charles blackman sketch of two girls

Collection highlight: Charles Blackman

QUT Art Museum, Saturday 21 October, 2 – 3pm, Free

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Join us for the third in a series of public discussions highlighting selected works from the QUT Art Collection.

Established in 1945, the QUT Art Collection predates the QUT Art Museum by fifty-five years. Comprising more than 2000 objects, the collection includes paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and works on paper, chiefly by Australian artists. This month's collection highlights are three prints by renowned Australian artist Charles Blackman OBE: Two girls (1956), a monotype on tracing paper; Mid-air (1966-67), a lithograph; and Hi diddle diddle the cat and the fiddle (1976), a colour drypoint. These works will be temporarily on display and discussed in conjunction with a presentation on Blackman's life and practice.

Born in Sydney in 1928, Charles Blackman is recognised as one of Australia's greatest modern artists. His work spans painting, drawing, and printmaking, but he is most well-known for his distinct style of figuration, often exploring the dualities and complexities of life. He is well known for his Schoolgirl and Alice in Wonderland series created in the 1950s.

Ahead of the discussion, attendees are encouraged to view the exhibitions Why future still needs us: AI and humanity and Machination, showing at QUT Art Museum.

This event is part of the Art Suite Events; a series of free monthly events at QUT Art Museum and William Robinson Gallery, presented in proud partnership with Art Series Hotel Group.

Image: Charles BLACKMAN
Two girls 1956
monotype on tracing paper
Gift of William George (Monty) Howard, 2007
Photo: Carl Warner

The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon

Texta book club: The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon

QUT Art Museum, Tuesday 14 November, 6pm, Free

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Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction (mostly) to unpack the subjects, themes and emotions of art. Conversation is never colourless, and is facilitated by our brains trust from QUT Creative Writing and Literary Studies.

To coincide with the exhibitions The churchie national emerging art prize we are discussing The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon.

How can hope exist when the past is so easily forgotten?

Pasha Ivanov is a child of the Freeze, born in Moscow during Brezhnev's repressive rule over the Soviet Union. As a small child, Pasha sat at the kitchen table night after night as his parents and their friends gathered to preserve the memory of Stalinist violence.

When Gorbachev promises glasnost (openness), Pasha, an eager twenty-four year old longs to create art and carry on the work of those who came before him. He writes and falls in love, yet that hope fragments and he lives a solitary life in St Petersburg until a phone call in the middle of the night summons both Moscow and memory.

Through recollections and observation, Pasha walks through the landscapes of history, from concrete tower suburbs to haunting former prison camps in the Arctic north. Pasha's search to find meaning leads him to assemble a fractured story of Russia's traumatic past.

Join us for a brief tour of the exhibitions followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of healthy conversation about The Memory Artist.

Books can be purchased from the Gardens Point QUT Bookshop or from QUT Art Museum.

the churchie

Exhibition floor talk the churchie national emerging art prize

QUT Art Museum, Wednesday 15 November, 12:30 – 1:15pm, Free

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Artists are continuing to provoke by challenging perceptions of what is contemporary, and by defining new realities. 'the churchie' provides insight into emerging trends and is an important element in the establishment of new ideas.
- Vicky Leighton

Celebrating its 30th year, this year's the churchie national emerging art prize ('the churchie') features artworks by 30 emerging artists from across Australia. The artists were selected from over 900 submissions by the pre-selection panel: QUT Art Museum Curator, Kevin Wilson, Assistant Curator of International Art at QAGOMA, Abigail Bernal and Head of Art at Churchie, Vicky Leighton.

'the churchie' has a reputation as one of Australia's 'to watch' art prizes, and it promises a glimpse into the future of the nation's contemporary art scene. Gain an insight into the inner workings of 'the churchie' at this exhibition floor talk with Curator Kevin Wilson.

'the churchie' is dedicated to supporting a new generation of artists with an annual non-acquisitive cash prize, an initiative of Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie). The 2017 guest judges for the prize are Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, Executive Directors at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane.

This program is the final Art Suite Event for the year. Art Suite events are a series of free monthly events at QUT Art Museum and William Robinson Gallery, presented in proud partnership with Art Series Hotel Group.

Image: Sarah MORAWETZ How the stars stand (All sols) (detail) 2015
Lambda prints (performance documentation)
Courtesy of the artist
Winner, churchie emerging art prize 2016


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