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NGV calls for public help to find art from 1968 exhibition ‘The Field’

The Field Original Poster

The National Gallery of Victoria is planning to re-stage the 1968 exhibition The Field in 2018 as The Field Revisited and is calling for help finding the final 14 missing works of art. See the NGV Find The Field website for details of the missing works: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/findthefield/ From the NGV The Field is regarded as a landmark exhibition in Australian art history – a radical showcase of 74 abstract and conceptual, colour field, geometric and hard edge artworks. Influenced by the American origins of abstract art, the exhibition opened to much controversy at the NGV in 1968 with its silver foil-covered walls and geometric light fittings, boldly launching the careers of a generation of young Australian artists including Sydney Ball, Peter Booth, Janet Dawson and Robert Jacks. Following a year-long search by the NGV, across Australian and international galleries, collections and auction houses…

News | New gallery for the State Library of Victoria

A new gallery space will be constructed at the State Library of Victoria, which will include the re-opening of the Russell Street entrance. Full details below or read more here. A partnership between the Victorian State Government and the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation is delivering a funding boost of $13 million to State Library Victoria and is set to reinvigorate an historic Melbourne precinct. The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation has donated $8 million to reopen the Russell Street entrance and to thoroughly transform the eastern end of the Library with the creation of a new world-class exhibition gallery and state-of-the-art collaborative spaces, along with a vibrant café and retail area on Russell Street. This donation is one of the largest in the State Library’s history and will be a major driver in achieving the aim of increasing the…

News | Australian Catholic University appoints first curator

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 Field is a well-known figure in the Australian art community. She has curated more than 20 major exhibitions and is currently writing a book on the history of the Australian Galleries, for which she has been awarded a Creative Fellowship…

News | Kirsty Grant to leave Heide MOMA at the end of 2016

News that after only two years, Kirsty Grant is to step down as director and CEO of Heide. Press release After two years in the role of Director and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art, Kirsty Grant will step down from the position in December 2016 in order to focus on freelance art and curatorial projects. At Heide, Kirsty has overseen a series of acclaimed exhibitions including Colour Sensation: The Works of Melinda Harper, Aleks Danko: My Fellow Aus-tra-aliens and the forthcoming O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism. Prior to joining Heide, Kirsty held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Queensland Art Gallery. In her previous role as Senior Curator of Australian Art at the NGV, Kirsty curated major retrospective exhibitions on the work of artists including John Brack and Robert Jacks, as well as…

News | National Art School appoints Michael Lynch CBE AM as Interim Director

The National Art School has announced that it has appointed Michael Lynch CBE AM as Interim Director, commencing September 2016. The appointment follows the recent resignation of current Director Michael Snelling, who is relocating to Hong Kong to support his partner Suhanya Raffel as she takes up her position as Director of Hong Kong’s M+ Museum. Mr Lynch commented that: ‘The National Art School has an extraordinary history of creating great artists across genres. I recognize the difficulties that face the School over the coming months and hope to work closely with staff and the Board to find a solution that best benefits the arts, National Art School and all interested stakeholders of which the students are paramount.’ Outgoing National Art School Director Michael Snelling said: “Michael Lynch brings a wealth of experience in the arts, education and government at the…

News | Victorian Government announces $3million for Collingwood Contemporary Arts Precinct

The disused Collingwood tech site is set to become a contemporary arts precinct, with support from the Victorian Government. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley MP today announced $3 million, as part of the Government’s Creative State strategy, alongside $4.5 million in donations and $4 million already contributed by the State. The announcement heralds the next stage of the creative transformation of the former Collingwood Technical School in Johnston Street. The long abandoned school was given a new lease on life in 2010 when it was earmarked for a new home for Circus Oz. In 2014 Circus Oz moved in to its state-of-the-art new facility occupying 60% of the 10,000sqm site. In a partnership, the Government is working with a social enterprise, Contemporary Arts Precincts (CAP) to redevelop the three triple storey buildings, and spaces including a large leafy courtyard.…

News | Boost for Victoria’s Regional Galleries and Performing Arts centres

The Victorian Government seems determined to buck the federal trend of cutting arts funding by providing support for the arts across the state. Last week the state government announced funding for 90 independent arts companies (including organisations such as CCP that lost federal funding earlier in the year). Today, the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, announced funding for regional galleries across the state, saying ‘We want to ensure that all Victorians – no matter where they live – have the opportunity to unlock their creative potential and experience the benefits of creative activity. We are supporting some of our oldest art galleries and theatres alongside recently established and redeveloped cultural centres. Funding ensures these venues maintain their place at the heart of community life.” See the full press release below. Regional Victoria will benefit from a major investment in the state’s extensive…

New Society for the History of Emotions/New Journal Emotions: History, Culture, Society

The Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800 (CHE) has announced a new Society for the History of Emotions (SHE). It is a professional association for scholars interested in emotions as historically and culturally-situated phenomena within past and present societies. The Society welcomes members working in the field of the history of emotions across the world, including independent scholars, early career researchers and postgraduates. Membership information will soon be available through our website but in the meantime please email us at: societyhistoryemotions@gmail.com Current committee members consist of: Jacqueline Van Gent (Convenor); Giovanni Tarantino (Research Development Officer); Ute Frevert, Miri Rubin, Stephanie Trigg, Paul Yachnin (Ordinary Members); Andrew Lynch and Katie Barclay (Journal Editors). The Society will publish a new journal dedicated to the History of Emotions: The Society for the History of Emotions, a project of the Australian Research…

