Call for Papers | Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands

The 5th Biennial Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference | Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands March 11-13, 2016 The Borderlands Research Focus Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites graduate scholars from all disciplines to submit abstracts for papers addressing the theme of Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands. Borderlands are spaces where people of different ethnicities, cultures, religions, political systems, or linguistic traditions come into contact, often without any one authority exercising complete control. We also acknowledge that borderlands needn’t necessarily be physical spaces but can be conceptual or metaphorical areas of contestation, thus allowing a diversity of approaches. The 2016 Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference seeks papers that address the ways that borderlands encounters have stimulated the creation,…

Call for Papers | Ilm: Science, Religion and Art in Islam


International Conference, July 21-23rd 2016, University of Adelaide, Australia The ‘Ilm conference will bring together a broad group of scholars, artists, designers, curators, practitioners, and higher degree researchers across the fields of Islamic intellectual history, history and theory of Islamic art and architecture, history of Islamic science, and Islamic studies to address key issues of concern and to highlight points of intersection between science, religion, and the arts?It invites reflections and discussion on the idea of ‘ilm in pre-, early-, and post-modern Isalmic cultures, and how ‘ilm is engaged with and experienced by Muslim communities today. What are the practices, territories, and histories of ilm? How does ‘ilm continue to shape Islam’s [ast, present, and future within the Muslims’ lands…

Opening Weekend | Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei | NGV International

Andy Warhol   Ai Weiwei   NGV

The NGV has organised a series of talks and lectures to celebrate the opening of their summer exhibition Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei. Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th at 11am | Curatorial Introduction to the exhibition . Learn more about the artistic practices of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei with a curatorial introduction by Max Delany, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art Cost $8 M / $12 A / $10 C. Bookings here. Saturday 12th December 3pm | Lecture – Andy Warhol: The Man and the Artist | Eric Shiner, Director, The Andy Warhol Museum Opening to the public only seven years after the artist’s death, The Andy Warhol Museum is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. Located in his hometown…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | December 4th 2015

Jobs Senior Curator (emphasis in Design and Architecture curation), Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences – deadline 15th December 2015 Curator International Prints, Drawings & Illustrated Books, The National Gallery of Australia – deadline 7th February 2015 Assistant Professor in Cultural History and Digital Humanities (1,0 FTE), Utrecht University – deadline 14th January 2015 Professorship in Contemporary Art History and Art Theory, Freie Universität Berlin – deadline 4th January 2016 Funding Fellowships and Awards at the British School at Rome – deadline 14th January 2016 Calls for Papers Now or (n)ever. Rethinking Time: Topics, Theories, and Methods in Art History, 4th Study Day of the Rome Art History Network (RAHN) – deadline 7th January 2015 Against the Medici: Art and Dissent in Renaissance Italy…

Exhibition | My learned object: collections and curiosities | Ian Potter Museum of Art

J Carney
Corrosion cast of the kidney blood vessels 1968
Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology, the University of Melbourne

Saturday 5 Dec 2015 to Sunday 28 Feb 2016. Guest curator: Dr David Sequeira. My learned object: collections & curiosities draws its content from over 25 of the University of Melbourne’s cultural collections. Rich and varied, the cultural collections form an integral part of the workings of the University.  Primary documents—decorative arts, botanical specimens, zoological specimens, paintings, models, furniture, bones, photographs, books, scientific equipment, ephemera (the list goes on… ) from across all university collections can be largely divided into three main categories, namely the arts, the sciences and the archives. There is considerable overlap amongst these areas andMy learned object is a rare opportunity to explore the possibilities of these intersections. The exhibition’s four main themes—people and personalities, same but…

Lecture | Conservation of Chinese Cultural Heritage from the Shaanxi Province – Yuan Hong | University of Melbourne

Murals: Museum of Prince Jieman, Tang Dynast

Associate Professor Yuan Hong will present on Mural conservation and scientific methods used in extraction of cultural information. Murals contained within tombs pose a diverse range of site specific issues in their investigation and conservation. Using microscopic techniques, spectrographic imaging and elemental analysis, information embedded in the murals can be used to inform conservators about the original materials as well as the condition and treatment requirements of these forms of cultural heritage. Ms Zhang Yongjian explores Laboratory-based micro-scale excavation and its application Current methods used in the lab-based, micro-scale excavation of cultural relics are capable of having the combined merits of excavation, archaeometry and conservation. These methods have proven to be especially effective in the excavation and treatment of cultural…

Lecture | An Introduction to the 20th Biennale of Sydney – Stephanie Rosenthal | MPavilion 


  MUMA, in association with the Biennale of Sydney and MPavilion, are pleased to present a special lecture by Stephanie Rosenthal, Artistic Director of the 20th Biennale of Sydney (18 March – 5 June 2016). Join Stephanie Rosenthal for a presentation designed to offer insights into the 20th edition of the Biennale of Sydney. Inspired by a quote from leading science fiction author William Gibson, The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed, this edition of the Biennale, which opens in March 2016, will be presented at seven main venues conceived as ‘embassies of thought’. Following the presentation MUMA’s Director Charlotte Day will join Stephanie for a conversation about the key ideas informing her exhibition. Stephanie Rosenthal has…

