Art + Mortality

Dates + times

19 September 2014
Sir Roland Wilson Building
Australian National University
9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Followed by a public film screening of Tender (2013, 75 min), with Lynette Wallworth, Kath Shelper

20 September
James O Fairfax Theatre
National Gallery of Australia
10.00 am – 4.45 pm
(Registration from 9.30 am)
Followed by a public film screening of Amour (2012, 127 min, M, DVD)


The symposium is free but bookings are essential. Please note that the registrations for each day are separate.


Art and Mortality has been organised by the ANU School of Art Centre for Art History and Art Theory in conjunction with the National Gallery of Australia.

The conference is partnered by the National Gallery of Australia and funded by the ANU Research School of Humanities, and the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences


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Overview | Program | Additional Speakers

Additional speakers

Geoffrey Batchen, Professor, Art History, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand and author of Forget me not: Photography and remembrance, 2004 and Suspending Time: Life – Photography – Death, 2010.

Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Australia, and author of numerous publications including Printed: Images in Colonial Australia and Printed: Images by Australian Artists, 1885-1955.

Anthea Callen, formerly Professor of Art, ANU School of Art and Professor Emeritus of Visual Culture at the University of Nottingham, in the United Kingdom. Her latest book is The Work of Art: Plein Air Painting and Artistic Identity in Nineteenth-Century France.  

eX de Medici is an Australian artist with a background as a tattooist and a specialisation in gouache and watercolour. Her work was presented in a survey exhibition at the Drill Hall Gallery in 2013 and she was included in the Adelaide Biennial in 2014.

Helen Ennis, Sir William Dobell Chair of Art History and Director, Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the Australian National University, and author of Reveries: Photography and Mortality, 2008.

Joanna Gilmour, Curator, National Portrait Gallery of Australia has written widely on portraiture and is curating an exhibition on death masks.

Eilidh Gilritchie is a second year medical student at the Australian National University. She is currently researching ideas and theories surrounding death and dying in works of art by Mark Rothko and Colin McCahon as part of a collaborative program between the NGA and ANU.  

Fiona Hall, AO, Adelaide-based artist who is representing Australia at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Her retrospective exhibition was held at Heide Museum of Modern Art in 2013.

Dr Deborah Hart, Senior Curator, Australian Painting and Sculpture, post 1920, National Gallery of Australia, has published extensively and is curator of Arthur Boyd: Agony and Ecstasy, opening in September 2014.

Magdalene Keaney is a PhD student at the ANU School of Art, Centre for Art History and Art Theory and was formerly Associate Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Margie Kevin has worked as an Educator in the NGA in the Learning and Access section for the past 20 years and has recently been involved in delivering the Art Med program and the Art and Alzheimer programs.

Katrin Koenning, a Melbourne-based artist whose series Dear Chris was exhibited in 2013.

Mirah Lambert has been engaging audiences with visual art and material culture throughout her career working in education and public programs in a range of institutions. Prior to joining the National Gallery of Australia as Manager of Learning Programs, Mirah was Manager of Digital Education and Outreach at Museum Victoria and earlier Program Manager, Community Engagement at Immigration Museum in Melbourne. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art, Bachelor of Art Education and Masters in Art Administration all from College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.

Anne O'Hehir is Curator, Photography at the National Gallery of Australia and has contributed to publications including Carol Jerrems: photographic artist and In the spotlight: Anton Bruehl photographs 1920s–1950s.

Victoria Perin was the Gordon Darling intern at the National Gallery of Australia in 2013-14 and is currently working in the NGA department of Australian Art.

Elspeth Pitt, acting Curator of Australian Drawings, National Gallery of Australia was the Harold Wright Scholar at the British Museum in 2009.

Patrick Pound, artist, whose photographic installation People who look dead but (probably) aren't, 2011-14, was recently shown at Stills Gallery, Sydney. Pound was included in Melbourne Now, 2013-14.

Rebecca Scott Bray is Co-Director, Sydney Institute of Criminology, Sydney Law School and author of the forthcoming book, Crime Scenes: Forensics and Aesthetics.

Angus Trumble, newly appointed Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, was formerly Senior Curator at Yale University's Centre for British Art. His most recent book is Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century, 2013.

Lynnette Wallworth, new media artist whose documentary film Tender, 2013, follows the ways a small group of Port Kembla residents care for their dying and dead. The film was produced by Kath Shelper who will also be speaking in the program.

Frances Wild is Program Coordinator in the Learning and Access Department at the National Gallery of Australia and coordinates the artmed program, a collaboration between the NGA and ANU Medical School.