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Learning symposium 2015

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.

Looking back: the past is present in the visual arts

For the 2012 Adelaide Biennale, Melbourne poet and academic Justin Clemens wrote: ‘Art is one of the arts of looking back – in all senses of the word’. For Clemens, art serves to preserve, transmit and intensify memory, which may belong to the artist, the era or the beholder. These ideas, which are so entwined in art history, lead us to question the role of history in the visual arts and its impact on the broader cultural sphere. Whose memory is being represented, for example? How is our understanding of history shaped by art objects?

This symposium looks at what the visual arts can reveal about history. It explores the various ways in which contemporary art helps to provide new perspectives on history, while also questioning the very possibility of recovering an artwork’s original function when it is so removed from its historical context. Through a range of topics this three-day symposium will inspire practical and theoretical ideas on how we can engage students with the historical context that surrounds art.

Program

Day 1: Thursday 26 February
Venue: Centenary Auditorium, lower level 1

12.45pm Registration

1pm
Welcome and introduction
Victoria Collings, senior coordinator of education programs, AGNSW

1.15pm
Exhibition as research project: reconstructing exhibitions by Ralph Balson (1941) and Andy Warhol (1964)
Nicholas Chambers, curator, modern and contemporary art, AGNSW

1.45pm
Conversations through the Asian collections
Exhibition overview
Ann MacArthur, senior coordinator of Asian and community programs, AGNSW

2.30pm
Go east: Gene and Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection
Exhibition preview
Macushla Robinson, assistant curator, contemporary international art, AGNSW

3pm
Go east: in conversation
Dr Gene Sherman, chair and executive director of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF), and Suhanya Raffel, director of collections, AGNSW

4pm
Close

Day 2: Friday 27 February
Venue: Centenary Auditorium, lower level 1, unless otherwise specified

9.30am
Registration, entry to ARTEXPRESS 2015, upper level

10am
Welcome and introduction
Louise Halpin, coordinator of outreach programs, AGNSW

10.15am
Inside ARTEXPRESS 2015 at the AGNSW
Leeanne Carr, coordinator of secondary programs, AGNSW

11.15am
Morning tea, function space, ground floor

11.45am
ARTEXPRESS 2015 at SOPA, Sydney Olympic Park Authority
Danielle Gullotta, coordinator of access programs, AGNSW

12.15am
Working together
ARTEXPRESS 2015 student, Elida Guntan, and her teacher, Stephen Peters, creative arts KLA coordinator, John Therry Catholic High School, Rosemeadow

12.45pm
Lunch, function space, ground floor

1.30pm
The photograph and Australia
Exhibition preview
Judy Annear, senior curator, photographs, AGNSW

2pm
Embodiment
Exhibition overview
Emily McDaniel, assistant curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, AGNSW

2.30pm
Looking back: artists as archivists
Steven Miller, head of library and archive, AGNSW

3pm
Close

Day 3: Saturday 28 February
Venue: Centenary Auditorium, lower level 1, unless otherwise specified

9.30am
Registration, vestibule, ground level

9.45am
Welcome and introduction
Louise Halpin, coordinator of outreach programs, AGNSW

10am
AGNSW 2015 exhibitions overview: K-12 resources and programs
Leeanne Carr, coordinator of secondary programs, AGNSW

10.30am
Artist presentation
Daniel Boyd

11am
Morning tea, function space, ground floor

11.30am
Creative hubs: artful learning in regional and public galleries
Roy Marchant, education and public programs manager and assistant curator, Casula Powerhouse; Edwina Hill, education and public programs officer, and Megan Monte, curator contemporary visual art, Campbelltown Arts Centre

12.30pm
The Sydney Modern Project and you: new learning practices and spaces in the 21st-century museum
Victoria Collings, senior coordinator of education programs, AGNSW

1pm
Lunch, function space, ground floor

2pm
Pop to popism
Exhibition overview and viewing

3pm
Close

The Art Gallery of NSW is endorsed to provide QTC Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher level. Completing the Learning Symposium 2015 will contribute 3 hours (Day 1), 5 hours (Day 2) and 5 hours and 15 minutes (Day 3) of QTC addressing 1.2.2, 2.2.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2, 6.2.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Accreditation in NSW.

26–28 February 2015
Day 1: Thursday 26 February, 12.45pm–4pm
Day 2: Friday 27 February, 9.30am–3pm
Day 3: Saturday 28 February, 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: ARTEXPRESS 2015, Conversations through the Asian collections, Embodiment, Pop to popism, The photograph and Australia

 
NSW Education Standards Authority