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Illuminating Australian Art - The body and other materials

  • Theatre Ground Level NGV (map)


This short course provides an engaging exploration of modernism and beyond in Australian art with a focus on illuminating works in the Australian collection and current NGV exhibitions Brave New World: Australia 1930sEvery Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s and Past Legacy: Present Tense.

Each week of the program will begin with a lecture or short talks exploring a key theme or idea, followed by floor talks in the collection and exhibitions.

Through a focus on current NGV exhibitions, and selected works in the NGV collection, participants in this course will develop:

  • an understanding of significant moments in twentieth and twenty-first century art
  • deeper knowledge of key works in the NGV collection
  • insights into the making of art and artists’ practice
  • skills in interpreting art

Presenters will include NGV curators, educators and Deakin University academics and artists.

Single Session cost: $48 A / $45 C / $40 M & Deakin Alumni/ $25 S

Special package offer available if booking all four weeks in the series.

Series cost: $180 A/ $170 C/ $150 M & Deakin Alumni/ $90 S


Patricia Piccinini; Psychogeography (1996)

Patricia Piccinini; Psychogeography (1996)

Nature /Culture
From Modernism to postmodernism, bodies come in and out of focus in Australian Art. This talk will discuss nature/culture relationships in selected twentieth century works on display at NGV and consider how artists take living organisms as both the subject of artworks and the means by which they are produced.

Speakers: Annika Koops, Artist & Lecturer in Creative Practice, Art and Performance, Deakin University & Linda Tegg, Artist & Lecturer in Art and Performance, Deakin University

Floortalk – Ways of Making: Artist Talk
Patricia Piccinini will discuss the concepts behind her works Psychogeography, 1996 – printed 1998 and Psychotourism, 1996 – printed 1998 and the processes involved in making them.

Floortalk – Ways of Looking: Inspired by Nature
Susie May, Educator, NGV, will lead an interactive discussion exploring how Fiona Hall draws inspiration from the natural environment to create meaning.



Earlier Event: 22 September
Mineral Matter by Brooke Holm
Later Event: 30 September
NGV Friday nights - GL