2017 Conference





AAANZ 2017 Conference


Art and its Directions

The University of Western Australia

Perth, 6-8 December 2017

In 2017 the AAANZ Conference will be taking place in Perth, Western Australia.

The Conference Committee look forward to presenting an engaging program of events at the The University of Western Australia from Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 December.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) is open to all members and will take place on Friday the 8th at 12.15pm – 1.15pm at the Arts Lecture Room 5 (ALR 5, downstairs). Agenda here (pdf).

Download the final program here here (pdf) and the full program booklet here

Key Dates

Registration open  –  9th August 2017

Early Bird registration closes – 22nd October 2017 – Early Bird registration is now closed

Final registration closes – 6th December 2017

Call for Papers deadline – 28th August 2017 – the Call for Papers is now closed

Postgraduate Day deadline – 8th September 2017 – the Call for Papers is now closed

Postgraduate Bursary deadline – 8th September 2017 – the application period is now closed


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This year’s conference theme Art and its Directions is broadly conceived against the backdrop of debates relating to national sovereignty and globalisation. Rather than purely a focus on politically based art in this context, we turn to the question of directions in art, where directions refer both to geography and chronology. The aim is to investigate artistic production and exchange in relation to the geographical, conceptual and imaginative relationships between north, south, east and west, so as to encompass discussion of transnational and global art histories; and the binaries of centre and periphery, modern and traditional. The theme takes account of the conference location in Western Australia – ranging from perceptions of the west to its distinct collections, and history.

There is also focus upon how art objects and art practices exist in different spatial and temporal contexts. This may include discussion of the mobility of objects and the materials of art, and of curatorial practices relating to the display of works of art.

Convenors of panel sessions might consider subject areas such as:

  • The theorising of geographies in relation to art
  • Art and the changing history of place
  • Landscapes, travel and the sensory dimension of place
  • Heritage, nostalgia and anachronism in art
  • Contemporary curatorial practice and its global aspects
  • Indigenous art and cultural objects in their original settings and in the museum
  • The legacy of colonialism in historical and contemporary art practice
  • Emigré and refugee artists, and cross-cultural exchange
  • Representations of the cosmos, and the mapping of sea and land in Aboriginal art
  • Aboriginal rock art and cross-cultural encounters
  • Art and cartography, navigation, travel and trade
  • The translocation of art through commercial forces and war
  • The mobility of images in the digital age, including the role of photography
  • The space of the studio and its relation to the outer world

AAANZ 2017 Conference Committee

Amy Barrett-Lennard – Director, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Emily Brink  – Assistant Professor, School of Design, UWA,

Robert Cook –  Curator of Contemporary Design and International Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Andrew Lynch – Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions; Professor, English and Cultural Studies, UWA

Kit Messham-Muir – Associate Professor, School of Design and Art, Curtin University

Sally Quin – Chair of the Conference Committee; Curator, the University of Western Australia Art Collection

Vanessa Russ  – Associate Director, Berndt Museum, UWA

Ted Snell – Chief Cultural Officer, Cultural Precinct, UWA

Paul Uhlmann – Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University

Vyonne Walker – Conference Administrator


The 2017 AAANZ Conference Committee thanks the following sponsors: