Teacher as Artmaker Project 2016 exhibition opening night: Resolutions: creating liminal spaces

The Teacher as Artmaker Project supports art teachers to continue their practice and passion for art outside the classroom.


The 2016 Teachers as Artmaker Project exhibition Resolutions: creating liminal spaces opening address will be delivered by  Maxine McKew, Vice Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

This exhibition will feature works from over 30 artists, coming from a diverse background of art and visual communication education

Maxine McKew is a strong believer in creating a successful education system, having published her second book Class Act: Ending the Education Wars. Following a successful career as a journalist, and later as a politician, Maxine has focused on what she believes is one of our nation’s biggest dilemmas: repairing and equalising our education system.

Following the success of her political memoir, Tales from the Political Trenches, published in 2012, Maxine McKew’s new book Class Act looks at some of the most important questions in Australian education. For the past two years, Maxine has been a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Located in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education she has drawn on the expertise and substantial research of the school to inform her stories of success and challenge in Australian education.

Maxine McKew’s background is in journalism and politics. For many years she was a familiar face to ABC TV viewers and was the anchor of prestigious programmes such as Lateline and 7.30 Report. Her work has been recognised by her peers and she is a recipient of both Logie and Walkley awards. When she left broadcasting and made the switch to politics, she wrote herself into the Australian history books by defeating Prime Minister John Howard in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. In government, she was both parliamentary secretary for early childhood, and later for infrastructure and local government.

Maxine now lives in Melbourne where she continues to work on a range of activities at the University of Melbourne. She is a director of three not for profit boards, Per Capita, the John Cain Foundation and Playgroup Australia.