The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand is the national professional body for Australian and New Zealand art historians. Its membership is comprised principally of academics in art and design, postgraduate students, artists and designers, and gallery and museum curators.


Annual conference

The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand holds an annual conference. Each year the conference is held in a different capital city in either Australia or New Zealand. The 2016 conference 'The Work of Art' will be held in Canberra at the Australian National University (ANU).

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The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art (ANZJA) is the principal refereed art-history journal for Australia and New Zealand. It is published twice a year and features research from art history, art theory, museum studies and art practice as well as a book and exhibition reviews.

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Book and Journal Prizes are awarded at the conference and are keenly awaited by delegates and the publishing sector. These are the only prizes across Australia and New Zealand to focus on art-historical studies, museum catalogues and monographs.

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2016 Conference in Canberra – December 1-3

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Registration is now open – early bird registration closes October 14th 2016.

The Call for Papers is now closed.

Keynote Speaker Announced

MelissaChiu_2015Dr Melissa Chiu, Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 AAANZ Conference. Read more…





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Join or Renew Now  to enjoy the full membership benefits for 2017, including access to two issues of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art (ANZJA) as well as regular updates concerning events and news relating to art and art history in the region.

ANZJA Current Issue | Vol 16 Issue 1 2016 | Open Issue

The latest ANZJA is an open edition edited by Dr Keith Broadfoot and Dr Donna West Brett.

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 6.23.35 PMInversions, Conversions, Aberrations: Visual Acuity and the Erratic Chemistry of Art-Historical Transmission in a Transcultural Situation | Andrew McNamara

The Post-Occupational Condition | Tara McDowell

Women’s Business: Cross-cultural Collaborations in Remote Indigenous Art Centres | Una Rey

Equivocal Taxonomies: Fiona Hall and the Logic of Display | Jaime Tsai

Reaction to the First World War: Max Liebermann and the Kriegszeit Lithographs | Deborah Ascher Barnstone

Contemporary American Painting from the James A. Michener Collection | Ian Cooke


Contemporary Chinese Art, A History 1970s–2000s, by Wu Hung | John Clark (Professor Emeritus)

A Tribute to Janice Van Horne’s Legacy: Including a review of her memoir, A Complicated Marriage: My Life with Clement Greenberg | Sheila Christofides

Double War: Shaun Gladwell: Visual Culture and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, by Kit Messham-Muir | Andrew Yip

Politically Unbecoming: Postsocialist Art against Democracy, by Anthony Gardner | Helen Hughes


mellor-coverBest Book | Andrea Bubenik, Reframing Albrecht Durer: the appropriation of art, 1528-1700, (Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate, 2013)

Best Anthology | Christina Barton and Robert Leonard, The Critic’s Part: Wyston Curnow Art Writings 1971-2013 (Brisbane: IMA and Wellington: Victoria University, 2014) & Ian McLean, Double Desire: Transculturation and Indigenous Art (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2014)

Best Large Exhibition Catalogue | Pop to Popism, edited by Wayne Tunnicliffe and Anneke Jaspers (Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2014) (Runner Up – Mid-Century Modern (Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 2014) edited by Kirsty Grant)

Best Small Exhibition Catalogue | Madonna Staunton, catalogue essay by Peter McKay (Brisbane: Queensland Art Gallery, 2014).

Best Scholarly Article in the ANZ Journal of Art | Daniel Palmer, ‘Photography as Social Encounter: Three Works by Mickey Allan, Sophie Calle, and Simryn Gill’, (ANZJA, vol.14, issue 2, 2014)

Best Art Writing by an Indigenous Australian | Julie Gough,‘Honouring the past / making a future – The Tasmanian Aboriginal shell necklace tradition’ and ‘Lola Greeno: Cultural Caretaker’ in Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels, (Sydney: Object Gallery, NSW, 2014) pp.108-116, 159.

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