Be a part of the ongoing community


Building the arts community is our highest priority. We arrange the following types of Meetups and welcome anyone with an interest in the visual arts and education to attend.

Teach Meet

Come along with something you’ve been working on and want to share. This is the perfect way to generate new ideas and share enthusiasm.


Sometimes we just need to see some familiar faces facing familiar challenges and get social.

Educator Exclusive

Educators often get left out of the loop however, our exclusives ensure that you get to make the most of our partner events such as exhibition openings. Get in early, get to meet the artists, that kind of thing.

Upcoming Events

2017 EOY Party

02 December 2017


Yep, another year has passed! What a great opportunity to connect up and celebrate the end of the year.  This year we'll be throwing our EOY party at Testing Grounds with some art, music, and refreshments. Testing Grounds is a temporary space for creative practices encompassing art, performance and design conveniently located in the Arts Precinct behind the Arts Centre and NGV in Southbank.  We'd love to have you there. It will be a great chance to meet with other members, ArtEdVic councillors, and some of our partners. We've also got a few exciting announcements for 2018.  So come along and bring a friend.  Please click here to book your FREE tickets Any questions, get in touch with us at [masked]  To find out more about Testing Grounds check out

Past Events

SOCIAL: Grab a drink and get the year rolling


What a better way to start the year than having a drink with others in the visual art community!? Come down for a drink, enjoy the view and the community.

End of Year Celebration and Web launch


Join Art Education Victoria for an end of year celebration at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).  We will be revealing the new Art Education Victoria brand identity and website (with a big shout out to the folks at Principle Design), and share our positioning for the future.  The evening will feature a preview of Sovereignty, an exhibition focussing upon contemporary art of First Nations peoples of South East Australia, alongside keynote historical works, to explore culturally and linguistically diverse narratives of self-determination, identity, sovereignty and resistance.  Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP essential, book through Eventbrite

Come learn about artist educators


To coincide with 2/52 TAP2016, Exhibition and National TAP Symposia, Art Education Victoria (AEV) is facilitating an artist teacher/art educator panel seminar in conjunction with the Teacher as Artmaker Project (TAP) at the Melbourne Graduate School of Edcuation.  AEV Vice President, Kathryn Coleman and Councillor, Tahlia Jolly will facilitate this panel presentation with selected exhibiting TAP2016 artist teachers and Melbourne based art educators. The panel discussion will focus on the benefits of creative practice to teaching and learning, struggles of sustained practice, and strategies for developing simultaneous identities. This will be a great chance to consider the connection between art making and education and to network with high profile artist educators. Tickets are FREE but you'll have to register through the Eventbrite page:

Check out Del Kathryn Barton's The Nightingale and the Rose


Come along and enjoy the deliciously enthralling animation that is The Nightingale and the Rose along with a behind the scenes look at the process and artworks that made it. We'll meet at the exhibition and enjoy a sneaky Thursday drink at the ACMI Bar/Cafe. For more information Facebook Details

Attend the Yarra Valley Open Studios


So could there be a better setting or better time of the year for this?...unlikely! It will be our biggest feat yet, and may require a little car pooling and/or van hiring...but the plan is to head out and enjoy a day visiting a few of the open studios, maybe enjoy an afternoon wine at one of the stunning wineries before tripping back. More info to come!

Convent Conversations: Education In The 21st Century


I'm going to head along and thought I'd throw and invite out....come join my at the Abbotsford Convent (again, so soon). Convent Conversations is a new talks series presented by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation, exploring diverse topical issues including education, politics, arts and culture over mulled wine. This panel discussion explores contemporary models of education, from innovative community initiatives, extraordinary stories from educators and new thinking around engagement and inclusivity. For more info, and to purchase tickets head to:

Check out the current exhibition at C3 (Abbotsford Convent)


The Abbotsford Convent is a delight on the weekends. It'll only a small exhibition, so we'll start by meeting at the cafe in the afternoon for a coffee (it makes it less stressful for arriving, and more conducive to meeting everyone). Then we can check out the galleries, take a walk around the area. Weather permitting we'll have a late snack picnic out on the lawn (we'll call it closer to the date) otherwise a drink at the cafe. Come along it will be a fun catch up and after the exhibition is announced I'll post more info. To find out more about C3 check out...

Let's get inspired by design at the SLV


I love monographs and art in books, how about you? Premiering at State Library Victoria, Inspired by Design is a free exhibition that showcases some of the world’s finest book art, graphics, photography and illustration. From London’s acclaimed Victoria and Albert Museum, the exhibition celebrates 150 years of collecting by the National Art Library. Immerse yourself in the book beautiful, from historic illustrated manuscripts and rare artists’ books to modern graphic design and fashion photography. See over 100 treasures including original hand-drawn illustrations from Beatrix Potter, a Pablo Picasso artist book, fashion sketches from Dior and Comme des Garçons, rare medieval manuscripts and much more. We can check out the exhibition and grab a coffee/wine/beer afterwards.

Visit StArt Up - Top Arts 2015


Well it's officially opened and promises to be inspiring. Come along to StArt Up (Top Arts 2015) to see a range of top student work from 2014 and we'll spend a little time going through the exhibition and have a chat after over a drink at Beer Deluxe.

Go for a tour at Arts Project in Northcote


Arts Project are a not-for-profit organisation, their inner city studio and gallery exist to nurture and promote artists with an intellectual disability as they develop their art practice. The conversation between artists with an intellectual disability and the wider community continues and it'd be great to be a part of it. If you want to read up on the gallery beforehand these links come recommend: Bar Nancy is conveniently across the road...

Lets meet up and celebrate the last decade of Heide


Its a bit of out of town, but totally worth the effort (if you've never been you're in for a treat). Come join us as we look retrospectively on the last 10 and a bit years of art at the Heide. Weather permitting, we'll take some picnic rugs and enjoy the outdoor area, otherwise a chat over coffee in the cafe. It'll be a fun day, even better if you come. :) Here's the website for more info...

Visit the Bunjilaka exhibition at Melbourne Museum


A great opportunity to learn more about Australia's First Peoples and consider possible applications within education. We'll check out the exhibition and then go for a coffee afterwards. Come share you experiences, thoughts and challenges. We'd love to have you there. :) Here's the website to get you excited or to find out more info... Here you will find the profiles of the current artists on display in the Birrarung gallery: And you might like to know about these videos on the website: If you would like to know more about education programs and school visits – please see here:

Let's hit up NGV Summer Sunday - Alpine


What better way to start the year off then to get down to NGV for a Summer Sunday session, make it even better meet up with some other passionate arts educators. We'll meet up first, partake in few of the exhibitions before having a little picnic lunch. There will be plenty of bands, Alpine will be featuring. For more info check out the NGV site....

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