Event | An Instructive Introduction to the Basics of Dry Fly-Fishing for Trout on the River with Ross Coulter | BLINDSIDE ARI


Designed to assist with the foundations for those keen but inexperienced persons who are interested in dry fly-fishing for trout on the river, the course will discuss the habits and habitats of the brown and rainbow trout, entomology (matching the hatch), river craft (reading the river) and the requisite equipment you will need to get started. From wading tips to false casting and roll casts, this presentation will ensure that you are kitted out with the essential knowledge for your next early morning rise. Ross’s unique skill in helping the novice to pre-visualise, you will feel like you are mid stream as trout vigorously launch into a mayfly hatch. Questions will be taken throughout the presentation. Ross Coulter began fly-fishing…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | August 24th 2015

Tom Roberts, Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by H.R.H. The Duke of Cornwall and York (Later King George V), May 9, 1901, 1903, oil on canvas

 On permanent loan to the Parliament of Australia from the British Royal Collection

A round-up of art news and reviews from the past week. Another day, another spurious Leonardo discovery. This time scientists claim to have discovered that Leonardo deliberately developed a specific technique and that there are stylistic similarities between his works. Groundbreaking. This sort of ‘arts reporting’ is really just lazy reprinting of press releases without any real journalism, something that is underlined by the report in the Telegraph where they mistakenly use an image of the so-called Isleworth Mona Lisa, a much later copy, which was itself the subject of another Leonardo media frenzy a few years ago. Leonardo is obvious clickbait for media so perhaps you shouldn’t give them the satisfaction and read one of these more interesting articles instead. The National Gallery of Australia has…

News | Finalists for the 2015 Bowness Photography Prize Announced

KRAWEC Courtney

Two of Australia’s most notable figures have selected 47 finalists for this year’s Bowness Photography Prize. Bill Henson and Karen Quinlan were joined by MGA Senior Curator, Stephen Zagala to shortlist the record number of entries this year. Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual non-acquisitive William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation.   The 2015 competition attracted 696 entrants, the largest number received in the history of the prize. Stephen Zagala, MGA Senior Curator observed, on behalf of the judges, ‘This year the judging panel looked at over 2600 images and selected a field of 47 finalists to represent the best of Australian photography today. The sorting process provides a remarkable…

Melbourne Masterclasses: The Life and Legacy of Catherine the Great


The Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne proudly presents a four-part masterclass series in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great. Catherine the Great is the most famous and longest-ruling female monarch of Russia. Her passion for education, the arts and culture heralded the Golden Age of Russia during the Enlightenment era. As a patron of the arts, Catherine amassed a vast art collection over her thirty-four year reign, which ranged from Old Master of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to the newest contemporary art of her day. Within a relatively short time Catherine had amassed a collection that rivalled many of the greatest collections in Europe.…

News | University of Melbourne launches year-long arts residency for Indigenous artists

Deborah Cheetham with Darvell M Hutchinson standing in front of Indigenous artwork, Dulka Warngiid (Land of All) 2007

The University of Melbourne has announced a new Indigenous Arts Residency that will allow Indigenous arts practitioners from Victoria to undertake significant projects. Recipients will receive a cash grant of $40,000 and up to $5,000 for materials as part of the Hutchinson Indigenous Residency and will be based at the University’s Southbank campus, home to the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM). The Residency was established in perpetuity last year from a $1,000,000 grant from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and named in honour of Darvell M Hutchinson, who steered the Trust for 50 years. Associate Dean of the VCA & MCM and Chair of the selection panel, Ms Deborah Cheetham AO, said the Residency…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | August 21st 2015

Jobs Australia Senior Curator, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield campus – deadline 1st September 2015 Lecturer in Architecture (Communications), Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, University of Queensland – deadline 9th October 2015 Senior Lecturer in Architecture (History and Theory), Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, University of Queensland – deadline 9th October 2015 Senior Lecturer (Design and Practice), Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, University of Queensland – deadline 9th October 2015 International Research Fellowships, 2016, University of Cambridge, St John’s College – deadline 1st October 2015 Lecturer in History & Theory of Architecture, University of Westminster, Department of Architecture – deadline 13th September 2015 Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of Central…

Database | Early Modern British Painters, c. 1500-1640

Art History News alerts us to a new database on Early Modern British Painters, c. 1500-1640 compiled by Robert Tittler. See the database here. The database is described as This resource identifies all those men and women who have been identified as painters of any sort working in England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland between the years 1500 and 1640. At this posting, it includes 2,578 such entries. It includes those who were native to the British Isles and also those aliens who came and worked there at any time during this era. It also includes those whom contemporary occupational descriptions refer to as pursuing any specialty within the general category of ‘painter’ including, e.g., ‘limner’, ‘picture-painter’, ‘glass-painter’, ‘herald painter’, ‘manuscript illuminator’, etc.…

