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News | Draft Guidelines released for National Program of Excellence in the Arts

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The draft guidelines for the new NPEA were released yesterday. The draft suggests that, amongst otehr things, some funding allocations will be kept secret, that groups asking for funding from the NPEA will also be expected to attract private funding, and that it wil not, under any circumastance, fund video games despite (as Alison Croggon wryly pointed out on twitter) that fact that the guidelines demand ‘audience appeal’. The minister will have the final word on all funding from teh NPEA. More detail from Ben Eltham in Crikey (subscribers only), who also points out that neither Rupert Myer or Robyn Archer have been reappointed as directors of the Australia Council. See also Nancy Groves’ overview in The Guardian here.

News | Kirsten Paisley appointed Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Australia


News that Kirsten Paisley has been appointed as the new Deputy Director at the National Gallery of Australia. She has been at the Shepparton Art Museum as Director since 2007 and led the organisation through a period of change and growth. She has previously worked at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and The Art Gallery of Ballarat. SAM stated that they were ‘very proud (and sad) to share the news’ of her new appointment. From the NGA: “Kirsten brings significant expertise in arts management and a successful career in fundraising and we are very pleased to be welcoming her to the NGA in Canberra,” said Gerard Vaughan, NGA Director. “I am excited about the opportunity I have been afforded, and…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 19th 2015

Rare Bernini Sculpture Surfaces at the Getty
By jori finkel	June 17, 2015 7:52 am June 17, 2015 7:52 am
The bust of Pope Paul V (1621), by Bernini.
The bust of Pope Paul V (1621), by Bernini, now at The Getty. Credit Sotheby’s

A round-up of art news and reviews from the past week. On the saga of federal arts funding good news that Labor, Greens and Independents have combined forces to pass a move for a Senate Inquiry into the National Programme for Excellence into the Arts. The Art Newspaper has published a version of Richard Schiff’s catalogue essay for the exhibition New York Painting at Kunstmuseum Bonn. In the essay Schiff (in what is becoming a sub-genre of arts writing) criticises the critic as having ‘failed painting’. The essay contains a number of insightful observations on the state of criticism and some of the clichés ‘infecting’ art writing. “The politics of art keeps generating generalities. Within American universities, the case against…

News | Mikala Tai appointed new director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney


Mikala Tai has been announced as the new director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney. She currently lectures and tutors at RMIT and University of Melbourne in Contemporary Art and Contemporary Asian Art in both the undergraduate and masters programs. She is the founding director of Supergraph – Australia’s Contemporary Graphic Art Fair and has also worked with the Melbourne Fashion Festival, Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. She has recently submitted her PhD at UNSW Art & Design examining how the social and economic character of major Chinese cities have influenced their local art scenes. From 4A Mikala will move to Sydney from Melbourne to take up the new role,…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 9th 2015

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A round-up of some of the news and stories on art and art history from the past week. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney has cancelled their Marina Abramovic retrospective that was planned for 2016. In a comment made to Fairfax Media Abramovic  said ‘They say that it is complicated. One reason was there were two exhibitions in Australia. It was too much to make a third one. The trustees they didn’t want any more.’ Her work is the focus of two upcoming exhibitions, one in Sydney at Kaldor Art projects, and another at MONA. Is one reason (or even the main reason?) for the cancellation a symptom of our museums wanting exclusives? A great article by Griselda Pollock…

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…

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…

News | Australia Council loses $104.8 million in funding


News that the Australia Council will lose around $100 million in funding under the federal budget handed down last night. This money isn’t going to be take away from the arts, instead it will be reallocated to a new ‘National Centre for Excellence in the Arts’. The suggestion at this stage is that the proposed centre will more-or-less duplicate the role of the Australia Council, but instead of funding being allocated by a panel of experts it will be allocated at the discretion of the Arts Minister of the day. Is this partly a response to the artists who boycotted the Sydney Biennale last year? There are also cuts to the funding of several major arts bodies including Screen Australia…

