NERAM launches new artistic lecture series

NERAM launches new artistic lecture series

The New England Regional Art Museum is launching a new series of public lectures which will explore aspects of Australian and international artistic practices and history.

The lecture series will include the Howard Hinton Lecture on Australian art history, the Chandler Coventry Lecture on contemporary art and the F.T. Wimble Lecture on printing history and art.

The first lecture in the series will be the inaugural F.T. Wimble Lecture on the art and history of printing on Friday 6 April 2018 presented by Shane Carmody from the University of Melbourne as part of the 2018 Wimble’s Wayzgoose event.

“NERAM wanted to present a series of informative and entertaining talks that would provide the community with an opportunity to explore themes and ideas related to some of our key collection areas,” said Robert Heather, Art Museum Director. “Thanks to the support we receive from Packsaddle we will now be able to present some leading speakers who can provide audiences with an opportunity to learn about the world of art, printing and lots more.”

“In over thirty years of Packsaddle fund-raising exhibitions, our committee has learned a lot about art and art-making…and the more we learn, the more we appreciate and enjoy,” said Packsaddle Co-Chair Glenda Kupczyk-Romanczuk. “The floor talks we organise during our exhibitions have aimed to educate us and our supporters and have proved increasingly popular over the years.”

“The new Packsaddle Lecture Series extends our commitment to education, and with NERAM’s extensive contacts, will hopefully bring new insights for all of us over the years ahead.”

The first lecture will be the F.T. Wimble Lecture by visiting speaker Shane Carmody from the University of Melbourne who will present the lecture “Print and Passion: The impact and legacy of printed books in England” at the New England Regional Art Museum at 6.00pm on Friday 6 April 2018.

“This lecture is a must for anyone who loves books as Shane Carmody is a passionate speaker about rare books, the art of collecting them and printing history,” said Robert Heather. “In this lecture he will explore some of the great private, public and university libraries and collections in Britain, the sometimes-quirky characters who collected them and the history of these amazing collections.”

Shane Carmody is a historian with a passion for libraries and archives. He held leadership positions at the National Archives of Australia and the State Library of Victoria and now works at the University of Melbourne. Shane leads an annual tour ‘Great Libraries and Stately Homes of England’ for Australians Studying Abroad.

The Packsaddle Lecture series has been made possible by Packsaddle and is supported by ADFAS Armidale.

The F.T. Wimble lecture is named after Frederick Thomas Wimble (1846-1936) ink-maker, type-founder, printers’ furnisher and politician. This lecture will look at the history of printing and printmaking. The Museum of Printing at NERAM holds the F.T. Wimble Collection of print equipment, type and materials.


The F.T. Wimble Lecture

“Print and Passion: The impact and legacy of printed books in England”

Presented by Shane Carmody, University of Melbourne

Date:     6.00pm Friday 6 April 2018

Venue: New England Regional Art Museum, 106-114 Kentucky Street, Armidale


Tickets required:

  • $10.00 members of Friends of NERAM & ADFAS, students and pensioners
  • $15 others

Further information and bookings:


The F.T. Wimble Lecture is being presented as part of the 2018 Wimble’s Wayzgoose program of events and activities. For further information visit:

Image above:

William Caxton’s Illustrated edition of The Canterbury Tales (1477) by Geoffrey Chaucer, the first book printed in English in England, British Library Collection