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About Elizabeth Montgomery

Elizabeth is the Administration Assistant for VADEA NSW and has been with the association since 2014. Elizabeth supports the VADEA Executive on membership, conference planning and professional development events.

VADEA 2018 Conference

SAVE THE DATE:  4 & 5 MAY 2018

“On the Verge” VADEA 2018 Conference

To waver and wonder
Oscillate between
Desire a tangible balance between known and unknown
Leave your firm footing and venture ahead towards a curious ambiguity,
In the hope of new knowledges and experiences
With a simultaneous sense of familiarity and risk
Familiar unknowns and dangerous known
Tracing thresholds physical, material, conceptual and experimental

(Courtesy of Helen Yip)

The VADEA 2018 Conference will be held at The Boyd Education Centre set on Bundanon Trust’s magnificent Riversdale property overlooking the Shoalhaven River.

Riversdale and Bundanon are administered by the Bundanon Trust and were gifted to the Australian people by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd. The conference will be a wonderful opportunity to experience these two iconic sites and engage with the practices of artmaking, art history and art criticism.

This will be the first VADEA conference held beyond the Sydney metropolitan area and we hope delegates will have an exceptional experience at the Bundanon Trust properties with their rich history of site specific art and exhibitions, strong artist in residence program, extensive art collection and excursion opportunities.

The Education Manager at Bundanon Trust and the VADEA executive are in the process of initial planning for the 2018 conference. Ideas being considered are providing a conference bus from Central Station to Riversdale and returning to Central (approximately 3 hour journey each way) and accommodation options.

We also plan to include a specific primary day at the conference to provide artmaking experiences in the beautiful Shoalhaven and access to the indigenous history,stories and art making activities from the local community.

More details to be announced.

Photo credit: Bundanon Trust

Art Matters: Teacher Professional Development Workshop Aboriginal Art and Education

Saturday 29 July, 9am–4.30pm

Cost $120 (please note numbers limited to 36)

The second in our series of 4 NAS professional development days this year, Visual Arts teachers will have the opportunity to engage with Amala Groom and Blak Douglas as they discuss their respective practices and ideas in relation to Aboriginal art and education.

This is an opportunity not only to engage with your peers in exploring the relationships between contemporary Aboriginal art and education to further inform classroom teaching practice but also develop your skills and knowledge in art making with two workshops. During the morning panel discussion,  Blak Douglas will discuss his emergence into art and some of his more notable accolades. Amala Groom will reflect on ‘Appropriation as a weapon to dismantle the Colonial Project‘. Teachers will be able to participate in both artmaking workshops facilitated by Blak Douglas and Amala Groom.


‘Pain in the Arts’ with Blak Douglas from 10.30 am-1 pm

‘Conceptual Art’ with Amala Groom from 2-4.30 pm


Registration and networking


Artists’ presentations


Workshop A: Blak Douglas




Workshop B: Amala Groom

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Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the Visual Arts and Design Educators Association will be held at
Trinity Grammar School, Terrace Room, First Floor ‘F’ Block, 119 Prospect Rd, Summer Hill, on Tuesday 20, June 2017 at 5:45pm.

Voting and Participation
Nominations for the VADEA Executive and Project Officer positions are now open. You can play an active role in shaping the future direction of VADEA. To share your passion and commitment to quality visual arts and design education you can:

  1. Nominate yourself, or a colleague for a VADEA Executive position.
    Nominations close 9 June at 10:00pm, or
  2. Volunteer for a Project Officer role at the AGM on 20 June at 5:45pm.

Position Descriptions, Nomination Forms and Voting Forms