Exhibiting Culture: Galleries at Work

HUS2ECA/HUS3ECB

Bendigo: 5-day intensive block subject

Students from all campuses are invited to enrol in Exhibiting Culture: Galleries at Work. Please be aware that the intensive component of this subject is delivered in Bendigo only.

28 November to 2 December 2016

Delivered in collaboration with La Trobe University's prestigious partner galleries, this subject focuses on the curatorship, community and design aspects of the Arts. Exhibiting Culture: Galleries at Work explores the roles and diverse forms of galleries in the 21st century including blockbuster exhibitions, artist-run collectives, cultural tourism and technology.

Students have the opportunity to engage with industry leaders, gallery directors, curators, artists and educators working in regional and metropolitan contexts. Exhibiting Culture: Galleries at Work includes a rare behind-the-scenes tour of Bendigo Art Gallery as well as practical workshops, field trips to artist studios and visits to a range of exhibition spaces.

This is a unique opportunity for students and members of the general public to learn how galleries create meaningful cultural spaces and contribute to contemporary society.

Enrolments

La Trobe students:

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Bookings

General public:

Members of the general public can book Galleries at Work through our online booking system.

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Subject information

When and where

When

28 November - 2 December 2016

Where

La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo

Subject outline and curriculum

Exhibiting Culture A

Exhibiting Culture A 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 arts disciplines and creative practices, such as art history, social history, archaeology, philosophy, law, textual studies, education and politics, via the experience of a unique, curated exhibition.

While the subject content will vary in relation to the specific exhibition in which it is embedded, it will also 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
  • 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?

Assessment

  • Exhibition essay (30%)
  • In-depth investigation (30%)
  • Creative response (40%).

Intended learning outcomes

  • Apply a broad range of analytical, theoretical positions that relate to the exhibition and curatorial intent.
  • Interpret and evaluate artworks in relation to a in-depth research question.
  • Critically research a topic using relevant data sources.
  • Communicate visually and in writing your ideas and the relevant ideas of other relating to historical, curatorial and theoretical material explored in the research and the exhibition.
  • Evaluate your own creative arts or discipline-based practice in relationship to a critical contextualised position.

Exhibiting Culture B

Exhibiting culture B extends the engagement in and with the curatorial space, in conjunction with La Trobe University's exclusive partnerships with nationally and internationally renowned institutions as a way to transform learning. Students engage in the experience of a unique, curated exhibition that is contextualised with a range of arts disciplines and creative practices, such as art history, social history, archaeology, philosophy, law, textual studies, education and politics, allows for critical and creative responses.

Attending to the experience of the exhibition is a way to critically question how it is curated; what types of knowledge does it produce; by what criteria can an exhibition be evaluated, and how successful is this exhibition as a whole? This subject consolidates the immersive gallery-based experience with:

  • relevant contemporary and historic 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.

Assessment

  • Exhibition essay (30%)
  • In-depth investigation (30%)
  • Creative response (40%).

Intended learning outcomes

  • Apply a broad range of analytical, theoretical positions that relate to the exhibition and curatorial intent.
  • Interpret and evaluate artworks in relation to a in-depth research question.
  • Critically research a topic using relevant data sources.
  • Communicate visually and in writing your ideas and the relevant ideas of other relating to historical, curatorial and theoretical material explored in the research and the exhibition.
  • Evaluate your own creative arts or discipline-based practice in relationship to a critical contextualised position.

