FRAMING THE WEST
The 2016 Manning Clark House Day of Ideas will focus on the theme ‘Framing the West’.
‘Framing the West’ will address the ways in which understandings, ideas and imaginings about Western Australia have been shaped and framed by its collections and exhibitions of material culture.
Western Australian art and cultural practices have long been overlooked or marginalised in those national narratives that purport to ‘tell the story of Australia to Australians’. In light of recent achievements, and with several developments on the horizon, Western Australia’s tangential position in the national cultural landscape may well be about to shift. New forms of engagement, presentation and intervention are emerging. UWA Publishing is producing scholarly monographs on Western Australian artists, and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts continue to stage exhibitions of Western Australian art, while the Art Gallery of Western Australia continues to feature its WA Focus program. The new Western Australian Museum is scheduled to open in 2020, and a significant Australian Research Council grant for a collaborative project titled ‘Collecting the West’ was awarded in late 2015.
This year’s Day of Ideas will focus on the idea that the stories that museums and galleries tell, and the way they tell them, matter profoundly. What is the place of history within those settings? How are the multiple histories that constitute our past shaped and envisaged through the selection and display of objects? How are those objects chosen and what are the principles and values that underpin their display? How do directors and curators manage the terms by which objects are framed and made knowable? And, what is the role of speculative, open-ended viewing within these institutional settings? These are just some of the many questions and issues that will be considered at the 2016 Day of Ideas.
- Melissa Harpley (Manager of Curatorial Affairs, Curator of Historical and Modern Art, AGWA);
- Dr JD Hill (Research Manager, British Museum);
- Dr Janet Holmes à Court AC;
- Dr Gaye Sculthorpe (Curator and Section Head, Oceania Department: Africa, Oceania and the Americas, British Museum);
- Dr Tiffany Shellam (School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University);
- Lisa Slade (Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia) and
- Corioli Souter (Curator, Department of Maritime Archaeology and New Museum Project, Western Australian Museum).