Find all the important details, including artist bios, contact details, workshop descriptions, schedules for each day, venues, what to bring and what you can look forward to.

Looking for a past program? All of the QATACON programs can be found in Downloads or scroll down and click on the cover images below.

QATACON24 Program selection guide

Are you registering for other people? There are quite a few options to select during registration. Use this handy guide to make sure you have all attendees’ preferences before starting the registration process. 


WELCOME! We’ve included options for you in QATACON24.
See the program for more information or contact us for further details [email protected]

QATACON24 Opening event

Join us for the opening event. A ‘paint and sip’ designed especially by and for Visual Art teachers. Enjoy delicious food and drinks, catch up with colleagues and maybe make some new friends. All materials will be supplied. All you have to do is turn up.

You can purchase tickets for this event during QATACON24 registration.

Venue: The church hall at 160 Vulture Street, South Brisbane

OR use this link to purchase a ticket for the opening event separately from a QATACON24 ticket.

The theme of QATACON24 is Create the future.

What lies in the future for the students we teach? We don’t really have answers, do we?

We can imagine and predict a future in which technology dominates, but at the end of the day can a machine really be creative?

We might think about the future and sustainability. How will our impact on the environment generate opportunities for creativity and innovation?

At QATACON24, we invite you to

  • explore these ideas through the keynote addresses
  • participate in the discussion
  • challenge yourself in workshops
  • create opportunities for your own future .

See you there.

 Any other questions or comments? Send us an email at [email protected]

We’ll be gathering a terrific group of artists, teachers and inspirational presenters to share future-focused ideas through art practice, pedagogy and new ways of working with curriculum.

We are so happy to be working again with the wonderful people and facilities at TAFE Qld Southbank and Griffith University – Qld College of Art & Design.

Tickets are on sale through Humanitix. While we can’t avoid ticketing fees for registration, we are pleased to support Humanitix which sends 100% of registration fees to charities that support disadvantaged kids around the world to access education. (It’s also a bit cheaper for you and your school budgets.)


TAFE Qld – Southbank Campus

Griffith University – Qld College of Art & Design



Featured Artists & Presenters





Dr Sam Leach’s paintings and installations draw on the history of visual representations of science and are informed by art history and philosophy. Leach’s recent work has involved the use of machine learning in the analysis of visual data with a focus on the impact of AI on non-human animals.




Artist and modern material inventor

Artist Jessie French blends sustainability with speculative futures, exploring the potential of a post-petrochemical world through the medium of algae-based bioplastic and water-based ecologies.  Through a blend of research and creativity, French delves into closed-loop systems of reuse, crafting distinctive pieces that provoke thoughtful consideration of consumption and its wider effects. 

Georgie Pinn

Digital artist

Cally Cronk

Artist and STEAM educator

Jane du Rand


Dr Mandy Quadrio

Artist / researcher / teacher

Nic Plowman

Artist and Zart Education Manager

Summa Shing


Dr. Glen Skien

Artist and arts educator

Clare Poppi

Jewellery & small objects, QCAD

Justene Williams

Head of Sculpture, Performance and Installation, QCAD

Sam Leach


Mel Stannard

Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art Program, QCAD

Ehud Joseph

Fashion educator & designer

Therese Flynn-Clarke

Artist/educator/primary arts specialist

Emma Gardner

Artist, educator and arts worker, QCAD

Julie Fragar

Program Director in Visual Arts, QCAD


Design tech + Inquiry-based learning educators

Vanghoua Anthony Vue

Artist & educator

Katrina iosia

Multidisciplinary artist and arts educator

Dr Martin Smith

Senior Lecturer Photography, QCAD

Bonnie Hislop


Dr Charles Robb

Senior Lecturer QUT, Contemporary art

Janice Menegersen

Fabric designer

So many ways to be involved in 2024

Want to be involved?

