We accept bookings from educational institutions for student groups. We offer students the opportunity to hear from our gallery manager or a member of our Board of Directors. We love sharing our ideas about the current exhibition, or more general topics pertaining to Melbourne’s art scene and there is always time for questions at the end!
Topics we cover include:
- Artist Run Initiatives (ARI). What are they and how do we work?
- The differences between an ARI, a commercial gallery and a public gallery
- Our exhibition program. How do we program? What do we look for?
- Staging an exhibition – design, themes and media in the current exhibition
- The role of the curator
- Writing about art
- Advice for emerging artists including how to write an exhibition proposal
- Arts funding and support
- Promotion – what are the best ways to reach the desired audience?
- Conservation – What are the considerations of safe handling and display of artwork?
- The current exhibition – art responding and analysis
FOR VCE STUDENTS
We offer an educational program, which is specifically tailored to the VCE Visual Arts and Studio Arts curriculum and study designs. Our programs can be customised for specific outcomes within the VCE syllabus – let us know your specific requirements when arranging a booking.
FOR TERTIARY STUDENTS
We provide information and advice about how to exhibit your work and get involved with an ARI, whether it be applying for an exhibition or funding, writing about art or volunteering. We also offer information about Debut, our annual exhibition showcasing new work by recent graduates. Come along to our regularly scheduled gallery events such as openings and artist talks, see our 2017 program.
BOOKINGS & FEES
BLINDSIDE charges a $50 flat fee to provide an Education Talk to tertiary or secondary students. For bookings and payments email: info@BLINDSIDE.org.au. Please book at least two weeks in advance. In some instances, it may be possible to have the artist(s) present at the time of your tour.
Teachers and students can undertake a self-guided visit to BLINDSIDE during gallery hours (Tuesday to Saturday, 12–6pm) using the Blindside Education Kit as a resource.
EDUCATION KIT + ROOM SHEETS
BLINDSIDE’s program of events is diverse, and engaging and it has been a great gallery for my Year 12 art students to engage with the arts industry this year. The students have gained an invaluable insight into this Artist Run Initiative, their role and unique position in the contemporary Melbourne arts industry. My students thoroughly enjoyed their visit. The gallery representative spoke to the students about the artists who were exhibiting, their working methods and arts practice and also provided an insight into the gallery system, which was highly beneficial to our area of study. Fiona Szabo, Visual Arts Teacher, Wellington Secondary College, 2013
As a student it’s great to learn about the opportunities that exist for artists. Visiting the gallery was very insightful and engaging. — Aaron Orellana, student of Studio Arts
Images | Students explore Liz Henderson’s exhibition Untitled, 2013 | Artists discuss their work in Screen Series, 2013.