2011 events

Beyond the page | Book club

Life After God by Douglas Coupland

Monday 5 December | 10.30am | The Day Nursery, Old Government House | Free

Held in conjunction with the exhibition, The 60th Blake Prize, this month we tackle Life After God by Douglas Coupland. What happens if we are raised without religion or beliefs? As we grow older, the beauty and disenchantments of the world temper our souls. We all have spiritual impulses, yet where do these impulses flow in a world of commodities and consumerism? Life After God is a compellingly innovative collection of stories responding to these themes.

Join us for a complimentary morning tea and insightful discussion led by Elizabeth Ellison, Penny Holliday and Ariella Van Luyn from Creative Writing and Literary Studies, QUT. Books are available to purchase from QUT Art Museum.

Union with Reality: The Art of Leonard Brown

Artist floor talk

Friday 11 November | 11am | Free

Join Leonard Brown as he discusses his practice.

Beyond the page | Book club

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Monday 14 November | 10.30am | The Day Nursery, Old Government House | Free

Held in conjunction with the exhibition, The 60th Blake Prize, this month we tackle the Whitbread Award winning novel Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson. This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God's elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts. At sixteen, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family for the young woman she loves. Innovative, punchy and tender, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit is a few days' ride into the bizarre outposts of religious excess and human obsession.

Join us for a complimentary morning tea and insightful discussion led by Elizabeth Ellison, Penny Holliday and Ariella Van Luyn from Creative Writing and Literary Studies, QUT. Books are available to purchase from QUT Art Museum.

What is contemporary spirituality?

Panel

Saturday 29 October | 2pm | Free

Join Rev Dr Rod Pattenden (Chairperson, The Blake Society), Father Peter Kennedy (St Mary's Community in Exile), Associate Professor Lynne Hume (University of Queensland) and Danie Mellor as they discuss the nature of contemporary spirituality.

The 60th Blake Prize

Floor talk

Friday 28 October | 11am | Free

Join Rev Dr Rod Pattenden (Chairperson, The Blake Society) as he discusses the 60th Blake Prize.

Dreaming of Chanel

Guided tour

Thursday 15 September and Thursday 13 October | 11am | Free

Guided tours of Dreaming of Chanel with exhibition curator, Nadia Buick. Please meet promptly at 11am in the Art Museum foyer.

Ikebana Demonstration

to celebrate Japan Week

Wednesday 31 August | 11am | QUT Art Museum

Ikebana is the traditional form of Japanese flower arranging. To celebrate Japan Week come along to QUT Art Museum for an Ikebana demonstration with Ms Misae Natsume from the Ohara School of Ikebana. Presented by QUT Art Museum and the Consulate-General of Japan.

Past, Present, Future: The Darnell Collection

with Charlotte Smith

Friday 26 August | 11am | QUT Art Museum

Inheriting a priceless vintage clothing collection sounds like every woman's dream come true. But when Charlotte Smith discovered that her American godmother, Doris Darnell, had made her custodian of more than three thousand pieces dating from 1790 to 1995, including originals by Chanel and Dior, she was more than a little daunted. Join Charlotte as she charts the history of the Darnell Collection and plans for its future.

Book Club: Beyond the Page

The Transfigured Landscape

Monday 8 August | 10.30am | The Day Nursery, Old Government House | Free

Held in conjunction with the exhibition, William Robinson: The Transfigured Landscape, this is a book club for those interested in traversing the landscape of Australian fiction. Each month for the duration of the exhibition, we will explore the literal and imagined landscapes evoked in the works of some of Australia's finest authors. Complimentary refreshments will be provided and discussion led by Elizabeth Ellison, Penny Holliday and Ariella Van Luyn from Creative Writing and Literary Studies, QUT. Books are available to purchase from QUT Art Museum.

Download the full program (PDF - 145KB)

So you want to be an artist: Boxcopy

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Saturday 6 August | 10am - 1pm | Free | The Glasshouse | QUT Creative Industries Precinct | Kelvin Grove

During session one, members of the highly successful Brisbane artist run initiative, Boxcopy will chart it's history. The session will conclude with a tour of Grid North and discussion about their national and international collaborative projects. Session two will take the form of a group consultation with Boxcopy members available to answer any questions you have about ARI's, from the mundane to the complex. This program is a must for anyone interested in starting their own artist run initiative. Complementary refreshments will be provided.

Presented by QUT Art Museum and Artworkers Alliance.

Is fashion art?

An evening with Valerie Steele

Thursday 4 August | 6.00pm for 6.30pm | The Loft, QUT Creative Industries Precinct | Free

Described as one of 'fashion's brainiest women', Valerie Steele has been the subject of profiles in Forbes and The New York Times, and was listed in the New York Daily News Fashion's 50 Most Powerful. She is Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) and has curated more than 20 exhibitions in the past ten years. She is also Editor-in-chief of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture (Berg) and the author of numerous books, including Gothic: Dark Glamour and The Corset: A Cultural History.

This event has been made possible through Art Monthly Australia and the Australia Council for the Art's International Visitors Program.

NB: This event will be held at The Loft, QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove. View maps and other info.

David Malouf: The Transfigured Landscape

Keynote lecture

Saturday 9 July | 2pm | The Hall, Old Government House

David Malouf, one of Australia's greatest living authors and winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Australia Asia Literary Award and Miles Franklin Prizes, returns to Brisbane for this very special event. Join us as he explores the theme of arcadia in the Australian landscape, in reference to Australian literature and the work of William Robinson.

Held as part of the Australian Galleries Lecture Series.

