QATA Newsletter October 2021 Issue

QATA Newsletter October 2021 Issue

We’re always looking for ways to reach all of our members across Queensland and this term we are proud to announce the first of our IN THE STUDIO series of online member events. We hope you will join us online and enjoy some time for art making, whether working with your colleagues in your classroom or tuning in from the comfort of your home studio. These online events will be offered every term and are presented FREE for QATA members. You will find the details of our October workshop below.


Thank you to those who took the time to send feedback from the conference this year. It’s always great to hear from so many satisfied members. Believe it or not, planning has already started for next year’s conference and we’re looking forward to sharing some exciting new ideas over the coming months.

If you are contacting us, please take note that we have changed our email address. You can now contact us at [email protected]


In the Studio online artist workshop
Tuesday 19 October 4:30-6:00pm
Join multidisciplinary artist Jody Graham from her studio in Marrickville, NSW for an afternoon of hands-on art making. This event will show how you can initiate and develop online artist in residency programs while enjoying Jody’s fantastic artmaking workshop – learn about her practice, have a tour of her studio and then roll up your sleeves and prepare to get messy. Click here for the materials list. Jody graham Click here to registerAssessment Highlights
Wednesday 27 October, 4:00-5:00pm
Join QCAA Principal Project Officer Kylie Dell (and QATA Secretary) for a first peek at the brand new Assessment Highlights collection. The online collection showcases high-achieving students from the 2020 cohort and is set to become a fantastic resource for teachers and students. Learn how your students can apply for Assessment Highlights 2021. Assessment highlights Registrations are open now! Click here to register. HOTA Gallery Art Day Out
Saturday 4 December 10am-4:30pm
  • Exhibition tour of Contemporary Masters: Art from the Mugrabi Collection with HOTA Gallery Director Tracy Cooper-Lavery
  • Collection store and conservation studio tour with Collections Officer, Nick Baylart
  • Lunch on the Gallery Outdoor Terrace
  • Artist as Teacher as Artist workshop with Donna Marcus and Alana Hampton
  • Printmaking masterclass with Ali Bezer
  • Closing drinks reception at The Exhibitionist

Apply to mark the 2021 Visual Art external assessment
October to the end of November 2021

For more information, please visit the QCAA website or email [email protected].

State Library’s Teacher in Residence, Jo Hine
Saturday 16 October

Join Jo Hine for a curators tour of Viewpoints: Contemporary Aboriginal Photography. This exhibition features photographs of Aboriginal people by Aboriginal photographers. These are juxtaposed against archival images of Aboriginal people from State Library’s Collection. Hear from curator, Georgia Walsh, and two of the featured photographers, anthropologist Michael Aird and photographer/researcher Jo-Anne Driessens. Enjoy some networking time over a  delicious morning tea by Ab Fab. Yum! 

Come on a tour of State Library with Jo to see some of Brisbane’s best kept public art secrets and learn about all the State Library’s teaching and learning resources. Book into the PD event here. Check out the exhibition here. Book into an exclusive curator’s tour with your class, limited dates available. Check out State Library’s new teaching and learning website,  Curriculum Connect. To contact Jo Hine, email [email protected].

She told mum she was taking me for a ride down the road but she not, Naomi Hobson, 2019, Photograph, dimensions unknown

There are thousands of images in the State Library’s collection depicting Aboriginal people, often taken by non-Indigenous photographers. But what about photography from the viewpoint of First Nations photographers?

