Symposium on art and creativity in Aboriginal communities to promote Healing Ways

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The healing power of art made by Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples is the subject of a Symposium at The Dax Centre on 19 and 20 September. This is a new exploration of the significance of Aboriginal art. The symposium will address a range of urgent and relevant topics on Indigenous art including art as therapy, community art projects, the role of arts centres in healing and Australian Indigenous contemporary art practices. The inspiring two-day symposium titled Healing Ways: Art with Intent will be opened by Professor Ian Anderson, Foundation Chair of Indigenous Higher Education, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Murrup Barak, University of Melbourne, and include three keynote addresses, 13 presentations, 25 speakers and an artists’ panel.…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | September 5th 2014

Jobs Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture, Charles Sturt University – deadline 5th October 2014 Director, Heide Museum of Modern Art – deadline 22 September 2014 Director – Albury’s new Art Gallery – deadline 26th September 2014 Research Fellowships – Humanities, University of Cambridge – deadline 30th September 2014 Emmanuel College Research Fellowships 2015, University of Cambridge – deadline 2nd October 2014 Funding Winterthur Library Fellowship program – deadline 15th January 2015 Terra Foundation for American Art Essay Prize – deadline 15th January 2015 Wolfsonian Institute Fellowships – deadline 31st December 2014 Dumbarton Oaks fellowships (Garden History, Byzantine Studies, Pre-Columbian Studies) – deadline 1st November 2014 Calls for Papers Matrices: Second International Conference on Architecture and Gender (18-20 March 2015, Lisbon, Portugal) – deadline 1st…

AAANZ Prizes 2014 | Deadline 26th September

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Deadline for 2014 AAANZ Prizes extended to Friday 26 September Did you write a book in 2013? Or a catalogue? Was your PhD conferred? Nominations for AAANZ Book and PhD prizes are now open. Book Prize The annual Book and Journal Prizes are awarded at the conference and are keenly awaited by delegates and the publishing sector. We are the only body in Australasia to focus on art-historical studies, including museum catalogues and monographs. The categories cover catalogues, anthologies, work by an Indigenous Australian or New Zealand Maori, and artist lead projects. Last year’s prizes attracted over 50 entries, head to http://aaanz.info/prizes/ to check out previous winners and download an entry form. PhD Prize 2013 saw the introduction of the…

CFP | Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art – Open Issue

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To be published July 2015. Articles must be suitable for a scholarly-refereed journal. Articles from 5,000 to 7,000 words in length including endnotes should be submitted to Editorial Assistant at journal@aaanz.info Deadline: 31st October 2014 Editors: Dr Donna West Brett and Dr Jacqueline Millner See the Journal submission guidelines (pdf link) for details. Submissions not conforming to the guidelines will not be considered. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art is published by the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand. The Journal is Australasia’s principal refereed art history journal. The Journal is dedicated to the study of art history and its various emanations including art practice, theory and exhibition. The editors seek research papers that engage with critical debates and…

Exhibition Review | TarraWarra Biennial 2014: Whisper In My Mask | Denise M. Taylor

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TarraWarra Biennial 2014 | Whisper In My Mask | AT TWMA until 16th November 2014 Reviewed by Denise M. Taylor Face masks of dough, wire and the Australian flag; portraits of royalty dripping with black paint; veils, dots and paper cut-outs masking memory and identity; videos hinting at masked abuses in Australia’s history—these are a few of the contemporary art works by approximately 20 Australian artists on display at the TarraWarra Museum of Art (TWMA) Biennial 2014 exhibition, ‘Whisper in my Mask’—a clever take on a line from Grace Jones’ 1981 song ‘Art Groupie’: Touch Me in a Picture, Wrap Me in a Cast, Kiss Me in a Sculpture, Whisper in My Mask As Deborah Cheetham AO pointed out in…

Exhibition | Living Museum of the West. The Museum is the Region, the Region is the Museum

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West Space presents a project at the Living Museum of the West – The Museum is the Region, the Region is the Museum Artists: Avni Dauti, Lisa Radford and Kim Munro and Sam George, Susan Jacobs, Mikhail Karikis & Uriel Orlow, Kerrie Poliness, Geoff Robinson. Curated by Danny Lacy, Liang Luscombe & Patrice Sharkey Exhibition Dates: Sunday 7 September – Sunday 5 October 2014 (12-5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday)Location: The Living Museum of the West is located at Pipemakers Park, Van Ness Avenue, Maribyrnong. Melway Map 28 B10. See the Westpace website for more detail directions and a map. Exhibition opening: Saturday 6 September 2014, 2-4pm. The exhibition will be opened by Councillor Grant Miles (Mayor, City of Maribyrnong). About the Exhibition The exhibition has been envisaged as…

Symposium | Rooms for Thought: Radical Uses of Museum Collections

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Rooms for Thought examines recent curatorial initiatives with collections, undertaken both by artists and curators alike. We are delighted to bring Dr Clémentine Deliss to Australia to discuss her groundbreaking work with ethnographic collections at Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt, as well as Jaroslaw Suchan, whose unconventional curatorial approach to the collections at Muzeum Sztuki has brought great attention to this artist-initiated regional museum in Lodz, Poland. These keynote speakers will be joined by Australian and New Zealand artists, academics and curators in a program designed to look at the movement away from defined roles and methodologies through a number of case studies. It is presented in parallel to Fiona Connor: Wallworks at MUMA, an exhibition which takes inspiration from the Monash University Collection. Speakers:…

