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Wednesday 8 November 2006
Dr. Michael McCarthy
Curator of Maritime Archaeology, Western Australian Maritime Museum
Explorers, lovers and pirates

Michael explores the links between New Holland (Western Australia), the Dutch, the lovers Rose and Louis de Freycinet, and the famous pirate and hydrographer William Dampier.

Wednesday 1 November 2006
Associate Professor Bert Veenendaal
Department of Spatial Sciences
Mapping: Spatial Information and imagination

There is something 'spatial' about each one of us. Mapping is a process and a medium that allows us to express our “spatial” perspectives. Progression from the paper map to the digital map has also resulted in changes to the way we imagine and conceptualise space and time. This talk will explore the influences of mapping in the 21st century.

Sunday 29 October 2006
12-4 pm

The John Curtin Gallery will be open from 12 noon-4pm

Wednesday 25 October 2006
Anne Farren
Faculty of Built Environment, Art and Design
Contemporary Kimonos

Anne, Curator of Contemporary Kimonos, will give an overview of the exhibition and its context within the Textile Exchange Project and the Australia-Japan Year of Exchange.

Wednesday 18 October 2006
Nien Schwarz
Exhibiting Artist
Polar Bears and Goannas: sustenance and susurration in the bush

Nien is exhibiting in the exhibition Chart.  Since 1981 Nien Schwarz has cooked for geological field crews across arctic Canada and central Western Australia. Her work is based on ruminations of survival.

Wednesday 11 October 2006
David Sequeira
current Artist in Resident with the Faculty of Built Environment, Art and Design
The Final Frontier

David will talk about the work in his exhibtion David Sequeira: Eternal Rythms selected works 1996-2006, currently on show at the John Curtin Gallery.

Wednesday 13 September 2006
Professor David Dolan
Faculty of Built Environment and Design
Photography, digital manipulation... and Painting

Professor David Dolan will suggest some ways that modern computer technology is changing not only how we understand Photography, but also the cultural significance of Painting which has had a changing relationship with Photography over the last 150 years. The intention is for a short talk followed by discussion of the issues.

Wednesday 6 September 2006
Dr. Ann McGuire
Senior Lecturer in Communication and Cultural Studies
A Woman’s Place: Defamiliarising Domestic Space

Dr Ann McGuire will talk about the ways in which Erwin Olaf’s exhibited photographs unsettle dominant cultural assumptions about the feminine by their use of transgressive poses and settings.

Sunday 27 August 2006
A performance of The Living Screen by Guy Ben-Ary, Tania Visosevic and Bruce Murphy

The Skin Tissue Screen in The Cellular Dentata, the world’s smallest living skin flick, starring Barbara Creed eating Lloyd Kaufman.

20/20 Closing event

20/20 is a unique exhibition that showcases the results of an experiment conducted by designers Ashley Doodkorte and Yolanda Stapleton in which they attempt to capture and reflect on the concept of campus cultural life and their time in design school. The artists will be present on this last day of their exhibition.

Wednesday 16 August 2006
Professor David Buchbinder
Department of Communication and Cultural Studies
Erwin Olaf and the Masculine Grotesque

Drawing on Mikhail Bakhtin’s notion of the grotesque in his theory of the carnivalesque (Rabelais and His World, trans. Hélène Iswolsky, 1984), Professor David Buchbinder explores the photography of Erwin Olaf as representing the male body (among other things) as grotesque in order to interrogate and challenge cultural assumptions about gender, masculinity and the body as object.

Sunday 13 August 2006: Curtin Open Day
A performance of The Living Screen by Guy Ben-Ary, Tania Visosevic and Bruce Murphy

The Blood Screen in I spit on your blood, starring Lloyd Kaufman

Sunday 25 June 2006

Where do you get the chance to spend the afternoon taking in three great art exhibitions and talking with the artists themselves? The answer: Sunday@Curtin.

Visitors can enjoy the three exhibitions currently on show at the John Curtin Gallery, including dOFa06, Conflux and Tainted Paradise, then stay for a series of floor talks and a performance by Curtin graduates.

The events start at 1.30pm with The Cloth Maketh the Man: A Performance by Greg Burley and Clyde McGill.

From 2pm, jewellery artist Robi Szalay will speak about her love of design for the body and her intricately created pieces using sterling silver, semi precious stones, crystals and glass beads. Robi's jewellery features in Artistry, the John Curtin Gallery Shop, and on Sunday she will present samples of her designs for visitors to see first hand.

From 2.30pm Jane Hardy-Pritchard will discuss her series of images representing an exploration into the idea of landscape and how photography in its two dimensional format has the ability to represent landscape beyond the 'mere' visual experience. 'Photography is utilised as a form of mediator where my interpretation of landscape attempts to blur the boundaries between the "natural" and the "unnatural",' explained Jane.

