Tag: Melbourne

Event | Flinders Lane Artwalk for NiteArt 2015

Philip Wolfhagen, Landscape Reinvention no. 29 (2015), oil on board, 46 x 49 cm, courtesy Karen Woodbury Gallery

As part of Nite Art 2015 exhibition spaces along Flinders Lane will be open from 6pm until late. Eight venues on Flinders Lane will show photography, video, paintings and site-responsive installations. At Flinders Lane Gallery Jon Eiseman and Josh Robbins will be working on new pieces in the gallery space, and Melinda Schawel will guide visitors through creating their own paper-based art. Karen Woodbury Gallery will have an exhibition by Philip Wolfhagen called Other Worlds, a new collection of landscape works that are inspired by the artist’s experiences in Tasmania’s Skullbones Plains. Blindside ARI (in the Nicholson Building) and the…

Exhibition | Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood | National Gallery of Victoria

The garden of Pan (1886-1887) 
oil on canvas
152.5 x 186.9 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1919

An exhibition, which opens this weekend at the NGV International, will focus on the NGV’s impressive collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. Opening weekend talks On Sunday 12th April there will be two free introductory talks to the new exhibition 2pm Explore the role of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain, their place in the development of the illustrated book and their profound influence on later generations of artists with International Art Curator, Laurie Benson. Speaker Laurie Benson, Curator, International Art 3pm Capturing a sitter’s likeness was not central to the portraits by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Join Emily Wubben, University of…

Exhibition | 21st Century Heide – The Collection Since 2000


Exhibition Dates: March 28th, 2015 until 14th June 2015. On March 28, 2015 an exhibition celebrating recent acquisitions of contemporary art will open at Heide Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. 21st Century Heide: The Collection Since 2000 will use all three galleries, and include works by Gareth Sansom, Rosslynd Piggott and Patricia Piccinini, among others. The artworks demonstrate the generosity of donors and a positive response to Heide’s integration of modernist and contemporary art. Over 1500 artworks have been acquired by Heide since the turn of the century, from a small gem of a painting by Frank Hinder from the 1950s to a monumental installation by contemporary…

MRelay | 12 hours of conversation at the MPavilion for its final weekend


In a sports relay, a team covers a distance in turns—a baton passing from one runner to the next. MRelay is an intellectual team sport bringing together leading thinkers, philosophers, fashionistas, mavericks, activists, provocateurs, architects and doyennesto share insights and ideas throughout a marathon conversation relay on Saturday 31 January 2015 from 11am to 11pm. Speakers from diverse fields will participate in rapid conversations (interviewing a fellow guest for 15 minutes, and then another for 15 minutes) to form a 12-hour chain reaction of ideas, murmurings and proclamations.The conversations will revolve around Pavilions, Intimate Publics, Dreaming and Nocturne. Audiences can attend at any point of MRelay—you can…

Nite Art Melbourne 2014


Nite Art Melbourne is returning for its second year. On Wednesday 23rd July over 40 sites across Melbourne will open from 6pm until late. Galleries and Museums including the NGV, ACMI and the Ian Potter Museum of Art will be open alongside smaller galleries, artist-run spaces and temporary installations. The program is organised around precincts across the city: Melbourne University, Flinders Lane, Upper Bourke, Federation Square, North Melbourne, Spencer St, Guildford Lane and the Arts Centre. NiteArt has also collaborated with Open House Melbourne and several buildings from the 2014 program will be open for NiteArt with exhibitions at the J Substation, Grainger Museum, Royal Melbourne Hospital…

News | Melbourne Open House 2014 program announced


Melbourne Open House has announced their list of buildings for 2014. Buildings with a specific connection to the arts include: National Gallery of Victoria; Arts Centre; Johnston Collection; Australia Tapestry Workshop; City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection; Grainger Museum; and the Myer Mural Hall. Open House Melbourne is a free event, providing access to the city’s most significant buildings. Most buildings are open access across the event weekend, which means all you need to do is turn up. Several buildings or special tours must be pre-booked using the ballot system, which open today. this includes the NGV behind-the-scenes tour, Arts Centre…

Artist Talk | Dominic Kavanagh, Natasha Madden and Zac St. Clair | BLINDSIDE Gallery

Dominic Kavanagh, The Beehive

 Dominic Kavanagh, Natasha Madden and Zac St. Clair | BLINDSIDE Gallery Dominic Kavanagh’s The Beehive is an installation inspired by and sourced from urban ruins. It metaphorically relates the lifeless urban scrapheap to the contrastingly buzzing, complex and teeming circumstance of an archetypal beehive. More about the exhibition here. Natasha Madden and Zac St. Clair create a utopian model for comfortable living, with a mutual inertia and optimistic apathy. By using materials that are both visually and physically comforting, utilitarian objects are created and given a rest from the obligation of their designed purpose, as a physical representation of the romantic and…

Conversations | Balancing development and urban heritage in Melbourne – Gerard Vaughan and Ray Tonkin | Newman College

old and new melb

This public ‘conversation’ will be the first of a trio to be held at Newman College over the next few months on the theme of ‘conserving the past, ensuring the future’. In this first event in the series, Professor Gerard Vaughan discusses with Ray Tonkin, former executive director of Heritage Victoria, some of the prospects and problems that confront us. Date: Wednesday 9th April, 5pm Venue: The Oratory, Newman College (University of Melbourne), 887 Swanston Street, Parkville, VIC 3052 Free. Bookings can be made via this website. Future events in this series: Monday 5 May, 5pm, a conversation about The History of the…