Symposium | Cultural materials conservation: China and Australia programs

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The Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation together with the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, Henan Provincial Administration of Cultural Heritage and the School of History at Zhengzhou University, China will present their internationally significant research on cultural materials excavation, research and conservation in China. The three organisations are internationally recognised institutes located in China’s material culture heartland and have investigated over 30,000 archaeological sites, including the tomb of the First Emperor of China and his terracotta army, the mausolea of Han and Tang emperors, as well as palace sites, Buddhist temples, kiln and bronze sites, and excavations from the neolithic period. This one day event will include professorial papers from the three institutions and CCMC’s cultural materials conservation projects in archaeological ceramics…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | August 29th 2014

Jobs Postdoctoral Fellowship Curatorial Assistant, Kensington Palace, Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) – deadline 15th September 2014 Exhibition Project Coordinator x 2, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney – deadline 8th September 2014 Curatorial Fellowship, Canberra Glassworks – deadline 12 September 2014 Funding/Prizes The Hakluyt Society Essay Prize – deadline 1st November 2014 2015-2016 Getty Research Institute Scholar Grant and Fellowship, Los Angeles – deadline 3rd November 2014 Calls for Papers Lost Museums Colloquium, (Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 7–8 May 2015) – deadline 15 September 2014 MuseumNext (19–21 April 2015, Geneva, Switzerland) – deadline 31st August 2014 Artists’ Homes Before 1800 (Nuremberg, Germany, 11-14 June 2015) – deadline 31 August 2014 Cities and Citizens: Seventeenth-Century Studies Conference (Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham University, 13–15 July 2015) – deadline 1…

Exhibition Review | Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino at Palazzo Strozzi and Baccio Bandinelli at The Bargello: an appreciation | Esther Theiler

On the left is Rosso Fiorentino, Madonna and Child with Four Saints (Spedalingo Altarpiece), 1518, oil on canvas, 172 x 141.5 cm., Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, and on the right Pontormo, Sacred Conversation (Pucci Altarpiece), 1518, oil on canvas, 221.5 x 189.5 cm., Church of San Michele Visdomini, Florence

Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino: Diverging Paths of Mannerism and Baccio Bandinelli, Sculptor and Master (1493-1560) Reviewed by Esther Theiler Palazzo Strozzi and the Bargello have provided not only welcome respite from the heat in Florence this summer but also rewarding opportunities for appraising the threads of influence of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo as they metamorphosed into the style most often characterised as mannerist. The curators at the Palazzo Strozzi have made a considered decision to call this style the “modern manner” rather than mannerism, in accordance, they believe, with sixteenth century usage (even though the English language version of the exhibition still uses ‘mannerism’). Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino: Diverging Paths of Mannerism is the first exhibition since Pontormo…

Artist Salon at the Islamic Museum of Australia | Talk on ‘El Gran Turco’

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If you missed Adam Bushby’s talk on El Gran Turco: Ottoman Turks in Venetian painting, 1453-1571 at the Melbourne Portrait Group you have another chance to hear it at a session of the IMA’s monthly artist salon. See the flier below or visit the website for more information http://www.islamicmuseum.org.au/latest-news/item/252-ima-artist-salon 

Lecture | Sound Matters: One Energy Among Others – Douglas Kahn

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Gertrude, Discipline and Liquid Architecture – Theories and Histories of Sound Douglas Kahn will give the second lecture in a series presented by Gertrude Contemporary, Discipline and Liquid Architecture festival on the theories and histories of sound. This exploratory talk will follow from Douglas Kahn’s most recent book, Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts (University of California Press, 2013). The book, over a decade in the making, is a fundamental reworking in the histories of science, communications, music and the arts to account for the incursion of electromagnetism into culture from the nineteenth century to the present. It covers such figures as Thomas Watson, Henry David, Thoreau, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Joyce Hinterding and Alvin…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | 22nd August 2014

Jobs Lecturer in Art History, The University of Queensland – deadline 7th September 2014 Exhibitions Administration Officer/Curator, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery – deadline 1st September 2014 Lecturer in Conservation, Cardiff University – School of History, Archaeology and Religion – deadline 31st August 2014 Andrew W Mellon Foundation/Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellow (Activities Coordinator), Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London- deadline 2nd October 2014 Research Fellowships, 2015, University of Cambridge – St John’s College – deadline 30th September 2014 Lecturer in Wall Painting Conservation, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London – deadline 15th September 2014 Funding Centre for the History of Emotions: Call for Distinguished International Visitors for 2015 – deadline 30th September 2014 National Library of Australia Summer Scholarships for…

Symposium | Kiffy Rubbo and The George Paton Gallery: Curating the 1970s

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A dynamic and unique force in Australian art, Kiffy Rubbo was director of the Ewing (later the George Paton) Gallery, at the University of Melbourne Student Union, 1971-1980. For the first time, her major role in Australian visual culture as well as her legacy are explored. Her curatorial strategies and the narratives she proposed about contemporary art are investigated together with the Gallery’s radical agenda. With Meredith Rogers, assistant director (1974-1979), Rubbo devised an innovative and inclusive program presenting a wide range of artforms. Under Rubbo’s leadership, the Gallery became a vital, nationally recognised venue, the first institutionally supported experimental art space. The symposium will begin with a keynote ‘Kiffy Rubbo, Women Curators and Australian Art Galleries’ by Frances Lindsay…