Artists-in-Schools Program

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Background and Program Aims

The Artists-in-Schools Program is a Creative Education Partnership initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts, in partnership with artsACT and the ACT Education and Training Directorate.

The Artists-in-Schools Program seeks to give young people and their school communities the opportunity to work with practicing artists and to learn more about the creative thinking process. It also aims to increase awareness of the role of artists in the community and their work.

Through the Program, students in ACT Government primary schools are exposed to the benefits of creative practice and learning through collaboration on arts projects with a professional artist. Projects focus on developing skills and understanding for students, teachers and the school community. In addition, projects increase educators awareness of opportunities for partnerships between artists and schools, and build their capacity to collaborate with professional artists to support teaching and learning.

The Artists-in-Schools Program supports projects that:

  • involve suitable practising ACT professional artists;
  • have a strong and innovative artistic concept;
  • generate innovative ways to engage students across the curriculum;
  • create opportunities for teachers to expand their skills and knowledge; and
  • are well planned with a focus on building creative partnerships.
2015 Artists-in-Schools Program

In 2015 Artists-in-Schools programs operated in four ACT Government primary schools: Charnwood-Dunlop Primary; Charles Conder Primary; Duffy Primary and Franklin Early Childhood School.

Artists working with schools in 2015 were Sean Davey (a photographic artist), Amelia Zaraftis (a visual and sculptural artist), Marianne Mettes (a puppeteer and performance artist) and Ruth Oliphant (a glass artist). Projects were delivered across the third and fourth school terms to support arts education in the curriculum.

Follow this link for information about the outcomes of the 2015 Artists-in-Schools Program.

Previous Programs

For more information about the Artists-in-Schools Program, please contact artsACT on 02 6207 2384 or email

Franki Sparke at Mawson Primary School