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VADEA 2018 Conference


Program Overview

Theme “On the Verge”

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 Riversdale and Bundanon properties 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 and exceptional experience at both venues. Bundanon Trust has a rich history of site specific works and exhibitions, strong artist in residence program, extensive art collection, educational programs and excursion opportunities.

Please note workshops with a specific K-6 focus are integrated into the program.

Friday, 4 May program 
Will be held at the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, Riversdale.

9.30am – 10.30am – Registration, Morning Tea and Sponsor Resource Displays
Morning Session – Keynote Artist Presentation, and presentation by Rosemary Gorman, Inspector, Creative Arts, NESA
Lunch – Opportunity to visit sponsor resource displays
Afternoon Session – Presentation of papers and case studies, panel discussion addressing current issues in visual arts education and extended art making workshops (I hour) with visual arts teachers and Bundanon Trust educators.
4.15pm – 6.00pm – Cocktail Party (Day Tripper Bus passengers will depart at 4.40pm)
7.00pm – 8.30pm – VADEA Conference Dinner (Optional)

Saturday, 5 May program 
Will be held at the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, Riversdale for the morning session and the Bundanon Homestead for the afternoon session.

9.30am – 10.30am – Registration, Morning Tea and Sponsor Resource Displays
Morning Session – Keynote Artist Presentation, VADEA professional Learning Grants presentation and travel by VADEA Day Tripper Bus or Private transport to Bundanon Homestead.
Lunch – Picnic on the Grass in the Bundanon Homestead Grounds
Afternoon Session – Extended artmaking workshops (1 1/2 hours) including master classes with artists in residence at Artist in Residence studios, Bundanon educator workshops, collaborative art making workshops with visual arts teachers, S&S Wholesale and Eckersley’s presenters, specialist K-6 workshops and extended tour of the Bundanon Homestead collection, study centre and Arthur Boyd Studio. Or an introductory tour with a 45 minute workshop.
Afternoon tea will be provided.

Watch this Space

  • Call for Papers
  • Registration
  • Program overview and workshop information


Bundanon Trust sites
Friday, 4 May – Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, Riversdale (170 Riversdale Road, Illaroo)
Saturday, 5 May –  Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, Riversdale (170 Riversdale Road, Illaroo and Bundanon Homestead (533 Bundanon Rd, Illaroo).

How to Get There

Return coach transfers from Central Railway Station will be available for conference delegates at $20.00 each. This includes transfers between the Riversdale and Bundanon properties. Or delegates may choose to travel by private transport. There is sufficient parking at both sites. Click here for travel  detailsYou can reserve a space on the coach by email to


Delegates can book accommodation directly with the hotel or using the various online comparison sites.  Delegates are advised to book accommodation in advance. VADEA has no affiliation with any accommodation provider. Click here for accommodation options

Bundanon Trust Background Information

The Place: The Bundanon Trust supports arts practice and engagement with the arts through its residency, education, exhibition and performance programs.

Artist in Residences: Open to artists and thinkers from all disciplines, individually or in groups to support new work, research and collaborations by Australian and international artists.

The Collection: 3,800 works (1,300 works by Arthur Boyd, 1,200 from five generations of the Boyd family, works by Arthur Boyd’s contemporaries, including Sidney Nolan, John Perceval, Joy Hester and Charles Blackman and works from past artists in residence.

Exhibitions: The Bundanon Trust curate exhibitions from the collection for national tours and the focus gallery in the Bundanon Homestead

Siteworks: Event-scientists, artists and community share knowledge and ideas arising from the Bundanon Trust sites through a series of discussions, presentations and experiences.

Photo credit: Bundanon Trust

We look forward to seeing you at the VADEA 2018 Conference.