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Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference 2003

This year’s annual conference of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand begins this Friday at the National Gallery of Australia.

The conference coincides with the major international exhibition French Paintings from the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. As such one of the main themes Reflections on French painting will address the complex history of French art, and the artists that helped to create its reputation.

More than 70 speakers from diverse backgrounds will speak at three venues over the two days of the AAANZ Conference at the National Portrait Gallery and the School of Art, (National Institute of the Arts, Australian National University) as well as at the NGA, with experienced historians speaking alongside the most recent graduates in art history.

This year’s special guest speaker is Isabel Carlos, Curator of Biennale of the Sydney 2004. Keynote speakers are Dr Richard Beresford, Senior Curator European Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales; and Professor Roger Benjamin, Director, The Power Institute Foundation for Art & Visual Culture.

Other themes will address issues closer to Australian art, such as Modernism and national identity, Indigenous art, and a special segment Keep the motor running dedicated to the art historian John Pigot, 19512002.

The AAANZ Conference incorporates the 2003 Ian Burn Memorial Lecture this Friday evening at 6pm. This year’s speaker is John Stringer, Curator of the Kerry Stokes Collection.

Friday 5 December and Saturday 6 December
National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes, ACT, Australia
School of Art, National Institute of the Arts, ANU, Childers Street, Acton, ACT, Australia
National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes, ACT, Australia

For further information please contact Public Programs on +61 2 6240 6524 or email daryl.shires@nga.gov.au