Melbourne Now Summer School
La Trobe University in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria offered an accredited education program in 2014, only the second in the NGV's history. Through the Melbourne Now Summer School program, students completed a university-level subject in a class limited to only 50 students, giving them greater access to the NGV's suite of artists and curators. Results from this year's Melbourne Now Summer School showed intense interest in this program, which was booked out within a matter of days.
As a Learning Partner with the National Gallery of Victoria for 2014–2015, we are delighted to be continuing our association with the gallery as it prepares to showcase the prestigious international exhibition 'From sidewalk to catwalk: Jean Paul Gaultier'.
La Trobe University student experiences: Melbourne Now Summer School
Caitlin Maher-Gale (Bachelor of Arts, English major and winner of the Vice Chancellor's Excellence and Access Scholarship)
'Melbourne Now and [the Melbourne Now Summer School] have been a surprisingly personal experience, explicitly and inexplicitly allowing me to reflect, excavate, partake and absorb the culture of my city. Analysing artworks and theory so intricately connected to Melbourne has reminded me of the weight of time and place, but importantly also the reprieve and excitement of expressing it in new and different ways.'
Indiana McLean Muir (Bachelor of Media and Diploma in Languages)
'Would I encourage someone to take this class? Absolutely! It's a life changing experience I wish would never end. I love doing the assignments and I loved every minute of this exhibition. You truly do not want to miss this opportunity!'
Janelle Johnstone (Bachelor of Arts, anthropology major)
'The state institution awarded the task of being the interface between art and the public is finally offering a platform to contemporary Victorian Indigenous artists to exhibit their work and make their statements. This is an opportunity to allow other voices and images to emerge, aside from the ones prescribed by the broader, cultural colonial processes which essentialise 'Aboriginality' in a tribal time capsule. Exciting times!'