ARLIS/ANZ 2012 Conference

Collaborations: artists, scholars and libraries in a research ecosystem

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 6 – 8 September 2012

The Art Libraries Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference 2012 is focused on the them of Collaboration. Collaboration and interactions between various disciplines and practitioners within the visual arts domain which foster a ‘research ecosystem’ – interconnected streams, zones, resources, methods and formats of knowledge and enquiry that sustain and encourage each other to flourish.

The conference addresses art librarians, artists, scholars, curators, critics and educators, students and other visual resources professionals and provides a platform to discuss the requirements and processes particuarly relevant to visual arts research, and informing artistic practice.

We are calling for papers that expand on this theme, share different perspective and provoked speculation on the future development of, and collaboration between artists, art librarianship and visual resource professionals in a rapidly changing information environment.

Individuals and groups are invited to submit proposals that inspire, provoke critical exchange and debate, or make practical observations in relation to the broad streams below.

  • Archive: collection imperatives, resource development, conservation and preservation, docuemnting the ephemeral, ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia), data managment.
  • Culture: disciplines and user group, interdisciplinary projects, pathways to access, use and utility, seeking new perspectives.
  • Image: image and words, image sources, image description, image search, image rights.
  • Medium: the physical object in a digital age, new media, digitisation projects, digital content and rights management.
  • Space: make space not war! The physical meets the virtual, environment and behaviour, design and serendipity.

We encourage proposals for papers from librarians, art scholars, artists, curators, crticis, art and design students, architects, and visual resources professionals.

250 word abstracts to be submitted via the online form by 28 February 2012.

For further details, submission form and important dates see the conference website: