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Wired In: October 2014

Find out who's coming and going in the arts for October 2014.

​In the News

The child p--nography case against young Melbourne artist Paul Yore has been dismissed to the great relief of most people in the art community. Yore's work is currently on show as part of Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney. In a police raid in June last year, Yore's work was defaced and censored during its exhibition at the Linden Centre for Contemporary Art in St Kilda Melbourne.

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Judge of Broome's Shinju Matsuri Festival of the Pearl and the Art award, Perpetua Durack Clancy made the controversial decision not award the 2014 Indigenous art award because she claimed there were no entries of high enough quality. The money will be added to the award for 2015.

The Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship is being offered by the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). The new biennial $40,000 scholarship is for a recent art history or visual arts graduate, to develop their practices or research through an itinerary of national or overseas travel. The applicant must demonstrate how their travel would ensure the further development of art practice or research that will make a contribution to an understanding of Australian art. Closing date is December 12th.

Winners in the 2014 City of Hobart Art Prize are experienced print artist and lecturer, Rew Hanks in the Print category and a staff member at Jam Factory's glass studio in Adelaide, artist Tom Moore in the Glass category. Previously in 2013, Moore won both the Ranamok and the Tom Malone major glass prizes.

In Public

Winner of the John Kaldor “Your Very Good Idea" Public Art Project is Indigenous artist Jonathan Jones, a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia. Jones' large-scale, temporary art project, entitled barrangal dyara (skin and bones) will be realised in the Botanic Gardens in 2016. It will be a re-imagining of the C19th Garden Palace which stood in the Gardens until it was burned down in 1882 with the loss of thousands of significant Indigenous Australian artefacts.

In Galleries

The new director of the National Gallery of Australia is Gerard Vaughan AM FAHA. Vaughan retired from the position of Director at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2012 after 13 years, going on to become Professor at the Australian Institute of Art History, The University of Melbourne. He replaces Ron Radford who has retired after serving in the job for 10 years.

Curator at Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne, Pip Wallace will be leaving to take up a year's secondment to Chisenhale Gallery in London. Art history and theory academic and curator, Helen Hughes has been appointed to replace her. Hughes also has a strong writing and publishing history as the co-founder and co-editor of the Discipline the Melbourne-based contemporary art journal and as editor of the online journalemaj – Electronic Melbourne Art Journal.

Latrobe Regional Gallery has announced the appointment of David Sequeira as Director. David has worked in curatorial, education and public program roles in a range of museums including the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery. David will start in the role on 20 October.

Katrina Rumley AM is retiring from her position as director of the Moree Plains Gallery in NSW, which she has held since 2005. During her career she was curator at Canberra Parliament House then the Newcastle Region Art Gallery, director of the SH Ervin Gallery at the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and CEO of VI$COPY, Australia's copyright agency for the visual arts. Ms Rumley has also held posts including Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale and president of the Art Museums Association of Australia.

For those who have been associated with the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) it is a sad day because it has sold its Paddington home of almost 34 years. As part of the sale terms ACP is leasing back the property and will remain in its current location throughout 2015, but where to next will be the big question? 

In Academe

The University of Melbourne announced a new fully endowed Chair in Art History at the University of Melbourne, to be named in honour of the Australia artist Hugh Ramsay. This, alongside the news that the university has also begun the process to recruit a new Herald Chair of Fine Arts, is great news for the Art History program at Melbourne, as well as for Art History in Australia more broadly.

In Organisations

The Biennale of Sydney (BoS) has appointed its Artistic Director for the 2016 event, Stephanie Rosenthal who is Chief Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London. The BoS is currently looking for its new CEO with Danielle Earp holding the fort in the interim.

The Australian Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide has appointed its new director Steve Eland. Steve has a more than twenty year history working in the arts as a previous director of the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (formerly 24Hour Art) and working with the Aboriginal community of Maningrida in central Arnhem Land.

New CEO at the Design Institute of Australia is Pru Sanderson. Trained as an architect, she was previously the CEO of VicUrban and Monash Property Management, and also the Director of Parks Victoria. Earlier she held senior roles in City of Melbourne's Federation Square Management and at the Melbourne Museum.

CEO of the Indigenous Art Code John Oster will become the new Director of Regional Arts Australia replacing Lindy Allen. Lindy has been acting in the position for several months while recruitment took place.

With the closure in April 2015 of the Creative Industries Innovation Centre (CIIC), Director Lisa Colley will be moving on. CIIC is part of the previous government's Enterprise Connect initiative which is now closed but continues under a similar program called the Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Program.

In Mags

The Creative Director at Art Monthly Australia magazine, Tania Evans is leaving after 6 years. She will be replaced by Karen Brown.

Alison Kubler is the new associate editor for Manuscript, the Australian men's fashion, style, visual arts, culture and design magazine.


Potter, teacher and writer, Margaret Tuckson died in August aged 92. With her husband Tony Tuckson, artist and deputy director of the Art Gallery of NSW, she made an important contribution to the promotion in Australia of Indigenous and Pacific art.

Launceston is mourning the untimely death in an accident of Jeremy Ball who made a tremendous contribution as Aldeman and Deputy Mayor of the Launceston City Council in Tasmania. His commitment to and support of the arts in Tasmania was unflagging and he was a regular attendee at arts events across the north of the state.