|Models of Exchange, Residencies and Collaborations with Asia - 25 Nov 2010|
|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: Thursday 25 November 2010, 12.30pm–5.30pm (drinks 4.30pm–5.30pm)|
Venue: University of Queensland Art Museum & ICTE Auditorium, University Drive, St Lucia
Cost: $60 (inc GST) – full registration fee
$50 (inc GST) – concession registration fee for MAQ & RGAQ Institutional and Individual members, volunteers, students
$20 (inc GST) – per person in GROUP OF 6 OR MORE (full-time/part-time students and volunteers only)
|The afternoon will begin in University of Queensalnd Art Museum at 12:30pm for a tour of the exhibit Before Time Today: Reinventing Tradition in Aurukun Aboriginal Art by curator Dr Sally Butler. Seminar registration opens at 12 noon.|
|Seminar Program and Speakers|
|The seminar will be held at ICTE Auditorium, Sir Llew Edwards Building, University Drive, St Lucia, QLD. At 1:20pm delegates will be led to Sir Llew Edwards Building, (No. 14), which is located diagonally across from the UQ Art Museum in University Drive. |
Lesley Alway - Arts Director, Asialink will present the keynote address on 'Cultural Exchange, Residencies and Collaborations in the Asian Century: Future, Present, Past'.
Shihoko Iida - Visiting Curator at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Shihoko will present a case study on her role at The Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art (ACAPA).
John Kirkman - CEO of Penrith Performing & Visual Arts, NSW will present a case study on Western Sydney Curatorial Project exchange with Japan.
Warwick Heywood - Curator of Art, Australian War Memorial will present a case study on their Resident War Artist Program and its role in recording and commemorating Australia's involvement in contemporary conflicts in Asia.
Networking Session -
Networking and refreshments with the opportunity to speed date with Sarah Bond, Director Visual Arts, Asialink. Explore the potential for you to make use of Asialink's opportunities for residencies, exchanges and collaborations in Asia in 2012.
|RSVP essential by Thursday 18 November: Aimee Board, Training & Professional Development Coordinator, M&GSQ. Contact details below.|
|Speaker biographies and presentation outlines are detailed below.|
|Lesley Alway is an arts manager with experience in cultural organisations and special expertise in the visual arts in the government, non-profit and private sectors. Lesley is currently Director of Arts at Asialink, based at the University of Melbourne. |
Between 2008–2010, Lesley was the Managing Director of Sotheby’s Australia. She had previously been Director / CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne since 2003 where she oversaw the major redevelopment of the Museum which re-opened in July 2006. Between 1997 and 2000, Lesley was the Director of Arts Victoria where she managed the introduction of many new policy initiatives including projects for the major collecting institutions such as Museum Victoria, the National Gallery of Victoria and the State Library, new professional and artistic development opportunities for contemporary artists and arts organisations as well as a range of marketing initiatives directed at expanding local, international and tourism audiences.
Prior to joining Arts Victoria in 1995 as Manager, Industry Development, Research and Information, Lesley was Director of Artbank for four years. Artbank is a key Commonwealth Government organisation for supporting contemporary Australian artists through purchasing their work and making it available for rental to both Australian and international clients. She has worked for Sotheby’s Melbourne, in local government cultural management, arts education and has also been a consultant in business planning and cultural policy to various interstate and federal arts-based organisations. She has lectured in post-graduate cultural policy and management at both the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.
Lesley’s academic qualifications include a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts and BEd from the University of Melbourne, and an MBA from Monash University.
|Presentation Synopsis – Cultural Exchange, Residencies and Collaborations in the Asian Century: Future, Present, Past.|
|With the global shift of economic power from West to East, what are the opportunities and challenges for Australia/Asia cultural relationships, particularly exchanges and residencies? What role will reciprocity, multilateralism and collaboration play in our future relationships? What is the scope of Asialink residency and exchange programs and what are the models for the future? Information will also be available on how artists and managers can apply for residencies and the priorities and objectives of the Asialink residency program.|
|Warwick Heywood is an art curator at the Australian War Memorial. He is the curator of the exhibitions, Framing Conflict: Iraq and Afghanistan - Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, which will travel Australia until early 2011, and the recently completed Double Field: Shaun Gladwell – Afghanistan, Australian War Memorial. He is the author of various articles related to works of art in the Memorial’s collection. |
Warwick is a serving board member for the Canberra-based Megalo Print Studio + Gallery. Previous work experience includes roles in several Sydney art galleries and organisations including Artspace, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and Artbank. He has also worked as a university tutor at the College of Fine Arts (COFA), UNSW. In 1998 he completed a Bachelor of Art History and Theory with first class honours at COFA.
