Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Past Events - 2015

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Dr Laetitia Wilson
Curator, Academic Programs

Dr Janice Lally
Curator, Public Programs

 

The events listed below were held in conjunction with exhibitions that were shown in 2015.


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Friday Talk: Dr Renee Firman

Dr Renee Firman is interested in why male mice emit ultrasonic vocalisations (which have been described to be synonymous to bird songs) when they encounter females. Her talk will explore current evidence that suggests that females use male vocalisations to assess the compatibility and quality of potential mates.

This free Friday Talk is presented in partnership with SymbioticA in association with the exhibition DeMonstrable.


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Friday Talk: Ethan Blue

Ethan Blue is Senior Lecturer in History at The University of Western Australia, where he teaches United States history. His research examines the American past across multiple scales, from the minute struggles of individuals’ lives to the global contexts of geopolitical social and economic forces.

This free Friday Talk is presented in partnership with SymbioticA in association with the exhibition DeMonstrable.

Image: Patricia Piccinini, Protein lattice, Subset - Red Portrait, 1997. Type c colour photograph.


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Panel: Warmun Then and Now

The THEN and NOW of art production and development at Warmun and its presentation and appreciation within national and international contexts, from various perspectives, will be explored through shared stories in a panel presentation.

Join Seva Frangos, whose experiences include the commercial markets and exhibitions; Mandy Loton OAM a collector who visited Warmun in the early days of the art movement; and Professor Sandy Toussaint, academic and co-curator of WARMUN THEN AND NOW.

This event is part of the public program in association with WARMUN THEN AND NOW, a Berndt Museum exhibition presented in collaboration with the East Kimberley’s Warmun Art Centre and artists, at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery from 4 July – 12 December 2015.


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Friday Talk with Prof. Alan Harvey: Ears, Brains and Music - Science or Art?

Alan Harvey was educated at the University of Cambridge and Australian National University. He has been at UWA since 1984. His laboratory interests are in brain development, neuro-trauma and neuro-therapy, research primarily focussed on the visual system and spinal cord. He is, however, also passionate about music and is in the process of writing a book about the role of music in human evolution and modern-day society.

In this presentation, Alan will consider why music is a universal attribute and why we possess this communication system side-by-side with language. He argues that music is core, not peripheral, aspect of human behaviour. Music fosters cooperation and promotes social cohesion, critically important for human survival and our individual sense of mental well-being. 

This free Friday Talk is presented in partnership with SymbioticA in association with the exhibition DeMonstrable.


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Family Day: Make your own fantastical chimera

Come in with your family to see the exhibition DeMonstrable and experiment to create your own monstrous or magical hybrid creature, a chimera, out of art materials.

Image: France Cadet, Flying Pig, 2004, silkscreened poster.


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Friday Talk: The protection of Indigenous cultural rights: ideal versus reality

How has the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, been achieved in Australia? What legislation – state or Commonwealth – has been developed to protect Indigenous cultural heritage? What is the gap between the ideal and the reality in nation state practice?

Join Mel Thomas of the School of Indigenous Studies as he discusses the current status of these issues.

This event is part of the public program for WARMUN THEN AND NOW, a Berndt Museum exhibition presented in collaboration with the East Kimberley’s Warmun Art Centre and artists, at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery from 4 July – 12 December 2015.


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Friday Talk: The Bionic body - A new era in orthopaedic medicine

A paper by Professor Ming-Hao Zheng presented by Paul Anderson, Managing Director of Orthocell Ltd

Paul Anderson has over 14 years experience in the medical device and cellular therapeutic fields with expertise in bridging the gap between research and clinical practice in the development of emerging medical technologies. Paul will present a paper written by Professor Ming-Hao Zheng on regenerative medicine in orthpaedics.

Find out more about this event.

Image: Paul Anderson


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Curator's Talk and Tour
+ Culture Club II

Join Oron Catts (Director of SymbioticA, The Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts School of Anatomy and Human Biology, UWA and co-curator of DeMonstrable) together with participating artists Donna Franklin, Nina Sellars and Stelarc as they walk and talk us through the exhibition.

In combination with the Culture Club, this event will also celebrate the energy and diversity of LWAG partnerships with UWA students throughout 2015. Come and create your own chimera and enjoy the refreshments.

Image: Patricia Piccinini, Protein lattice, Subset - Red Portrait, 1997. Type c colour photograph.


