Jobs, Funding, Call for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | 20th May 2016

The Main Galleries of the Royal Academy of Arts during the Summer Exhibition, 1956 (unidentified photographer working for Keystone Press Agency Ltd. Photo credit: © Royal Academy of Arts, London)

Jobs Lecturer, Screen and Cultural Studies, University of Melbourne – deadline 12th June 2016 Gallery Collections Manager, The Arts Centre Gold Coast – deadline 10th June 2016 Griffith University: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (in Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR), a broad-based humanities and social science research centre operating within Griffith University’s Arts, Education & Law Group) – deadline 25th May 2016 Funding Fellowships in Turin – Ornamentation and decoration.The grammar of the orders, the rhetoric of opulence, the appeal to the eye at European Courts (1680-1750) – deadline 24th July 2016 2017 Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant (financial support for the publication of book-length scholarly manuscripts on the history of American art from circa 1500 to 1980…

Wednesday Art News Round-up | 18th May 2016 |

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) listens to explanations while looking at paintings, which were stolen by armed robbers from the Castelvecchio museum in Verona in Kiev, Ukraine, May 11, 2016. Mikhail Palinchak/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Mikhail Palinchak/Handout via Reuters

Happy International Museum Day! The big news in the arts over the past week was the new of who missed out on renewed funding from teh Australia Council, after the funding budget was drastically cut to create the new Catalyst funding program. Below are some of the main stories and analysis, we are obviously still in the midst of the fall-out from this, though unfortunately arts and the funding of it doesn’t look to be much on the radar of the election campaign, though at least one new party wants to change this – the newly registered Arts Party, led by Sydney-based artist PJ Collins, will take a stand for the arts, cultural life and creative industries of Australia. Collins,…

News | ArtsPeak calls for restoration of Australia Council Funding


A press release from ArtsPeak yesterday calls on the government to restore funding to the arts. “With the Federal election looming, ArtsPeak is calling for the restoration of Australia Council funding as a matter of urgency so that the Australian arts ecology can remain viable and vibrant. This call was made unanimously by 2700 individuals and organisations in submissions to last year’s Senate inquiry into arts funding, the largest ever response to such an inquiry.” The full release is below and is online here: ArtsPeak, the national confederation of peak arts and cultural organisations, says the Australian arts ecology is under serious threat following the announcement of four-year funding decisions by the Australia Council. Sixty-five previously funded organisations have lost funding…

Forum | The aftermath of environmental and human intervention | University of Melbourne

Susan Norrie, aftermath 2016, Porong, Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia, video still, Courtesy of the artist

Speakers: Susan Norrie, Exhibiting Artist, Susan Norrie, Field Work 2006 – 2016; University of Melbourne Academics Associate Professor Mark Quigley, School of Earth Sciences and Dr Lisa Palmer, School of Geography. Convenor: Associate Professor Peter Christoff, School of Geography, The University of Melbourne Join the Ian Potter Museum of Art for a multidisciplinary event where art, earth sciences, geology, politics and policy collide. In response to artist Susan Norrie’s latest video work aftermath (2016) in which she documents the LUSI mud volcano’s decade long eruption in Indonesia, this forum will investigate environmental disasters and disaster prevention, management and mitigation. Norrie will be joined by Dr Lisa Palmer, Geography, The University of Melbourne who will discuss the challenges of combining customary and…

Writing and concepts | Lecture 11 Maura Edmond | RMIT Design Hub

The Scheme was a Blueprint for Future Development Programs, designed in collaboration between Simon Browne and Agatha Gothe-Snape, 2015 (photo by Simon Browne).

