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NSW Department of Education and Communities

Curriculum support for NSW Public Schools

Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence is a federal initiative that is implemented in NSW through a partnership between the Learning and Leadership Directorate of the NSW Department of Education and Communities, Arts NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts.

The NSW program - Fresh AIR, is a three-year, targeted, strategic initiative that builds on the previous NSW AIR program (2009-2012) and places professional artists in school-based residence over a three-year period.

Fresh AIR aims to improve children and young people’s access to quality school-based arts education by supporting professional artists in residence in NSW public schools.

Fresh AIR consists of two strands:

  • Strand 1 - Artists in schools
  • Strand 2 - Research study

PLEASE NOTE: The 2014-2016 program is finalised. Participating schools and artists have been selected through a targeted selection process.

Artists requiring further information about the program, should contact Kim Spinks, Manager, Strategic Initiatives at Arts NSW.

Strand 1: Artist in schools (2014-2016)

The three residency projects for 2014-2016 are:

  • Artists in residence: A collaboration between Cabramatta High School, Fairvale High School and Merrylands High School, placing three practicing artists in each school for each year of the program.

    The visual arts staff across the three schools are working together to create collaborative teaching and learning programs with a focus on contemporary arts practice. They will also facilitate non-residential camps and extend opportunities gained through the residencies to other local schools through gifted and talented student workshops and teacher professional learning sessions.

  • Park Rd Studio: Artist in Residence – Delivered by Carriageworks at Alexandria Park Community School and the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence.

    Four Aboriginal artists (working in dance, music and visual arts) are based at Alexandria Park Community School (K-12) with outreach to the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence, to develop their practice while engaging both primary and secondary students.

  • Room 13 – Delivered by Shopfront Youth Theatre Co-operative in collaboration with Athelstane Public School (K-6) and Woniora Road School (Years 7-12). Room 13 initiates a whole-school, multi-arts studio at each school.

    ROOM 13 is an international model of creative and social enterprise that explores artistic development and student-focused leadership and governance.

Strand 2: Research study (2014-2016)

The University of Newcastle in partnership with the University of Western Sydney will assess and evaluate the impact of Fresh AIR Strand 1 residency projects on student learning outcomes, the school community and the professional practice of teachers and artists. The collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data will be used to identify the key components of best practice AIR programs and assess opportunities for embedding these in future programs.

Schools that have participated in the previous Artist in schools program (2009-2012)

The following schools and arts organisations participated in the Artist in schools program, which was initially established as part of the Department's ConnectEd partnership with Arts NSW. These projects were implemented between 2009-2012.

Bangalow Public School
Bega West Public School
Beresford Road Public School
Bondi Beach Public School
Bournda Environmental Education Centre
Braidwood Central School
Buronga Public School
Cabbage Tree Island Public School
Cabramatta High School
Cartwright Public School
Chifley College Bidwell Campus
Colyton High School
Coorabell Public School
Curl Curl North Public School
Dareton Public School
Darlinghurst Public School
Durrumbul Public School
Euston Public School
Gladstone Public School
Glenroy Public School
Gol Gol Public School
Greta Public School
Jerilderie Public School
Kincumber High School
Leppington Public School
Lomandra School
Manly West Public School
Miller Technology High School
Miller Public School
Moruya Public School
North Sydney Boys High School
North Sydney Demonstration School
Oaklands Public School
Otford Public School
Palinyewah Public School
Para Meadow School
Pomona Public School
Pooncarie Public School
Prairiewood High School
Quaama Public School
Quambone Public School
Savernake Public School
School of the Air - Broken Hill campus
Strathfield South High School
Tathra Public School
Temora High School
Urana Public School
Warilla High School
Wentworth Public School
White Cliffs Public School
Wolumla Public School
Yamba Public School

Australian Theatre for Young People (with Marrickville West Public School)
Bankstown Youth Development Service
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre (with Gymea Technology High School)
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery (with Whitebridge High School)
Musica Viva (with Bega and Wolumla Public Schools)
Musica Viva Australia (with Villawood North Public School)
Object Design Gallery (with Dulwich Hill High School)
Outback Theatre for Young People
Outback Theatre for Young People (with Barham Public School, Barham High School, Mallan Public School, Moulamein Public School, Tooleybuc Central School & Wakool Burraboi Public School) 
Penrith Performing and Visual Arts (with Nepean High School)
Shopfront Theatre for Young People Co-op Ltd (with Woniora Road School)
Tantrum Theatre Co-Operative (with Carrington Public School, Islington Public School, Mayfield Public School, Tighes Hill Public School)
The Cad Factory (with Boree Creek Public School, Mangoplah Public School, Pleasant Hills Public School & Yerong Creek Public School)

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