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.

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About the program

Expressions of interest have now closed for the Home Program in Wagga Wagga, Bathurst and Tamworth.

Expressions of interest for Manning LGA schools will remain open till 11 February 2022.

In 2022 the Home Program is running out of four regional galleries. Each gallery can accommodate 6-8 schools. Schools in the Wagga Wagga, Manning, Tamworth and Bathurst areas ONLY are eligible to apply.

Entry into the program is by an expression of interest 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.

Applications

To apply for The Home Program complete the expression of interest via The Arts Unit Community.

We are using a new online portal, The Arts Unit Community to receive 2022 school applications. Adding 'The Arts Unit Community' tile in your 'Essentials - Inside the department', you can edit your forms and communicate with us. 

If you need IT assistance with your application in the TAU Community portal, please log an EDConnect remedy request or email tausupport@det.nsw.edu.au.

Applications close Wednesday 15 December 2022.
All applicants notified of the outcome of the EOI process on Friday 17 December 2021

2022 dates

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

  • 17 Feb and 3 March: Wagga teachers Zoom professional learning workshops, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Term 2 (date TBC): Live virtual art making lesson with prominent Aboriginal artist
  • 26 - 29 July: Half day student language exploration and art making session at gallery
  • Term 3 (date TBC): Virtual excursion to the AGNSW
  • 7 Nov 2022 - 22 Jan 2023: Student exhibition at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

Manning Regional Art Gallery

  • 24 Feb and 10 Mar: Manning teachers Zoom professional learning workshops, 3:30-4:30pm 
  • Term 2 (date TBC): Live virtual art making lesson with prominent Aboriginal artist
  • 8 - 12 Aug: Half day student language exploration & art making session at gallery
  • Term 3 (date TBC): Virtual excursion to the AGNSW 
  • 31 Oct - 22 Jan 2023: Student exhibition at Manning Regional Art Gallery

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

  • 22 Feb and 1 Mar: Bathurst teachers Zoom professional learning workshop, 3:30-4:30pm 
  • Term 2 (date TBC): Live virtual art making lesson with prominent Aboriginal artist
  • 12 - 16 Sept: Half day student language exploration & art making session at gallery
  • Term 3 (date TBC): Virtual excursion to the AGNSW 
  • 14 Oct - 4 Dec: Student exhibition at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Tamworth Regional Gallery

  • 16 Feb and 23 Feb: Tamworth teachers Zoom professional learning workshops, 3:30-4:30pm 
  • Term 2 (date TBC): Live virtual art making lesson with prominent Aboriginal artist
  • 1 - 5 Aug: Half day student language exploration & art making session at gallery
  • Term 3 (date TBC): Virtual excursion to the AGNSW 
  • 9 Nov - 29 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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