Professional Learning

Professional Learning events that are associated with the Access Artists project and the Parramatta Diocese Visual Arts Professional Learning Community will be featured here

Access Artists is an initiative of the Parramatta Diocese Visual Arts Professional Learning Community, 100 Mile Art. As Visual Arts educators in Western Sydney, we have been committed to providing professional learning opportunities that take advantage of resources offered by regional galleries, local institutions and agencies.

2018 Professional Learning Conference, Monday 19th March, 2018, 

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Creative Partnerships: Collaborative Practices in Art, Design and Art Education, Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University, Parramatta South Campus, Rydalmere. 

Presenters include Dr Michelle Catanzaro and Katrina Sandbach, Lecturers in Visual Communication, WSU, artist Jason Wing and artist and designer, Victoria Garcia, Visual Arts teachers, John Bawden, Lithgow High, Steve Lewis, St Dominic's College, Kingswood and Stevie Lee Lane, Catherine MacAuley, Westmead. There will also be a showcase of student work from the 2017 Access Artists projects. 

Download here the detailed program and presenter notes here.

Download the Conference Flyer

Teachers in Parramatta Diocese can register using the Professional Learning portal on Oscar to Course No: 18292 using this link. 

Previous Professional Learning events

Since 2011 we have run an annual conference day as well as range of collaborative workshops in schools. Below is a list of our annual conference days and speakers with the programs attached in links.


Establishing Visual Arts Learning Communities, Penrith Regional Gallery

Key speakers: Catherine O’Donnell, artist; Dr Karen Maras, Australian Catholic University; Karen King, Visual Arts teacher; Tim Williams, architect, Campement Urbain


iArt: Digital Technologies in Visual Arts Classrooms, Australian Catholic University

Key Speakers: Dr Karen Maras, Australian Catholic University; Sandy Edwards, Curator, Stills Gallery Sydney, Elspeth Grew and Sarah Eyles, Visual Arts teachers, Judith Blackall and Melinda Garcia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney


Connecting Communities: Art in Western Sydney Parklands. Blacktown Arts Centre

Key Speakers: Ivan Morison, contemporary British artist and C3 West project artist; Anne Loxley, Curator, C3 West, Museum of Contemporary Art; Yolanda Gil, Manager Development and Strategy, Western Sydney Parklands; Karen King, Visual Arts teacher, Tim Williams, architect and Super Sydney coordinator, John Choi, architect,CHROFI, Phil Coxall, landscape architect, McGregor Coxall


City of Plenty: Social Engagement and Responsibility in Visual Arts , Penrith Regional Gallery

Key Speakers: Sarah Goffman, artist; Dr Lee-Anne Hall, Director, Penrith Regional Gallery; Luise Guest, Education and Research Manager, White Rabbit Gallery; Kathrine Kyriacou, Visual Arts Education lecturer, UNSW


Access Artists: Working with artists in Western Sydney, Penrith Regional Gallery

Key Speakers: Artists Bronwyn Berman, Catherine O’Donnell and Mehwish Iqbal. Visual Arts teachers from Bede Polding College, Caroline Chisholm College, Catherine MacAuley and Cerdon College


Illinois State University Exchange program

In addition to our professional learning program, we have also hosted visits from art educators from Illinois State University and run a professional learning programs for their visit.