Monthly Archives: September, 2014

Joseph Burke Lecture 2014 – Please Note the Change of Time and Venue

The Fine Arts Network, The Alumni Relations Team, Faculty of Arts and the Art History Program, the University of Melbourne, are pleased to announce the Joseph Burke Lecture 2014, which friends and patrons of the Ursula Hoff Institute are welcome to attend.

Thomas Woolner in Australia

 Presented by Angus Trumble

About the Presenter: Angus Trumble was appointed Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 2014.  He was for 11 years in the Yale Centre for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, as senior curator of paintings and sculpture. He is the author of A Brief History of the Smile (2003).  His latest book co-edited with Professor Andrea Wolk Rager (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio), is Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century.  He is a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement, The Burlington Magazine, The Paris Review, Esopus Magazine andThe Australian Book Review.

About the Lecture: On July 15, 1852, the Pre-Raphaelite sculptor Thomas Woolner (1825–1892) embarked from Gravesend aboard the Greens’ Blackwall frigate Windsor, bound for Melbourne. Woolner sailed with two older friends and fellow artists, Edward La Trobe Bateman (1816–1897) and Bernhard Smith (1820–1885), and their departure inspired The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown. The three men hoped to make their fortune prospecting for gold in Victoria. After six months’ effort, Woolner turned to portrait sculpture as a means to support himself first in Melbourne, and then in Sydney, before sailing back to England. Woolner’s goldfields journal and the detailed log he kept aboard The Queen of the South on the long voyage home shed much light on the colonial societies in which he was temporarily immersed, and upon his rapid development and later career as a sculptor.

This lecture is based on research towards the preparation of a forthcoming scholarly edition of both documents with critical apparatus, and a projected exhibition of many of the portrait medallions executed by Woolner in Victoria and New South Wales.

We do hope you will join us for this special event.

Date and Time: Thursday, 25 September 2014, 5:15 – 6:30 pm

Wright Lecture Theatre, Medical Building, the University of Melbourne

FREE PUBLIC LECTURE: All Welcome  

Enquiries Graham Ryles

(M) 0409 351 511 (E) ghr@unimelb.edu.au

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Advance Notice Joseph Burke Lecture 2014

The Fine Arts Network, The Alumni Relations Team, Faculty of Arts and the Art History Program, the University of Melbourne, are pleased to announce the Joseph Burke Lecture 2014, which friends and patrons of the Ursula Hoff Institute are welcome to attend.

Thomas Woolner in Australia

 Presented by Angus Trumble

Angus Trumble was appointed Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 2014.  He was for 11 years in the Yale Centre for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, as senior curator of paintings and sculpture.

He is the author of A Brief History of the Smile (2003).  His latest book co-edited with Professor Andrea Wolk Rager (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio), is Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century.  He is a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement, The Burlington Magazine, The Paris Review, Esopus Magazine and The Australian Book Review.

Background: Thomas Woolner (1825-1892), sculptor and poet, born 17 December 1825 at Hadleigh, Suffolk, England. In 1842 he gained admission as a student at the Royal Academy. In 1847 Woolner met D. G. Rossetti and became an original member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Woolner arrived Melbourne 23 October 1852. He was at the diggings in the Ovens Valley and in the Fryer’s Creek, Castlemaine and Sandhurst areas. Woolner found some gold but after six months sold his tools and returned to Melbourne. He began to model medallions but had to dig the local clay, grind his own gypsum and make his own tools. He then cast reliefs in bronze of well-known citizens, charging twenty-five guineas each, and their influence and the patronage of Lieutenant-Governor Charles LaTrobe brought him commissions.

Thursday, 25 September 2014, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Public Lecture Theatre, the University of Melbourne

FREE PUBLIC LECTURE: All Welcome  

Enquiries Graham Ryles

(M) 0409 351 511 (E) ghr@unimelb.edu.au

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Ursula Hoff Institute Contemporary Lecture 2014

Graham Ryles OAM KSJ and the Board of the Ursula Hoff Institute Inc (UHI)invite you to the Ursula Hoff Institute Contemporary Lecture which is part of the ICOM CC Conference (ICOM-CC is the largest of the International Committees of ICOM (International Council of Museums). The UHI lecture will feature in the ICOM CC Conference Program.

 

Aboriginal Art Centres -The good, the bad and the ugly

Tuesday 16 September 2014, 6.00 – 7.30 pm

RMIT Storey Hall, Building 16, 342 Swanston Street, Melbourne 

 Aboriginal Art Centres are a key foundation stone of the Aboriginal art market, particularly in remote area Australia. However, such art centres evoke mixed responses, with some suggesting their multiple social and cultural functions within their communities interfere with the business of producing and selling art. In this public lecture, coinciding with the launch of the RMIT Gallery exhibition Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo(16 September – 8 November). The exhibition curator Dr Jacqueline Healy debates ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’ of Aboriginal Art Centres, together with Professor Ian McLean, of the University of Wollongong. McLean’s Publications include The Art of Gordon Bennett and White Aborigines: Identity Politics in Australian Art; and Sister Alice Dempsey, who has been involved in the beginnings of the art movement in Balgo through the Adult Education Centre in the 1980s.

 

Key issues for discussion:

Are Aboriginal artists better placed with private dealers than working through their local art centres?

Has the economic prosperity of a few major artists has damaged key aspects of Aboriginal society?

Are Aboriginal art centres the very embodiment of the assertion of Australian Indigenous culture in communicating cultural connection to country through art?

Sister Alice Dempsey went to Balgo in 1981 and was Principal of the Adult Education Centre from 1981 to 1987. She was instrumental in encouraging people to celebrate their culture through art. She developed the role of Wirrumanu Adult Education Centre in Balgo. Through her involvement in the organisation of Father Peile’s Jubilee in 1981 she asked the men to paint banners to commemorate the event. Over the last thirty years, Sister Alice has returned to Balgo in various capacities. Her last role was with Boystown. She retired in 2012 and returned to Ireland.

Professor Ian McLean is a well-known commentator on Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australian art and the intersection of Indigenous and settler cultures. He has published extensively in Australia and overseas. His books include The Art of Gordon Bennett; White Aborigines: Identity Politics in Australian Art; and How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art. He is Research Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Wollongong and an Adjunct Professor University of Western Australia, and serves on the advisory boards of the journals World Art and National Identities.

Exhibition Curator, Dr Jacqueline Healy PhD, MBA, BA (Hons) is the curator of the Medical History Museum at the University of Melbourne. She was the inaugural Director of Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, the public art gallery of the City of Darebin, from 2002 to 2011. Previous positions include Director of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Director of Public Programs, National Gallery of Victoria. Jacqueline Healy was awarded her PhD in 2006 on marketing art from remote area communities focusing on Balgo and Warmun. She has visited Balgo annually since 2000 undertaking extensive work in the Warlayirti Artists Archives and the church archives and was responsible for locating banners and the original documentation as well as cataloguing the Wirrumanu Adult Education Centre collection.

For more information please see http://www.icom-cc.org

Exhibition Opening: Warlayirti The Art of Balgo

UHI Inv

 

Graham Ryles, OAM KSJ with the Board of the Ursula Hoff Institute Inc. and the RMIT Gallery Board and RMIT Gallery Director, Suzanne Davies have great pleasure in inviting you to the opening of the exhibition:

Warlayirti The Art of Balgo
6.00 pm-8.00 pm
Monday 15 September 2014
RMIT Gallery
Building 16 344 Swanston Street,
RMIT University, Melbourne
RSVP 03 9925 1717 / rmitgallery@rmit.edu.au

Opening Address Tony Elwood
Director, National Gallery of Victoria