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John Curtin Gallery

Public Progam 2014

Public Lectures, Forums and
Artist Floor Talks

Listen to recorded talks here.


Ben Quilty: after Afghanistan
Shaun Gladwell: Afghanistan

Public Floor Talks

Celebrated Australian artists Ben Quilty and Shaun Gladwell, who both undertook Australian War Memorial commissions in Afghanistan under the Official War Art scheme, will be exhibiting their work together for the first time as part of the Memorial’s Travelling Exhibitions Program. John Curtin Gallery continues its popular public program with a series of floor talks related to the Ben Quilty / Shaun Gladwell exhibitions on show at the Gallery during August and September 2014.

Saturday 2 August 11:30am
Laura Webster
Curator of Art, Australian War Memorial
Air Commodore John Oddie
Former Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force 633

Wednesday 6 August 12:30pm
Petra Skeffington
After Afghanistan: Building Resilience to Trauma
Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health Research Group, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University

Wednesday 13 August 12:30pm
Dr. Alexey Muraviev
Coordinator of the International Relations and National Security programs; and Head of Department of Social Sciences and International Studies, Curtin University

Guided Walking tours

Join us for a tour of the exhibition lead by the Director and staff of the John Curtin Gallery.
Gain a deeper insight into the exhibitions, learn about Quilty and Gladwell’s official war art commissions and the different approaches they have taken in their work as they depict the Australian experience of war in in Afghanistan.

Wednesday 20 August 12:30pm
Guided Walking tour

Wednesday 27 August 12:30pm
Guided Walking tour

Wednesday 3 September 12:30pm
Guided Walking tour
Chris Malcolm, Director of the John Curtin Gallery

Wednesday 10 September 12:30pm
Guided Walking tour

All sessions are free.
Please RSVP to or phone 9266 4155.




Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home) Great Southern Tour
Selected works from The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork

Presented by the John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University
Memories of Carrolup

A public conversation Recollections from the Carrolup Native Settlement 1946–1950
featuring Maisie Weston (née Smith – sister of Carrolup child artist Barry Loo)
Edith De Giambattista (née Smith – who was in the classroom at Carrolup c1948-50) Noelene White (teacher Noel White’s daughter who was at Carrolup as teenager) and more...

Albany Town Hall, 217 York Street, Albany 10.30am – 1.00pm
Saturday 24 May 2014

Light refreshments will be provided

IMAGE ABOVE: School children at one of the regular recreation evenings in the main classroom of the State School, Carrolup Native Settlement, with Noel and Lily White, their children Ross and Jenny and visitors from Katanning at the back of the room, January 1950. Photograph by Noelene White, courtesy of the Noelene White Collection.


You can view previous public program events here and listen to recorded talks here.

All Public Program events are free.


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Paramodel joint factory: WORKSHOP

Paramodel joint factory
Make your own paramodelic-graffiti

Collaborate with Japanese arts duo Paramodel to create a new paramodelic-graffiti artwork.

With vivid imagination and meticulous design skills, Paramodel create wondrously immersive environments out of mass produced toys and brilliant blue plastic train tracks.

Working in a team, create your own fantastical design using vibrant blue track in the Paramodel joint factory. Your artwork will be documented and showcased in future international exhibitions.

Sessions are 45 minutes long, please allow 1 hour for instructions and form signing.
Please bring clean (and colourful) socks for the workshop.

The workshops run each hour, on the hour on the weekends, and 3:45-4:45pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Tickets are limited.
Fees apply.
Ensure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Suitable for all ages.


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