Studio Theory Fine Arts E (THAP3431)


This Unit of Study is split into three areas: Painting; Sculpture; Printmedia

The focus in this studio is to investigate the key moments that shaped Australian Contemporary Painting beginning with The Field, the first exhibition of Abstract Painting in Australia in 1968 to the present. We will primarily focus on Australian painters to provide students with an understanding of their local context and history.

Imaginary, Natural and Instutitutionalised Spaces: the overarching concern of this semester will be to get students to co-ordinate their imaginative ambitions relating to the object with regard to culture, place, space and architecture. What objects or performances work best where? A reflection on modes of display and the rhetoric of reception particularly in relation to museums, public spaces, and the technologies of television, film and the internet will be encouraged.

The unit has two sections. The first considers the overlap of Art and Design from a historical perspective and uses this understanding to explore the contemporary relationship between the two. The second section looks at the cultural/economic landscape within which local artists work. It surveys the venues, commercial opportunities, government funding organizations and social dynamics that make up the 'artworld' in Australia.

Further unit of study information


Lecturer and directed contact over 12 weeks, plus self-directed study; total student effort of 60 hrs


Assessment is based on successful completion of written and or/seminar assignments (100%)


This is a studio - driven program focusing on the practices of artists as primary research and supported with the relevant theoretical frameworks. Consequently these references are subject to change and will be advised on the UoS outline at the beginning of semester.

Green, Charles, The Third Hand, Sydney: UNSW Press, 2001
Stallabrass, Julian, Internet Art, London: Tate Publishing, 2003

Unmonumental, New York : Phaidon, 2007
Stallabrass, Julian. Internet art: the online clash of culture and commerce, London: Tate Publishing, 2003

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge




Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.