Exhibition | The Politics of Perception | Latrobe Regional Gallery

asmine Targett, Blind Spot 2014, perspex with steel mirror. Via http://jasminetargett.com

As part of the statewide festival Art + Climate = Change 2015 Latrobe Regional Gallery has a new exhibition on now until the 24th May 2015. About the Exhibition The Politics of Perception presents works by artists Symons and Targett that map critical issues surrounding our environment; poetically and potently charting landmarks of anthropocentric disaster that cannot be found on any atlas or world map. This body of work raises critical issues surrounding the subtleties and complexities associated with humanity and its relationship to environmental change. Latrobe is Victoria’s largest electricity supplier and is home to a substantial forestry industry. The juxtaposition of exhibiting works that communicate deforestation, ozone hole depletion and species loss in this region is a conscious…

News | Betty Churcher dies aged 84

Betty Churcher. Image via Sydney Morning Herald http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/former-director-of-national-gallery-of-australia-betty-churcher-dies-aged-84-20150331-1mbppj.html

Sad news that Betty Churcher OAM has died at the age of 84. She was the first woman director at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and at the National Gallery of Australia. At her death she was still only one of a handful of women who have held the top job in a state or national gallery (UPDATED, see below). As well as being one of Australia’s most accomplished arts administrators, Betty Churcher was also a great communicator about art. She is well known far beyond the gallery sector for her journalism and her television programs, which brought art and art history to a wide audience. From the ABC, full story here. Churcher was one of the most adored figures in…

Exhibition | Kate Beynon, Phase Change, and Earth and Sky | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Image: Kate Beynon
Rose of Evening/Spirit of Kwan Yin in the lotus field  2014 (detail)
watercolour, gouache and pencil on cotton rag
77 x 56 cm
Courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

Three new exhibitions have opened at TarraWarra Museum of art. All exhibitions run from March 28th until 8th June 2015. Kate Beynon | An-Li: A Chinese Ghost TaleTALE Kate Beynon’s new body of work is inspired by a supernatural Chinese tale of two young spirits who traverse two worlds; one magically aquatic, the other earthly. Beynon has imagined the guiding spirit of the goddess Kwan Yin as their paths lead from tragedy to transformation, hope and healing. The works have been commissioned by Art and Australia for a new hardcover publication, An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale, edited by Laura Murray Cree, which will include the tale alongside colour reproductions of the works in this exhibition. The book will be launched to…

Call for Panels | AAANZ Conference 2015 | Brisbane, November 24-25


About the AAANZ 2015 Conference The conference will be held at QAGOMA in Brisbane from November 24th-November 25th and will run in conjunction with the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. The Call for Panels is now available. Deadline for proposals is COB Friday 8th May 2015. The 2015 conference is organised by The Brisbane Consortium Contact: conferenceaaanz15@gmail.com For updates and further inormation please visit the conference webpage or the AAANZ facebook page. Image Space Body After the many ends of art history, we begin again. The conjunction of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art’s 8th Asia-Pacific Triennial (APT 8) and the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand annual conference presents opportunities to re-examine art history and generate innovative perspectives on histories and cultural traditions.…

Symposium | The Known World: The Eighth Australian Print Symposium | National Gallery of Australia

Alison Alder, The known world 2015, screenprint, printed in nine colour inks, from two photo-stencils, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2015.

Prints were once the prime means of communicating information about the unknown world, but how does print production operate today? This three-day symposium will explore various strategies that contemporary print artists have adopted to make sense of our world. Symposium Convenor: Roger Butler AM, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Australia Keynote address: Dr Ann Stephen, Senior Curator, University Art Gallery, The University of Sydney, will launch the symposium with a reflection on the impact of the visionary Bauhaus model on the circulation and production of prints by Australian artists who explore the spaces between present knowledge and future possibilities. Speakers include: Chris de Rosa, Brian Robinson, Patsy Payne, Lonnie Hutchinson, Jake Holmes & Cassie Alvey [Tooth…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | March 27th 2015

Jobs Australia Deputy Director, The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra – deadline 17th April 2015 Director, West Space, Melbourne – deadline 10th April 2015 Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Letters, Art and Media, the University of Sydney Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions – deadline 24th April 2015 International Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Newcastle University – deadline 16th April 2015 Professor of Art, Leeds Beckett University – deadline 19th April 2015 Lecturer in Art Museum and Gallery Studies, University of Leicester – deadline 13th April 2015 Call for Sessions – Creating Markets, Collecting Art (Christies, London, July 2016) – deadline 1st June 2015 Funding Menzies Centre Australian Bicentennial Scholarships & Fellowships (London) – deadline 27th April 2015 Calls for…

Exhibition and Talks | Opening weekend of A Golden of China: Qianlong Emperor 1736-1795 | NGV International

Italian 1688–1766, worked in China 1714–66
Qianlong Emperor in ceremonial armour on horseback 清人画弘历戎装骑马像轴Qing dynasty, Qianlong period 1739
coloured inks on silk
322.5 x 232.0 cm
The Palace Museum,

The exhibition A Golden of China: Qianlong Emperor 1736-1795 opens today at the NGV International. The exhibition draws on the collections of the Beijing’s Palace Museum in the Forbidden City to tell the story of the great eighteenth-century Qianlong Emperor who ruled China for almost sixty years. He was the fourth emperor of the Qing dynasty and the longest living emperor in Chinese history. The Qianlong Emperor’s long 60-year reign (1736–1795) was a particularly fascinating time in China’s history. Under his rule, China was the wealthiest and most populous nation in the world. Qianlong’s ability to preserve and foster his Manchu warrior-huntsman traditions whilst adopting the Confucian principles of political and cultural leadership, resulted in the successful governing of 150 million Chinese people. It was his ability to adopt Chinese ways,…

