image: Lister 'Mr Sinister' 2010 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Acquired with the support of Calypso Mary Efkarpidis 2010
Issue 141 | December 2010
01 December

Ballets Russes: the art of costume opens on 10 December, tickets on sale now.

Current exhibitions include Space invaders, Anton Bruehl's In the spotlight and childrens exhibition Connections.

The new Indigenous galleries are brimming with energy and visitors, as is the new outdoor Street Cafe—give yourself a Christmas present and visit us.

Scroll down for more exhibition details, event highlights, new acquisitions and Gallery news.

Image above: Lister Mr Sinister 2010 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Acquired with the support of Calypso Mary Efkarpidis 2010
02 Space invaders
ON NOW

EXHIBITION
Space invaders: australian . street . stencils . posters . paste-ups . zines . stickers has added to the buzz in the Gallery since the Stage1 opening, with young and old coming in to check it out.

One of the most popular aspects of the exhibition has been the zines, many you can hold and flip through.

We've got some fun launch party pics on Flickr, a street art photography competition and an interview with zinester Tim Danko.

image: Robert Sim You walk funny 2003 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gordon Darling Australia Pacific Print Fund 2007 © Robert SimRobert Sim You walk funny 2003 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gordon Darling Australia Pacific Print Fund 2007 © Robert Sim
Anton Bruehl 'Doesn't color reproduce better on Maxwell Offset?' c 1955 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc., New York NY USA made possible with the generous support of Anton Bruehl Jr, 2006
03 In the spotlight
Anton Bruehl photographs
1920s – 1950s
closes 6 February

EXHIBITION

Meet the curator

Gael Newton has been a curator at the National Gallery for 25 years (too long ... if you're after her job, she quips). She has most recently curated In the spotight: Anton Bruehl photographs 1920s-1950s which is currently showing.

What is your area and your special passion within it?
Photomedia—I am a ‘phototragic’. It is amazing to see how photographers can make art in a fraction of a second exposure.  I don’t quite go so far as someone who said ‘there are no bad photographs—only less interesting ones.’

What has been your most satisfying moment as a curator?
My first proper exhibition catalogue on Australian Pictorial Photography 1898–1938 in 1979. It was quite thin but I had the excitement of rescuing a very unfashionable era of romantic photography for a new audience. Also sitting with Axel Poignant in his studio in London in the 1970s and sharing secrets.

If you were a work of art in the collection what would you be? 
A fun photomontage by Lady Frances Jocelyn, she was typical of a number of such aristocratic lady amateurs who combined photographs words and images without respect for the pure photography which I find liberates the imagination.

image: Gael NewtonGael Newton
Senior curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia






image: Anton Bruehl Dolores 1932 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, CanberraAnton Bruehl Dolores 1932 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc., New York NY USA made possible with the generous support of Anton Bruehl Jr, 2006
from In the spotlight



Image above: Anton Bruehl Doesn't color reproduce better on Maxwell Offset? c 1955 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc., New York NY USA made possible with the generous support of Anton Bruehl Jr, 2006








Christopher Pease 'New Water Dreaming' 2005 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2005
04 Childrens
Gallery
Connections
16 October 2010 �
15 May 2011

EXHIBITION
Connections is an exhibition for children that explores the relationships between works of art across cultures, place and time.

Themes such as calligraphy, geometry, colour and the garden have been used to link works of art inspired by Islamic culture with others in the National Gallery’s collection.

Visitors are encouraged to make their own connections or use symbols on the wall labels and activity sheet to discover linked works.

An interactive space with a focus on geometry is included in the exhibition to assist children understand the beauty and variety of Islamic patterning.

Have fun finding the connections and learn about Islamic culture and its influence around the world.
Download The grammar of ornament worksheet (pdf 410 kb) and explore the designs on The grammar of ornament page.

image:North India Shah Jahan under attack mid 18th century (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
The Gayer-Anderson Gift 1991
05 Event highlightsGo to calendar
for all events

In the spotlight:
Anton Bruehl

Australia's greatest style exports
Saturday 22 January 2.00 pm
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre
Fashion writer Glynis Traill-Nash discusses the history of the Australian fashion industry and Aussies that made it big in the industry including Maggie Tabberer, Elle Macpherson, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Collette Dinnigan, Martin Grant and Robyn Beeche.

 

Connections
Borderlands
Thursday 2 December 12.45 pm
Free
Phillip George, artist and surfer, discusses the inspiration behind his surfboard designs and their connections to Australia culture.

 

Collection
Urban Art Projects
Saturday 4 December 2.00 pm
Free | meet at information desk
Curator Franchesca Cubillo and designer Jamie Perrow of Urban Art Projects share insights into the construction and process of the enormous new fish trap work.

