Category Archives: Public Lecture

Lecture | Migrating Objects: Ireland and Empire Professor Fintan Cullen (University of Nottingham)

statue_of_sir_james_outram_calcutta_kolkata_-_mid_19th_centuryLecture | Migrating Objects: Ireland and Empire Professor Fintan Cullen (University of Nottingham)

A reminder that Friends and Subscribers of the Ursula Hoff Institute are welcome to attend tonight’s (Fri, Feb 20) exceptional lecture at the University of Melbourne: “Migrating Objects: Ireland and Empire”, by Professor Fintan Cullen, 6:30 – 7:30pm, Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, The University of Melbourne.


For further details please visit: https://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/4770-migrating-objects-ireland-and-empire

December News and Season’s Greetings

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Season’s Greetings

We wish our readers Compliments of the Season and a Prosperous 2015.

Visit to Barbara Tucker’s Collection: Fundraiser Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

Supporters had the privilege of viewing Barbara Tucker’s private collection of Australian art, generously supported by Sotheby’s Australia.  Geoffrey Smith, Director of Sotheby’s gave a tour of the collection.  Sotheby’s Australia donated the proceeds of the evening for the Ursula Hoff Institute Victorian College of the Arts Print Making Award 2014.

Victorian College of the Arts Print Making Award 2014. 

Congratulations to Lucia Canuto who was awarded the $750 Ursula Hoff Institute Print Making Award 2014 with a work titled ‘Silita Sensazione’ (photo lithograph, 66x50cm. Lucia completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, (Visual Art) – Drawing&Printmaking at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, 2014.

Ursula Hoff Dinner Celebrating 75 Year in Australia

A dinner celebrating Dr Ursula Hoff’s (1909-2005) arrival in Australia on the Orcades, December 1939 was held at University House, University of Melbourne. Kelly Gellatly, Director, The Potter, University of Melbourne spoke of Dr Hoff’s contribution to scholarship, curatorial practices and to art history in Australia.

The evening was a joint function of the Ursula Hoff Institute, Art History, University of Melbourne, Faculty of Arts, University College and The Potter, University of Melbourne.

A $5,000 contribution to the Ursula Hoff Scholarship Fund was received from a donor to be added to other donations received.

Christmas Choral Choir Soiree December 2014

Kenneth Park, Ursula Hoff Board member and arts presenter organized a Christmas Choral Choir Soiree at the Melbourne Savage Club to raise funds for the a community choir: Melbourne Choral Choir directed by Dr David Kram.  Kenneth Park made the presentation on behalf of the Ursula Hoff Institute.  Thank you Kenneth.

Congratulations

Mr Tim Brown, Ursula Hoff Board member had his 65th paper in the area of aesthetic breast surgery published in the journal Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  Tim before relocating to Melbourne was an Associate Professor, the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Mr Alan Egan JP, Secretary, Ursula Hoff Institute is featured with a photo and a quote in Encore, Arts Centre Melbourne Supporter Magazine Issue 24, 30th Anniversary Issue, 2014.  Alan has been a Legacy Angel supporter of the Arts Centre for many years.

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

Private Auction Preview @ Sotheby’s Melbourne

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The Ursula Hoff Institute Inc. invites you to Private Auction Preview @ Sotheby’s Melbourne

Speaker: Mr Geoffrey Smith, Chairman, Sotheby’s Australia – “The Art Market in 2014”

When: Sunday, 17 August 2014

Where: Sotheby’s Australia, Level 8 / 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Time: 9:45 am for 10:00 am

Cost: $25 pp; light refreshments will be served.

Money raised at this event will go towards the 2014 Ursula Hoff Institute Print Award, Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne.

For bookings and further information, please contact Alan Egan at  info@ursulahoffinstitute.org  or +613 9606 0501.

We would like to thank Mr Geoffrey Smith and Mr Gary Singer, of Sotheby’s Australia, for hosting this function to raise funds for the 2014 Ursula Hoff Institute Print Award.

 

Public Lecture: An Introduction to Prints

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The Ursula Hoff Institute Inc. invites you to join Dr Colin Holden for a Floor Talk:

‘Age cannot wither them, nor custom stale their infinite variety’: an introduction to prints

Speaker:
Dr Colin Holden, Senior Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, the University of Melbourne.

When:
Tuesday 22 July 2014

Where: First floor, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne

Time: 11.30am-1.00pm

RSVP: For catering purposes, coffee and tea: hhtp://go.unimelb.edu.au/8hhn

Dr Colin Holden earlier in the year curated the largest exhibition to date in Australia of works by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78) at the State Library of Victoria, attracting 80,000 visitors.  His latest publication is Piranesi’s Grandest Tour: From Europe to Australia (NewSouth Publishing, Sydney, 2014).

For further information, contact graham@ursulahoffinstitute.org

Public Lecture: For Auld Lang Syne: a curator’s perspective

For Auld Lang Syne

The Ursula Hoff Institute Inc with The Alumni Relations Team, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, invites you to:

For Auld Lang Syne: a Curator’s Perspective

Speaker:
Associate Professor Alison Inglis,
Co-curator, For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish
Australia from First Fleet to Federation.

When:
Monday 14 July 2014, 6.00pm

Where:
Clemenger BBDO Auditorium Ground level, NGV International 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne (Enter via the North entrance via Arts Centre forecourt)

Price:
Entry Free, bookings not required

Associate Professor Alison Inglis, co-curator of the exhibition, For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation will give a lecture on the development of this ground-breaking presentation of Scottish visual culture in colonial Australia.

The exhibition brings together over 300 objects from public and private collections across Australia and from England, and is currently on display at the Art Gallery of Ballarat until 27 July 2014.

The lecture will discuss the themes underpinning the selection of bjects, the exhibition design and the contents of the catalogue. We do hope you will join Associate Professor Alison Inglis at NGV International for this special lecture.

For further information, contact graham@ursulahoffinstitute.org