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26.09.17 | Gerard Vaughan announces his retirement as Director of the NGA


Gerard Vaughan, Director of the National Gallery of Australia, has announced his retirement, stepping down from the role in October 2018. Dr Vaughan was appointed to the role in October 2014; he was the fifth director to take the helm at the NGA following James Mollison, Betty Churcher, Brian Kennedy and Ron Radford. Prior to the NGA, Vaughan had been the director of the National Gallery of Victoria for 13-years, retiring in 2012 to take up a role at Melbourne University as the Gerry Higgins Professorial Fellowship in Art History. He was also formerly Director of the British Museum Development Trust, and his capacity for fundraising is well known. More information. 

Photo: Gerard Vaughan, via Arts Hub.

 

 

20.09.17 | PGAV Appoints Professional Development Officer


Eric Nash has been appointed as Professional Development Officer at the PGAV. Eric joins the PGAV having served as Curator, Gallery Services at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Pinnacles Gallery in Townsville from 2013 to 2016. In this role Eric was responsible for the development and delivery of exhibitions, festivals, significantly contributed to the creation and implementation of a visual arts strategy and business plan, as well as professional development programs. Most recently Eric served as the Arts and Culture Officer at Melton City Council, a six month contract during which time he revitalised the City’s exhibition program, secured funding for a multi-faceted Graffiti Education and Street Art Activation program, supported the formation of the city’s sole artist group, and reformed the City’s Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. Eric brings to the role significant experience across a number of roles at a major Queensland regional gallery, which will be invaluable as he takes on the development and implementation of the PGAV’s new professional development program.

 

 

12.09.17 | Major new visual arts initiative for First Nations artists and curators announced


Yalingwa is a major new visual arts initiative for First Nations artists and curators to support the development of outstanding contemporary Indigenous art and curatorial practice. Yalingwa has been developed in partnership between the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the ACCA - Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and TarraWarra Museum of Art, and will be overseen by an Indigenous Advisory Group that includes elders, curators and key members of the national Indigenous arts community. More information - http://www.twma.com.au/

Photo: Members of the Yalingwa Advisory Group, N'Arweet Carolyn Briggs and Jacob Boehme, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins, inaugural Yalingwa curator Hannah Presley, Victoria Lynn (TarraWarra) and Max Delany (ACCA). Photographed alongside Bik Van der Pol's Letters to the Land, which is part of the current ACCA exhibition Greater Together. Photo: Southbank News.

 

 

06.09.17 | Robert Salzer Foundation Acquisition Fund


The PGAV is now calling for applications to the 2017 Robert Salzer Foundation Acquisition Fund.  The Fund enables eligible galleries to  apply for up to 50% of the purchase price of a two-dimensional work of art for their collections. To be eligible, galleries must be PGAV Members and receive operation funding from Creative Victoria. Applications close 5pm, Monday 23 October 2017. Download the RSF Guidelines  and RSF Application Form.

IMAGE: Benalla Art Gallery received funding from the 2016 RSF Acquisition Fund to purchase work by Petrina Hicks, including the above work Rattlesnake Blues, 2016 from the series California Works, pigment prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl paper 320 gsm, 50 x 50cm, edition of 8, signed.

 

 

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10.08.17 | Castlemaine Art Museum Update


At a meeting of members of Castlemaine Art Museum (CAM) held last week, the board of CAM announced it had received a donation of $250,000 from anonymous donors. The funding will be delivered over two years to support CAM’s operating costs and the removal of the current admission fees. The art museum also received $50,000 from Melissa Macfarlane, founder of The Macfarlane Fund.
 
The board of CAM has announced the art museum will open on reduced hours; Thursday – Sunday, 12pm to 5pm, starting from next Thursday 17 August 2017.  The PGAV spoke with Jan Savage, Chair, CAM Board this week and were told staffing arrangements are underway, however plans are not yet finalised.  The PGAV highlighted the importance of the gallery being staffed by appropriately qualified professional staff. We continue to extend our support to CAM to ensure its immediate and its long-term viability. 

 

 

31.07.17 | NETS Victoria Exhibition Development Fund (EDF)


NETS Victoria is calling for applications to the Exhibition Development Fund (EDF).  Funding of up to $10,000 is available to develop new exhibitions of contemporary art, craft or design with the potential to tour them with NETS Victoria.  Independent curators and artists are encouraged to apply through a partner organization and this is a wonderful way for smaller institutions to work with new and upcoming curators. Applications close: 11 September.

