Art Matters May 23

Don’t miss QATA’s Term 2 In the Studio online event with artist Alice Lang.

TUESDAY| May 30 2023

4.30 – 6.00pm

Slang-straction: Creating abstraction with everyday words.

Explore ways in which abstraction can be produced by deconstructing, jumbling, and reassembling words from the everyday.


Non-members $15. This is an online event

If you’re teaching in regional or remote Queensland, these online workshops are a great way to collect ideas for classroom practice.

Did you know that QATA members have exclusive access to all the past In the Studio videos? Visit the members only resources page on the QATA website to check out the growing selection.

Topic: QATA In the Studio
Time: May 30, 2023 04:30 PM Brisbane

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About Alice Lang


Flowah Powah: Alice Lang will be showing from 20 June 2023 – 1 October 2023.

Alice Lang is an Australian artist currently based in Los Angeles. Her cross-disciplinary art practice utilizes a variety of media such a ceramics and painting to examine how existing power structures disseminate and manifest within individual bodies and mass culture. Her work examines the way in which culture and context influence the meaning and value of text, objects and images and how this shifting relationship can be used to subvert dominant paradigms and reclaim space for female voices.

Lang graduated from the MFA program at CalArts in 2015 and has completed residencies in Canada, New York and Los Angeles. She has been the recipient of awards such as the Queensland Art Gallery Melville Haysom Scholarship (2009), Australia Council New Work Grant (2012), Lord Mayors Emerging Artist Fellowship (2012) and the Freedman Foundation Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists (2013). She is also a founding member of the feminist art collective LEVEL which is based in Brisbane, Australia.

Please join us for QATACON23 Perspectives on 13, 14 and 15 July

See the full program and register here

Conference Updates

  • Ticket sales are strong and some workshops have filled or are filling fast.
  • Did you know that once your payment has gone through, you can change your workshop bookings by logging in to Humanitix and managing your booking?
  • Have you heard that 2023 Archibald finalist and 2020 Sulman Prize winner, Marikit Santiago is facilitating a painting workshop at QATACON23?

More about Marikit Santiago

Marikit Santiago was born in Melbourne, 1985. She lives and works in Western Sydney where her practice investigates a personal conflict of cultural plurality at the conjunction of Filipino ethnicity and Australian nationality. Her work reflects the interweaving cultures of her ethnic and social identity, representing simultaneous, conflicting sensations of acceptance and rejection.

She completed a Bachelor of Medical Science before pursuing an art career in earnest. She received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence at the completion of Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours Class I) in 2011 and in 2013 received the Australian Postgraduate Award for her candidature in Masters of Fine Art at UNSW Art & Design (formerly COFA).
In 2016, she was selected as finalist for the Archibald Prize. She currently works from her home garage studio in North Parramatta. Santiago is represented by The Something Machine, Bellport NY.

QCAA General Senior syllabus review

Have you read the reviewed general visual Art syllabus draft yet? QATA will be asking for your feedback so the association can prepare its response to the draft. The QCAA encourages teachers, students and other key education stakeholders to review the drafts, syllabus review report and complete the online syllabus survey. The survey will be open until 5 June 2023.

Here are the links

Draft Visual Art General Senior Syllabus

Visual Art General Senior Syllabus Review report

Survey Questions as PDF for your convenience



Here at QATA, we love to encourage members to share teaching and learning resources for other members to use.

Where is the best place to do this?
On the Downloads page of course.

Did you know, there are some great resources here already that members have exclusive access to. And you can search and filter the selection to find relevant resources.

Any member can do it!

Other Professional Development opportunities

Upcoming young artist program

THURSDAY | 28 June – SATURDAY  | 1 July

Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

 The Visual Field

with Flying Arts and the

Institute of Modern Art.

June/July school holidays

This popular program for school students encompasses 3 fun-filled days of arts industry experiences. It is held at the Judith Wright Arts Centre, based at the Institute of Modern Art and visiting surrounding galleries, Outer Space and QCA Pop Gallery. Over the three-days, this program offers opportunities to meet artists, arts workers, curators and other creative like-minded teens. The program includes hands-on workshops, exhibition tours, industry talks and panel discussions.

 Tickets are $100.00

Bursaries are available for students living outside of metropolitan Brisbane.

QCAA Events: Years 7–10 Australian Curriculum: The Arts v9.0 — Familiarisation and planning

8:30am – 12:00pm
The QCAA invites curriculum leaders and teachers to join us for a webinar focusing on understanding and planning with the Years 7-10 Australian Curriculum: The Arts v9.0. This webinar will assist participants to understand the changes in Years 7-10 The Arts v9.0 and contribute to curriculum conversations in their schools. This webinar will provide opportunities for teachers to engage in activities and learnings similar to the face-to-face sessions offered during Semester 1, 2023.

2024 Applied syllabuses — The Arts planning day

The QCAA invites schools to join us in Term 2 and 3, 2023 for a day of familiarisation and planning with 2024 Applied syllabuses for The Arts learning area. This event will assist teachers and curriculum leaders to understand the changes in the newly developed 2024 Applied syllabuses and lead curriculum conversations in their schools.

Who should attend

  • Heads of department.
  • Subject teachers.

Note: Due to venue capacities, only two representatives per school can attend each workshop.

The workshops offered in Term 2 are identical to those offered in Term 3 so different teachers from a school can attend.

QCA Art & Design in Schools

Queensland College of Art/Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University recently held a visual arts program for secondary school students in Longreach and Rockhampton. Visual Arts Teachers in these areas were also able to attend the programs with their students (or even on their own) to observe/join in the 3 day workshops.

The program is run by Queensland College of Art specialist lecturers.

Similar programs are coming soon for Bundaberg and Cairns students. Keep an eye out for m0re information about nominating students and the teacher program.

To register interest for your regional centre, contact Lisa Dart on 3735 6337 or [email protected] 

QATA Cluster Funding

DID YOU KNOW QATA can assist with funding and organisation of QATA member events in your region?

Recently, QATA has assisted with

  • artist fees, transport and accomodation for the PAEA Refuel workshops in Far North Queensland
  • artist fees for an afternoon workshop on the Sunshine Coast
  • gallery hire for a teacher exhibition in Toowoomba.

Got a great idea to engage members in your area, click the link below to get started!