From 3.00pm Joshua Webb discusses his work entitled The Liberation of a Bored Monk, where he has constructed or reconstructed a number of iconic historical scenes into one compounded sculptural installation, using a variety of consumer objects. 'It becomes a symbol of the triumph of cheap labour and the joys of excessive consumption,' Joshua said. Joshua is the Curtin Galerie Duseldorf Scholarship recipient for 2006. This annual award is presented to a graduating student from the Department of Art and offers the recipient a solo exhibition at Galerie Duseldorf.

In addition to the John Curtin Gallery exhibitions, a major exhibition at the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library will be open for public viewing. The art of the possible: Creating an independent Australian foreign policy explores Australia's growing independence in the realm of foreign policy from 1935 to 1950. Under John Curtin's skilled and pragmatic leadership, Australia's refusal to see itself as a colonial outpost serving only British interests created the possibility of a new direction in foreign policy.

Wednesday 7 June 2006
The Cloth Maketh the Man: A Performance by Greg Burley and Clyde McGill

Talking the heliCOPter: Dr Joan Wardrop

Subverting the modernist nightmares of apartheid, negotiating the social disruptions of the period since the advent of democracy in South Africa: artists from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), inculcated from childhood with traditional spatial and visual understandings, transform found materials (wire, tins, fabrics), offering us windows of interpretation and mediation of this new South Africa.

Police in South Africa historically have occupied a particularly ambiguous cultural terrain. Michael Mbatha, fascinated from childhood by vehicles of all kinds, comments on and reconceptualises their role in his South Africa, the rural townships of the KZN Midlands, and “town”, the sprawling diverse city of eThekwini/Durban. 

Joan Wardrop (Faculty of Media, Society and Culture) researches and writes South African narrative cultures (including specifically, police), and is hopelessly addicted to looking at (and occasionally collecting) KZN art.  Associate Professor of History, Wardrop will talk about street artists in South Africa, such as Michael Mbatha, whose police helicopter, crafted out of tin and wire, is featured on the Writing the Collection wall for May.

The full script of Wardrop’s response to this work in Writing the Collection is at:

Wednesday 14 and 21 June 2006
The Cloth Maketh the Man:A Performance by Greg Burley and Clyde McGill

Wednesday 31 May 2006
The Cloth Maketh the Man: A Performance by Greg Burley and Clyde McGill

Conflux: Ben Joel, Jeremy Kirwan-Ward and Ted Snell

Local artists Ben Joel and Jeremy Kirwan-Ward will join Professor Ted Snell to talk about their perception of British prints of the 60s in the local context. Both Joel and Kirwan-Ward have prints in the exhibition that reveal some influences from the flavour of the time.

Sunday 28 May 2006

This Sunday between 1-4pm experience an afternoon full of art: enjoy the three exhibitions currently on show at the John Curtin Gallery and a major exhibition at the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library. Then stay for a performance and floor talks to learn more about the current exhibitions.

The Cloth Maketh the Man: A Performance by Greg Burley and Clyde McGill, followed by an Artist's talk.
Greg is a recent graduate of the Department of Art and has work in dOFa06. dOFa06 is an exhibition of works by First Class Honours, Master of Art and Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction students from the Department of Art, Curtin University of Technology.

Tainted Paradise: Elizabeth Delfs
Current Third Year Bachelor of Arts student Elizabeth Delfs curated Tainted Paradise, currently on show in the Access Gallery at the John Curtin Gallery. Elizabeth will talk about the works in the exhibition and the process of curating the show from the perspective of an emerging Curator.

Wednesday 24 May 2006
The Cloth Maketh the Man: A Performance by Greg Burley and Clyde McGill

Professor Jon Stratton: Pop Art/Pop Music

In the 1960s it was not only art that underwent a great transformation, so, too, did popular music. It was during this time that popular music moved from being regarded simply as entertainment to being thought of as having aesthetic qualities.  This was most obvious in the evolution of a popular musical avant-garde. During this period popular music became closely aligned with the new art pratices, most obviously in that many members of pop groups playing in both Britain and the United States, including the Rolling Stones, Cream, Pink Floyd, the Fugs, Jefferson Airplane, had studied at either art schools or universities. In Australia this same development took place about a decade later. In this talk Stratton will be exploring some of these connections and playing a selection of the music that formed the beginning of this new avant-garde from the Who to the Velvet Underground and the Scientists.

Wednesday 17 May 2006
The Cloth Maketh the Man: A Performance by Greg Burley and Clyde McGill

Which came first, the chicken or the Icara: De-boning the work

First Class Honours graduate and PhD candidate, Berenice Rarig, will talk about her most recent body of work titled Soul Cages.

