21 March – 9 August 2015
The JUMPstart Pilot Intern Program is a unique initiative of the UQ Art Museum, presented in conjunction with the Art History program of The University of Queensland’s School of Communication and Arts.
In 2014 the program offered five graduate-year students professional experience in the visual arts industry. Over three months, students shadowed UQ Art Museum staff, gaining professional skills across the areas of collection management, exhibition programs and public engagement.
In 2015 this series of JUMPstart exhibitions profiles each of the graduate interns. Each themed exhibition is the outcome of the creativity and applied research the intern brought to a curatorial project, and features works drawn from The University of Queensland Art Collection.
The University of Queensland is the state’s premier institution for training students in Art History and Museum Studies. The UQ Art Museum is committed to supporting the University’s academics and students, and to facilitating professional experience for those students seeking careers within the visual arts industry.
20 March – 19 April 2015
Curator: Isabella Baker
A journey through the abstract: natural worlds
21 April – 17 May 2015
Curator: Jacques Langlassé
19 May – 14 June 2015
Curator: Emily Ryan
16 June –12 July 2015
Curator: Claire Smallhorn
14 July – 9 August 2015
Curator: Kathryn Halliday
JUMPstart panel discussion
Wednesday 5 August 6.00pm–7.00pm
Come and hear UQ student interns, Isabella Baker, Jacques Langlassé, Emily Ryan, Claire Smallhorn and Kathyrn Halliday talk about their curatorial projects. Presented in partnership with the Art History program, School of Communication and Arts, our JUMPstart Pilot Intern Program provided the five UQ students with professional training in art museum practice and the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to a sole curated exhibition, featuring works from the University of Queensland Art Collection. Chaired by Dr Allison Holland.
Free. All welcome.
Light refreshments served following the discussion.
RSVP here by Friday 31 July
Friday 17 April 2015 12.30pm
to be opened by
Professor Joanne Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
The University of Queensland
Free event. Students welcome.
15 May – 9 August 2015
Cross Pose – Body language against the grain brings together Australian artworks from The University of Queensland Art Collection that draw on the human body as expressions of cross-cultural subjectivities and visual politics. The visual languages of the body in these artworks ‘pose’ questions, challenges, and interventions into normative thinking. We confront bodies generating ideas and emotions that are beyond the scope of words, and respond to sensory triggers aimed at realigning social attitudes and political thinking.
The exhibition takes the measure of how artists map the social and political regulation of the body, and how individuals push back against this control. The selected artworks are predominantly by Indigenous Australians who draw on a life-long expertise in negotiating different cultures and languages to both declare and contest the status of subjectivity and identity.
Cross Pose thus presents a rare occasion where non-Indigenous perspectives adopt the role of counterpoint in narratives about Australian cultures. Artists include Dave Hullfish Bailey + Sam Watson, Gordon Bennett, Michael Cook, Debbie Coombes, Ray Crooke, Robert Dowling, Mabel Edmunds, Samantha Hobson, Christopher Pease, Luke Roberts, and Darren Siwes.
Curator: Dr Sally Butler
View the online exhibition catalogue here
Panel discussion: Art and global politics
Monday 3 August 3.00pm–4.30pm
Please join Professor Roland Bleiker, Dr Sally Butler, and other invited speakers in a conversation about art and global politics. More
Please join curator Dr Sally Butler on a tour of the exhibition.
Artist talk: Darren Siwes
Friday 15 May 11.00am–12.00pm
Please join us for an informal opening event with talks by curator Dr Sally Butler and artist Darren Siwes.
- Listen here
Wunderkammer: The strange and the curious
11 July – 13 September 2015
Wunderkammer: The strange and the curious is inspired by those eclectic collections of objects that first emerged in the late sixteenth century known as ‘Cabinets of curiosity’, which included natural marvels, religious relics, works of art, and antiquities, among other things. These objects were often gathered on expeditions and trading voyages, and reveal the fascinations and preoccupations of the Age of Discovery. Wunderkammern were intended to be a microcosm of the broader world and are acknowledged as Early Modern precursors to the contemporary museum.
An exhibition in two parts, the first comprises objects that embody a Medieval or Early Modern (c. 600–1800) aesthetic. It includes scientific and medical instruments, religious paraphernalia, coins, illuminated manuscripts and contemporary artworks drawn from across The University of Queensland’s collections. Represented are objects from Fryer Library, Marks-Hirschfeld Museum of Medical History, Physics Museum, RD Milns Antiquities Museum, UQ Archives, UQ Art Collection, and the Vertebrate Palaeontology & Biomechanics Lab.
Complementing this is a Wunderkammer conceived by Her Divine Holiness Pope Alice, AKA Luke Roberts. Pope Alice, who has proclaimed herself ‘The World's Greatest Living Curiosity’, overturns cultural hierarchies and celebrates the weird and the wonderful in all its abundance. This Wunderkammer collection is held in the UQ Art Collection.
Wunderkammer: The strange and the curious is organised to coincide with the Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS) 10th Biennial Conference to be held at The University of Queensland (14–18 and 20 July 2015).
Co-curators: Dr Dolly MacKinnon, Emily Poore and Michele Helmrich
25 July – 1 November 2015
Capital and country: the Federation years 1900–1914 celebrates the art of the newly federated Australia alongside the work of Australians working in Europe during these formative years of the new century. The paintings by 25 Australian artists invite viewers on a journey through the era and around the world, from patriotic visions of the Australian bush to the bohemian enclaves of London and Paris where sumptuous portraits were produced. Well-known and loved works in the national collection by Frederick McCubbin, George W. Lambert and Hans Heysen are brought to light in new ways alongside lesser-known images by Florence Fuller, R. Godfrey Rivers and Richard Hayley-Lever.
Learn more about the exhibition on the National Gallery of Australia website here
Friday 31 July 6.15 for 6.30 pm
to be opened by
Dr Deborah Hart
Senior Curator of Australian paintings and sculpture, post 1920
National Gallery of Australia
RSVP here by Monday 27 July
07 3365 3046
- National Gallery of Australia (NGA) primary education resource available here
- NGA children’s trail activity available here
- NGA children’s trail timeline available here
A National Gallery of Australia Travelling Exhibition
Supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government Program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of cultural material across Australia, and the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians. The exhibition is also supported by Media Partner ABC Local Radio.