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Illuminating Australian Art
5 Week short course

NGV Australia, Federation Square
Ground Level

Join us at NGV Australia over five weeks, in this engaging exploration of Australian art from the Colonial period to the present day. Each week this program series will begin with a brief contextualising introduction to a particular period, followed by lectures and floor talks drawing on the research expertise of leading curators, writers and academics to offer a focused and fresh contemporary perspective on the period. Particular emphasis will be given to illuminating works in the NGV Australian art collection.

Special package offer available if booking all five weeks.

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Images:
Grace Cossington SMITH The Bridge in-curve (1930) (detail). Presented by the National Gallery Society of Victoria, 1967. © Estate of late Grace Cossington Smith
William Barak Figures in possum skin cloaks 1898 (detail). Purchased, 1962
Tom ROBERTS The artists’ camp (1886) (detail). Felton Bequest, 1943
Grace CROWLEY Girl with goats 1928 (detail). Presented by the National Gallery Society of Victoria, 1967. © National Gallery of Victoria
Grant FEATHERSTON (designer), Mary FEATHERSTON (designer), FURNITURE MAKERS OF AUSTRALIA, Glen Waverley, Melbourne (manufacturer) Stem dining chairs (1969). Purchased, 1974. © Grant Featherston/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
Mira GOJAK Sung out of sight (2008) (detail). Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2009. © Mira Gojak. Photo: John Brash courtesy Murray White Room, Melbourne

Sun 25 Sep, 2–4.30pm (Past)

Confirmed presenters include Prof. Sasha Grishin, AM Australian Art: A History and Prof. Brian Martin, Education, Deakin University.

Floor talks by Rebecca Edwards, Assistant Curator Australian Painting and Sculpture, NGV and Caroline Clemente, Art Historian and Curator.

 

Sun 2 Oct, 2–4.30pm (Past)

Confirmed presenters include Jane Clark, Senior Research Curator, Museum of Old and New Art and Dr. Anne Gray former Head Australian Art, NGA.

Floor talks by Cathy Leahy, Senior Curator Prints and Drawings, NGV and Michael Varcoe-Cocks, Head of Conservation, NGV.

MC: Cathy Leahy, Senior Curator Prints and Drawings.

Sun 9 Oct, 2–4.30pm (Past)

Speakers include Dr Janine Burke, Author and Curator and Dr Jane Eckett.

Floor talks by Elena Taylor, Curator, Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts to 1980 and Lesley Harding.

MC: Elena Taylor, Curator, Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts to 1980

Sun 16 Oct, 2–4.30pm (Past)

Speaker: Dr Ann Stephen, Senior Curator, University Art Gallery and Art Collection, Sydney University Museums.

Floor talks: David Hurlston, Senior Curator, Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts to 1980, NGV and Beckett Rozentals, Curator, Australian Art, NGV.

MC: David Hurlston, Senior Curator, Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts to 1980, NGV.

 

Sun 23 Oct, 2–4.30pm (Past)

Speaker: Dr Jondi Keane, Associate Prof. of Art, Deakin University

Panel of Deakin PhD students convened by Dr Jondi Keane and Dr Patrick Pound, Artist & Senior Lecturer in Photography, Deakin University.

Floor talks: Judith Ryan, Senior Curator, Indigenous Art, NGV.

MC: Simon Maidment, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, NGV.