The Journey from Teacher to Teaching Artist
George Paton Gallery, The University of Melbourne
Curated by Purnima Ruanglertbutr
Curator and Research Assistant, Teacher as Artmaker Project (TAP)
A collection of works by graduates of Melbourne University’s Master of Teaching (Secondary Art) program - graduates explore the realities and implications of being an artist and a teacher across diverse mediums as they navigate their place in the teaching profession.
EXHIBITION CONCEPT & CURATOR'S STATEMENT
The newly graduated Art teachers were invited to respond to the theme of ‘Crossing Boundaries’ - in facilitating them to do so, I encouraged them to address issues relating to self-perceptions of professional identity – an artist, a teacher or a teaching artist. This prompted their exploration of the transition from artist to teacher, and then to teaching artist; the joys and frustrations that accompany early career teaching and art-making, the similarities and differences between the roles of artist and teacher, and the co-existence or conflict of artist and teacher identities.
Most of the teachers created new works of art specifically for the exhibition or displayed work that had been produced since their completion of the Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary Art). The result was a celebration of over 60 works across diverse mediums that explored the implications of art-making and teaching.
Read the complete introduction in the exhibition catalogue.