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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. This is an exciting opportunity to get some hands-on experience with industry professionals in one of Australia’s major galleries.

Successful applicants will be trained in public speaking by Dr Mark De Vitis, lecturer in art history at the University of Sydney, and the Gallery’s public programs professionals, to deliver a public talk at the Gallery on Wednesday evenings as part of the Art After Hours program. The students will also get a chance to turn their talks into an Art Set, an online content platform hosted on the Gallery’s website.

Eligibility and key dates

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

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

  • Wednesday 23 August 2017 from 6pm for an audition
  • Saturday 2 September 2017 10am-2pm for a training day
  • Wednesdays 20, 27 September and 4 October 2017 5.30–6.30pm for all the talks

How to apply

1. Register your interest by 12pm Friday 18 August 2017

To sign up for an audition, email with the following information:

  • your full name
  • contact phone number
  • email address
  • institution, degree name and major (if applicable)
  • student number
  • name, email address and phone number of a referee (current lecturer/tutor is ideal)
  • a description of what you hope to gain from participating in Sydney Students Speak (no more than 100 words)
  • name of your selected artist and artwork for the audition (this must be chosen from the Art Gallery of NSW collection works currently on display).

Registered applicants will be contacted by email with further information regarding the audition.

2. Prepare for your audition

Plan a five-minute talk on an artwork of your choice from the Gallery’s collection that is currently on display 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 artwork you will discuss, on a USB drive.

Self portrait with Leica, 1931, printed 1941 by Ilse Bing
The Selfie

Art Set: 19 items

See other Art Sets created by past participants of Sydney Students Speak