Curriculum updates 

Senior assessment:
Understanding the annotated illustration of the resolved artwork/s

This section of the IA2 and IA3 submission is one page/slide with an illustration of the resolved work/s. The images of the artwork/s are annotated with notes to signpost or highlight the key features of the student’s artwork/s that demonstrate the inquiry processes of developing, researching and reflecting.
Detailed information about each inquiry process can be expanded on in the 4 pages/slides of supporting evidence.
Students must:
  • include a complete image of resolved work/s
  • limit the annotations to 200 words
  • include only one annotated illustration page – multiple artworks are all annotated on one page
  • be able to copy the IA2 annotated illustration of the resolved work into their IA3 submission to provide evidence of the realisation of a body of work.
Students should:
  • include detail images if relevant
  • include title, media and size of resolved work/s (not counted in 200 words)
  • use graphic organisers (e.g. arrows, diagrams) to indicate evidence in the image/s
  • consider how the annotations can provide brief answers to the guiding questions in the inquiry learning diagram.
“annotated illustration of the resolved artwork/s to support performance descriptors in developing, researching and reflecting criteria as required. Maximum 200 words in annotations for a single artwork or a collection of artworks” (Visual Art 2019 v1.1 Syllabus p.43 and 53)
Please note: examples provided are used with the permission of the students.


Alana Hampton – Artist Statement

Top left: Coombabah Wetlands 2, 2021, drawing and mixed media, dimensions unknown
Top right: Synthesis of Drawing and Photography, Coombabah Wetlands, 2021, drawing and photography, mixed media, dimensions unknown
Bottom left: Subterranean Landscape, 1998, mixed media, dimensions unknown
Bottom right: Dredging the Wetland Coombabah, 2021, photography, mixed media, dimensions unknown

Teacher Highlight 


Alana Hampton “I’m still deeply in love with what I do as a maker and a teacher”  

Tell me about yourself, explain what you do and how you got into teaching?

I’m a specialist Visual Art teacher, trained in the Artist/Educator model at Tasmanian School of Art, so, I’m also a maker and haven’t ever not felt the need to make. What led me to teaching? A very thoughtful and intuitive student teacher in Year 11 who, unbidden, sent me the application papers for art school, and thus began my fascination with the concept of serendipity that continues to inform so much of my making and teaching practice.I was only 15 so deferred entry, went to TAFE for 12 months and started the following year. Again, serendipity – 2 of my TAFE teachers had trained at the Slade School in London, and, like so many artists at the time (and since), had fallen in love with Tasmania while travelling. The institute was run as an art school and I learned so much about media and techniques, etching the old way with eagle feathers and acid, welding with full mask and great slabs of metal, life drawing, oil painting, grinding, and reconstituting my own clay and making glazes, art history and so much more. at 16, it was all very exciting and as it turned out, very useful in the career that evolved from there.

Among the inhabitants of the art school, I was fortunate to learn from Lindsay Boughton’s Art Ed focus; an amazing human who never ceased to have faith in me and expressed his role through a beautifully articulated passion for learning through the arts. Through Lindsay, I ‘met’ Elliot Eisner’s ideas, long before I met him, fawningly, at a conference in the 90’s.  I don’t believe anyone has done it better or written in more depth about our core business as teachers than Eisner in The Arts and the Creation of Mind. I pick it up several times a year to counter the rot of low scaling and decimated respect for the Arts in the current climate….


 Read the entire interview here 


Upcoming Gallery Exhibitions
and workshops

Hyperlocal Exhibition
From 1 May to 31 July 2021

Explore the Hyperlocal exhibition throughout the Outdoor Gallery, featuring new and existing artworks from Australia’s leading Aboriginal artists. The exhibition will be complemented by an exciting program of tours, talks and workshops for children and adults. Recent events have changed our ability to travel and during 2020 there was a recognisable shift in our appreciation for community resources, homegrown produce, and locally sourced skills and services. This program profiles Aboriginal artists that remained in Brisbane during 2020 and the global success produced in our own backyard Hyperlocal (

Richard Bell, You Can Go Now, 2021, Digital Image, courtesy of Milani Gallery.