Degustation

Taste, tradition and innovation in Australian Landscape art

Saturday 18 June | 2pm | Free

Join Dr Andrew McNamara, Mandy Martin, Dr Catriona Moore and Judy Watson as they unpack the Australian landscape genre.

Held as part of the Australian Galleries Lecture Series.

Art/work

Wednesday 8 June, 6pm

Senior secondary students interested in a career in art, fashion or design are invited to come along to this free information session. Hear from four young QUT graduates as they chart the path that led to their exciting careers in the creative industries.

So you want to be an artist

Curatorial workshop

Saturday 4 June, 10am - 2pm

Do you ever wander through an exhibition and wonder who decided which pieces made the cut and why they are placed where they are? This workshop is just for you. Industry professionals will talk about what curating involves, common issues and best practice guidelines. Individual consultations to help you with your own curatorial project will also be conducted. This workshop is a must for anyone who thinks they are made to wear the curator's hat.

Presented by QUT Art Museum and Artworkers

A soul's solace: Art, faith and music

Lecture

Saturday 21 May | 2pm | The Hall, Old Government House

To William Robinson, music is 'solace for the soul'. Presented by Bettina MacAulay, this lecture will shed light on the role that music plays in Robinson's creative process.

The lecture is drawn from a newly-commissioned essay by Bettina and Desmond MacAulay which appears in the publication William Robinson: The Transfigured Landscape.

William Robinson: The Transfigured Landscape

Guided tour

Commencing Friday 13 May | 11am | Free

Guided tours of William Robinson: The Transfigured Landscape led by co-curator Megan Williams will be held every second and fourth Friday* of the month for the duration of the exhibition. Tours leave at 11am from the Art Museum foyer and will cover the Art Museum and William Robinson Gallery.

* Excluding public holidays and Good Friday.

So you want to be an artist

Documenting your art workshop

Saturday 7 May, 10am - 2pm

$25 | $20 Artworkers Members and current QUT students

The Glasshouse, QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove

This four hour seminar focuses on the importance of good photographic documentation in establishing yourself as a strong, professional artist. The first half will take you through the practical dos and don'ts of photographing, including lighting basics and set-up for different mediums. The second half will look at Photoshop techniques to improve your images for publishing and other presentation formats. Professional photographer and artist, Carl Warner, will facilitate the workshop. Participants are requested to bring their own digital camera, and knowledge of Photoshop fundamentals is required. A light lunch will be provided.

Presented by QUT Art Museum and Artworkers

Ukiyo-e: Pop Art Of Old Edo

Lecture, Demonstration & Workshop

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 March | 1pm - 4.30pm

The Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane, in association with The Japan Foundation, Sydney, will be holding a series of free lectures, demonstrations and workshops. Featuring Ukiyo-e artist Mr Tatsuya Ito, you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Ukiyo-e and the process involved in creating woodblock prints. You can also try your hand at making your own piece of Ukiyo-e artwork.

Art For Flood Sake

Logan Art Gallery

Corner Jacaranda Avenue and Wembley Road, Logan Central

Sunday 20 February | 2pm (viewing from 10am)

Artworks donated by leading Australian artists will go under the hammer with 100% of the proceeds going to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.

Featuring over 30 artists, including:
Tony ALBERT, Esther AUSTIN, Lincoln AUSTIN, James and Eleanor AVERY, Bianca BEETSON, Richard BELL, Leonard BROWN, Christian CAPURRO, John COBURN, Adam CULLEN, Kim DEMUTH, Simone EISLER, Christian FLYNN, Ian FRIEND, Joachim FROESE, GHOSTPATROL, Danius KESMINAS, Tim MAGUIRE, Karla MARCHESI, Donna MARCUS, Laith McGREGOR, Noel McKENNA, Dani MELLOR, Tracey MOFFATT, Pauline NAPAMGARDI GALLAGHER, Raquel ORMELLA, Scott REDFORD, Alun RHYS JONES, Mandy RIDLEY, Luke ROBERTS, Daniel WALLWORK, Daniel TEMPLEMAN, and Judy WATSON.

Bidder Registration Form (PDF, 215KB)

List of Works (PDF, 580KB)

Primavera

past, present and future

Friday 4 February | 1pm

Artists and curators of Primavera past and present discuss the exhibition, their involvement and its impact on them.

Panel includes Katie Dyer (Primavera 2010 Guest Curator), Rachel Kent (MCA Senior Curator and Primavera 1999 Guest Curator), Julie Fragar (Primavera 2010 artist), Agatha Gothe-Snape (Primavera 2010 artist) and Gemma Smith (Primavera 2008 artist).

Primavera

Opening

Thursday 3 February | 6pm

To be opened by Rachel Kent, Senior Curator, MCA.

Primavera is the Museum of Contemporary Art's (MCA) annual exhibition showcasing Australia's up-and-coming talent aged 35 years and younger. For Primavera 2010, guest curator Katie Dyer has brought together the work of seven artists: Akira Akira, Julie Fragar, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Alasdair McLuckie, James Newitt, Jackson Slattery and Emma White. Curated by Katie Dyer

Book Launch

Dreaming of Chanel

Friday 10 December | 11am

In Dreaming of Chanel, Charlotte Smith offers an unforgettable glimpse inside the magic wardrobe every woman would love to own. Charlotte's godmother, Doris Darnell, made made her custodian of more than three thousand garments dating from 1790 to 1995. Drawing from the book of stories that accompanied the collection, Charlotte charts the lives of the women who owned the garments and reveals that this wasn't a mere collection of beautiful things she had inherited, it was a precious collection of women's lives.

Be one of the lucky few to have your copy of Dreaming of Chanel signed by the author.

QUT Art Museum will also be launching the 2011 Exhibition Program and new website.

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