School Excursions

We love schools visiting us at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. We have over 30 new exhibitions every year. School groups participating in tours is a great way for students to expand skills in teamwork and communication, share points of view, and understand the creative processes in visual arts practices. We'll even help your teachers plan visits to meet a specific theme or curriculum outcome, or your group can self-guide.

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Planning a visit in 2024?


Here is our highlight exhibitions to see for schools:

Louise Zhang and Jessica Bradford: See You in Hell
Learning Resource

Exhibition dates:
Dec 16 2023 - Feb 25 2024

Image: Louise Zhang, Map of Diyu 2023

Curriculum Connections:

Cultural Identity and heritage: This is both a starting point and a meeting place for the artists to explore personal experiences and complex relationships to their shared Chinese cultural heritage as ‘third culture kids’.

Chinese Mythology: Chinese concepts of the Afterlife and Diyu, the concept of hell in Chinese mythology.

Visual Arts: Mixed media, painting, sculpture, pop culture and cross cultural references are used to create an immersive installation.

Geography: Jess Bradford current work focuses on a Chinese cultural theme park in Singapore called the Haw Par Villa / Tiger Balm Gardens.

Dennis Golding: POWER - The Future is Here
Learning Resource

Exhibition dates:
Dec 16 2023 - Mar 10 2024

Image: Artist Dennis Golding with The Future is Here, 2021, Carriageworks. Image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph Zan Wimberley

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Arts: Textiles, painting

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures: a collaboration between artist Dennis Golding and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Alexandria Park Community School.

Symbolism: superhero symbolism with the display of 60 superhero capes

Identity: Students from Kindergarten to Year 12 designed their capes with iconography informed by their lived experiences and cultural identity. As superheroes, Golding and his young collaborators are empowered and reminded of the strength of their culture in forming their identity and connection to Country.

Staying with the Trouble
Learning Resource

Exhibition dates:
Dec 9 2023 - Mar 10 2024

Image: Kim Mahood, Murdoch Cliffs, Tanami Salt Lake Country, pastel and ink on paper, 150cm x 200cm, 2023

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Arts: Large scale experimental drawings

Critical Thinking: Results from a year of discussions and critiques between four established artists, Linda Denning, Kim Mahood, Sally Simpson, and Wendy Teakel.

Environmental issues: The artists reference the ideas of author Donna Haraway, whose book ‘Staying with the trouble’ asks us to stay with-in, live with-in and be with-in this planet; to take responsibility and action regarding the current crisis of life in our damaged world.

Emma Varga: Fire - Water - Life
Learning Resource

Exhibition dates:
Dec 9 2023 - Mar 17 2024

Image: Emma Varga. Revival 20-21-22, 2022, glass / pâte de verre, fused, slumped

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Arts: Glass making. Emma Varga’s art glass works are highly complex creations requiring immense technical skill. Varga first cuts thousands of glass pieces from clear and transparent coloured glass sheets. These are then combined with glass frits and stringers to create a three-dimensional piece. They are fused together in stages, a process that takes two weeks to fire and slowly cool. The works take a further two weeks to grind and polish each piece to perfection allowing the fine details trapped to be seen.

Environmental issues: This current body of work reflects the past twelve years of Varga’s research into environmental issues, where she seeks to communicate the beauty and fragility of our natural environment. In this exhibition Varga’s considers major global warming events; such as bushfire, coral reef bleaching and polar ice melts as a means to heighten our awareness on their devastating impact.

Turtle Island
Learning Resource

Exhibition dates:
Sep 2 2023 - Jan 31 2024

Image courtesy of James Farley

Further resources:

Watch edited footage of the animals interacting with the island

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Arts: Environmental art.

Earth and Environmental Science: students will learn about biodiversity in the Wollundry Lagoon and learn about animal habitats.

Shattering the Glass Ceiling - Women Artists in the National Art Glass Collection
Learning Resource

Exhibition dates:
Feb 17 2024 - Jun 16 2024

Image: Kathy Elliott, Blue Cast Glass Relief.1993. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Joyce Kerfoot

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Arts: This exhibition explores a range of different glass makers and techniques.

History: This exhibition will feature works from the National Art Glass Gallery collection over a range of different time periods.

Science: Glass making is a science where there are different methods that an artist may use to create their desired outcome.

Art Gallery collections: This exhibition will feature works from women artists in the National Art Glass Gallery collections. This is a great example for those interested in curatorial roles as the artworks where picked from over 700 pieces in the collection and curated to work as a whole exhibition.

Andy Pye: Cockies and Hot Rocks
Learning Resource

Exhibition dates:
Mar 2 2024 - Apr 14 2024

Image: Andy Pye, Gariwerd Doline

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Arts: Andy Pye creates vibrant paintings on canvas and board.

Geography: In this exhibition artist Andy Pye depicts landscapes from the area where he lives in Victorian High Country.

Anna Louise Richardson: The Good
Learning Resource

Exhibition dates:
Mar 23 2024 - Jun 23 2024

Image: Installation view The Good, Anna Louise Richardson’s studio, 2023. Photo: Bo Wong

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Arts: Anna Louise Richardson works primarily in charcoal and graphite to create large scale drawings of objects connected with rural life.

Critical thinking: The Good explores ideas of intergenerational exchange, parenthood and identity based on her experiences of living and working on a multi-generation beef cattle farm in rural Australia. The Good emerges from Richardson’s broader investigations into the complex relationships between humans and the natural world, tinged by grief and the competing demands of nurturing new life. In a world increasingly defined by division and hardship, Richardson’s work points to the necessary act of radical optimism needed to seek goodness in all things.

