News | State Library of Victoria Receives Important Rare Book Collection

First illustrated edition of Paradise lost by John Milton, 1688. Teagan Glenane via The Conversation AU

Yesterday the State Library of Victoria announced a that they have received the most significant bequest of rare books in their 160 year history. The collection was put together by the late John Emmerson, an Oxford physicist and later a Melbourne barrister. The collection of over 5000 rare books is described as one of the most significant collections of early modern printed books and pamphlets in the world. The collection is particularly strong on rare English books and printed materials surrounding the King Charles I era and the English Civil War of the 1640s, with the only comparable collections belonging to the British Library and Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Not only does the collection include a number of important rare books, many of them also come with an impressive provenance.…

Exhibition and Curator’s Talk | Duldig Studio

Karl Duldig, Under guard (3) c. 1940 pen and ink on paper, 300x210mm © The Duldig Studio

As part of the 2015 National Trust Heritage Festival, Melinda Mockridge, co-curator of the award-winning Art Behind the Wire exhibition, will be giving talks on the exhibition at the Duldig Studio on 21 and 23 April and 5 and 7 May from 2.30pm- 4pm.  Bookings are required for the tours only as numbers are limited. Tickets are priced at $25 for adult, $20 for concession. About the Exhibition During WWII, the British and Australian Governments interned many people considered a threat to security as ‘enemy aliens’. In Victoria one internment camp was purpose built with funding from the British Government at Tatura near Shepparton in country Victoria. Sculptor Karl Duldig, his wife artist inventor Slawa and their young daughter Eva were…

Jobs, Funding and Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | April 17th 2015

Jobs Coordinator Arts and Culture, Footscray – deadline 26th April 2015 Professor or Reader in the History of Art, University of St Andrews – School of Art History – deadline 8th May 2015 Postdoc Research Associates for project Making Visible, the Visual and Graphic Practices of the Royal Society, University of Cambridge – Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities – deadline 10th May 2015 Lecturer in Indian/South Asian Art History and Lecturer in 17th/18th Century British and/or European Art History, University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh College of Art – deadline 5th May 2015 A.G. Leventis Fellowship, The British School at Athens – A.G. Leventis Foundation – deadline 15th May 2015 Calls for Papers Practising Emotions: Place and…

Exhibition | Believe Not Every Spirit, But Try the Spirits | Group exhibition at MUMA

Georgiana Houghton
The Portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ 1862
courtesy of the Victorian Spiritualist Union

Exhibition Dates: 21 April – 27 June 2015 Opening function: Wednesday 22 April 2015, 6-8pm The major group exhibition Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits takes as its departure point the art of forgotten Victorian-era Spiritualist Georgiana Houghton (1814-1884), and features contemporary and historical painting, sculpture, video and photography that both explore and adopt Spiritualist practices and methodologies. Rarely seen outside a Spiritualist context since 1871, Houghton’s 25 abstract watercolours from the Victorian Spiritualist Union collection were produced as part of her Spiritualist practice, which saw Houghton use drawing as a way to channel communication with spiritual entities. The works were brought to Australia for an exhibition in 1910, during a period in which Spiritualism was especially popular.…

Boiler Room Lecture | Matt Mullican | Wheeler Centre

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MUMA, in association with Monash Art, Design and Architecture [MADA], present a keynote lecture by renowned artist Matt Mullican. The lecture will be introduced by Charlotte Day, Director MUMA, and followed by a discussion and Q&A with Lars Bang Larsen, co-curator of Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits. For the last 30 years Matt Mullican has experimented with hypnosis to create work that both examines his subconscious, and functions as a strategy to break from the patterns of everyday life. Mullican’s practice interrogates systems of knowledge, meaning and language through drawing, collage, video, sculpture, performance, and installation. His interest in modified states of awareness led him to work under hypnotically induced psychoses, and it was during his first…

Call for Papers | ANZJA 2016 Issues 1 and 2


The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art (ANZJA) is published by the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ). AAANZ is Australia’s professional body for art and design historians, arts writers, artists, students of art history and theory, and museum professionals. The ANZJA 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. Call for Papers | Issue 1, 2016 | Open Issue Deadline: 1 August 2015 Editors: Dr Donna West Brett and Dr Keith Broadfoot, University of Sydney Articles must be between 5,000 and 7,000 words (including endnotes) and should be suitable for a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. See the ANZJA submission guidelines here…

Publication of EMAJ Issue 8

Arthur Streeton, 'Cairo', c. 1898. From Emma Kindred 'Souvenir and Source: Arthur Streeton's Cairo Through the Lens'

The editors of EMAJ (electronic Melbourne art journal) are pleased to announce the publication of issue 8. 2015 marks ten years of online, open-access art history publishing in Melbourne. EMAJ remains dedicated to publishing peer-reviewed scholarly articles on a broad range of art historical topics and is edited by a group of volunteer art history graduates and early career researchers based in Melbourne. Table of contents below – to download the full articles please visit The call for papers for EMAJ 9 closes on April 30th 2015 –   emaj issue 8, 2014-2015 EDITORS Nicholas Croggon, Giles Fielke, Katrina Grant, Helen Hughes, Tim Ould, Amelia Sully, Christopher Williams Wynn ARTICLES War and Peace: 200 Years of Australian-German Artistic…

Exhibition | Monumental Modernism: The Sculpture of Remembrance in Victoria | Tasma Terrace

