Professional learning

We offer opportunities to attend workshops and specialist lectures and talks related to exhibitions, gallery content or Museum research throughout the year.

Some professional learning sessions are designed to help build teachers' content knowledge while others highlight how exhibits can be used to engage students and enrich their learning. All sessions address the Australian Curriculum are embedded with Teaching for Effective Learning (TfEL) methodologies and meet National Teacher Standards. Certificates of attendance are issued for all sessions.

 Coming Up


Tarnanthi educator learning session

Still in My Mind: Gurindji location, experience and visuality
4:30-6:00pm, 31 October

Join Museum educators to explore what objects, archives and artworks can tell us about people and place.
This session includes a tour of the Still in my mind exhibition, an overview of teacher and student resources, and refreshments.
Please contact to register

About the exhibition

Still in my mind reflects on the enduring impacts of dispossession and displacement, including those of a pivotal land rights event, the 1966–75 Gurindji ‘walk-off’. Using photographs, paintings, video, digital platforms and archival material, it presents a multilayered picture of cultural continuity, connection to Country, possession and dispossession from diverse standpoints, demonstrating how Gurindji and associated peoples keep the past present through kinship and cultural practices. It is inspired by the words of Gurindji/Malngin leader Vincent Lingiari, ‘that land ... I still got it on my mind’.

Artists: Brenda L. Croft, Jimmy Wavehill Ngawanyja Japalyi, Michael George ‘Nutwood’ Tulngayarri Japalyi, Pauline Ryan Kilngarri Namija, Leah Leaman Yinpingali Namija, Ena Oscar Majapula Nanaku, Violet Wadrill Nanaku, Sarah Oscar Yanyjingali Nanaku, Connie Mosquito Ngarmeiye Nangala, Biddy Wavehill Yamawurr Nangala, Serena Donald Narrpingali Nimarra, Rachael Morris Namitja

Archival material: Axel Poignant, Norman Tindale, Brian Manning, Michael Terry, Hannah Middleton, Mervyn Bishop, Rob Wesley-Smith, Minoru Hokari, Lyn Riddett, Penny Smith

Still in my mind: Gurindji location, experience and visuality is presented as part of Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art.

Tarnanthi is presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in partnership with BHP and with the support of the Government of South Australia.

Photo: Brenda L. Croft. ‘Self-portrait on Country (Wave Hill), 2014’ (detail)


Teachers' Big Days Out 2020

Teachers’ Big Days Out  information and Eventbrite registrations are now open via the link on the website.

Teachers’ Big Days Out (TBDO) is a professional learning event for educators presented by South Australian cultural organisations with the support of the Department for Education. The program includes over 90 sessions across multiple learning areas and year levels, aligned to the curriculum.

There will be a host of differtent learning opportunities offered here at the Museum as well as 21 other organisations across the city over 3 big days.

Book now so you dont miss out!

3 day program

15, 16, 17 January 2020


Past Events

Empowering educators: curiosity and discovery

A unique professional learning event for educators
Presented by the South Australian Museum, Adelaide Botanic Garden and Art Gallery of South Australia 

Discover alternative strategies for STEM thinking and problem solving by using works of art, objects and living things to foster engagement through inquiry-based learning. This professional development session will be held in conjunction with the Adelaide Botanic Garden, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum.


Recommended to all educators, TRT and pre-service educators


Located at the South Australian Museum, Adelaide Botanic Garden and Art Gallery of South Australia


$90 AGSA or SA Museum member

$100 non-member

$60 TRT or pre-service teacher

Enquiries -

South Australian Museum – Yurtu Ardla: An exhibition that carves more than wood

Dr Jared Thomas, Nukunu person and the William and Margaret Geary Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Culture at the South Australian Museum, will introduce and discuss his exhibition Yurtu Ardla and lead into a focus on the tools, technologies and processes highlighted in the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery.  Jared will contextualize the objects on display in the exhibition and gallery to help support teaching and learning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures including the new elaborations in the science curriculum.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens – Weaving with the Southern Elders Weaving Group

Join Aunty Janice and Aunty Lorna from the Southern Elders Weavers Group for a fun and interactive Basket Weaving workshop. Learn traditional techniques of weaving with the opportunity to create baskets and other woven objects using raffia and other plant materials. Weaving workshops are also a great way to yarn and learn about Aboriginal culture with aunties who are very skilled in sharing their craft.

Art Gallery of South Australia - How to make a mark

Examine works of art that address storytelling, tools and technology and participate in a workshop to discover alternative strategies for developing critical and creative thinking skills. Explore the Gallery in more detail and use works of art as prompts for design thinking and problem solving.

Key curriculum areas:

  • Learning areas: Science and Visual Arts
  • General capabilities: intercultural understanding; critical and creative thinking; literacy
  • Cross-curriculum priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.


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