Brisbane Portrait Prize
29th – 31st October, 2021, at the Brisbane Powerhouse

The exhibition will showcase the 75 artists who were selected as Finalists including 71 entrants from the main competition and 4 from the Next Gen Competition. Join for this celebration of art, Brisbane artists and the characters who make our city, what it is. Attendance at this exhibition remains free, however to manage capacities and ensure we all stay covid-safe, you are required to book tickets 2021 Prize – Brisbane Portrait Prize

Trish Linehan, Cate and Bronte Campbell, 2021, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, 100 x 64 cm, Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artist

Museum of Brisbane Learn Event.
6 October from 4:00pm – 6:00pm

In this two-hour online professional development session, MoB Learn Specialists will guide teachers and educators through our latest programs, experiences, and resources, as well as an interactive listening and doodling activity that can be implemented in the classroom. This exercise will support professional conversations about artful ways to engage learners and improve focus. We have also invited celebrated author Nick Earls to join the conversation and share his first public reading of his latest novel Empire with our community of educators. The event aims to provide teachers with an opportunity to nurture their creativity, connect with likeminded professionals and be inspired by creative conversations. Our MoB Learn Professional Development event will take place on 6 October from 4:00pm – 6:00pm and is free to access. Teachers can find out more about the event and register their interest here:

Jarred Wright Glass Art
Sunday 10 October, 2021

Join our resident artist Jarred Wright Glass Art for a truly unique glass sculpting experience at The Paint Factory. @jw_glassart will be hosting an experimental figure drawing/sculpting session on Sunday 10 October. Learn from this master scientific glass blower working in the chemistry to breathing life into the glass. Register your attendance through the link –…/rotating-figure-sculpting… 

@jw_glassart #thepaintfactory #glass #sculpture #Brisbaneart #paintfactoryyeronga

Ruth Cho’s first online exhibition with Onespace Gallery,
Online Resource –
Catalogue-of-Works-Ruth-Cho-Australian-Knockoffs-4-May-4-June-2021_.pdf (

Australian Knockoffs, challenges the dominant Eurocentric representations in Australian art history, despite our longstanding cultural diversity. Cho appropriates very familiar compositions from iconic Australian art images – including Down on His Luck by Frederick McCubbin; Spring Frost by Elioth Gruner; Shearing the Rams by Tom Roberts and Charles Meere’s Australian Beach Pattern. This online exhibition comprises a series of sparingly coloured linocut prints that question the exclusivity of predominantly white Australian identity but also evoking the stylistic language of traditional and modern Chinese woodcuts in order to create new hybrid compositions. 

Ruth Cho, Shearing the Tigers (after Tom Roberts), 2021, Multi-coloured linocut print on paper, 21cm x 30cm

In conversation: Podcast and videos of the month

Artists Run the World series exploring the issues and challenges of working in the Australian Visual Arts. NAVA speaks with artists and curators to gain insights into the experiences of contemporary practice, and seek to propose ideas for change, progress and resilience.The great women artists podcast
Elizabeth Smith on Helen Frankenthaler episode 53 of The Great Women Artists Podcast, Katy Hessel interviews the renowned curator and executive director of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Elizabeth Smith, on the trailblazing and legendary Helen Frankenthaler. With a career spanning six decades, Helen Frankenthaler has long been recognized as one of the great American artists of the twentieth century. A member of the second generation of postwar American abstract painters, she is widely credited with playing a pivotal role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting.Art21
Rachel Rossins short film – How do you create comfort and care in the realm of the digital? 

Rachel Rossin’s Digital Homes | Art21 Synthesizing the traditional mediums of painting and sculpture with new technologies like augmented and virtual reality, Rachel Rossin fluidly blurs the digital and physical, exploring the emotional potential of an in-between space. The artist recounts the intensity of her childhood in Florida, how she taught herself to hack and program computer software, and her use of both the Internet and artmaking as vehicles for escape and refuge.TedTalk
The Art of Paying Attention with Wendy MacNaughton an invitation to slow down and look at the world around you, graphic journalist Wendy MacNaughton illustrates how drawing can spark deeply human, authentic connections. Ready to try? Grab a pencil and join MacNaughton for this delightful talk. “Drawing is looking, and looking is loving,” she says.

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QATA advocates for Visual Arts education in Queensland by providing professional development opportunities for teachers; advising education authorities on policy and curriculum development; and providing students with opportunities to engage critically with contemporary arts experiences.