Gatekeeping and Ethics in a Globalised Artworld


Gatekeeping and Ethics in a Globalised Artworld

Clemenger Auditorium, NGV & Federation Hall, VCA
National Gallery of Victoria & Victorian College of the Arts

Southbank campus

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Presented by the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) at the University of Melbourne, this conference will be held at the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

This conference draws on many of the ideas in the transdisciplinary book, Who Runs the Artworld: Money, Power and Ethics (Libri, 2017), the recent issue of the Journal of Asia Pacific Pop Culture 3.1 (Penn State University Press, 2018) and the forthcoming A Companion to Curation (Wiley Blackwell 2019), in seeking to articulate the forces of gatekeeping and ethics in our shared contemporary world.

This conference will attempt to delineate the unfolding intricacies, cultural anxieties, and issues salient to art, artists, curators and institutions in Australia, South East Asia and the broader Middle East, and beyond.

Conference chair: Professor Brad Buckley, University of Melbourne


  • Professor Elke Krasny, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
  • Professor Juli Carson, Professor of Art, University of California Irvine
  • Mr Djon Mundine, independent Bandjalung curator and artist based in Sydney
  • Ms Julianne Pierce, independent producer, writer, artist and founding member of VNS Matrix
  • Dr Melentie Pandilovski, Director, Riddoch Art Gallery
  • Mr Lee Weng Choy, independent curator and writer based in Kuala Lumpur
  • Ms Amelia Wallin, Director, West Space, Melbourne
  • Dr Adam Geczy, artist and theorist, University of Sydney
  • Professor Patricia Piccinini, artist and Enterprise Professor at VCA, University of Melbourne

This event has been made possible thanks to the generous support of CoVA and the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Harold Schenberg Centre at the University of Western Australia.

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