Exhibiting culture: Imagining Ned

Adam Cullen painting of Ned Kelly

Adam Cullen, Unforgiven (Ned Kelly and Constable Fitzpatrick), 2011, acrylic and ink on linen, private collection, reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Adam Cullen and Michael Reid Art Gallery

As Bendigo Art Gallery's exclusive higher education partner, La Trobe University is pleased to offer this fully accredited subject to La Trobe undergraduate students and members of the broader public who would like to undertake a single subject enrolment.

'Exhibiting Culture: Imagining Ned' is a subject tailored to the multi-layered Imagining Ned exhibition currently on display at Bendigo Art Gallery.

Leading La Trobe scholars and industry experts will guide participants through an exploration of historical items rarely accessed by the public along with paintings, drawings, photographic works, film related material, sculpture and ceramics.

The subject will kick off with attendance at the performance of NED, a new Australian musical at Bendigo's Ulumbarra Theatre. You will study the history and legend surrounding the Kelly Gang through original artefacts such as Kelly's famous armour, the death mask, the Jerilderie letter, weaponry, associated ephemera, and important works of art by Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Juan Davila, Norman Lindsay and others.

Subject Coordinator: Dr Sue Gillett

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

When and where

When: 29-31 May and 5-7 June 2015. Additional online teaching and subsequent assessment throughout Semester 2, 2015.
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo and La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre (VAC), 121 View Street, Bendigo. See the VAC page for a location map.

  • Friday 29 May: 5-10 pm
  • Saturday 30 May: 9am-6pm
  • Sunday 31 May: 9am-5pm
  • Friday 5 June: 5-7pm
  • Saturday 6 June: 9am-6pm
  • Sunday 7 June: 9am-5pm

You will receive full access to Bendigo Art Gallery on both weekends, including exclusive viewings.

Subject outline

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 curriculum and schedule

Block 1

Friday 29 May 2015
Time Sessions Location Speaker
5pm Meet and greet Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street Bendigo Dr Sue Gillett, Subject Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, La Trobe University
6.30pm Break
8pm Ned the Musical Ulumbarra Theatre, Gaol Road Bendigo Groaning Dam Productions
Saturday 30 May 2015
Time Session Location Speaker
9am Gallery visit and exhibition tour Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo

Dr Stephen Gaunson, Head of Cinema Studies, School of Media and Communication, RMIT

Tansy Curtin, Senior Curator, Collections and Research, Bendigo Art Gallery
10am Captured on Screen Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street,  Bendigo Dr Stepehen Gaunson, Head of Cinema Studies, School of Media and Communication, RMIT
11am Break
11.30am Ned Kelly as Cultural Heritage Tourism Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo Dr Warwick Frost, Associate Professor, La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University
1pm Break
2pm Ned's Remains (open to Bendigo Art Gallery and La Trobe University members) Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo Catherine Tucker, PhD candidate, Archaeology, La Trobe University

Fiona Leahy, Senior Medico-Legal Advisor, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine

Jeremy Smith, Senior Archaeologist, Heritage Victoria

Marc Trabsky, Lecturer, La Trobe Law School, La Trobe University
4pm End
Optional
TimeSessionLocationSpeaker
6pmPicturing the Kelly Women, Stories of the Paintings of Janet Goodchild-CuffleyUlumbarra Theatre, Gaol Road BendigoJaney Goodchild-Cuffley, Artist

This is a public, ticketed event. Visit the Capital website for bookings.
Sunday 31 May 2015
Time Session Location Speaker
9am Gallery visit and exhibition tour Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo Simon O'Mallon, Lecturer in Education (Design), La Trobe University
10am Repurposing Ned

Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo

Simon O'Mallon, Lecturer in Education (Design), La Trobe University
11am Break
11.30am Sidney Nolan

Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo

Neil Fettling, Director, La Trobe Art Institute, La Trobe University
1pm Break
2pm Intertextual Ned Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo Dr Emma Robertson, Lecturer in History, La Trobe University

Professor Susan Martin, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce, La Trobe University

Dr Sofia Alberg, Lecturer in Creative Arts and English, La Trobe University
4pm End

Block 2

Friday, 5 June 2015
Time Session Location Speaker
5pm The Ned Revival in Contemporary Art Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo Tansy Curtin, Senior Curator, Collections and Research, Bendigo Art Gallery
6.30pm End  
Saturday, 6 June 2015
Time Session Location Speaker
9am Gallery visit and exhibition tour Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo DR Charles Fahey, Senior Lecturer in History, La Trobe University
10.15am A Lawless Life (open to Bendigo Art Gallery and La Trobe University members) Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo

Dr Doug Morrissey, Writer, Historian and La Trobe University alumni

Special guest: Mr Leo Kennedy, great-grandson of Sergeant Michael Kennedy, shot by Ned Kelly at Stringybark Creek

12pm Book launch -  A Lawless Life (open to public) Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street Bendigo Dr Doug Morrissey, Writer, Historian and La Trobe University alumni
1.15pm Colonial Crime and Punishment Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo Professor Patrick Keyzer, Head of La Trobe Law School, La Trobe University
3pm Break
3.30pm The Make-up of Myth Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo

Dorothy Simmons, Lecturer in Creative Writing, La Trobe University

5pm End
Sunday, 7 June 2015
TimeSessionLocationSpeaker
9am Gallery visit and exhibition tour Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo Elliot Howard, Lecturer in Visual Arts, La Trobe University

Megan McPherson, Academic Coordinator, Creative Arts, La Trobe University
10.15am Art Rebels Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo Elliot Howard, Lecturer in Visual Arts, La Trobe University

Megan McPherson, Academic Co-ordinator, Creative Arts, La Trobe University
12pm Break
1.15pm Victoria in the 1870s Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo Dr Charles Fahey, Senior Lecturer in History, La Trobe University
3pm Break
3.30pm It's a wrap! Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo Dr Sue Gillett, Subject Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, La Trobe University
5pm End

Accreditation

All attendees who complete and pass the assessment component of the subject will receive accreditation towards their degree (current students) or receive an academic transcript from La Trobe University (non-university students).

Attendees who do not wish to sit for assessment can enrol in the non-accredited subject. These students will receive a certificate of participation which may be used to demonstrate continuing professional development.