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Presentations and discussion: Indigenous health, art and culture

Professor Jill Milroy and Professor Pat Dudgeon will discuss their current work in relation to the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and the National Empowerment Project respectively.

This event is part of the public program for WARMUN THEN AND NOW, a Berndt Museum exhibition presented in collaboration with the East Kimberley’s Warmun Art Centre and artists, at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery from 4 July – 12 December 2015.


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Friday Talk: Robert Cunningham

Robert has engaged with the law in his capacity as both legal practitioner and academic. He is currently preparing a book concerning the intersection between theories of environmentalism and intellectual property rights, to be published by Edward Elgar later this year.

This free Friday Talk is presented in partnership with SymbioticA in association with the exhibition DeMonstrable.


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Friday Talk: Guy Ben-Ary

Guy Ben-Ary is an artist and a researcher whose work uses emerging media, in particular biologically related technologies including tissue culture, tissue engineering, electrophysiology and optics.

This free Friday Talk is presented in partnership with SymbioticA in association with the exhibition DeMonstrable.


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Exhibition Opening:
OBJECT LESSONS III: Pattern Recognition

OBJECT LESSONS III: Pattern Recognition is the final chapter in a year-long, three-part exhibition of contemporary art from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art. Curated by Gemma Weston, Pattern Recognition showcases a broad selection of ways in which Australian women artists have utilised pattern either as a surface treatment or as a sequence. RSVP below to attend the exhibition opening. Light refreshments will be served.

Find out more about the exhibition.

  • Date: Friday 2 October 2015, 6pm - 8pm
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • AttendRSVP to attend
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

Image: Elizabeth Gower, Choices (detail), 1986, acrylic on paper, 53 x 42cm, CCWA 868 © Courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.


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Exhibition Opening: DeMonstrable

DeMonstrable is an event set to commemorate, respond to, and reflect on the multifaceted cultural and scientific impact of the Earmouse. DeMonstrable is curated by SymbioticA Director Oron Catts, with Associate Professor Jennifer Johung and Associate Professor Elizabeth Stephens; and will be opened by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, MoMA, New York. Light refreshments will be served.

Find out more about DeMonstrable.

  • Date: Friday 2 October 2015, 6pm - 8pm
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • AttendRSVP to attend
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

Image: Patricia Piccinini, Protein lattice, Subset - Red Portrait, 1997. Type c colour photograph.


Photograph of Robert Bower

Friday Talk: E. Phillips Fox in North Africa

Dr. Robert Bower graduated from UWA and has taught extensively in his field of Peridontology in Australia and internationally. He has maintained a keen research interest in Phillips Fox’s works painted in North Africa when his painting was at its best. In a period of about two months, in 1911 he produced some of the freest and most impressionistic works of his oeuvre. 

Frequent title changes since Fox’s death in 1915 and doubts about attribution of some works have limited interest these works until now. 

North African works are barely mentioned in catalogues and accounts of Fox’s work. Bower has catalogued many of the North African paintings using painstaking identification of contemporary images and suggests reversion to the original title for five works, including one in the LWAG collection, and a change of attribution for two works. This is a fascinating forensic saga.

  • Date: Wednesday 11 September 2015, 1pm - 2pm
  • Event Type: Talk
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Attend: FREE | Register to attend
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

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Researching Art History: Discovering WA Art History at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Presented as part of UWA Research Week

Discover more about Western Australian Art History with presentations by three researchers working at UWA.

Maria Brown, PhD Candidate at ALVA, is writing her doctoral thesis on Art and Artists in Perth 1950-2000. Her research explores critical points in Western Australian art history, and in this presentation she focuses on the years 1953 and 1975 for their rich social and cultural significance.

Dr Janice Lally, will discuss the research work of Dr Sally Quin who is the curator of the Gallery’s current exhibition Elise Blumann: An émigré artist in Western Australia 1938-1948 and the author of the accompanying publication Bauhaus on the Swan, which is the first major art historical study of the painter.

Lee Kinsella, Curator at LWAG and PhD Candidate at ALVA is currently preparing an exhibition and monograph on Perth artist Miriam Stannage to be presented at LWAG in 2016. Stannage is one of Western Australia’s most important and respected artists and has been exhibiting in Perth since the 1960s. Her powerful conceptual works continue to intrigue and challenge audiences today.

