Regional Programs




Tuesday 10 May 2022,11–11.45am
Bookings essential. Free                                                             

Join curator Eva Czernis-Ryl in conversation with Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, one of 160 artists featured in Clay Dynasty — a major retrospective of Australian studio ceramic practice over the past 50 years.  This webinar is designed for staff and volunteers of smaller museums, the collecting sector, and tertiary art students.

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran is a Sri-Lankan born contemporary artist who explores global histories and languages of figurative representation. While best known for his irreverent approach to ceramic media, his material vernacular is broad. Ramesh has specific interests in South Asian forms and imagery as well as politics relating to idolatry, the monument, gender and race. Ramesh’s signature neo-expressionist and polychromatic work has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Dhaka Art Summit, Art Basel Hong Kong and Dark Mofo festival.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales recently acquired his monumental work ‘Avatar Towers’. His work is held in public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, The Art Gallery of Western Australia and The Ian Potter Museum of Art, to name a few.

Eva Czernis-Ryl is a curator at the Powerhouse Museum whose research interests focus on decorative arts, craft and design from the 18th century to the present. Her most recent exhibitions include Clay Dynasty, A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity; Recollect: Ceramics and Fantastical Worlds.

Artist in Conversation: Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran



Visible Thinking Strategies Workshop + Tour

Wednesday 15 June 2022,10.30am – 2.30pm
Museum Discovery Centre
Adults $60 (Price includes light lunch)
Bookings essential 

Discover how to successfully use ‘Visible Thinking Strategies’ for your programs or engagements with individual visitors or school groups, to create an interactive and long-lasting learning experience. This workshop, led by Powerhouse Education and Digital Learning Manager Peter Mahony, will include in-class and on-site exhibition group learning activities. 

Peter has led the Powerhouse education and digital learning team for 26 years. Each year, his team engages hundreds of school groups in onsite and offsite learning. To scaffold learning within the museum context, the education team are encouraged to implement ‘Visible Thinking Strategies’, a system developed across a number of research projects by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education Project Zero.  

This event is designed for staff and volunteers working in smaller museums and the collecting sector. The session will conclude with a 1-hour tour, led by a museum registrar, of one of our storage areas. Bookings essential, a light lunch is included.



Handling, Housing and Moving Objects

Thursday 16 June 2022, 11–11.45am
Bookings essential. Free                                                                     

As Collection Storage & Logistics Manager for the Powerhouse Collection, Tom Wilcox is responsible for overseeing the packing and movement of thousands of museum objects per week. In this 45-minute webinar he will take you through the principles and processes of how to correctly handle, pack, and move museum objects.

Drawing on his experience working across the public and private sectors in collection care and logistics, Tom will help you gain confidence and knowledge so that you can undertake the safe guardianship of your collection. He has a wealth of knowledge and practical know-how when it comes to looking after a diverse range of fine art and museum objects. 

Tom will briefly touch on the safe handling of objects and focus mainly on safely packing and housing objects for transport. This webinar is designed for staff and volunteers of smaller museums and the collecting sector. A 30-minute presentation with slides will be followed by a 15-minute Q+A session. The webinar is free but bookings are essential



Images: 1. Artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran with his work ‘Hog/Human’, Photo Marinco Kojdanovski 2. Students visit the ICONS exhibition, Photo Marinco Kojdanovski 3. A tour at the Museums Discovery Centre. Photo Marico Kojdanovski

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