Home is a regional visual arts program for Stage 3 students based on the Gallery’s education resource Home: Aboriginal art from New South Wales. The Home program connects local Aboriginal artists with regional galleries to share cultural practice, art and knowledge with local communities. Participation through expression of interest in term 4.
Developed and delivered in partnership with The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education, Wiradjuri community at Wagga Wagga, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and regional galleries across NSW.
History and development
Since 2015 the program has been delivered annually in collaboration with regional galleries, working closely with their local Aboriginal Communities, to selected schools across regional NSW.
The year-long program supports students and teachers to understand and appreciate the richness and diversity of Aboriginal art from New South Wales and is currently based at four regional galleries in Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi Country – Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Murray Art Museum Albury and Tamworth Regional Gallery.
Students work with local Aboriginal artists to learn about art and culture at their regional gallery, visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales for a virtual excursion and make art with a focus Aboriginal artist each year in an online art lesson.
Each annual program culminates in an exhibition of student artwork at each participating regional gallery. This celebration of their achievement is an exciting experience for students and their families, teachers and wider community and for each local Aboriginal Community that has led and supported the program.
Teacher Professional Learning Day
Each year the program begins with a Teacher Professional Learning Day hosted by each of the participating regional galleries. Teachers meet local Aboriginal artists and knowledge holders as well as staff from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Arts Unit, Department of Education and the regional gallery for a full day of learning about local Aboriginal art and culture.
Participating teachers and their students follow a classroom program based on the work of selected Aboriginal artists. This sequence of learning events is developed and coordinated by the Arts Unit, Department of Education in collaboration with the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the delivery of this sequence is supported by online learning resources.
Online learning resources
The Gallery works with the Arts Unit, Department of Education, to develop a suite of online learning resources and Creative Classes that are available to support teacher and students.
Student Workshop Experience
Each participating regional gallery coordinates and delivers a gallery-based program of student visits and workshops. These workshop experiences include exhibition tours, art making workshops, and local language workshops. Each regional gallery works with local Aboriginal Community to develop the content.
Virtual Art Lesson
Each year students participate in a live virtual art lesson led by a selected significant Aboriginal artist from New South Wales. The art activity is developed in consultation with the artist, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Arts Unit, Department of Education.
A live virtual excursion to the Art Gallery of New South Wales offers students and teachers the chance to visit the Yiribana Gallery and other exhibition spaces and to go behind the scenes and meet artists, curators, conservators, installation crew and other specialists in the art world.
Exhibition of student artwork
Each participating regional gallery curates an exhibition of artworks developed by students during the program. The opportunity to exhibit their artwork at their local regional art gallery is an exciting experience for the students in the Home program and is a moment for community celebration.
Euraba Artists and Papermakers