Full details: http://netsvictoria.org.au/services/exhibition-developments-fund/

 

 

 

28.07.17 | Castlemaine Art Museum to close


The Board of the Castlemaine Art Museum (CAM) has decided to close to the public, effective Friday 11 August 2017. The decision to close the art museum is in response to a range of operational and strategic challenges, including significant reductions in revenue, along with deep-rooted vulnerabilities in financial structures; extensive compliance, maintenance and infrastructure demands arising from a heritage-listed building; and the need for intensive planning around governance, financial sustainability and proposed building redevelopment. 

Further information about the decision: MEDIA RELEASE: CAM BOARD

The PGAV released a statement today in response to news of the closure: PGAV MEDIA RELEASE: CAM closure

 

 

26.07.17 | Duldig Studio announces new Director


Duldig Studio is pleased to announce Jenny Port as its new Director, effective from 1 August 2017.

Jenny joins the Duldig Studio from the Australian Tapestry Workshop where she has served at the Manager Finance and Administration over the last few years. Jenny brings a wealth of experience working in the public sector, the not-for-profit arena and private enterprise. She has operated her own business, worked in academic and arts management, including as Director of Red Gallery in Fitzroy North and Jenny Port Gallery in Richmond. The PGAV extends congratulations to Jenny and the Duldig Studio.

 

 

24.07.17 | Geelong Gallery short term closure


Geelong Gallery will be closed from July 17 to 12 August 2017 whilst they undertake refurbishment to the entrance of the Gallery. Upgrades will include: a redesigned foyer and upgraded visitor services facilities; a reinstated doorway providing sweeping views of the collection galleries extending through to the historic Johnstone Park; a contemporary retail space; a City of Greater Geelong led upgrade of major gallery floors and painting of walls. More information

Image: Daryl Pelchen Architects concept design for Geelong Gallery Foyer space.

 

 

28.06.17 | Creative Victoria provides an update on the progress of Creative State 


Creative Victoria's new website provides updates on the progress of ‘Creative State’. You can find a comprehensive report on each of the 40 actions and reflects the work undertaken by Creative State Advisory Board and the broader creative community over the past year. It provides and open and transparent account to the sector, and the wider public, of the implementation of the strategy and its rolling impact. The website also includes information about the Advisory Board including an introduction to each of the members and our meeting communiques. More information

 

 

28.06.17 | Australia Council for the Arts release results for the National Arts participation Survey


Connecting Australians: Results of the National Arts Participation Survey is the third in a landmark series by the Australia Council for the Arts, following editions in 2009 and 2013. It measures Australians’ engagement with the arts in 2016. The Visual Arts continue to have the highest participation rate of any art form, while attendance rose from 43% in 2013 to 46% in 2016. More information 

 

 

13.06.17 | Art Gallery of NSW to receive $244 million in funding from the state government for Sydney Modern project


The Art Gallery of NSW's Sydney Modern expansion is being given the go ahead by the state government via a $244 million funding injection for the project. The plan will see the gallery double its floor space, with construction starting by 2019 and completed in time for its 150th anniversary and 100th anniversary of the Archibald Prize in 2021. In addition to the government funding, the gallery will raise $100 million from private donors to fully fund the project. $70 million has already been pledged and the balance of $30 million is said to be raised through fundraising over the next few months. "The Sydney Modern Project will turn our 19th Century Gallery into a global museum of the future" Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said. Further details here 

Image: An artist's impression of the Sydney Modern project. Photo: Art Gallery of NSW and SANAA for Sydney Modern expansion. Via The Age.

 

 

13.06.17 | NETS Victoria appoints a new Director


NETS Victoria has announced the appointment of Mardi Nowak as Director. Ms Nowak, who trained as an artist, has worked as a curator and gallery manager for more than 16 years in the public gallery and local government sector most recently at the Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn. Over the past decade she has developed over 100 exhibitions and programs, working closely with gallery staff, artists and organisations on collection building, artist-in-residence programs and overseeing public art commissions. More information

 

 

08.06.17 | Latrobe Regional Gallery to host René Magritte exhibition


The $1.51 million renovations to the Latrobe Regional Gallery (LRG) in Morwell will be officially opened on 15 July this year. LRG have annouced that they will host a world-class exhibition of photographs and films, never before seen in Australia, by major Belgian Surrealist, René Magritte. The exhibition will be staged in collaboration with the Magritte Foundation Belgium. René Magritte: The Revealing Image will show at LRG from 19 August – 19 November 2017.

