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20151117 - AGNSW Brett Whiteley Studio Tour and Curator Presentation for Secondary Students FREE for ALL SCHOOLS - 17 November 2015 - 14:00 - Stream 1

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AGNSW Brett Whiteley Studio Tour and Curator Presentation for Secondary Students FREE for ALL SCHOOLS


Classifications: Enabled, Events Not to be missed, Upcoming Excursions

Provider: EDTV


Presenter: Alec George: AGNSW Brett Whiteley Studio Coordinator

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Date: 17 November 2015

Start Time: 14:00

End Time: 3.00pm

Duration: 1 hour

Closing Date: Bookings Close 16-Nov-15

Availability: DEC and Non-DEC

DEC Positions: 25

Non-DEC Positions: 5


KLA Syllabus: Secondary

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KLA Keyword/s: Stage 5 & Stage 6 art, HSC art, Brett Whiteley, Contemporary Australian art, drawing, sculpture, ceramics


Event Overview: Students and teachers will experience a tour of the current exhibition at the Brett Whiteley Studio and a tour of the artist's studio.

Sculpture is one of the most important but least recognised aspects of Brett Whiteley’s oeuvre. Employing a diversity of materials – wood, bronze, plaster, ceramics, fibreglass and found objects – Whiteley created startlingly expressive three-dimensional works largely inspired by his love of nature and its animate forms.

He stated that his interest in sculpture came from its dialogue with or 'bounce between’ painting. The two mediums constantly informed each other, with discoveries in one finding their expression in the other.

'Brett Whiteley: sculptures and ceramics' explores this vital relationship, showing Whiteley’s extraordinary gift for form was not limited to the pencil and brush, but extended into the transmutation of matter. Giraffes, sharks, pelicans and wrens populate the exhibition space, as well as sensitive, curvilinear distortions of the human figure.

This exhibition also shows some of Whiteley’s most important paintings including: Self portrait in the studio, 1976 and Big orange (sunset) 1975 as well as over 35 drawings and studies never displayed before.

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Additional Booking Instructions: Teachers are encouraged to spend time preparing their students with background information about Brett Whiteley and his work in the Australian context.

Teachers are advised to login in to the video conference 10 minutes prior to commencement to ensure a satisfactory connection.

Technical assistance is available from DART CONNECTIONS Help Desk: 1800 824 737

Further Information: The Art Gallery of NSW Brett Whiteley Studio is located in Sydney at :2 Raper StreetSurry Hills NSW

When in Sydney, students and teachers are encouraged to visit the gallery and studio where Whiteley resided and worked for the last four years of his life. Details are available here: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/brett-whiteley-studio/

All images are Copyright Wendy Whiteley

The session and artwork are protected by copyright and must not be recorded or reproduced in any way without express written consent from the Art Gallery of NSW and Wendy Whiteley.

If you would like to book this excursion and there are no places available, please contact Trish Hurley at EDTV on 0415 795 75 or trish@edtv.com.au.

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The principal of the school has received permission for each participating student to be photographed and for their image and voice to be recorded.
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