Photography artist talk
Saturday 18 December 2.00 pm
Free | Photography Gallery
Artist Valerie Sparks discusses the Gallery's new acquisition El Dorado Springs 2007, purchased in memory of Melody Gough.

image: Anton Bruehl Joan Fontaine c 1937 (detail) 
National Gallery of Australia, CanberraAnton Bruehl Joan Fontaine c 1937 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc., New York NY USA made possible with the generous support of Anton Bruehl Jr, 2006













image: Meek Begging for change 2004 stencil 
National Gallery of Australia, CanberraThe fish trap installation hangs from the Gallery foyer ceiling
image: Detail of 'Costume for Chiarina' by L�on Bakst
06 Ballets RussesOpens 10 Dec
BUY TICKETS NOW

EXHIBITION

Our textile conservators have been busy preparing for Ballets Russes: the art of costume.

In this photo Chandra Obie is working on a ‘Costume for a court lady’ from the ballet Fracesca da Rimini which was first performed in 1937. It was designed by Oliver Messel at approximately the same time. 

Conservation treatment includes surface cleaning it, ironing it, and stabilizing stitched repairs, especially to the delicate net sleeves.

In the photo Chandra is working on the lamé appliqués near the hem where they are so badly frayed that they pull away from the braid that protects the edges and were in danger of disintegrating further and being lost.

The thread used is about as fine as a single hair. Conservation uses very fine Tetex threads, pulled out of Tetex polyester fabric.  

The Ballets Russes conservation series of events starts on 5 February 2010

imageTextile conservator Chandra Obie working on a ‘Costume for a court lady’ from the ballet Fracesca da Rimini.
07 Competition Space invaders street art
photo competition

Street art photo competition
Win a Space invaders T-shirt and book and help document street art in your area.

Photographic documentation plays a major role in the Australian street art scene where a work can be removed as quickly as it is put up. Street artists often photograph their street work and post it on websites and blogs in order to record their creations. Without this type of documentation there would be no evidence of some of the best ephemeral works being installed around Australia. We'd like you to take a snap of the street art in your life - your favourite piece or something you walk past in your local community. The photo must be taken by you. The images will be judged by Space invaders artist Mini Graff, who will look at both the piece you have photographed and the representation of it in your photo. Five winners will be selected to win a Space invaders T-shirt and book.

Add your photo to the Flickr group Space invaders street art photo competition to enter.

image: Mini Graff Suburban roadhouse 2 2010 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Mini Graff Suburban roadhouse 2 2010 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Acquired with the support of Calypso Mary Efkarpidis, 2010
Part of Space invaders
Image: Foyer feature wall of Cairns Chillagoe white marble. Photograph: John Gollings (detail)
08 Gallery news

Fond farewell at Foundation AGM
The Gallery Foundation's Annual General Meeting was held on 27 October 2010. Charles P Curran AC was the Chairman of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation Board since 2006 and in 2010 led the Foundation in its most successful fundraising year to date. He is succeeded by John Hindmarsh, who has been a Foundation Director since 2004 as well as a close friend and supporter of the Gallery.

Charles appears in the photo with a new Gallery acquisition, a maquette of Antony Gormley's most famous sculpture Angel of the North 1994–98, situated in northern England. The maquette of Angel of the North was generously gifted by James and Jacqui Erskine and is a most welcome addition to the Gallery’s sculpture garden.

The Street Cafe opens
The National Gallery of Australia has established a new outdoor cafe, part of the recent Stage One development. Adjacent to the new front door, the NGA Street Cafe is now open from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm daily for coffee, drinks and light snacks.

imageRupert Myer, NGA Council Chairman, and Charles Curran stand in front of the latest addition to the Gallery’s sculpture garden, a maquette of Antony Gormley's Angel of the North.



image
NGA Street Cafe
09 Wesfarmers
fellowship

Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship

Congratulations go to the successful candidates selected to participate in the inaugural Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship program.

Two Fellowships each valued at $50,000 have been awarded to:

Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Associate Curator of Indigenous Objects & Photography at the Art Gallery of Western Australia - Perth WA for his project, Digital directions:  Indigenous Australian Art in the National Gallery of Australia Collection.

Jirra Harvey, National Youth Programs Coordinator– Melbourne, Victoria for her project, Indigenous Communication Strategy for the National Gallery of Australia

See the Wesfarmers Fellowship website for full listing of the 10 leadership program recipients and further information on this groundbreaking program.

Franchesca Cubillo, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, National Gallery of Australia discusses Lin Onus's work Dingoes (1989) in the new Urban Art gallery at the National Gallery with the Wesfarmers Arts Leadership participants
10 Become
a member

Support the National Gallery of Australia or give the gift of membership. Enjoy exclusive exhibition viewings, participate in members-only programs and workshops, be stimulated by engaging events and meet like-minded people.

Learn more and join

image: The Aboriginal Memorial projected onto the Gallery during opening celebrationsThe Aboriginal Memorial projected onto the Gallery during opening celebrations. See more of these striking projections on Flickr