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Counterparts: A photographic exhibition of the work of Mikhaila Jurkiewicz and Sarina Reisinger. - CAHAT Blog - ANU 2015-09-22 08-23-08

A new-ish (three months old) website from the ANU Centre for Art History and Art Theory is publishing student reviews of exhibitions and discussions about art. Description from the website: Words + Pictures is a student run initiative of the ANU Centre for Art History and Art Theory. The blog aims to become a platform to showcase and discuss both the written and visual work of the students of the School of Art. Words + Pictures includes exhibition reviews, previews for student exhibitions, and will serve to facilitate and document connections between students across the School of Art. You can read recent posts on the Words + Pictures website here:

Symposium | Asian Art Research in Australia and New Zealand: Past, Present, Future | University of Sydney

Ian Fairweather (1891-1974), Untitled (West Lake, Hangchow), 1941. Mixed media on paper, 41.6 x 42.6. National Gallery of Australia collection.

Date: 15 October 2015 A day-long symposium presented by the Power Institute and Department of Art History, at the University of Sydney ABSTRACT Since at least the 1940s, Asia has become an increasingly important point of orientation for Australia and New Zealand: politically, economically, demographically, and, of course, culturally. In this context, there has long been strong public interest in Asian art, sustaining dedicated galleries, significant original exhibitions, specialist organisations, arts festivals, and numerous exchange programmes. Nonetheless, the study of Asian art in Australia and New Zealand appears stubbornly diffuse. Australia and New Zealand boast successive generations of specialists working as educators, curators, researchers, artists, and ever growing numbers of students, yet we often remain separated by discipline, geography, institutional…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | September 17th 2015

Jobs Australia Lecturer in Art History (expertise in the areas of photography/film and contemporary art of the Asia-Pacific), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Queensland – deadline 12th October 2015 Assistant Curator, City of Sydney’s Civic Collection – deadline 27th September 2015 Registration Manager, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences – deadline 5th October 2015 Events & Public Programs Coordinator, University of Melbourne/Ian Potter Museum of Art – deadline 27th September 2015 International Full Professorship in Medieval Visual Cultures (W3), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – deadline 25th September 2015 Full Professorship in Modern Art History (W3), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – deadline 25th September 2015 Curator of Drawings, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London – deadline 8th October 2015…

Exhibition Review | An Illumination: the Rothschild Prayer Book & other works from the Kerry Stokes Collection c.1280-1685| Ian Potter Museum of Art

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An Illumination: the Rothschild Prayer Book & other works from the Kerry Stokes Collection c.1280-1685 until Sunday 15th November 2015 It is always interesting to get a glimpse of a private collection and in this small but well-curated exhibition we are able to view a selection of art from the collection of Kerry Stokes. The objects on display are mostly religious in subject and have been chosen by curator (and leading expert on illuminated manuscripts) Margaret Manion to complement the display of the Rothschild Prayer Book, which Stokes bought in 2014. The exhibition is displayed across several galleries at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at Melbourne University. The galleries are dimly lit for this exhibition, the dark setting and…

Lectures on The Origins and Development of Ceramic Design – Leslie B. Grigsby | NGV

The Netherlands
Garniture 1680–1700
earthenware (tin-glazed)
(a) 64.3 x 29.5 x 29.2 cm (vase)
(b-c) 65.1 x 39.1 x 38.6 cm (overall) (covered vase)
(d) 64.6 x 28.9 x 29.5 cm (vase)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 2015

John Kenny Memorial Lectures | The Origins and Development of Ceramic Design | Saturday 26th September from 10am at NGV International Speaker Leslie B. Grigsby, Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass, Winterthur Museum, Delaware, USA Book online here – $75 members/ $85 full Explore the development of design in glass and earthenware in these three special lectures by Leslie B. Grigsby, Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass, Winterthur Museum, Delaware, USA .Presented by The Ceramics and Glass Circle of Australia. 10am: “An Adoration of the Orient: The Chinese Taste Reflected in Western Ceramics” Focussing on Chinese ceramics and selected other Asian artwork such as lacquer ware, in this lecture Grigsby will explore important inspirations for Western ceramic design from the 17th to the early 19th centuries. English and Continental European…

Exhibition | Danae Valenza and Simon McGuinness, The Torn Cloud | Gertrude Glasshouse

gertrude torn cloud

Exhibition dates: 11 September–10 October 2015 Exhibition opening: Friday 11 September 2015, 6–8pm Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to present a new Gertrude Glasshouse exhibition by Studio Artist Danae Valenza in collaboration with Simon McGuinness. Their exhibition, titled The Torn Cloud, reflects on the scale and potentiality of humans and their built environments. The artists describe the project as folows: Temporary/permanent. A scaffold bigger than the sum of its parts. Tall buildings cast shadows. From atop, people glint, pulse through streets with a hum. Flecks of stone in the pavement become a tiny phenomenon. Phone lines are electric with human voices. If you could reach so far to tear a cloud, where would you go from there? Danae Valenza and Simon…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | September 11th 2015

Jobs International Lecturer in Painting, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen – Gray’s School Of Art – deadline 2nd October 2015 Research Fellowships, University of Cambridge – Gonville And Caius College, Cambridge – deadline 30th September 2015 Lecturer in Fine Art Painting & Printmaking, Glasgow School of Art – School of Fine Art – deadline 18th September 2015 Funding Rubenianum Fellowship 2016-2017 – deadline 31st October 2015 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) with the Australian Academy of Science offering Invitational and Postdoctoral Fellowships for Australian researchers to work in institutes affiliated with JSPS (Humanities researchers are encouraged to apply) – deadline 19th October 2015 Call for Artists/Writers Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival 2016 Cultural Program – deadlines various (October and…