  • Date: Wednesday 9 September 2015, 1pm - 2pm
  • Event Type: Talk
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Attend: FREE | Register to attend
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

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Friday Talk - Researching Elise Blumann: An Émigré Artist in Western Australia, 1938-1948

Dr Sally Quin’s research on Elise Blumann combines her interests in the historical fortunes of women artists and the cultural and social contexts of artistic production. This talk will focus on her approach to research for her book on the artist and the accompanying exhibition.

  • Date: Friday 28 August 2015, 1pm - 2pm
  • Event Type: Talk
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Attend: FREE | Register to attend
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

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Teacher Professional Learning workshop for Secondary School Teachers

This event is a special Teacher Professional Learning workshop for Secondary School Teachers focusing on the exhibition Elise Blumann: An Émigré Artist in Western Australia, 1938-1948.

Attend a Curator’s Tour with Dr Sally Quin, have afternoon tea and then stay on to participate in a close reading analysis of Summer Nude and On the Swan, Nedlands. Enjoy a discussion and network over refreshments at the end of the afternoon.

  • Date: Friday 14 August 2015, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Event Type: Workshop
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Attend: FREE | Register to attend
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

Featured artwork: Elise Blumann, On the Swan, Nedlands (detail), 1942, oil on composition board, 56.6 x 66.4 cm, The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Acquired with the assistance of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council and the Dr Albert Gild Fund, 1976, © The University of Western Australia


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Art Heist

Presented by the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery and the UWA Law School

Come to UWA Open Day and follow the clues to solve a hypothetical art heist. A special prize will be awarded to the successful sleuth. Presented by the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery and the UWA Law School.
  • Date: Sunday 9 August 2015, 11am - 4pm
  • Event Type: Hypothetical Art Crime Investigation
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Attend: FREE | Register on the day at either LWAG or the UWA Law School
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

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2015 Salek Minc Lecture: Space, Place and Migration in Modern Art

This year’s Salek Minc Lecture is held in conjunction with the exhibition Elise Blumann: An Émigré Artist in Western Australia, 1938–1948 (11 July–19 September 2015) and presented by Dr. Jutta Vinzent, Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art and Visual Culture at the University of Birmingham, UK, and Research Fellow at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, Germany.

Her publications include Identity and Image: Refugee Artists from Nazi Germany in Britain (1933-1945) and Overcoming Dictatorships: Contemporary East and West European Visual Inquiries.

View the event page and watch the recording online.

  • Date: Friday 7 August 2015, 6pm - 7pm
  • Event Type: Lecture
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Attend: FREE | Register to attend
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

Image: Dr. Jutta Vinzent


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Friday Talk: What is collection and exhibition registration?

Presented by the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

The role of the curator in museums and galleries is fairly well understood but the role of registrar is less easily defined. It is a job that encompasses the management of collections and exhibitions including information management, artwork handling and movement, preservation, conservation, insurance, transport logistics, acquisitions, loans, image management, copyright and legal and audit requirements.

Join Kate Hamersley, Registrar (UWA Collections), as she discusses the responsibilities of collection and exhibition registration at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

  • Date: Friday 31 July 2015, 1pm - 2pm
  • Event Type: Talk
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Attend: FREE | Register to attend
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

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Inside knowledge: revisiting the life and times of Elise Blumann, 1938-1948

In Elise Blumann: An Émigré Artist in Western Australia, 1938-1948, the artwork provides an insight into the social and cultural life of Perth at a time of immense change. Join Elise Blumann’s son Nils Blumann as he elaborates on the stories and events behind the art and provides a personal viewpoint to the works.

  • Date: Saturday 25 July 2015, 2pm - 3pm
  • Event Type: Talk and Tour
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Attend: FREE | Register to attend
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

Image: Elise Blumann, Portrait of Nils, 1939, oil on board, 43.5 x 43.5 cm. Private collection


Photograph of Dr Lea Mai

Where is Article 31?

Article 31 of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), remains one of the most overlooked globally, even though children’s cultural rights offer the possibility of shaping museums into more democratic institutions.

In this talk, visiting scholar Dr Lea Mai seeks to contribute to an emergent dialogue on the cultural citizenship of children in art museums.

  • Date: Thursday 23 July 2015, 6 - 7:30pm
  • Event Type: Lecture and Presentation
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Attend: FREE | Register to attend
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

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Artist-run children's workshops

Inspired by the artworks in Elise Blumann: An Émigré Artist in Western Australia, 1938-1948 children will experiment with drawing landscapes and figures with a local artist.

