Te Papa’s Education Programme for the Venice Biennale

Posted by Senior Art Education Programmer Helen Lloyd
As a museum educator, I have enjoyed introducing students to Bill Culbert’s work, in particular his collaborations with Ralph Hotere; Fault at City Gallery Wellington and Void at Te Papa Tongarewa. So to be invited to create an education programme about his work at the Venice Biennale is exciting. Being able to witness his work in the New Zealand Pavilion at this pre-eminent international art event is a unique opportunity for me to share insights about his work, and that of other representative artists from around the world, with the education community in New Zealand.

Topical discussions aimed at secondary art and art history teachers will focus on Culbert and his presentation at Venice via my regular blog posts. The Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa will host the teachers’ professional development events I am organising about the NZ at Venice project. Secondary teachers will be treated to a twilight art talk about Culbert’s exhibition and the wider context of the Biennale on my return from Venice.

For Primary teachers, I will be collaborating with Te Papa’s senior science educator, Scott Ogilvie, to present a hands-on art and science cross-curricular workshop exploring Culbert’s fascination with light in all its guises. Later in the year, education resources for primary and secondary teachers contextualising aspects of Culbert’s practice will be published online.

This education programme offers an invaluable opportunity for both teachers and students to learn more about New Zealand’s presence at the 2013 Biennale, and enjoy first-hand accounts of the progress and challenges of installing an exhibition in the bustling city of Venice. Sign up to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for regular reports on the Biennale. More information about educational events and resources, here

VOID, by Bill Culbert and Ralph Hotere. Neon tubes, rubber, glass, steel, paint. Commissioned 2006. Te Papa.