Subject schedule

MONDAY 28 November: Galleries in Contemporary Society (Regional Arts Conference Day)
TimeSessionLocationSpeakers

9 – 10 am

Gallery Tour:

Behind the exhibition spaces

Bendigo Art Gallery

Tansy Curtin (Bendigo Art Gallery)

10.15 - 11.30 am

The Role of the Gallery/Museum in the Twenty-First Century

Visual Arts Centre

Vince Alessi & Kristian Häggblom (LTU)

 

Morning tea

12 - 1 pm

Panel: Thinking Big - Building a Blockbuster Exhibition

Visual Arts Centre

Panel: Curators and directors from Victorian art galleries

 

Lunch

2 - 3.30 pm

Exhibitions as part of Larger Cultural Events

Visual Arts Centre

Panel: Directors of regional arts festivals

 

Afternoon tea

4 - 5 pm

Regional Galleries, Community Engagement and Planning

Visual Arts Centre

Jacqui Hemsley (Murray Art Museum Albury) & Melissa Kennedy (LTU)

6 – 8 pm

Networking Dinner

Bendigo Art Gallery

TUESDAY 29 November: Exhibition Design
TimeSessionLocationSpeakers

9 - 10 am

Exhibition Design

Bendigo Art Gallery

Tansy Curtin (Bendigo Art Gallery) & Kristian Häggblom

10.15-11.30 am

Exhibition Design & Technological Engagement

Visual Arts Centre

Kristian Häggblom

 

Break

12 - 1 pm

Creating a Touring Exhibition

Visual Arts Centre

Zhou Xiaoping (Artist-in-residence)

 

Lunch Break

2 – 4 pm

Workshop #1: Exhibition Design

Visual Arts Centre

Margo Feast (Bendigo Art Gallery) and Kristian Häggblom

4 - 5 pm

Creative Reflection

Visual Arts Centre

Kristian Häggblom

WEDNESDAY 30 November: FIELD TRIP - Artists, studios & galleries
TimeSessionLocationSpeakers

9 am - 4 pm

Goldfields Galleries and Artists’ Studios

Various studios and galleries and studios, central Victorian goldfields region

Tour Leaders: Lauren Mitchell & Sue Gillett

On-location talks with artists in studios

4 - 5 pm

Tutorial #1: Writing about art (on location)

 

Lauren Mitchell & Sue Gillett (LTU)

THURSDAY 1 December: Alternative Spaces
TimeSessionLocationSpeakers

9 - 11.30 am

Public /Empty/ Small Spaces

Bendigo walking tour

Kristian Häggblom & Maree Tonkins (City of Greater Bendigo)

 

Break

  

12 - 1 pm

Community Arts /The Artist Run Initiative Model

Visual Arts Centre

Kristian Häggblom

 

Lunch

2 - 3 pm

Exhibitions and Site Specificity

Visual Arts Centre

Kristian Häggblom

 

Break

  

3.30 - 5 pm

Workshop #2: Exhibitions in Alternative Spaces

Visual Arts Centre

Kristian Häggblom

FRIDAY 2 December: Exhibitions of the Future
TimeSessionLocationSpeakers

9 - 10.00 am

Approaching Artists/Approaching Galleries

Bendigo Art Gallery

‘Going Solo’ exhibition

Exhibiting artist, Bendigo Art Gallery

10.30 - 11.30 am

Cyberspace as Exhibition

Visual Arts Centre

Kristian Häggblom

 

Break

12 - 1 pm

Education Programs to accompany exhibitions

Visual Arts Centre

Helen Attrill (Bendigo Art Gallery)

 

Lunch

2 - 3 pm

Attracting and Engaging New Audiences

Visual Arts Centre

Karen Quinlan / Tansy Curtin (Bendigo Art Gallery)

 

Break

3.30 - 4.30 pm

Tutorial #3: Review and Research

Visual Arts Centre

Kristian Häggblom

4:30 pm

Closing Drinks

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.

Cost and bookings

Members of the general public are invited to register. The cost to attend the full program is $450.

Current La Trobe University students may take this as Commonwealth-supported elective subject.

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. For more information, visit the City of Greater Bendigo page.

By train:V/Line trains run approximately every two hours from Melbourne and daily from Swan Hill and Echuca. The Visual Arts Centre 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

For more information about this subject contact:

Jennifer Uren
Administrator – La Trobe Art Institute
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
T: +61 3 5444 7969
E: j.uren@latrobe.edu.au

Subject Coordinator: Dr Sue Gillett