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Blindside delivers exciting exhibition programming and provides engaging opportunities for students to learn about contemporary art in a supportive environment.

On this page you will find information about booking an education talk or visit, general education resources, and Blindside-specific resources.

Booking Your Visit

All groups interested in visiting Blindside for an education talk or self-guided visit are required to complete a booking form. Given current capacity limits, we may not be able to accommodate your group if you arrive unannounced.

Blindside currently offers in-gallery education talks during gallery hours on Tuesdays and Fridays 12-6pm.

BOOKING ENQUIRY

Education Talks

In-Gallery + Online

Blindside offers Education Talks in-gallery to visiting school and higher-education groups. Open to all year levels, Blindside Education Talks invite students to develop their ability to reflect and talk about contemporary art.

Blindside is not currently offering online Education Talks.

We are currently able to offer half-hour in-Gallery Talks on Tuesdays and Fridays within gallery hours (12-6pm), with limited availability on other days. Please make sure to book at least two weeks in advance.

Bookings can be made by filling out and submitting our booking enquiry form, available through the sidebar on the right. After receiving your booking enquiry our Gallery Staff will be in contact to confirm your chosen date and time. Please note, we cannot guarantee your chosen date and time will be available, however will do our best to accommodate you. Following confirmation of the date and time, an invoice will be forwarded and payments can be made via Electronic Fund Transfer prior to your visit.

For Education Talks Blindside asks a flat fee of $55 inc. GST to cover some of the costs of providing our Education Program. To see what’s on during your visit, checkout our upcoming Program via our Homepage.

Talk Topics

Learn from the Gallery Coordinator or a member of Blindside's Board of specialised art professionals. Blindside is able to design our talks to compliment various study areas. Topics include:

  • Artist Run Initiatives (ARI). What are they and how do we work?
  • The difference between an ARI, commercial gallery and public gallery.
  • Blindside's exhibition program: How do we program? What do we look for?
  • Staging an exhibition: Design, themes and media in the current exhibition.
  • The role of the curator.
  • Writing about art.
  • Advice for emerging artists including how to write an exhibition proposal.
  • Arts funding and support.
  • Promotion: What are the best ways to reach your desired audience?
  • Conservation: What are the considerations for safe handling and display of artwork?
  • Blindside's current exhibition: art responding and analysis.

For Tertiary Educators

Blindside is able to tailor talks for tertiary-level students to provide relevant and practical information for students in a variety of degrees including Fine Art, Arts Management and Curatorial Studies.

Blindside offers valuable experiences providing advice on relevant and practical information for those curious to know how to get involved and exhibit with an ARI. Covering areas of exhibition applications, funding, writing about art or volunteering. In some instances, it may be possible to have the exhibiting artist(s) present at the time of your tour.

Education Visits

Blindside welcomes free self-guided visits by education groups during gallery hours (Tuesday to Saturday, 12–6pm), and provides several downloadable resources for use during these visits (see below). Group numbers may be limited so please use the booking enquiry form to advise date, time and student numbers.

Education Resources

Where Art Lives
Art Outside the Gallery – From the Public Square to the Internet

An education resource on public art and art in public spaces. This learning resource is free, however access is restricted to teachers. To receive a copy of this education resource please fill out this form.

Alongside this resource, we have developed a webpage for student use which contains images from Uncommon Nature, a 2019 screen-based Blindside SATELLITE Project, which looked towards ideas of collective experience and the inherent multiplicity that is encapsulated within it both online and ‘in real life’. It examined notions of the public space, specifically the public square, and what it means for art to occupy these spaces and connect physically disparate audiences through a collective experience. This webpage includes exhibition details, and the freely downloadable exhibition publication.

We hope that you find these resources useful and engaging. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Booking Enquiries

To book an Education Talk or Visit, please complete Blindside's booking enquiry form, available HERE.

Blindside's Education Program offers specifically tailored talks to the VCE Visual Arts and Studio Arts curriculum with resources customised for specific outcomes within the VCE syllabus, including an Education Kit and adaptable worksheets.

Education Kit

Blindside also develops education resources for selected exhibitions, and has room sheets available for every exhibition to enrich the learning experience of the exhibition before, during and after a visit. If you require a pdf copy of a room sheet, please email us at info@blindside.org.au.

Blindside is conveniently located within walking distance to the NGV (NGV Australia: 4 mins walk away, NGV International: 8 mins walk away), ACCA (16 mins walk away) and a variety of commercial galleries.

Blindside’s Gallery Staff have valid Working With Children Checks. If you require these or other documents to comply with your school’s excursion policy, please note this in your booking enquiry or email the Gallery Coordinator at info@blindside.org.au and we can forward you the relevant documents.

If you book an In-Gallery Talk and it is no longer able to proceed due to public health or school policies re: COVID-19, Blindside can reschedule the talk, or deliver it using online platforms.

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The Nicholas Building

Room 14, Level 7, 37 Swanston Street

Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6pm
Closed on public holidays
(+61) 3 9650 0093
info@blindside.org.au

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Working on unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Blindside pays respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.

Working on unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Blindside pays respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.

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