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PORTFOLIO PREPARATION is designed for 15-18 year old students wishing to gain entry into either VCASS or a tertiary art institution.

With experienced knowledge of portfolio presentation requirements Hannah Bertram will share the essential components necessary to develop your portfolio and feel confident going into the interview.  Hannah has sat on a number of selection panels for tertiary institutions and will prepare you for what will be needed in your portfolio and interviews.  You will learn strategies and develop your visual diary to help you in finding your voice, a strength required when discussing your work in an interview plus it deepens your engagement to art in general.

These are one to one mentoring sessions with Hannah held on zoom or phone.  We’ll send you a questionnaire to complete and return with examples of your work, Hannah will then prepare feedback and resources specific to your portfolio.

Examples of what could be discussed:
– Expectations of VCASS/BFA and how they differ from high school
How to write an exceptional exhibition review
– Photographing and selecting images for folio
– What you may be asked in your interview and why
– Managing nerves, ways to talk about yourself and your work, and mock interviews
– What to ask and look for on Open days
– Idea generation, curiosity and experimentation
– Expressing your unique perspective
– Exhibitions, artists and artworks – where to go, what to look at, how to record it
– How to show that you have undertaken independent work outside of school

Sunday 15th August
1 hour session
Available times: 10am / 12:50pm / 2pm / 3:15pm
Tutor: Hannah Bertram
Location: Online

15-18 year old students preparing to apply to VCASS or a tertiary art institution

– The session will be hosted on zoom, we will email you the call link
– We’ll send you a questionnaire to complete and return with examples of your work prior to the session

HANNAH BERTRAM completed a PhD at VCA, University of Melbourne in 2018, and a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2003 and a Masters of Fine Art in 2005 at RMIT. The primary medium for her temporary decorative installations is dust, but her practice also includes site-responsive installations, drawing, video, performance and spoken word.

During her fifteen years as a professional visual artist, her works have been exhibited throughout Australia and Internationally. Her ephemeral installations have been displayed in ARI’s, commercial galleries, university galleries, public space, and contemporary art museums including most her site-specific work ‘Phoenix in Ruins’ at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. She has been awarded several prizes and in 2015 was shortlisted for the Prudential Eye Award for Best Emerging Installation Artists in Asia. Bertram has also participated in many artist-in-residencies programs, such as the Australia Council, Skills and Art Development – Green St studio New York.

In addition to her art career she is also an experienced teacher working in the Creative Arts degrees at Deakin University. Several of her artist-in-residence projects have included working with members of the community or students, to collaborate creatively on the development of new work.

In 2005 Hannah Bertram and fellow American artist Kendall Nordin created and completed the first 24 Hour Drawing Project. In subsequent years the event has included artists from Australia, USA and China and has taken place in several continents. It is a studio-based project that honours endurance, time and process.

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