re-assemble art education conference 
Friday 28 May 2021
RMIT University 

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Art Education Victoria is thrilled to announce our annual conference returns in 2021! After a challenging year in 2020 full of Zoom, WebEx and email, we are so excited to announce we are re-assembling in-person this time around!

In partnership with RMIT University School of Art, this event will take place in Storey Hall at the city campus in Swanston Street. You will be inspired by the architecture and enjoy the views from the “Green Brain” room while chatting to your fellow art educator. Our program will include keynote speakers, breakout sessions, Q&A’s and opportunities to network and connect with your peers.

We also look forward to delivering a curated selection of our conference sessions in a shortened digital format post-event for those unable to attend on the day.

As Art Educators we are aware that an Arts-rich education fosters student confidence, critical and creative thinking across all learning areas, and general life skills. ArtEdVic’s 2021 Re-assemble Art Education Conference aspires to elevate your skills as Art Educators to inspire you, connect you with peers and empower you in the art-room to enhance student learning.


        Keynote Speaker

Beci Orpin
Beci Orpin

Beci Orpin artwork

Creativity and working outside the box
Designer, Illustrator and Maker
Beci will share her personal journey from her alternative political upbringing to uni drop out to her commercial success, and everything in between. With experimentation, sharing of ideas and realistic positivity at the forefront of her work, Beci will discuss how she balances this with both her freelance clients and personal work, and also how her creative process (and in particular the use of her sketchbooks) lends itself to both. She will also share her unique take on creativity, and how not fitting into any box has worked for her.

Beci Orpin is a creative practitioner based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work occupies a space between illustration, design and craft. Beci has run her studio for over 20 years, catering to a wide range of clients including Facebook, Disney, Google and Uniqlo. Beci also exhibits her work both locally and internationally. She has authored and illustrated four D.I.Y books and four children’s titles. Her work is described as colourful, graphic, bold, feminine and dream-like, and she has been referred to as a ‘national treasure’. Beci completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Textiles at RMIT University.

        Keynote Speaker

Mikaela Dwyer
Mikala Dwyer

Mikala Dwyer Earthcraft 2019

A practice of not knowing and knowing
In this keynote presentation Mikala will discuss her own journey through various education systems and why she believes art is in itself an education, and one that has the potential to support the survival of life-forms besides our own. Known for her idiosyncratic and evocative sculptural installations, Mikala will share her personal stories including having dyslexia and how she has navigated the education system and artworld. Mikala will share insights into her early work to her most recent work showing at MUMA and how this work explores the effects of ecological change, what might be lost and the need to close the gap between Indigenous and Western knowledge systems and land management. Art can be a carrier of knowledge, mythologies and cultures across time. We see the immense and profound knowledge of kin and country carried through indigenous dance, song, painting and objects across millennia. All art can hold knowledge in ways that other things can’t.

Mikala Dwyer has pushed the limits of sculpture, painting and performance, establishing herself as one of Australia’s most important contemporary artists. She has been honoured with solo survey exhibitions at the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, as well as at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, ACCA in Melbourne, and the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane. She has had many international exhibitions and several residencies and has received numerous scholarships, grants and awards. 

Break out – Think Tank
Martine Corompt
Martine CoromptMartine Corompt Art

Arts industry and education – reshaping and future thinking
Join interdisciplinary artist Martine Corompt and panel in a Think-Tank breakout session exploring the role of art in our evolving society. How is our Arts Industry changing and what does this mean for education? We know that art has never been more important but how do we respond to an ever-changing landscape that is both exciting and challenging? Contribute to the conversation where you have your say and where we share the learnings beyond the conference context.

Panel members:
Dr Martine Corompt – Program Manager Bachelor of Fine Art RMIT
Dr Kelly Hussey Smith – Lecturer in photography and a co-leader of CAST Contemporary Art and Social Transformation Research group
Professor Kit Wise – Dean, School of Art, Chair, The Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS)

Martine Corompt is the Program Manager of the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) in the School of Art RMIT and specializes in interdisciplinary art practices including Video, Sound, Animation and expanded media installation. Since 1995 Martine has exhibited widely in individual and group exhibitions, locally, nationally and internationally including works such as Torrent exhibited at Contemporary Art Tasmania and the Centre for Contemporary Photography 2015 and Tide exhibited at Westspace gallery 2012. Subjects such as the reductive representation of bodies of water and the natural and unnatural landscape contributed to theme of her PhD research project titled: Cartoon and the Cult of Reduction completed at the VCA Melbourne University in 2017.

Break out – Artist Led Interactive AR workshop
Troy Innocent
Troy InnocentTroy Innocent

See through new eyes…
Troy Innocent – Artist, Game Designer & Urban Play Scholar
In this workshop participants will be introduced to ways of making urban play with augmented reality and led through an exploration and demonstration of 64 Ways of Being on location at RMIT campus.