Artist Talk | BLINDSIDE Gallery | Debut X 2014


DEBUT X 2014 BLINDSIDE celebrates ten years of Debut—an annual survey exhibition of the new artistic talent of fine art graduates from Melbourne’s major universities. Debut X is a special feature of the annual exhibition program, presenting a dynamic collection of the freshest batch of emerging artists, with a generous accompanying print and online catalogue. A VCE student forum with the artists in the Debut X exhibition will be held and coordinated by BLINDSIDE’s Education Program Coordinator, as part of a mentorship program in partnership with Art Education Victoria. Curated by Xanthe Dobbie, Felicity Strong and Andrew Tetzlaff. Date: Saturday 8th February, 2:30pm Venue: Level 7…

New Book | Building a new world: a history of the State Library of Victoria 1853–1913 – Harriet Edquist


Building a new world: a history of the State Library of Victoria 1853–1913 By Harriet Edquist A free e-book published by the State Library of Victoria, November 2013 For the young colony of Victoria, the 1850s was a time of optimism and hunger for social change. Buoyed by gold-rush wealth and the freedom to create a new kind of society, key thinkers in government, arts and industry set about creating an ambitious urban vision for Melbourne as a modern city combining the best of old Europe with the spirit of progress, democracy and opportunity for all. One of the grandest…

Call for Participation | Masterclass – Re-presenting Community-based Arts: the challenge for curators, critics, and researchers

spectres of evaluation

Presented by the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, University of Melbourne and Birkbeck, University of London on February 3 and 4, 2014 as part of the international conference in Melbourne, Australia: Spectres of Evaluation: rethinking art/ community/ value. Convened by Dr Marnie Badham and Dr Danielle Wyatt, the Centre for Cultural Partnerships is seeking applications from PhD and early career researchers to participate in a master class. This intensive two day workshop includes: lectures from international experts Dr Sophie Hope (Birkbeck, University of London, UK curatorial studies), Associate Professor Ted Purves (Californian College of the Arts, USA, social practice), and Professor W.F. Garrett-Petts (Thompson Rivers University, Canada, Associate Vice-President…

Lecture | The logic of Joseph Reed’s many styles

The Public Library, Melbourne, Joseph Reed, 1854, lithograph with tint stone. SLV collection.

The logic of Joseph Reed’s many styles Chris Wood A free talk at the State Library of Victoria by Christopher Wood, director of ASA cultural tours, about Melbourne’s major nineteenth-century architect, Joseph Reed (1823–90). Reed’s use of Classical, Romanesque, Gothic, Palladian and many other styles for ‘monuments’ like the Melbourne Public Library, Town Hall, Independent Church (Collins Street), Scots’ Church (Collins Street) and the Melbourne Exhibition Building seems at first sight to follow no logical thread, other than showiness. This lecture will demonstrate that Reed, a highly educated polymath, evolved the styles of buildings from the functional needs of his…

UPDATED | Call for Papers | AAANZ 2013 ‘Inter-discipline’ (Melbourne, Dec 7-9)


The call for papers for the 2013 AAANZ conference is now open – closes 30th August 2013 The 2013 conference will be held in Melbourne, December 7-9. Keynote speakers are Professor Irit Rogoff (Goldsmiths) and Professor David Joselit (Yale University). The conference will be held across venues at the VCA Southbank, University of Melbourne Parkville, Ian Potter Museum of Art, and the NGV. Sessions are scheduled for two and a half hours. Conveners develop sessions in a manner that is appropriate to the topics and participants of their sessions. A characteris­tic, though certainly not standard, format includes four presentations of twenty…

Launch | Discipline Issue 3

Discipline Launch Poster

Launch of Discipline Issue 3 DISCIPLINE 3 (Winter 2013) Editors: Nicholas Croggon & Helen Hughes Guest editor: Raimundas Malasauskas Design: Annie Wu & Ziga Testen Printed by Printgraphics Edition of 1000 Essays by: Adrian Martin on film, art and the support-surface; Anusha Kenny on Anastasia Klose; David Homewood on Dale Hickey’s cups; David Wlazlo on Ian Burn; Helen Johnson on Hany Armanious’s new sculpture for the MCA; Huw Hallam on Nikos Papasteriadis’s book Culture and Cosmopolitanism (2012); Jan Bryant on TJ Clark and the contemporary; Justin Clemens on contemporary art-as-minimal domination; Lauren Bliss on A Constructed World and Speech and…

Symposium | Impressions of Monet

Unknown Claude Monet outside his house at Giverny c.1921 18.0 x 24.0 cm autochrome Musée d'Orsay, Paris © Patrice Schmidt /musée d'Orsay distribution RMN

Impressions of Monet | Monet’s Garden To celebrate the most extensive exhibition of Monet’s work ever to travel to Australia the NGV is holding a symposium with local and international experts that will explore key themes of the exhibition. The symposium is generously supported by the Australian International Cultural Foundation, an affiliate of Art Exhibitions Australia. Program Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV | Welcome Colta Ives, Curator Emerita, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York | Monet: Impressionist in the garden Marianne Mathieu, Assistant Director and Curator, Musée Marmottan Monet | Impressionism at the Marmottan Sophie Matthiesson, Curator, International Art, NGV |…