30 September, 2009

Biennale de Lyon - Photos

10th Biennale de Lyon - Photo Tour

Extensive photo tour through all the 4 venues of the Biennale,
including works by almost all the participants and lots of information.

10th Biennale de Lyon
16 September 2009 - 3 January 2010. Artistic director: Thierry Raspail. Curator: Hou Hanru. 56 artists and groups in 4 venues.

Dates & facts, curatorial concept, list of artists, etc.,
access via the start page of our Special.

from Universes in Universe


PCA - Commissioned Prints 2009

Print Council of Australia Commissioned Prints 2009.

Artists: Darren Bryant (NSW), Janet Parker-Smith (NSW), Elizabeth Pozega (NSW), Andrea Przygonski (SA), Rochelle Summerfield (NSW), Kati Thamo (WA), J P Willis (NSW), Gosia Wlodarczak (VIC)

View all eight prints at these venues 19 September - 17 October 2009:

ADELAIDE: (15-16 September only) Adelaide Centre for the Arts 39 Light Square, Adelaide, SA
BRISBANE: grahame galleries + editions, 1 Fernberg Rd, Milton QLD, T(07) 3369 3288
CANBERRA: Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, Canberra Technology Park, 49 Phillip Ave, Watson ACT, T(02) 6241 4844
HOBART: Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian School of Art, Hunter Street, Hobart TAS, T(03) 6226 4309
MELBOURNE: Port Jackson Press Australia Print Room, 61 Smith Street, Fitzroy VIC, T(03) 9419 8988
SYDNEY: The Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, 148 City Rd, Sydney NSW, T(02) 9351 3115

Anyone interested please contact PCA office: T(03) 9328 8991;
E adminpca AT netspace.net.au

Damon Kowarsky - Melbourne

Damon Kowarsky

"In 2007 I spent six months living and working in Lahore, Pakistan, teaching drawing and studying miniature painting at Beaconhouse National University. Over the last year these experiences have inspired a series of prints and paintings."

The Joshua McClelland Print Room Melbourne is pleased to invite you to the opening of


The exhibition will be opened by Ayesha Bux, Honourary Consul for Pakistan on Tuesday October 13 from 5.30 to 7.30 pm. The exhibition continues until October 30.

Joshua McClelland Print Room
Level 2, 15 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000
9654 5835

Gallery hours are 10 to 5, Monday to Friday

You can see more information, a map, and a copy of the invitation at



29 September, 2009

Art Almanac - Melbourne

Art Almanac
is the essential guide to Australia's art galleries - a monthly magazine listing the exhibition schedules of over 550 art galleries throughout Australia, packaged in an easy-to-use format, supported by gallery maps, an artist index, and profiles of current art exhibitions. Melbourne art galleries and their September exhibition schedules are listed below,


Rita Angus - NZ

Rita Angus (1908-70) is one of New Zealand’s most significant artists. A pioneer of modern painting in this country, she created some of our most memorable and best-loved images.

To honour the centenary of her birth, Te Papa presents this major exhibition, which is now touring to Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland. It includes sketchbooks, studies and unfinished works, some of which have never been seen in public before.

Explore this website to find out what can be seen and experienced in the exhibition.

Early Years 1929-39

A Pacifist Vision 1939-58
Later Journeys 1958-70


audioguide tracks, podcasts and radio interviews, all available to be downloaded for free.

You can also watch our TV ad, featured on Youtube.

21 paintings have audio tracks available. Drawing on the writing and letters of Rita Angus, they give a unique insight into the thoughts and motivation behind these 21 works.

Download all 21 audio tracks (zip, 11 MB).


1 August - 1 November 2009

28 September, 2009

CHart - UK

Welcome to CHArt's web site. CHArt was established in 1985 by art and design historians who happened also to be computer enthusiasts. Initially a forum for the exchange of ideas between people who were using computers in their research, the largely academic membership was soon augmented by members from museums and art galleries, as well as individuals involved in the management of the visual and textual archives and libraries relevant to the subject.

CHArt is a society open to all who have an interest in the application of computers to the study of art and design. We hold an annual conference and publish the conference proceedings, run an email discussion list and keep in contact with our members through a newsletter. CHArt also sponsors the World Wide Web Virtual Library for History of Art. You will find further details of all our publications and activities on this web site.



CHArt's annual conferences - read abstracts of papers from our recent conferences.

CHArt's email discussion list (Joining instructions & message archives)

Electronic CHArt: Teaching, Images, Internet - CHArt's first online project.

The World Wide Web Virtual Library: History of Art

27 September, 2009

Subject Index - September 2009

The Aviary
400,000 hits
Subject Index - August 2009
Print Australia on Facebook

Urban Art/Graffiti Subject Index 2009

Artists / Exhibitions
Judy Chicago
Fiona Tan

Martin Sastre - London
10th Biennale de Lyon
Beuys - Turkey
CCP - Melbourne
Primavera - MCA - Sydney
Melbourne Fringe 2009

Renew Newcastle
Sketch the Rhyme - Sketch City
What's On 1 - Melbourne

Obey - Canberra
Rita Angus - NZ

CCP - Melbourne
Biennale de Lyon - Photos
Damon Kowarsky - Melbourne

Melbourne's Laneways
Cartrain & Hirst - part 2, pencils

Urban Art Agenda #3 - Melbourne
The London Police - Interview
Space Invader Interview
Dont Ban the Can
Greek Graffiti
Nuart 09
FAME Festival - Italy
Word to Mother Interviews

Dont Ban the Can - Photos
Until Never

Frieze magazine

Mirror of the World - SLV
ANAT - Filter magazine online

Kings Way - Melbourne

New Media
Artefact - New Media Festival
Julius Popp
Urban Hacking - Vienna
CHart - UK

Impact 6 - 2009

PCA - Commissioned Prints 2009

Art Almanac - Melbourne

Mirror of the World - SLV

Mirror of the World: Books & Ideas

This exhibition showcases many of the rare, beautiful and historically significant books held in the Library’s collections. Located in the galleries overlooking the magnificent La Trobe Reading Room, this exhibition celebrates the unique place of books in our hearts and minds.

Mirror of the World: Books & Ideas provides an overview of the history of book production, design and illustration, with a display of fine examples from the Library's collections dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. The title of the exhibition is taken from William Caxton’s Myrrour of the Worlde (1490), one of the first illustrated books published in England.

Read more about the exhibition themes >

These recordings complement the material in the exhibition. Using voice, sound effects and music, the Mirror of the World audio dramatisations bring some of the key figures in the history of books to life.

Audio for the general public >
Audio for secondary students >

Dome Galleries

Cowen Gallery


Murdock Gallery

24 April 2009 - 25 October 2009

The Independent Type: Books and Writing in Victoria is a free exhibition that celebrates Victoria's rich and diverse written culture, highlighting the stories, the voices and the spirit of independence that have made our literature unique.

Get more out of your visit to the The Independent Type exhibition by taking our audio tour, narrated by Ramona Koval, host of ABC Radio National's The Book Show.


The State Library of Victoria is on the corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets at the northern edge of Melbourne's central business district.

CCP - Melbourne

CCP : The Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) is one of Australia’s premier venues for the exhibition of contemporary photo-based arts, providing a context for the enjoyment, education, understanding and appraisal of contemporary practice.

Centre for Contemporary Photography
404 George St, Fitzroy
Victoria 3065, Australia
Wednesday–Saturday, 11am–6pm
Sunday, 1pm–5pm


lecture series

Flash Magazine


Gallery 3

The CCP Documentary Photography Award is a biennial showcase of contemporary Australian documentary photography. Since the inaugural exhibition in 1997, this event has grown in profile and significance. It represents a unique, national initiative in support of documentary photography, providing a rare opportunity to assess the themes, styles and ideas that characterise this fascinating genre. This year's exhibition demonstrates the breadth of contemporary approaches to documentary practice from traditional black and white narratives through to vibrant colour recordings all of which have been achieved without digital manipulation. Themes range from Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires through to ocean swim racing and portraits of people having their haircut.

Judging Panel: Louise Adler AM CEO and Publisher-in-Chief, Melbourne University Publishing; Naomi Cass Director, Centre for Contemporary Photography; and Stephen Dupont Photographer

Download the 2009 CCP Documentary Photography Award catalogue PDF 844kb



What are the considerations for artists when editioning paper or screen-based work? What underpins market confidence in editioning practices? This panel of experts from the commercial, education and public gallery sectors will explore the issues surrounding the editioning of photography and video art. Speakers will address principles, practices and problems within the arenas of analogue and digital media drawing upon local and international experience.


