Reminder | Angus Trumble to give the 2014 Joseph Burke Lecture this Thursday 25th September

Woolner, Thomas, 
Charles Joseph La Trobe, plaster medallion, 1853. State Library of Victoria.

This year’s Joseph Burke lecture in art history will be given by Angus Trumble, the director of the National portrait Gallery in Canberra. He will speak on the topic of ‘Thomas Woolnmer in Australia’. For full details click here. You can now book for the lecture via the University of Melbourne events page (the lecture is free and open to all but registration is recommended as seats may be limited). Date: 5:15-6:30pm, Thursday 25th September 2014 Venue: Wright Lecture Theatre in the Medical Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville Free Public Lecture. All Welcome.

Online Resources | Digitized Art History Materials from the Getty Research Institute


The Getty has announced a new partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. The new partnership means that you can now use the DPLA website to search for art history materials held by The Getty – as well as other US institutions. The DPLA acts as a portal that allows you to search through united collections, and to scan them not just by keyword but also by timeline, map,virtual bookshelf, format, subject, and partner institutions. More from the Getty Iris: We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. Launched…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | September 18th 2014

Jobs Lecturer in Art History, Open University, UK – deadline 2nd October 2014 Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art, Open University, UK – deadline 2nd October 2014 Artistic Program Coordinator, Canberra Glassworks – deadline 29th September 2014 Postdoctoral Fellowship in The Visual Imagination:its role in culture and its basis in neuroscience (Exeter/Norwich) – deadline 16th October 2014 Two Postdoctoral Research Positions (Birmingham) – deadline November 5th 2014 Summer Programs Open Palace Program, 21 day hands-on experience for students and emergent professionals in some of England’s most significant palaces and stately homes…

Exhibition | Albert Tucker and the Mystery of H. D. | Heide Museum of Modern Art

H. Dearing
Approach to Princes Bridge
oil on canvas on cardboard
46 x 75 cm
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
Purchased from John and Sunday Reed 1980

The exhibition Albert Tucker and the Mystery of H. D. is on at Heide Museum of Modern Art until 15th February 2015. In 1944 Albert Tucker discovered two intriguing paintings in a bicycle shop in Swanston Street, Melbourne. Attracted by their naive artistry set about trying to identify the painter, the works were  unsigned. He was told that the pictures had belonged to Professor Alfred Henry Tipper, a travelling showman and trick cyclist who was depicted in the images, and who had died in April that year. After being told that the paintings…

2014 Joseph Burke Lecture | Thomas Woolner in Australia -Angus Trumble

Woolner, Thomas, 
Charles Joseph La Trobe, plaster medallion, 1853. State Library of Victoria.

Thomas Woolner (1825-1892), sculptor and poet, born 17 December 1825 at Hadleigh, Suffolk, England. In 1842 he gained admission as a student at the Royal Academy. In 1847 Woolner met D. G. Rossetti and became an original member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Woolner arrived Melbourne 23 October 1852. He was at the diggings in the Ovens Valley and in the Fryer’s Creek, Castlemaine and Sandhurst areas. Woolner found some gold but after six months sold his tools and returned to Melbourne. He began to model medallions but had to dig…

Lecture | Kenneth Clark and Australian Art – Simon Pierse

Sir Kenneth Clark and Sir Colin Anderson at the opening of 'Recent Australian Painting' at Whitechapel Gallery, June 1961.

In this lecture Simon Pierse sheds new light on the role that Sir Kenneth Clark (later Baron Clark of Saltwood) played in bringing Australian art to a new audience in Britain during the early 1950s. Pierse examines the crucial part that Joseph Burke, inaugural Herald Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne, had in directing Clark’s attention towards the work of Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd and attempts to discover what may have lain beneath Clark’s abiding passion for Australian art and life. Simon Pierse is Senior Lecturer…

Conference | Nature in the Dark: a trans-disciplinary conference | La Trobe Bendigo


Nature in the Dark is a trans-disciplinary conference on animal perception at the intersection of the arts, science and conservation It is a spin-off from the Nature in the Dark – project, a continuing art/science/conservation collaboration between the Centre for Creative (CCA), La Trobe University, and the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA), this conference will address our relationship to animals in a wider ecological context by approaching it from artistic, scientific and conservationist angles The yawning gaps in our understanding of the intricate connections of eco-systems, which we are still…

Lecture | Vic McEwan – Contemporary Creative Arts at Work in the Community


Vic McEwan, artistic director of the artist led organisation Cad Factory, will present examples of a new mode for art making which partners deeply with business, health and communities. Dispelling myths that engaging with communities dilutes the artistic output, he will highlight the opportunities that exist to engage high level, experimental, contemporary art making while enaging directly with the practical world. McEwan will share examples from previous partnerships with organisations such as SunRice and exploration of things as complex as The Murray Darling Basin Plan, as well as talking about…

