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We're Back in 2018! - The Arts Unit Stage Management Program

Following the success of this program in the past few years we are excited to announce that the popular Stage Management Program is set to run again in July!

This year we are offering a one or two day program.

Links to apply below!

Please share the links with your colleagues and get the word out there – this is an opportunity not to be missed!


Day 1 AND 2 - Beginner


DAY 2 Only - Advanced

Lucy Armstrong


Student Performance and Events Officer

Operations Manager, Schools Spectacular


The Arts Unit

NSW Department of Education


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The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education and Communities · Locked Bag 3003 · SUMMER HILL · Sydney, Nsw 2130 · Australia

Message from the Director

Welcome to the new school year. The Arts Unit, as part of the Learning and Teaching Directorate of the Department's state office, continues to provide a broad range of arts and literacy programs, events and initiatives.

From 2017, the unit is led by team leaders, responsible for different aspects of the unit's activities:

Arts Programs and Initiatives Coordinator, John Benson, oversees performing arts, visual arts and literacy programs. 

Manager, Arts Unit Operations and Administration, Richard Spiewak, oversees unit-wide resources and support, including the state responsibilities of Arts Coordination Officers from Educational Services, led by Student Access and Engagement Officer, Michelle Stephens.

Arts Initiatives Advisor, Sonja Sjolander, oversees events, arts initiatives and the creative direction of the Schools Spectacular.

You can find contact details for all Arts Unit officers here and Arts Coordination Officers from operational areas here.

In 2017 The Arts Unit will continue to identify student potential and provide opportunities to enhance student learning, develop teachers’ skills and knowledge and showcase outstanding student achievement. I encourage you to use The Arts Unit’s Strategic Plan and the Arts Education Framework to identify opportunities for students and teachers alike.

I wish you a successful 2017. We look forward to working with you and to realise the unit’s vision - that highly motivated and engaged students, led by exceptional staff, realise their creative potential in and beyond the school.

Best wishes

Rosemary Davis

Director, Arts, Sports and Initiatives


Rural and Remote

As part of The Arts Unit’s support of the Department of Education and Communities’ Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are excited to be able to offer a Participation Subsidies to students and teachers from rural and remote schools. This financial support is to facilitate engagement of students who are accepted into a number of our programs.

Many of our program attract a subsidy so please see each art form on this website for more information.

Please note: If interest exceeds available funds, allocation of the Participation Subsidy will be prioritised based on remoteness.

Subsidies will be confirmed with acceptance notification.


Job Opportunities

We currently have a position available for a digital strategies projects officer 2017. If you are interested in this position please complete the attached request for quote. For any further inquiries please contact The Arts Unit on 8512 1100.