David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

30 November 2016


AAANZ 2016 Conference

The Work of Art

School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra

1-3 December 2016

 detail : A Person Looks At A Work of Art/someone looks at 
 something… 1987 (Fosterville Institute of Applied & Progressive
 Cultural Experience) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 
 Australian Print Workshop Archive 2. purchased with the 
 assistance of the Gordon Darling Australasian Print Fund 2002

The 2016 conference will be held at the School of Art at the Australian National University, Canberra from Thursday, December 1 to Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9-5 pm.
The AAANZ 2016 Conference Committee are pleased to announce an exciting timetable of events for the annual conference.
Thursday December 1 is the dedicated Postgraduate Student Day to which all conference registrants are warmly invited to attend.
On Thursday December 1 at 6pm Dr Melissa Chiu will be presenting the first keynote at the James O’Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia. Dr Chiu is Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.
On Friday December 2 at 9am Professor Anthea Callen will present the second keynote at the Australian National University. Professor Callen is Emeritus of the Australian National University, Canberra, and Professor Emeritus of Visual Culture, University of Nottingham, UK. Her new book is entitled The Work of Art: Plein Air Painting and Artistic Identity in Nineteenth-Century France.
Conference Registration closes 21st November, 2016.
On Friday December 2 from 5.30- 7.30 pm the AAANZ 2016 Conference Committee and National Portrait Gallery will be hosting a ‘party’ at the National Portrait Gallery. This is a ticketed event and numbers are limited. All conference participants are eligible to purchase a ticket for themselves, and up to one invited guest, at a cost of $25 per person. This event includes entry to the current exhibition The Popular Pet show. To purchase a ticket to this event please note that you must use a credit card via the ANU online portal system, no invoices will be generated. NPG Party Registration  is available until 24 November or unless tickets sell out earlier.
While there are no accommodation partners for AAANZ 2016, information about a range of accommodation in Canberra is available on the registration page.
The Call for Sessions and Call for Papers has closed. Call for Postgraduate Student Day participation and applications for Student Bursaries has closed.
AAANZ annual conferences present opportunities to re-examine art history, art theory and studio practice and generate innovative perspectives on histories and cultural traditions. For this conference, based around the theme ‘The Work of Art’, we invite discussion on how works of art, craft, design and architecture operate and are operated on in different ways and contexts, historically, socially, politically, aesthetically and affectively. Given the location for the conference in Australia’s national capital with its concentration of national cultural institutions we would also welcome sessions on how art is made to work in institutional contexts.
Panel sessions might consider issues such as:
  • The function of art in broad social terms
  • The ways in which art “works upon” its viewers (its affect)
  • The practice of art and the various processes of creation
  • Art in which labour or work is the subject
  • The changing character of work and its impacts on art
  • The economic frameworks of art production and development of different ways of working
  • The singular work of art as a subject for close reading
  • Curatorial processes and other interventions that make art work
We welcome proposals for panels from scholars, postgraduate students, practitioners and professionals in the field whose work focuses on art, design and architecture. Conference sessions are timetabled for three 20 minute papers plus 10 minute questions, totalling 90 minutes. We also invite alternative formats, such as round table or open discussions providing that they can be accommodated by the timetable structure.
Conference sessions will be held at the Australian National University with evening events at the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery.

Conference committee

Professor Helen Ennis, Mr Peter Alwast, Dr Christopher McAuliffe, 
Dr Ursula Frederick, Dr Sarah Scott and Dr Robert Wellington -
School of Art at Australia National University.
Dr Shaune Lakin, National Gallery of Australia
Dr Anthea Gunn, Australian War Memorial
Dr Christopher Chapman, National Portrait Gallery.
Head of the conference committee: Professor Helen Ennis
Conference coordinator: Dr Ursula Frederick
Assistant conference coordinator: Mr Alex Burchmore
Postgraduate student day coordinator: Dr Sarah Scott


Please address correspondence to : conf@aaanz.info

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