Exhibiting culture

HUS2ECA/HUS3ECB - Exhibiting Culture: Inside Collections

5-day intensive block subject, Bendigo + Melbourne

Students from all campuses, as well as the general public, are invited to enrol in Exhibiting Culture: Inside Collections. Please be aware that the intensive component of this subject is delivered in Bendigo over four days, and Melbourne over one day.

17 July - 21 July 2017

Exhibiting Culture: Inside Collections is a fully-accredited, place-based subject delivered by La Trobe University, in partnership with the Bendigo Art Gallery. In La Trobe University’s 50th anniversary year, Inside Collections is inspired by the University’s special anniversary exhibition, Revealing Identity: The Collections of La Trobe University, and is presented by La Trobe Art Institute.

Delving into La Trobe University’s expansive and diverse collection of art and artefacts, from propaganda posters and ceramics, to 2D and 3D artworks, this subject takes participants behind the scenes of cultural institutions to meet curators, artists, art educators, technicians and collectors.

The course will address what compels individuals and institutions to collect, what we choose to keep, what our choices reveal about us, and how we reinterpret past collections in the context of the present. The subject offers real-world learning opportunities, with seminars, guest lectures, exclusive access, gallery visits and networking opportunities.

Exhibiting Culture is an immersive, gallery-based subject, designed to deepen learning across a range of disciplines, including art history, social history, archaeology, philosophy, law, textual studies, education and politics.

When and Where

When

Monday 17 July - Friday 21 July 2017

Where

Monday 17 & Wednesday 19 - Friday 21 July - La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View Street, Bendigo, VIC

Tuesday 18 July - Melbourne CBD, VIC

Subject outline and curriculum

Subject Details

Subject Code: HUS2ECA/HUS3ECB

Subject Coordinator: Prof Tanya Fitzgerald

Subject Lecturer: Dr Karen Annett-Thomas

Exhibiting Culture is an immersive, gallery-based subject, underpinned by La Trobe University's exclusive partnership with nationally and internationally renowned institutions. The subject is designed to deepen learning across a range of disciplines such as art history, social history, archaeology, philosophy, law, textual studies, education and politics, via the experience of a unique, curated exhibition.

The subject will address the following broad questions:

  • what type of exhibition is this?
  • what holds this collection of cultural objects together?
  • is it organised around a theme, a period, an artist, a significant individual, a movement, or something else, and how has that affected the form and content of the exhibition?
  • how does the exhibition direct inquiry and engagement?
  • what types of knowledge does it produce; by what criteria can an exhibition be evaluated?
  • how successful is this exhibition as a whole?

It also extends and consolidates the immersive gallery-based experience with:

  • relevant contemporary and historical lectures
  • learning involvements and activities that afford a deepening engagement in inquiry
  • critical questioning
  • responding in ways that evaluate the experience, a theme, a period, an artist, a significant individual, a movement, or something else.

The La Trobe Essentials

The Essentials are three vital areas of learning which all La Trobe undergraduate students will experience to foster the skills and knowledge needed to become future ready in the workplace and the wider world. The Essentials are designed to develop students’ capacity to address our most pressing global challenges. The key areas of learning covered by the Essentials within any undergraduate La Trobe course are: Global Citizenship; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and Sustainability Thinking. Together, these three Essentials contribute distinctive learning outcomes for students within our Future Ready courses.

This subject addresses the Essential ‘Global Citizenship’.

Throughout your courses at La Trobe you will:

  • be taught how to thrive in a fast-changing world;
  • be challenged to use your creativity to generate and effectively manage new ideas;
  • learn how to understand and solve complex problems; and,
  • locate and use knowledge to reduce risk and make smart decisions.

In HUS2ECA and HUS3ECB you will be generating and managing new ideas, communicating them to your peers and collaborating on their development. You will be learning to locate theories to support your ideas and to creatively explore issues of global significance.

