The National Gallery of Victoria is set to host ‘Illuminating Australian Art,’ a short course for adults at the gallery’s Ian Potter Centre, presented in collaboration with Deakin University.

Art and history enthusiasts will have the unique opportunity to study landmark Australian artworks in depth, beginning each week with a lecture or talk exploring a key theme or idea followed by practical talks in the gallery spaces.

Tony Ellwood, Director at NGV says, “Illuminating Australian Art” will be an immersive offering for adults, examining how art is made and how viewers approach and interpret it.”

Featuring a massive lineup of presenters including NGV educators and exhibition curators, artists and lecturers, the first class of the series is ‘Becoming Modern’. The class will explore artistic concerns and developments of the 1930’s art world as illustrated in the exhibition Brave New World: Australia 1930’s.

Following on is ‘Body and Other Materials’ in week two which will look at interactions between art, the human body and the natural environment, highlighting works of artists including Patricia Piccininni and Fiona Hall.

Week three goes ‘Beyond Modernism’, with an exploration of the postmodern themes of Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990’s.

The final week offers ‘Perspective in Indigenous Art’ as revealed in Past Legacy: Present tense.

Illuminating Australian Art
Where: NGV Australia
When: 1pm-3:30pm, Sundays, 17 September – 8 October. 
Cost: From $25 for students. Series passes also available from $90.
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