News | Virginia Trioli appointed new chair of Gertrude Contemporary

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News from Gertrude Contemporary that journalist Virginia Trioli has been appointed the new chair of Gertrude Contemporary. Trioli joins Gertrude Contemporary as they make plans to move to a new home in Johnson St at the former Collingwood Technical School. From Gertrude Contemporary: The Board of Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to announce the appointment of Virginia Trioli as the new Chair of the Board of Management. Trioli is one of Australia’s most respected and recognised journalists, and brings to the organisation a rich knowledge of visual art and its broader role within Australian culture. Gertrude Contemporary Director Emma Crimmings said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Virginia to the role of Chairperson of the Gertrude Board. Virginia was associated with Gertrude in…

News | Minister for Creative Industries announces $20million in funding for Regional Arts in Victoria

Support for art in Regional Victoria will get a boost in the next Victorian State budget with $20 million for regional arts and creativity. It is a four-year package that will secure continued investment in around 40 galleries and performing arts centres across regional Victoria. One interesting development (see below) is the plan for a new touring strategy that will tour exhibitions from the NGV and Heide, and will apparently be separate to NETS Victoria (though the details are not yet clear). The funding will also spotlight a specific region each year. The full press release is here. From the press release: The programs will be delivered by Creative Victoria and funded through the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund. The…

News | John Cunningham appointed as new Director of McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery


News that McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery has appointed John Cunningham, current director at the Warrnambool Art Gallery, as their new director. He will take up his new position in July 2015. From McClelland Lyn Williams AM, the Chair of McClelland Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of John Cunningham as Director, McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery. ‘We are delighted to welcome John to McClelland.  His enthusiasm, vision and experience in leading galleries here in Australia and in Ireland, will invigorate McClelland and I believe take McClelland to the next stage, as a major tourist destination,’ says Lyn Williams. John arrived in Australia in January 2011 to take up the position as Director of the Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG).…

News | State Library of Victoria Receives Important Rare Book Collection

First illustrated edition of Paradise lost by John Milton, 1688. Teagan Glenane via The Conversation AU

Yesterday the State Library of Victoria announced a that they have received the most significant bequest of rare books in their 160 year history. The collection was put together by the late John Emmerson, an Oxford physicist and later a Melbourne barrister. The collection of over 5000 rare books is described as one of the most significant collections of early modern printed books and pamphlets in the world. The collection is particularly strong on rare English books and printed materials surrounding the King Charles I era and the English Civil War of the 1640s, with the only comparable collections belonging to the British Library and Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Not only does the collection include a number of important rare books, many of them also come with an impressive provenance.…

News | Proposed plan to make image archives of major art libraries available online

An image archive record from The Frick showing the conservation history of a painting. Via http://www.frick.org/research/photoarchive

The Art Newspaper has a report about a plan to make the image archives of major art libraries in the US and Europe available online in the one place. (This was reported yesterday and for a moment I thought it might be an April Fool’s joke because it seemed like such an impossibly useful thing for these libraries to do!) The group is called the The International Digital Photo Archive Consortium and includes the Frick Art Reference Library in New York, the National Gallery of Art library in Washington, DC, London’s Witt Library (the Courtauld Institute of Art), the Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague, the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris, the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, the Bildarchiv Foto…

News | Betty Churcher dies aged 84

Betty Churcher. Image via Sydney Morning Herald http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/former-director-of-national-gallery-of-australia-betty-churcher-dies-aged-84-20150331-1mbppj.html

Sad news that Betty Churcher OAM has died at the age of 84. She was the first woman director at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and at the National Gallery of Australia. At her death she was still only one of a handful of women who have held the top job in a state or national gallery (UPDATED, see below). As well as being one of Australia’s most accomplished arts administrators, Betty Churcher was also a great communicator about art. She is well known far beyond the gallery sector for her journalism and her television programs, which brought art and art history to a wide audience. From the ABC, full story here. Churcher was one of the most adored figures in…

News | West Space farewells Danny Lacy and seeks a new Director

Danny Lacy West Space

West Space has announced that the current Director of three years, Danny Lacy, is leaving to pursue independent curatorial projects and to undertake an Asialink residency in Singapore. They are searching for a new director, details below or on their website. From West Space: Danny has been an exemplary Director, leading and managing a complex and expanded artistic program. Patrick Pound, Chair of the West Space Board, says that “Danny has been a dynamic and deeply engaged leader of West Space. Art and artists were always at the core of his thinking and decision making. He has been a hugely dedicated and capable Director and we will all miss his calm and professional leadership.” Lacy leaves behind a vibrant and energised West…