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NAIDOC Portraits – For Our Elders (Stage 4, Stage 5)

  21-Jul-2023      01:45PM
Live Event

Celebrate NAIDOC with First Nations portraiture during a live National Portrait Gallery program.

Betty Muffler 2021 Robert Fielding (from the series ‘Mayatjara’) © Robert Fielding and Mimili Maku Arts



Students celebrate the contributions of First Nations Elders in the National Portrait Gallery collection. In association with NAIDOC Portraits are used to encourage engagement in students, to build the knowledge and skills to look, respond and create.

This program will highlight the achievements of Elders, by telling the stories of their lives. We will examine what we notice about who they are – their identity through the visual communications of art.

  • Present artworks and describe how they have used visual conventions to represent their ideas. Please have drawing material/tools ready for each participant!
  • Identify intended purposes and meanings of artworks using visual arts terminology to compare artworks, starting with visual artworks in Australia including visual artworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples


BROUGHT TO YOU BY: National Portrait Gallery


Presenter April Phillips is Wiradjuri-Scottish educator, digital artist, graphic anthropologist and audience specialist with ancestry to the Galari people of regional NSW. She is passionate about innovative approaches to learning such as multi-modal resources and live virtual delivery. April is a First Nations Learning Designer, developing resources and engaging experiences for students across the nation.

Event Details

Date & Time

  21-Jul-2023    01:45PM   + Google Calendar  + iCal Export

Event Type

Live Event - Scheduled

Delivery Platform



1 Hour





Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

Aboriginal Culture and History

Other KLAs

Creative Arts » Visual Arts

Creative Arts » Visual Arts

Will This Event Be Recorded?

No - This will only be available at the designated date & time (21-Jul-2023 01:45PM).

Joining The Event

Technology and Materials Requirements

Students require some sheets of paper and a pencil/crayon/texta to draw with.

This virtual learning program will be delivered via Zoom. Upon booking, you will be sent a link to follow.

To facilitate the best possible experience we require a teacher to rename the Zoom connection to appropriately reflect those behind the camera. Your school name, student level/s and student numbers is preferred eg. Nolan HS – Year 8 – 30

We prefer you have your cameras turned on as it assists to aid participant interaction with our shared community.


Connecting To The Event

ZOOM Meeting ID: 854 6037 3067


Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

If you have any queries please contact the provider

Name: Bookings Officer

Phone: 02 6102 7070

Email: [email protected]

Website: portrait.gov.au

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