News | Ian Potter Museum of Art appoints new Curatorial Manager


The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne has appointed Jacqueline Doughty to the position of Curatorial Manager. Kelly Gellatly, Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art says, “We are delighted to welcome Jacqueline to the Potter and look forward to working with her on the next exciting phase of the Museum’s development. Jacqueline’s innovative and collaborative curatorial approach, interest in the activation of historical and contemporary collections, and ability to work in a cross-disciplinary manner will bring much to the Potter’s programs”. Jacqueline comes to the Potter with over 20 years professional experience in the contemporary art sector encompassing curatorial projects, research, writing, arts administration, organisational management and strategic planning in the United States, United Kingdom and…

Conversation | Ai Wei Wei and Virginia Trioli at the NGV International

Gao Yuan, Ai Weiwei 2012, ©Gao Yuan

The NGV’s Summer blockbuster Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei will explore the mutual conceptual interests of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei. More than 300 works will be presented, including rare and never-seen-before works by Andy Warhol, new commissions by Ai Weiwei, immersive installations and a wide representation of painting, sculpture, film, photography, music, publishing and social media. One of China’s most provocative artists, Ai has become a cultural figure of note, his work encompassing diverse fields including visual art, architecture, cultural criticism, social media and activism. Ai’s work addresses some of the most critical global issues of the early twenty-first century, including the relationship between tradition and modernity, the role of the individual and the state, questions of human rights,…

News | 2016 Gertrude Studio Artists Announced

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Gertrude Contemporary has announced the 2016 studio artists as: Beth Caird, Holly Childs, Josey Kidd Crowe, Adam John Cullen, Rosie Isaac, Sam Martin, Noriko Nakamura and Nik Pantazopoulos. These artists will enter the Gertrude Contemporary Studio Program in 2016 to join the ongoing group of eight artists in residence. Since its inception in 1983, Gertrude Contemporary’s Studio Residency Program has provided professional support and advocacy for many of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. The program, which consists of sixteen non-residential studios, is available for early to mid career contemporary artists and is provided in two-year tenures. Studio Artists are given a unique opportunity to be at the heart of a high calibre network of artists, writers and visiting international curators. The Gertrude Contemporary…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | November 27th 2015

Jobs Grimwade Collection Curator, The Ian Potter Museum of Art – deadline 13th December 2015 Curator, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum – deadline 4th December 2015 International Associate Lecturer Illustration and Animation, Ruskin University – deadline 29th November Postdoctoral Fellowships at Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), Nanyang Technological University – deadline 15th January 2015 Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Associate Director for Collections, Research & Education – deadline 17th February 2016 Andrew W. Mellon “Cultures of Conservation” Fellowship, Bard Graduate Center – deadline 15th December 2015 Postdoctoral fellowships, Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, Berlin (October 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017) – deadline 15th January 2016 Funding and Prizes Curatorial Fellowship at the Kunsthalle (18 months) – deadline 21st December…

Open Studios in the West 


  Open Studios in the West, presented by Maribyrnong City Council, as part of the Big West Festival 2015. The Open Studios weekend is in its eight year. This weekend a number of artists will open their studios to the public. The studios range from a back shed to a lounge room, gallery studios and warehouses. Watch a demonstration, listen to a spot talk, purchase a work directly from the artist or attend a free workshop. Explore the diverse artist studios located in and around Footscray with a self-guided tou. Date: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November, 10am-4pm See more at

News | MUMA appoints two new roles: Senior Curator and Research Curator


   Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) welcomes two new curators to our team: Hannah Mathews as Senior Curator and Helen Hughes as Research Curator. MUMA’s Director, Charlotte Day says ‘We are thrilled with these new appointments, which fill important curatorial positions within our team and we are really looking forward to working with Hannah and Helen in the new year’. Hannah Mathews is an experienced curator who has worked with contemporary art organisations such as the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (ACCA), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and the Sydney Biennale, as well as working prolifically as an independent project initiator and director. She has an impressive track record of ambitious projects including Framed Movements, ACCA (2014),…

Panel Discussion | Australian Surrealism | NGV International

Max Dupain
Australia 1911–92
Surrealist study 1938 
gelatin silver photograph 
45.9 x 35.5 cm (image)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (NGA 2007.949)
Purchased with the assistance of James Agapitos OAM and Ray Wilson OAM, 2007

Surrealism had a profound impact on Australian art and creative life. The movement encouraged young artists such as Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and James Gleeson to challenge conventions, forever changing the Australian art world. Discover the rich legacy of Surrealism on Australian art, past and present, in a conversation between an artist, curators and an academic. Speakers Tim Schultz, Artist Lesley Harding, Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art Dr Anthony White, Senior Lecturer, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne Simon Maidment, Curator, Contemporary Art, NGV Date: 2pm Saturday 28th August 2015 Venue:  NGV Australia Booking required: $16 M / $20 A / $18 C Book online.