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image: Vincent Van Gogh Van Gogh's bedroom at Arles 1889 Musee d'Orsay, Paris Copyright RMN (Musee d'Orsay) / Herve Lewandowski

Vincent Van Gogh Van Gogh's bedroom at Arles 1889 Musée d'Orsay, Paris © RMN (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski Part of Masterpieces from Paris

ISSUE 128 | November 2009 | Twitter Facebook Flickr Delicious

This November we are gearing up for Masterpieces from Paris opening on 4 December but there's plenty to keep you occupied until then.

Emerging Elders continues—a snapshot of contemporary Indigenous art not to be missed and travelling Indigenous exhibition Culture warriors has been a big hit in the USA.

The public programs are heating up for summer; we have Indian dance, a talk from Aida Tomescu, a talk about Francis Bacon, a look at Sculpture Garden favourite Ik ook, a tour of Nick Cave: the exhibition, film screenings and the always popular Rendevouz with art—book now to avoid missing out. Pop into the Gallery shop sale while you're here and pick up some great McCubbin merchandise at a serious discount.

Attention students & teachers: Applications for the Summer Art Scholarship close THIS FRIDAY.
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November highlights

NB: For a full listing of events please go to the calendar

imageNick Cave: the exhibition
The National Library of Australia

Nick Cave: the exhibition
Thursday 5 November 5:30 pm

Discover more about Nick Cave and his creative process, with a guide to this rich exhibition of hand-written lyrics, photos, video and more, followed by light refreshments.
bookings essential, enquire here | $20, $10 members | National Library of Australia
Special Offer
Every guest receives a free double pass to a preview screening of Boys Are Back, starring Clive Owen and filmed in South Australia. Preview screenings run from 5–7 November 2009.

Contemporary art focus 2009:
Australian artists talk series 3
Thursday 5 November 12:45 pm
Aida Tomescu offers insights into her work Peregrine 2008.
Free | Australian galleries

An eye for architecture
Saturday 7 November 6.00 pm
John Gollings introduces Sally Ingleton’s recent documentary, an insightful film about the world of architectural photography, highlighting Gollings's work in India, Cambodia, Australia and China.
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre

image: John Gollings Hampi, India

John Gollings Hampi, India

Ikat textiles from Flores
Sunday 15 November 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Alfonsa Horeng, from East Flores in Indonesia (an area well-known for its magnificent ikat textiles), and founder of a women�s dyeing and weaving cooperative, presents a demonstration and talk about traditional ikat textiles.
Free | Small Theatre

imageThe Lost Mother book cover

Rediscovering Constance Stokes
Tuesday 17 November 12:45 pm
Anne Summers, author of The lost mother, uses images from the national collection and her own collection to discuss her search for the artist Constance Stokes. She also raises questions about how an artist of such accomplishment has been largely forgotten.
Free | Small Theatre

Keepers of the flame:
the cultural legacy of three Hawaiian women

DVD, 2005, 60 mins
Sunday 22 November 2:00 pm
The story of three extraordinary Hawaiian women who helped revive Hawaiian culture when it was perilously close to being lost. It was a time when the monarchy had been overthrown, the Hawaiian language banned from public places and schools, and the Hawaiian heartbeat of hula forced underground. Mary Kawena Pukui, 'Iolani Luahine and Edith Kanaka'ole combined commitment to Hawaiian history with art and aloha, to reignite the flame of tradition. A documentary by Eddie and Myrna Kamae.
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre

image: Jimmy Baker Kalaya Tjukurpa 2008 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2009 Copyright Jimmy Baker. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

Jimmy Baker Kalaya Tjukurpa 2008 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2009 © Jimmy Baker. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia Part of Emerging Elders

Emerging Elders
3 October 2009 – 14 June 2010 | Project Gallery

image: Pantjiti M McLean Palunya: that's all 2002-2004  (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2006 Copyright Pantjiti M McLean. Licensed by VISCOPY, AustraliaPantjiti M McLean Palunya: that's all 2002–2004 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2006
© Pantjiti M McLean. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
Part of Emerging Elders

Within the arts, when we think of ‘emerging’, we think of ‘youth’. The two seem almost synonymous. However, in Indigenous Australian arts, beginning a career in painting or sculpture later in life is neither new nor uncommon. Quite the contrary is true: it is practically the norm for many Indigenous Australian artists living in remote or regional areas to start painting or sculpting after a lifetime of other endeavours.

Inspired by the Elders
Thursday 26 November 12:45 pm
Franchesca Cubillo, Senior Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, discusses her favourite work in Emerging Elders.
Free | Project Gallery


The Big Draw 2009 Gallery windows were adorned with kids' art for a day
Photographer: NGA Imaging Services. See more photos on Flickr

Summer Art Scholarship
Summer Art Scholarship | Download 2010 brochure (pdf, 3.7mb)
Applications close October 31 2009

imageSummer Art Scholarship 2009
Photographer: NGA Imaging Services
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