Education in brief: a Hive for kids, a conference for art educators and news from around the web

Sensory art for kids in Sydney, and the National Visual Art Education Conference in Canberra. Plus Australian schools and universities grapple with inequality.
Education. Young girl in pink dress sits inside hive-like strucure on green grass as part of art for kids.

As part of the Sydney Festival 2024, the Hive Festival will present two weekends of music, performance and play, encouraging children to consider their place and responsibilities within our ecosystem. Hive will happen at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on 13 and 14 January 2024 and the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre on 19 and 20 January 2024. The free event will see both venues come alive with interactive artworks, hands-on workshops, performances, storytelling and talks. 

A centrepiece is a new collaborative artwork designed by Noa Haim, director of Collective Paper Aesthetics, Rotterdam, titled Be at the Hive where Art Gallery visitors will contribute hexagonal cardboard prisms to a growing “beehive”, culminating in the assembly of giant hive-like structures in the North Building to create an immersive sensory experience.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk