Rockhampton Art Gallery: Collection Intervention (Exhibition Launch)

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I cannot believe that this is my first review of an exhibition launch. I have attended a few but never really had much to write about. This time, however, I was able to spend quite a bit of time exploring the exhibition as well as enjoying the launch. The exhibition in question is Collection Intervention, now on display at the Rockhampton Art Gallery.

The aim of the exhibition is for the Gallery’s collection to be reinterpreted by contemporary Queensland artists. Rockhampton has amassed one of the most incredible collections of Australian art. To paraphrase the Mayor, Margaret Strelow, the collection contains a remarkable piece of work by almost every well-known Australian artsit. It would be fantastic to see these works permanently on display! Continue reading “Rockhampton Art Gallery: Collection Intervention (Exhibition Launch)”

GLAM Blog Club: What I Learned in 2017 & What I Want to Learn in 2018…

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Welcome to my first blog post of 2018! I am hoping that this will be an excellent year filled with new adventures and lots of learning. The theme provided by GLAM Blog Club, what I learned in 2017 and what I want to learn in 2018, allows for both reflection and the opportunity to write down some goals. It is now time to momentarily cast mindfulness aside and obsess over the past and ponder the future.

What I learned in 2017…

I have been trying to think of how I can summarise 2017. I was recently scrolling through some photographs and blog posts thinking “no way did that actually happen in 2017, didn’t I do that years ago?” Basically, it was one of those years. I spent the first six months living and working in Sydney then moved interstate to the regional city of Gladstone, Queensland. This move separated my year into two distinct segments.

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Queensland Art Gallery: Noel McKenna

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Out of all the exhibitions I wanted to see in Brisbane, Landscape Mapped was at the top of my list. I had seen a few different works promoted on the webiste of QaGOMA, including the map of public bathrooms in Sydney’s CBD. In short, I was hoping for a pretty cool exhibition that used maps creatively and showed me something I had never known about Australia.

To provide some context, Noel McKenna was born and raised in Brisbane (this will be revisited later on). Over a fifteen year period, he painted maps of Australia highlighting the weird and wonderful. If I had to describe the exhibition in one word I would go with whimsical. It sparked a sense of curiosity and actually made me reconsider the geography of Australia and how it can be interpreted. In a way, this was the main aim of the exhibition – to look at Australia from a number of different perspectives showing how small parts can make up a whole. I think it most definitely achieved this goal. Continue reading “Queensland Art Gallery: Noel McKenna”

National Museum of Women in the Arts 

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I am already breaking the promise I made yesterday about posting every second day. This is because I am literally too excited not to write about the National Museum for Women in the Arts. Before I begin, I am going to assume there are people out there who would say “where is the museum for men in the arts?” Walk into any art gallery in the world and I challenge you to find a greater representation of women artists to men. You’ve already got your museums of men in the arts, visited by literally millions every year. There are of course exceptions, but, there are so few. Now that’s said and done, I can drop my imaginary mic and write on.

To start, when you walk into the museum you can select either a traditional map and guide or something a little special. Inside an elusive looking envelope are a selection of cards that each contain a different work of art and some information on the reverse. The museum encourages you to take these cards home and share them with your friends. Look, I was already head over heels. Continue reading “National Museum of Women in the Arts “

Art Gallery of New South Wales: Archibald Prize 2017

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I am now en route to Boston for the International Symposium on the History of Anaesthesia. While in the States I will be visiting as many museums as possible in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC! In other words, prepare yourself for numerous blog posts and, of course, lots of photographs.

Before heading off, I spent the weekend in Sydney. Luckily, I was here for the final day of the 2017 Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. For those not aware, the Archibald Prize is an annual art event held in Sydney. It is named after Jules Archibald, the founding editor of The Bulletin magazine. He had a passion for art and on his death in 1919, left money to fund a major portrait painting competition. The prize is huge – $100 000! There are also prizes for People’s Choice, voted by visitors, and the Packing Room Prize, which is awarded by staff of the Gallery who install the exhibition. Continue reading “Art Gallery of New South Wales: Archibald Prize 2017”

National Gallery of Victoria: The House of Dior

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Hello! I’m back with another guest post for Curate Your Own Adventure. This time I’m discussing The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition, currently on show at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne. This exhibition commemorates the seventieth anniversary of the Dior fashion house, one of the most iconic couture fashion houses in the world. I’m going to try and keep this brief, as most of what I have to say simply constitutes raving about how good the exhibition is and encouraging you to visit it yourself.

I made a special trip to Melbourne from Sydney to see the exhibition, which had been on my list since it was first announced earlier in the year. I had to roll my eyes at yet ANOTHER exhibition opening exclusively in Melbourne. There seems to be a real trend for ‘exhibition exclusivity’ south of the border at the moment. My visit was probably affected to some extent by the weekend we had selected – beginning of school holidays and football finals. It was a very busy weekend in the city. I had been warned to expect the Gallery to be very busy, and had already pre-purchased our exhibition tickets online a week in advance, which I thought was the done thing. Note the tickets are not timed but are valid for a specific date. Continue reading “National Gallery of Victoria: The House of Dior”