News and events

FLOORTALK- Thursday 23 May,12pm: Carolyn McLennan, Art Conservator

Following CDU Art Gallery being awards substantial funding, freelance art conservator Carolyn McLennan joined the Reinvigorating the MECA Collection project to undertake conservation treatments on those works selected for the exhibition. The conservation process was ain intensive 10 weeks long program of documentation, cleaning and pigment consolidation.

Join us for a fascinating insight into art conservation, as Carolyn explains her methodology and particularly how and why the bark paintings have remained in relatively great condition for more than 40 years.

L to R: Leon Milmurru, Carolyn McLennan and Jacob Djalangi. Photo by Merinda Campbell, MAGNT


ARTLab Seminar - Protest Art in Indonesia and Timor-Leste

Speaker: Dr Vannessa Hearman
Convenor: Nicolas Bullot, Kellie Joswig
Date and time: Friday, 17 May 2019, 1:00-2:00 PM
Venue: Charles Darwin University ART GALLERY, Casuarina Campus

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FLOORTALK- Thursday 4 April, 12pm: Carolyn McLennan, Art Conservator

Following CDU Art Gallery being awards substantial funding, freelance art conservator Carolyn McLennan joined the Reinvigorating the MECA Collection project to undertake conservation treatments on those works selected for the exhibition. The conservation process was ain intensive 10 weeks long program of documentation, cleaning and pigment consolidation.

Join us for a fascinating insight into art conservation, as Carolyn explains her methodology and particularly how and why the bark paintings have remained in relatively great condition for more than 40 years.

L to R: Leon Milmurru, Carolyn McLennan and Jacob Djalangi. Photo by Merinda Campbell, MAGNT


FLOORTALK - Thursday 28 March, 12pm: David Morgan, Milingimbi art advisor, 1970s

David Morgan arrived at Milingimbi in 1972 as the community’s first dedicated Art and Craft Advisor. In 1974 he moved to the school staff as the Literature Production Supervisor in the School’s bilingual program. It was during that time that he and the then Principal David McClay compiled the Milingimbi Educational and Cultural Association (MECA) Collection.
David will discuss the formation and intent of the MECA Collection, its removal from Milingimbi in the early 1980s and the protracted legal dispute that restored the collection to Yolngu owners in 2001.

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ARTLab seminar: Art Intentions

ARTLab Event title: Art Intentions
Speaker: Lee Harrop, Korin Lesh
Convenor: Nicolas Bullot, Kellie Joswig
Date and time: Friday, 29 March 2019, 1:00-2:00 PM
Venue: Charles Darwin University ART GALLERY, Casuarina Campus

“Artist Intentions” by Lee Harrop
Abstract: Using examples in contemporary art, I will briefly discuss the philosophical debate surrounding artist intentions and why we should take them into consideration when we interpret the artist’s work. It will summarise a recent podcast interview with a leading philosopher on this topic, Stephen Davies, who discusses his position on artist intentions with Nicolas Bullot. I will contribute my recent thoughts on artist intentions from my position as an artist and researcher.

“Place of Interaction: Research for the Creation of Interactive Art Instillations” by Korin Lesh
Abstract: The focus of Lesh’s research is on interactive art installations, its relevance to collective memory making, and reasoning for its prevalence in the contemporary art scene.  She sees interactive art as concomitant to arts’ continuing evolution in response to western contemporary lives, and suggests that interpreting the transitional potential or plurality of interactive arts is vital to their relevance and understanding. Lesh will speak about the development of her recent work.


Indigenous art to gain public prominence

By Andrew Hall

A new exhibition drawing from a heritage collection of significant Yolngu bark paintings, sculptural objects, hollow logs and weavings will open on 27 March at the CDU Art Gallery.

Reinvigorating the MECA Collection is a collaboration between Milingimbi Art and Culture, Bula’bula Arts and CDU’s Yolngu Studies, bringing together a stunning selection of 64 works from the Milingimbi Education and Cultural Association (MECA) Collection, created in Arnhem Land in the mid-1970s.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.cdu.edu.au/enews/stories/meca-exhibition-2019

CDU Art Gallery acting curator Kellie Joswig is preparing to open a major exhibition of Yolngu art


'University galleries step up in a shifting gallery landscape'

A great article by Gina Farley from Artshub about University Art Museums and Galleries.

LINK HERE: https://visual.artshub.com.au/news-article/features/visual-arts/gina-fairley/university-galleries-step-up-in-a-shifting-gallery-landscape-257143


New signage

We are very excited to have new signage installed outside the Orange 12 Building!


Free public event: Legal Facades: legal Architecture and Inequality

Legal Facades: legal Architecture and Inequality. Paper presentation by Ben Wardle


Still in My Mind: Gurindji location, experience and visuality exhibition Public Program

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