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 that 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)

Secondary Education Kit

The Secondary Education Kit features content, questions and activities related to the 20th Biennale in the form of an overall introduction to the 2016 exhibition: its concept, the history and ideas behind the Biennale ‘Embassies’ and a section that goes behind the scenes at the Biennale. Separate venue-specific resources include selected artists and activities relating to each Embassy or the In-between Spaces.

Secondary Education Kit Introduction
Secondary Education Kit
Secondary Education Kit Cockatoo Island
Secondary Education Kit Museum of Contemporary Art
Secondary Education Kit Art Gallery of NSW
Secondary Education Kit Artspace
Secondary Education Kit In-between Spaces
Secondary Education Kit Mortuary Station
Secondary Education Kit Mobile Book Stall
Secondary Education Kit Carriageworks

Primary Education Kit

The Primary Education Kit presents content about the 20th Biennale through a series of integrated learning topics and suggested activities to promote cross-curricula learning.

Primary Education Kit Introduction
Primary Education Kit

Student Newspaper

For each exhibition, 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 have been 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

Find out more information about submitting content for the student newspaper. (Note: submissions are now closed)

Download the Start-Off document here

Kids’ (Non) Passport

The 20th Biennale of Sydney Kids (Non) Passport is a kids activity booklet and map designed to encourage younger audiences to visit the different venues of the 20th Biennale. Incorporating questions, activities and facts about the exhibition, its design allows kids to have their personal copy stamped with the ‘delegates’ of each Embassy they visit. Delegates are playful, graphic characters associated with each of the 20th Biennale Embassies.

The 20th Biennale is structured around several thematic clusters conceived of as ‘Embassies of Thought’ – an idea that stemmed from consideration of today’s challenges surrounding immigration. Embassies are meant to function as spaces for ideas within a particular physical location, access to which is based not on one’s nationality, race or cultural background, but on ideas and the potential they offer. Biennale Embassies question boundaries and are ‘safe spaces for thinking’. In this framework, the very concept of needing a passport to travel is to be questioned. This publication encourages the free travel of visitors between Embassies (major venues of the exhibition). It has been designed to support the idea that in the Biennale, there are no borders between Embassies.

Previous Education Kits

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]