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What does it mean to be 'on track'? Is being on track about travelling on familiar pathways? Or are we on track when we explore new terrain, new ideas and new technologies? Are we as Visual Arts and Design educators on the right track, wrong track, off track? How do we keep track of contemporary practice in the visual arts, as well as developments in curriculum that affect us all? VADEA NSW is excited to bring you another thought-provoking conference of keynote speakers, panel discussions and cases of best practice in curriculum development. Participants will share a spirit of adventure by taking part in purpose built tracks in and beyond the city that connect us with the art world while extending our understanding of and networks with contemporary artists, art historians, critics and colleagues. ON TRACK has been designed to enrich our knowledge of the contemporary art world - its practices, preferences, and priorities - and present ideas for application in our professional teaching lives. For whom: Secondary and tertiary Visual Arts and Design educators / Art and Design educators working in museum and gallery contexts / Primary School Visual Arts specialists/ K-6 teachers Accreditation: The VADEA NSW Conference Program will reflect NSWIT Professional Accomplishment Standards and the new Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. See our website for full details.



Friday 14 June (various locations in and across Sydney)
Day 1 (Friday 14 June) is where the adventure starts. Participants will choose one of 8 unique tracks (see outline over page). The day will involve visits to 3-4 venues per track, including artists studios, large and small-scale galleries, public spaces undergoing redevelopment, high school art departments and an interactive interdisciplinary theatre. Tracks are planned for a range of locations across greater Sydney. Each track will have a limit of approximately 20 participants. Where necessary, minibuses (or similar) will whisk you to venues. Pick the track that best suits you!


Saturday 15 June, Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo
Day 2 (Saturday 15 June) will be held at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. The focus is contemporaneity, creative practice and curriculum development. Keynote speakers include one of the worlds most powerful thinkers on contemporary art today, the art historian Professor Terry Smith; the world-renowned sculptor Linde Ivimey; and internationally recognised photographic artist Petrina Hicks. Participants will be introduced to the curriculum assets of the Powerhouse Museum and be better positioned to understand, and resist, the proposals and politics of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts. The program includes a session with recent Premiers Teachers Scholarship recipients who will speak about how they used the award and ways you may formulate your own goals and develop your own future track. The conference will conclude with an evening of drinks, canaps, and networking.
The 2013 VADEA NSW Conference is brought to you by the 2013 VADEA NSW Executive. Adjustments may be made to this program prior to the conference. Please check for updates.


When you register for Friday 14 June, you will be asked to number your preferred choices 1 to 3, with ONE being your first preference. Please read the options below so that you are ready to complete your registration.

A Off the Wall This track is for you if your interests go beyond the predictable and into the aspirational! The track begins with a contemporary printmaking demonstration at the National Art School, complemented by a tour of the working studios and the ancient "prison" spaces. We follow with a private studio tour led by Mini Graff, a street artist who 'transforms an anonymous repetitive urban landscape into a unique and personal aesthetic experience' . Later, we take a mini bus ride to White Rabbit Gallery to view Smash Palace. Finally our trail concludes at the MCA to view Jeff Wall's large-scale backlit cibachrome photographs. B From the Margin to the Core: A Fluid Body of Thought Commencing at the William Wilkins Gallery, NSW DEC, Bridge Street, Sydney we preview the 40-year anniversary tour of selected HSC Visual Arts ARTEXPRESS works from the Wilkins Collection. This presentation will be linked by video conference to regional areas. Then to Artspace Woolloomooloo to experience Accomplice Petra Gemeinboeck & Rob Saunders, Smoking Bolt Simon Ingram and The Woman and the Snowman Mari Velonaki in conjunction with the 19th International Symposium Electronic Art (ISEA). Finally by ferry to the Manly Art Gallery and Museum where we view Jonathon Jones' solo exhibition for the 2013 Guringai Festival. Jonathon's practice explores the critical overlap between black and white histories of Australia. C What is Contemporary Art? This trail seeks to ask questions about contemporary art through a selection of Sydneys art galleries. The trail will begin at the newly refurbished COFA where we attend a print workshop with Michael Kempson. After a coffee in the local Paddington area participants will be bussed to Firstdraft gallery where we will engage with emerging artists and the directors of the Artist Run Gallery. Wesuggest a lunch in the Haymarket precinct and then we will have a session at gallery 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, viewing the current exhibitions and speaking with curators and artists. D Atelier Trail Follow us on an atelier foray and enter the private worlds of successful contemporary artists; Anne Zahalka, Tony Williams, James Powditch and George Gittoes. We gain exclusive access and learn about the varied practices of these artists as they talk about their work in studio spaces scattered across Sydney's infamous inner west. Starting in the home and studio of photographer Zahalka in Newtown, we will then be lead to the Lennox St Studios with painter Tony Williams. The atelier adventure continues in a meeting with mixed media artist James Powditch, and our track is colourfully concluded at the inspirational Rockdale Yellow House with painter and film-maker, George Gittoes. E Harbour Views Enjoy stunning harbour views, practical artmaking workshops and talks with artists and curators. Start the day on beautiful Sydney harbour at Taronga zoo. Learn more about the zoos educational facilities and take part in an observational drawing workshop with Michael Herron, a former artist in residence at the zoo. Then a short bus ride to the newly renovated Mosman Art gallery where we will spend time touring current exhibitions and gain insights about these exhibitions from curators and artists. We finish the day with an exciting Visual Design workshop with art teacher Jess Melkman at Mosman High. F Art Beyond the City An opportunity to leave the cityscape and the familiar galleries behind to discover two iconic art centres in Western Sydney: Casual Powerhouse Arts Centre and Campbelltown Arts Centre. Our morning at Casula will focus on the Pigeon Auction exhibition: exploring subversive, suburban subcultures through the eyes of local artists. After an artist-led practical sculpture workshop, we will move to Campbelltown for a guided tour of their expansive sculpture and Japanese gardens. Our track will conclude with a guided tour of the Catching Light exhibition: interactive, innovative collaborations between analogue and digital new media art, sound and performance artists. G Trails from Outer Suburbia This track begins at Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest at Emu Plains, for a behind the scenes look at the site and collection of Margo and Gerald Lewers. Artist Kendal Murray will speak about her work and gallery staff and local teachers will look at curriculum directions based on the site and exhibitions. After lunch in the garden, we travel to the Western Sydney Parklands to look at the ways artists, architects, landscape architects and designers have collaborated on sustainable designs in the Parklands. Architect John Choi, from the architectural practice CHROFI will join others involved in the project to discuss this collaboration. Anne Loxley from MCAs C3West program will speak about recent projects held at the parklands. H Pixel Paths: Ventures into Digital and New Media Pixel Paths: Ventures into Digital and New Media will provide us with an opportunity to participate in workshops and exhibitions that can be applied to the classroom setting. We will experience hands-on workshops at i-cinema, UNSW and the Australian Film Television & Radio School that focus on animation, immersive new technologies, and remix culture, inherent in contemporary photography. Teachers will take home a small education kit providing suggestions for learning experiences.

The 2013 VADEA NSW Conference is brought to you by the 2013 VADEA NSW Executive. Adjustments may be made to this program prior to the conference. Please check for updates.

DAY 2 PROGRAM: KEYNOTE SPEAKERS and PRESENTATIONS Saturday 15th June, Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo
Time Presenter Registration, tea and coffee Welcome to the 2013 VADEA NSW Conference ON TRACK Co-Presidents Nick Phillipson and Kathrine Kyriacou

9:00 9:30 9:30 9:45

9:45 10:00

Welcome to the Powerhouse Museum Janson Hews, Education Manager

10:00 - 11:00

Keynote Address: Professor Terry Smith Contemporaneity in Visual Arts

11:00 11:30 11:30 12:30

Keynote Address: Petrina Hicks Contemporary Photography

Morning Tea

12:30 1:30

Keynote Address: Linde Ivimey Contemporary Sculpture

1:30 2:30 2:30 2:45

Lunch Welcome to the new VADEA NSW Website Amy Yongsiri

2.45 3.15

Update on the Australian Curriculum: The Arts Dr Karen Maras

3:15 4.15

Better odds than Lotto: Winning teaching awards and grants to develop your career Panel discussion: Hannah Chapman, Luise Guest, Carol Carter, Craig Maylon

4:15- 4.30pm 5:00-6:00

Plenary Session and Close Drinks and canaps

2013 Conference Sponsors Gold Sponsor TBC

Silver Sponsor
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The 2013 VADEA NSW Conference is brought to you by the 2013 VADEA NSW Executive. Adjustments may be made to this program prior to the conference. Please check for updates.

