Glenn Barkley




Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney


Glenn Barkley is Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney and was previously curator of the University of Wollongong Art collection from 1996 - 2007.
Major curatorial projects have included in collaboration with MCA curators Rachel Kent, Keith Munro and Anna Davis In the Balance: art for a changing world (2010), Almanac: The Gift of Ann Lewis AO, MCA (2009-10), Making it New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art, MCA (2009) avoiding myth & message: Australian artist and the literary world, MCA (2009), Home Sweet Home- Works from the Peter Fay Collection NGA (co-curated with Dr Deborah Hart) (2003/2004), Multiplicity: Prints and Multiples from the Collection of the MCA and the University of Wollongong, MCA (2006 and touring), Without Borders: Outsider Art in an Antipodean Context (co-curated with Peter Fay), Monash University Museum of Art and Campbelltown Art Centre, Sydney (2008).
He is currently curating a survey exhibition of Berlin based New Zealand  artist Michael Stevenson scheduled for April 2011 and a major exchange exhibition tell me tell me: Australian and Korean Art 1976 - 2011 between the MCA and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea scheduled for June 2011. He is currently working towards the inaugural installation of the MCA collection in the MCA's newly refurbished collection galleries scheduled for 2012.
Barkley has written extensively on Australian contemporary art and has a particular interest in prints, multiples and ephemera.


Gestetner to One Arm Bandit


A panel discussion facilitated by Alison Alder between Michael Callaghan, Glenn Barkley, Mini Graff and Anna Zagala.

A low-tech process, combined with cheap materials has the capacity to unleash a power that is often lost when the method of production takes over from the rawness of the original idea.

The alluring printed 'look', exemplified in Australia with prints made in the 1930s, 70 & 80s has resurfaced in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Screen printing, offset and letterpress on stencils, stickers and posters are commandeered to make new work seen both on the street and in the gallery.

There is a traceable line of activity within Australian cultural networks where accessible printing equipment has been used to make wonderful work ' gestetner machines are an example from the late 60s/early 70s; Big Fag Press' use of an offset proofing press is a contemporary example along with a resurgence of screen printed artwork.

This history, and its current manifestations, will be explored through a panel discussion and interrogation of work made from the late 1970s to the present.


Wednesday 28 September


1:30pm - 3.00pm





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