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Cultivating Creativity

A collaborative research partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts investigating the impact of Creative Leadership in Learning (CLIL), an innovative Sydney Opera House program that embeds creativity in schools.


“I have seen the program take giant risks, and I have seen it change young people’s lives”

Curly Fernandez, Sydney Opera House Artist

Cultivating Creativity: A study of the Sydney Opera House’s Creative Leadership in Learning program in schools

To understand the impact of the Creative Leadership In Learning (CLIL) program, the Sydney Opera House and Australia Council for the Arts undertook a collaborative research project called Cultivating Creativity

The research aims to understand the impact of the CLIL program within schools on both learning and wider community engagement. It explores the relevance of the program and the application of the lessons learned to the wider education and creative sectors. 
Drawing on interviews conducted with principals and teachers from participating schools, and data co-created with the Sydney Opera House CLIL team and its artists, the research found that CLIL had a wide range of positive impacts on students, schools, artists and communities.


Want to find out more?

Register now for an interactive digital Q & A session hosted by Frank Newman, Creative Learning Specialist, Sydney Opera House.

Is your school ready for CLIL?

For teachers, principals and parents
Zoom Session One
Wednesday 4 November 
4.00pm - 5.00pm AEDT

Discover exactly how the flexible three-year CLIL program could work in your school community.  Participants will be taken through a step-by-step guide to the program by Frank Newman as well as hear about the demonstrated impact of CLIL from two Principals and a Sydney Opera House Artist. 

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    Panel Participants

  • Shelley Diamond - Principal, Chipping Norton Public School 
  • Danielle Coonan - Acting Principal and Change Maker, Victoria Avenue Public School
  • Sarah-Vyne Vassallo - Integrated dance director, educator, choreographer, script writer

What is the role of the artists and cultural organisations in schools? 

For artists and cultural organisations
Zoom Session Two
Wednesday 11 November 
4.00pm - 5.00pm AEDT

Discuss the process of art-making as a pedagogy and explore the challenges and opportunities for cultural organisations with outreach programs. We’ll take a look at the artist/teacher relationship and translating art-making processes into teacher professional learning. 

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    Panel Participants

  • Luke Escombe - Musician, Composer, health key note speaker
  • Howard Matthew - Artist, Educator, Film Maker
  • Katrina Faros - Teacher, Chipping Norton Public School 
  • Tamara Harrison - Head of Children, Families and Creative Learning, Sydney Opera House




What is Creative Leadership in Learning? 

Watch now to discover the life-changing impact that creativity has on students, families and communities.


Kids tell us what they think of Creative Leadership in Learning

We asked kids to tell us what they think of the program.

Cultivating Creativity Panel

Hosted by Eddie Woo, this expert panel of Principals and Artists discusses the essential role of creativity and its positive impacts on students, families and schools.


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