Up from the Vaults online

This month, as part of the new online delivery of the Inside Out program, the Ian Potter Museum of Art welcomes artist and VCA lecturer Dr Raafat Ishak, who draws from his close knowledge of the University of Melbourne Art Collection and its history, to present the first of the Potter’s fully digital Up from the Vaults talks.

Between 1996 and 2010 Ishak was the Potter’s conservation technician, and his survey exhibition Raafat Ishak: recipes for aversion and strategy. Work in progress #6, was held at the Museum in 2010. Since that time, Ishak has continued his interest in the University of Melbourne Art Collection through his role as a lecturer in Visual Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, where he is Head of Painting.

In this talk, you will hear from Ishak as he discusses works by Vivienne Shark LeWitt, John Brack and William Strutt – three artists from three different generations of Australian art, whose work is held in the University's collection. You will hear insights into the new relationships between these disparate artists and their work as Ishak finds common threads in their approaches, including the subtle forms of protest and the criticism of art and its institutions that each artist employed.

Raafat Ishak's talk can be accessed via the Potter’s website.

Scene depicting bushrangers robbing a group of people

Image: William Strutt, Bushrangers, Victoria, Australia 1852, 1887. University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest 1973