The Politics of Art
Melbourne Law School
Room 920, Level 9
Carlton VIC 3053
Australian politics is fraught – yet the Australian public is disengaged. The Constitution is being rethought with respect to Indigenous Australians, and treaty-making is on the agenda – yet the Uluru Statement from the Heart was roundly ignored by the Federal Government. Public funding is being stripped from the arts – yet millions are spent on the Australian War Memorial and a monument to Captain Cook. It’s a time when politics has never been more important for the future of Australia, and when the future of art has never been more in peril. It’s time to look at the big picture:
- What is art’s importance for politics in Australia today?
- What role do images play in the framing and conduct of political debate in the 21st century?
- Can artworks offer public spaces that open up rather than close down debate on the past, on the relevance of that past for the present, and for our future?
From a monument to Captain Cook that celebrates the inauguration of a nation, to films that raise the ghosts of colonisation and the spectre of genocide, to representations of imperialism, revolution and human rights, we invite you to join a discussion featuring three of Australia’s leading public intellectuals: Professor Desmond Manderson, the author of a new book on the importance of art to how we think about law and justice; Professor Hilary Charlesworth, world-renowned international jurist and Hague Lecturer on the art of international law; and Dr Julie Gough, one of the most important artists working in Australia today.
Funded by The University of Melbourne McKenzie Fellowship.
Image credit: Gordon Bennett, Possession Island (1991)
*Collection: Museum of Sydney on the site of the first Government House, Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales. Purchased with funds from the Foundation for the Historic Houses Trust, Museum of Sydney Appeal, 2007.
Dr Julie Gough, Writer, Artist, and Curator
Dr Julie Gough
Writer, Artist, and Curator
Julie Gough is an artist, writer and curator who lives in Hobart, Tasmania. Julie’s research and art practice involves uncovering and representing subsumed and often conflicting histories, often referring to her own and her family’s experiences as Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Current work in installation, sound and video provides the means to explore ephemerality, absence and recurrence. Julie holds a PhD from the University of Tasmania (2001), Masters degree (Visual Arts) University of London (Goldsmiths College)(1998), BA (Visual Arts) Curtin University West Australia (1994), BA Honours (Visual Arts) First Class, University of Tasmania (1995) and BA (Prehistory/ English Literature), University of West Australia (1987). She has held over 20 solo exhibitions and exhibited in more than 130 group exhibitions since 1994 including The Clemenger Award, NGV (2009), Biennale of Sydney (2006), Liverpool Biennale, UK (1999), Perspecta, AGNSW (1995). Her work is held in many private and public collections including The National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Art Gallery of South Australia, The Art Gallery of West Australia, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, National Museum of Australia, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Launceston.
Professor Hilary Charlesworth, Melbourne Law School
Professor Hilary Charlesworth
Melbourne Law School
Hilary Charlesworth is a Melbourne Laureate Professor at Melbourne Law School. She is also a Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University. Her research includes the structure of the international legal system, peacebuilding, human rights law and international humanitarian law and international legal theory, particularly feminist approaches to international law. Hilary received the American Society of International Law’s award for creative legal scholarship for her book, coauthored with Christine Chinkin, The Boundaries of International Law. She was also awarded, with Christine Chinkin, the American Society of International Law’s Goler T. Butcher award for ‘outstanding contributions to the development or effective realization of international human rights law’. Hilary has held both an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship (20052010) and an ARC Laureate Fellowship (20102015). Hilary has been a visiting professor at various institutions including Harvard Law School, New York University Global Law School, UCLA, Paris I and the London School of Economics. She is a member of the Executive Council of the Asian Society of International Law and a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law. Hilary was appointed by the Australian government in 2015 to a second term as a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. She is an associate member of the Institut de Droit International and served as judge ad hoc in the International Court of Justice in the Whaling in the Antarctic Case (20112014). In 2016 Hilary was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
Professor Desmond Manderson, Australian National University (ANU)
Professor Desmond Manderson
Australian National University (ANU)
Professor Desmond Manderson is director of the Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities at Australian National University. He designs innovative interdisciplinary courses with colleagues in English, philosophy, art theory, history, and politics, and pursues a range of collaborative projects with the National Library, the National Gallery, the ABC, and Street Theatre. Recent work examines the intersection of law and the visual arts, notably Law and the Visual: Representations, Technologies and Critique (Toronto 2018); and Danse Macabre: Temporalities of Law in the Visual Arts (Cambridge 2018).
Mr Paul Barclay, ABC Radio National Presenter
Mr Paul Barclay
ABC Radio National Presenter
ABC Radio National
Paul Barclay is a Walkley Award winning journalist and broadcaster with an appetite for ideas and indepth analysis and discussion. Paul has produced countless stories over more than twenty years for an array of programs on virtually all ABC radio networks. From time to time you will see him appearing on ABC TV.