Wednesday 12 April 2006
Writing the Collection
Larry Foley: Philip Hansen and the painters from the Carrolup School

Larry Foley has been a long-time friend and collector of the painters of the Carrolup art movement, a group of Nyoongar artists who were part of, or influenced by, the children who discovered painting under the nurturing tutelage of the Carrolup school teacher Noel White, and his wife Lily, in the late 1940s and 1950s. Many of these paintings have only recently been rediscovered at the Colgate University in New York.

Philip Hansen was born at Katanning in 1950 and lived with his parents at the Carrolup Mission. He first took up a brush at fourteen, inspired by some friends and his mother, who were all painters.

The painting by Philip Hansen that will be at the centre of this floor talk was recently donated to the John Curtin Gallery by Larry Foley.

Wednesday 5 April 2006
Rose Portrait Series and Enigma , Jãnis Nedêla

Jãnis Nedêla, a Curtin graduate and Co-Director of Gallery East, will give a floor talk about his Rose Portrait series - a suite of thirteen mixed media self-portraits - as well as a further self-portrait: Enigma: Death by a Thousand Pricks. These works were recently donated to the John Curtin Gallery by David Forrest.

Sunday 25 March 2006
John Curtin Gallery and Kirribilli Cafe

Friday 24 March 
Gael Newton: The Medium is Not the Message - Miriam Stannage Photowork

Gael Newton is the Senior Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia.  In her catalogue essay for Miriam Stannage: SENSATIONS, she writes: “… what registers in the John Curtin Gallery’s survey of her work since 1989 is the level of tension between the cool, often abstract surfaces and the resurgence of the bass nots of a violent underworld. There (is) ….everywhere an absent, violated presence is evoked by the litany of titles: Fingerprint Scar From Knife; Missing Massacre 1; SOS (Save Our Souls);Scene of Suicide; RIP (BrailleSeries), etc ” 

Newton is in Perth to participate in FotoFreo 2006: The City of Fremantle Festival of Photography  (

Wednesday 15 March
Bruce Russell: How I Scare Myself - Confessions of an Accidental Crime Writer

Born in 1943 in Sydney, Bruce Russell now lives in Fremantle. He began writing in mid-life and soon found success with short stories like The Fall of Icarus. His first full-length work was the semi-autobiographical Jacob's Air, which won the 1995 TAG Hungerford Award. After spending a year in New York he returned to Australia and wrote his first crime novel, Channelling Henry.

Wednesday 8 March
Dr Simon Lewis: Every Contact Leaves a Trace: The Sarah Payne Case

Dr Simon Lewis has recently been appointed to the position of Associate Professor in Forensic and Analytical Chemistry at Curtin. As coordinator of the Forensic Science Degree at Deakin University, he won the Deakin University Award for Excellence in Teaching and the VC’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2004. In 2005 he was a finalist for the Australian Awards for University Teaching in the Physical Sciences Category.

Dr Lewis’s talk will show how forensic science was essential to the arrest and conviction of Roy Whiting for the abduction and murder of 8 year old Sarah Payne. On July 1 2000 Sarah vanished after last being seen playing in a field near her grandparents’ home on the south coast of England not far from the small town of Litttlehampton. The case, originally treated as a missing person’s enquiry, became a murder investigation when Sarah’s decomposed body was found on July 17.

Sunday 26 February 2006
John Curtin Gallery and Kirribilli Cafe

Visit the John Curtin Gallery's exhibition Miriam Stannage: SENSATIONS this Sunday afternoon between 1.00pm and 4.00pm.

Stannage's work, spanning nearly 20 years and using a variety of media, contemplates the fragility of our lives and the potential for the mundane and ordinary to trigger lurking fears.

If you fancy stretching your legs, there are three magical walks on a specially designed map that show where public art works and themed gardens can be found.

Parking is easy, and the kids can play safely on the lawns and you can enjoy a coffee and cake at the Kirribilli Cafe.

Friday 24 February 2006
Sandy McCutcheon: Painting with Words -  the Art of Writing Art in Fiction

Sandy McCutcheon is best known to most people as the host of ABC Radio National's Australia Talks Back and Australia Talks Books. Increasingly he is also gaining renown as an author. He has written numerous plays, several thrillers and a children's book. Most recently he has written the memoir, The Magician's Son, for which he has received much acclaim for his honest portrayal of the emotional complexities of growing up as an adopted child. He is in Perth to take part in UWA PIAF's Words and Ideas: a Curtin Celebration (

Wednesday 15 Februaruy 2006
Miriam Stannage: SENSATIONS
Meet the Artist with Caroline Baum

As part of the UWA Perth International Arts Festival, well known journalist and broadcaster Caroline Baum will meet with artists, writers, directors and performers about what inspires them. Caroline will take a walk around the John Curtin Gallery with Miriam Stannage to discuss her new exhibition Miriam Stannage: SENSATIONS, on show at the Gallery from 10 February - 13 April.