In February 2018 Simon Pierse returned to Melbourne to spend six months at Dunmoochin. This period of research will complete the cycle of the seasons that Australian artist Clifton Pugh (1924-1990) had wanted everyone to experience up at his home at Dunmoochin, in the backwoods of N.E. Melbourne.
Simon last visited Dunmoochin as Artist in Residence in 2007-8 when he brought his family with him to live at Phoenix 2 for five months.
2017 saw a year of celebrations to mark the centenary of Sir Sidney Nolan's birth. As part of the Nolan 100 project, Simon Pierse explored the background to one of Nolan's paintings, now in the School of Art Collection, University of Aberystwyth. Link on the image to find out more.
A new book by Dr. Katarzyna Jagodzinska has arrived. Art Museums in Australia, published by Jagiellonian University Press, brings together interviews with museum directors, curators, collectors and museologists, carried out when Katarzyna was a fellow at the Australian Institute of Art History in Melbourne. www.wuj.pl
In August 2018 Simon Pierse was invited to take part in the 2018 Xu Zhimo Poetry & Art Festival, held at King's College Cambridge. Here he met members of Xu Zhimo's family and attended the opening of a memorial garden to this celebrated Chinese poet who will always be remembered for for his poem 'A Second Farewell to Cambridge'.
Nolan: Australia's Maverick Artist - a new documentrary on Sidney Nolan was recently broadcast on BBC4.
A number of exhibitions are being held this year to mark the 500th centenary of the birth of Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo 500 is a programme of 12 exhibitions of Leonardo's drawings, all from the Royal Collection, exhibited at various venues around Britain before being reunited at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace to become the biggest display of Leonardo's works in 65 years. This exhibiton opens on 24th May and runs to 13th October.
In June 2016, I gave a lecture to the Welsh Academy of Art entitled Body and Mind: the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci. You can watch the lecture on line by clicking on the link below: