Students experience world cultures and histories through APT8



Students from St Agnes Primary School, Brisbane interact with Nge Lay’s The sick classroom 2013

The development of educational resources at QAGOMA is a collaborative endeavour – and a very enjoyable one.

Learning staff work closely with curators, as well as film editors, and design and multimedia teams to create relevant and fun resources for schools. The process is authentic in its relevance to the classroom, as evident in questions and activities generated by teacher specialists from QAGOMA Learning’s Teacher Advisory Group.

It is important to us to create meaningful resources that empower teachers to design a visit that will bring artworks to life for their students – both at QAGOMA and in the classroom.

For those teachers new to The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) – be prepared for its large scale and transformative nature. The artworks will have a high impact on student visitors, creating lasting memories.

In this APT, students can be captivated in a similar fashion by large scale installations by artists Asim Waqif and Haegue Yang, who use wood and venetian blinds respectively, or be mesmerised by Yumi Danis (We Dance), which features song and dance from Melanesia.

For APT8, one of the challenges for staff was to consider ways of translating performance, video and kinetic art through a printed resource. The inclusion of short video introductions by curators assisted to demonstrate the participatory nature of performance and movement being explored by exhibiting artists.

So why not investigate the resources yourself?

There are customised Student Resources and Teacher Resources for primary and secondary levels, as well as a generic School Resource suitable for all levels with hyperlinks in the school resource to the curatorial video introductions.

Nge Lay, Myanmar b.1979 / The sick classroom 2013 / 27 wooden sculptures, timber walls, 8 desks, 26 student accessories, 1 table, 1 chair; 15 photographs, ed. 1/5; 20-channel video, ed. 1/5 / Proposed for the Queensland Art Gallery Collection / © The artist

School Resource (suitable for all levels)
Primary Student Resource
Primary Teacher Resource
Secondary Student Resource
Secondary Teacher Resource

Video introductions
Introduction to APT8
Yumi Danis (We Dance) project

APT8 is a must-see exhibition for students of the Arts, Humanities and Languages. The interactive activities in APT8 Kids mean that students can form their own personal connections to art and ideas from the Asia Pacific region.

We invite educators to meet curators and APT8 artists at the upcoming teacher professional development program arranged by QAGOMA Learning- a popular event every February to kick start the school year.

APT8 Look Out Teacher Program
Saturday 6 February 2016
Book online

The accompanying APT8 publication features a suite of richly illustrated essays and a children’s book accompanies APT8 Kids onsite.

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT)
is the Gallery’s flagship exhibition focused on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia.
21 November 2015 – 10 April 2016

Exhibition Founding Sponsor: Queensland Government
Exhibition Principal Sponsor: Audi Australia
APT8 Education Major Sponsor: Santos GLNG