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VSA2007 Gallery Studies 2

Semester 2, 2015 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Simon Mee
Moderator: David Akenson


In this course students will be introduced to a variety of Artist Run Initiatives (ARIís) which are traditionally gallery spaces organised and curated by artists. This course will give students knowledge of the historical and current contemporary ARIís that have/or are occurring regionally, nationally and internationally. This course will look at artists who have organised ARIís spaces, the benefits of such spaces within culture and how these spaces assist in fostering artistic development and outcomes historically and within contemporary art.
This course will demonstrate the various curatorial practices which have taken place in the 20th and early 21st century within ARI gallery spaces and how these have influenced the role the ARI gallery serves in culture. This course builds on foundational ideas introduced in Gallery Studies 1 and this course will form ideas that will be further developed in Gallery Studies courses 3 and 4 in 3rd year.


In Gallery Studies 2 students will explore the various Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) and which will give them knowledge of the historical and current contemporary ARI's that have/or are occurring regionally, nationally and internationally. In this second of four gallery studies courses, students will research current models of ARI's and the history of their development. Through this research, students will be asked to compare and contrast the different curatorial models that artists use in relation to the gallery spaces they operate. On completion of the course students will be able to define what an ARI is and acquire knowledge and skills about the various curatorial associated with such gallery spaces.
Students will be encouraged to visit relevant ARI spaces, attend presentations by professionals as a way of understanding the various approaches to gallery management within artist-run initiatives.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. explore the different skills and practises used in artist run initiatives, regionally, nationally and internationally
  2. gather, develop, research and evaluate information on ARIs
  3. apply relevant skills to generate concepts and creative solutions effectively
  4. present a written argument and analysis that is logical and coherent
  5. critically examine professional, social, cultural and ethical issues related to the management ARIs.


Description Weighting(%)
1. What is an ARI: the history of ARIs and their development 12.50
2. The critical role of ARIs 12.50
3. Career starters and collaborative projects 12.50
4. Experimental Art Spaces: Regional ARIís 12.50
5. Experimental Art Spaces: National ARIís 12.50
6. Experimental Art Spaces: International ARIís 12.50
7. The DIY gallery: ARI as innovation and imagination:
pop up spaces, ephemeral shows, guerrilla art, happenings and
political art
8. The institutionalised ARI: independence and censorship 12.50

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no specific texts or materials required for this course. Students are required to research and utilise various sources and materials as a way of demonstrating the outcomes of their arts practice. The list of reference materials below will assist with answering all assignments as well as developing research related to studios.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Ferguson, BW, Greenberg, R & Nairne S 1996, Thinking about exhibitions, Routledge, London.
  • George, W Jr 1985, Objects and others: essays on museums and material culture. History of Anthropology, (Vol 3), University of Wisconsin Publishing, Madison.
  • O'Neill, P 2012, The culture of curating and the curating of culture(s), MIT Press, Cambridge.
  • Schaffner, I 1998, Deep storage : collecting, storing, and archiving in art, Prestel, Munich.
  • Smith, T 2012, Thinking contemporary curating, Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Online Lectures 16.00
Online Tutorials 8.00
Private Study 141.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 10 03 Aug 2015
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 30 24 Aug 2015
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 60 02 Nov 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Attendance requirements: Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.
    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the studentsí responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
    It is the studentsí responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.