On Bunurong Country: State and National Perspectives on Art and Design in Frankston


Sat 01 Jun 4:00pm - 5:30pm


$30 Full price / $20 Robin Boyd Foundation friends & circle, McClelland circle & members, and concession


290 Walsh Street, South Yarra VIC, Australia

The recent publication On Bunurong Country: Art and Design in Frankston is a micro-history of the myriad artistic and design practices that have taken place in the Frankston region since pre-colonial times to the present.

While this collection of essays is focused on the local, links between Frankston’s artists and designers and those of greater Melbourne and Victoria are evident throughout the book. Indeed, some aspects of the city’s cultural heritage are arguably of national significance.

Join us for a lively panel discussion, debating the broader state and national significance of Frankston’s art and design history.

Presented by McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery
McClelland is a unique art gallery and sculpture park set amongst 16 hectares of natural bushland. McClelland showcase the value of Australian culture through a focus on sculpture and its connection to the environment, making it the only gallery dedicated to sculpture and spatial practice in Australia.

Prof. Philip Goad Speaker

Philip Goad is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Chair of Architecture and Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH) at the University of Melbourne. An authority on modern Australian architecture, he has worked extensively as an architect, conservation consultant, and curator. In 2019–20 he was Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University. He is co-author and co-editor of Modern Times: The Untold Story of Modernism in Australia (2008), The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture (2012), and Bauhaus Diaspora and Beyond: Transforming Education through Art, Design and Architecture (2019).

Dr Jane Eckett Speaker

Jane Eckett is Lecturer in Art History and Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne. Previously she held the Ursula Hoff Fellowship at the Ian Potter Museum of Art and National Gallery of Victoria (2018) and a Melbourne Research Fellowship (2021). Her work focuses on modernist sculpture, public art and memorials, diaspora art, and émigré networks. Publications include the award-winning catalogue accompanying Melbourne Modern: European Art and Design at RMIT since 1945 (RMIT Gallery, 2019, co-curated and co-edited with Harriet Edquist) and Centre Five: Bridging the Gap (McClelland, 2022).

Dr Sheridan Palmer Speaker

Sheridan Palmer Palmer is an Honorary Fellow of the School of Culture and Communications, University of Melbourne. Previously she worked in conservation at the National Gallery of Australia and as a curator at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. She has received numerous grants including from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and has held a Harold White Fellowship at the National Library of Australia, while her current work on post-war modernism is supported by the Australian Research Council. She is the author of Centre of the Periphery: Three European Art Historians in Melbourne (2008), Hegel’s Owl: The Life of Bernard Smith (2016), and Antipodean Perspective: Selected Writings of Bernard Smith (co-edited with Rex Butler, 2018).

Lisa Byrne Speaker

Lisa Byrne is a curator and director with more than 25 years’ experience in contemporary Australian art. She has been director at McClelland since 2018 and has previously held numerous leadership roles across various public arts institutions and in education as well as significant curatorial roles in research and practice at Monash and RMIT Universities. She has written on contemporary Australian art and has a particular interest in socially engaged artistic practice informed through history, anthropology, and philosophy. She holds a Bachelor of Education from UNSW and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in art history and theory from the University of Sydney.

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