Inspire students with an exciting showcase of the next generation of Australian contemporary artists in Term Three, with activities connecting to National Science Week and STEAM education.
Hatched: National Graduate Show 2024
Held annually, Hatched: National Graduate Show is a calendar highlight for students and educators keen to get a glimpse into the future of arts practice in Australia. Since 1992, Hatched has exhibited the work of over 1,400 art school graduates, with notable alumni including Archie Moore (Venice Biennale 2024), Julie Gough (Biennale of Sydney 2022) and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (Melbourne Art Foundation Young Artist Award 2018). For most of these artists, Hatched is their first experience exhibiting at a major public institution.
The artists in Hatched address some of the most compelling issues of our time in media including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video and various experimental forms. The culmination of years of studio and research-based enquiry, their works represent a diversity of innovation, materiality, technique and perspective.
The only exhibition of its kind in Australia, Hatched platforms the artists’ works to a national audience and connects them with their peers from across the country. It is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue and bespoke professional development program designed to assist the artists in furthering their artistic careers.
Year 11 Master Class: Finding Your Voice and
Creating a Resolved Body of Work
20–23 August | 10am
1 hour and 30 minutes
$5 per head
Year 11 students in the Visual Arts ATAR and general courses are invited to hear from Hatched artists-in-residence about their artistic journey. Hands-on activities will help students prepare for their year 12 assessments by covering creative thinking and working processes. This includes tips on linking authentic experiences to broader social, cultural and political contexts; research approaches; material experimentation; documentation; and developing effective artist statements. This master class is led by local and interstate Hatched artists and PICA staff.
STEAM in the Gallery: Migratory Birds and
27–30 August | 10am
1 hour and 30 minutes
$5 per head
Get creative at PICA during National Science Week with hands-on interdisciplinary learning and STEAM education. Explore how the graduating Australian artists in the Hatched exhibition address compelling issues such as sustainability through an exhibition tour. Then dive into the National Science Week’s school theme – Species Survival: More Than Just Sustainability – through workshops about the effects of microplastics on migratory birds. Connecting the scientific method with creative expression, this workshop is led by bird conservation specialist, Dr Lindall Kidd, and artist and Hatched alumni Stephanie De Biasi. Learn about the high-tech tools and methods used to track the journey of bird species and protect them from habitat loss and other threats. Creatively respond by making sculptures out of recycled plastics to add to an interactive installation inspired by birds journeying from our shores across the world, such as the Eastern Curlew and Bar-Tailed Godwit.
How to Book
Contact PICA’s Learning and Access Manager, Jenn Garland at
Hatched: Sustainable Slow-making and Skill Sharing at Hatched
During their visit, students can get creative in the PICA Hub and take part in an all-ages activity designed by one of the graduating Australian artists in the Hatched exhibition. These activities emphasise the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority through hands-on experimentation with recycled materials and slow-making practices. Students are invited to create together, sharing their skills, knowledge and experiences while fostering social bonds and a sense of belonging.