Exhibition | Slipstitch | Ararat Regional Art Gallery

Lucas Grogan, The Universe Quilt (detail) 2013, Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Several years ago Tim Moore left his pencil case at Heathrow when flying to his new home, Australia. Minus a pencil case he could not sketch on board flight JAL214 so improvising he did his first embroidery on a sick bag (using the in-flight sewing kit) he landed at Kingsford Smith with four embroidered sick bags and a brand new skill. Slipstitch presents an Australian perspective on the current interest in the art of embroidery by a new generation of artists. The exhibition features recent work from Mae Finlayson, David Green, Lucas Grogan, Alice Kettle, Tim Moore, Silke Raetze, Demelza Sherwood, Matt Siwerski, Jane Theau, Sera Waters, Elyse Watkins and Ilka White. In recent years contemporary artists in Australia have…

News | West Space farewells Danny Lacy and seeks a new Director

Danny Lacy West Space

West Space has announced that the current Director of three years, Danny Lacy, is leaving to pursue independent curatorial projects and to undertake an Asialink residency in Singapore. They are searching for a new director, details below or on their website. From West Space: Danny has been an exemplary Director, leading and managing a complex and expanded artistic program. Patrick Pound, Chair of the West Space Board, says that “Danny has been a dynamic and deeply engaged leader of West Space. Art and artists were always at the core of his thinking and decision making. He has been a hugely dedicated and capable Director and we will all miss his calm and professional leadership.” Lacy leaves behind a vibrant and energised West…

Exhibition | 21st Century Heide – The Collection Since 2000


Exhibition Dates: March 28th, 2015 until 14th June 2015. On March 28, 2015 an exhibition celebrating recent acquisitions of contemporary art will open at Heide Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. 21st Century Heide: The Collection Since 2000 will use all three galleries, and include works by Gareth Sansom, Rosslynd Piggott and Patricia Piccinini, among others. The artworks demonstrate the generosity of donors and a positive response to Heide’s integration of modernist and contemporary art. Over 1500 artworks have been acquired by Heide since the turn of the century, from a small gem of a painting by Frank Hinder from the 1950s to a monumental installation by contemporary artist Kathy Temin. Some acquisitions have entered the collection in response to recent Heide exhibitions, while others have been inspired by…

Applications for the Gertrude Contemporary Emerging Writers Program are closing soon

gertrude emerging writers

Deadline: Friday 3rd April 2015 marks the tenth anniversary of the Gertrude Contemporary Emerging Writers Program. The Program provides a unique opportunity for emerging visual arts writers nation-wide to develop their writing practice, publish their work, and gain further insight into the field of contemporary art writing through a year-long mentorship with an established art historian, curator or writer. This year Gertrude has renovated its Emerging Writers Program to be more adaptive to the specific skills, strengths and style of its Emerging Writers. As in previous years, applicants selected for the Program will be paired with a mentor for a period of one year. With their mentors’ help, Emerging Writers will produce two pieces of professional writing for publication, one of…

Conversation | Matthew Harding and Sonia Payes | McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery

Void 2014
stainless steel
650.0 x 800.0 x 260.0 cm
Photography: Jim Lee

McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery will host a conversation between the winners of the two McClelland Sculpture awards. The conversation will be held outdoors at the McClelland Survey Sculpture Trail. Date: Thursday 26 March, 11am-12pm. Venue:  McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin. Entry free, bookings essential, 9789 1671. Matthew Harding is the recipient of the McClelland Award 2014, an acquisitive award valued at $100,000, for his work Void. The McClelland Award 2014 was judged by Dr Liz Kreijn, Assistant Director, Collection and Presentation of the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Netherlands. Sonia Payes is the recipient of the McClelland Achievement Prize (MAP) for her work Re:Generation. Valued at $30,000 (non-acquisitive) MAP includes a solo exhibition of the artist’s work at McClelland during the time…

Symposium | The Legacy of Hugh Ramsay | National Gallery of Australia

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Hugh Ramsay’s life was short but his impact endures. In celebration of the endowment of a chair in Australian art history at the University of Melbourne in his name, by his great niece Patricia Fullerton, the Australian Institute of Art History together with the National Gallery of Australia present this one day symposium reassessing his legacies. Date: Monday 30th March 2015, 9:00am – 5.00 pm Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre Free to attend but bookings are essential. Register here. Program 9.45 – 11.00am SESSION ONE Hugh Ramsay and philanthropy Gerard Vaughan, Director, National Gallery of Australia The life of Hugh Ramsay Patricia Fullerton  Hugh Ramsay in an Australian Context Mary Eagle 11.30am – 12.30pm SESSION TWO Hugh Ramsay and George Lambert Anna Gray The portraiture…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | March 13th 2015

Jobs Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer, Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art, Griffith University – deadline 23rd March 2015 Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia – deadline 15th March 2015 Education Manager, Heide Museum of Modern Art – deadline 24th March 2015 Head of School, Auckland University of Technology – School of Art and Design – deadline 25th March 2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main – deadline 30th March 2015 Two Postdoctoral Research Associates in the Early Modern Period (History of Art and History of Science), University of Cambridge – Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities – deadline 8th April 2015 Fellowships: Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences – deadline…