In the Studio workshop, AGM, new-look website

In the Studio workshop, AGM, new-look website

In the Studio: Alison McDonald

Wednesday | February 23 2022


Explore ‘hyperbolic geometry’ to make STEAM informed sculptures

Join Alison McDonald in her studio for QATA’s next In the Studio workshop

We’ll make a sculpture that uses mathematical concepts about hyperbolic geometry to apply fabric-like construction techniques (e.g. looping, knotting, tying) with a mix of upcycled and new materials, such as milk bottle plastic or cereal box cardboard, staples and cable ties or string.

In the workshop, Alison will share a tour of her Townsville studio and key aspects of her art practice. For example, Alison innovatively combines traditional techniques for fabric making (e.g. crocheting, knitting) with techniques for making with plastic (e.g. tying, knotting) and metal (e.g. welding). Alison will also discuss processes for collecting unconventional discarded materials like plastic (e.g. bottles, lids, neck rings) and metal (e.g. hooks) en-masse to upcycle them into large-scale and public artworks using a range of sculpture techniques for joining and constructing (e.g. heating, drilling, hammering). With Alison’s guidance, she’ll expand our repertoire for using unconventional techniques and materials to make sculptures that extend our art making with a new range of possibilities.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Wednesday | February 23 2022


Online only, following In the Studio with Alison McDonald

Get more involved

We appreciate your attendance at the AGM to ensure transparent management and continuation of QATA.

We promise you will not be pressured into taking on a role, but read below if you are interested!

Being a part of the QATA Executive Committee is a great opportunity to contribute to Visual Art education in Queensland and the advocacy, advice, professional development, networking and opportunities for engagement that QATA provides.  We would love to expand the Executive Committee with new members and roles. If you’ve ever thought you would like to be involved, this is your chance!

QATA is seeking nominations from its constituents for the roles of



Communications Officers.

These position will commence at the 2022 AGM, 23 February.


  • join a thriving executive to program exciting activities
  • have your voice heard as an advocate for arts education across Queensland
  • complementary QATA membership during your term of appointment 
  • gain experience towards your application for lead teacher or other professional goals
  • network with teachers, artists and industry professionals, opening employment opportunities
  • probably meet your new best friends.

The roles require:

  • an understanding of who QATA is, and why we exist (and also an alignment with our vision)
  • approximately one hour of work a month
  • attendance and contribution to a monthly executive meeting
  • a commitment to the success of QATACON (hours of work significantly increase immediately before, during and after the conference).

For the Treasurer, the exiting treasurer will complete a thorough handover and be available for support as you learn the ropes. Please don’t feel daunted, and shoot any questions to [email protected].

Click here to view comprehensive role descriptions  for  all positions. If you would like to nominate for this position or any other, please click the button below to submit your nomination. Nominations can be received anytime up to Wednesday 16 February. 


Current QATA membership expires February 28. We will send you a reminder when your membership is due for renewal.

Institutional Membership, best suited to schools with 3-5 art staff, is our most popular membership level. However Sponsored members must use the discount code and complete their own registration process to receive member benefits.

As a QATA member, you have access to member workshops, downloadable resources and videos, plus you can share content with other members through the Downloads page. You can access your current and past invoices, edit your profile and change your password on your Membership Account page. One member registers as the Institutional member and adds up to 4 Institutional Sponsored members during checkout.

New look for QATA

We have revamped the QATA website and hopefully made it easier for you to find the information you need, including membership account and renewal, conference and event news, and keeping in touch with QATA activities and people.

We are pleased to introduce our new Members only resource sharing space. Here you can filter and download a collection of curriculum, conference and general resources created by members and in cooperation with artists and conference presenters. These resources are available to financial members. We invite you to use them as much as you like and hope you find them useful. 

You can also use this space to share your own resources with other members. If you have been sharing through QATA Facebook, we invite you to add your resources to the Members page. We hope this will be an easier option than sharing through Facebook messages and with your support should become a valuable space for all members.  We respectfully ask you not to share these resources beyond QATA members.

We would love your feedback. If you find a broken link, can’t find something you are looking for, or would like something added, please let us know. We would also love to hear if you think the website has improved!


HOTA Gallery, in conjunction with the QATA Gold Coast cluster, hosted an Art Day Out on December 4 2021. A fabulous day was had by Queensland Art Teachers starting with a gallery tour; followed by a tour of the collection store and conservation studio. Teachers participated in workshops led by artists Donna Marcus and Alana Hampton where they explored collaborative approaches to making with found objects and concepts of Code. Artist Ali Bezer led a printmaking masterclass using everyday materials, encouraging teachers to consider the interesting textures and shapes that can be explored to create abstract works. All in all, it was a great way to wrap up term 4 for 2021 with learning, artmaking and socialising with great company. 

Thank you to HOTA Gallery, Renae Belton and QATA GC cluster for organising this enjoyable event.


We have plenty of ways for members to be involved in QATACON this year. You can:

  1. design the hero image for QATACON to feature on the program and marketing
  2. nominate a student artwork to feature on the QATACON  tote bag
  3. present your starting points in the Starting Points showcase.