Councillor - Rohan Schwartz

I am a Melbourne-based arts practitioner: artist, facilitator and educator. As a Teacher Candidate, I am currently undertaking a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. This comes after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting (Honours), from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2009. Due to the generous support from the VCA, University of Melbourne, I am a recipient of a year-long residency at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image’s ACMIX, so as I may extend upon an ongoing essay film project. I continue to work as Archivist and Artist Assistant for Melbourne-based artist, Janenne Eaton. I too am an Educator at North Melbourne Primary School’s Biz-E-Kidz program.

Over several years my art practice has elaborated an interest in cultural appropriation, misappropriation, the relationships between art, design and advertising; and, in commemorating underground art-makers such as Janenne Eaton and Chris Marker. I work as part of Normal Gallery, a three-person collaboration, whose independent projects have been undertaken in Australia, China and North Korea. As an alum, I recently had the honour of exhibiting in 9X5NOW, in celebration of the 150 year anniversary of the VCA and its predecessor institution, the National Gallery School. In 2016, I exhibited Couper le Soleil in An Excavation, a group exhibition curated by Katie Paine at c3 Contemporary Art Space. In 2014, I exhibited the solo project, The Golden Lion, at Number Eight Agnes Street, Thornbury. In 2013, I produced an exhibition which paid homage to French filmmaker and artist Chris Marker, Pictures at an Exhibition, at West Space, Melbourne. In 2011, I displayed the solo exhibition The Band, It makes no difference at TCB Art Inc, Melbourne. And so on. For further information, please visit www.rohanschwartz.com and www.normalgallery.com.

In 2016, I engaged in a professional development placement with the Education department at National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), and have an ongoing role as an Usher at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Formerly, I was a Board Member at Seventh Gallery; the Exhibitions Coordinator for Victorian Woodworkers Association; Information Officer at NGV; and Front of House Officer at Melbourne Museum. In 2016, I was the recipient of the Olive Battersby Award from the University of Melbourne, and in 2010, I was awarded the ArtStart Grant, funded by the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2009, I received the Myer Foundation Award.

Since commencing as a Teacher Candidate at the University of Melbourne, I have consolidated on a passion for arts education and its importance to the lives of learners, educators, schools, and their broader communities. In undertaking my studies, museums education experience and in working in schools, I have come to recognise the fruitful opportunities that arise from the challenges of simultaneously meeting the circumstances and needs of learners, implementing curriculum priorities and sharing my core values related to creative and critical arts practice.

Since joining Art Education Victoria’s Council in 2016, I have sought to foster and drive AEV’s learning initiatives, as well as to strongly advocate for visual arts practices and art education. Within this role, I will continue to seek meaningful partnerships with educators in schools, universities and museums to support secondary art education in Victoria.