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9 X 5 NOW: Symposium

21 Jun 2017, 10:30am - 6:00pm

Academia and Bohemia: New perspectives on the National Gallery School

A symposium organised by the Australian Institute of Art History (AIAH) in the Faculty of Arts in collaboration with the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), as part of the celebrations in honour of the 150th anniversary of the Victorian College of the Arts.

Venue: Federation Hall, VCA, Sturt Street
Date: Wednesday, 21 June 2017 from 10.30 am – 6.30 pm

Admission: Free, bookings required. Please book via Eventbrite

If you would like to view the full program for the day, please click here.

This free one-day symposium presents new perspectives on the National Gallery of Victoria Art School, as part of the celebrations surrounding the 150th anniversary of the Victorian College of the Arts. Founded in 1867, the National Gallery Art School has remained the leading continuous centre of academic art training in Australia, becoming the first school of the Victorian College of the Arts in 1973, and later affiliating with the University of Melbourne in 1991.

You are invited to hear a group of experts, including Professor Catherine Speck, Associate Professor Alison Inglis, Michael Varcoe-Cocks, David Belzycki, Alexandra Ellem, Dr Stephen Mead and Dr Bronwyn Hughes, discuss different aspects of the history of this remarkable Art School, focussing on its early years from 1867 to World War One.

Many luminaries of Australian art history were students or teachers at the School during this time – including Eugene von Guerard, George Folingsby, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Jane Sutherland, Frederick McCubbin, Bernard Hall, Rose MacPherson (Margaret Preston), Hugh Ramsay, amongst many others. The links between the National Gallery School and Melbourne’s lively bohemian culture will be a major theme of the symposium, with the keynote lecture on the famous “9 by 5 Impression Exhibition” of 1889 being presented by Mr Terence Lane, an acknowledged expert in this field, and former Senior Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria.

The event commences at 10.30am, with three sessions of papers being presented between 10.30am and 5.00pm.

Between 5.30-6.30 pm, the Keynote Address will be presented by Mr Terence Lane OAM: The “9 by 5 Impression Exhibition”: a cultural landmark

After the keynote address, from 6.30-7.30 pm, there will be Drinks and Conversation in the Margaret Lawrence Gallery: Fiona Gruber in conversation with the Curator, Dr Elizabeth Gower, and a wiewing of 9 X 5 NOW Exhibition.