Educator Resources

Education resources are developed to help students and educators unpack the themes, artists and processes of each Biennale in the classroom or during a visit to the exhibition. In addition, they take you behind the scenes of the Biennale and explore the world of contemporary art and exhibition-making.

How to be in the arts without being an artist

A series of masterclasses held during the 20th Biennale brought together a variety of representatives from the Biennale of Sydney and the Art Gallery of New South Wales to explore how to work in the arts without being an artist. With topics ranging from the making of the 20th Biennale to the day-to-day running of a public museum, the program gave students the opportunity to question arts specialists about their jobs and experiences.

How to Work in the Arts without Being an Artist was produced by the Biennale of Sydney and Art Gallery of New South Wales, and was made possible through assistance from the Women’s Art Group. The Biennale thanks the panellists, educators and students involved in this program, as well as the artists whose works feature in the videos.

View the videos:

How to Work in the Arts without Being an Artist: Exhibition and Curatorial (1 of 4)
How to Work in the Arts without Being an Artist: Marketing and Design (2 of 4)
How to Work in the Arts without Being an Artist: Freight and Registration (3 of 4)
How to Work in the Arts without Being an Artist: Slashies (4 of 4)

Student Newspaper

Alongside each edition, the Biennale produces and prints a free Student Newspaper for secondary school students containing information about the current exhibition’s theme, ideas, artists and artworks. In 2016, secondary school students were invited to develop and write content for the 20th Biennale Student Newspaper, and asked to submit written or pictorial responses to a set of questions devised by the Biennale Public Program and Education team. The resulting publication is a collection of responses to those questions, as selected by Biennale staff. Download the 20th Biennale Student Newspaper to read creative and critical responses to the Biennale’s Embassies, artists, artworks and audiences as penned by some of the Biennale’s most engaged audiences.

20th Biennale Student Newspaper

Previous Education Kits

20th Biennale Secondary Education Kit
20th Biennale Primary Education Kit
19th Biennale Secondary Education Kit
19th Biennale Primary Education Kit
18th Biennale Secondary Education Kit (Excerpt)
17th Biennale Teachers Kit
16th Biennale Teachers Kit

Education resources have been developed to be adaptable and practical in their classroom use to ensure content can be applied across a range of learning settings. If you have any feedback relating to our resources, please get in touch with us at programs[at]