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Sydney Students Speak

Sydney Students Speak is a professional development program that offers tertiary students the chance to give a public talk at the Art Gallery of NSW.

In conjunction with ‘portraiture season’ at the Gallery, six students will be selected to each deliver a 20-minute public talk on a portrait of their choice in the collection of the Art Gallery of NSW.

The talks will take place at 7.15pm on Wednesday evenings from 20 August to 24 September 2014 as part of the Gallery’s Art After Hours program.

Successful applicants will be given an introduction to the Gallery and training in public speaking by the Gallery’s Public Programs professionals.

Eligibility and key dates

Places are limited, and eligible applications will be accepted for audition as they are received so get in early.

To be eligible, you must be a student in art, art history or a related discipline in a senior year (2nd, 3rd, Honours) at a NSW tertiary institution.

You must also be available on the following days, if selected:

  • Wednesday 16 July 2014 from 6pm for an audition
  • Saturday 26 July 2014 10am-3.30pm for a training day
  • Wednesdays 20 August – 24 September 2014, 7.15–7.45pm for all the talks

This is a great chance to get some hands-on experience in one of Australia’s major galleries and to add an interesting line to your CV.

How to apply

1. Register your interest by Monday 14 July 2014

Email with the following information:

  • your full name
  • contact phone number
  • institution and degree name, and major (if applicable)
  • student number
  • name, email address and phone number of a referee (current lecturer/tutor is ideal)

Successful applicants will be contacted by email regarding the audition.

2. Prepare for your audition

Plan a 5-minute talk on an artwork in the Gallery’s collection artist to present to the audition panel. Keep a general, non-specialist audience in mind. You may bring a PowerPoint presentation with no more than three images of the art you will discuss on a USB drive.