Professional Learning in 2019

In 2019 NGA Education is offering TQI accredited professional learning that will empower educators to harness the national collection as a teaching resource.

The schedule is as follows, please check back throughout the year as we update this page with specific information and booking links:

The National Visual Art Education Conference (NVAEC) took place from 21–23 January 2019 at the National Gallery of Australia. To access video recordings of keynote presentations by Sandra Jackson-Dumont, John Armstrong, Dr Flossie Chua and Anne Smith, feature artists Sally Smart, Ben Quilty, Lisa Reihana and paper presentations by over 35 practitioners go to the videos tab at the NVAEC website.

The following professional learning sessions are free of charge for educators, bookings are essential. These sessions are often fully booked, and we often have a waiting list, so if you have reserved a place and are no longer able to attend please email [email protected] to advise us.

Professional learning sessions for groups of teachers are also organised on request all year and can be tailored to a variety of areas of the collection and emphasis.

To speak with a team member about further professional learning opportunities please email [email protected]

Banner image: Teachers participating in a workshop at NVAEC 2019 in front of Danie Mellor's Landstory 2018, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased through the Members Acquisition Fund 2019

Term 3: Making and Responding

Saturday 21 September
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Free (bookings essential)
Meet at Information Desk

10am – 1pm: Early Childhood and Primary Educators
2pm – 5pm: Secondary and College Teachers

Be amongst the first people to experience the NGA’s brand-new Learning Studio! This session is an exciting opportunity to practice developing strategies for responding to works of art in the galleries, including the Learning Gallery, as well as introducing you to the facilities and potential of the Learning Studio with a creative making workshop.

The session will explore a range of approaches to observing, analysing and responding, by looking, writing, talking, drawing and moving in the galleries, then move into artmaking mode back in the Studio.

The Learning Studio (currently under construction) is adjacent to the Learning Gallery and promises to be a brilliant place to inspire and involve people of all ages in making art. It will be available for group bookings from Term 4 through the See and Create program. Drop-in artmaking sessions and other activities will be offered as part of the public program on weekends and holidays.

Term 2: Asian Art

Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia is the first major exhibition in Australia to explore the myriad practices of contemporary Indonesian artists working in turbulent post-Reformasi Indonesia: from the fall of Suharto in 1998 to the present day. Supporting the cross-curriculum priority Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia, the vibrant and complex art of Australia’s close neighbour provides an entry point for learning about the social and political changes that have shaped Indonesia over time.

On the exhibition's opening weekend, teachers will be given an overview of the exhibition and education resource, and then hear from Contemporary Worlds artists in conversation about their practice.

These TQI accredited Professional Learning sessions are particularly relevant for teachers of Indonesian, Visual Art, and Humanities—Civics and Citizenship.

Saturday 22 June
1pm – 4pm
Free (bookings essential)
Book here

Educator-led exhibition overview and preview of education resource, plus artist talks from:

  • Tisna Sanjaya
  • FX Harsono
  • Fehung
  • Melati Suryodarmo


Sunday 23 June
10am – 1pm
Free (bookings essential)
Book here

Educator-led exhibition overview and preview of education resource, plus artist talks from:

  • Eko Nugroho
  • Duto Hardono
  • Tita Salina
  • Octoro


Available upon request
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

All students should engage in reconciliation, respect and recognition of the world’s oldest living culture, that of our first nations people, an ambition set out and reinforced through the Australian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priority for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

NGA Education offers TQI accredited professional learning sessions for teachers to support them to develop their understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Art and concepts of country/place and identity.

Facilitators will tailor the content to include works of art appropriate to the age of students taught and what might best engage them.

Professional learning sessions are available by request. Please contact the NGA Education team at [email protected] for further information.

Image captions:

  • Melati Suryodarmo Transaction of Hollows 2018, durational performance, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, proposed acquisition © Melati Suryodarmo
  • Duto Hardono Variation & improvisation for 'In harmonia progressio 2016-17, actualisation of an instruction score by performers, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 2018, © Duto Hardono
  • Mick Namari Tjapaltjarri Sunrise chasing away the night 1977-78. © the estate of the artist, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd