On Albatross Island

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@ Online with TATA This online gallery has been developed to accompany the On Albatross Island Education Kit, which has been designed by art teachers from the Tasmanian Art Teachers Association (TATA) in collaboration with Art Education Australia (AEA). The education kit creates a space to support teacher and student engagement with the award winning short film namanu rruni | Albatross Island, and a range of creative and scholarly materials that ensued from the On Albatross Island exhibition, which was exhibited at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) and Moonah Arts Centre (MAC) in Tasmania throughout 2016. While the physical exhibition has concluded, the opportunity for teachers and students to engage with its core creative outputs is made possible through this online gallery and education kit. The virtual gallery of images from the exhibition have been curated into this dedicated online gallery space available from the TATA homepage, alongside a link with options to engage with the award winning short film  namanu rruni | Albatross Island, which takes the viewer to a place almost entirely unseen. The short film offers an eloquently layered intersection of storylines within a highly engaging visual journey to a remote and beautiful corner of lutruwita/Tasmania. The focus is on the endemic shy albatross that live on only three islands around Tasmania, and the scientists that are working to ensure the survival of this unique species. Thank you to Matthew Newton (RUMMIN Productions) for generously making the award winning namanu rruni | Albatross Island documentary available to teachers for 72 hour rental via Vimeo for $9.99 (AUD). For budgets that allow, the documentary is also available for purchase, and you can find out more about access options for the namanu rruni | Albatross Island documentary at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/albatrossisland Please also enjoy the “On Albatross Island” Exhibition Catalogue.

Drawn Together

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@ Little Space Gallery – 14 September 2017 Exhibition curators: Dr Abbey MacDonald and Jane Giblin Opened by: Dr Megan Walch TATA further celebrated the resurgence of life drawing practice and pedagogy in Tasmanian schools in ‘Drawn Together’; a body of life drawing works from Tasmanian art teachers and TCE students, hosted at the Hobart College Little Space Gallery. ‘Drawn Together’ extended upon the foundation TATA teacher exhibition earlier in the year ‘Body of Work’, and from a series of pedagogical and practical life drawing workshops TATA councillor Jane Giblin facilitated in the north, north west and south. ‘Drawn Together’ showcases the outstanding standard of life drawing professional practice and pedagogy of our art teachers, and the implications our teachers’ proficiency and professionalism is having for the remarkable emerging practice demonstrated by Tasmanian TCE students. We were privileged to have Dr Megan Walch join us to open the show with affirmation, cultivating future directions and ideas to continue growing into 2018. Thanks to Romany Best and and Hobart College for hosting ‘Drawn Together’, to TATA councillor Jane Giblin for her generosity and leadership, and to Adam Frost for his gallery technician support. Keep an eye out: Jane Giblin will be continuing to run life drawing classes into 2018. Have a listen to part of Dr Megan Walch’s opening night speech.

Entangled: Art and the Tasmanian Primary School

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@ Academy Gallery – 23 August 2017 Exhibition curators: Dr Abbey MacDonald and Dr Malcom Bywaters Exhibition Opening Guest Speaker: Alderman Danny Gibson, City of Launceston See part of the opening speech on TATA’s facebook page. Entangled explores a need identified within national research and the Tasmanian Art Teachers Association (TATA) to better support primary teachers to enact The Australian Curriculum: The Arts. Within this project, Tasmanian primary teachers and their students were mentored by a specialist art teacher to undertake an art inquiry for exhibition. The art inquiries showcase the explorations of community based topics and issues of concern undertaken in alignment with the existing primary school learning programs. Formative and summative evaluations of the mentors’ and teachers’ experiences will enable the researchers to identify challenges Tasmanian primary teachers encounter in enacting curriculum change, and articulate the implications these challenges pose for pedagogical transformation and student learning in visual art. The artworks shown in Entangled derive from a pilot investigation that has sought to establish how primary teachers can be best supported to enact curriculum change and deliver authentic visual art learning experiences in Tasmania. Entangled is presented as part of the Academy Gallery Active Research Program. The Academy Gallery Active Research Program aims to exhibit the research undertaken by the University of Tasmania as a global educational provider. Entangled is supported by a University of Tasmania Teaching Development Grant. Entangled is presented by the Academy Gallery as part of the Junior Academy Program in partnership with the Tasmanian Art Teaches Association and Art Education Australia (AEA). Tasmanian Art Teachers are committed to the Reconciliation process. Through our ongoing work in art education, we acknowledge the original owners of the land upon which we learn, teach and create with our students. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future in our shared spaces of learning, teaching and creating. Check out the Entangled Catalogue which includes an essay by Dr Abbey MacDonald and Dr Malcom Bywaters. Exhibition Invite Coming Soon: Keep an eye out for the units of work and other awesome resources from this exhibition in the Members Only area.

Body of Work Exhibition

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@ Poimena Art Gallery – 9 June 2017 Exhibition curators: Dr Abbey MacDonald and Jane Giblin Body of Work is an exhibition of works from artists and teachers who work with the figure. The exhibition was opened with a special performance by Sarah Jane Moore. With acknowledgement to Auntie Iris for her Wiradjuri teaching and deep knowledge, and Auntie Di for writing and sharing her lullaby. Enjoy a moment of vocal power in the clip below. Sarah-Jane Performance Body of Work Please read Sarah Jane Moore’s ‘Body of Work’ Poem Tasmanian Art Teachers are committed to the Reconciliation process. Through our ongoing work in art education, we acknowledge the original owners of the land upon which we learn, teach and create with our students. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future in our shared spaces of learning, teaching and creating. Also check out Body of Work Essay by Dr Abbey MacDonald and the Press Release for Body of Work.

Beyond the Classroom

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@ Academy Gallery – August 2015 Also Exhibited at the Makers Gallery, Makers Workshop, Burnie Exhibition curators: Dr Malcom Bywaters & Scott Cunningham Artworks created by Tasmanian Art Teachers from Primary, Secondary, College and TAFE education sectors. This exhibition helped celebrate the University of Tasmania’s 125th Anniversary, with the majority of artists exhibited also UTAS alumni.

Out of Control

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@ Poimena Art Gallery – 18 March 2016 Exhibition curators: Dr Abbey MacDonald and Jane Giblin Artworks created by Tasmanian Art Teachers from Primary, Secondary, College and TAFE education sectors. “Art teachers are adept at working in, and around rules; moving in and out of spaces where we play with assuming and relinquishing control; making, observing and breaking all manner of rules along the way. Rules can liberate just as easily as they can constrain the art teacher in and out of their practice.” – Dr Abbey MacDonald and Jane Giblin Above excerpt from Out of Control Exhibition Essay