While digital games have led to a recent focus on the technology of game development in education, seeing the world through a playful lens also opens up a broader range of creative methodologies inspired by play – in the arts, in design, and in the world. Mobile technologies such as augmented reality situate people within new experiences of place and space, allowing us to remake, reimagine and reconnect with the world around us. 64 Ways of Being puts these ideas into practice, bringing together live art, game design and public art. People and place are connected at 64 locations across the city via augmented reality encounters capturing different ways of being. These experiences re-imagine Melbourne’s identity as expressed through its creative, linguistic, cultural, social and urban diversity.

Troy Innocent is an urban play scholar and creator of 64 Ways of Being, a mobile platform for experiences blending live art, game design and public art. Based at RMIT University, his work connects digital media poetics, creative code, visual language, mixed realities and playable cities. Innocent develops augmented reality games that blend physical objects with digital interfaces to reimagine everyday urban environments in playful ways; situating his work in Melbourne, Bristol, Barcelona, Istanbul, Ogaki, Sydney, Singapore and Hong Kong. Working with the city as a material, his practice explores ways of being that reimagine, reconfigure and reconnect with the world.

Break out – Artist Led Photography/Video workshop
Jessie Boylan
Jessie BoylanJessie Boylan

Visualising Environmental Change
Jessie Boylan – Photography, Video and Sound Artist
Participants will be introduced to ways of working with photography, video and sound to envisage environmental changes happening all around us, whether in overt or subtle ways. Participants will also be introduced to ideas for how to incorporate photomedia into learning about one of the Cross Curriculum Priorities: Sustainability, as per the Victorian Curriculum.

Art helps us engage with and understand complex and challenging issues of our time through diverse and imaginative ways. It has the capacity to transform, reimagine and help us understand the world we live in. Jessie Boylan will talk about their practice and how they work with ideas of visualising the inherently invisible in order to relay our complicity in an environmental crisis and to ask us to pay attention to our fragile world.

Jessie Boylan is a photography, video and sound artist based on Dja Dja Wurrung country in Central Victoria, Australia. Jessie is interested in the role art plays in environmental and social justice issues and likes to work in collaboration with others to make sense of our times. Jessie is a member of Lumina, an Australian photography collective and the Atomic Photographers Guild, an international group who aim to render visible all aspects of the nuclear age. Jessie is a current PhD candidate within the School of Art at RMIT- exploring the ways in which art can address the implications of slow climate emergencies and loss of biodiversity. Jessie currently lectures in Photography at RMIT.

 Break out – Artist Led Collage workshop
Beci Orpin Collage Paper on Paper/Collage
Beci Orpin
Beci will give a brief presentation specifically related to her collage work and use of sketchbooks before encouraging participants to share with each other effective ways to work with students to get the most out of using collage as a medium to make art and using sketchbooks for idea generation and planning. Learn the ins and outs of collage with Beci Orpin who will guide you through her methods and processes of making art with paper collage. You will experiment in mark-making as well as learn about various papers, glues, composition and colour. Included in the workshop is a take-home copy of Beci’s Paper Collage handbook.
 Break out – Materials workshop
Expanding Foam Contemporary Sculptures with Expanding Foam
Dani Scaramuzzino (Eckersley’s Art & Craft)
In this materials-based workshop we will be exploring the use of expanding foam in a sculptural form and creating an artwork protruding off canvas. Expanding Foam reveals a very volatile yet fascinating nature and can be used in many ways and across subjects like PDT, VCD, Art and Studio Arts. This fascinating material can be layered and painted. Using the material is sort of like carving something down from a block of foam, but expanding foam offers a little more flexibility. Expanding foam is the ideal product for creating Statuesque, grotesque and quirky contemporary sculptures in all its organic beauty. Dani has over 20 years’ experience working in the arts and crafts industry and is a skilled experienced demonstrator of art and graphics materials including resin casting, acrylics and mediums, marker rendering and so much more. Dani also supports students and teachers with technical support within the visual arts education sector visiting schools all through Victoria and Tasmania.
 Break out – Materials workshop
Painting with Gouache  

Painting with Gouache
Dani Scaramuzzino (Eckersley’s Art & Craft)

Is it Gouachee, Goo-Ash or Gwash? This hands-on practical workshop will introduce you to the painting medium, Gouache. As Reeves Fine Artist Gouache Paints are water-based, they offer the flexibility to re-wet and re-work dried colour. This versatile medium is ideal for layering opaque colours or simply to make colour adjustments easily. Learn to paint a colourful fish with step-by-step instructions using only 5 colours of Reeves Gouache Paints. Create a variety of colours by mixing your 5 basic colours. This medium is ideal for commercial artists, for creating posters, illustrations, comics, and other design work. Also, the perfect medium for fashion, media, film and advertising. Due to its lovely matte finish it allows for accurate vibrant photographing.


