo: Longin Sarnecki

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

art book fair

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

Polixeni Papapetrou
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…

News | John Cunningham appointed as new Director of McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery


News that McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery has appointed John Cunningham, current director at the Warrnambool Art Gallery, as their new director. He will take up his new position in July 2015. From McClelland Lyn Williams AM, the Chair of McClelland Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of John Cunningham as Director, McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery. ‘We are delighted to welcome John to McClelland.  His enthusiasm, vision and experience in leading galleries here in Australia and in Ireland, will invigorate McClelland and I believe take McClelland to the next stage, as a major tourist destination,’ says Lyn Williams. John arrived in Australia in January 2011 to take up the position as Director of the Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG).…

News | First issue of Journal of Creative Arts ‘Unlikely’ published


Unlikely – Journal for Creative Arts is an initiative of the Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University. Unlikely is a transdisciplinary journal, which aims to open unexpected spaces for artistic exchange and scholarly conversations across mediums, disciplines and continents. It offers artists working in practice-led research the chance to participate in and explore a range of practical and theoretical contemporary art concerns. An experiment in form, Unlikely engages its audience and contributors in a two-stage process of live event, presenting creative practitioners’ works, followed by peer-reviewed digital publication. Unlikely works with an international editorial board and a large panel of peer-reviewers. Unlikely is an open-access journal – you can read the first issue here. Issue 01: Feral is now online Editors: Alexis Harley and Norie…

Workshop | My Sydney: Writing Workshop led by Cathy Craigie | Sydney

Photographer Carol Ruff, ‘Detail of the original mural on Lawson Street’, South Sydney Herald, 11 November 2013

PART I: WALK AND TALK The workshop will begin at the 40 000 Years mural at the Redfern railway bridge (designed by Carol Ruff 1983) where Cathy will talk about her knowledge of and involvement with the mural. She will also discuss the history of Redfern and its surrounds, including her own longstanding family history in the area; and will tell tales of the inner city focusing on its ‘hidden histories’ (such as old trade routes underlying some of Sydney’s major arterial routes; lakes and waterways beneath its urban infrastructure; little-known pasts of the Town Hall, to name a few). Discussion will take place on foot, with a walk that departs from the mural and ends up at 107 Projects…

Jobs, Funding and Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | April 24th 2015

Jobs Australia Coordinating Registrar, Collection Operation, National Gallery of Victoria – deadline 4th May 2015 Exhibitions Coordinator, NETS Victoria – deadline 1st May 2015 International Lecturer in Conservation, University of Lincoln – School of History and Heritage – deadline 12th May 2015 Curator, Spoliation, British Library- deadline 10th May 2015 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Yale Center for British Art, Paintings and Sculpture – deadline 15th May 2015 Funding and Prizes Terrence and Lynette Fern Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, Residency, three awards Power Institute Award for Artists; Power Institute Award for Art Critics, Art Writers, Art Curators, Art Historians or Art Administrators; Power Institute Award for Staff and PhD Research Postgraduates of the University of Sydney and its affiliates – deadline 23rd July 2015…

News | West Space announces Patrice Sharkey as new director


West Space has announced their new director is Patrice Sharkey. From West Space The West Space Board, Program Committee and Staff would like to announce Patrice Sharkey as our new Director. We are thrilled with Patrice’s appointment and look forward to working with her through this next exciting stage in West Space’s history. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majoring in Art History at the University of Melbourne in 2010, Patrice has worked at Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA since 2011. At MUMA she has co-curated keynote survey exhibitions that track watershed moments in art throughout the twentieth century (Art as Verb, 2014, and Reinventing the Wheel: The Readymade Century, 2015), and coordinated solo projects by the…

Exhibition | New shows at CCP | Kiron Robinson, In debt: saving seeds, Lit from the Top, Sara Oscar and Greg Moncrieff

Image: Steven Rhall
Breadfan 2015
courtesy the artist

Exhibition Dates: 24 April–28 June | Opening: Thursday 23 April 6–8pm CCP Australia, 404 George Street, Fitzroy Website: GALLERY ONE | Kiron Robinson We told ourselves we needed separate beds to sleep A flat surface, flattened, flattened again. I don’t believe in photographs. They are anxious. I am anxious. I enjoy making them. Through a process of flattening, via scanning, re-photographing or both, images are made together. New relationships are forced. The surface reflects my anxiousness as the space that is both image and image of image. Kiron Robinson is a Lecturer of Photography in the School of Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne. Kiron Robinson is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne. GALLERY TWO In debt: saving…

Prize | CHASS Distinctive Work Prize


The Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) is calling for nominations for the  CHASS Australia Distinctive Work Prize This is a great opportunity to be recognised for your contributions to Australian cultural and intellectual life and win a $3,500 cash prize (sponsored by Routledge). The prize is for a performance, exhibition, project or specific policy development in any humanities, arts or social sciences (HASS) field. Your distinctive work will relate to any or all of the HASS fields and showcase the significance of them to understandings of Australian cultural and intellectual life. All works must have been completed between January 1st 2014 and December 31st 2014 to be eligible. There is no nomination fee. Applications Close: 1st June…

Melbourne Portrait Group Seminar | Dr Vivien Gaston | Double Identity: William Orpen’s portrait of George C. Beresford (c. 1900)

William Orpen, ‘Portrait of George C. Beresford’, c. 1900. 135 x 76.8 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Felton Bequest 1928.

The Melbourne Portrait Group Seminar is starting up again for 2015. The first paper will be given by Dr Vivien Gaston on ‘Double Identity: William Orpen’s portrait of George C. Beresford (c. 1900) in the National Gallery of Victoria’. Date: Thursday 30 April 2015, 6:45pm. Venue: University of Melbourne, Baillieu Library, Dulcie Hollyock Room. Website: