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Art Education Panel

Art Education Panel


Thursday 11.10.18 6:30-8pm

Presented and discussed with examples of experiential knowledge, this panel of practitioners and art education facilitators will discuss the role art education plays in engagement of local community audiences with Contemporary Art and the empowerment of its participants, artists and facilitators.

With focus on programs they have designed and developed this panel will look at the successes and challenges of creating programs designed to provide access, connections and experiences with and around contemporary art. How do artists and institutions work together to develop and deliver education programs that connect to their local youth community audience providing distribution of knowledge, skills and resources? Do these programs have wide reaching outcomes beyond the workshop programs.

The panel includes: Jodie Whalen, Artist and Educator; Simmone Goran, Artist and Educator; Sally O’Neill, Education Officer at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery; and Miranda Samuels, Artist Educator and Education Officer at Brightside and Key Arts.

Education programs in focus include:  Firstdraft / Goulburn Regional Art Gallery’s ambitious Afterschool Art Program which played host to Jodie Whalen during a 3 week residency in Goulburn/Collector, Key Arts based at Key College Youth Off The Streets school in Redfern using funding from the City of Sydney.


Speaker Biographies

Sally O’Neill

Sally O’Neill completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UNSW Art & Design in 2008 and has completed formal studies in Education and Nursing. In 2013 Sally took up the position of Education Officer at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. Combining her passions of visual arts and teaching, Sally has found her niche developing and delivering a vast Education program to the Gallery’s audiences. The Education Program offers a variety of making and learning experiences for all ages and skill levels and is designed to provide access, connections and experiences with and around contemporary art. Wherever possible, the Education Program brings artists in the Gallery to provide a host of experiences and ideas for its audiences and makes contemporary art a part of daily life in Goulburn.

Sally will speak at Firstdraft from her experience as a practitioner at a Regional Gallery. Topics will include the Gallery’s ambitious Afterschool Art Program which in June played host to Jodie Whalen during her 3 week residency in Goulburn/Collector as well as the Gallery’s ongoing relationships with the community through the Education program.


Jodie Whalen

Jodie Whalen is a multi-disciplinary artist, working across performance, video and site specific installation. She completed a Master of Fine Arts at The College of Fine Arts in 2013. Whalen has exhibited consistently, nationally across venues including artist run spaces, regional galleries, arts centres and major institutions.  Exhibitions include; Ednduarance, National Art School Art Month Sydney, Major Tender Contemporary Art Centre S.A, Declaration of Love Firstdraft Sydney, Soapbox Performance Space Sydney, This Love is Huge Campbelltown Arts Centre Sydney, Work Out Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney. Whalen lives and works in Sydney.

Whalen has an extensive history of facilitating workshops and public programs, in relation to her practice and employment at various institutions working with a wide range of audiencesincluding; MCA Ausralia, UNSWAD, Goulburn Tegional Art Gallery,Information Cultural Exchange, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Parramatta Artist Studios and KaldorPublic Art.


Miranda Samuels

Miranda Samuels is an Artist Educator at AGNSW in addition to which she coordinates the Key Arts program at Key College in Redfern  and is Co-editor of The Countess Report.

Simonne Goran

Simonne Goran is an artist whose practice moves fluidly between disciplines including sculpture, ceramics, installation, video and painting. She graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 2014 and has exhibited her work throughout Australia and Japan.

Opening 07.11.18 6-8pm
Artist Talks 29.11.18 6-7pm
Close 30.11.18


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