The conference will be held over three days from November 6 to 8, 2020


February 2020: Release of website / launch of call date

Mid-March 2020: Second call

1 June 2020: Deadline for abstracts Extended to 31 July
– Keynotes announced

August 2020: Reviews

September 2020: Acceptance of abstracts, invitation for full papers / contributions download video presentation guidelines.

 Friday 25 September 2020 submitted amended proposal deadline

Friday 25 September 2020 authors registration deadline

Friday 16 October pre-recorded presentation

6-8 November 2020: Conference 

31 Jan 2021: Deadline for full papers

February 2021: Review and comments / scheduling

Authors Submission Guidelines

Art + Australia

Style Guide

  • Please submit your contribution in Word with text single-spaced and left-aligned
  • There is not a specific word count for papers but we suggest a max of 2,500 words.
  • Separate paragraphs by a line space (not indented)
  • Present references and annotations as endnotes (see Endnotes below for referencing style)
  • The essay title should be followed, on the next line, by your name, [NOTE: do not include your name in the version submitted for review in EasyChair].
  • Please submit a short author bio (approx. 50 words) at the end of your contribution,  [NOTE: do not include your bio in the version submitted for review in EasyChair].

Reference guides

Art + Australia Publishing uses the Macquarie Dictionaryfor preferred spellings, with the Shorter Oxford as a second reference. For matters of style beyond this A+A house style guide, refer to the AGPS (Wylie) Style Manual, with the Chicago Manual of Style as a second reference. The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage is a handy reference for points of usage. 

Main text

Spelling & capitalisation

  • Use Australian/British spellings not American; e.g., artefact NOT artifact, travelling NOT traveling
  • Use ‘-­‐ise’ word endings where relevant, not ‘-­‐ize’
  • Titles of artworks, photographs, exhibitions and books take title case and italics, unless specified otherwise by the artist
  • Titles in other languages follow the capitalisation styles for those languages
  • Article titles and subtitles take title case; section titles within articles or chapters take sentence case(including contributions to Art + Australia)
  • Names of art movements and historical and cultural periods or styles are not capitalised (e.g., postmodernism, cubism, futurism), with the exception of those that include proper nouns, e.g., Pre-­‐Raphaelites
  • Descriptive titles of works (i.e., those not given by the artist) take sentence case and roman
  • Use the term Untitled in italics if an artist has referred to their work as such but Untitled in roman ifthis has been assigned by someone other than the artist
  • Titles retain the spellings of the originals, e.g., a US edition of a book with Color in the title

Punctuation & abbreviations

  • Use a single space after full points
  • Use single quote marks not double, but use doubles within quoted material closed by single quotes
  • If an acronym is used, spell out at first mention with the acronym in brackets; thereafter use theacronym
  • Use italics to denote emphasis in discursive text

Numbers & dates 

  • In discursive text, spell out numbers up to and including nine, and use digits for numbers greater thannine; but always spell out a number that begins a sentence
  • Specific dates are expressed in the following form: 16 August 1987
  • Decades are expressed in the following form: 1960s; 1980s and 90s
  • Centuries are expressed in numerals; e.g., 19th  century
  • Circa dates given with full point and space; e.g., c. 1867
  • Use unspaced en dashes for number spans; e.g., 1999–2010; 2005–10; pp. 21–22
  • When naming an artwork in discursive text, place the date in brackets immediately after


  • Present references in endnote format rather than as footnotes or author–date (Harvard) citations through the text
  • Use brackets rather than superscript for endnote numbering in the body text; i.e. (1)
  • If an author publishes under their full name, please spell out rather than use initials only for first name(s)


  1. Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, Routledge, London, 1984, p. 42.
  2. Vanessa Berry, ‘Justene Williams’, Before and After Science: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2010, pp. 84–85.
  3. Mark Holdsworth, ‘Keith Haring in Melbourne’, Black Mark: Melbourne Art and Culture Critic blog, 17 August  2008,http://melbourneartcritic.wordpress.com/2008/08/17/ keithharininmelbourne/; accessed 29 May 2015.
  4. Bob Lingard and Sue Cramer (eds), Institute of Modern Art: A Documentary History 1975–1989, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 1989, p. 79.
  5. Colin Moynihan, ‘Keith Haring’s Silent Partner’, The Village Voice, 23 July 2002, www.villagevoice.com/2002o  07o 23/news/keithharingssilentpartner/;  accessed  29   May 2015.
  6. Brian Rourke, ‘Cultural Capital Accumulation on a World Scale: The Role of Imperialist Theodicies withinMetropolitan Literary Fields’, Space and Culture, vol. 6, no. 1, 2003, p. 37.
  7. Helen Vivian (ed.), When You Think About Art: The Ewing and George Paton Gallery 1971– 2008, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, 2008, pp. 144–45.

For subsequent references to the same publication, do not use ibid., op. cit. etc. Use a shortened form of the first citation:  

  • Bourdieu, p. 32.

Where two or more works by the same author are referenced, include the shortened title:

  • Bourdieu, Distinction, p. 56.

Where two or more works by the same author are referenced and have the same title, include the date instead, to distinguish:

5. Bail, 2009, p. 12.

Where one work is citing another:

4. Elliot-­‐Ranken, p. 136, citing Edward Colless, ‘Home and Away: Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro’, Australian Art Collector, no. 38, October–December 2005, p. 109.

Image captions

  • Where an artwork reproduced with an article requires a gallery-­‐style caption, present information in the style given below
  • For artwork measurements, use centimetres with the abbreviation spaced off;  e.g., 35 x 25 cm; measurements to be ordered height x width (followed by x depth for three-­‐dimensional objects)
  • Video times are given in minutes; e.g. 145 mins, or 28:11 mins


[For a work where the title is given by the artist]
Tom Roberts
Shearing the Rams, 1888–90
Oil on canvas
122.4 x 183.3 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Felton Bequest Fund, 1932

[For a work with a descriptive title given by someone other than the artist]
Tom Roberts
Landscape sketch, Hobart, c. 1890
Oil on cardboard
14.8 x 30.5 cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales

Markus Kåhre
Still from Untitled, 2011–13
HD video and mixed media
2 mins, looped