At PICA we recognise that we are situated within the unceded lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We pay our respects and offer our gratitude to Elders past and present, and to those emerging leaders in the community. We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the importance of their care and continued connection to culture, community and Country.

Always was, always will be.

We are open today from 10am to 5pm. Our exhibitions are always free.

Hatched Learning

Hatched Learning

Our flagship exhibition Hatched: National Graduate Show 2023, is a must-see exhibition for aspiring young artists and social commentators. Hatched is a dynamic showcase of the next generation of artists who have recently graduated from art schools across Australia. 

The only national graduate exhibition of its kind, Hatched provides a vital platform for early-career artists and awards the largest prize for an emerging artist in the country. A source of great inspiration for all art students, Hatched is an insight into the future of Australian visual art. 

Free Guided Tours

Guided tours and activities can be tailored to the needs, abilities and interests of your class. 

Artful Thinking

Responding to and interpreting art is a key focus of excursions to Hatched. Our Creative Learning team can work with you to help students:   

  • Appreciate artworks of different forms, styles, materials and techniques 
  • Explore the choices made when creating and presenting artworks 
  • Experience visual art terminology within a gallery setting 
  • Reflect on personal responses and feelings about artworks
  • Discuss the use of visual art elements to communicate meaning and purpose
  • Investigate how social, cultural and historical contexts influence artworks 
  • Consider the role art plays in reflecting, challenging and shaping societal values 

Ideal for secondary students in the Visual Arts learning area across ATAR and General courses focusing on Experiences, Inspirations, Differences, Identity and Commentaries. And tertiary students of visual art, curatorial studies and art theory.

Hatched Resources

Hatched Schenberg Awards Infosheet

Learn what makes an award-winning artwork in our Schenberg Awards information sheet, or watch Schenberg Awards judge, artist and Hatched alumni Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran interview Paean Sarkar (QLD) the Dr Harold Schenberg Art Fellowship of $35,000 – the largest prize for an emerging artist in Australia.

Hatched Worksheets

Choose from our Hatched worksheets to enhance students’ gallery experience through self-reflection, observation and creativity. Explore creative responses to pressing global issues across eight themes and connect the exhibition to curriculum content: 

Everyday rituals in Australian figurative painting: analyse the elements and principles of art in humorous figurative paintings of everyday life.  

Sustainability and the Environment: compare artists’ commentaries on the relationship between humans and the environment.   

Materials and techniques: consider how textile art techniques and materials can convey meaning and challenge attitudes and values about identity and gender.   

Connection to Country and Colonialisation: learn how art can be used to reclaim Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and cultural practices. 

Social, cultural and historical contexts: investigate how personal migration stories and global movements shape artists’ commentaries about racism. 

Place, Space and Time: explore how we make sense of our surroundings through interactive time-based art and new technologies. 

Media Consumers and Producers: critique the effect of mass media and popular culture on food production and consumption.   

Asian-Australian cultural identities: explore histories and politics shaping notions of ‘home’ and connection to Asian-Australian identities. 

Excursion Details

Student Suitability: Best suited to tertiary and secondary students (Years  7–12) with a focus on Visual Arts, Media Arts, Performing Arts and Humanities. Ideal for Year 11 and 12 Visual Arts ATAR.     

Curriculum Links: Sustainability; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures; Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia; Commentaries; Points of view; Differences; Identities; Place, space and interconnection; Social, cultural and historical contexts; Media arts; Data and information; New technologies.   

Art Forms/Styles: Installation, textile arts, media arts, interactive arts, digital technologies, ceramics, jewellery, painting, conceptual arts, bio arts, abstraction; time and motion-based artwork

Sensitive Content: References to environmental destruction, gender identity, power and oppression, AIDS epidemic, graffiti and themes that some people may find confusing or upsetting (person wearing a hood over their head in a dark space). 

Sensory Description: dramatic flickering lights (not strobing, some rapid flashing), moving interactive images (high contrast white stars on dark background), bright colourful light (dual channel video installation, not strobing or flashing). 

Events / Free
6–9 June 2023

Hatched Schools Expo

Exhibition / Free
13 May – 23 July 2023

Hatched: National Graduate Show 2023