National Visual Arts Education Conference 2012
The National Gallery of Australia in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery hosted the first national conference for visual art educators on 23 – 25 January 2012. The program included national and international keynote speakers including Graeme Sullivan, art education academic from Pennsylvania State University and Tim Rollins, New York visual artist who has worked with young people from the South Bronx for over 30 years.

Australian artists Fiona Foley and Hossein Valamanesh also gave keynote presentations and Dannie Melor, Daniel von Sturmer, and Mini Graff were involved in panel discussions.

Over 60 speakers from around Australia gave papers on their research. Over 220 pre-school, primary, middle school, secondary and tertiary educators as well as museum educators attended the three day conference from all states and territories in Australia.

In addition to keynote papers and panel sessions, the program included studio workshops at the Australian National University School of Art, Canberra Glassworks, Megalo Print Studio and Gallery and tours to other cultural institutions in Canberra.

The feedback from the conference has been overwhelmingly positive – thank you to all of those involved and to all those that attended who helped make the conference such a huge success.
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