Installation view of Jenna Lee and Kojima Shouten’s <em>Balarr (To become light)</em> 2023 on display as part of the <em>Melbourne Now</em> exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne. Image: Sean Fennessy<br/>

Focus on First Nations Professional Learning for Teachers

Wed 5 Jun, 9.30am–4pm

Installation view of Jenna Lee and Kojima Shouten’s <em>Balarr (To become light)</em> 2023 on display as part of the <em>Melbourne Now</em> exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne. Image: Sean Fennessy<br/>
Past program

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square

Ground Level

Wed 5 Jun, 9:30am–4:00pm
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Teachers: $170
Teachers Members: $150

Focus on First Nations is a day-long Professional Learning program for teachers that connects historic and contemporary First Nations art and design with classroom teaching and learning. Hear from artist and academic Tiriki Onus about respectful approaches to teaching First Nations art in the classroom and explore key works in the NGV Collection with an NGV Curator. The day concludes with a presentation and Q&A with multidisciplinary artist Jenna Lee and an NGV educator-led workshop focused on developing culturally sensitive, curriculum-aligned activities for the classroom.

This program takes place in The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia’s dedicated display of First Nations art, Wurrdha Marra. Meaning ‘Many Mobs’ in the Woi Wurrung language, Wurrdha Marra and is the new name given to the gallery space by the Wurundjeri Council. The display offers a meeting point between contemporary and traditional practices and art forms, challenging preconceptions about First Nations art and design in Australia. The program also includes a tour of My Country: The Country Road + NGV First Nations Commissions, a biennial exhibition mentorship and exhibition program that pairs emerging Australian First Nations artists and designers with an esteemed industry mentor across each state and territory.

Please note: this event is catered. Please indicate any dietary requirements when booking.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an awareness of the diversity of practices in First Nations art and design.
  • Build confidence in exploring First Nations art, culture and history in the classroom.
  • Identify and describe connections between your student’s world and the themes, concepts and ideas in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
  • Design culturally sensitive activities that connect your students to the work of First Nations artists and designers.

AITSL Standards

  • 2.1. Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
  • 2.4 Demonstrate broad knowledge of, understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages.
  • 6.2 Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice, targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities.
  • 6.4 Undertake professional learning programs designed to address identified student learning needs.
  • About the Artists

    Tiriki Onus is a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung man and Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, University of Melbourne. He is an artist, curator, academic, filmmaker and opera singer who, through the grace and generosity of local elders and community, continues to practice his art and culture on the lands of the Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri peoples.

    Jenna Lee is a Gulumerridjin (Larrakia), Wardaman and KarraJarri Saltwater woman with mixed Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and Anglo-Australian ancestry. Driven to create work in which she, her family, and the broader mixed First Nations community see themselves represented, Lee builds on a foundation of her father’s teachings of culture and her mother’s teachings of paper craft. Working primarily in installation Lee creates objects, works on paper, photography, video, projection and sound.

Learn First Nations The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square