This presentation is a sequel to Victoria's 2015 talk entitled The Celluloid Piano, in which she discussed the films in which the Australian concert pianist Eileen Joyce was involved. Her 2016 lecture offers a broader exploration of the use of the concerto in film, looking at the various filmic contexts in which the concerto is used and the effect of this filmic appropriation on the concerto as a musical genre. Her particular focus is the very fertile period referred to as Hollywood's Golden Age of Film (1930–1959). The lecture will be illustrated by some fascinating clips from films of the 1940s and 50s.
Welcome to International Open Access Week (24th – 30th October). During this week the University Library will be offering a number of opportunities for you to find out more about the Open Access movement, the benefits of making your research open and how the Library can help you in the process.
Local artist Matthew McAlpine unveiled his mural on the ground floor of the Reid Library last week. Commissioned to celebrate the opening of the new floor, the University Library, in conjunction with the UWA Cultural Precinct, invited five artists to imagine how they would transform the wall into a piece of art. The UWA community was then invited to vote for their favourite submission.
Matthew’s maquette, Godroo/Goodamiorup/Gurndanulup/Matilda Bay was chosen as the most popular idea by students, staff, alumni and visitors.
The Jewel of Muscat – The excavation, recreation and sailing of a 9th century sewn-plant ship
The discovery in 1998 of a ninth-century shipwreck with a fabulous cargo, the world’s first Arab/Indian style sewn-plank vessel found, led to the construction and sailing of a ship based on the shipwreck. This talk will highlight some of the astounding cargo, show the evidence used to reconstruct the ship, and illustrate aspects of the four-month sailing, without benefit of an engine, from Oman to Singapore.
The main entrance of the Reid Library will be temporarily closed from 7am Monday 12 September to 4pm Friday 16 September, while works are underway to complete cladding the exterior portico of the new entrance.
The refurbished Reid Library Ground Floor is now open and to celebrate the opening we plan to have an artist in residence! The UWA Community is invited to vote on an art piece to decorate the inside of the Library.
Racist furniture and White Australia: “The Factories Act of 1904”
Did you know that every piece of furniture once had to declare if it had been touched by ‘Asiatic’ hands? Or that Boans used to proudly advertise that all its furniture from its factory in East Perth was made with 100% White Labour? Starting with a small kitchen table in Belmont’s museum, Eddie Marcus will explore the background to the 1904 Act which divided furniture into two castes, and reveal what this meant for Western Australian workers to be grouped racially. It will turn out that concepts of White and Asian were very slippery indeed and the more people tried to categorise, the muddier these notions became. Immigration, race and cultural identity are hot topics in 2016, so it is very timely to look back more than a century and see if the past offers any guidance for our multicultural future.
As you may have read in today's Vice-Chancellor's Voice, the Reid Library will be reopening its refurbished ground floor on Monday 1 August. The transformation, which commenced at the end of 2015, has been a collaborative project involving the University Library, Campus Management, Business Information & Technology Services, and Development and Alumni Relations.
The delivery of furnishings this week has amplified how this bright and modern setting located centrally on campus, will be a vibrant place for students to come together.
In 2015 the UWA Law Library was awarded a $20,000 Law Society Public Purposes Trust grant to develop its international law collection. This collection is unique in Western Australia and supports a high level of research within universities, the legal profession and by Western Australians who have an interest in international legal issues.