Creative Connections - Session 30
Topic: Authentic and engaging artist-led education programs
Date: 10 July 2020
Guest’s clan and/or language groups: Tom Readett - Ngarrindjeri and Arrente peoples
Location of guest panelist: Tom Readett - Gaurna (Adelaide)
Location of host: Ian RT Colless - Eora, Gadigal, (Sydney)
Tom Readett, Tarnanthi, Art Gallery of South Australia: Thomas Readett is an Established Artist from Adelaide, South Australia also working as Tarnanthi, Education Officer at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Thomas has been a drawer his entire life ever since he was a child, wanting to further his career as a professional artist he enrolled into Adelaide Central School of Art in 2011, and it was then he began painting. This is now one of his main practices.
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About this episode
How can artists and organisations develop and produce authentic and engaging education programs for children and young adults?
Now more than ever; artists, organisations and institutions are developing educational material and programs for schools and young people in a digital space. This session will discuss the role and value of artists and collections for education, and how we might use artists as the starting point for learning and engagement with the arts to develop education programs and work with educators.
The session, hosted by Education Officer for Tarnanthi (AGSA), Tom Readett will unpack how educators and organisations can create meaningful engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and collections authentically and appropriately.
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Thomas Readett is an Established Artist from Adelaide, South Australia also working as Tarnanthi, Education Officer at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Thomas has been a drawer his entire life ever since he was a child, wanting to further his career as a professional artist he enrolled into Adelaide Central School of Art in 2011, and it was then he began painting.
This is now one of his main practices. Thomas graduated his study at Adelaide Central School of Art completing his Associate Degree and Bachelor of Visual Arts Degree (BVA) in 2015. Thomas ended the degree with his final body of video work based around ideas of Solitude and a personal journey through his identity. Thomas has since exhibited solo shows "Beneath the Skin", "Dark Light" and "From Within" with works developed through both studio practice and artist residency programs such as the SALA Country Health SA/University of South Australia Glenside Mental Health residency. Thomas has recently been working in the realm of public art on large scale murals such as The works "Onwards and Upwards" 99 Prospect Roadfor the Big Picture Festival, "The Journey" for Wonderwalls 2017, "Plato" for Praxis ARTSPACE Studios, "Into the Light" for Tarnanthi 2019 w/ Elizabeth Close, and even supported artist Ben Quilty with the aerosol components of his exhibit at both the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) and Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) + many more.
In Thomas’ role as Education Officer for Tarnanthi he is seen programming and running professional development for Educators, delivering Outreach programs to regional and rural schools and communities, and creating resources for educators and students.