Image: René Magritte, René Magritte and The Barbarian (Le Barbare), London Gallery, London, 1938 Private collection, Courtesy Brachot Gallery, Brussels.  Original photograph, 43.2 x 33.

 

 

06.06.17 | Monash Gallery of Art appoints new Gallery Director and Chair


Monash Gallery of Art has announced the appointment of Anouska Phizacklea as Gallery Director and Natasha Bowness as Chair of the MGA Committee of Management. Anouska joins MGA from Heide Museum of Modern Art, where she held the role of Finance, Business and HR Manager and is a member of the Senior Executive Team. Previous roles include Finance and Operations Manager at the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (ACCA) and working in art research and valuations at Nevill Keating McIlroy and galleries and auction houses in London. Anouska will start in July 2017. Natasha has significant experience in commerce, philanthropy, the arts and the not for profit sector. She is on the Board of Wilbow Group and Zoos Victoria and is President of Annual Giving for the Australian Ballet and Chair of the Bowness Family Foundation. The PGAV extends our congratulations to Anouska, Natasha and all at MGA! More information.

 

 

25.05.17 | Burrinja exhibition Black Mist Burnt Country receives award


Burrinja have announced that their exhibition Black Mist Burnt Country - Testing the Bomb, Maralinga and Australian Art has been awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ at this year's Museums Australia national conference. The exhibition was nominated as a finalist in the category ‘Temporary and Traveling Exhibitions’ at the 2017 Museums & Galleries National Awards (MAGNA) among twelve galleries and museums from across the country. Black Mist Burnt Country commemorates the British atomic tests in Australia in the 1950s through artworks by over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists across the mediums of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, new media and music. The exhibition will tour to ten public galleries and museums in four states until 2019. Further information.

 

 

17.05.17 | New Strategic Manager for McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery


The Board of Trustees have announced a new Strategic Manager for McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery. Maudie Palmer AO has been engaged as the new Strategic Manager to complete a review of operations and drive cultural revitalisation at McClelland. Ms Palmer is a respected leader in Australia’s art sector. She was the founding director both at Heide Museum of Modern Art and TarraWarra Museum of Art. A former Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria and a valued consultant to art galleries around the country Ms Palmer brings high level skills and curatorial knowledge to McClelland. Further information

Image: Maudie Palmer. Photo: Jacqueline Mitelman, via The Sydney Morning Herald.

 

 

10.05.17 | Tamara Winikoff resigns from NAVA


After twenty-two years, Tamara Winikoff OAM has announced her resignation as Executive Director of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA). Tamara's last day at NAVA will be 30 June 2017. Further information.

Image: Tamara Winikoff in 2017 One Year Studio Artist Tom Polo's Artspace studio. Photograph by Maja Baska.

 

 

02.05.17 | Robert Salzer Foundation Acquisition Fund


The Robert Salzer Foundation provides $50,000 to enable eligible galleries in Victoria to purchase two-dimensional works of art for their permanent collections.  This unique fund plays a vital role in enabling galleries to acquire key works of visual art for the benefit of their audiences and communities. The PGAV is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 RFS Acquisition Fund and they works they will acquire are:

Ararat Regional Art Gallery: Jordan Marani, Eiderdown II, 2016, acrylic paint, pencil on polyester cotton handkerchiefs.
Benalla Art Gallery: Petrina Hicks, limited edition set of 12 photographs, 2005-2016.
Geelong Gallery: Brook Andrew, set of 8 satirical photolithographs, 2016.
Horsham Regional Art Gallery: Daniel Crooks, Static No.21 (Double Helix), 2017, single channel high definition video.
Mildura Art Centre Gallery: Belinda Fox, [Diptych] Still/Life VII (fill me up) & Still/Life II (too much), 2016, watercolour and drawing on board.
Monash Gallery of Art: Michael Riley, three photographs from the series A Common Place: Portraits of Moree Murries, 1990.
Warrnambool Art Gallery: to commission a portrait by Vincent Namatjira of Rex Battarbee.