Banyule Award Works on Papers


CALL FOR ARTISTS | 2015 AWARD FOR WORKS ON PAPER The Banyule Award for Works on Paper is awarded biennially to an outstanding contemporary work on paper. It is an acquisitive prize of $4,000. The Banyule Art Collection is a contemporary collection of art works by leading and emerging Australian artists. While it includes a range of media it is distinguished by its collection of works on paper. The Banyule Award for Works on Paper capitalises upon this strength by developing this aspect of the collection further. In 2015, the curatorial theme for the Banyule Award is In Space and entries should reflect this through the artist’s personal interpretation. Space surrounds us; we are in space, as space is in us. Space is private…

AAANZ Conference 2015 | Open Session added and Registrations Open


An update from the 2015 AAANZ conference, to be held in Brisbane at QAGOMA, 23rd-34th November 2015 In response to queries from a number of AAANZ members, the 2015 Conference Organising Committee would like to extend the call for papers to an open session Open Session: Image | Space | Body. Email abstract to conferenceaaanz15@gmail.com by the 28th August 2015. See the full Call for Papers here – the deadline is 28th August 2015. Early Bird registrations are now open. This year there is a joint registration for the AAANZ Conference and the Asia Pacific Triennial Conference. You can also register just for the AAANZ conference. See full details of costs and deadlines here.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Symposium – Borderless Futures, Reimaging the Citizen

Alejandro Chaskielberg, Dark Passage,

Second Ballarat International Foto Biennale Symposium, Presented by Photography Studies College In the catalogue for the The photograph and Australia exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales this year, Senior Curator Judy Annear wrote, ‘There is much at stake in what might constitute the nation state, which is as porous as photography is mutable’. Among its many ideas, the exhibition posited photography in Australia as a medium for the constant renegotiation of the nation. This symposium aims to continue the discussion generated by the most important exhibition of photography in Australia in 25 years, by looking beyond national borders to ask what it means to be a global citizen, with particular reference to the role of images. The…

Exhibition | Pierre Huyghe | TarraWarra International 2015

Pierre Huyghe, A Journey that wasn't, 2005. Film. Courtesy of the Artist.

Exhibtion Dates – 29th August – 22nd November 2015 | Curated by Amelia Barikin and Victoria Lynn The first major Australian solo exhibition by internationally renowned contemporary French artist Pierre Huyghe will be presented at TarraWarraMuseum of Art, 29 August – 22 November 2015. This will be the second exhibition in the TarraWarra International series, designed to showcase leading contemporary art practice in a global context. The exhibition, which will occupy the entire space at TarraWarra, is described by the curators Amelia Barikin and Victoria Lynn describe as being ‘about time: geological time, historical time, subjective time, non-human time, and the time of art.’ The curatorial starting point for the exhibition is Huyghe’s founding of The Association of Freed Time in 1995, a collaborative proposal for…

Exhibition | In Fond Memory: The Barbara Tucker Gift

Albert Tucker, Barbara Tucker in the banana shed, Springbrook, Queensland c.1970, gelatin silver photograph, 30.5 x 40.7 cm

Heide Museum of Modern Art, Gift of Barbara Tucker 2001, © Estate of Barbara Tucker, Courtesy of Sotheby’s Australia

From 22 August 2015, Heide Museum of Modern Art will present In Fond Memory: The Barbara Tucker Gift, an exhibition that will commemorate Barbara Tucker’s extraordinary contribution to Heide and celebrate her continuing presence in the life of the museum. On 16 May 2015 Heide Museum of Modern Art sadly lost one of its most treasured friends and supporters. Barbara Tucker had a long association with Heide, initially as a personal acquaintance of John and Sunday Reed with her late husband, artist Albert Tucker, then during the evolution of the museum as Heide Fellow (2000), Life Benefactor (2004) and Co-Patron. Prior to Albert’s death in 1999, the Tuckers offered Heide a major donation of artworks, to be transferred progressively over a…

News | National Gallery London makes 2385 images available for free download

Landscape with Aeneas at Delos, 1672, Claude

The National Gallery in London has announced that it is making images of their collection free to download for personal use. It is great to see that this includes non-profit publication and includes (non-profit) publication online. However, it is a disappointing that the image sizes are restricted to 800 pixels on the longest size. This renders them useless for close study (the image reproduced below at its maximum size, any larger and it starts to pixelate). It is smaller than is generally recommended for online reproduction and far too small for many print publications. Presumably if you want a larger image to publish or to study in detail you still have to pay, which rather diminishes the gesture of making them freely…

Talk | Anthony White – Beyond the Present | Heide Museum of Modern Art

Melinda Harper, Untitled 2011, oil on canvas, 153 x 182 cm, Courtesy of the artist and NKN Gallery, Melbourne

Dr Anthony White, senior lecturer at the School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne, discusses the art practice of Melinda Harper, from her earliest paintings of geometric shapes on pieces of found wood or board, to her most recent large canvases with their brilliant colours and dazzling formal arrangements. Reflecting on the relationship between Harper’s work and the history of modernism, Dr White will respond directly to the works in the exhibition, exploring the expressive vitality of abstract painting today. Date: Sunday 30 August, 2pm Venue: Heide Museum of Modern Art FREE with admission More about the Melinda Harper exhibition at Heide here.