Re-assemble Art Education Conference 2023

Re-assemble Art Education Conference 2023


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FRI 7 JULY 2023

Art Education Victoria is thrilled to present our annual conference in 2023 and we are re-assembling in-person again! The theme for this years conference is cross-cultural connections – think globally – create locally

In partnership with RMIT University School of Art, this event will take place at RMIT’s city campus. Our program will include keynote speakers, breakout sessions, Q&A’s and opportunities to network and connect with your peers.

3 DAY Schedule: 

Thur 6 July – Pre-conference event @ NGV Melbourne Now  

Fri 7 July    – Conference day @ RMIT University

Sat 8 July   – Post-conference event @ ACCA 

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.


FRI 7 July 

9:30 am Keynote Speaker
Morning Tea 
11:40 am Workshops (10 options – see below)
2:20 pm Afternoon Presentation
Afternoon Tea 
3:50 pm Wrap Up and Close


Vipoo Srivilasa
Navigating Lockdown: A Journey Through Art and Cross-Cultural Connections

KEYNOTE Speaker: Vipoo Srivilasa, a Thai-born Australian artist, recognised as a leader in the field of ceramics. 

In the keynote presentation, Vipoo Srivilasa will explore the intersection of creativity, cultural exchange, and lockdown from an artist’s perspective. The talk aims to delve into how confinement has not only reshaped artistic practices but also spurred cross-cultural collaborations and innovations, fostering a new era of artistic expression and connectivity in the face of global challenges.

Vipoo Srivilasa‘s work over the past two decades has addressed complex themes of queerness, migration, and spiritual meaning, creating an accessible and uplifting visual language. Vipoo’s creations have been displayed globally at venues like the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Saatchi Gallery, London; and the National Gallery of Thailand. His pieces have found homes in prestigious international collections, including the Henan Museum, China; Craft Council, London and the National Gallery of Australia. Vipoo’s accolades include the Basil Sellers Creative Arts Fellowship and the Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award. His work is currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne NOW and the 2023 Tel Aviv Craft and Design Biennale.

Throughout his two-year term as Artistic Director of the Ceramic Congress, Vipoo bridged global clay communities, fostering connection and collaboration via this digital platform. His significant humanitarian efforts through ceramic fundraisers have been highly impactful. In recognition of his contributions, he was named the 2021 Ceramic Artist of the Year by the American Ceramic Society. Known for participatory projects blending storytelling with clay, Vipoo enables emotional catharsis through creativity. Now residing in Naarm/Melbourne, Vipoo continues to challenge, inspire, and elevate audiences around the world. 




Alison Bennett


WORKSHOP: Stepping into webXR and augmented reality

Facilitator: Alison Bennett (Artist working in expanded photography)

In this workshop we will take some beginner steps into the realm of webXR (extended reality) and augmented reality. WebXR gives us access to the 3D and spatialised potential of the internet, extending into online VR and AR. Please bring a laptop computer and a mobile device such as a mobile phone or ipad. We will be using a webXR called Styly. Before the workshop, we ask you to create an account and download the App to your mobile phone or iPad.

Alison Bennett’s broader practice is situated in ‘expanded photography’ where the boundaries have shiftedn the transition to digital media and become diffused into ubiquitous computing. 



Heather Hesterman


WORKSHOP: Low-Tech Print Lab

Facilitator: Heather Hesterman (Multi-disciplinary Artist)

This workshop examines low-tech print processes without using an Etching press. Material consideration through reuse and recycling demonstrates how art can attend to our current climate urgency, living in the epoch of the Anthropocene. A short PowerPoint presentation will introduce several artists and techniques that can be expanded in the classroom. Participants will make and take home a simple collagraphy plate and explore the potential of frottage.

Heather Hesterman is an artist/educator/researcher based in Naarm/Melbourne, investigating intersections of place, people and plants. 

Mark Edgoose  

WORKSHOP: Precious or Not? Gold and Silversmithing

Facilitator: Mark Edgoose (Jewellery and Object making Artist)

In this Gold and Silversmithing workshop with Mark Edgoose, you will explore variations in pattern and colour using simple everyday accessible tools in order to make a pair of earrings for you to take/wear home. All you need to bring is your creativity and energy, we supply the materials with a touch of alchemy. A selection of students’ work will also be on display. Mark Edgoose is studio Lead of Gold and Silversmithing and a practicing artist/craftsperson working at the intersections of craft, design and architecture fuelled with an interest in both traditional and hi-tech materials. 

