|Artist-in-Residence/Artist Interventions in Museums|
|A Museum & Gallery Services Queensland Seminar presented in partnership with The University of Queensland Art Museum and The University of Queensland’s Museum Studies program (School of English, Media Studies and Art History) |
|Date: Wednesday 5 August 2.00 pm-6.30 pm (afternoon tea 3.30pm-4.00pm, drinks 5.30pm-6.30pm)|
Venue: University of Queensland Art Museum, University Drive, St Lucia
Cost: $55 (inc GST) – full registration fee
$45 (inc GST) - concession registration fee for MAQ & RGAQ Institutional and Individual members, volunteers, students
$20 (inc GST) - GROUP OF 6 OR MORE full-time/part-time students and volunteers
|Speakers will explore the creative and visionary ways galleries, museums and educational institutions are working with artists through Artist-in-Residence programs and Artist Interventions.|
Fiona Hall explores the artist-in-residence projects she has undertaken with The University of Queensland’s Queensland Brain Institute and her interest in science and natural history collections and the artwork this has inspired.
Yenda Carson outlines the artist-in-residence program for schools she is working on with Education Queensland.
Janet Laurence reviews some of the projects where she has been invited by museums to intervene in their collections such as Birdsong with Ross Gibson, Object Gallery, Sydney, 2006, based on her research into the ornithological collection of the Australian Museum; Stilled Lives, Museum Victoria, 2000; Muses. Janet Laurence: artist in the museum, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, 2000; and the permanent installation at the ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’, Australian War Memorial, 1993.
Dr Jennifer Barrett presents key findings from her major research project “Australian Artists and the Museum" including the relationship between contemporary Australian artists and the museum, the museum as a site for artistic intervention, the impact of artists on the museum, new ways that artists interpret collections for the public and the expectations of the museum in engaging artists to interpret its collections.
|RSVP essential by Wednesday 29 July: Kerri Laidlaw, Training & Professional Development Coordinator, M&GSQ. Contact details below.|
|Speaker biographies and presentation outlines are available below. For further information on speakers and the projects they have been involved with see links below.|
|Fiona Hall, by Greg Weight|
|Yenda Carson has a background in Fine Arts and Education and has balanced an arts practice with arts administration and teaching roles for about 19 years. She has worked in Queensland state and private schools and held teaching positions at TAFE, QCA-GU, QUT and Kookmin University, Seoul, Republic of South Korea. She has been the recipient of grants and awards for her arts practice and has artworks held in public and private collections. She works with local indigenous communities and has lived in a remote Cape York Aboriginal community for 2 years developing community arts and curriculum content for schools. A public artist herself, Yenda has previously held positions at the Public Art Agency and at Arts Queensland managing projects for indigenous and young artists. She was the Senior Program Officer at Arts Queensland for Public Art from 2007- 2009 during which time she managed the Artists in Schools Residency program. Yenda has delivered a number of community arts and cultural development projects for local government agencies in Queensland and is currently the A/Program Leader Cultural Services based at the Logan Art Gallery, Logan City Council.|
Schools that work with artists offer valuable learning and professional development experiences to students, teachers and the wider school community. Actively engaging artists in education programs and in projects in schools that support The Arts curriculum, influences community values and attitudes towards artists and the role of the arts in our society.
The benefits of artists working in schools was highlighted by the artist residencies undertaken by Queensland State Schools between 2004 and 2009 and through the partnership between Education Queensland and Arts Queensland's public art policy that determined the funding for the program. A centrally managed program that links community and curriculum with the arts sector, through a range of models available to schools, including residencies, serves to provide knowledge, build future audiences and regular participation in the arts. These collaborations support the capacity for innovation recognised as a leading contributor to the nation’s growth.
Janet Laurence is a well-known Australian artist who works in mixed media and installation work. She has been included in major survey exhibitions and collections, nationally and internationally.
|Janet Laurence standing in front of her own work Unnatural History from Verdant series 2005|
Her work explores a relationship to the natural world and extends from the gallery space into the urban fabric, and she has completed many site specific projects, both public and private. Some have involved collaborations with architects and landscape architects and environmental scientists, including:
• Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, War Memorial Hall Of Memory Canberra ACT
• ‘The Edge of the Trees’ at the Museum of Sydney, with Fiona Foley
• ‘49 veils’, windows for the Central Synagogue in Bondi, awarded the 1999 NAWIC award for Art in the Built Environment, with Jisuk Han
• ‘Veil of Trees’, Sydney Sculpture Walk Domain, with Jisuk Han
• ‘In the Shadow’, for the Olympic Site at Homebush Bay
• ‘Stilled Lives’, Museum of Victoria - Galleria Showcases
• The Australian War Memorial, in collaboration with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, Hyde Park, London
• Elixir House for Echigo Tsumari Triennale, Japan 2003
• Waterveil CH2 Building, Melbourne City Council
• Memory of Lived Spaces, Changi Airport Singapore
Received awards including:
• 1997 Rockefeller Fellowship Residency, Italy.
• Mc George Fellowship, Melbourne University.
• 2006 Churchill Fellowship
• Currently on VAB Australia Council and Visiting Fellow COFA UNSW
In Brisbane her work is represented by Jan Manton Gallery.
Synopsis: Fugitive in Light
The talk will show projects where I have engaged with museums and institutions that have resulted in site specific works as a background to my use of the collections, specifically specimens, both within and from natural history museums.
I’d like to reveal my interest in the potential for Art to translate scientific and environmental realities to form experiential spaces, in order to open an engagement, and empathy with the collection from the natural world whilst revealing their fragility and our interconnection and our responsibility.
|Dr Jennifer Barrett is Director of Museum Studies at the University of Sydney and was until recently Associate Dean Postgraduate Coursework, Faculty of Arts. She recently led an Australian International Cultural Council supported project in Indonesia with the Presidential Palace Museums. Jennifer currently collaborates with the University of Hong Kong on a museum studies program to support developments in their museum sector. |
Before working at The University of Sydney, Jennifer lectured in the Art History program at the University of Western Sydney (1990-2000). She writes on public culture in relation to public spaces, such as museums. She has written catalogue essays for exhibitions at the AGNSW, Penrith Regional Art Gallery, Casula Powerhouse Regional Arts Centre, and the Historic Houses Trust of NSW and has published in Australian art journals (Eyeline, Artlink and WEST) and international publications on cultural policy.
In 2001, with Caroline Butler-Bowdon, she co-organised a series of symposia and co-edited and contributed to the subsequent publication of Debating the City: An anthology, for HHTNSW. Her current research and writing projects include ‘Australian Artists and the Museum’ (with Jacqueline Millner, financially supported by the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council), museums and the environment (with Phil McManus) and Imperial Anxiety: Museums and colonial collections. Her book Museums and the Public Sphere is published by Blackwell Publishing in 2010.
Synopsis: Australian Artists and Museums
Like the surrealists, artists can be perceived as feeding on the collections of the museum, investigating its material, non-material and immaterial nature. This paper presents the different ways that artists and museum professionals engage with museums. Intervention is just one form of engagement.