Fresh AIR

Through Fresh AIR, school students are given valuable access to arts and professional artists.

Fresh AIR is an Artist-in-Residence in Schools program running in NSW from 2014 to 2016. Fresh AIR is funded through the Artist in Residence (AIR) program, an initiative of the Commonwealth government through the Australia Council to improve children and young people’s access to quality school-based arts education by supporting professional artists to undertake residencies in schools.

Fresh AIR is a three-year, targeted strategic initiative comprising two distinct, yet integrated components:
The Residency Strand: three artist in residency projects delivered in six NSW public schools, covering a broad spectrum of artforms, disciplines and teaching techniques:
– Three Artists in Three Schools – Cabramatta High School, Fairvale High School and Merrylands High School
– Park Road Studio: Indigenous artists in residence at Alexandria Park Community School, organised by Carriageworks
– Room 13: Shopfront Contemporary Arts for under-25s in residence at Athelstane Primary School and Woniora Road High School.
The Research Strand: a program of assessment and evaluation to identify and articulate best practice for Artist-In-Residence programs conducted by researchers from the University of Newcastle and the University of Western Sydney.

Fresh AIR is managed by Arts NSW in collaboration with NSW Department of Education, with input and strategic advice from a Working Group composed of representatives from the Australia Council, Arts NSW, the Department of Education and the professional arts sector.

This webshowcase has been created with images and text provided by the project managers of each of the Fresh AIR projects.

Fresh AIR in 2014

More than 600 students and 40 teachers from 6 schools worked closely with 10 artists in 2014 through Fresh AIR.

Artists delivered many hundreds of hours of learning to students and teachers about their art making practice, techniques and skills. The artists mentored and shared knowledge with students across artforms including painting, print-making, ceramics, collage, video-making, sound art, writing, dance and performance.

Artist studios were established at the schools to provide dedicated spaces for art-making. In these studios, students and teachers made art and also observed the professional artists creating new work. Teachers were exposed to new art making processes, materials and skills, through which they developed new teaching programs, additional teaching resources and new assessment tasks.

The students demonstrated their creative achievements and shared their learning through public exhibitions and performances.

The Artists and Schools collaborated with industry Project Partners to provide further opportunities for student learning and artistic network.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.