Maura Edmond Maura Edmond is an academic, a writer and an amateur gardener. Her writing on art and culture has been published in New Media and Society, Television and New Media, Art and Australia, Un, Eyeline, Artlink and elsewhere. In 2012 and 2013 she was section editor and lead writer for the Arts and Museum pages of Melbourne’s Time Out magazine. Since 2013 she has run Primer <> a website and e-newsletter profiling Melbourne artists and exhibitions. Maura was awarded her PhD from Melbourne University’s School of Culture and Communication and is currently a Research Fellow in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University. Her research examines the history of screen and media art, with a particular…

Panel Discussion | Borders, Barriers, Walls | MUMA

Image: Amy Spiers & Catherine Ryan Closed to the Public (protecting space) 2016 performance, Freiburg, Germany Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Borders, Barriers, Walls To coincide with MUMA’s exhibition Borders, Barriers, Walls curated by Francis E. Parker, this panel discussion will address some of the exhibition’s key themes and concerns. Panelists include: Associate Professor Leanne Weber, co-director of the Border Crossing Observatory, and participating artists Catherine Ryan and Amy Spiers. The panel discussion will be convened byFrancis E. Parker, MUMA – Curator Exhibitions. Borders, barriers and walls delineate this group exhibition of Australian and international artists. It reflects on how these contested and complex forms shape the world, producing situations of separation, isolation or thwarted passage across the globe. Whether they be physical constructions, psychological constructs or natural defences, the exhibition considers the forces by which these divides are either upheld…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | May 13th 2016

Productie van kopergravures, Philips Galle, c. 1598 - c. 1593, Rijksmuseum.

Jobs Australia and New Zealand Museum Assistant, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Melbourne – deadline 25th May 2016 Registrar, Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand – deadline 22nd May 2016 Exhibitions Coordinator, University of Wollongong – deadline 22nd May 2016 International Teaching Fellow in History of Art, University of Edinburgh – History of Art – deadline 18th May 2016 Postdoctoral Opportunities in the Humanities 2016-19 (includes Art History), University of Oxford – deadline 30th June 2016 Lecturer in Fine Art: Moving Image, Newcastle University – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Arts & Cultures – deadline 6th June 2016 Funding James Loeb Fellowship for the Classical Tradition in Art and Architecture at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich (3 months) – deadline 17th June 2016 Franz…

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions at No Vacancy

Minela Krupic, 'No Words', 2015

Current and upcoming exhibitions at No Vacancy Gallery. Rituals of Belonging (HRAFF) Artists: Amona Hassab, Suzana Jacmenović, Minela Krupić, Alesh Macak, Linda Studena, Nela Trifković, and Elmedin Žunić Location: No Vacancy Gallery, Project Space: Tenancy 32, The Atrium, Federation Square, Federation Dr, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Exhibition Dates: Tuesday 10 May to Sunday 15 May Rituals of Belonging showcases an immersive visual, sound and performance experience from Australian contemporary artists and refugee perspectives. This exhibition explores and unravels memories of culture abandoned and reformed within an Australian context. Against the backdrop of current global refugee migrations, this exhibition looks at issue of dislocation nostalgia and home. The artists encourage the audience to question whether Australian xenophobia is sustainable and what the…

Wednesday Art News Round Up | May 11th 2016 | Arts Funding, Leonardo madness, those Aussie posters + more

Hans Heysen’s home, The Cedars in Hahndorf image via The Australian

A great piece from the sporadically posting but always entertaining Grumpy Art historian on reviewing the reviewers. He takes issue with the gushing nonsense becoming increasingly common in reviews of art exhibitions and the way that they really don’t engage critically with much of the art or exhibitions that they profess to review (the piece is also a very good review in and of itself of the current royal Academy Giorgione exhibition). A thoughtful article by William Scates Frances on those ‘Aussie’ posters by artist Peter Drew that have been popping up around the streets of Australian cities. He points out that taking these images of historical figures and simply labeling them as Aussie raises (or ignores) broader issues and…

News | Major Georgia O’Keefe, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington-Smith exhibition to tour Australia in 2016-2017

Georgia O’Keeffe Ram’s Head, Blue Morning Glory 1938 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Gift of The Burnett Foundation © Georgia ’Keeffe Museum