Learning Activity Summary

Learning Activity:

Schedule

Attendance at seminars and floor talks to engage with and build expert knowledge

From day 1 to day 5 of teaching block

Production of research notes to build into essay writing

From day 1 to day 5 of teaching block and continuing until assessment due dates

Critical reflection, self reflection, and creative planning through independent time in the gallery

From day 1 to day 5 of teaching block and continuing until assessment due dates

Engagement in interactive practical workshops to build skills and experiential learning

From day 1 to day 5 of teaching block

Assessment, Feedback and Accreditation Summary

HUS2ECA

Assessment Tasks:

Due Date

%

Comments

One exhibition review essay (1200 words)

28 July 2017

30

Submit Electronic Copy to Turnitin

One research assignment  (1200 words)

4 August 2017

30

Submit Electronic Copy to Turnitin

One Creative Response (1500 words or equivalent)*

11 August 2017

40

Submit Electronic Copy through LMS

HUS3ECB

Assessment Tasks:

Due Date

%

Comments

One exhibition review essay (1500 words)

28July 2017

30

Submit Electronic Copy to Turnitin

One research assignment  (1500 words)

4 August 2017

30

Submit Electronic Copy to Turnitin

One Creative Response (1750 words or equivalent)*

11 August 2017

40

Submit Electronic Copy through LMS

General Public

There are no assessment components for members of the general public undertaking this course.

Accreditation

  • All La Trobe students who enrol in the full subject and successfully complete and pass the assessment component will receive accreditation towards their degree.
  • General public who register and attend without the assessment component may apply for a certificate of participation which can be used to demonstrate continuing professional development.

Schedule of Learning Activities

MONDAY 17 July: Why we collect

Time

Session

Location

Speaker

9 - 10am

Welcome and Subject introduction

 

Dr Karen Annett-Thomas, Public Programs Coordinator, LAI

10-11am

Exhibition tour and Curator’s Floor-talk

Bendigo Art Gallery

Dr Kent Wilson, Senior Curator

La Trobe Art Institute (LAI)

11 - 11.30am

Morning tea break

11.30am - 12.30pm

Regional collections in a global world

Bendigo Art Gallery

Karen Quinlan, Director

Bendigo Art Gallery (BAG)

12.30 - 1.30pm

Welcome lunch at La Trobe Art Institute (catered)

1.30pm- 2.30pm

Private collections: Public Significance

La Trobe Art Institute

Independent Private Collector – TBA

2.30-3.30pm

Private Collections: Personal Interest

La Trobe Art Institute

Private Collector TBA

3.30-4pm

Afternoon tea break

4-5pm

Tutorial:

  • The compulsion to collect
  • Writing a review

La Trobe Art Institute

Karen Annett-Thomas

TUESDAY 18 July: Artists and Collections (Melbourne)

