News | NGV Senior Curator Dr Ted Gott awarded Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government

Photo via The Age [Dr Ted Gott, Head of International Art, NGV. Theo Van Rysselberghe, The Canal in Flanders. Photo: Jason South

On Thursday 9 June 2016, Dr Ted Gott, Senior Curator of International Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, received a Knighthood from the French government for services to French culture, The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters). The insignia was presented by His Excellency M. Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France, in a ceremony which took place at Alliance Francaise, St Kilda. Ted Gott is Senior Curator of International Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. He has curated and co-curated 26 exhibitions, including The Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay (2004), Kiss of the Beast: From Paris Salon to King Kong (2005), Modern Britain 1900-1960 (2007), Salvador Dalí: Liquid Desire (2009) and Napoleon: Revolution…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | June 10th 2016


Jobs Australia McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme (3 year fellowships for recent PhD graduates), University of Melbourne – deadline 26th September 2016 Exhibitions Project Coordinator, National Portrait Gallery of Australia – deadline 24th June 2016 Exhibitions Coordinator, RMIT Gallery – deadline 19th June 2016 Museum Collections Officer, Orange Regional Museum – deadline 19th June 2016 Public Engagement and Education Officer, Orange Regional Museum – deadline 19th June 2016 Public Engagement Manager, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane – deadline 1st July 2016 Assistant Curator (Temporary Part Time – Maternity Leave position), Latrobe Regional Gallery – deadline 19th June 2016 International Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Curation, University of Glasgow – deadline 30th June 2016 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Photography, Nottingham Trent University – deadline 26th June 2016…

Wednesday News Round Up | 8th June 2016 | Arts and the election, the rise of the Private Museum, NGV MoMA + more

A DISCURSIVE PRACTICE in Broadsheet Journal 45.1

The recent cuts and restructure of the Australia Council means that the arts sector is pushing harder than usual for arts to be a factor in the election. This week the Greens have proposed the idea for a ‘living wage’ for creatives to cover the fact that many artists are paid very little, or nothing at all, as they try to establish themselves. A report in Arts Hub on the first of several discussions organised by NAVA (National Association for Visual Arts) and Artspace looking at how to push a vote for culture onto the stage. Labor has promised to boost arts funding by $160 million if elected and promises to dump the Catalyst program. An article by Sharon Verghis in The Australian…

Contemporary Pacific Art and Community Day | NGV International

Lisa Reihana Māori people born 1964 in Pursuit of Venus 2015 (still); (detail) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased NGV Foundation, 2015 © Lisa Reihana

A celebration of Melbourne’s vibrant Pacific community, contemporary culture and art Please join us at 11am for a traditional welcome and blessing ceremony, followed by morning tea and harmonies by the Pasefika Vitoria Choir, formed especially for this event. This day of celebrations marks the opening of the exhibitions Siu i Moana: Reaching Across the Ocean, Greg Semu: The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific), Lisa Reihana: in Pursuit of Venus and the NGV Collection display, Art of the Pacific. Program highlights include a contemporary performance by Tongan artist Ruha Fifita, collaborator with Robin White on the ngatu exhibition, Siu i Moana: Reaching Across the Ocean. Hear from exhibiting artists Greg Semu, Lisa Reihana, Robin White, Ruha…

Call for Expressions of Interest | Ian Potter Moving Image Commission

From Daniel Crooks 'Phantom Ride', 2016/ Courtesy the artist, Anna Schwarz Gallery and Future Perfect, Singapore.

Applications are now open for the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission no. 3 Expressions of interest are sought until Friday 15 July 2016 . ACMI and the Ian Potter Foundation invite artists to apply for the $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, Australia’s most significant commission for moving image art. Following the success of previous commissions, The Calling by Angelica Mesiti and Daniel Crooks: Phantom Ride, the ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust are calling for submissions from mid-career Australian artists for the third iteration of the Commission. The successful artist will receive $100,000 from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and professional support including highly specialised curatorial, production and presentation expertise from ACMI. The…

New Book | Representations of Renaissance monarchy Francis I and the image-makers


New book Representations of Renaissance monarchy Francis I and the image-makers by Lisa Mansfield from the University of Adelaide. About the book Representations of Renaissance monarchy analyses the portraits and personal imagery of Francis I, one of the most frequently portrayed rulers of sixteenth-century Europe. The distinctive likeness of the Valois king was widely disseminated and perceived by his French subjects, and Tudor and Habsburg rivals abroad. Complementing studies on the representation of Henry VIII, this book makes a dynamic contribution to scholarship on the enterprise of royal image-making in early-modern Europe. The discussion not only highlights the inventiveness of the visual arts in Renaissance France but also alludes to the enduring politics of physical appearance and seductive power of the…

News | Wurundjeri group raising funds to purchase William Barak painting

William Barak's Ceremony (1897) has an estimated price range of $180,000 to $250,000.

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A group representing Melbourne’s Aboriginal population is trying to raise money to buy a work by William Barak From The Age Ceremony, a relatively small work in earth, ink and charcoal on paper, will go to auction at Bonham’s in Sydney on Tuesday night. The picture was created by Wurundjeri elder Barak – known by some in the Aboriginal community as “Uncle William” or “Grandfather” – in 1897. It was exchanged by its creator for a glass work by English craftsman Frank Piggott Webb, and has remained with Webb’s descendants until now. You can find their crowdfunding page here:

New Book | Hegel’s Owl: The Life of Bernard Smith – Sheridan Palmer


A new book by Sheridan Palmer documenting the life and work of Bernard Smith has recently been published. ‘Better to make history than to write about it. What is needed is a brotherhood of some kind, compact, devoted, with a colourful title . . .’ Bernard Smith, letter to Robin Boyd, 1957 Bernard Smith’s ‘brotherhood’ was to become the famous group of Australian artists called The Antipodeans, and Smith was to write their manifesto. ‘The Antipodeans’ exhibition in 1959 was a watershed moment for Australian art. The exhibition included work by Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, David Boyd, John Brack, Robert Dickerson, John Perceval, Clifton Pugh and, of course, Bernard Smith. But this is just one of Smith’s significant contributions to…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | 3rd June 2016

Hugh RAMSAY Self-portrait in white jacket, National Gallery of Victoria

Jobs Australia Hugh Ramsay Chair of Australian Art History, University of Melbourne – deadline 29th June 2016 Manager Materials Conservation, Perth Museums and Collections – deadline 22nd June 2016 University of Sydney Research Fellowship Scheme – deadline 25th July 2016 David Myers Research Fellowships, College of Arts, Social Science & Commerce, La Trobe University – deadline 17th June 2016 International Academic Curator in Mackintosh and European Modernism, University of Glasgow – School of Culture & Creative Arts – deadline 26th June 2016 Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Technical Art History, University of Glasgow – School of Culture and Creative Arts – deadline 26th June 2016 Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick – History of Art – deadline 10th June 2016 Lecturer in Arts…

Lecture | Australian Identity Through Cultural Materials Conservation – Robyn Sloggett | University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne Archives. Ray Jones Collection, Accession No. 1981.0081

Australian Identity Through Cultural Materials Conservation | Inaugural Professorial Lecture by Professor Robyn Sloggett AM. Hosted by the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies The material world surrounds us: feeding our senses, our imagination and our curiosity. We inherit and we create cultural and scientific records that help us make sense of this world. Cultural materials conservation employs materiality to understand and protect these records, integrating knowledge acquired in the sciences and the humanities with that developed by cultural knowledge holders and practitioners. Conservation studies provide unique understandings of how cultural knowledge, disciplinary knowledge and the materiality that surrounds us, can come together to shed light on significant questions of knowledge and identity. In this lecture Professor Sloggett explores the valuable contribution that cultural materials conservation makes to the continual quest to understand our place…

Public Program | The Social Contract: Photography, Theory, Practice and Emotions | CCP

Image: Mohini Chandra Untitled from Kikau Street 2015-16, courtesy the artist.
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A collaboration between Centre for Contemporary Photography and ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Short presentations and a panel discussion by Dr Spencer Jackson, Dr Joseph Browning, Dr Fran Edmonds, Associate Professor Anne Maxwell, Dr Angus Frith will explore social contract theory through the lens of photography, philosophy, law and music. To be chaired by CCP Curator, Pippa Milne. This event is affiliated with the exhibition CCP Declares: On The Social Contract, curated by Pippa Milne. CCP Declares: On the Social Contract draws together emerging and mid-career artists working at the forefront of Australian photography and video in its expanded field. The subtitle to this second iteration of CCP Declares acknowledges that these works examine or extend the idea of…

Exhibition | Max and Olive: the photographic life of Olive Cotton and Max Dupain | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Olive Cotton , Teacup ballet 1935, gelatin silver photograph, 37.5 x 29.5 cm, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 1983

Exhibition Dates: Tuesday 31 May 2016 to Sunday 24 Jul 2016 A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition Olive Cotton and Max Dupain are key figures in Australian visual culture. They shared a long and close personal and professional relationship. This exhibition looks at their work made between 1934 and 1945, the period of their professional association; this was an exciting period of experimentation and growth in Australian photography, and Cotton and Dupain were at the centre of these developments. This is the first exhibition to look at the work of these two photographers as they shared their lives, studio and professional practice. The exhibition includes 71 photographs from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia and focuses on the…

Wednesday News Round Up | 1st June 2016 |

The rediscovered portrait of Costanza Sforza by Bolognese painter Lavinia Fontana. The sale by Uppsala Auktionskammare takes place 14 June 2016. Credit: Uppsala Auktionskammare

The rediscovery of a portrait by Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614) was announced this week. As announced on the Villa Ludovisi website the subject shows “Costanza Sforza of Santa Fiore (1560-1617), wife of the Duke of Sora, Giacomo Boncompagni (1548-1612). Giacomo himself was the legitimated son of Ugo Boncompagni = Pope Gregory XIII (1505-1572-1585). So at the time of her marriage in 1576—at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican, with the whole College of Cardinals in attendance—Costanza Sforza found herself in the unusual position of daughter-in-law to a reigning Pope.” Plans for a Ballarat Biennale of Australian Art that would ‘draw in $10 million to Ballarat’s economy from an anticipated 100,000 visitors‘ were flagged last week. The proposal is headed by Julie…

Funding | Three new PhD Scholarships offered by the Brisbane Consortium for Visual Arts

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The Brisbane Consortium for the Visual Arts (BCVA) facilitates scholarly collaboration between the art history-theory programs of Griffith University (GU), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the University of Queensland (UQ) working in conjunction with the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). The BCVA’s key areas of focus include: contemporary Asian art; art of the Asia-Pacific; Australian and Australian Indigenous art; the global contemporary; curatorial education and training; new approaches to art history and theory. The BCVA is now offering three PhD scholarships for research in the visual arts in these key areas. Projects addressing art-historical research outside these areas will also be considered if a sufficiently strong case is made. Successful applicants will be based at one of…