Mark Edgoose, a practicing artist/craftsperson, holds the position of Studio Lead for Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT University School of Art. 


WORKSHOP: Sculpture Casting

Facilitator: Fleur Summers and Vittoria Di Stefano

In this workshop, we will be exploring simple techniques to make plaster reliefs. Plaster is one of the most versatile materials we have in sculpture and we can easily use it to capture impressions from a huge range of materials. You will make a small relief to take back to the classroom and show your students. We will also show you some images of student work and professionals who use similar techniques. The workshop will be held in the Sculpture studios and we will give you a tour of our facilities.

Dr Fleur Summers is a Melbourne based artist with a focus on sculptural and spatial practices.  She is a Senior Lecturer in the RMIT School of Art and is the Studio Leader in the Sculpture Studios. 

Vittoria Di Stefano sculpture practice employs a methodology of generative material experimentation to explore themes around liminality, transformation and desire, with a particular emphasis on domestic space and intimate materiality. 

Ian Haig  

WORKSHOP: AI, it’s all about the PROMPTS

Facilitator: Ian Haig (Media Artist)

A workshop on AI and how artists and art teachers can produce work working with AI, the exploration of AI images will be explored and also AI generated video. In addition to a discussion of many of the issues around AI such as AI datasets, creativity and AI, sample culture, appropriation, AI and originality and AI content regulations

Ian Haig, a senior lecturer at RMIT’s School of Art, explores various mediums including video, sculpture, drawing, technology-based media, and installation. 

Isobel Knowles  

WORKSHOP: Annimation – Do the locomotion

Facilitator: Isobel Knowles (Artist, Animator and Director)

By learning the basics of animation and using tools available to anyone with a smart device, we’re going to make a collaborative animated installation. Isobel will also talk you through several different workshop formats that she has used successfully with school aged children. 

Isobel Knowles is a Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary artist known for her vibrant and textural style. She seamlessly combines digital and analogue techniques to create captivating animations, children’s books, and immersive installations. 

Greg Creek - Artist  

WORKSHOP: Drawing as Discovery

Facilitator: Greg Creek (Artist)

The ‘Drawing as Discovery’ Workshop will present attendees with a hands-on experience of creative thinking through making. A cycle of drawing activities will demonstrate iterative approaches to creativity that demonstrate how to generate visual ideas and then synthesize them into new developmental and resolved artworks. These drawing workshop ideas can be used in various settings by teachers working with a range of students.

Greg Creek, an Australian artist, explores the intersections of naturalism, metaphor, reality, and fiction in his politically charged artworks. 


WORKSHOP: Soft Collage

Facilitator: Emma Lynas (Designer)

The Soft Collage workshop offers participants the opportunity to engage in simple textile collage techniques, utilising fabrics and yarn obtained from the RMIT fashion and textiles waste stream. With a focus on reusability, the workshop encourages creativity and collaboration within a relaxed setting. By emphasising the transformation of discarded materials, the workshop aims to raise awareness about
the issue of excessive textile consumption and empower individuals to make informed choices aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 12 – responsible production and consumption.

Emma Lynas has been teaching digital textile design and studio-based courses since 2006 with a focus on combining traditional media techniques with digital technologies. 


WORKSHOP: Textured Tapestry – Abstracted Land

Facilitator: Dani from Eckersley’s Art & Craft 

This workshop will be led by Dani Scaramuzzino from Eckersley’s with a nod to Belynda Henry’s response to land, experimenting with Byron mediums and techniques to celebrate textural and reflective elements in rock, cliff, trees and water. 

Belynda Henry’s practice focuses on the essence of place, with an abstraction of the land to a simplification of layered shapes, textures and intersecting lines.  Her work is painterly and reductive, a layered response to land executed beautifully by harnessing a limited palette.  Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of textured effect mediums and sgraffito techniques utilising Jasart’s range of palette knife effect tools. 

Cross pollinating compositional considerations, we also look at Kate Shaw’s collaged response to land through juxtaposition of textural/marbled sections and Alan Jones’s practice of textural overlay or jig sawed elements placed together. With these art practitioners referenced, participants will respond to create their own textured tapestry of place.  Bring both an apron and your creative enthusiasm to experimentally play.

Conference Location

Fiday 7 July (9:30 – 4;30pm)
RMIT University City Campus
Bldg 80 and School of Art Studio


Jenna Lee

Jenna Lee_Balaar


THUR 6 July 

Melbourne Now Tour at NGV and Artist Talk – Jenna Lee

Educator Tour of Melbourne Now Exhibition
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Artist Talk – Jenna Lee

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Get ready for ‘Reassemble 2023’ with a free pre-conference program at the National Gallery of Victoria presented in conjunction with the exhibition Melbourne Now (24 Mar – 20 Aug 2023).

