Otago Polytechnic

Art History Night Class


Dunedin School of Art (P Block, Riego Street)

One weekly session per term (Mondays, 6.00pm)

On campus

29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
You can apply anytime by clicking the light blue APPLY button (directly above the fee shown to the right of your screen). This will take you to our Eventbrite page where you can apply and pay online.

Worlds Collide Worlds Emerge | A history of art in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand

This course aims to explore distinct currents in the history of art across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Its key concern will be the story of how modern and contemporary art emerged in the two countries.

Lectures will touch on:

  • matters of social and political history
  • identity
  • nationalism and
  • critical theory

These topics will help uncover the role played by pivotal moments, prominent artists, international movements, Māori, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and the local environment, in shaping the art of today.


2019 term dates 
Term one 18 February - 12 April
Term two 29 April - 21 June
Term three 15 July - 6 September
Term four 16 September - 8 November

Please note: There will be no classes on public holidays.

What we'll cover in class

Each week will start by looking at the work of a contemporary artist, using their art as a springboard for exploring facets of antipodean art history.

With a focus on painting, artists likely to arise in class discussions will include figures like Gretchen Albrecht, Brook Andrew, Rita Angus, William Barak, Gordon Bennett, Kushana Bush, Shane Cotton, Ian Fairweather, Star Gossage, Frances Hodgkins, Ralph Hotere, Helen Johnson, Robyn Kahukiwa, Emily Karaka, Richard Killeen, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Colin McCahon, Mandy Martin, Judy Millar, Albert Namatjira, Sidney Nolan, Margaret Preston, Lisa Reihana, John Reynolds, Imants Tillers, Gordon Walters, and Judy Watson.

By starting each class with a visual analysis of contemporary art, the course aims to generate a greater appreciation for the work of today’s artists as well as a deeper understanding of the importance of art history to the ongoing cultural life of the nation. More immediately, it’ll make your next visit to an art gallery all the more rewarding.

What if I want to attend the same course next term?

If you want to repeat this course, you will need to apply and pay for each term separately via our Eventbrite platform (by clicking the APPLY tab in the top right corner of this page).


Classes are held in P201 at the Dunedin School of Art. Please click here for a map.

Go to the main entrance of the Dunedin School of Art at 19 Riego St (off the Anzac Avenue end of Albany St). P201 is on the first floor at the end of the building.


Gavin Leuzzi

Entry criteria

Students must be over 16 years of age.


For enquiries, please email artnightclass@op.ac.nz

Photo credit 

A 'replica' of Ian Fairweather's raft. Michael Stevenson. Retrieved from the Wikimedia Commons, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence, Kgbo [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)].


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