LWAGTalks is Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery's podcast, bringing you insights and ideas with artists, curators, educators and more. Initiated in 2013, it features audio recordings from symposia, talks and panel discussions, as well as new conversations created specifically for this channel.

Latest episodes

Ep 14: On the Cruthers Collection of Women's Art with Lee Kinsella and LSAC

Published on 31 July 2020

Learn more about the Cruthers Collection of Women's Art (CCWA) in this conversation with CCWA Curator Lee Kinsella and members of LSAC (LWAG Student Advisory Committee) Victor Arul, Fannisa Balqis Assyilah, Mia Davis and Amy Reid.

One of several major public collections owned by the University of Western Australia, the CCWA consists of over 700 works of art created by Australia women artists. In this conversation, Kinsella discusses the history of the CCWA, her role as curator as well as new initiatives, including the CCWA online database and forthcoming exhibition (Un)ladylike Acts: Recent Acquisitions from the Cruthers Collection of Women's Art.

This episode is the first in a series of LWAGTalks conversations developed by the LWAG Student Advisory Committee. Initiated in March 2020, the LWAG Student Advisory Committee consists of 16 UWA students who work with Gallery staff to develop new initiatives and programs to connect LWAG with University students.

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Ep 13: LWAG Beginnings with Ted Snell and Ivan Hoffman

Published on 13 July 2020

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Director Ted Snell speaks with Perth businessman Ivan Hoffman about the fundraising involved in building the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

In 1986, Hoffman was the Honorary Director of the fundraising appeal to build the Gallery, which officially opened to the public on 18 July 1990.

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Art Aside 2: The Case of the Backyard Pollocks

Published on 26 June 2020

In this second episode of Art Aside, LWAG Director Ted Snell explores the National Gallery of Australia's controversial 1973 purchase of the painting Blue Poles by Jackson Pollock and its reverberations in Perth.

Art Aside is a series of short, 5-10 minute episodes developed and produced by Ted Snell that delve into fascinating and little-known stories within the history of art.

Music for the Art Aside series is from kind permission from Methyl Ethel. The song is UBU, from their album Everything is Forgotten, released on 4AD.

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Ep 12: David Bielander and Helen Britton from MAKING: A living?

Published on 12 June 2020

Munich-based artists David Bielander and Helen Britton share reflections and insights on their practice as artists in this public talk during the 2019 symposium MAKING: A living?

Organised by LWAG, the 2019 Fremantle Biennale and Artsource, MAKING: A living? brought together local, national and international artists, designers, musicians, editors and more to explore the ways that artists are adapting digital technologies for new, innovative means in their practices.

David Bielander is an artist and jeweller. From 2006–2010, he has Artistic Assistant to Professor Daniel Kruger, Academy of Fine Arts Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany; since 2011 he has been an external consultant to the jewellery department, Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. He has received numerous awards, including the Munich Förderpreis (2009); Herbert Hofmann Prize (2010); the Françoise van den Bosch Prize (2012); and the Swiss Federal Design Prize (2012).

Helen Britton is an artist and jewellery designer. Britton received her MFA from Curtin University in Western Australia, and then studied under Otto Künzli at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Her work has been the subject of major retrospectives at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery (2017) and the Neues Museum in Nuremburg (2013), and is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

The music in this episode is from David Hilowitz's 'Principles in Action', licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial License on the Free Music Archive.

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Art Aside 1: The Stolen Smile

Published on 14 May 2020

LWAG Director Professor Ted Snell delivers the first in our Art Aside series. In these short 5-10 minute episodes, Ted delves into fascinating and little-known stories within the history of art.

This first Art Aside explores the theft of the Mona Lisa and how artists and friends Pablo Picasso and Guillame Apollinaire became entangled in the investigation.

The Art Aside series is written and produced by Ted Snell. Music is from kind permission from Methyl Ethel. The song is UBU, from their album Everything is Forgotten, released on 4AD.

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Ep 11: We are Crumbs with Iain Dean and Ted Snell

Published on 1 May 2020

Artist Iain Dean talks with LWAG Director Professor Ted Snell on his work, including a new piece, We are Crumbs, commissioned for INSIDE/OUT, a series of artworks for LWAG's south-facing windows celebrating its 30th anniversary. A selection of Dean's work from 2017-2020 was also featured in The Long Kiss Goodbye, our 2020 Perth Festival exhibition.

Iain Dean is a Perth-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics. His work is held in public and private collections across Australia and has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally in Denmark, Sweden, Paris and New York.

Professor Ted Snell, AM CitWA, is Director of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. He has published widely and curated many exhibitions and has contributed to the national arts agenda as Chair of the Visual Arts Board and Chair of University Art Museums Australia.

The music for this episode comes from David Hilowitz's Principles in Action, licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial License on the Free Music Archive.

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Ep 10: Textiles Lucidity with Belinda von Mengersen

Published on 21 November 2019

Artist, curator and textile theorist Dr Belinda von Mengersen delivers the keynote talk, 'Textiles Lucidity', for the 2019 symposium Social Fabric at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

Organised alongside the exhibition HERE&NOW19: Material Culture, Social Fabric was a day-long symposium that brought together artists, theorists and curators to explore ideas surrounding textile-based art practices. The symposium teased out ideas woven into HERE&NOW19, which was curated by Joanna Sulkowski and featured new artwork incorporating textiles by Western Australian artists Omra Caoimhe, Teelah George, Susan Roux, Holly Story and Marzena Topka.

Social Fabric took place on 16 November 2019 at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia and was presented in partnership with the UWA School of Design.