Wednesday 15 July | Ages 5-7 years - Enrol online

Thursday 16 July | Ages 8-10 years - Enrol online 

  • Event type: Children's Workshop
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA
  • Cost: $10 per child | maximum of 20 participants
  • Enquiries: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery - lwag@uwa.edu.au | 6488 3707

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Curator's Talk and Tour - Elise Blumann: An Émigré Artist in Western Australia, 1938 - 1948

Join Curator Dr Sally Quin for a discussion of the life and work of German artist Elise Blumann who, on arriving in Western Australia in 1938, was struck by the intense light and colour of the local landscape. This tour will investigate the artist’s response to her new home through analysis of her bold and evocative paintings.

  • Date: Saturday 11 July 2015, 2pm - 3pm
  • Event Type: Talk and Tour
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Attend: FREE | Register to attend
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

Image: Elise Blumann, Surge, 1943–44, oil on paper on board, 86.0 x 55.5 cm. Private collection. Photo: Bo Wong


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Exhibition Opening -  OBJECT LESSONS II: Curtain Situations

OBJECT LESSONS II: Curtain Situations is the second in a three-part exhibition series at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery in 2015 showcasing contemporary art from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art. OBJECT LESSONS II: Curtain Situations refers to a recent acquisition for the collection from leading contemporary artist Agatha Gothe-Snape, a diptych titled Expression Curtain/Certain Situations, which juxtaposes found fabric with a text that transforms the fabric from an object into a ‘situation’.

Using this juxtaposition between two and three dimensions as an exhibition framework, OBJECT LESSONS II: Curtain Situations includes sculptural objects alongside paintings and prints that examine the continuing mysteries of representation and perception.

  • Duration: Opening 10 July 6pm | Exhibition runs 11 July - 19 September 2015
  • Event Type: Exhibition Opening / Exhibition
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Attend: FREE RSVP to attend the opening night | Tues - Sat, 11am - 5pm
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

Image: Elizabeth Pulie, Wood & Stone (detail), 1997, wood & stone beads, wire, metal rod, 80 x 200cm. Collection of Elaine Baker and John Cruthers. © Courtesy the artist


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Exhibition Opening -  Elise Blumann: An Émigré Artist in Western Australia, 1938-1948

German artist Elise Blumann arrived in Perth in the summer of 1938. She was immediately struck by the local landscape and the piercing brightness of the Australian light. Her painting in the subsequent decade focused on an analysis of various plant forms surrounding her home in Nedlands, and the settings of the Swan River and the Indian Ocean, which feature prominently in her work. While including some early works produced in Europe, this exhibition focuses on paintings from the artist’s first decade in Australia; the series of bold portraits produced in the late 1930s to the increasingly abstract renderings of the landscape of the late 1940s.

  • Date: Opening 10 July 6pm | Exhibition runs 11 July - 19 September 2015
  • Event type: Exhibition opening
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Attend: FREE RSVP to attend the opening | Tues - Sat, 11am - 5pm
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

Image: Elise Blumann, On the Swan, Nedlands, 1942, oil on composition board, 56.6 x 66.4 cm, The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Acquired with the assistance of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council and the Dr Albert Gild Fund, 1976. Photo: Bo Wong


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Curators in Discussion

Presented by the Berndt Museum

Attend the launch of WARMUN THEN AND NOW at 3pm then enjoy afternoon tea and stay to listen to Professor Sandy Toussaint of the Berndt Museum in discussion with representatives of the Warmun Art Centre. The exhibition includes prized works from renowned Gija artists dating from the 1980s through to works completed recently. Hear how this intensive collaborative process between the community and the museum has brought together a display of works that illuminate the richness and depths of the cultural life of the artists and their families.

  • Date: Saturday 4 July 2015, 4pm
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Event type: Discussion
  • Attend: FREE | RSVP to attend
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

Image: Sandy Toussaint, Associate Director, Berndt Museum


Image of artwork by Lena Nyadbi

Exhibition Opening -  WARMUN THEN AND NOW

Presented by the Berndt Museum, WARMUN THEN AND NOW features artwork by renowned Indigenous artists whose homelands lie in Gija country, located in the Kimberley region of north-east WA.

