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Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information, including hours

Starting with art

Starting with Art is for Years K-12 students with physical, intellectual, behavioural and sensory disabilities. Each program is led by an artist educator and designed to create a journey of discovery and adventure through the Art Gallery of NSW’s collection.

The program provides the opportunity to look closely, discuss ideas, engage in role-play and use sensory materials to develop personal connections to art works.

Benefits for students

Provides an opportunity to:

  • engage directly with artworks
  • express themselves in a supportive environment
  • learn through visual and sensory experiences
  • build on the knowledge they have
  • create works of art with materials that are familiar and fun to use
  • build self-esteem
  • feel welcomed in the Gallery

Supporting resources

Pre- and post-visit activities are incorporated into this program. Pre-visit activities, including a viewing of the selected images before the visit, aim to provide students with preliminary familiarity and understanding of the works, which will enhance the exhibition experience.

Exhibition-specific tours

The Gallery also offers Starting with Art tours and workshops for some specific exhibitions.

Program details
60-min duration
Two weeks notice required
Bookings essential

Starting with Art at the House

A partnership between the Sydney Opera House and the Art Gallery of NSW, this stimulating and engaging program for Years K-12 includes discussion, role-play and the use of sensory materials.

Start with a visit to the Gallery’s Starting with Art program supported by Variety to view a selection of artworks inspired by Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour.

Follow with a tour of the Opera House to discover how the iconic building and harbour influenced these artworks.

Program details:
Full day
Max 8 students per group
Two weeks notice required
Bookings essential