Looking Out For Teachers

Working with artists to develop resources and workshops is at the cornerstone of the Gallery’s professional development Look Out program for teachers.

Recently, artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, who you may remember from the In-flight project for ‘The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ in 2005-06, facilitated workshops for teachers, responding to the materials and ideas in the exhibition, ‘Yayoi Kusama: Look Now, See Forever’.

Artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan

The objective of artist workshops is to provide teachers with a hands-on activity suitable for the classroom. In this workshop teachers created their own maquette to learn about large scale installation similar to Yayoi Kusama’s practice.  Using recycled materials, teachers reflected upon the ways that colours, shapes and images act as signifiers of meaning. Through this activity, students can explore the question, ‘what is installation art?’  Teachers are also given handouts with curriculum information and step-by-step instructions, and these workshops contribute to teachers’ professional development quota for the year.

Why not join the Gallery to enliven the imaginations of your students? 150 teachers enjoyed Look Out programs in February. They came from metropolitan and regional locations, including teachers who travelled from as far away as Rockhampton, Gympie and Charleville in Queensland, Sydney and even Singapore!

Look Out programs also include exhibition previews and forums. The next Look Out program will feature artists from ‘Contemporary Australia: Women’ on Saturday 12 May. Visit in late April to book online.

Here is a flashback to APT6 in 2009 with Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan’s In-flight (Project: Another Country).

Maria Isabel Gaudinez-Aquilizan | Philippines/Australia b. 1965 | Alfredo Juan Aquilizan | Philippines/Australia b. 1962 | In-flight (Project: Another Country) (detail) 2009 | Mixed media | Site specific installation | The project for Kids’ APT asked everyone to make aeroplanes out of found materials. Using the recycled objects supplied, as well as off-cuts and twine, participants are able to construct aircraft within a dynamic activity space. Touching on themes of migration, family and memory, the recycled planes formed a giant flock suspended from the ceiling of the Queensland Art Gallery.


  1. Love the planes. I’ve been working with sticky dots/stokers for seven years so loved the kids sticker room.