Encompassing a diverse range of mediums The National 2017: New Australian Art offers an opportunity to educators and students to experience the latest ideas and forms from contemporary art in Australia.

Education programs for The National are designed to engage students and teachers from across Australia as well as greater Sydney and NSW. Student-led forums, a rich collection of digital learning resources and an Educators Conference plus onsite programs present new possibilities to open up a dialogue around what is happening right now, right here.

Planning a school visit to The National

You may need to book your visit even if it is a self-guided group – use the links below to ensure your visit goes smoothly!


Art Gallery of NSW 

Booking required for self guided school visit and school programs available.



Booking not required for school visit.


Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia 

Booking required for school visit and school programs available.


Education Events

Under the Spotlight

Led by artist educators, discover the artworks, themes and narratives in our highlighted exhibitions throughout the year. What is the thinking behind the selection of works? What is the role of the curator? And how does an exhibition aim to inspire an audience?


30 March - 16 July
Art Gallery of NSW
Stages 4-6
60/90/120-minute duration
$165/$180/$225 per 15 students
Syllabus links: Visual Arts – artmaking, art criticism, art history

Exhibition in Focus

Take an in-depth look at artist’s practice and actively explore materials, ideas and processes in conversation with an experienced Artist Educator. Identify unifying themes within the exhibition and reflect on curatorial decision-making.
Want to focus your program on a particular syllabus content area? Let us know in your online booking request.


30 March -18 June
Museum of Contemporary Art
Stages 4-6
60/90-minute duration
$160/$180 per 15 students
Syllabus links: Visual Arts – artmaking, art criticism, art history

Study Mornings

Investigate themes and artists in The National 2017: new Australian art. Explore the artworks and the behind-the-scenes content that brings an exhibition from idea to reality.


Wednesdays 10, 17 May 11am
Art Gallery of NSW
Stages 5-6
50-minute duration
$5 per student
Syllabus links: Visual Arts - artmaking, art criticism, art history

The National Educators Conference

Bringing together educators, artists and gallery staff, The National Educators Conference will address critical thinking, artist practices and learning engagement strategies right now in contemporary Australian art. 

Held across the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia over two days the conference features a range of practical studio based workshops, artist and curator talks and educator lead sessions.


Carriageworks: Thursday 6 April, opening reception 6–8pm
MCA: Friday 7 April, 9am – 12.30pm
Art Gallery of NSW: Friday 7 April, 1.30 – 4.30pm
$180 per teacher/$144 low SES school teachers
FREE for Art Pathways teachers
$25 Bring a friend tickets to opening reception at Carriageworks