O’Keeffe, Preston and Cossington Smith: Making Modernism The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Heide Museum of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery have partnered with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe. O’Keeffe, Preston and Cossington Smith: Making Modernism. The exhibition will open at Heide Museum of Modern Art on 12th October 2016 until 17th February 2017, after which it will travel to the Queensland Art Gallery from 11 March – 11 June 2017 and the Art Gallery of New South Wales between 1 July – 1 October 2017. The exhibition will include the art of Georgia O’Keeffe, one of the most significant American painters of the twentieth century, alongside modernist masterpieces by Australian artists Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington-Smith. The paintings of…

Short Course with Frank Sear | The Glory that was Greece | University of Melbourne

parthenon sculptuers

Short Course: The Glory that was Greece – Greek Art and Architecture This six week course traces the development of Greek art from its beginnings in the Dark Ages to the Classical perfection of the 5th century BC. It also looks at how Greek art changed in the 4th century BC and the radical transformations which occurred as a result of the conquests of Alexander the Great, which extended the Greek world over the whole eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. Each session includes two 50-minute evening lectures with Q&A and a break with light refreshments. Course handouts and further reading material will be available throughout the duration of the course. Presenter: A world-renowned architectural historian and former Chair of Classics at the University of Melbourne,…

WRITING & CONCEPTS | Lecture 10 Lisa Radford | RMIT Design Hub

The Scheme was a Blueprint for Future Development Programs, designed in collaboration between Simon Browne and Agatha Gothe-Snape, 2015 (photo by Simon Browne).

Lisa Radford LISA RADFORD completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), Victorian College of the Arts in 1999 and is a current PhD Candidate at Monash University. From 2011-2014 she was a member of un Magazine’s Editorial Committee and Next Wave’s Kickstart Advisory Board. She has also served as a Board Member of Melbourne artist-run initiative TCB art inc (2000-2014) and was a participant in the collaborative art group DAMP (1999- 2010). She currently lectures in the Painting Department at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1998. Recent selected exhibitions include: Approx. Geez Louise, Sutton Projects, Melbourne, 2015; The Museum is the Region, the Region is the Museum, curated by Dany Lacy, Liang…

New Exhibitions at Gertrude Contemporary | Ua numi le fau and Andrea Simmons

Image: Frédéric Nauczyciel, A Baroque Ball [Shade] (film still), 2014

Ua numi le fau Exhibition dates: 6 May – 25 June 2016 Curated by: Léuli Eshraghi Artists: Yuki Kihara, Carlos Motta, Frédéric Nauczyciel, Mandy Nicholson, Dale Harding, Atong Atem, Megan Cope and Robbie Thorpe. Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to present, Ua numi le fau, an exhibition developed through Next Wave’s Emerging Curators Program with Gertrude Contemporary for Next Wave Festival 2016. The exhibition title, Ua numi le fau, is a Sāmoan expression, literally translating to ‘the string tying the lupe pigeon (prized in Sāmoa) is entangled’ yet metaphorically meaning ‘the affair is complicated and difficult’. Ua numi le fau considers bodies and kinships through sexuality, spirituality and ecology. Articulated in multiple local and migrant languages and mediums this exhibition reflects on the heritage and practice of Aboriginal civil…

News | MUMA unveils new public artwork by DAMP and Monash Art Projects

Gormenghast, 2016
Damp and Monash Art Projects (MAP)
Commissioned by MAP with support from Curatorial Practice, MADA and MUMA
Hosted by Monash University Museum of Art in the Ian Potter Sculpture Court
Curated by Rosemary Forde
April – September 2016

The new work, called Gormenghast is by the artist group Damp and Monash Art Projects (MAP) and can now be seen at the Ian Potter Sculpture Court at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA). The work is a a temporary and evolving architectural structure and will be a key site for Art holds a high place in my life | Damp: study of an artist at 21 – a series of exhibitions and events curated by Rosemary Forde, a Monash University Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) PhD candidate. Throughout the year, the two-level structure at Caulfield campus will provide a base for Forde’s curatorial project, with exhibitions, events, and study group seminars to take place at the site. The program presents a survey of new and…