News | Australian Catholic University appoints first curator

ACU Curator Caroline Field with Jon Cattapan oil on canvas 'Transported Group No. 1' at the Melbourne Campus.

Furthering its commitment to celebrating and sharing art Australian Catholic University (ACU) has appointed Caroline Field as its first curator. In the newly-created role, Ms Field will be responsible for managing the University’s extensive art collection and documenting, developing and displaying the collection across each of its seven campuses. “The University is very fortunate to be holding such magnificent treasures and artworks,” Ms Field said. “We want to use and enliven them and we want to share and promote them with the University community and the general public.” Previously the Curator and Manager of the Deakin University art collection, Ms…

Writing and Concepts | Lou Hubbard | RMIT Design Hub

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Lou Hubbard …speculates on the role that writing plays in the development of the concepts in her work. RMIT Design Hub, L3 Lecture Theatre 5:00pm Thursday 27 October Link to Facebook event LOU HUBBARD makes assemblage sculptures, videos, and room-scape installations – sometimes photos and collages. The horse is a motif that has recurred often in her work that focuses on the dynamics of training, submission and the aesthetics of sentimentality. Objects such as horses and eyeballs are tried and tested, subjected to acts of duress like teetering, submerging and excising. Sometimes domestic furnishings are collapsed into sculptural collages suggesting…

Lecture | Dr Chris McAuliffe Blind Replicators and Conscious Foresight: Surviving Circulation | TarraWarra Museum of Art

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Dr Chris McAuliffe | Blind Replicators and Conscious Foresight: Surviving Circulation Date: Sunday, 23rd October 2016, 2:00pm Venue: TarraWarra Museum of Art Free to attend The 2016 TarraWarra Biennial addresses the ideas of circulation and continuity emerging in art’s passage through institutional and industry channels such as exhibitions, magazines, galleries and museums. The sense of opportunity and crisis associated with these ideas might be traced back to 1976, when two challenging proposals relating to circulation and continuity were made. Writing in the first issue of the journal October, critic Rosalind Krauss reflected on artists’ extensive engagement with circulatory media, such…

Online Resources | Nationalmuseum in Sweden releases 3000 images on Wikimedia Commons

Bronzino, Isabella de Medici (1542-1576), Oil on wood, Inventory No. NM 37

Always great to see another museum making high-quality images of their collection available online and into the public domain so they can be used freely for any purpose. The director Berndt Arell says ‘We also want to make the point that these artworks belong to and are there for all of us, regardless of how the images are used. We hope our open collection will inspire creative new uses and interpretations of the artworks’. Great stuff! From Sweden’s Nationalmuseum Nationalmuseum is making 3,000 high-resolution images of its most popular artworks available for free download on Wikimedia Commons. Zoomable images will…

Short Course | Unearthing Persia’s/Iran’s Cultural Identity | University of Melbourne

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The Persian heartland has long been the centre of one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations, exuding regional power and cultural production, with historical and urban settlements dating to 4000 BC. Today, much of the public image of Iran is defined by its status as an Islamic Republic, but Iranian culture runs much deeper and is much more multifarious than its political title implies. Therefore, in order to fully understand the role Iran plays in current world events it is necessary to revisit its roots: its culture, art, language and history.Held over four evening classes, this short course does…

Three lectures at the Power Institute | Frédéric Ogée, Tamar Garb and Sheridan Palmer

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Three lectures at the Power Institute in Sydney over the next three weeks by interstate and international guest speakers.  Frédéric Ogée Hogarth’s Bodies Thursday 20 October, 6.00pm In his choice of subjects and in his painting technique, William Hogarth’s rendering of ‘life’ is remarkable for its tangible physicality. In this lecture, Professor Ogée argues that Hogarthian beauty and grace, far from being abstract concepts or resulting from the formal application of a set of rules, emerge as transient, ‘living’, physical phenomena, apprehended by the beholder through visual representations of the bodies’ natural and ‘peculiar’ movements. Frédéric Ogée is Professor of British Literature and Art History…

4A Symposium – Twenty Years | University of Sydney and Power Institute

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To celebrate its twentieth birthday, on 4 November Sydney’s 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art will stage a major symposium event Twenty Years at the University of Sydney with support from the Power Institute, the Asian Australian Studies Research Network and the China Studies Centre. Twenty Years brings together those who have played a role in the development of 4A as a leader in Asian contemporary art in Australia since 1996. Discussion on the past, present and future work of 4A will be led by artists, curators and academics. A keynote presentation by Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS Map Curator, Middle East and…

Funding | Spiros Zournazis Memorial Fellowship for research at the Australian War memorial

Spiros Zournazis as a young man, image via the Australian War Memorial

The Spiros Zournazis Memorial Fellowship supports research into the Australian War Memorial’s extensive art collection by early career scholars. The Fellowship is open to honours or postgraduate students undertaking a thesis as part of their degree, or those who have completed a PhD, MA or Mphil since January 2014. Fellows are free to determine their own course of research provided it focuses primarily on the Memorial’s art collection. Scholars working in the fields of art history, cultural studies, museology, sociology and related disciplines may apply. Research projects that demonstrate methodological innovation will be considered favourably. The Fellowship is four weeks…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | October 14th 2016

Jobs Australia Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies, University of Sydney – deadline 26th October 2016 The Balnaves Curator of Contemporary Australian Sculpture (graduate internship program), McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery – deadline 28th October 2016 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curator 50D, Western Australian Museum – New Museum Project – deadline 28th October 2016 International Postdoctoral Research Assistant: Enlightenment Architectures (2 positions), British Museum – deadline 31st October 2016 Postdoctoral Scholar (three years) with the Making and Knowing Project, Columbia University – applications will begin to be reviewed 30th October and continue until position is filled Funding and Prizes Australasian…

Crowdfunding Appeal | Duldig Studio’s ‘Flirt’ – From Vienna to Melbourne, Slawa Duldig, Artist and Designer

(L) Slawa Duldig in her and Karl Duldig’s Viennese apartment with the furniture she co-designed, c. 1931.

The Duldig Studio is running a crowdfunding campaign to help fund their next major exhibition.  From the Duldig Studio Fund our next exhibition ‘Flirt’ – From Vienna to Melbourne, Slawa Duldig, Artist and Designer Duldig Studio is seeking crowdfunding for our next major exhibition which introduces the public to a remarkable female artist, designer and inventor, Slawa Duldig (née Horowitz c. 1902-1975). A modern woman ahead of her time, Slawa invented and patented ‘Flirt’, an improved compact foldable umbrella and inspired the setting up of the Duldig Studio (a house museum and sculpture garden). We are running our crowdfunding through…