• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History

Current debates about the question of 'art on the periphery' and the idea of 'the other' have direct relevance to the development of art in Australian colonial life and to the practice of art today. This course will examine these questions by concentrating on aspects of art, architecture and design in Australia, both in the colonial era and in the current re-appropriation of early Australian imagery. The course will address such issues as the dependence on imported modes, the role of landscape imagery, and the distinctions between 'high' and 'popular' art forms. The course draws upon staff expertise at the University and upon the rich collection of resources of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Library, and the built environment and existent fabrics from local sites surviving from the colonial era.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. The student will evaluate and critique the dominance of the colonial landscape genre in orthodox histories of colonial Australian art and identify the scope and so-called minor genres throughout the century. These will include the arts produced by colonial women before, and including those associated with, Australian Impressionism, and the decorative arts and design produced for display, consumption and trade.
  2. Contemporary issues centering on the rising interest in Australian indigenous art will be analysed by the student
  3. The student will learn to identify and examine the use of colonial themes in recent indigenous arts practices throughout Australia.

Indicative Assessment

1,500 word tutorial paper (30%) (outcomes 1,2, 3)

2,500 word essay (50%) (outcomes 1, 2)

Image test (20%) (outcomes, 1, 3)

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2 hours per week of lectures, 1 hour tutorial per week, and up to 7 hours per week reading and writing outside of these contact hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor.

Preliminary Reading

* Bonyhady, T, Images in Opposition: Australian Landscape Painting 1801-1890, OUP,1985
* Smith, B, and Smith, T, Australian Painting 1788-1990, OUP,1991
* Allen, C, Art in Australia: From Colonization to Postmodernism, Thames & Hudson, 1997

*Sayers, A, Australian Art, OUP, 2001




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9509 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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