This exhibition presents a distinctive series of paintings by 1980s artists such as Queenie McKenzie, Rover Thomas and Paddy Jaminji, alongside more recent work by Mabel Juli, Lena Nyadbi, Betty Carrington, and others. The exhibition design complements the artwork by taking Perth audiences into a replica of a remote-area Aboriginal Art Centre and Gallery as a contextual backdrop.

  • Duration: Opening Saturday 4 July 3pm | Exhibition runs until 12 December 2015
  • Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Event type: Exhibition opening
  • Attend: FREE RSVP to attend the opening night | Tues - Sat, 11am - 5pm
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

Image: Lena Nyadbi, Gija Language Group, Warmun Community, Jimbarla Country (detail), c 2012, etching on paper, 50 x 60cm. Berndt Museum, The University of Western Australia, © the artist.


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Discussion: Space in the Imaginary HERE&NOW15

Thursday 11 June 2015,  6 - 7:30pm | FREE | Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

Inspired by the HERE&NOW15 exhibition, Professor Bill Taylor, Professor Michael Levine and Philip Goldswain will come together to discuss their shared interest in art, architecture and urban spaces. Using philosophical parameters these three speakers will offer a range of perspectives and ideas on the subjects of art, place-making and spatial relations.


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2015 WAMSS Exhibition Launch & Alan Charter’s Prize Presentation

Wednesday 3 June 2015,  6 - 8:30pm | FREE | Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

Presented by the WA Medical Students Society at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, this event promises to give a fascinating insight into final year medical students clinical elective experience. Winners of the exhibition and seminar presentations will be chosen on the night.


Photograph of Darren Jorgenson

Friday Talk: Art of Station Time

Friday 5 June 2015, 1 - 2pm | FREE | Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

Since the earliest pastoral stations were established around the country, Indigenous people have been crucial to the working life of Australia’s pastoral industry.

Associate Professor Darren Jorgenson of ALVA will look at art made by Indigenous artists on stations, discussing the particular version of Australian history these artworks construct as they celebrate the fine figures of horses and the movement of cattle across the landscape.


Photograph of Andrew Purvis

HERE&NOW15 Curator's Tour and Talk

Saturday 30 May 2015, 2 - 3pm | FREE | Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

The curatorial provocation Andrew Purvis was given for this exhibition was to respond to Rosalind Krauss’ 1979 essay, Sculpture in the Expanded Field. In her seminal piece of writing, Krauss identified then current trends in sculptural practice and suggested that sculpture had moved beyond the mere idea of a discrete object on a plinth and had grown to include land art and architectural interventions.

For this 2015 update, light, sound, and the presence of a body in space are all included as sculptural propositions, very much in line with the intervening 35 years of expanded sculptural practice.

Join Andrew Purvis for a tour of the exhibition as he discusses the artworks and his rationale for this exhibition featuring WA contemporary artists.


Image of artwork by Mirriam Stannage titled Mondrians Vision

Friday Talk: Object Lessons / Curating the Cruthers Collection

Friday 29 May 2015, 1 - 2pm | FREE | at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

The Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art (CCWA) is founded upon a significant gift to the University of Western Australia by Sir James and Lady Cruthers in 2007. With works from the 1890s to the present, it is presented in exhibitions in the Lady Sheila Cruthers Gallery within the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. In 2015, LWAG will present an innovative three-part exhibition series, OBJECT LESSONS featuring contemporary art from the CCWA and curated by Gemma Weston, who has just celebrated two years as curator of this collection.

Join Gemma Weston as she explains the curatorial thesis for OBJECT LESSONS and shares her experiences producing exhibitions and working with the CCWA.

Image: Miriam Stannage, Mondrian’s Vision (Homage To Sight Series), 1981, hand coloured sepia toned print, 48.5 x 38.5 cm, CCWA 143 © Courtesy the artist


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Concert: Music In Space

Thursday 14 May 2015, 6 - 7:30pm | FREE | at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

The UWA School of Music Guitar Ensemble is the premier guitar group in Western Australia, receiving the highest awards at the 2014 WA Classical Guitar Festival.

This special concert, performed within the beautiful acoustics of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery to accompany the HERE&NOW15 exhibition, will feature contemporary classical works by predominantly Australian composers. The ensemble will be joined by student soloists and duos in this special intimate performance.