Melbourne Now offers a rich opportunity to explore the conference theme of ‘Cross-cultural connections – think globally – create locally’. Join NGV educators in Melbourne Now to discuss diverse approaches to creative practice and cross-cultural connections in the work of local contemporary artists. The program will conclude with a presentation and Q&A with artist Jenna Lee who will discuss her art practice including the installation she created for Melbourne Now in collaboration with Kojima Shōten, Balarr (To become light) 2023.

Guest speaker Jenna Lee is a Gulumerridjin (Larrakia), Wardaman and Karajarri Saltwater woman with Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and Anglo-Australian ancestry. Working across sculpture, installation and body adornment, Lee uses her art practice to explore these overlapping identities.

Lee’s practice builds on the foundation of her father’s teachings of culture and her mother’s teachings of papercraft. Represented by MARS Gallery in Melbourne, she has exhibited in Australia and internationally, including at the Pitt Rivers Museum in the United Kingdom, the Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, and Institute of Modern Art, QUT Art Gallery and Griffith University Art Gallery in Brisbane. Lee has been the recipient of the Wandjuk Marika 3D Memorial Award at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards and the Australia Council’s Dreaming Award.

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square, Melbourne
Plan your visit:
Meet in main foyer

Exhibition image: Installation view of Jenna Lee and Kojima Shouten’s Balarr (To become light) 2023 Image: Sean Fennessy.
Portrait Image: Jenna Lee


Jessica Clark - Curator

Image: Cassie Sullivan - Mayana Trawnastill


SAT 8 July

Between Waves at ACCA: Curator’s Talk 

Choose either the morning or afternoon session

Morning session
11:00 – 11.40am Curator, Jessica Clark talk and Q&A

11:45 – 12:30pm Networking & independent exhibition viewing

Afternoon session
1:00 – 1:40pm Curator, Jessica Clark talk and Q&A

1:45 – 2:30pm Networking & independent exhibition viewing

Between Waves is the third edition of the Yalingwa exhibition series that supports the development of outstanding contemporary First Peoples art and curatorial practice in Southeast Australia. Between Waves explores and experiments with the visible and invisible energy fields and flows of light, time, and vision. The exhibition presents ten ambitious new commissions by emerging and established artists working at the intersection of material and immaterial realms of knowledge and knowing. Collectively, the artists will centre the notion of material memory to illuminate an interconnected web of shapeshifting ecologies within, beyond, and between what can be seen.

Artists: Maree Clarke, Dean Cross, Brad Darkson, Matthew Harris, James Howard, Hayley, Millar Baker, Jazz Money, Cassie Sullivan, this mob, and Mandy Quadrio

Curator: Jessica Clark is a proud palawa/pallawah woman and a curator of contemporary art living and working on Wurundjeri Country in Naarm (Melbourne). She currently holds the position of Yalingwa Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2022-24). Jessica has a background in art history and art education and has been working in a range of independent and collaborative curatorial roles since 2017. She is also a former high school teacher of art and history (2012-2016). Jessica is currently undertaking a curatorial practice-led PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne that is focussed on investigating intercultural curatorial models for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australian art.

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
111 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006

Plan your visit:
Meet in foyer

Exhibition image (detail): Cassie Sullivan, Mayana Trawna | Body Country 2021. Video installation. Courtesy of the artist. 
Portrait Image: Jessica Clark



Why should you join us?

  • Connect with fellow arts educators and join our vibrant community
  • Inspirational messages from our presenters
  • Feel empowered by sharing with like-minded peers and learn about things you’re passionate about
  • Be part of a community supporting Australian based contemporary 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!




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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 ticket purchase payments are finalised prior to the event.

$450 – 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

$350 – 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.

$420 – 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.)

$327 – 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, you will need to pay the full cost. 

Eckersley's NGV Logo ACCA RMIT University


Transport and access – School of Art (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 we will be in contact via email with more information before the day.

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 14 days prior to the conference event date. 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.

Permission to Record – Photography/Sound/Video
Please note, purchasing a ticket to this event confirms an opt-in by you for permission to record and film you in attendance throughout the event. Video/sound/photography images may be used to document, promote and use in any manner that supports the mission of ArtEdVic. Please contact ArtEdVic directly for further queries.

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