Jobs, Funding and Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | May 22nd 2015

Jobs Australia Coordinator, Public Programs, Sydney Living Museums, Sydney CBD – deadline 31st May 2015 Interpretive Curator, National Archives of Australia, Canberra – deadline 27th May 2015 Exhibition and Education Manager, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum – deadline 29th May 2015 Research Fellowships, Curtin University – deadline 10th July 2015 International Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management, King’s College London- deadline 25th May 2015 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion – deadline 26th May 2015 Funding and Prizes Graduate Women WA Scholarships and Bursaries 2015- deadline 17th July 2015 Nineteenth Century Studies Associations 2016 Emerging Scholar Award + Article Prize – deadline for both July 1st 2015 Postdoctoral Fellowship (6 months) at The…

News | Geoffrey Edwards announces retirement from Geelong Gallery


The director of Geelong Gallery, Geoffrey Edwards, has announced his retirement from the role, from the end of April 2016. Prior to his appointment at Geelong, Geoffrey Edwards held senior curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Victoria where he was in charge of collections including International and Australian sculpture. From Geelong Gallery: Having led the Geelong Gallery for the past 15 years, Geoffrey Edwards oversaw the national campaign to acquire from celebrity vendor, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the great colonial masterpiece, View of Geelong (1856) by Eugene von Guérard.  At the time of its acquisition in 2006 for close to $4 million, the work held the national record as the most expensive Australian painting ever purchased for a public institution. He was…

Lecture | Conrad Rudolph – Faces, Art, and Computerized Evaluation Systems | University of Melbourne

Lorenzo de’ Medici,
probably after a model by Andrea
Del Verrocchio and Orsino
Benintendi, Samuel H. Kress
Collection, National Gallery of Art,
Washington D.C.

FACES (Faces, Art, and Computerized Evaluation Systems) is a project that, after two years of research support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has established proof of concept for the application of face recognition technology to works of portrait art. In the application of face recognition technology to photographed human faces, a number of difficulties are inherent in a real or perceived alteration of appearance of the face through variations in facial expression, age, angle of pose, and so on. With works of portrait art, not only do all these problems pertain, but these works also have their own additional challenges. Most notably, portrait art does not provide what might be called a photographic likeness but rather one…

Collaboratory | Reading the Face: Image, Text and Emotion | University of Melbourne


The face is one of the most intense sites for the expression and communication of emotion. That intensity generates millions of representations of the face, in a range of textual, dramatic, visual, cinematic and material forms. This collaboratory will bring together research on representations of the expressive face, from the medieval to the modern world, from illumination and early print culture through to contemporary graphic novels, non-fiction and cinema. Speakers will consider how images of the face make meaning and communicate emotion, and will focus particularly on the question of facial hermeneutics: how do we read and interpret faces, whether they appear to us in visual, textual or cinematic form? The collaboratory will also consider the relation between the human…

Special edition of the La Trobe Journal looks at Artists’ Books in Australia


The most recent issue of the La Trobe Journal focuses on the development of artists’ books as an art practice in Australia. The digital revolution has led many to question the future of the book, yet more artists are involved with making books than ever before. Artists, printmakers, letterpress printers and binders are creating and designing books that draw upon and extend the traditional format. The editors write in their introduction that In editing this special issue of the La Trobe Journal on artists’ books, our chief aim has been to introduce the Library’s significant collection of artists’ books to new readers. At the same time, we hope that these essays will open up questions and point others toward new…

Public Forum | Phase Change | TarraWarra Museum of Art


Phase Change, an interactive, interdisciplinary laboratory exploring the impact of global warming in the Yarra Valley, will hold a Public Forum at the TarraWarra Museum of Art on Sunday 31 May, from 12-5pm. Speakers from the fields of sustainable design, economics and Indigenous knowledge will debate issues highlighted by the PhaseChange project, which is being conducted at the Museum, from 28 March – 8 June 2015. Led by design academics, practitioners and students from RMIT, PhaseChange is envisioning scenarios for sustainable and resilient futures, engaging directly with global warming and its ecological impacts at a local and regional scale, working across a range of design disciplines and related practices. The Phase Change Public Forum will be introduced by Charles Anderson, landscape architect, artist and Senior Lecturer in…

BLINDSIDE call for exhibition proposals

Deadline Extended | BLINDSIDE IS CALLING FOR 2016 EXHIBITION PROPOSALS Now Due SUNDAY 31 MAY  BLINDSIDE is calling for proposals from artists and curators—emerging and established—local, interstate and international—solo or collaborative. We welcome proposals by practitioners working in all fields of creative endeavour, from painting to sound to somewhere in between. BLINDSIDE welcomes proposals from artists, collectives and curators for solo and group exhibitions and performances across one or both gallery spaces. Alternatively, we welcome artists and curators to contact us to discuss exhibition ideas that are still in the planning stages. BLINDSIDE will assist artists and curators to seek funding and sponsorship and we help provide advice and letters of support. Please contact BLINDSIDE if you would like to discuss…