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Film and Discussion: Macassans in Australia - Australians in Macassar

Thursday 7 May 2015, 6 - 7:30pm | FREE | at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

Below the Wind, Sea Nomads of Indonesia is a film that opens our eyes to the Indonesian sea gypsies’ struggle to continue their traditional fishing and customs in Australian waters.Their interaction with Yolngu people is highlighted in the exhibition Yirrkala Drawings: Works on Paper, Barks, Sculptures.

Join us to view the film and listen to historian Professor Jane Lydon, Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History and archaeologist Emeritus Professor Sandra Bowdler of the School of Social and Cultural Studies and School of Music, as they discuss their own research in this context.

Produced by Andrew Ogilvie, Directed by John Darling, Australia, 1994, 55 mins, Rated G


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Presentation and Demonstration: Creative Work in Virtual Worlds


Spend some time in HERE&NOW15 exhibition and join us for a hands on experience with the creative world of virtual reality.

This presentation is an introduction to the thousands of 3D artworks and animated films created in virtual worlds through UWA programs. UWA Honorary Research Fellow Dwight Newton will give an overview of the processes and resources used for creating virtual objects, including defining physical qualities and creating interactive elements.

Wednesday 29 April 2015, 2 - 4pm
Thursday 30 April 2015, 2 - 4pm
Wednesday 6 May 2015, 2 - 4pm
Thursday 7 May 2015, 2 - 4pm


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Children's Art Workshops: Drawing Place

Wed 8 - Thu 9 April 2015, 11  - 12:30pm at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

Inspired by the Yirrkala drawings, young artists can tell their own stories through art in pencil or crayon with local artist Sharyn Egan.

Ages 5 - 7 years: Wednesday 8 April
Ages 8 - 10 years: Thursday 9 April

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Caring for the Berndt Museum Collection

Friday 27 March 2015, 1 - 2pm at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

The University of Western Australia’s Berndt Museum holds a number of important collections including a significant collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural material. It includes donated and acquired paintings, artefacts, photographs, archives, and audio-visual records.

Join Berndt Museum Collections Manager Natalie Hewlett to learn more about the wonders of the Berndt Museum collection of Aboriginal material culture and strategies for its management.

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CULTURE CLUB: Free student event

Thursday 26 March 2015, 5 - 7:30pm at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

Culture Club is an inspired evening held at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery amongst the Berndt Museum’s incredible Yirrkala Drawings exhibition.

Featuring live cinema portraits by Chris Lawrence, music, delicious refreshments, art making and door prizes, Culture Club is a chance to get to know your art gallery & museum here at UWA.

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Image detail of artwork Munggurrawuy Yunupingu

Panel Discussion: Campfire To Text

Thursday 12 March 2015, 6 - 7:30pm at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

Curators, critics and academics have various approaches to framing exhibitions of Aboriginal art and material culture, their review and critique.

Join Dr Vanessa Russ and Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Curator, Content Development New Museum Project, Western Australian Museum as they discuss the changing appreciation of protocols and strategies in relation to curating and writing about Aboriginal art and culture. Stay on for refreshments and further informal discussion.

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Photograph of Sandy Toussaint, Eve Chaloupka and Kelly Rowe assessing artwork

Presenting the Yirrkala Drawings

Friday 27 February 2015, 1 - 2pm at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

An astonishing collection of crayon drawings on brown paper was first created by Yolngu artists in late 1940s north-east Arnhem Land. Now part of the Berndt Collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural materials, this talk brings together insights from a museum perspective about the artworks and their history, conservation and presentation.

Join Berndt Museum Associate Director, Professor Sandy Toussaint, Associate Registrar Kelly Rowe and Archivist Eve Chaloupka as they discuss the cultural history and preparation of the works in the current exhibition.

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Presentation and Tour: Uncovering the Yirrkala Drawings

Tuesday 10 February 2015, 1 - 2pm at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

While preparing the Yirrkala drawings for exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales Conservator Sarah Bunn was excited to uncover layers of information in the process. Material culture not only tells stories about its content, but also of its making and life journey. Join Sarah Bunn as she reveals her discoveries.


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Talk and Tour: Yirrkala Drawings

Saturday 7 February 2015, 2 - 3pm at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

Join Yirrkala Drawings curator Fiona Gavino to learn more about the exhibition. Fiona will discuss the Yolngu drawing techniques, artists and stories. Stay for refreshments after the talk.

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