VISU 2003 From Ochre to Acrylics to New Technologies

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101755

Coordinator Madison Shakespeare Opens in new window

Description This subject examines the emergence of the Indigenous Australian visual arts movement. It will provide students with a body of knowledge which explores the transition of art-making as it emerged from an historical cultural practice: from ochre to acrylics to new technologies. In examining the Indigenous visual arts movement beginning with the Papunya Tula artists, students will gain an insight into the significant contribution urban and regional Indigenous artists make to the Australian economy and culture. Students will have the exciting opportunity to participate in site visits and engage with a number of Indigenous visual artists. This subject is available to all Undergraduate students who have open electives.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Discipline Visual Arts And Crafts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject


Successful completion of 40 credit points of study in currently enrolled program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. outline the Indigenous visual art movement beginning with the Papunya Tula artists;
  2. identify different contemporary Indigenous visual artistic styles;
  3. differentiate between what is culturally symbolic and what is contemporary visual art form;
  4. Examine the way in which Indigenous visual artists are often expected to produce stereotypical works;
  5. explore new creative forms in telling their own story.

Subject Content

Historical overview of the emergence of the Indigenous Australian visual arts movement
Introduction to cultural symbolism and meaning in contemporary visual art form
Overview of the different Indigenous visual artistic styles
Understanding of the politics of representation as it relates to Indigenous visual artists
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Understanding of the politics of collectors and collections
Understanding of working in creative partnership with Indigenous visual artists


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Reflection 1000 words 25 N Individual
Presentation 1000 words (for the written part) 10 minutes (for Group Presentation) 35 N Both (Individual & Group)
Professional Task 2000 words 40 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Spring (2024)



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