PDF DOWNLOAD Daniel Palmer, 'The Order of Things: The Edition and the Series in Contemporary Photomedia', Photofile, Issue 67 ('Pop'), December 2002, 18-22. PDF, 519KB
Courtesy of ACP / Photofile

Primavera - MCA - Sydney

Primavera 2009

This year the MCA’s popular Primavera series comes of age as the annual exhibition celebrates its 18th anniversary. With a reputation for uncovering new talent in the visual arts, Primavera provides valuable exposure for emerging artists aged 35 years and under.Primavera 2009 guest-curator Jeff Khan has selected nine of today’s most exciting young contemporary artists from across the country to explore the relationship between art and the viewer. Discover highly experiential works that engage you through humour, emotion, performance and immersive experiences both inside and outside the galleries.

Working across a range of disciplines, the Primavera 2009 artists are Andy Best, Christine Eid, Michaela Gleave, Christopher LG Hill, Ross Manning, Wade Marynowsky, Roderick Sprigg and spat+loogie.


Saturday 10 October, 2.30 – 4.00pm

Jeff Khan, curator of Primavera 2009 and Artistic Director of Melbourne's Next Wave Festival, and MCA curator Glenn Barkley provide guidance for emerging curators by discussing their own careers. Come with your questions ready.
$30/$25 MCA Members & Concessions
Bookings Essential: education@mca.com.au or 02 9245 2484

Making it New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art
10 September - 11 November 2009

Making It New celebrates contemporary art in Australia today. Presenting a diverse selection of works by 18 established artists, the exhibition spans painting, installation, video, sculpture and new media. The exhibition is the fourth in the MCA’s biennial exhibition series which focuses on contemporary Australian art practice. Previous exhibitions were Meridian (2003), Interesting Times (2005) and Cross Currents (2007). This year, MCA curator Glenn Barkley has selected artists whose work is anchored in a sense of tradition and ongoing engagement with political and social worlds. These artists are also pivotal figures within their own communities—whether they be social, historical, cultural or artistic—as teachers, supporters and advocates.

Featured artists are Alison Alder, Micky Allan, Jon Campbell, Lou Hubbard, Matthew Hunt, Bob Jenyns, Linda Marrinon, Archie Moore, Tom Moore, Marrnyula Mununggurr, Raquel Ormella, Alwin Reamillo, Khaled Sabsabi, Neil Taylor, Ken Thaiday Snr, Ruth Waller, Toni Warburton and Ken Whisson.

26 September, 2009

Melbourne Fringe 2009



Melbourne Stencil Festival
Yarra Sculpture Gallery
Melbourne Stencil Festival returns bigger and better this year across two venues: Yarra Sculpture Gallery and The Collingwood Underground. Expect a broad range of established and emerging artists producing exciting new works – go to stencilfestival.com for program details.

Collingwood Underground Car Park
44 Harmsworth St Collingwood

Street Visions: Homeless young people tell their own story Young people who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing homelessness photograph their world, based on the theme ‘where the heart is. Through their eyes we experience homelessness, and the homeless service system. Through their images we gain a deeper understanding of their reality. Presented by Frontyard Youth Services and Melbourne Citymission in association with Melbourne Stencil Festival 2009.

FamousWhenDead Gallery
207 Victoria St West Melbourne

Urban Art Agenda #3
: International Street Art Exhibition. Inspired by New York graffiti of the 1980s, stencil art is a form of street art, or urban art as it is often called, which has sprung up all over the globe in the last two decades. Now a respected art movement and refined art-form, it has long moved off the streets and into galleries and art spaces.

Urban Art Agenda #3 brings together some of the most prolific stencil artists from around the world in an unique showcase.

Beuys - Turkey


The exhibition is the first to combine works on paper by Joseph Beuys with drawings, photographs and prints by his most important students: Peter Angermann, Lothar Baumgarten, Walter Dahn, Felix Droese, Imi Giese, Jörg Immendorff, Anselm Kiefer, Imi Knoebel, Inge Mahn, Ulrich Meister, Meuser, Blinky Palermo, Katharina Sieverding and Norbert Tadeusz. The show has been curated by Deutsche Bank Art Director Friedhelm Hütte and art critic Ahu Antmen.

In this video, Nazan Ölçer, Directrice of the Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum, and Britta Färber of Deutsche Bank Art talk about the museum and the current exhibition.

