Visual and Media Arts

In the culturally diverse and rapidly growing technological world in which we live, the work of visual and media artists can often have a profound impact on the way in which we view how and where we live. Their work extends beyond national borders, and has the ability to achieve greater cultural understanding; uniting global communities.

By engaging with the work of these artists, students have the opportunity to increase their knowledge of traditional and contemporary visual arts techniques and are able to explore the brave new world of film, television, gaming and web design – one of the fastest growing creative industries in the Asia region.

To jump start your next Visual or Media Arts activity, consider making contact with the following peak bodies, media outlets or practitioners.

Western Australian peak bodies and projects in visual and/or media arts/broadcasting and film:

National organisations, programs/collections and resources:

National media outlets:

Western Australian media outlets:

What's On:

  • January Linocut Workshop held in Ubud, Bali - Spend 7 nights in Ubud, Bali immersed in the art of linocut printing surrounded by the artist culture of Ubud. Under the guidance of artist and printmaker Shana James learn how to adapt a drawing, carve and print your lino by hand. Learn about Balinese art and culture and receive a list of lesson ideas using linocut and incorporating Balinese culture into specific lessons. More details available on the website.
  • WA Focus: Helen Grey-Smith, Art Gallery of Western Australia. A centenary celebration of a remarkable mid-century textile designer. This exhibition has relevance to a number of areas within the visual arts curriculum including design development, printmaking, collage, watercolour, ink painting and acrylic painting.
  • WA Focus: Nathan Beard, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Often based in an exploration of his own Thai-Australian background, Nathan Beard's practice is conceptually and materially hybrid as he combines sumptuously rendered sculpture, video, photography and drawing to produce thoughtful, provocative and elusive experiences.

Further reading/viewing:

To find out more about the arts education events linked to the arts subjects Visual and Media Arts, visit our What’s On page here.

Contact a teacher - visit the ArtsEdge professional teachers’ associations list.

Visual artists, filmmakers, graphic designers, photographers, media artists, game/application developers etc. interested in developing programs for schools, visit Working in the School Context  for tips about project planning, creating education resources and professional learning opportunities for teachers, and marketing to schools.

Invite an artist or organisation to be artists-in-residence in your school; check funding providers here.

Image: Film still - 'The Embrace'. Photograph by Pilar Mata Dupont; courtesy of Asialink, University of Melbourne.

Details about artists and organisations outside the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries do not constitute an endorsement of those artists or organisations or their programs, products or services. School communities are responsible for making their own assessment of these artists or organisations in accordance with relevant Department of Education policies, procedures and guidelines. Users should seek professional and specialised advice for their individual situations.