Project Summary

Kaldor Public Art Projects and UNSW Art & Design are delighted to present a one-day symposium event for an invited audience of art education professionals, featuring a keynote address by Sir Nicholas Serota CH, Chair of Arts Council England.

Best-known for his transformative directorship of Tate (1988-2017), Serota is an outspoken advocate for art education, and recently launched the Durham Commission for Creativity and Education, designed to explore the benefits of creativity for young people across the UK.

In light of recent debates on standardised testing, the “reboot” of Gonski 2.0 and proposed curriculum reforms in NSW, this event aims to provide a critical platform for discussion on the importance of art education. Bringing together leading education advocates with practising educators, researchers and artists, the symposium will examine the role of cultural organisations, and ask how we can effectively work together to support creative learning, inside and beyond the classroom.

ALL SCHOOLS SHOULD BE ART SCHOOLS is a slogan coined by British artist Bob & Roberta Smith, and is nothing short of a provocation. Kaldor Public Art Projects and UNSW Art & Design are proud to present a day of stimulating discussion and artist-led activity, in which we use the creative tools at our disposal to galvanise support for art education and generate ideas for teaching.

Sir Nicholas Serota is in Sydney as a guest of the Gordon Darling Foundation.


Symposium speakers

We are pleased to announce the full line-up of symposium speakers, who will contribute to our panel discussions on the day.

Mark Scott AO, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education

Nick Mitzevich, Director, National Gallery of Australia

Deborah Ely AM, CEO, Bundanon Trust

Dr Karen Maras, Deputy Head of School and Convenor of Visual Arts & Design Education, School of Education, UNSW

Tony Albert, artist

Frank Newman, Creative Learning Specialist, Sydney Opera House

Howard Matthew, artist and educator

Please note that, due to limited venue capacity, this event is by invitation only. For more information, contact our education team.

24 October 2018
UNSW Art & Design, Paddington
8.30am – 4.00pm

Due to limited capacity, this event is by invitation.

Keynote address and panel discussions will be streamed live online.



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Join the conversation, as Kaldor Public Art Projects and UNSW Art & Design present a live stream video of the symposium, ALL SCHOOLS SHOULD BE ART SCHOOLS.

There is no need to register or download an app. The online Q&A works in the browser of your computer, smartphone or tablet. Simply visit the Slido website here and enter event code #artschools to participate. Start typing to submit your own questions, or vote on your favourites.


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Sir Nicholas Serota CH


Nicholas Serota was appointed Chair of Arts Council England in February 2017.

In March 2017, he used the occasion of his first speech as Chair to stress the importance of creativity and the arts in education, and to announce the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education.

The 18-month inquiry, a partnership between Durham University and Arts Council England, will investigate what happens when children experience creative learning in all subjects, including arts and culture, and how this experience can help them develop their full potential and thrive in a changing and competitive world.

Prior to taking on the role as Chair of Arts Council England, Serota was Director of Tate between 1988 and 2017. During this period Tate opened Tate St Ives (1993) and Tate Modern (2000, expanded in 2016), redefining the Millbank building as Tate Britain (2000). The national role of the Gallery was further developed with the creation of the Plus Tate network of 35 institutions across the UK and Northern Ireland. As a curator, his most recent shows at Tate have been those devoted to Cy Twombly, Gerhard Richter and the Cut-Outs of Matisse.

Nicholas Serota has been a member of the Visual Arts Advisory Committee of the British Council, a Trustee of the Architecture Foundation and a commissioner on the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. He was a member of the Olympic Delivery Authority which was responsible for building the Olympic Park in East London for 2012. He is a member of the Board of the BBC.


Agatha Gothe-Snape

Agatha Gothe-Snape works at the threshold of visual arts and performance. She has a highly trained and deeply attuned understanding of performance strategies and how they intersect not only with the visual but with the relational and architectural. As a result, her works are singular, embracing the complexity, ambiguity and slippages of both performance and language in an aesthetic style that is questioning, poetic and political. Gothe-Snape has exhibited in major international biennales including the Gwangju Biennale South Korea (2018, 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016), PERFORMA, New York (2015) and the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, (2014). In 2017, she presented a solo exhibition at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2017. She has exhibited widely in Australia at artist-run spaces, state-funded institutions and museums. Her work is held in major collections across Australia. Gothe-Snape is actively involved in Wrong Solo, a collaborative performance group that she began in 2006 with fellow Sydney artist, Brian Fuata. She also has a long-standing collaboration with choreographer and dancer Brooke Stamp, as well as artist Sarah Rodigari and dancer and choreographer Lizzie Thomson.

For this event, Agatha is making an as yet untitled text-based drawing in response to the unfolding morning session. In the afternoon she asks us to consider our seminal encounters with art, and reflect upon how such encounters have the capacity to change the way we see the world and others. She is interested in valuing impulses, spontaneous gestures and mistakes, and asks you to do the same for today. She has the great pleasure of welcoming artist collaborators Brian Fuata, Lizzie Thomson,  Nadia Odlum and Lleah Smith as co-facilitators today.

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