Joseph Beuys and His Students at Sakıp Sabancı Museum Istanbul. Opening and Press Tour, September 8 and 11, 2009.


Museum Website


400,000 hits

Yesterday, Fri 25th Sept, the Bellebyrd site passed 400,000 hits. There were 350,000 hits on 31st May, and 300,000 on 25th February. That's 100,000 in 7 months.

Blakkbyrd is at 87800 hits. We need another 11,000 hits to make half a million for the two sites combined. Say 2 - 3 weeks at the current hit count.

23 September, 2009

What's On 1 - Melbourne

ACCA The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is Melbourne’s leading contemporary art gallery. ACCA is a Kunsthalle. It is the only major public art gallery in Australia focused on commissioning rather than collecting.

Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm
Weekends & Public Holidays 11am - 6pm
Monday by appointment

111 Sturt Street
Victoria 3006

Current exhibition of works by artist David Noonan, and Swedish artist Johanna Billing and Rosslynd Piggott. till 27th Sept.

from 9th Oct "The Dwelling"
9 October 2009– 29 November 2009

International artists explore the ghostly inhabitations of the ‘home’ in a new group show at ACCA, presented as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Curated by ACCA’s Artistic Director Juliana Engberg and organised by Hannah Mathews,The Dwelling brings together a series of spooky works from leading contemporary artists, each exploring the surreal, the haunted and the very strange. Artists included are Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Chantal Akerman, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, David Haines & Joyce Hinterding, Michaela Melián, Callum Morton, David Noonan & Simon Tevaks, Sofia Hultén and Calum Stirling.

Sound F

Hear from artists and curators about the exhibitions and the art at ACCA.

NGV International
180 St Kilda Rd
10am–5pm Closed Tuesdays
All exhibitions

Salvador Dalí: Liquid Desire
is open daily 10am–5pm and until 9pm every Wednesday and on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 October. Don’t miss 24-hour Dalí on Saturday 3 October when Dalí will be open all night!

Building a Collection:
Recent Acquisitions of Prints and Drawings
21 August 2009 – 31 January 2010


NGV - Ian Potter Centre
Federation Square


17 September – 7 February 2010

The 2009 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award is the final exhibition in the series of triennials established by Joan and Peter Clemenger through a generous gift to the NGV in 1991. Spanning nearly twenty years, the Award has focused the public’s attention on the achievements of a diverse range of distinguished Australian artists.

Long Distance Vision:
Three Australian Photographers
28 August – 21 February 2010

This exhibition will consider the work of three contemporary Australian photographers Christine Godden, Max Pam and Matthew Sleeth, who have photographed not only aspects of the everyday at home but venture forth in the world with the delighted, but not uncritical, eyes of the traveller.


17 September, 2009

Impact 6 - 2009

September 16th -19th 2009 :
IMPACT Print Conference, Bristol, UK

Welcome to IMPACT 6, hosted by the Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol.

IMPACT is open to Artists Printmakers, Print Historians, Students, Educators, Curators, Collectors, Digital Artists, Print Studios, Book Artists, Conservators, Print Technicians and Print Industry.

Hosting the sixth IMPACT conference will be both a privilege and a pleasure, having now been held in five countries across two continents. Following its past success, we welcome the return of IMPACT to Bristol, marking 10 years since the first conference was hosted here in 1999. What began as a ‘one off’ event has become a bi-annual feature in the printmaking calendar, bringing together hundreds of delegates from around the world....


12 September, 2009


I've just repaired the hitcounters on both sites. They were both reset to 12,000 for some reason, possibly trolls. Fortunately I monitor these figures so it was a simple matter to estimate the current count from daily usage (around 700 hits per day) and the last reading.

So I set Bellebyrd (391190 - 392400) and Blakkbyrd (86270 - 86500)


08 September, 2009

Frieze magazine

latest issue
Whatever happened to theory?

