Discussion | Migration Nation: Arts and Politics of Difference

Leslie Morgan, Manoora For Fremantle
122 x 137cm, oil, 2013 via https://lesm48.wordpress.com/anglo-indians-sail-into-australia-1947/

Join us as we explore the politics of representation and the representation of politics. Panellists: Dr Leslie Morgan, Steven Rhall, Nur Shkembi, Daniella Trimboli Dr Sara Wills will be our Master of Ceremonies for the evening. She is Course Coordinator for the Executive Master of Arts, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and a lecturer in Australian Studies at Melbourne University. BREXIT, Trumpism, the rising success of so-called ‘neo-nationalist’ parties across Europe and Pauline Hanson’s resurgence into Australian politics – these events are compelling us to assess how we view fellow citizens as the Others within.  At a more local…

Lectures | David Solkin, Kate Retford and Martin Myrone on Portraiture | National Gallery of Victoria

Edward Haytley, The Brockman family at Beachborough, c. 1744-46. Oil on canvas, 52.7 x 65 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Everard Studley Miller Bequest, 1963

A trio of public lectures on portraiture by three leading art historians: David H. Solkin FBA (Courtauld Institute of Art), Kate Retford (Birkbeck, University of London) and Martin Myrone (Tate Britain). These scholars are coming to Melbourne as part of the University of Melbourne’s international conference, Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits, 1700-1914 and will present three free lectures at the NGV. Information and bookings for the full Human Kind conference can be found here. David Solkin: English or European? Portraiture and the Politics of National Identity in Early Georgian Britain. Thursday 8 September, 6:00pm. Clemenger Theatre, National Gallery…

Registration Open: Conference | Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits 1700-1914 | Melbourne September 8-11 2016

Joseph Wright of Derby Self-portrait 1765-68 Oil on canvas National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of Alina Cade in memory of her husband Joseph Wright Cade, 2009

Registration is now open for Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits 1700-1914, presented by the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. This international conference will run from September 8 to 11 and will focus on British and Australian portraits between 1700 and 1914. Inspired by the outstanding collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, this interdisciplinary conference will be the largest gathering of international and Australian scholars to focus on portraits. It will provide a unique opportunity to explore both British and Australian portraits through a dynamic interchange between academics and curators. The keynote speakers are: David…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | 2nd September 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 Project Officer (responsible for developing and coordinating the Ramsay Art Prize and the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art) Art Gallery of South Australia – deadline 13th September 2016 International Postdoctoral Researcher in Digital Humanities, With a Special Focus On The Field of Aesthetics Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture – deadline 19th September 2016 Lecturer in Humanities (Three Posts), University of East Anglia – Faculty of Arts and Humanities – deadline 7th September 2016 Early Career Academic Fellowship Scheme (various disciplines), De Montfort University, Leicester – deadline 25th September 2016 Resident Academic Full-Time Post in Interactive Art and…

Exhibition | We Who Love: The Nolan Slates | Heide Museum of Modern Art

Sidney Nolan (Lovers and flowers) January 1942 25.5 x 50.8 cm Collection of The University of Queensland Purhcased with the assistance of the Alumni Association and the Peter Stuyvesant Cultural Foundation 1997 © The University of Queensland

About the Exhibition We who love: The Nolan slates is a window into the world of renowned Australian painter Sidney Nolan (1917–1992), reflecting a time of artistic experimentation and personal upheaval. From December 1941 to June 1942, Nolan made around 32 paintings on roofing slates. They reveal his distinctive preference for non-art materials, his avant-garde aspirations and his literary interests. Through the paintings, Nolan recorded the end of his marriage, new relationships with patrons John and Sunday Reed, and fears arising from the war in the Pacific. Concerned that there might not be ‘many more tomorrows’, Nolan painted the slates…

Exhibitions | Paul Handley – Unfolding/Folding – Katie Ryan | Kings ARI

Image Credit: Sabella D’Souza, ~my motherland is a mouthful~, 2016, video, 5:24 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

Exhibition Dates: 3rd – 24th September 2016 Opening Friday 2nd September, 6-8pm Paul Handley Liberte Multidisciplinary artist Paul Handley presents his new project Liberte, an installation of photographic images from Greece, with his Portable Protest Pod (a text based banner from the streets of Athens). Liberte explores the discourse around democracy and geographic placement while expanding on Handley’s ongoing site-specific work Meeting Points for Democracy – a text based narrative that provides a platform to connect individuals who do not typically identify themselves as protesters and those that would otherwise have no social or economic voice. Paul Handley is a New Zealand…

Interview with Eike Schmidt, new director of the Uffizi

Eike Schmidt

Eike Schmidt was one of the new ‘stranieri’ directors of major Italian cultural institutions who were appointed last year as part of a ‘shake up’ intended to end a long period of stagnation. In this interview with Alain Elkann, Schmidt discusses the challenges and developments of the past year (including having to repurchase the uffizi.it domain name and set up a website..). He comments on the need to ‘slow visitors down in front of these masterpieces, to try and motivate people to actually study them’, rather than ‘rush to see the bucket-list masterpieces’. He also notes the need to marry good management skills…

Book Launch | The Legacies of Bernard Smith: Essays on Australian Art, History and Cultural Politics | Ian Potter Museum of Art


Thursday 8 Sep 2016, 2.00- 3.00pm Join Professor Rex Butler for the Melbourne launch of The Legacies of Bernard Smith: Essays on Australian Art, History and Cultural Politics. Bernard Smith could rightly be called the founder of Australian art history. His influence on Australian cultural life was immense, from the publication of Place, Taste and Tradition in 1945 until his death in September 2011. Each of his publications nurtured an Antipodean view, whether art historical or anthropological, and opened up new fields in Australian scholarship. The Legacies of Bernard Smith arises from a collaborative international conference convened in 2012 between the…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | 26th August 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 Cripps Foundation Chair in Cultural Materials Conservation, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne – deadline 14th September 2016 Gallery Director/Curator, East Gippsland Art Gallery – deadline 16th September 2016 Curator, Bayside City Council – deadline 5th September 2016 Cultural Co-ordinator, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative – deadline 8th September 2016 Collections Coordinator, UOW Art Collection – deadline 4th September Collections and Display Coordinator, UOW Art Collection – deadline 4th September 2016 International Senior Lecturer/Reader in Museum Studies, University College London – deadline 17th September 2016 Editor, Burlington Magazine – deadline 31st August 2016 Funding Michael Bromberg Fellowship in the Department of…

Funding | Sainsbury Sculpture Grant

sainsbury sculpture grant

The Sainsbury Sculpture Grant was established in memory of Madeline Olive Taylor through her estate, to provide financial support for emerging Australian artists and groups working in sculpture and/or installation to further their professional skills. Applications are open to visual arts, craft and design practitioners.    Individual applicants can apply for up to $2,000 + GST each. Groups/collectives can apply for up to $4,000 + GST. A total of $8,000 will be awarded.   Deadline: 17th September 2016 Apply online here: https://visualarts.net.au/nava-grants/