Let’s Talk Contemporary Art Organisations | NAVA Event at The Gunnery

Poster for lets talk contemporary art organisations event

This is your chance to join the Directors of Contemporary Art Organisations (CAO) from across Australia in a conversation that is focused on how we should value the small to medium sector. This sector makes a significant contribution to expanding artists careers, engaging audiences and developing new works. This is something that should not be overlooked. Let’s Talk will be facilitated by Blair French, Director, Curatorial & Digital, MCA Australia | Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director, Artspace and Chair, CAO | Dr. Lizzie Muller, Director, UNSWAD Art & Design Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership Program | Brianna Munting, Deputy Director, NAVA…

Exhibition Review | The APW George Collie Memorial Award – Sheridan Palmer | Australian Print Workshop

Jennifer Marshall, Shipwreck (after Claude)

An exhibition of limited edition prints by two of Australia’s most prominent printmakers, Jennifer Marshall and the late Bea Maddock (1934-2016) is currently being shown at the Australian Print Workshop in Gertrude Street, Fitzroy (until 20th August). The APW presents the annual George Collie Memorial Award in recognition of artists who have made an outstanding contribution to contemporary Australian printmaking. It has previously been awarded to Noel Counihan and Rick Amor in 2014 and Grahame King and Jan Senbergs in 2015, and this year the prestigious honour is awarded to two women. Bea Maddock studied at the Hobart Technical College…

Conference | The Forever Now – Collections in the 21st Century | Museum of Contemporary Art


How has increased focus upon and work with collections led developments in contemporary curatorial methodology and practice? How are collections of contemporary art being developed in the present? How does the development of collections impact upon the work and careers of artists? Earlybird Registration includes 12 months MCA membership –  closes 7th August 2016. This conference is presented as part of the opening celebrations of the MCA’s newly transformed collection galleries, first launched in an expanded form in 2012. Bringing together artists, curators, academics and commentators from Australia and abroad, The Forever Now will examine how contemporary art collections shape…

Autotune Everything: Art and the Sonic – Cosmic – Politic | Melbourne Art Foundation, Liquid Architecture, Research Unit in Public Cultures

RUPC Liquid Architecture MAF

Melbourne Art Foundation presents the 2016 Lectures and Forums Program in association with Liquid Architecture and the Research Unit in Public Cultures (RUPC) – University of Melbourne. Autotune Everything: Art and the Sonic – Cosmic – Politic This year’s program is an expanded symposium encompassing talks, music, performances and experiments. By necessity, we tune in to some signals, and filter others out. In determining what is signal and what is noise, listening is political – all listening, all the time. As is looking: when we focus, we sharpen the subject, and exclude the rest. Consigned to the back, signals nonetheless…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | 29th July 2016

[Exhibition of art at the National Gallery of Victoria] [picture] / Mark Strizic.
Author/Creator: Mark Strizic 1928-2012 photographer.
Date: ca.1957 
via State Library of Victoria

Jobs Australia and New Zealand Gallery and Museum Curator, Coffs Harbour – deadline 14th August 2016 UQ Development Fellowships – deadline 28th September 2016 Curator (Permanent Part Time), The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery – deadline 5th August 2016 Scholarly Teaching Fellow in Museum and Heritage Studies, School of Literature, Art and Media Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – deadline 21st August 2016 Executive Officer, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra – deadline 7th August 2016 Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in the School of Art, Massey University (Wellington) – deadline 5th August 2016 International Teaching Fellow in Art History, University of Sussex – deadline 17th August…

Call for Papers | SOUTHEAST OF NOW, Issue 3/4 – Movement

Image: Micronesian Marshall Islands Navigational Stick Chart, late 19th century.
Image credit: ICA Commission on Map Design

SOUTHEAST OF NOW: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art | Volume 2 (Numbers 3 and 4): Movement Website: http://southeastofnow.com/call-for-papers-volume2/ To be published March and September 2018, in print and online, by NUS Press. Deadline: Sep 1, 2016 One of the great storied spaces of our modern period can be located in the travelling of ideas, (art) objects and humans around the world. These movements are spurred on by ever dynamic and variegated social forces — they are made mobile through notions of exchange, relation, plunder, migration, exile, reconstitution, transfer, refuge, entanglement. Human interactions on such a global scale are central to the ideas, aesthetic objects, cultural production and labour of our…

Call for Papers | 2016 AAANZ Conference ‘The Work of Art’


The call for papers for the 2016 AAANZ Conference is now open – the deadline is August 26th 2016. The Annual Conference of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand will be held in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 1–3 December 2016. The conference will be based at the Australian National University, with additional events hosted by the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery. Sessions will be 90 minutes with the expectation that each session will comprise 3 x 20 minute papers, followed by 10 minutes of questions, discussion, and commentary (except where noted otherwise in the…

News | National Art School appoints Michael Lynch CBE AM as Interim Director

Muchael Lynch - image via Sydney Morning Herald.

The National Art School has announced that it has appointed Michael Lynch CBE AM as Interim Director, commencing September 2016. The appointment follows the recent resignation of current Director Michael Snelling, who is relocating to Hong Kong to support his partner Suhanya Raffel as she takes up her position as Director of Hong Kong’s M+ Museum. Mr Lynch commented that: ‘The National Art School has an extraordinary history of creating great artists across genres. I recognize the difficulties that face the School over the coming months and hope to work closely with staff and the Board to find a solution that…

Online Resource Review | Raphael Research Resource

Screenshot of the Raphael Prohect

The Raphael Research Resource is an online resource produced by the National Gallery in London with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The resource is described as ‘bringing together art-historical, technical and conservation-based information and creating a platform which could eventually host Raphael’s complete œuvre in unprecedented depth.’ Websites like this are surely the way forward in terms of presenting the oeuvre of an artist, not necessarily to entirely replace catalogue raisonné (but perhaps they will in some cases), but to draw together a network of digitised images, archival research, technical research and so on from different institutions,…

News | Victorian Government announces $3million for Collingwood Contemporary Arts Precinct


The disused Collingwood tech site is set to become a contemporary arts precinct, with support from the Victorian Government. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley MP today announced $3 million, as part of the Government’s Creative State strategy, alongside $4.5 million in donations and $4 million already contributed by the State. The announcement heralds the next stage of the creative transformation of the former Collingwood Technical School in Johnston Street. The long abandoned school was given a new lease on life in 2010 when it was earmarked for a new home for Circus Oz. In 2014 Circus Oz moved in…