Symposium: Provocations for Painters


Deadline:6th March, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Interested artists, students, and researchers are invited to attend a day of lively discussion on the shifting role of painting in a contemporary context.

This symposium provides an opportunity to meet and hear from senior and emerging artists working at the nexus of practical, conceptual and theoretical approaches to painting.

Co-Convenors: Dr Julie Fragar, Angela Goddard and Dr Rosemary Hawker

PROGRAMPART 1: If art can be anything, what about painting? 

Curator and writer Ingrid Periz will join Griffith University Art Museum Director Angela Goddard in an online conversation about the role of painting in Robert MacPherson’s MAYFAIR works, a four-decade series within his larger practice in which shirts, blankets, paint cans, paint brushes have all been exhibited (and conceptualized) as paintings.

PART 2: Provocations for painters 

The symposium will then expand, reflecting the aims of the inaugural GUAM/QCA postgraduate symposium: Questions for Painters (2017) to include artists whose distinctive attitudes take up ideas and debates in contemporary Australian painting. Speakers include: Lisa Adams, Christopher Bassi, Richard Bell, Leonard Brown, Rose Manning, Victoria Reichelt, and Marian Tubbs with more to be announced!

  • Dr Julie Fragar will convene a discussion with artists on the theme of ‘What is a painting for?’
  • Dr Rosemary Hawker will convene a discussion with artists on the theme of ‘Painting over photography’.
  • Richard Bell will join in a conversation about the role of painting in his practice and assistants in his studio.

Date: Saturday, 6 March 2021
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $30.00 General Public, $25.00 QCA Students (Lunch included)


Image: Robert MacPherson ‘MAYFAIR: DOUBLE FAT, ‘WONDER WHITE’ FOR DI. REES’ 1983-2016. Diptych: Derivan Matisse Titanium White structure on two pre-primed canvases; Derivan Matisse Titanium White Unbleached structure on two pre-primed canvases. Courtesy of the artist and Yuill|Crowley, Sydney. Photo: Carl Warner


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