• Class Number 4418
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Sean Dockray
    • Sean Dockray
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces students to installation as a conceptual framework for making and display and explores contemporary artistic methods for responding to and intervening in existing sites and creating new spaces. This involves finding ways to respond to how spaces are used and formed by humans and non-humans, their ecologies, atmospheres, architecture, histories, relational dynamics and functions. Spatial practice involves taking action, and sometimes making actions that are already taking place visible. It often involves both conceptual and intuitive approaches, using media that are most conducive to the project. Site responsive projects are ubiquitous in biennials and other contemporary art exhibitions around the world, and in developing their own projects, students will examine the genealogy of art practice that current approaches have developed from and consider new directions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. use, create and discuss spatial and architectural methods for engaging with spaces and places in contemporary art practice;
  2. make artworks that critically engage with their context;
  3. conduct research into spatial art practices and related discourses and apply findings to creative production; and
  4. substantiate artistic outcomes with research and rationale.

Field Trips

There will be excursions to locations on the ANU campus in Weeks 1 and 3. In Week 2, the class will meet near the King George V memorial and go as far as the National Library.

Additional Course Costs


This?Workshop Fee?is for additional access to the workshop and use of equipment, tooling and consumable items during extra hours. It is not essential to course completion. Payment of the Workshop Fee is optional, but if a student chooses not to pay it, access to the workshops outside of stated course hours is not allowed. 


Each workshop sources appropriate specialist?materials,?which are made available to students?to facilitate their working?effectively,?efficiently and safely?within our programs. The School of Art is able to supply materials that don’t compromise ANU obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS), and that have been assessed as suitable for each course. 

The?Material Fee?is payable for the School of Art to supply materials that become your physical property. You can choose to pay the Materials Fee and have these materials supplied to you through the School of Art, allowing you to take advantage of the GST-free bulk purchasing power of the ANU.?These materials are also WHS compliant. 

Students have the choice of acquiring these materials from a supplier other than the School of Art, however students should note that many materials may not be WHS compliant (and therefore are not approved for use in the workshops), or are not available for individuals to purchase because they must be supplied and stored in a particular way in order to meet WHS regulations. 


Examination Material or equipment

Students are required to present completed work, test pieces, visual diaries, drawings and other support material. 

Students will present their work for assessment in a nominated time and place within the Sculpture and Spatial Practice Workshop.

Please see Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Churchill monument
2 King George V memorial
3 A History of Student Activism at ANU
4 Research presentations Assessment Task #1 due Assessment Task #2 due Assessment milestone: Folio for weeks 1-3 (Assessment Task #4)
5 Work on propositions for relocating King George V
6 Presentations of King George V relocation propositions Assessment Task #3 due
7 Contested Spaces Review of Assessment Tasks 1-3
8 Walking a contested space
9 Mapping a contested space
10 Interpreting a contested space
11 Studio work Assessment milestone: Folio for weeks 7-10 (Assessment Task #4)
12 Presentations of Contesting Monuments Assessment milestone #5 Assessment milestone #6
13 Examination Assessment Task #4 due Assessment Task #5 due Assessment Task #6 due

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Engagement 5 % 10/03/2021 24/03/2021 1,4
Contextualizing Research: King George V memorial research presentation 20 % 17/03/2021 21/04/2021 1,3
Proposition for negating the King George V memorial 20 % 31/03/2021 21/04/2021 1,2,3,4
Studio work: Presentation of folio for Weeks 1-3, Weeks 7-10 (50%) 20 % 09/06/2021 01/07/2021 1,2,3,4
Contextualising research: Contesting monuments reflection 15 % 09/06/2021 01/07/2021 1,3,4
Contesting monuments 20 % 09/06/2021 01/07/2021 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


  • Respectful, generous and intellectually rigorous participation in group critique and other group learning formats is required 
  • Attendance to all classes is expected unless you have a medical certificate or other valid reason. This is a practice-based studio course, which means your ability to achieve the learning outcomes will be affected by absences. More than one absence will significantly affect your engagement with the course. Students are expected to attend class from start to finish, and lateness of more than 15 minutes will be considered an absence. Remote participation is possible.
  • Weekly attendance at the Sculpture and Spatial Practice Meeting is expected 
  • Participation in weekly Clean Up of the Sculpture and Spatial Practice Workshop is expected.


Final assessment requires that students submit their work as outlined by the Sculpture and Spatial Practice Workshop before your allocated examination time during the examination period.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 10/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 24/03/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,4


Cumulative online participation and reflection from weeks 1 – 3 

Students will be given a series of tasks to provide written reflection on the classwork and responses to each-other's documentation to be posted online.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 17/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 21/04/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Contextualizing Research: King George V memorial research presentation

500 word paper +

Pre-recorded oral presentation of paper submitted online  

Duration: 5 minutes

Based on a site visit and class discussions, students will identify one aspect of the King George V monument to research and present in a Powerpoint slideshow. Students should find 2-4 images in sources such as the National Gallery Pictures Collection, the ANU Library's microfiche archive, the Trove digital library, and students' own drawings, rubbings, and photographs. Papers must include references and bibliography formatted in the Chicago style.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 31/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 21/04/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Proposition for negating the King George V memorial

Presented on 2xA3 sheets, pinned up in modeling room along with any objects you would like to display.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 09/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 01/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Studio work: Presentation of folio for Weeks 1-3, Weeks 7-10 (50%)

Part A due Week 4: Weeks 1-3 (10%)

Part B due Week 11: Weeks 7-10 (10%)

Documentation of two blocks of studio experiments submitted online as a Powerpoint portfolio including sketches and developmental works, research notes and reflective writing, documentation of completed projects.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 09/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 01/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4

Contextualising research: Contesting monuments reflection

600 - 700 words

What has your project salvaged from the framework of monumentality?

Use your project to reflect on the question, "what can be salvaged from the framework of monumentality?," which was posed by Tristen Hardwood's curatorial statement in Index Journal. Use concepts or short quotations from three references in the class bibliography to support your response. Papers must include references and bibliography formatted in the Chicago style.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 09/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 01/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Contesting monuments

Design or build a monument, anti-monument, or counter-monument for a contested space. Submission details will be provided in Week 10.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students may resubmit work under exceptional circumstances, with the permission of the instructor.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Sean Dockray

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Sean Dockray

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Sean Dockray

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Sean Dockray

Thursday 10:00 11:00
By Appointment

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