Time

Session

Location

Speaker

10-11am

Exhibition tour: Patrick Pound, The Great Exhibition

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

Federation Square, Melbourne

Group accompanied by Karen Annett-Thomas, LAI

11 - 11.30am

Morning tea break

11.30am - 12.30pm

Lecture: Gathering thoughts through things

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

Federation Square, Melbourne

Speaker TBA, NGV

12.30 - 1.30pm

Lunch break

1.30pm- 2.30pm

Tutorial: Collecting as art practice

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

Federation Square, Melbourne

Sandra Bruce, Assistant Director, LAI

2.30-3pm

Afternoon tea break

3-5pm

Exhibition tour and Curator Talk: National Sports Museum

NSM

Speaker TBA, NSM and Sandra Bruce, Assistant Director, LAI

WEDNESDAY 19 July: Reinterpreting Collections

Time

Session

Location

Speaker

9 - 10am

Lecture: Cabinets of Curiosity

La Trobe Art Institute

Karen Annett-Thomas, LAI

Dr Karen Annett-Thomas, Public Programs Coordinator, LAI

10 - 10.30am

Morning tea break

10.30am – 11.30am

Inside Collections: Guided Storeroom Tour

Bendigo Art Gallery

Guide TBA, Bendigo Art Gallery

11.30-12.30

Winning Acquisitions: The Arthur Guy Memorial Prize

Bendigo Art Gallery

Curator, BAG

12.30 - 1.30pm

Lunch break

1.30pm- 2.30pm

Guided exhibition tour and Curator’s Floortalk

La Trobe Art Institute, Gallery

Dr Kent Wilson, LAI

2.30-3.30pm

Lecture: Survival Bias artist focus

La Trobe Art Institute

Speaker TBA

3.30-4pm

Afternoon tea break

4-5pm

Lecture: Survival Bias artist focus

La Trobe Art Institute

Speaker TBA

THURSDAY 20 July: How we use our collections

Time

Session

Location

Speaker

9 - 10am

The Legacy of Arthur Dale Trendall

La Trobe Art Institute

Speaker TBA, La Trobe University

10 - 10.30am

Morning tea break

10.30am – 11.30am

Art Therapy and the Larundel Collection

La Trobe Art Institute

Speaker TBA, La Trobe University

11.30-12.30

Art and Wellness Hospital Collections

La Trobe Art Institute

Speaker TBA

12.30 - 1.30pm

Lunch break

1.30pm- 2.30pm

FM Courtis and the value of Teaching Collections

La Trobe Art Institute

Speaker TBA, Education, La Trobe University

2.30-3.30pm

Accessibility and Collections

La Trobe Art Institute

Leanne Fitzgibbon, Bendigo Art Gallery

3.30-4pm

Afternoon tea break

4-5pm

Tutorial:

  • The   function of collections
  • Assessment   discussion: Essay

La Trobe Art Institute

Dr Karen Annett-Thomas

FRIDAY 21 July: The mechanics of curating

 

Time

Session

Location

Speaker

9 - 10am

Concept to Delivery: Curatorial Process

La Trobe Art Institute

Curators, LAI and BAG

10 - 10.30am

Morning tea break

10.30am – 11.30am

Hands-on the artwork: The role of the gallery tech

La Trobe Art Institute

Gallery Technicians, LAI and BAG

11.30-12.30

Conserving collections

La Trobe Art Institute

LAI and BAG

12.30 - 1.30pm

Lunch break

1.30pm- 2.30pm

Exhibition Tour and Public Program’s Floortalk: __________ . [INSERT TITLE]

La Trobe Art Institute, Gallery Space

Curators LAI and BAG

2.30-3.30pm

Workshop: __________ . [INSERT TITLE]

La Trobe Art Institute, Gallery Space

Curators LAI and BAG

3.30-4pm

Afternoon tea break

4-5pm

Tutorial: The Creative Response

La Trobe Art Institute

Dr Karen Annett-Thomas, LAI

Cost and Enrolment

Cost

Members of the general public are invited to register. The cost to attend the full program is $375.00 + GST; or Bendigo Art Gallery Members $340 + GST (proof of membership required on Day 1 of subject).

Current La Trobe University students in any discipline may take this as a Commonwealth-supported elective subject.

How to Enrol

La Trobe Students (Year 2): Exhibiting Culture A - Enrol Online

La Trobe Students (Year 3): Exhibiting Culture B - Enrol Online

General Public - Enrol Online [please note: public enrolments close on Monday 10 July 2017]

Accommodation and Transport

Accommodation

Participants to Bendigo will need to arrange accommodation at their own cost. The Bendigo Visitor Centre can assist with booking accommodation to suit your budget.

La Trobe Residential Services offer accommodation at a discounted rate to all La Trobe students. Contact 5444 7425 or Residences-Bendigo@latrobe.edu.au for more information.

Transport and parking

By car: Bendigo is a 150 km (2 hour) drive from Melbourne along the Calder Highway. Timed parking is available in the street; the nearest public car park is located behind the Capital Theatre (turn right at the View Street roundabout).

By train:V/Line trains run approximately every two hours from Southern Cross Station Melbourne and daily from Swan Hill and Echuca. The La Trobe Art Institute is approximately 15 minutes walk from the train station. For further information visit V/Line or phone 1800 800 007.

Parking: On and off-street parking is available in the Bendigo CBD. An off-street ticketed car park is available behind Bendigo Art Gallery. Entry is at the junction of View Street and Rowan Street.

For more information on travelling to and around Bendigo, visit our transport central page or bendigotourism.com.

Contact

Student Enrolment Contact

Brian Flanagan, Senior Officer, Client Services

T 03 5444 7346

E b.flanagan@latrobe.edu.au

LAI Subject Lecturer Contact

Dr Karen Annett-Thomas, LAI Public Programs Manager

T 03 5444 7258

E k.annett-thomas@latrobe.edu.au

Images: Left: Sam Jinks | Medusa (Beloved) | 2016 | silicone, pigment, resin | La Trobe University Collection | Image courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf. Right: Apulian Red-figured Calyx-krater |  fragment of body | Ht9.6 W9.3cm | Artemis (name incised) riding in a chariot | Lycurgus Painter | c.360-350B.C. | Antiquities from the Collections of La Trobe University | LTU 1998.02