The PGAV would like to thank this year’s Assessment Committee –  Tansy Curtin, Curatorial Manager, Bendigo Art Gallery, Melinda Martin, Director, Linden New Art and Anton Vardy, Director, Gippsland Art Gallery – and we extend our sincere thanks to the Robert Salzer Foundation for their support of the public gallery sector in Victoria.

Image: Petrina Hicks, Shenae and Jade, 2005, Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl paper, 50 x 50cm. © Petrina Hicks.

 

 

23.04.17 | Major Funding Boost for NGV


Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley has announced a major funding boost for the National Gallery of Victoria. The commitment of $28.7 million over two years will assist the NGV to build on its incredible growth of recent years and will support the gallery to strengthen its permanent exhibitions and undertake ongoing maintenance, including managing its collection of more than 70,000 artworks. More information

 

 

20.04.17 | Gertrude Contemporary to move to a new location in Preston South


Gertrude Contemporary will be moving in June to a new location in Preston South after more than thirty years in the iconic Fitzroy building. The interior of the new space will be re-designed by architects Edition Office, to create flexible exhibition spaces, sixteen non-residential artist studios and offices all on one level. The new premises will enhance Gertrude’s artistic program, supporting the production and presentation of contemporary art practice. More information

 

 

20.04.17 | Denton Corker Marshall wins new Shepparton Art Museum architecture competition


Greater Shepparton City Council has announced Denton Corker Marshall as the winner of the new Shepparton Art Museum architectural competition. The architectural competition for a new SAM and building jury recommendation was endorsed at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 18 April. The seven-member expert jury report noted that the Denton Corker Marshall proposal was unanimously selected as the winning proposal for the Stage 2 Concept Design Competition after assessment of the five design concepts against the agreed criteria. According to the report, the Denton Corker Marshall proposal stood out because it combined a powerful and relevant conceptual idea – well-resolved and compelling in its sculptural expression and detail – with a highly adaptable, functional, safe and efficient solution. More information

Image: Denton Corker Marshall design concept for the new SAM building. Image via Greater Shepparton.

 

 

19.04.17 | Public Galleries Summit to be held in Sydney in 2018


Museum and Galleries NSW have announced the date for the 2018 Regional Public Galleries Summit. Art & Artists – the 6th Public Galleries Summit will be held in Sydney, at Carriageworks, from 18-21 March 2018. Coinciding with the 21st Biennale of Sydney, Art & Artists will be about what galleries do. Focusing on the distinction visual arts activity brings to the cultural space, they promise a program that will inspire – so stay tuned for announcements.

More information

Image: Fifth National Public Galleries Summit, held in Bendigo in 2015. Photography: Bill Conroy.

 

 

18.04.17 | Catalyst - funding transferred to Australia Council


The return of unallocated funding from the Catalyst program to the Australia Council for the Arts will result in just under $3 million being injected into the Australia Council’s grants programs in 2017-18 with increases in future years once Catalyst contract commitments conclude. Existing Catalyst grants will be transferred to the Australia Council. Any applications in the current round (submitted by 18 March) will be assessed through the existing Catalyst guidelines. Eligibility criteria regarding who can apply for project grants will not change for the June 2017 round. Read the media release - New Portfolio arrangements for the Arts here

Image: Senator Mitch Fifield, via ABC News, Tim Stevens.

 

 

17.04.17 | Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) announces a new Learning Partnership with The University of Melbourne 


This partnership will support the development of significant Indigenous initiatives and activities, embed teaching and learning opportunities for staff and students and establish a platform for collaborative, interdisciplinary cultural impact research. More information

Image: L-R: Marcia Langton, Rebecca Coates, Belinda Briggs and Mary Robb. Photo by Diana Spriggs.

 

 

16.04.17 | Linden New Art is currently closed in preparation for renovations to their Acland Street building.