10th Biennale de Lyon

10th Biennale de Lyon

From 16 September 2009 to 3 January 2010

La Sucrière
Museum of Contemporary Art Bullukian Foundation
Bichat Warehouse

Hou Hanru

Artistic curator
Thierry Raspail

Production manager
Thierry Prat

We are living in the society of the spectacle. In spite of its alienating effects on our life and social relationships, it’s one of the very fundamental conditions of our existence. We perceive the world and communicate with each other through the spectacle – a system of image production and representation dominated by the logic of market capitalism which tends to “develop” our faculties of perception, imagination and reflection towards a “one dimensional model” formatted by the language of consumerist ideology. This is also the very contemporary condition of our self-identification and social order “guaranteed” by the established power system. As a main typology of artistic and cultural events of our time, biennials of contemporary art are no doubt an ultimate form of expression of such a tendency...

interview with curator


Press PDF files



as reported on Universes

Martin Sastre - London


Martin Sastre: We are the World (Something has to Change for Everything to Stay the Same)
8 - 30 September 2009

The Hayward Gallery
Project Space
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London, SE1 8XX



This September the Hayward Gallery Project Space presents an exhibition of works by the Uruguayan artist Martin Sastre. This will be his first exhibition in a major UK institution.

Sastre's videos combine a love of trashy pop culture with witty meditations on global politics. He is fascinated by the notion of the cover version or remake, and describes his work as existing 'on the frontier between reality and fiction'.

In the animated video KIM X LIZ (2008), viewers see the flowering of an unexpected love affair between Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, who is a well-known fan of Taylor's. Sastre is fascinated by these two figures, who he sees not only as real people but also fictional characters created by the desires of societies driven by the cult of celebrity and the cult of personality.

Making its debut at the Hayward Gallery Project Space is Sastre's latest work, Ride with Obama (2009). Continuing Sastre's enquiry into impersonations and the rewriting and re-depiction of reality, the film shows the artist visiting a Madrid theme park in the company of a man who bears an uncanny resemblance to President Barack Obama. Here the two men from the Americas explore the rides and inhabit the theme park, which represents a place in Europe where artifice dominates and authenticity has slipped out of sight.

04 September, 2009

Renew Newcastle

Renew Newcastle has been established to find short and medium term uses for buildings in Newcastle's CBD that are currently vacant, disused, or awaiting redevelopment.

Renew Newcastle aims to find artists, cultural projects and community groups to use and maintain these buildings until they become commercially viable or are redeveloped. Renew Newcastle is not set up to manage long term uses, own properties or permanently develop sites but to generate activity in buildings until that future long term activity happens.

Renew Newcastle was founded to help solve the problem of Newcastle's empty CBD. While the long term prospects for the redevelopment of Newcastle's CBD are good, in the meantime many sites are boarded up, falling apart, vandalised or decaying because they are is no short term for use them and no one taking responsibility for them.

Renew Newcastle has been set up to clean up these buildings and get the city active and used again.


Renew Newcastle is a low budget community driven initiative. We rely on the support and goodwill of the Newcastle Community and our supporters across Australia and around the world for our project to succeed. We welcome any support from the moral to the practical!

There are four key ways in which you can support Renew Newcastle.

If you are an artist, creative type or a community group you can Propose a project to Renew Newcastle. We are always keen to hear from people with strong ideas that will bring life and activity back to the Newcastle CBD.

If you are a property owner or are able to help us get access to transitional and vacant properties then we encourage you to Propose a Property.

Renew Newcastle relies largely on the support of many volunteers. If you want to lend us a hand then please visit our Volunteering page.

And finally, if you are cash rich and time poor Renew Newcastle is actively seeking donations to allow us to continue breathing life back to Newcastle. Please visit our donation section for information on how to donate.

triple j interview


Subject Index - August 2009

The Aviary
Subject Index - July 2009
Editorial: A quiet month, busy in real life.


ContourHD - HD Helmet Camera.

Free Art Frenzy - Amsterdam

Urban Art Agenda #3

Laser's book - Vice review
call - Artists Books QLD

Will Coles
White Rabbit - Sydney
Fred Williams - Sydney
Sydney Design 09

AAAARG - art theory

Helpdesk humour

Sydney Galleries

03 September, 2009

Print Australia on Facebook

Bellebyrd now has a Facebook Group here.

Its a continuation of the original Print Australia group on Yahoo groups that was founded in 1999 (see Lyrebyrd). Its open to all artists, especially those in Australia, seeking to network and collaborate with other artists.

01 September, 2009

Judy Chicago

"Judy Chicago & the California Girls" is an historical documentary by and about women, at the birth of the Women’s Art Movement in Fresno, California, 1971:

The Women

Dori Atlantis Susan Boyd
Vanalyne Green Suzanne Lacy
Cay Lang Karen LeCocq
Janice Lester Christine Rush
Shawnee Wollenman Faith Wilding
Nancy Youdelman Cheryl Zurilgen

view clips from the film