Symposium | The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie | ACMI

Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973. Photograph by Brian Duffy.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will host a two-day symposium bringing together artists, academics and cultural commentators, in conversation and performance, to reflect upon the cultural and artistic significance of ‘David Bowie’ in rock, pop, film, art, fashion and performance. Coinciding with the exclusive Australasian season of the David Bowie is exhibition at ACMI, The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie, will take place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 July 2015. The symposium brings together a range of international and local scholars and performers with keynote speakers including Dr Will Brooker, Professor of Film and Cultural Studies at Kingston University; Robert Forster, the Australian singer-songwriter best known for his work as a co-founder and songwriter of The Go-Betweens; Angela Ndalianis, Head of Screen and…

News | Anne Dunlop announced as next Herald Chair of Fine Arts at Melbourne University


Exciting news that Melbourne University has appointed Anne Dunlop to be the next Herald Chair of Fine Arts within the Art History and Art Curatorship discipline. Anne Dunlop teaches and writes about Italian art and culture from the fourteenth to the mid-sixteenth century. Her research interests include Europe’s relations with Asia and Africa in the Mongol era, early secular art and culture, the visual shift of circa 1300, and Renaissance ideas of gender. She has held fellowships at Harvard’s Villa I Tatti, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington, DC, the British School at Rome, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and at the Getty Research Institute. She served on the International Evaluation Committee for Art History of…

Gertrude Contemporary–Discipline 2015 Lecture #4 | David Raskin – Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Inhuman Photographs

hiroshi sugimoto

In asking why responses to Sugimoto’s photographs turn on a dime from awe to scorn, I suggest that these strange works of art manage to escape human desires. My hope is that by moving the conversation away from entrenched dichotomies such aesthetics or anti-aesthetics and toward an analysis of the nature of objects and feelings, I can suggest the ethical and practical consequences of inhuman art. David Raskin is Mohn Family Professor of Contemporary Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Editor-in-Chief of He is author of Donald Judd (Yale University Press, 2010), and other scholarly publications, including essays on Noriyuki Haraguchi, Ad Reinhardt, Jo Baer, Olle Baertling, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Carl Andre, and…

Jobs, Funding and Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | May 15th 2015

Jobs Australia Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Artbank (Sydney) – deadline 25th May 2015 Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer, Interactive Media, Queensland College of Art – deadline 3rd July 2015 International Senior Lecturer in Museum, Gallery and Heritage Education, UCL Institute of Education- deadline 21st May 2015 Lecturer in the History of British Art since 1850, Queen Mary, University of London – School of History – deadline 4th June 2015 Lecturer in European / Non-Western Art, 1600-1900, The University of Manchester – deadline 21st May 2015 Senior Lecturer in Arts Management, Goldsmiths, University of London – deadline 3rd June 2015 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer posts in 3D Digital Art, Liverpool John Moores University – deadline 4th June 2015 Funding and Residencies One month…

Keeping Culture Strong – discussion series for ATSI artists and Cultural Leaders

The Australia Council for the Arts will be hosting discussion sessions across the country about the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts – and Executive Director of ATSI Arts, Lydia Miller, is inviting ATSI artists and cultural leaders to attend. “One of the goals is that Australians cherish Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures and we want input from Indigenous artists and cultural leaders to help shape and realise that goal,” Lydia Miller said “These conversations are important to the work of the Australia Council and to the arts sector more broadly to ensure Indigenous arts and cultures receive the support and recognition they deserve. “Participants are welcome to extend an invitation to their colleagues who…

Lecture Series at NGV | The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

Walter Howell DEVERELL
The grey parrot (c. 1852-1853) 
oil on canvas
53.5 x 35.2 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1913

The NGV is running a lecture series exploring the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood as part of their current exhibition Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.  Sat 16 May: Laurie Benson, Curator, International Art ‘The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the National Gallery of Victoria’ The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood are widely recognised as a the most dynamic group of artists to ever work in Britain. They radically shifted the goal-posts of the British art world, changing it forever. The NGV’s holdings of works by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood are world renowned. The Gallery has been consistently acquiring these works since the 1880s until today. Medieval Moderns is the first comprehensive exhibition of the NGV’s Pre Raphaelites for more than forty years and this talk will focus on the collecting of…

Boiler Room Lecture | Charles Esche | Artistic freedom and cultural critique in the context of corporatism in the art world

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Monash University Museum of Art [MUMA] and Monash Art, Design and Architecture [MADA] are pleased to co-present in partnership with the Research Unit in Public Cultures [RUPC] and the School of Culture and Communications at the University of Melbourne, a keynote lecture by Charles Esche, Director, the Van Abbemuseum, the Netherlands. This lecture will be introduced by Charlotte Day, Director MUMA, and followed by a discussion and Q&A with Charles Esche convened by Nikos Papastergiadis, Professor, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne. For almost two decades, Charles Esche has been a protagonist in reshaping the curatorial landscape. His work as a director of important European institutions, curator of major biennials and both writer and publisher of critical…