Linden New Art is currently closed in preparation for renovations to their Acland Street buliding.  Linden New Art will take up residence at Domain House from 27 May 2017. Visit the website for program details

  

 

30.03.17 | State Library of Victoria's redevelopment


State Library of Victoria has released the designs for its major redevelopment - Vision 2020 - which includes a world class exhibition gallery. Philanthropists Maria Myers AC and Allan Myers AC QC, donated $3 million to the transformation of SLV. To make Vision 2020 a reality, they need to raise a further $5.9 million and have established a public appeal to help them get there. More information

Image: Vision 2020 design for the refurbished Ian Potter Queen's Hall

 

 

29.03.17 | Artbank moves to Collingwood


Artbank is moving to a bigger space in Melbourne to meet the growing demand of a corporate market that has increased 22 per cent over the past three years.  The organisation will move into a custom-designed 842 square-metre warehouse space in the inner-northern suburb of Collingwood in October. The move will enable Artbank to boost its 1500-work-strong Melbourne collection by another 1000 works. More information 

Image: Artbank Director Tony Stephens, via The Sydney Morning Herald, Wayne Taylor.

  

 

01.03.17 | ACMI announces new commissioning program for Australian artists worth $240,000 over 3 years


ACMI is joining forces with the City of Melbourne and Catriona and Simon Mordant AM to launch the Mordant Family VR Commission: a three year commitment to Australian visual artists, stimulating cross disciplinary collaboration to produce bold new and ambitious works using virtual reality (VR) and associated technology. The fund will deliver $80,000 a year over three years. Applications are now open now and close at 5pm Thursday 13 April 2017. More information.

Image: Ghost Toast and the Things Unsaid at ACMI, October 2016

 

 

14.02.17 | Engaging Audiences Funding Recipients Announced


The latest Creative Victoria grants will assist organisations to undertake research into the needs and interests of their audiences. The Full House and Engaging Audiences programs are part of the Victorian Government's $20 million regional creative industries package. A number of our members have received funding through these programs including Ararat Regional City Council (for audience development for the Ararat Regional Art Gallery and Ararat Performing Arts Centre, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum and Geelong Gallery. We look forward to further news about the activities planned at these galleries! Further information: http://creative.vic.gov.au/news/2017/new-funding-to-boost-regional-arts-and-audiences

 

 

05.02.17 | Heide Museum of Modern Art appoints new Director


The Board of Directors at Heide Museum of Modern Art (Heide) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Natasha Cica as the new Director and CEO of the museum. Dr Natasha Cica is the founding director of Kapacity.org, a global consultancy whose clients include leading cultural and educational organisations. Her professional experience spans public administration (including as an adviser to Australia’s national parliament), crisis management, corporate law, and the higher education and non-government sectors. She has held leading roles at think tanks and start-ups in Australia and Europe – and is an award- winning author, broadcaster and public commentator. Dr Cica will commence her role at Heide Museum of Modern Art in April 2017. The PGAV extends our congratulations to Dr Cica and all at Heide.

 

 

25.01.17 | Ararat Regional Art Gallery closed for refurbishment


Ararat Regional Art Gallery (ARAG) is closed in 2017 for a major $6.235 million redevelopment. The gallery will reopen in 2018 in a new and upgraded home at the Ararat Town Hall in time to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Ararat Regional Art Gallery will present a regular exhibition program from the Ararat Library, but also has prominent events planned in unexpected locations in the region.  The project has been funded through a partnership between the Victorian Government ($3.7 million), the Federal Government ($945,000) and Ararat Rural City Council. Further details: https://beta.ararat.vic.gov.au/news/arts-precinct-makes-way-redevelopment

Image: Ararat Regional Art Gallery Director, Anthony Camm and Gallery Program Support Officer, Wendy Stevens moving part of the collection into storage to make way for construction.

 

 

25.01.17 | Latrobe Regional Gallery closed for refurbishment


Latrobe Regional Gallery will be closed to the public from 6 February – 14 July 2017 for refurbishments.  The upgrades have been funded jointly by Latrobe City Council and the State Government and include changes to the external façade, increased exhibition space, specialist lighting and improvements to storage. The refurbishments are expected to be completed by mid-July 2017 in time for LRG to host two international exhibitions. 

During this time gallery staff will be onsite Monday – Friday, and can be contacted on (03) 5128 5700 (between 10:00am – 5:00pm) or email lrg@Latrobe.vic.gov.au.
Further details via the Latrobe Regional Gallery website: http://latroberegionalgallery.com/latroberegionalgalleryrefurbishment/ 

   

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