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Learning symposium 2014

The Gallery’s annual visual arts conference for teachers

Presentations and discussions are designed for K–12 Visual Arts teachers, tertiary lecturers and students, and national and regional gallery educators.

Actions and authorship: the artist as maker

It could be said that each artwork is the product of a series of decisions, imaginings, actions and processes that begin with the artist. This symposium will investigate the role of the artist as a creator and the ways in which artworks come into being. What actions (singular or repeated) do artists engage in when they create work? What role do materials play in this process? What traces of originality or authorship does the artist leave in the work (if any)? How have all these factors changed over time or presented themselves in different cultural contexts?

These questions, and more, will be unpacked by Art Gallery of NSW curators and educators, along with guest artists, specialists and art historians, over three days. Topics will be drawn from the rich exhibition program planned for the Art Gallery of NSW throughout 2014 – from the artisanal techniques of ancient Afghanistan to the mass production of pop art, as well as ephemeral contemporary practices such as performance art.


Day 1: Thursday 13 March

Venue: Centenary Auditorium, lower level 1


Welcome and introduction
Victoria Collings, senior coordinator of education programs, AGNSW

The art of (not) participating, or How I learned to stop worrying and love Tino Sehgal
Justin Paton, head curator of international art, AGNSW

Exhibition preview
Sol LeWitt: Your mind is exactly at that line
Alexandra Gregg, coordinator contemporary programs, AGNSW

Practicing art as a way of learning
Lucas Ihlein, artist and lecturer, University of Wollongong

Development of art appreciation: education program utilising works in art museum collections, Japan
Dr Miyuki Otaka, adjunct associate professor of the Open University of Japan
Kyoko Okada, senior curriculum specialist of the Elementary and Secondary Education Bureau, Ministry of Education
Akiko Ichijo, head educator of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Yoko Terasima, head educator of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

Material girls (and a few boys!)
Three exhibitions focusing on the female artists and their fresh approaches to the use of diverse materials (New weave: contemporary approaches to the traditions of weaving; Resolved: journeys in Australian design; Lola Greeno: cultural jewels)
Annette Mauer, head of learning, Object: Australian Design Centre


Day 2: Friday 14 March

Venue: Domain Theatre, lower level 3, unless otherwise specified

Registration, in ARTEXPRESS exhibition, upper level

Welcome and introduction
Louise Halpin, coordinator of outreach programs, AGNSW

Inside ARTEXPRESS 2014 at the AGNSW
Leeanne Carr, coordinator of secondary programs, AGNSW

ARTEXPRESS 2014: reflections on classroom practice
Susanne Jones, ARTEXPRESS coordinator, The Arts Unit, Department of Education and Communities NSW

Morning tea, Domain Theatre foyer, lower level 3

Working together: teacher and student
Warners Bay High School

Exhibition preview
Pop to popism
Wayne Tunnicliffe, head curator of Australian art, AGNSW

Exploring a pop aesthetic within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art
Emily McDaniel, assistant curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, AGNSW

Lunch, function space, ground floor

Performance art, 'live’ art and the intersection of art and life, with ideas of how these contemporary artistic processes can be incorporated into or transmitted in a teaching and learning context
Bec Dean, co-director/CEO, Performance Space

Exhibition preview
You Imagine What You Desire: poiesis in artmaking and reception
Nisa Mackie, public program and education manager, 19th Biennale of Sydney


Day 3: Saturday 15 March

Venue: Centenary Auditorium, lower level 1, unless otherwise specified

Registration, vestibule, ground level

Welcome and introduction
Louise Halpin, coordinator of outreach programs, AGNSW

AGNSW 2014 exhibitions overview: K-12 resources and programs
Leeanne Carr, coordinator of secondary programs, AGNSW

Glass as art? Perspectives from ancient to modern times
Dr Wendy Reade, Near Eastern archaeologist and conservator, University of Sydney and AGNSW

Morning tea, function space, ground floor

Carriageworks 2014 artistic program
Lisa Havilagh, director, Carriageworks

Visual literacy: the impact of the visual
Danielle Gullotta, coordinator of access programs, AGNSW

Artist presentation
Creating unlikely avian taxonomies
Dr Zoe Sadokierski and Dr Kate Sweetapple, Page Screen Studio, University of Technology, Sydney

Lunch, function space, ground floor

Speed presentations
Actions and authorship: the artist as maker
Visual arts teachers presenting new ideas for innovative classroom programming


NSW Institute of Teachers’ endorsed provider of Institute-registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence. Scope of Endorsement: All elements of Professional Teaching Standards 1,2,3,4 and 6 at Professional Competence for Visual Arts related professional development.

13–15 March 2014
Day 1: Thursday 13 March, 12.45pm–4pm
Day 2: Friday 14 March, 9.30am–3pm
Day 3: Saturday 15 March, 9.30am–3pm

Cost per day (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3)
Adult $45, $90, $90
Art Gallery Society or VADEA member $40.50, $81, $81
Tertiary student $22.50, $45, $45

Book online

Related exhibitions: 19th Biennale of Sydney, ARTEXPRESS 2014, Afghanistan, Sol LeWitt

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