SUNDAY| February 11 2023


Join us for the QATA 2024 AGM at Old Government House, QUT Gardens Point. Directly after the AGM we have the pleasure of an artist’s talk and tour of Pat Hoffie’s exhibition This Mess We’re In at QUT Art Museum.

At the AGM all executive positions will be declared vacant. We always love to see new faces and welcome our regulars. Be sure to nominate if you would like to be more involved through an official QATA position. Among other benefits of being involved in your professional association, it’s a fabulous way of capturing evidence for a Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher application.

Download the 2024 QATA AGM Agenda and 2023 QATA AGM Minutes or nominate for a position here: https://qata.qld.edu.au/about-qata/minutes-agendas/

Please register your attendance for catering purposes as we’ll supply refreshments.

Not in Brisbane? Please select online when you register.

Please note: You do not have to nominate for a position to attend the AGM.

Mona Ryder in her studio surrounded by various works, 2022. Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Louis Lim.
Pat HOFFIE ‘Force Majeure (Underworld Bunny)’ 2018, watercolour and gouache on tracing paper. Courtesy of the artist.

This Mess We’re In: Pat Hoffie

17 October 2023 – 10 March 2024
QUT Art Museum

This Mess We’re In explores the chaos and catastrophes that have become white noise in our everyday lives. Through a visual anthology of failures, propositions and imagined futures, Brisbane-based artist Pat Hoffie presents us with a series of mise en scènes where the borderlines between the factual and the fantastic disintegrate.

Darling Downs Cluster Term 1 Networking Event

THURSDAY| February 15
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come join us for an exhibition talk by Brodie Taylor from UniSQ about the current exhibition and how schools/teachers can connect with the Gallery.

Furari Flores (Stealing Flowers)

8 January – 16 February 2024

Artist: Cara-Ann Simpson

Furari Flores is a multisensory exhibition celebrating the wonder of plants. Incorporating sight, smell, hearing, and tactility, this project creates an immersive, sensory experience. Furari Flores grew out of Cara-Ann Simpson’s experience with extreme illness and a life-changing diagnosis. The Latin title translates to ‘stealing flowers’, which is a literal and metaphorical interpretation of the project and her story. It also references the continued use of a ‘dead’ language in medical and botanical taxonomies. This series is Simpson’s journey of living with disability, explored as a relationship with plants and places, and a rediscovery of identity. Broadly, this exhibit is an open conversation about connections through sensory immersion, active observation, and deep listening.


UniSQ B Block Gallery Ground floor of B Block, UniSQ, West Street, Darling Heights, Toowoomba QLD 4350

Free parking near B block

For more information and to RSVP, contact Chrissy Dwyer [email protected]

In the Studio - Larissa Warren PART II

TUESDAY| February 20
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for the QATA Term 1 In the Studio online event with artist Larissa Warren

Clay to ceramic 101

A must for beginner art teachers, teachers considering introducing clay into their art department and anyone wanting a refresher or some new tips. 

FREE for QATA members

Non-members $15

Larissa Warren is an established ceramicist and art teacher living on Tamborine Mountain. She works from her home studio; a reclaimed underground bunker. 

We ran out of time last year as Larissa has so much knowledge to share. We’re excited to continue with Part II of this In the Studio event, focusing on kilns and firing processes, trouble-shooting, demonstration of glaze and underglaze application, and plenty of other useful tips for working with clay in the classroom. 

Larissa will aim to answer all of your questions. Questions added during registration will be greatly appreciated.

Are you in a Gold Coast school? Click here for a special opportunity with with Larissa and HoTA.

Caloundra Regional Gallery 2024 educator Exhibition Preview, Coffee and Chat

THURSDAY| February 22
4.00 – 5:30 pm

Where: Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra

You’re invited to join us for a presentation preview of our 2024 exhibition program to be followed by an open chat session. We would also love to hear your suggestions for programs regarding student visits or professional development workshops for educators.

Coffee/tea and light refreshments will be provided. 

Please share with any colleague/educator who might be interested in attending. (this is not just for art educators, the exhibition program contains works linked with First Nations, social history, science, biology etc.)

