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A symposium showcasing the work of renowned 70s curator, Kiffy Rubbo, is being held today and tomorrow at the University of Melbourne.  It will explore for the first time the major role Rubbo played in Australian visual culture.

Under Rubbo's leadership, the George Paton Gallery (formerly The Ewing) at the University of Melbourne became the first institutionally supported experimental art space and a nationally recognised venue for art, debate and engagement.

Rubbo nurtured the careers of significant Australian artists such as Elizabeth Gower, Jill Orr, Domenico de Clario, Stelarc, Lyndal Jones and Howard Arkley who all had early, ground-breaking shows at the George Paton.

Rubbo famously foregrounded female artists, holding the first meeting of the Women's Art Movement at the gallery and co-curating Australia's first feminist art exhibition in 1974.

With Meredith Rogers, who was the gallery's assistant director from 1974, Rubbo also founded arts publications including Art Almanac in 1974 (still one of Australia's top selling arts magazines) and Arts Melbourne in 1976.

In 1980, after her innovative achievements in the 1970s, Rubbo took her own life.  She was 36.

The keynote lecture, Kiffy Rubbo, Women Curators and Australian Art Galleries, will be delivered this evening by Frances Lindsay, former Deputy Director, National Gallery of Victoria, founding director of the Victorian College of the Arts Gallery and Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne.


When: Friday, August 29, 7.00pm-8.00pm & Saturday, August 30, 9.00am-5.00pm
Where: Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, The University of Melbourne
Admission is free but bookings are required as seating is limited.


The following speakers are available for interview:

Frances Lindsay – Former Deputy Director, NGV and Hon Snr Fellow, VCA
Dr Janine Burke –Rubbo’s former colleague, symposium coordinator and Hon Snr Fellow, VCA
Prof Rachel Fensham – Head of School, Culture and Communication.  Prof Fensham has strong memories of attending Rubbo’s exhibitions.
Mark Rubbo – Managing Director, Readings Bookshops and Rubbo’s younger brother.
Bridie Carter – Leading Australian actress and Rubbo’s daughter.