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Brian Blanchflower’s Canopy XXII (Time Generator),  1990, from John Curtin Gallery’s 50fifty exhibition. Installation view, 2017.

Directors’ Cut

18 May – 8 July


The John Curtin Gallery, in celebration of its 20th anniversary, presents Directors’ Cut, an exhibition of works drawn principally from the Curtin University Art Collection which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary.


Directors Cut is curated by John Curtin Gallery Director, Chris Malcolm, in collaboration with the two other curators who have led the JCG since it opened – John Barrett-Lennard (founding Director, 1995–2000) and Professor Ted Snell (Dean of Art, 2001–2009),  reflecting their distinctive views of the Curtin University Art Collection.


Chris Malcolm has been director of the JCG since 2009. He has been curating and designing exhibitions at the John Curtin Gallery since 2001 and has worked with the Curtin University Art Collection over the last three decades. He was awareded the the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2002 as founding curator of BEAP – the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth – and has worked with major international contemporary artists to curate many landmark exhibitions for the Perth Festival at the John Curtin Gallery.

Winthrop Professor Ted Snell AM, Cit WA is Director of the Cultural Precinct at the University of Western Australia and Director of UWA Museums.  Over the past two decades he has contributed to the national arts agenda through his role as Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Chair of the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools, Chair of Artbank, Chair of the Asialink Visual Arts Advisory Committee and as a Board member of the National Association for the Visual Arts.


John Barrett-Lennard is a freelance art curator and writer, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Art History at UWA. He has wide experience gained over three decades, curating a broad range of innovative projects in contemporary art and art museum settings as well as in non-traditional and public spaces. He has been responsible for curating major national exhibitions, including the Australian pavilion at the Biennale of Venice and the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. As a gallery director he has led a major contemporary art space, the John Curtin Gallery and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at UWA.


The curators have selected significant and rarely seen works for the exhibition, which will also challenge ideas about the role of university art collections and the education and engagement opportunities that such a resource presents for the broader community.








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