VISA2051 Curatorial Practices

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Fine Arts; Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Design and Creative Arts, Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit examines the principles and responsibilities of curatorial practice in the arts. It provides students with a working knowledge around the ethical, moral and legal issues surrounding the public presentation of art works and the relevant regulations governing the public distribution of creative works. Practical methods of marketing and information distribution are examined as well as the roles of sponsorship, philanthropy and exhibition coordination. Key themes are the roles and responsibilities of institutional-based gallery exhibition, the use of alternative and non-gallery based exhibition spaces, Indigenous cultural identity and representation, intellectual property and fair-use regulation and the social relations that shape the context of artistic works. Students are given an opportunity to discuss emergent issues, explore practical methods and be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments through written and applied research. All students are expected to submit a coherent and illustrated research essay (in the form of a hypothetical exhibition catalogue) and present publicity material for a hypothetical exhibition in a tutorial-based presentation.
Students are able to (1) distinguish the main issues that inform curatorial packaging of creative artworks and be familiar with the key issues that direct curatorial practice; (2) acquire the relevant skills and methods to critically examine different curatorial models and contexts for art exhibition; (3) understand the basic moral and ethical responsibilities of the art curator and describe the legal regulations that govern the exhibition/distribution of art; (4) identify, describe and interpret the various sociocultural contexts, processes and protocols of gallery and non-gallery based exhibitions of art; (5) apply graphic design and analytical skills in the formation of a hypothetical curatorial summary and exhibition invitation/catalogue; and (6) articulate the relevance of Indigenous culture, the importance of Indigenous perspectives, the sociocultural politics of inclusion/exclusion and critique the issues surrounding Indigenous representation.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) exhibition invitation; (2) research essay/exhibition catalogue; and (3) tutorial presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Darren Jorgensen
Unit rules
one of the following: VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording, VISA1051 Art in the Environment, VISA1052 Art of Expression, VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means, VISA1054 Art of Drawing
INDG2600 Indigenous Representation
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Fine Arts consumables (estimated cost - $75-$350).
Contact hours
lectures: 1–2 hours per week; seminars/tutorials: 1–2 hours per week; site visits: up to 6 hours per semester
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