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Fine arts and the global citizen: public lecture

Former director of the National Gallery of Victoria, Dr Gerard Vaughan AM, is the special guest of RMIT University’s Chaplaincy Annual Lecture next week. Dr Vaughan will talk on “the fine arts in the formation of the global citizen” in the free lecture on Thursday, 30 August.

In the lecture, he will inspire reflection upon how our society – or indeed, any society – uses access to the fine arts as a fundamental measure of what it is to be a citizen. The lecture will explore the role of art in society, what are the systems which sustain our access to the fine arts and what it is we really want at the heart of our globalised city.

Dr Vaughan, director of the National Gallery of Victoria from 1999–2012, is a museum administrator art historian with extensive experience in the international art and museum worlds. His research interests are particularly concerned with the history of taste and art collecting in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, ranging from neo-classicism to post-impressionism.

On retiring from the NGV this year, Dr Vaughan has been appointed to the Higgins Professorial Fellowship in the new Institute of Art History of the University of Melbourne, principally a research post with associated teaching and supervision roles.

He will be developing, inter alia, a centre for the study of private art collecting, taste and patronage in Australia; its intersection with public institutional collecting; and the history, role and development of the art market in Australia.

What: RMIT Chaplaincy Annual Lecture 2012 –

The fine arts in the formation of the global citizen

Who: Dr Gerard Vaughan AM

When: Thursday, 30 August, 5.30-7.30pm

Where: Emily McPherson Building (RMIT Building 13), Level 3, Room 9, corner Russell and Victoria streets, Melbourne

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