Colony to Nation

Mon–Fri, 10am, 11.30am, 1pm & 2.30pm
Levels 3–10, VCE
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

What can art teach us about Australian history? Traverse Australia’s past from first contacts to Federation through encounters with works of art and design from the NGV Collection. This NGV educator-led program brings history to life through visual analysis, discussion and storytelling and explores a range of viewpoints on the events and ideas that helped shape our nation.

Activities and discussion will be adapted to the level of the group.

Students will:

  • Describe the impact of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Describe the historical and cultural events, practices and policies that led to Australia’s Federation.
  • Compare settler-colonial Australian and First Nations perspectives and how these are evident in works of art and design.

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $10.50 per student

Booking Form 

    We require four weeks notice for all bookings.

    Changes to your booking must be made in writing. Changes can be made up to 14 days prior to your visit. Invoices will be sent prior to the visit. Full program fees will be incurred for late cancellations or amendments.

    Please note that this is a booking request only. You will receive a confirmation via email within 5 working days.

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    Group details

    If less than 10 students attend a program, minimum fees may apply

    Program Selection

    Study Focus

    Please provide details of any relevant themes and skills your students are learning about at school. While we cannot offer individually tailored programs, our museum educators will consider this information when selecting and discussing works of art during the program.

    Date Selection

    We recommend you provide three date options for your program to avoid disappointment. We will do our best to accommodate your first preference, however due to high demand this may not always be possible.


    Terms and Conditions

    We do not take tentative bookings. Bookings are considered firm at time of booking. Any amendments, including changes to participant numbers, must be made by email at least 14 days prior to the program. Invoices will be sent prior to the visit. Full program fees will be incurred for late cancellations or amendments. Payment must be paid at least one week prior to the visit.

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