Noriko connects through art and language

IGS languages teacher Noriko Yamanaka is excited to have been selected as a volunteer Japanese and English guide for the Art Gallery of NSW.

“I was a Japanese guide in Central Australia many years ago and am excited to become a guide once more from January,” Noriko said.

“At the Art Gallery I will be learning more about International and Australian cultures through art, and sharing what I learn.

“The architecture of this new building is designed by award-winning Japanese architects SANAA and there are well-known Japanese artists’ works displayed in the new building such as Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami. 

“I have a love of art. I worked for the Sturt art gallery in the Southern Highlands when I was teaching Japanese to primary students,” Noriko said.

Noriko also worked as a Japanese guide in Central Australia including Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) for two years and learnt about Indigenous culture.

“I’m excited these experiences led to me becoming a volunteer guide at the NSW Art Gallery.

“Yiribana gallery of the new building displays many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and it is wonderful to learn about Indigenous artworks and culture.”

Noriko attended the National Symposium of Japanese education in Melbourne this term and was impressed how beautiful Japanese artworks could integrate into Japanese teaching and enhance students’ learning.

“There are fantastic opening celebrations from 3 December for families and children. I hope many of you can visit and enjoy nine days of celebration during summer school holiday.” Find out more here.

Congratulations to Noriko for demonstrating the IGS value of connectedness through her cultural contribution.