  • Create our hero image! We’re looking for a wonderfully skilled teacher/creator to make an artwork that says, ‘Create the future’, to feature on the front of our program and across our communications. Featured artists receive a discounted ticket and feature through our program.
  • Nominate to be part of our teacher showcase – an incredible event where we hear from our subject-matter experts (you) about practical teaching methodology. Showcase teachers receive a discounted ticket. This is also a great opportunity to gather evidence towards Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher certification.
  • Submit a middle-years (Years 5-9) student’s artwork to feature on our QATACON24 tote bags (submissions open Term 1, 2024). The artwork must be made in the year of the conference. The student will receive a complimentary tote bag, and the teacher will be invited to present the associated learning activity.

Scroll down for more information and to apply.

Submit your student artwork to feature on the QATACON tote bag.

Entries are open to artworks created by students in years 5 to 9. Submissions open now.

Regional Teacher Bursary

If you teach outside of South East Queensland you can apply for this bursary. Recipients receive complimentary registration, travel and accommodation.

Design the hero image for QATACON24 in response to the theme Create the future.

Open to all QATA members. You can see our previous program covers above.

Facilitate your regional cluster

More fun in our cluster muster sessions in 2024. Get ready to collaborate, create and enjoy some time with your colleagues!

Clusterer Musterers receive discounted tickets.

Share in the Educator Showcase

The Showcase is a great opportunity to share inspiration, approaches and resources for all year levels with your peers.

We are looking for:

  • primary, middle or senior visual art teachers
  • learning activities, assessment, concepts or experiences
  • individual or small group presentations
  • relevant 10-15 minute presentations suitable or adaptable for all QATACON attendees.

The theme of QATACON24 is ‘Create the future’. Please attempt to address this theme in your presentation proposal where possible. Showcase volunteers receive discounted QATACON24 tickets.

Start thinking about what you would like to share.

Or if you already have an idea, click the button below to submit your presentation abstract and grab your place in the showcase.

2 day Metropolitan member$285
2 day Metropolitan non-member$335
2 day Regional member$225
2 day Regional non-member$275
2 day Tertiary student$215
1 day Metropolitan member$180
1 day Metropolitan non-member$230
1 day Regional member$120
1 day Regional non-member$170
1 day Tertiary student$110

Ticket types, prices & FAQs

Please note ticket prices are subject to registration fees of 2.5% + $0.50 per paid ticket. We use Humanitix for ticket registration who donate ticketing fees to education charities.

What is included in my ticket?

Your choice of the presentations listed in the program, morning tea and lunch, workshop art materials,  membership for the remainder of the year for non-members, downloadable workshop and presenter resources, and our wonderful QATA merchandise.

Can I change my order after registration?

Yes you can. If you change your mind about your session or workshop selections, log back into Humanitix and update your order. You will be able to change into other selections until they reach capacity.

 Who can purchase member tickets?

Member tickets are for 2024 financial QATA members Institutional, Institutional sponsored or Individual members.

Who can purchase regional member or non-member tickets?

You can purchase a regional ticket if you live or work more than 70km from the Brisbane CBD. We know you need to travel to get to QATACON and we want to help you out as much as we can.

How can I pay?

Preferred payment method is credit card directly through Humanitix.

Can I pay by invoice for my order?

Yes you can. Select pay by invoice during registration. You will receive an invoice with our direct bank details so you can transfer payment. You won’t need to pay via credit card. Tickets will be confirmed and issued after payment is received. Payment is due within 14 days of invoice.

I just bought a ticket. Where is my invoice as receipt of payment?

Please note: QATA is a non-profit association and is not registered for GST.

An invoice will be issued in your confirmation email if you pay by credit card. 

What is the refund policy?

Refunds are available up to 14 days before the event. 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, individual conference programs, session allocations and rooms will be provided. Please register on arrival to collect your personalised program, lanyard and QATACON tote bag.

Can I attend the Thursday night event or the drinks and networking event on Friday evening if I am only attending on Saturday?

Yes, you can. We hope you will! Please rsvp for either event during registration. Thursday is a ticketed event and Friday is complimentary.

Why are some of the workshop choices unavailable when I register in Humanitix?

Workshops have capacity of between 15-25 participants depending on the room capicity, material use or presenter preferences. Some workshops have filled and will be unavailable.  But don’t worry, all of the remaining choices are just as valuable. Be sure to check both morning and afternoon sessions as most are offered twice and each one may not be full.