The Home Program

Years 5 and 6

The Home Program connects professional Aboriginal artists, students and teachers with local Aboriginal community, regional galleries and the Art Gallery of NSW to explore cultural practice, language and artmaking. It is a series of workshops, virtual excursions and a teaching and learning program for primary students culminating in an exhibition at a regional art gallery. Home is a partnership between the Wiradjuri community and Elders at Wagga Wagga, NSW Department of Education's Arts Unit and the Art Gallery of NSW and connects schools to local Aboriginal artists, community, language and culture.

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About the program

Expressions of interest for 2023 are now open.

2023 dates

New England Regional Art Museum

  • 9 February: Teachers professional learning workshop at New England Regional Art Museum
  • 23 May: Live virtual art making lesson with prominent Aboriginal artist
  • 7 - 10 August: Half-day student art, language and culture workshop at New England Regional Art Museum
  • 2 June: Teachers professional learning workshop at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • 29 August: Virtual excursion to the Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • 20 October - 5 November: Student exhibition at the Aboriginal Cultural Keeping Place and New England Regional Art Museum (tbc)

Manning Regional Art Gallery

  • 14 February: Teachers professional learning workshop at Manning Regional Art Gallery
  • 23 May: Live virtual art making lesson with prominent Aboriginal artist
  • 24 - 28 July: Half-day student art, language and culture workshop at Manning Regional Art Gallery
  • 2 June: Teachers professional learning workshop at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • 29 August: Virtual excursion to the Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • 19 October - 2 December: Student exhibition at Manning Regional Art Gallery

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

  • 22 or 23 February (date tbc): Teachers professional learning workshop at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
  • 23 May: Live virtual art making lesson with prominent Aboriginal artist
  • July (dates tbc): Half-day student art, language and culture workshop at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
  • 2 June: Teachers professional learning workshop at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • 29 August: Virtual excursion to the Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • 20 October - 6 December (tbc): Student exhibition at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Tamworth Regional Gallery

  • 17 February: Teachers professional learning workshop at Tamworth Regional Gallery
  • 23 May: Live virtual art making lesson with prominent Aboriginal artist
  • 31 July - 4 August or 7 August - 11 August (dates tbc): Half-day student art, language and culture workshop at Tamworth Regional Gallery
  • 2 June: Teachers professional learning workshop at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • 29 August: Virtual excursion to the Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • 1 December - Mid January 2024 (dates tbc): Student exhibition at Tamworth Regional Gallery

Program opportunities

  • Teachers professional learning workshops hosted by the local regional gallery
  • Ongoing support via online resources and connections to visual arts expert educators from The Arts Unit as well as expert knowledge from curators at the AGNSW and regional galleries
  • Student virtual art making lesson developed and delivered by prominent Aboriginal artist
  • Student art, language and culture workshops at the regional gallery
  • Student virtual excursion to the AGNSW to meet the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curators and learn more about artworks in the gallery
  • Teacher professional learning workshop hosted by the AGNSW
  • At the completion of the program, students will curate and exhibit their artwork in their regional gallery alongside the works created by other students in the program
  • As part of the NSW Department of Education Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are excited to be able to offer a participation subsidy of $500 to rural and remote schools to participate in the program, travel subsidy to attend the AGNSW teachers day, as well as a casual release day for teachers to attend the AGNSW teachers day.

Your commitment

  • Class teacher to attend a professional learning workshop hosted by the regional gallery where support will be given to implement the program, and a resource kit will be provided. This workshop is mandatory.
  • Active participation in an online group where support will be provided remotely and teachers involved will be able to connect to each other.
  • Participation in a virtual art making lesson with a prominent Aboriginal artist.
  • Organise students to visit your local regional gallery for the half-day art, language and culture workshop. Students connect with local artists, participate in language exploration and in an artmaking session in response to their experience. We will coordinate dates and times for this event with teachers during the professional learning day at the regional gallery. This workshop is mandatory.
  • Participate in a virtual excursion to the AGNSW.
  • Attend teachers day at the AGNSW.
  • Support student's to exhibit artworks created during the program in an exhibition at your local regional gallery. Students are encouraged to invite family and friends along for the opening.
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