DAY 2: Saturday 15 June, Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Professor Terry Smith Andrew W Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory and Distinguished Visiting Professor, National Institute for Experimental Arts
Terry Smith is the author of Making the Modern: Industry, Art and Design in America (University of Chicago Press, 1993; inaugural Georgia OKeeffe Museum Book Prize 2009); Transformations in Australian Art, volume 1, The Nineteenth Century: Landscape, Colony and Nation, and volume 2, The Twentieth Century: Modernism and Aboriginality (Craftsman House, Sydney, 2002); The Architecture of Aftermath (University of Chicago Press, 2006); What is Contemporary Art?(University of Chicago Press, 2009); Contemporary Art: World Currents (Laurence King and Pearson/Prentice-Hall, 2011); and Thinking Contemporary Curating (Independent Curators International, 2012). In 2010 Terry was named Australia Council Visual Arts Laureate by the Australian Government, and won the Mather Award for art criticism conferred by the College Art Association (USA). (See:

Linde Ivimey world renowned found object sculptor

Linde Ivimey's sculpture is often technically complex and intricate, utilising skills from welding to cooking, weaving, wood-sculpting, and sewing, all adapted to create objects with an intense personal resonance. The emotional impact of her figures and animals is multiplied by her use of materials - skin, bone, fabric, hair, wax, gemstones, teeth, and other personal and found objects. A monograph, Linde Ivimey, SCULPTURE, written by Louise Martin Chew, was published in 2012 to compliment a major survey of her work at UQAM, IF PAIN PERSISTS. As a keynote for the VADEA NSW 2013 Conference, Linde will be presenting the works included in the survey exhibition as well as discussing the collaborative process of writing and publishing her book. (See:

Petrina Hicks internationally recognised photographic artist

Petrina Hicks high gloss, large-scale photographs are reminiscent of advertising for slick fashion labels or commercial products. However, her photographs play with the seductive qualities of advertising to confront the viewer and reveal truths that lie beneath the surface. Full of ambiguity and loaded with contradictions, her photographs question the endless cycle of seduction and consumption in our contemporary world. With recent exhibitions in Melbourne (Hippy and the Snake, Helen Gory Galerie, 2011), Sydney (Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Stills Gallery, 2010) and Germany (Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, 2010), Hicks beautiful photographic works are highly recognised both in Australia and abroad. (Information adapted from

Presentation by Dr Karen Maras, Deputy Head of School (Research), Faculty of Education NSW, Australian Catholic University
Karen Maras is Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts Education. Through her research on childrens critical reasoning in art, Karen has established a framework for understanding how and on what conceptual terms students develop critical theories of art. This work has informed submissions she has made in collaboration with Dr Kerry Thomas to ACARA regarding the coherence and appropriateness of the proposed Australian Curriculum for Visual Arts. Karen has published papers on her research and its implications for curriculum in national and international journals, and has also contributed to the development of NSW curriculum K-12 since the early 1990s.

Presentations by recipients of recent NSW Premiers Teachers Scholarships

A panel discussion with recent NSW Premiers Teachers Scholarships recipients Hannah Chapman, Luise Guest, Carol Carter and Craig Maylon who will address grant writing, and the opportunities for research and travel afforded to them as recent recipients. The session will inspire you to apply for a Teachers Scholarship and/or a VADEA NSW grant and help you set your own future track by formulating your own goals.

More information about the keynotes and panel discussions will be announced on the VADEA website. Check for updates: http:/

The 2013 VADEA NSW Conference is brought to you by the 2013 VADEA NSW Executive. Adjustments may be made to this program prior to the conference. Please check for updates.


Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo The Powerhouse Museum is located at 500 Harris St, Ultimo and is close to Darling Harbour, Chinatown, Central Station , Broadway bus station (Railway Square), and Paddy's Markets Monorail Station. For a map go to There is limited metered street parking near the museum, located on Harris St, Macarthur St and other adjacent streets. Parking stations near the museum are marked on the map below: Discounted all-day parking is available for Powerhouse Museum visitors at the Sydney Entertainment Centre Car Park. Present your parking ticket at the Powerhouse Museum shop for validation when you exit. Parking for the day costs $12.00. Pay at one of the pay stations at the car park or by using a credit card at the exit. It is a short walk to the museum using the covered pedestrian footbridge which is accessible from level 3a of the car park. Darling Drive, Haymarket: 1800 PARKING (1800 727 5464)


Getting to the Powerhouse Museum:

Conference delegates are encouraged to use public transport. Options below Train to Central Station and short walk: Take the train to Central, then take the western exits to Railway Square and George St. Turn left at Railway Square and walk to Harris St located on the right. This is an approximate 1015 minute walk (800 metres). Bus from Sydney City and short walk: M30 bus (Sydney Buses) from the Queen Victoria Building, York St. Arrive at George St near Campbell St, Haymarket. Turn right onto Hay St and use the pedestrian footbridge to arrive at the Museum. This is an approximate 1015 minute walk, 700 metres. Bus from Circular Quay and short walk: 422 bus (Sydney Buses) from Circular Quay Stand A. Arrive at Hay St near Pitt St, Haymarket. Walk down Hay St and use the pedestrian covered footbridge to arrive at the Museum. This is an approximate 15 minute walk, 850 metres. Ferry to Circular Quay, bus and short walk: 422 bus (Sydney Buses) from Circular Quay Stand A. Arrive at Hay St near Pitt St, Haymarket. Walk down Hay St and use the pedestrian covered footbridge to arrive at the Museum. This is an approximate 15 minute walk, 850 metres. Please note that some buses are a prepaid service. Purchase a ticket at a PrePay outlet before boarding. For wheelchair accessibility please check to confirm bus availability and details. Light rail to Exhibition station: Walk west of the station and up the steps (or take the elevator located at the entrance to the Entertainment Centre car park) to the covered pedestrian footbridge. Continue west along the footbridge towards Harris St until you reach the Museum, located on the right. This is an approximate 5 minute walk, 300 metres. Monorail to Paddys Market station: Exit the station and turn left. Continue along the covered pedestrian footbridge towards Harris St until you reach the Museum, located on the right. This is an approximate 3 minute walk, 200 metres (no stairs required). Plan your trip with Trip Planner:

The 2013 VADEA NSW Conference is brought to you by the 2013 VADEA NSW Executive. Adjustments may be made to this program prior to the conference. Please check for updates.

WANT TO BE INVOLVED? 1. REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE by completing the registration form attached
PLEASE NOTE 1 form is to be used per participant

2. Check VADEA website for updates on the program: 3. Spread the word! Circulate this information tell your colleagues & friends about this event. IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION Complete ONE registration form per participant
Post, fax or email completed application forms to the Professional Teachers Council New South Wales (PTC NSW)

REGISTRATION forms to: VADEA c/o NSW PTC, PO Box 577 Leichhardt NSW, 2040

FAX or
REGISTRATION forms to: (02) 9564 2342 Attention Bernie Motulalo

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*Please Note: Venue hire and catering commitments mean that no refunds can be made after 9 June 2011.

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Once the PTC NSW has processed your registration, you will receive a confirmation email. This will include individual receipt numbers and a website password will be sent to your personal email address.

A valid VADEA Member Number must be quoted to qualify for member rates. Please check the back of your 2013 Membership Card for your correct member number. All registration fees include GST. Registration includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for Day 2.

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The 2013 VADEA NSW Conference is brought to you by the 2013 VADEA NSW Executive. Adjustments may be made to this program prior to the conference. Please check for updates.




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Tracks will be allocated on a first come first served basis and have a limit of 20 participants each. Please number* your 1st, 2nd and 3rd preferences for tracks on Day 1, Friday 14th June.

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Return completed application forms to the Professional Teachers Council New South Wales (PTCNSW) POST REGISTRATION forms to: VADEA c/o NSW PTC, c/o NSW PTC, PO Box 577, Leichhardt, NSW, 2040 or FAX REGISTRATION forms to: (02) 9564 2342, Attention Bernie Motulalo The 2013 VADEA NSW Conference is brought to you by the 2013 VADEA NSW Executive. or EMAIL REGISTRATION forms to: au (include in subject line: VADEA Conference 2013)
Adjustments may be made to this program prior to the conference. Please check for updates.