News | New Endowed Chair in Australian Art History for the University of Melbourne


Today the University of Melbourne announced a new fully endowed Chair in Art History at the University of Melbourne, to be named in honour of the Australia artist Hugh Ramsay. This, alongside the news that the university has also begun the process to recruit a new Herald Chair of Fine Arts, is great news for the Art History program at Melbourne, as well as for Art History in Australia more broadly. From the Head of the School of Culture and Communication, Professor Rachel Fensham: The Australian artist Hugh Ramsay (1877-1906) has been memorialized in…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | September12th 2014

Jobs and Postdocs Herald Chair in Fine Arts within the Art History and Art Curatorship discipline, University of Melbourne – deadline 2nd November 2014 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Fine Arts, New York – deadline 31st October 2014 Rosalind Franklin Fellowships (for women only) at the Faculty of Art, Univ. of Groningen – deadline not specified Curator – Collections and Programs, Tweed Regional Museum – deadline 19th September 2014 Editor of ‘Look’ magazine, Art Gallery of NSW – deadline 22nd September 2014 Editor Art Market Dictionary (Berlin/Munich) – no deadline…

Cultural Evening at National Gallery of Victoria | ICOM-CC 2014 Events

Mathew Gill Tjupurrula [Mathew Gill] Snake Country [The fight of the snakes] 1986, synthetic polymer paint on canvas 50.8 x 76.2 cm Catalogue no. 22 E080666
Acquired 28/4/1987 Australian MuseumMathew Gill Tjupurrula [Mathew Gill] Snake Country [The fight of the snakes] 1986, synthetic polymer paint on canvas 50.8 x 76.2 cm Catalogue no. 22 E080666
Acquired 28/4/1987 Australian Museum

  Australian Aboriginal culture has a unique place in the world, being the oldest continuous living culture. The ICOM-CC Cultural Evening celebrates Australia’s extraordinary Indigenous cultures, and includes performance and story-telling. Featuring artists and performers from the Warmun Art Centre and Walayirti Artists this event presents a unique opportunity to experience Australia’s rich Indigenous cultures, and a cultural legacy that stretches back at least 50,000 years. This event will be held in the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria.The Warmun Art Centre and Walayirti Artists represent the Aboriginal communities of Warmun and Balgo…

Q & A | How Does Culture Contribute to Development? | ICOM-CC 2014 Events


Interactive Q&A Panel Discussion Part of the ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference – this event is free and open to all. Register to attend here. Date: Tuesday, 16 September 2014 | 5.30pm – 6.45pm Venue: Room 105 & 106, Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, MELBOURNE  VIC  3006 This event is hosted by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Melbourne School of Government and is in addition to the ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference being held this year in Melbourne from 15 to 19 September 2014.The theme of ICOM-CC’s 17th Triennial Conference is Building Strong Culture…

Exhibition | Delinquent Angel: John Perceval’s Ceramic Angels | Shepparton Art Museum


The exhibition Delinquent Angel: John Perceval’s ceramic angels is on at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) until 24 November 2014. John Perceval AO is one of Australia’s most celebrated and loved artists renowned for his radicalism, expressiveness and prolific output, along with his complex personal life. As a member of the Angry Penguins avante-garde movement that began in the 1940s, Perceval joined with other Australian art luminaries Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker, Sidney Nolan, Danila Vassilieff and Joy Hester to rail against the insular conservatism of Australian society and push for new voices…

Online Resources | Internet Archive Images on Flickr

flickr internet archive

The Internet Archive, already well-loved by many art historians as a source of high quality online versions of many out-of-print books, has a new project to make images from the uploaded books available online via flickr. The BBC story reports that the process used involved inverting the way in which the software used to scan books worked: As part of the process (of scanning books as texts), the software recognised which parts of a page were pictures in order to discard them. Mr Leetaru’s code used this information to go back…

Symposium on art and creativity in Aboriginal communities to promote Healing Ways


The healing power of art made by Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples is the subject of a Symposium at The Dax Centre on 19 and 20 September. This is a new exploration of the significance of Aboriginal art. The symposium will address a range of urgent and relevant topics on Indigenous art including art as therapy, community art projects, the role of arts centres in healing and Australian Indigenous contemporary art practices. The inspiring two-day symposium titled Healing Ways: Art with Intent will be opened by Professor Ian Anderson,…