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John Curtin Gallery

Public Progam 2011

Public Lectures, Forums and
Artist Floor Talks

Listen to recorded talks here.


Hijacked 2: Australia/Germany

Toured by the Australian Centre for Photography
Curated by Mark McPherson (Australia), Ute Noll (Germany) and Markus Schaden (Germany).


Friday 22 July

Lee Grant and Louis Porter participating artists discuss the origin of their series of works featured in Hijacked 2.

Luis Porter image
Louis Porter, Footscray, 2006, pigment print, 63.5 x 50.8cm, courtesy of the Artist

Lee Grant image
Lee Grant, Nathan and Mac, BMX Bros, 2009, pigment print, 60 x 60cm, courtesy of the Artist


Wednesday 27 July

Participating artists Suzie Fox and Jackson Eaton in discussion with Curator Mark McPherson.


Jackson Eaton image
Jackson Eaton, Guards by the palace wall, 2007, pigment print, 107 x 71cm, courtesy of the Artist

Susie Fox image
Susie Fox, Tiffany #1 (from the series 'Verisimilitude'), 2008, silver gelatin print, 60 x 70cm,
courtesy of the Artist



Wednesday 10 August

Dr Panizza Ruth Allmark Senior Lecturer and Coordinator Mass Communications and Media & Cultural Studies, Edith Cowan University will respond to the works featured in the exhibition.


Wednesday 17 August - a special Science Week presentation

The curse of organic matter: preventative conservation in a public art collection.

Barbara Cotter, Collection Manager, John Curtin Gallery, will discuss the preventative conservation of artworks, referring to the Curtin University Art Collection. She will consider variables that determine the optimum life of artworks, including biological materials and factors such as humidity, pollution and light.


Wednesday 31 August

Dr Robert Cook, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Photography and Design, Art Gallery of Western Australia, will respond to the exhibition.


Jack Pam's documentary Photography Hijacked 2, will be screening at the Northbridge Piazza at:


6pm on September 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20 and 21

12:30pm on September 13 and 15

1pm on September 17 and 18



Evolving Identities: Contemporary Indigenous Art

Mohawk and Noongar: Art of Contemporary Indigenous Women


Wednesday 1 June

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Madjitil Moorna
Singers of Aboriginal Songs
Madjitil Moorna, led by award winning Indigenous musician Della Rae Morrison, is an all ages community choir. Singing both traditional songs in language and soulful contemporary songs, the group has been winning over audiences since their first performance in 2006.

You are welcome to eat your lunch while you enjoy this performance.

choir image
Madjitil Moorna performance in the John Curtin Gallery foyer..


Wednesday 8 June

Susan Reys, Associate Lecturer, Indigenous Community Management & Development Program,
Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin Universtiy will discuss Indigenous Art and Healing.

laurel nannup image
Laurel Nannup, ...crying our eyes out..., 2001, etching on BFK paper, 57.5 x 57.5cm, Artist's proof, image courtesy of the artist and Curtin University Art Collection


Wednesday 15 June

Connie Pertrillo, Mark Stewart and Pauline Williams
Evolving Identities: Contemporary Indigenous Art

Curators Connie Petrillo (ECU) Mark Stewart (Murdoch) and Pauline Williams (Curtin) will discuss how the curatorial premise developed and the process by which artworks were selected from each collection. 

The featured works explore notions of identity, connection to country and recognise the influence of others as role models. The curators hope that the exhibition will provide reference points for cultural practice and offer artistic commentaries on an inclusive contemporary Australian Society.  

curators images
Connie Petrillo, Mark Stewart, Pauline Williams and Chris Malcolm during the installation of
Evolving Identities: Contempoary Idigenous Art

curators floortalk
Curator's floortalk .

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Wednesday 22 June


Professor Rhonda Marriott, Director, Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre, Murdoch University, Honorary research fellow, Telethon Institute, Child Health Research

The experience of belonging to two cultures and how that transforms one’s identity

Growing up in two cultures has a lasting impact and that is not necessarily negative.  It can become a strengthening journey that builds resilience when you learn to negotiate different perspectives and grow and learn to respect difference.  Join Rhonda Marriott in reflecting on the concept of belonging to two cultures.  She will look at how the works of Tony Albert, Tracey Moffatt, Sandra Hill and others transform our stereotypical images of the meaning of belonging to a culture.


SandraHIll image
Sandra Hill, Intervention #1, 2010, oil on plywood panels, 79.4 x 137.2cm



Wednesday 29 June


Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement, Equity and Indigenous)/Executive Dean, Faculty Education and Arts, Edith Cowan University

Evolving Australian Identity - A personal reflection on the place of these Indigenous Australian art works in her developing identity.

George Ward image
George Ward Tjungurrayi, Tingarri , 2005, acrylic on linen, 183 x 304 cm, image courtesy of the artist and Curtin University Art Collection, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency 2011


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Jesper Just
11 February - 8 April 2011

A Perth International Arts Festival Event.


Artist talk
Sunday 13 February
2pm, Bankwest Theatre, John Curtin Gallery


Please join us for this special occasion as international artist, Jesper Just, speaks with the John Curtin Gallery's Director, Chris Malcolm.

Listen to recording.


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Jesper Just, Something to Love, 2005, Super 16mm film, (production still) ,9:38min, courtesy of the Artist; Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris; and Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen, installation view, JCG 2011


Wednesday 23 February
Margaret Moore

Listen to recording.

Margaret Moore is the Visual Arts Program Manager for the Perth International Arts Festival .
She will share her response to the exhibition.


Wednesday 23 March
Dr. Cat Hope

Listen to recording.


Dr. Cat Hope is an accomplished composer, sound artist, performer, songwriter and noise artist whose practice crosses over into video and installation. She has written soundcsapes for dance and theatre companies as well as completed commissions to write music for film and pure music works. She is also a senior lecture at the Western Australian Academy of Perfoming Arts, Edith Cowan University.

Dr. Hope will discusses the music and musicality in Jesper Just's films.



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