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Goodman Teale, The City of Melbourne, Australia, 1st May 1855, engraving and watercolour. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest 1973.
S.T Gill, Macartney and Galbraith (printer), Collins Street, looking west from Russell Street, 1854, lithograph and watercolour on paper, 32.8 x 49 cm. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest 1973
William Strutt, Bushrangers, Victoria, Australia 1852, 1887, oil on canvas, 73 x 154 cm. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest 1973
In a new initiative that encourages multidisciplinary engagement with the art collection of the University of Melbourne, the Ian Potter Museum of Art has in 2013 offered five minor Miegunyah Fund Awards to University of Melbourne students. The award required the student to undertake a research-based minor project on an aspect of the Russell and Mab Grimwade Collection held by the Ian Potter Museum of Art.
The award was given to students across five different disciplines, including Dentistry, Art Curatorship, Interactive Music Composition, Creative Writing, and Secondary Teaching. Recipients of each award were required to present the outcomes of their awards in a lunchtime talk at the Potter that outlined their diverse research strategies, creative processes and final product.
Grimwade Project 1: Laura de Neefe, Creative Writing.
Presentation 21 October 2013. Grimwade poems 'Roaming. Herding. Leveling'.
This project takes the form of a poetic response to works in the Grimwade Collection depicting early colonial Melbourne, as a way of exploring the mirco-history of the city. The depiction of Melbourne in between the rural and industrial stages as an element in all these works is a particular focus, as is the nature of Melbourne as an evolving place with a changing character to reflect this. Artworks selected include: Henry Burn, Panoramic View of the city of Melbourne taken from the south bank of the Yarra (1856); John Skinner Prout,View from Bateman’s Hill, Melbourne (1847), and Elizabeth Street, Melbourne (1847).
Grimwade Project 2: Maize Wallin and Liam Whittaker, Interactive Composition.
Presentation 22 October 2013. Grimwade Pop-up Exhibition Maize Wallin uTube
This project consisted of exhibition concept utilising artworks from the Grimwade Collection with sound scapes. The conception is of a three-walled space exhibiting images from the Collection on the subject of transportation, including Trains/Trams, Boats, and Horses/Horse-drawn vehicles. While viewing the works the audience are exposed to sound pieces that immerse the viewer within the world of each mode of transportation.
Artworks selected include: The Illustrated Adelaide News, Proposed viaduct in Flinders Street to connect the Spencer Street and Hobson's Bay railway stations, Melbourne (February 1880); Helen Ogilvie, Early state of illustration to chapter ten and Heading Illustration to Chapter Seven of "Flinders Lane, Recollections of Alfred Felton" (1947); Charles Nettleton, Melbourne and Hobson's Bay Railway Pier, Sandridge (c. 1860s).
Grimwade Project 3: Sarah Healy and Claire Virgona, Master of Teaching (Visual Arts)
Presentation 27 November 2013. Project Overview.
Titled ‘Back to the future’, the project uses selected artworks from the Grimwade collection to re-story the stories from a variety of historical perspectives while adding a geographical dimension by mapping a selection of artworks onto an augmented reality platform. It makes use of the Grimwade Collection for an education resource targeted at a number of secondary curriculum areas that can be utilised within school environments.
Artworks selected include William Strutt, Bushrangers, Victoria, Australia, 1852 (1887), William Strutt, selected studies for 'Bushrangers'; J.W. Lindt, photograph series of the siege of the Kelly Gang at Glenrowan, Charles Nettleton Collins Street from Treasury (1850s), Henry Burn, Melbourne from the south side of the Yarra (1869).
Grimwade Project 4: Dominique van de Klundert, Master of Art Curatorship
Presentation 11 December 2013. Truth, justice & representation: The photography of J.W. Lindt in context
This project, entitled ‘Russell Grimwade, J.W. Lindt, and the construction of a Victorian icon’ contextualises the 6 photographs by J.W. Lindt in the Grimwade Collection that document the siege of the Kelly Gang at Glenrowan. Situating these images within a discussion of the particular role of photography in the memorialisation and representation of history, particularly Kelly’s, allows an analysis of Lindt’s contribution to the construction of Kelly as an icon, and of Russell Grimwade’s investment in this construction as an aspect of his interest in Victorian history.
Now open, The world is not a foreign land brings together work by Timothy Cook, Djambawa Marawili, Ngarra, Rusty Peters, Freda Warlapinni and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Crossing three geographically and culturally distinct regions—the Tiwi Islands, the Kimberley, and North-eastern Arnhem Land—each artist presents sometimes strikingly different perspectives on what constitutes Indigenous contemporary art.