Symposium | Rooms for Thought: Radical Uses of Museum Collections

MUM collections symposium

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…

Symposium | Cultural materials conservation: China and Australia programs


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…

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…

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,…

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


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…

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…

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


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…

Panel Discussions on Culture and Heritage

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A series of Panel Discussions are being held as a precursor to the ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference 2014 ( The events are jointly organised by The Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne and The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM). The panel discussions are open to the public for participation. The events expand on the conference theme of ‘Building strong culture through conservation’ that celebrates the preservation of culture as a powerful and positive force in strengthening society, enhancing people’s sense of identity,…

Symposium | Patronage, poetry and the art of William Blake

Wiliam Blake, Vala, Hyle and Skofeld
plate 51 from Jerusalem c. 1804 – c. 1820, c. 1820
relief etching and white-line etching printed in orange ink, and finished with watercolour, pen and ink and gold paint, Felton Bequest, 1920, 1026-3

  A symposium exploring William Blake’s poetry, his acclaimed Divine Comedy watercolours and John Linnell’s patronage of the artist. Speakers Professor Gerard Vaughan, The University of Melbourne; Professor Peter Otto, The University of Melbourne; and Associate Professor Jennifer Jones-O’Neill, Federation University (formerly University of Ballarat) Date: Saturday 23rd AUgust, 2pm Venue:NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Ground Level, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium Ticketing Information: Cost $25 A / $20 M / $22 C, Bookings essential Information & bookings: Ph +61 3 8662 1555, 10am-5pm daily, Booking code P1480

News | Jason Smith to step down as Director of Heide Museum of Modern Art

Photograph: Matthew Wren 2013

News from Heide that their current Director and CEO Jason Smith will step down from his position in November to take up the position of Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Jason Smith joined Heide in 2008, before that he held positions at the Monash Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Victoria. He has curated 40 major exhibitions including, for Heide, surveys of the works of Kathy Temin, Louise Bourgeois and Stephen Benwell. His other major exhibitions include surveys…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | August 15th 2014

Jobs Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor – Art History and Art Theory (A353-14JC), School of Art, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences – deadline 1st September 2014 ISM Fellows in Sacred Music, Worship and the Arts, Yale Institute of Sacred Music – deadline 15th October 2014 Funding John David Stout Research Fellowship, Victoria University of Wellington – deadline 19th August Herzog-Ernst Scholarship (1-6 months), Gotha Research Centre, University of Erfurt – deadline 15th October 2014 Calls for Papers Masculinities in the British Landscape Conference…

Event | Italian Masterpieces Student Night | NGV


The NGV is holding a special student night for the Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court exhibition. Special student concession price of $13 Pop up talks in the exhibition including Auslan Interpreted and Audio describing options. Figure drawing with Juan Ford in the foyer. Food and drink available for purchase from the Gallery Kitchen. Tickets available on the night at the door (Student ID required) Group Bookings for 8 or more available ahead of time Ph. 8620 2340 12-5pm weekdays. Email

Opening Weekend Events for TarraWarra Biennial 2014 – Whisper in My Mask | Saturday 16th August

Sandra Hill
Home-maker #7 - Cake Making 2012
oil on linen
76 x 91 cm
Murdoch University Art Collection
Courtesy of the artist and Mossenson Galleries, Perth

This weekend (Saturday 16th August) is the opening weekend of the TarraWarra Biennial 2014: Whisper in My Mask will feature a premiere of a one act play and a series of talks by artists featured in the exhibition. About the Biennial 16 August 2014 – 16 November 2014 The TarraWarra Biennial was inaugurated in 2006 as a signature exhibition to identify new developments in contemporary Australian art practice under an experimental curatorial platform. The TarraWarra Biennial 2014: Whisper in My Mask, curated by Natalie King and Djon Mundine, is the…

Free Lunchtime Lecture at Homlesglen | Noël Skrzypczak

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Noël Skrzypczak (pronounced Scrip-jack) is a Melbourne artist whose work has consistently addressed the materiality of painting and surface. Her wall paintings, a major one of which was commissioned for the lobby of the Melbourne Crown Metropole Hotel, recall the expressive spontaneity of surrealism and the pour and drip of action painting. The Holmesglen Collection includes three early works by the artist – these are currently installed in the Information Commons, Moorabbin campus. Noël is represented in significant public and private collections throughout Australia and will be speaking at the…