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 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 Wiradjuri community, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW Department of Education's Arts Unit and the Art Gallery of NSW and connects schools to local Aboriginal artists, community, language and culture.

Expressions of interest for 2022 will open in November.

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About the program

Expressions of interest for 2021 are now closed.

In 2021 the Home Program is running out of four regional galleries. Each gallery can accommodate 6-8 schools. Schools in the Wagga Wagga, Albury, Tamworth and Bathurst areas ONLY are eligible to apply.

Entry into the program is by an EOI that is endorsed by the school principal. The program runs from Term 1 to Term 3, for Stage 3 classes (1 class per school). Smaller schools will be accommodated for and are encouraged to apply.

2021 dates

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

  • 24 Feb and 2 Mar: Wagga teachers Zoom professional learning workshops, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • 25 May: Live virtual art making lesson with prominent Aboriginal artist
  • 26 - 30 Jul: Half day student language exploration and art making session at gallery
  • 17 Aug: Virtual excursion to the AGNSW
  • 11 Sep - 24 Oct: Student exhibition at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

Murray Arts Museum Albury (MAMA)

  • 16 - 17 Feb: Albury teachers Zoom professional learning workshops, 3:30-4:30pm  
  • 25 May: Live virtual art making lesson with prominent Aboriginal artist
  • 6 - 10 Sep: Half day student language exploration & art making session at gallery
  • 17 Aug: Virtual excursion to the AGNSW 
  • 15 Oct - 28 Nov: Student exhibition at Murray Arts Museum Albury

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

  • 22 Feb and 1 Mar: Bathurst teachers Zoom professional learning workshop, 3:30-4:30pm  
  • 25 May: Live virtual art making lesson with prominent Aboriginal artist
  • 9 - 13 Aug: Half day student language exploration & art making session at gallery
  • 17 Aug: Virtual excursion to the AGNSW 
  • 15 Oct - 5 Dec: Student exhibition at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Tamworth Regional Gallery

  • 18 Feb and 23 Feb: Tamworth teachers Zoom professional learning workshops, 3:30-4:30pm  
  • 25 May: Live virtual art making lesson with prominent Aboriginal artist
  • 14 - 18 Jun: Half day student language exploration & art making session at gallery
  • 17 Aug: Virtual excursion to the AGNSW 
  • 30 Oct - 21 Nov: Student exhibition at Tamworth Regional Gallery

Program opportunities

  • Zoom 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 making and language workshops at regional gallery and view artworks created by Aboriginal artists from the gallery's collection
  • Student virtual excursion to the AGNSW to meet the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curators and learn more about artworks in the gallery
  • 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.

Your Commitment

  • Class teacher to attend mandatory Zoom professional learning workshops hosted by the regional gallery where support will be given to implement the program and a resource kit provided
  • 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 prominent Aboriginal artist
  • Organise students to visit your local regional gallery for a half day excursion. Students connect with local artists, participate in language exploration and in an art making session in response to their experience. We will coordinate dates and times for this event with teachers during the professional learning day at the gallery
  • Participate in a virtual excursion to 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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