Parking available beside the Gallery with entry via Otranto Ave

The Gallery is climate controlled and can be quite cool, if you feel the cold, please bring a jacket or wear something warm.

For more information, contact Jenny Jones
 [email protected]
0488 680 027

Back By Popular Demand: Metro inreach

SATURDAY| February 24
9.00am – 12:30 pm

Introducing a new QATA event series BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND. QATA will invite one of our great artists from QATACON to repeat the workshop in term 1 and then pay for the artist to travel to a regional cluster to repeat the workshop in term 2.

Tape-affiti : using everyday materials to explore language and culture


$25 for QATA members*

$60 for non-members

Vanghoua Anthony Vue harnesses the frictions and tensions of cultural difference from his transcultural Hmong Australian experience to develop works that offer more inclusive, diverse and hybrid tropes of belonging. These works often include everyday materials, objects, and processes that are based on Vue’s upbringing in Cairns, the resourcefulness of family members, and the influence of Hmong artistic traditions.

Vanghoua has exhibited in Australia and overseas, including Embodied Knowledge: Queensland Contemporary Art (2022) at QAGOMA and the 6th Singapore Biennale (2019).

This workshop is based on Vanghoua’s tape installations using industrial tapes on architectural surfaces, including windows and walls. These installations draw on languages, writing systems, and textiles to explore the adaptation of language and cultural translation within the Australian context. You will make your own tape artwork and consider how everyday materials can be used creatively to explore personal histories and then collaborate on a tape-affiti installation.

*2023 membership expires at the end of February, so if you were a financial member in 2023, you can still purchase a member ticket.


Back By Popular Demand: Regional outreach

After rave reviews at QATACON23 Vanghoua Anthony Vue could be at your school in Term 2, 2024 with his workshop, travel and accommodation subsidised by QATA.

Workshops will explore his tape-affiti and ornamental assemblages and the host school/s will also have the opportunity to have a collaborative artwork created with Anthony Vue and installed on site.

Apply now by describing in 200 words or less how this workshop would benefit your cluster. Regional clusters have the opportunity to host the workshop across 1-2 sites depending upon your context.

Applications close 4pm Friday 23rd February 2024.

Term 2 In The Studio - Rachel Favelle

Join us for the QATA Term 2, 2024 In the Studio online event Drawing from your Imagination – Introduction to Illustration with artist Rachel Favelle for teachers.

Wednesday 22 May 2024 | 4.30 – 6.00pm

Rachel will discuss:

  • her background and influences
  • components of storytelling
  • literal and non-literal meaning in response to text
  • possibilities for student assessment.

This workshop will include how to:

  • develop preliminary designs from mind mapping
  • apply wet and dry watercolour techniques
  • incorporate collage and mixed media techniques
  • create a single image illustration to reinvent a story.

FREE for QATA members
Non-members $15



THURSDAY| July 11  Opening event 5:30pm

FRIDAY | July 12  Curriculum & networking day at Southbank TAFE from 8:00am

FRIDAY | July 12 Social Event at The Burrow, West End from 5:30pm

SATURDAY| July 13  Workshop day @ Southbank TAFE  & QCA from 8:00am

Previous In the Studio resources

We hope you enjoyed these free members online events.

The workshop videos are available on Vimeo via the Members only resources page. 

Petalia Humphreys

Wednesday Jun 1 | 2022
Reinterpreting architectural surrounds to inform three-dimensional paintings.
Download the template

Alison McDonald

Wednesday Feb 23 | 2022

Explore hyperbolic geometry to make STEAM informed sculptures
View the materials list and resources

Jody Graham

Thursday Oct 19 | 2021

Drawing tools and mark making

View the materials list

Ken + Julia Yonetani

Wednesday August 11 | 2022
An exploration of dysbiosis: an imbalance of a living systems microbiota

Workshop stimulus

Bruce Reynolds

Wednesday Oct 12 | 2022

The plaster frieze as a frozen moment
Process notes and materials

Chloe Bennett

Wednesday Mar 1 | 2023

Objects for belonging and connection
Questions and workshop activities