Teacher Professional Learning Program: Historical Traces and Speculative Futures

Wed 15 May 2019

This is a past program.

Take a long look at selected contemporary artworks at ACCA in Australian artist Tom Nicholson’s exhibition Public Meeting. This exhibition provides an encounter with artworks that have manifested from time the artist has spent looking, listening, drawing and researching.

Reflecting the complex dynamic between historical traces and speculative futures in Tom Nicholson’s drawing, sculptural and social practice, Tom Nicholson: Public Meeting is the first large-scale exhibition to survey the scope of the artist’s practice. Including key projects dating from 2005 to the present, alongside newly commissioned work, this exhibition aims to open up conversations concerned with the intersection and re-imagining of national and international, Indigenous and colonial narratives and histories.

In this professional learning program we will explore the potential of slow looking and reflective writing as creative strategies to deepen appreciation for and connection with complex contemporary artworks. Tom will join us in the second half of the program, affording participants the opportunity to enter into direct dialogue with the artist about his richly researched and nuanced artworks, providing valuable insight into his unique art practice for teachers of all levels.

The program will run between 2-5pm and then participants are invited to join us for refreshments to finish the day between 5-6pm.

Enquiries: education@acca.melbourne or (03) 9697 9999

This professional learning program addresses the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

6.2 – Engage in professional learning and improve practice

7.4 –  Understand the role of external professionals and community representatives in broadening teachers’ professional knowledge and practice.


Tom Nicholson

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