Eckersley’s Art & Craft
* Visit the Eckersley’s stand to get your goodie bag full of art and craft materials
* See examples of what you can create with various different products.
* Pick up special offers and the Eckersley’s teacher discount card to use in store.
* Choose to go into the draw for the Mixed Media prize
* See above for art materials based workshops that Eckersley’s will be presenting

Optional (during lunch time)
RMIT Printmaking RMIT School of Art Studio Tours

Choose from one of five (20 min) tours available during lunch time.
Photography | Printmaking | Sculpture | Painting-Drawing-Video | Ceramics-Gold & Silversmithing
See first hand and chat to students who are working in their Art studio’s based on the RMIT Uni City Campus. Each Tour will be led by an Art Lecturer from RMIT.


Why should you join us?

  • Connect with fellow arts educators in-person and join our vibrant community
  • Receive inspirational messages from our presenters
  • Feel empowered by sharing with like-minded delegates and learn about things you’re passionate about – ART & EDUCATION
  • Be part of a community supporting Australian based artists
  • Keynote presentations include Q&A’s
  • Breakout sessions include pedagogical and hands-on workshops
  • Opportunities to network
  • Receive a Professional Development Learning Certificate
  • A professional learning experience every art educator deserves!


Tickets on sale now!

Ticket sales close 12pm Wed 26 May 2021

Payment Terms
– Please note all personal payments must be made up front with a credit card at the time of booking.
– Purchase orders are accepted from schools/organisations paying for teacher/employee professional development.
– Please ensure payments are received prior to this event.

In Person*
Please note all in-person tickets include catering for lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

$399 – General Admission/ Non- Member
You are welcome to first join as an ArtEdVic Member to receive the discounted Member ticket price and enjoy the benefits of membership and being part of our community beyond the conference. Visit this link now to join ArtEdVic

$345 – ArtEdVic Member
Please ensure your AEV Membership is current by logging in to your account online or please feel welcome to email us at If your membership is not valid, we will ask you to renew before the conference.

$369 – Concession /Non- Member
Only for – Pre-Service Teacher/Tertiary Student/CRT/Regional.
Proof of concession or CRT status verification will be required for purchase and on the day. (Tertiary Student ID etc.)

$289 – Concession /ArtEdVic Member
Only for – Pre-Service Teacher/Tertiary Student/CRT/Regional.
Proof of concession or CRT status verification will be required for purchase and on the day. (Tertiary Student ID etc.)

Please ensure your AEV Membership is current by logging in to your account online or please feel welcome to email us at If your membership is not valid, we will ask you to renew before the conference.

*The in-person tickets do not include access to the online post recording.
*This is an option to purchase as an add-on. (see below info)


Online Option Only | Post Event Recording
*This is NOT a live webinar on the day, this is a curated recording of our keynote speakers, two selected breakout sessions. We will email you a URL link post event. Please allow approximately 6-8 weeks. This will allow professional editing time to produce a quality recording.

$149 – Curated Post Event Recording | ArtEdVic Member
$249 – Curated Post Event Recording | Non Member

In-Person ticket with Add-on Option – Online Post Event Recording
This must be purchased at the same time as the in-person ticket.

$  65 – Add-on Curated Post Event Recording | ArtEdVic Member
$165 – Add-on Curated Post Event Recording | Non Member




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Transport and access – Storey Hall – Building 16 (RMIT University)

Trains located on Swanston Street, near the corner of La Trobe Street, catch a City Loop train to nearby Melbourne Central train station or to Flinders Street. From Flinders Street, you can take a connecting City Loop train or Yarra Tram along Swanston Street.

Trams running along Swanston Street include routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72.
Tram routes 24, 30 and 35 run along La Trobe Street.

Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for more information and connecting services in your area.

No on-campus parking is available for visitors, but you’ll find many commercial car parks a short walk away. Metered street parking is also available nearby, but note the time limits and clearway restrictions.

Attending in-person
If you are attending in-person on Friday 28 May 2021 we will be in contact via email with more information before the day.

If you have selected the Curated Post Event Recording, we will email you a URL link post event. Please allow approximately six weeks. This will allow professional editing time to produce a quality recording. The online curated selection of post recordings are available as an add-on fee when purchasing your in-person ticket. Post event recordings are not included in the in-person ticket cost.

Payment Terms
Please note all personal payments must be made up front with a credit card at the time of booking. Purchase orders are accepted from schools/employers paying for teacher/employee professional development. Purchase Order payments must be received within 7 days of Invoice date.

A written/emailed notification of cancellation must be received by Art Education Victoria 7 days prior to the conference event date 28/5/21. A cancellation admin fee of $50 will be applied to all cancellations. If written notification is not received or requested within this time frame no refund will be applied. If you need to cancel, please do so as soon as possible.

Failure to attend without prior written cancellation will result in the forfeit of any possible refund and your invoice (conference registration fee) will need to be paid in full.

Non-attendance due to COVID related circumstances
Failure to attend without prior written cancellation as per the above details due to COVID related circumstances allows the participant access to the Curated Post Event Recording at no cost.

You will receive a Certificate of Attendance (for Professional Learning verification) for attending Friday 28 May or viewing online. We will email this certificate to you post event.

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