|Presentation Synopsis – The Australian War Memorial’s contemporary official war art scheme|
|In the last decade the Australian War Memorial has commissioned various artists to travel to East Timor, Afghanistan, the Middle East and the Solomon Islands to record and commemorate Australia’s involvement in contemporary conflict. This case study will explore the history of the official war art scheme; how the official tours are developed; and the artwork that is produced through this scheme. It will also explore the Memorial’s recent exhibitions of official war art.|
|Shihoko was born in Tokyo and graduated from the Department of Art and Science, Faculty of Art and Design, Tama Art University in 1998. She joined the Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation in 1998 for the inauguration of its Art Gallery in 1999 and worked as curator until September 2009. Shihoko joined the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art as visiting curator in October 2009 under a scholarship of the Japanese Government. |
Her major curated exhibitions at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (TOCAG) include KONOIKE Tomoko: Inter-Traveller in 2009; Trace Elements: Spirit and Memory in Japanese and Australian Photomedia (co-curated with Bec Dean, Associate Director at Performance Space, Sydney in 2009; TOCAG in 2008); Wolfgang Tillmans: Freischwimmer in 2004; Why not live for Art? in 2004 and others.
Other co-curatorial projects apart from TOCAG include Oriental Metaphor (organised by Alternative Space LOOP, Seoul) in 2006–07; Rapt! 20 contemporary artists from Japan (organised by the Japan Foundation / multiple cities in Australia) in 2005–06. Shihoko also participated in Move on Asia 2010 (organised by Alternative Space LOOP, Seoul) in 2010 and The 1st Kuandu Biennale (organised by Taipei National University of The Arts, Taipei) in 2008.
|Presentation Synopsis – Desire of translation and beyond translation of cultures|
|Translation of a culture is motivated by and reflects the nation’s collective, subconscious and often nationalistic desire, which is either ‘wanting one’s own culture to be understood correctly’ without being trapped by cultural clichés such as Otaku and Kawaii, and tradition and Zen, or ‘wanting the culture to be looked well’ to sell the country to abroad, establishing a national representation such as ‘Cool Japan’ and ‘High-tech Japan’. |
However, do we have to translate cultures in the first place, and why?
Translation often simplifies an essence of the culture too much and loses it. Then wouldn’t it be more creative to let it be misunderstood or misinterpreted? Would it be possible to contextualise what lies between cultures beyond translation, and how? These are the questions that I have been constantly thinking about.
I would like to share my thoughts on these questions with the other speakers and audience in the Seminar, presenting my current experience as a visiting curator in the Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.
|John Kirkman has been the CEO of Penrith Performing & Visual Arts since 2005. Immediate to this he was Director of the Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2001–2005). Previously he was Curator/Manager of djamu Gallery Australian Museum at Customs House (1998–2001), and was inaugural Director, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (1992–98). John was also Project Co-ordinator, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Albury/Wodonga (1987–92).|
John has worked extensively as curator and project manager for a range of exhibitions, performance programs and major public art commissions and consultancies. He has also co-ordinated and curated a range of international exhibition, residency and performance programs with particular focus on Japan, India and the Pacific. He was previously a member of the NSW Premier’s Arts Advisory Council (2006–2009).
John has a Masters of Arts Administration (College of Fine Art, University of NSW) and a Diploma of Teaching (Wollongong University).
|Presentation Synopsis – Long Haul. Premium Economy.|
|This presentation will detail Penrith Regional Gallery’s use of contemporary art, popular culture and community engagement in developing strong and ongoing bilateral cultural links and programming with and between two small regional Japanese cities – Fujieda City and Hakusan City. Particular focus will be given to the use of municipal cultural agreements and community links in achieving these programs. |