News | Finalists for Bowness Prize announced

The judges for this year’s Bowness Prize have announced the list of finalists. From MGA: Judges of the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, including well-known Filmmaker Fred Schepisi, have this week confirmed the 60 emerging and established photographers to secure their positions as finalists in Australia’s most sought-after photography prize, edging closer to winning the $25,000 prize to be announced in September this year. Schepisi was joined by Professional Photographer John Gollings and MGA’s Director Kallie Blauhorn in determining the 2016 finalists of the coveted award, following the review of works submitted across a diverse range of contemporary and traditional photographic genres including street, fashion, art, architectural and documentary styles. “The diversity in both subject and technique in these photographs is fantastic,” said Schepisi on reviewing the 2016 submissions. “It is something to be truly encouraged.” John Gollings continued,…

Weekly News Round-Up | Art and Art History | 13th July 2016

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The Art Newspaper has a story about Orhan Pamuk’s keynote address to the ICOM conference in Milan. In his talk Pamuk reflected on the museums we have and the museums we need, saying that in the future we need ‘small and economical museums that address our humanity. All museums are genuine treasures of humankind, but I am against these precious and monumental institutions being used as models for the institutions to come. Museums should explore and uncover the population as a whole and the humanity of the new and modern man that emerges from the growing economies of non-Western countries. I address this manifesto in particular to Asian museums that are experiencing an unprecedented period of growth. The aim of the great state-sponsored museums is to represent a state and that is neither a good nor innocent aim. Here are…

Weekly News Round-Up | 6th July 2016 | Cows for poems, Fact Checking the SCA UNSW merger, More concerns over Indian sculptures at NGA + more

In this chaotic moment of uncertainty (ahem) with no government in Australia perhaps we might have to return to arts funding arrangements of yesteryear and inspire artists with… cows. Amanda Smith of RN has this story about the history of arts funding in Australia in which she reveals that the first arts grant was in the form of two cows ‘from the goverment herd’ given as payment to nineteenth-century poet Michael Masset Robinson for a series of ‘odes for George III and Queen Charlotte on their birthdays. In other signs of the apocalypse (though admittedly this was reported on the eve of the election) an artist has managed to hang his own painting on the wall at the NGV next to Picasso’s weeping woman. The artist, Ben Butcher, declares that ‘We live in an age where monolithic cultural institutions no longer have a…

News | Mami Kataoka appointed Artistic Director of 21st Biennale of Sydney

The Biennale of Sydney has announced that the artistic director for the 21st Biennale in 2018 will be Mami Kataoka.    Mami Kataoka, is the Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo, and she is the first curator from Asia to be appointed as Artistic Director of the Biennale of Sydney. She was one of thirteen eminent international advisors to this year’s 20th edition and already has strong connections to local curators and artist. Ms. Kataoka is regarded as a key figure in analysing socio-historical and generational trends within Japanese and Asian art. From the BoS   Ms. Kataoka is renowned internationally for her curatorial practice, having engaged in many projects including ‘ROUNDTABLE: 9th Gwangju Biennale’ (2012) as co-artistic director and guest curator of ‘Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past’ (2012) at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Ms. Kataoka also…

Arts Funding and the 2016 Federal Election

For the first time that I can remember Arts Funding has been a Federal Election issue (this article from Ben Eltham is a reminder that arts and culture barely rated a mention in 2013). This year there have been stories every week and we even saw a National Arts Debate between representatives of each major party. There wre a number of other forums where politicians, artists and others discussed the many issues surrounding arts funding and making a living in the arts. Although arts funding has no doubt been foremost in many of our minds, the fact that the Coalition has not released an arts policy suggests it is hardly foremost in their minds. It is also unfortunate that the reason it has turned into an issue is not because our potential leaders have broad and expansive visions for the arts…

Wednesday News Round Up | 29th June 2016 | Arts Funding, Brexit, SCA and UNSW merger + more

News The Daily Review has come out with an editorial saying that ‘A Vote for the Coalition is a Vote against the Arts’ and with Arts Minister Mitch Fifield yet to release an arts policy and only the coalition’s past performance on arts funding (de-funding more like it) it’s a pretty straightforward claim. I am aiming to a pre-election round-up on Friday of all the latest arts funding news and debates and links to the policies of the main parties (where they exist…). The protests over cuts have been making international news with stories in Hyperallergic and Apollo Magazine. The other major news is the recently announced merger of the Sydney College of Art with UNSW. The VCA’s Su Baker has a great opinion piece in The Australian where she makes the point that the SCA has been punching well above its weight and…

Wednesday News Round Up | 15th June 2016 | Writing about art, Arts Funding, Australian Museum Director’s salaries + more

A new column from Burnaway will examine ‘Artspeak’ – the first column takes apart that the arts press release, the forum where I personally read some of most breathlessly nonsensical statements about art. Matthew Terrell observes that ‘A bit of simple explanation goes a long way in engaging the public. Tell us what it is: a dance show, an art installation, a DJ performance, an online event, etc. Don’t overinflate your words until your sentences are bulging at the seams. Keep it short. Keep it simple. Keep it clear.’ Yes! Fisun Güner in the Spectator observes that good art writing is not necessarily simple, while she agrees that ‘art-speak should be blasted, I dread the spread of the far more cynical and bland approach’ of dumbed-down accessible writing. Pac Pobric’s review of Liam Gillick’s new book Industry and Intelligence, drawing…