The Good: Education Resource

The Good: Mediation Handbook

The Good: Making Activity

The Good: Making Activity

Curated by Rachel Arndt & Dr Lee-Anne Hall. A Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, The Condensery and Museums & Galleries of NSW touring exhibition. This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia and the Government of Western Australia through the Department, Culture and the Arts (WA). This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal art investment and advisory body.

Julia Roche: When our eyes adjust
Learning Resource

Exhibition dates:
Mar 23 2024 - Jun 23 2024

Image:  Julia Roche. From the series 'When our eyes adjust'

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Arts: Julia Roche works mainly with canvas and paper. Working on her family property Wooroola, on Wiradjuri Country for the past six years, Roche has developed a signature painting style which both describes the land she sees, and is shaped by it—the layers of her canvases are a record of the environmental elements in which she paints.

Critical Thinking: When we engage with the places we call home with this kind of critical attention, we challenge what we see, what we know. We learn to rely on all our senses to better understand our relationship to land, to place, to home.

Our eyes continue to adjust

Lyndall Phelps: Science of Common Life
Learning Resource

Exhibition dates:
Mar 23 2024 - Sep 1 2024

Image: Enigma 1 The Anthropologist 2004. Glass, acrylic beads. Dimensions variable. Exhibited at Firstsite, Colchester, Essex

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Arts: In this exhibition the National Art Glass Gallery will become a unique laboratory, a place of surprising experimentation and transformation. Lyndall Phelps will create a site-specific installation

Science: This exhibition showcases Phelp’s research into the National Art Glass Collection and glass from the scientific world. Glass is a recurring material within Phelps’ work, especially scientific glass, of which she is an avid collector. She is also drawn to glass’s transparent and light reflective qualities, and the richness of colour it affords. For Science of Common Life the precision and skill required to manufacture scientific glass will be echoed in Phelps meticulously constructed, labour intensive objects.

Critical Thinking: This exhibition explores themany ways women incorporate glass into craft activities, now and in the past

History: The investigation of collections, both historical and contemporary, is central to Lyndall Phelps’ art practice

The Wynne Prize 2023
Learning Resource

Exhibition dates:
Apr 20 2024 - Jun 16 2024

Image: Winner Wynne Prize 2023, Zaachariaha Fielding Inma acryclic on linen, 306.2 x 198.5 cm © the artist

Curriculum Connections:

Visual Arts: Landscape, landscape art or landscape painting is generally defined in Western art traditions as the depiction of natural scenery in art, whether real, idealised or imagined. The term ‘landscape’ derives from the Dutch word landschap, meaning ‘region, tract of land’, which was later adapted to ‘a picture depicting scenery on land’ in the 1500s. Landscape art might include mountains, valleys, fields, the bush, bodies of water, coastlines and, since the 20th century, urban or industrial environments. Flora and fauna, the sky and weather are also typical features. People and man-made structures or objects might also be included, but not as the main subject.

History: Established following a bequest by Richard Wynne, the annual Wynne Prize was first awarded in 1897 in honour of the official opening of the Art Gallery of New South Wales at its present site. Judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery, it is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery or for the best example of figure sculpture by an Australian artist.

Critical thinking: The Wynne Prize reflects the diversity of figurative sculptural practice, while the paintings are a dynamic reflection of Australian artists’ response to the land, reflecting contemporary aesthetics, environmental and stewardship concerns, and conceptions of Country.

The Wynne Prize 2023: Learning Resource

An Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition.

This project is proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Create NSW Blockbusters Funding initiative.

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Collection Resources

Exhibition: Windowless Worlds

This exhibition is centred on shards of shattered window glass collected from the streets of Beirut, Windowless Worlds offers an unconventional lens to reflect on trauma, resilience, recovery and accountability.  Bringing together glass objects from Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Syria and Turkey along with Australian works from the National Art Glass collection, Windowless Worlds critiques a world that is broken, but also a world where hope survives.

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Australian Curriculum

Content Descriptors:

  • Stage 4 - Civic Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding: How national identity can shape a sense of belonging in Australia’s multicultural society (ACHCK067 - Scootle)
  • Stage 5 - Visual Arts: Analyse a range of visual artworks from contemporary and past times to explore differing viewpoints and enrich their visual art-making, starting with Australian artworks, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and consider international artworks (ACAVAR131 - Scootle )
  • Stage 5 - Visual Arts: Present ideas for displaying artworks and evaluate displays of artworks (ACAVAM129 - Scootle )(external site)(external site)(external site)(external site)(external site)(external site)

General Capabilities:

  • Ethical Understanding
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Critical and Creative Thinking

Exhibitions - Resources

Void

Void explores the multiple ways in which artists visually articulate the unknown as space, time and landscape. The work of the included artists does not simply define the void as presence and comparative absence, but rather they utilise form to represent the formless.

The void is a multifaceted concept that brings together contemporary Aboriginal artistic practice from across the country. Curated by Emily McDaniel, the exhibition will feature existing works across the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and photography by eminent artists such as Pepai Jangala Carroll, Mr R Peters, Jonathan Jones, Mabel Juli, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Dr. Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher AO, James Tylor, Andy Snelgar, Hayley Millar-Baker, Freddie Timms, Doreen Reid Nakamarra, John Mawurndjul AM, Jennifer Wurrkidj and Josephine Wurrkidj.

Educational and public programming is a key feature of the exhibition and tour drawing on resources and research produced through the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at UTS, in conjunction with the exhibition’s curator.

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