Exhibition Proposals Call-Out | Bundoora Homestead Art Centre


Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is calling for applications from artists and curators to present projects across all visual arts media and craft. We welcome innovative ideas and a critical approach to contemporary arts practice. We encourage applications for solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and curated exhibitions. Your ideas can translate to a range of spaces within the Centre. We encourage you to visit before submitting a proposal so that you can select the best space to fulfill your ideas. A floor plan of the various gallery spaces is available here. Before submitting a proposal, you are welcome to discuss your ideas with us first. PROCESS FOR SELECTION AND ELIGIBILITY Criteria for determining successful proposals include: • Proposals that promote innovation, diversity…

Review | Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great at the NGV | Katrina Grant

Anthony van DYCK (Flemish 1599–1641), Portrait of Philadelphia and Elizabeth Wharton, 1640, oil on canvas, 162.0 х 130.0 cm, The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (Inv. no. ГЭ-533), Acquired from the collection of Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall, 1779

Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great at the National Gallery of Victoria International until the 8th November 2015. We enter the exhibition face-to-face with Catherine the Great in a portrait by Swedish artist Alexander Roslin. The Empress was not altogether impressed by the portrait, declaring that Roslin had made her look like ‘a Swedish cook, coarse and simple.’ Despite Catherine’s reservations, the portrait (which shows the Empress in ‘Slavonic’ dress, fastened with a diamond buckle and pointing toward a bust of Peter the Great) proved to be a successful representation and was copied numerous times. The painting is flanked by two busts of the philosophes Voltaire and Diderot by the little-known French sculptor Marie-Anne Collot. On some…

Exhibition and Forum | The Material Turn | Margaret Lawrence Gallery

Image: Helen Johnson, Return to interpreting the world more explicitly, Digital video still, dimensions variable, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery.

Artists: Sarah crowEST, 3-ply,  Carolyn Eskdale, Nathan Gray, Bianca Hester, Helen Johnson, Katie Lee with Andrew Sainsbury, Elizabeth Newman, Sophie Takách, Isadora Vaughan. Curator: Rebecca Coates Opening Celebration: Thu 10 Sept, 5.30–7.30 PM Exhibition Dates: 11 September to 3 October 2015 What influence does critical theory have on contemporary art and artists? Conceived as an expanded proposition, this exhibition explores one of the current ‘critical turns’, New Materialisms. What is this New Materialisms beyond a literary or theoretical series of positions and how might it inform an artistic process? How does the material practice of art speak back to critical theory? The exhibition examines the dialogue between practice and theory through the lens of new materialisms within an academic, practice-led…

Call for Papers | Diasporas of the Pacific: Multilateral, intergenerational and transnational contexts | Fiji April 2016

Diasporas of the Pacific: Multilateral, intergenerational and transnational contexts is an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of Fiji ( in conjunction with the Institute of Interdisciplinary Inquiry (I.I.I. NZ: Diasporas of the Pacific refers both to indigenous departures (including disenfranchisement and diasporic dispersals from traditional homelands under colonialism and/or within modern nations) in or bordering the Pacific and to girmit-driven arrivals like those begun in the Victorian era. The conference takes an interdisciplinary approach and aims to explore the multilateral, intergenerational and transnational contexts of diaspora in the Pacific. Diasporas of the Pacific invites papers that give attention both to broader contextualisations and to focused accounts of the issues and experiences relevant to the topic of diaspora in…

Symposium | Art Curatorship Now and Beyond | University of Melbourne

Image Credit: MA students on first Advanced Art Fieldwork: Contemporary China trip, 2015. Photograph courtesy of 
Ashlee Baldwin.

Art Curatorship Now & Beyond: A symposium celebrating 25 years of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne Thursday 17–Saturday 19 September 2015 This symposium celebrates 25 years since art curatorship was first offered as a degree at The University of Melbourne. As well as recognising this legacy through reflection and debate, the symposium program provides the opportunity to construct a new roadmap for contemporary curating through dynamic interaction and the exploration of new ideas. Engage with professional colleagues from a range of Australia’s leading art museums and visual arts institutions to examine past, present and future directions in art curatorial research, teaching, and the career development of visual arts professionals. The symposium welcomes academic colleagues, professional peers, art curatorship students and graduates…

Exhibition |Fingerprints on the Surface of the Brain – Antony Riddell | BLINDSIDE Sound Series

Antony Riddell

Fingerprints on the Surface of the Brain | Antony Riddell | 9 – 26 SEPT 2015 | Curated by Jared Davis + Liquid Architecture Liquid Architecture presents Fingerprints on the Surface of the Brain, the first ever solo exhibition by the artist, writer and musician Antony Riddell. Showing a rare selection of recordings, footage, drawings and reading material from throughout Antony Riddell’s prolific career. OPENING + ARTIST PERFORMANCE | Saturday 12 September, 2.30pm Join the artist and curators at the opening of Fingerprints on the Surface of the Brain, with readings by artist, writer and musician Antony Riddell and musical support from Rosalind Hall, Dave Brown, Francis Plagne, Christopher LG Hill + more. All welcome.

Lecture Series to accompany An Illumination – The Rothschild Prayer Book & other works from the Kerry Stokes Collection c.1280–1685


A lecture series to accompany the current exhibition of art from the Kerry Stokes collection on at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. See the website to register for individual lectures. All lectures are free to attend. Tuesday 8 September 2015 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Kate Challis | Down the Rabbit Hole: An intimate look at Rothschild Prayer Book within a new era of art production and society The Rothschild Prayer Book has been called “exceptional”, “exquisite”, “legendary” and “one of the most important manuscripts to be offered at auction”. This lecture reveals the reasons for these accolades by providing an intimate look at the miniatures and borders. Central to appreciating the Rothschild Prayer Book is an understanding of its historical…