1951 c WWII memorial Max Lyle 1

Modernist war memorials can create as much dissent as the conflicts they commemorate. While stonemasons and sculptors produced solemn ANZAC diggers and cenotaphs for many Victorian towns, few professional sculptors were commissioned to produce original WWI memorials. After WWII such commissions became even scarcer, as civilians opted for utilitarian ‘living memorials’ – community halls, hospitals, parks and pools. Nevertheless, sculptors did produce a number of WWI and WWII memorials. The Public Art Committee of the National Trust of Australia (Vic.) presents rare archival photographs of these sculptural memorials, surveying the range of approaches taken, from naturalism to art deco stylization, exploring different approaches to monumental modernism. Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 22nd April 2015, 6pm. Guest Speaker Ken Scarlett OAM. RSVP for…

Book Launch | Kate Beynon, An Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale | TarraWarra Museum of Art

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Kate Beynon’s new works have been commissioned by Art and Australia for a new publication, An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale (2015). In their vivid retelling of the supernatural narrative of two young spirits, Laura Murray Cree and Kate Beynon engage in the longstanding practice of reinventing ancient Chinese myths for contemporary times. Join us at the Museum as artist Lindy Lee officially launches the book An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale, surrounded by Beynon’s vivid and evocative works which bring this story to life. Free with Museum entry. Date: Sunday 19th April 4pm Venue: TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road,Healesville, Victoria, Australia Website:  

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | April 10th 2015

Jobs Australia Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia – deadline 17th April 2015 Senior Curator, Cairns Regional Gallery – deadline 17th April 2015 Textile Conservator, The National Gallery of Australia – deadline 23rd April 2015 International Lecturer in Architectural History, University of Lincoln – School of History and Heritage – deadline 24th April 2015 Lecturer in History of Art and Architecture (Fixed Term, Part Time), University of Lincoln – School of History and Heritage – deadline 24th April 2015 Lead Curator – South Asian Collections, British Library- deadline 13th April 2015 Associate Professorship in Art History & Digital Design, University of Aarhus – Department of Aesthetics and Communication – deadline 30th April Lecturer/Associate…

Launch | EMAJ 8 | Gertrude Contemporary

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The editors are pleased to announce the launch of EMAJ (e-Melbourne art journal) vol. 8. The 2015 volume marks ten years since EMAJ was founded. Date: 6-8pm, Tuesday 14th April 2015 Venue: Gertrude Contemporary, 200 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, There will be a pay bar operating to purchase drinks on the night. Enquiries: EMAJ 8 will be launched by Dr Anthony White, Senior Lecturer in the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne and president of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand. Please come along and celebrate ten years of online, open-access art history publishing in Melbourne! Contents Rex Butler and ADS Donaldson, War and Peace: 200 Years of Australian-German Artistic Relations Toby Juliff and…

Exhibition | Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood | National Gallery of Victoria

The garden of Pan (1886-1887) 
oil on canvas
152.5 x 186.9 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1919

An exhibition, which opens this weekend at the NGV International, will focus on the NGV’s impressive collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. Opening weekend talks On Sunday 12th April there will be two free introductory talks to the new exhibition 2pm Explore the role of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain, their place in the development of the illustrated book and their profound influence on later generations of artists with International Art Curator, Laurie Benson. Speaker Laurie Benson, Curator, International Art 3pm Capturing a sitter’s likeness was not central to the portraits by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Join Emily Wubben, University of Melbourne, as she explores Burne-Jones’ portrait of Baronne Madeleine Deslandes and provides fresh insights into the sitter. Speaker Emily Wubben, Scholar,…

Call for Papers | Beyond Chinoiserie: Artistic Encounters between China and the West during the Late Qing Dynasty (c. 1795-1912)

James Ensor
Belgian, 1860-1949

Portrait of the Artist's Niece in Chinese Costume, 1899. Art Institute of Chicago.

Beyond Chinoiserie: Artistic Encounters between China and the West during the Late Qing Dynasty (c. 1795-1912) Proposals are called for papers to be presented at the two-day workshop ‘Beyond Chinoiserie: Artistic Encounters between China and the West during the Late Qing Dynasty (c. 1795-1912)’, to be held on the campus of Seton University in South Orange, NJ (USA) on October 30-31, 2015. The workshop is intended to bring together an international group of scholars working on artistic relations and exchanges between China and the West (Europe and the US) during the greater nineteenth-century, from the end of the Qianlong Emperor’s reign to the fall of the Qing dynasty. Participants are expected to present 30-minute working papers and participate in panel…

Call for Papers | The Other and the Foreign: Contact, Curiosity, and Creative Exchange | 34th CIHA Congress, Beijing 2016

This session is concerned with the representation of the ‘other’ and the ‘foreign’ in art as well as with the reception of ‘other’  and ‘foreign’ art forms. It acknowledges that, in a global world, the notion of ‘othering’ is not restricted to the geographically or ethnically distant (‘foreign’),  but occurs within one’s own (geographically defined) culture between different social classes, genders, age groups, and religious affiliations.More generally, the session focuses on the phenomenon of artistic encounter and exchange. While its parameters are worldwide, papers on all topics related to the ‘other’/’foreign’ are solicited in as far as they pertain to the creation and reception of art and/or the transmission of creative ideas. Papers on the contacts between specific regions or the role…