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Art for students with Vision Impairment Professional Development

Thursday 17 August, 9.30am - 4pm
Booking deadline 8 August

Michael Donnelly, artist and art educator, will present a hands-on workshop and seminar exploring options, strategies and issues related to working with blind and low vision students. Helen Attrill, Education Officer at Bendigo Art Gallery will demonstrate the new programs and materials on offer for people with vision impairments at the gallery, including those funded through Creative Victoria’s Engaging Audiences Grant.

Explore information on setting up or adjusting your art or classroom to better accommodate your students, issues of access to the visual arts, specialist techniques, budget options and opportunities for “hands-on” art making. Participants will explore works of art under blindfold, investigating the use of visual description, tactile diagrams and touch access. Learn about how Bendigo Art Gallery is making art more accessible to all visitors, including students with vision impairments.

Morning tea and lunch in the Gallery Cafe included.

Bendigo Art Gallery members: $50; non-members $55. Cancellations made less than 8 days before the event cannot be refunded or invoices cancelled.


About the Presenters

Michael Donnelly
Michael Donnelly was art teacher at the RVIB / Vision Australia School in Burwood for 11 years, teaching students who are blind or have low vision. Michael teaches art in the Support Skills Program at the Statewide Vision Resource Centre (SVRC) in Donvale and is a Visiting Teacher – Vision Impairment for NWVR (Metro). He has presented at conferences and run many workshops on art, art access, and vision impairment.

Helen Attrill
Helen has worked at the gallery for 22 years and is renowned for developing exciting and relevant Professional Development programs catering for teachers from all over Victoria. She is excited to be developing programs for students with special needs.


This program is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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Bendigo Art Gallery acknowledges the support of the Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program.


Event details

Date & Time:
Bendigo Art Gallery members: $50; non-members $55
Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street, Bendigo
Online booking form - link above