SPEAKER: Lleah Smith
Lleah Smith is a pedagogical practitioner. She has worked across Australia and India since 2011. At the core of her practice is an interest in collaboration and knowledge exchange where ‘learning’ is the medium, the artwork and the education. Smith is fascinated by the 'educational turn' in contemporary art-making and the radical changes and pedagogical shifts impacting how we teach and how we learn. She engages in making, writing and research through her independent practice and position as Programs and Learning Manager at the Biennale of Sydney, the third oldest Biennale in the world. Smith is also a Teaching Associate at Monash University and the former Assistant Manager, Education at Kaldor Public Art Projects, the world’s first public art organisation. Smith works with audiences of all ages to develop critically engaged and socially conscious projects. Formative learning experiences, which have significantly shaped Smith’s pedagogical approach include, Kandos: a reimagining (2021) and Youth4CareParty (2020), as well as Kaldor Public Art Projects’ do it (homework) (2020), Your Public Art Project (2019) and the Biennale of Sydney's 12-part series Water Lessons (2021).