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Ep 9: In the Beginning with Tiwi Design co-founder Madeleine Clear

Published on 18 December 2017

Using archival images, Madeleine Clear, co-founder of Tiwi Design, reminisces about the early years of Tiwi Design, where she worked closely with artists in the late 1960s.

From humble beginnings as a printmaking workshop, it went on to gain national and international recognition as one of the earliest and most successful Aboriginal art projects in Australia.

This talk was recorded on Saturday 28 October 2pm at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery as part of the exhibition Being Tiwi.

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Ep 8: Celebrating the centenary of Sidney Nolan with Philip Mead and Catherine Noske

Published on 8 October 2017

In this talk, Professor Philip Mead and Dr Catherine Noske delve deeper into historical and literary associations conjured by the artworks' of Sir Sidney Nolan in celebration of Nolan's Centenary year, and highlighting his works in the UWA Art Collection.

Professor Philip Mead is inaugural Chair of Australian Literature, School of Humanities and Director of the Westerly Centre. Dr Catherine Noske is a Lecturer in Creative Writing in English and Cultural Studies in the School of Humanities and is Editor of Westerly magazine.

This talk was recorded at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery on 8 September 2017, as part of the 2017 UWA Research Week. LWAG would like to thank the UWA Campus Partner, School of Humanities and the Westerly Centre.

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Ep 7: Stories from the Indian Diaspora with Sana Bharadwaj

Published on 29 August 2016

Sana Bharadwaj, PhD Candidate in Linguistics at UWA, reflects on how language, culture and identity interact in the sociolinguistics of the Indian diaspora in Australia.

This event was organised alongside the exhibition Bharti Kher: In Her Own Language, presented at LWAG in 2016 as part of the Perth International Arts Festival.

The talk was part of LWAG's Friday Talk series and presented with Linguistics at UWA. The talk was introduced by Dr Celeste Rodríguez Louro, Lecturer in Linguistics at UWA.

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Ep 6: Challenges for Emerging Curators with Eve Chaloupka, Erin Coates, Gemma Weston and Laetitia Wilson

Published on 24 August 2016

An 'emerging curator' confronts many situations. Hear from local curators Eve Chaloupka, Erin Coates, Gemma Weston and Dr Laetitia Wilson, whose own experiences reveal some of the diverse challenges and interpretations of the role and responsibilities of a 'curator' in the current WA scene.

This conversation comes from a 2016 panel discussion co-chaired by Ron Bradfield Jnr and Dr Janice Lally, and produced in partnership with Artsource, a peak membership body for visual artists in WA.

Audio edited with thanks to Digital Learning Placement Program participant Yoshika Kon.

Ep 5: Presenting the Yirrkala Drawings with Sandy Toussaint, Eve Chaloupka and Kelly Rowe

Published on 17 March 2015

An astonishing Collection of crayon drawings on brown paper was first created by Yolngu artists in late 1940s north-east Arnhem Land. Now part of the Berndt Collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural materials, this talk brings together insights from a museum perspective about the artworks and their history, conservation and presentation.

Hear from Berndt Museum Associate Director, Professor Sandy Toussaint, Associate Registrar Kelly Rowe and Archivist Eve Chaloupka as they discuss the cultural history and preparation of the works in the current exhibition.

This discussion took place at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery on the 27 February 2015 as part of the public program accompanying the exhibition Yirrkala Drawings.

Ep 4: Uncovering the Yirrkala Drawings with Sara Bunn

Published on 16 March 2015

While preparing the Yirrkala drawings for exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales Conservator Sarah Bunn was excited to uncover layers of information in the process. Material culture not only tell stories about its content, but also of its making and life journey. Hear from Sarah Bunn as she reveals her discoveries.

This discussion was part of the 2015 public program of events accompanying the exhibition Yirrkala Drawings.

Ep 3: You Must Change Your Life with Sheavaun Cooley

Published on 12 November 2014

Writer and academic Dr Shevaun Cooley presents 'You must change your life' a discussion of the intersection of art and poetry, and what happens when those works carry with them the whiff of death.

This talks was presented as part of the public program accompanying the 2014 exhibition Memento Mori at the Lawrence WIlson Art Gallery, UWA.

Dr Shevaun Cooley is a Western Australian poet and academic. Her work has appeared in Southerly, Meanjin, Cordite and The Best Australian Poems (2009). Most recently, her poem 'Soundings' was shortlisted for the University of Canberra's inaugural Vice Chancellor's International Poetry Prize.

Ep 2: Engaging Possibility: Access Programs at MoMA with Carrie McGee

Published on 27 August 2013

Carrie McGee and her colleagues at The Museum of Modern Art have won international respect for their unique efforts to make the MoMA's extensive resources, collection and programs accessible to visitors with disabilities.

In this lecture McGee discusses the development and outcomes of MoMA's programs, including the world-renowned MoMA Alzheimer's Project, in order to validate the notion that high quality arts programming positively impacts the physical, intellectual and emotional lives of those who participate.

Ep 1: CURATINGforum with Anne Loxley, Helen Carroll and Stefano Carboni

Published on 27 August 2013

CURATINGforum was both an actual and virtual forum for generating discussion around contemporary curatorial practice. The forum focused on the ways in which art institutions, artists, businesses and non-arts government organisations can work together in innovative ways.

Panellists included Anne Loxley, Curator of C3West Program at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia', Helen Carroll, Manager of Wesfarmer Arts, and Stefano Carboni, Director of Art Gallery of Western Australia. It was chaired by 'Ted Snell, Director of the Cultural Precinct, University of Western Australia.

The forum was held on 22 May 2013 at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA.

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