Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Art prize update

Summer is here again - and a whole new crop of art prizes and competitions to enter. Most of these close around the end of January, so be sure to follow the links if you need more information and get your entry ready before Christmas and New Year madness ensues!

Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2009
This is an acquisitive prize with $15 000 awarded to the winning work. The judge for 2009 is Deborah Edwards, Senior Curator of Australian Art at Art Gallery New South Wales. Further information and entry forms available here, entries close 16th January 2009.

She who discovers
Female artists are invited to enter contemporary works for this exhibition in celebration of International Women's Day 2009. Entries close 21st January 2009, application forms and information available here.

Port Jackson Press Graduate Printmaking Award 2009
This prize is open to printmaking graduates who have just completed their studies. The major prize is acquisitive, and the winning print will become part of the Port Jackson Press Australia archive. The winner also receives $4000, and a feature article published in Imprint. Sound good? Visit the Port Jackson Press website to download an application form. Entries close 30th January 2009.

Chillout Photography Prize 2009
The Ballarat International Foto Biennale presents this $3000 prize - all forms of still photo based art will be considered, including all types of analogue and digital photography, both color and monochrome. Works are to be based on the theme 'Diversity'. Entry closes 23rd January 2009, further details and entry forms available here.

Lorne Sculpture Exhibition 2009
Call for entries is now open: 30 outdoor and 15 indoor sculptures, closing date is 30th January 2009. Prizes include the Regional artist Award, Environmental Award, Storefront Award, People's Choice Award, and Emerging Artists Award. Visit the website for details.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Changes to newspaper database (ANZRC) access

We've recently stopped subscribing to one of our databases - ANZRC (Australian and New Zealand Reference Centre) - in favour of purchasing more books and diverting funds to superior products like JSTOR.

The good news is that you can now access all the important information that ANZRC provided by other means:
  • for full-text news article searching, go to the State Library of NSW remote access page for ProQuest Australia and New Zealand Newsstand (you need to sign up for a reader's card - see NAS library staff for assistance)

  • full-text searching of Art & Australia and Art Asia Pacific is available from the State Library of NSW remote access page through INFORMIT Online

  • and Art New Zealand has a basic search facility on its own website.

As always, feel free to see us with any questions - we're more than happy to help you.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Early closure Tuesday 18th November

Please note we will be open from 10am until 1pm only on Tuesday 18th November, to allow for staff training. Thanks for understanding.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Tell us what you REALLY think

It's that time of year again...

We know you're all busy finishing up for the year but we'd be ever so grateful if you would spare a few minutes to complete our survey.

We want to provide the best services we can, and your feedback helps us make decisions and plans for the future.

So click here to help us help you. The survey contains 9 multiple choice questions and 1 (optional) written response question.


Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Summer library hours

After an incredibly short final term, we're winding back to holiday opening hours again soon. You may borrow during this period, but watch your due dates - you don't want a nasty fine spoiling your summer holiday!

This is a general guide – there may be other closures. Call 9339 8620 to check we’re open before you come in.

Mon 3rd Nov – Fri 5th Dec

Mon 8th Dec – Fri 9th Jan

Mon 12th Jan – Fri 16th Jan
(Summer School) 9.30—4.30

Mon 19th Jan – Fri 27th Feb

Enjoy the summer!

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Photos from under the big top

Here's a random selection of photos from the NAS Ball which will change each time you hit refresh. You can see the whole set by following the link at the bottom of this post.

There are also some gorgeous shots on Alex Wisser's website.

Do you have photos from the ball? Email them to us at to include them here or post a link in the comments.

Thankyou once again to the hard-working organising committee for putting on a fantastic night for us!

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Monday, 13 October 2008

Library Stairwell Gallery - Deadline for proposals extended!

Deadline for proposals for the Library Stairwell Gallery have been extended to Wednesday 22 October.

Current Second, Third year and Hons. students are all eligible to apply for a show in Semester 1, 2009. If you are finishing this semester, you are still eligible for a show! Solo, duo or small group shows are all welcome.

This is a great opportunity to get some gallery installation and exhibiting experience before finishing art school.

Proposal packages are available from the Library information desk.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008


The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award is an extraordinarily popular event that attracts on average more than six hundred entries per year. Entry forms for the 2008 Fisher's Ghost Art Award are now available from the Campbelltown Arts Centre website. The Fisher's Ghost Art Award is open to any artist, Australia wide, with the option of entering up to two works of art.

The cost per entry is $25 per work, with the exception of the GP and GS Awards, which are $5 per entry.

The Open Award is the major prize of the exhibition and is open to artworks in any medium.

The winner of the Open Award will receive a $20,000 prize and the winning work is acquired by Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Entries close: Friday 17 October 2008

Further information:

Library Stairwell Gallery - Apply for Semester 1, 2009

The Library Stairwell Gallery is currently calling for exhibition proposals for Semester 1, 2009.

If you are currently in 2nd year, 3rd year or BFA honours or the MFA you can apply for an exhibition in the LSG. This applies even if you are in your final semester and wont be undertaking further study at NAS in 2009.

Information packs about the exhibition proposals are available at the library circulation desk. If you have any further questions please see Lea or Elizabeth.

Exhibition proposals are due by 17 Ocotber 2008.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

ARTback - calling all sculptors

The Long Paddock – Cobb Highway touring route was launched in 2006 as a tourism initiative of five councils, covering 610 kms from Echuca-Moama in south western NSW to Wilcannia in western NSW. There are 47 interpretive panels along the route that tell the story of the pioneers, drovers, shearers, transportation and indigenous culture of the region. The councils along the route are now seeking expressions of interest from artists to create a public artwork for each shire to be installed in 2009.

The works, although produced by individual artists, will be marketed as an entire collection telling the stories of the Long Paddock. The sculptures will be seen by approximately 100 000 visitors each year travelling the Long Paddock – Cobb Highway Touring Route. Each site has a specific artist's brief; budgets for the sculptures range from $24 000 to $49 000. Please visit the ARTback website for full details.

Applications close: Friday 10 October 2008.

Holiday opening hours

Everyone's looking forward to a well-deserved break from classes, but if you're planning to use the time to catch up with some work or research, you'll need to know when the library will be open.

We do try to stay open as much as possible during term breaks but there will be a few closed days to allow us to repair our well-loved books, attend some meetings, and have a break ourselves.

You can pick up a bookmark with these hours at the service desk.
Enjoy the break!

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Art Prizes now open for entry...

The Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize
This prize is an acquisitive art award and exhibition, open to
all forms of art media except photography. The competition is open to all Australian artists and has a total prize pool of $30 000. Entries close 12 September 2008. For more information view the entry form.

Redland Art Awards
Redland Art Awards is a biennial contemporary painting competition open to all Australian artists. The 2008 Awards feature four non-acquisitive prizes. $10 000 is awarded as first prize with runner up awards of $4000 and $2500 as well as the Meredith Foxton People’s Choice Award of $500. Entries close 22 September 2008. Full details and entry forms can be found on the website.

Willoughby Sculpture Prize 09
Artists are invited to submit work which relates to one or more aspects of the 2009 theme to rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle. $15 000 in non-acquisitive prizes will be awarded. Up to $5000 will be awarded to an artist for costs associated with a site specific work. This is a discrete category and artists are required to submit a budget and detailed description of the proposed work and its location. For more details please refer to the website. Competition entries close 22 October 2008, the exhibition will run 21 - 29 March 2009.

Monday, 18 August 2008

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

The National Portrait Gallery invites all Australian residents to enter the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009. The exhibition will be displayed in the National Portrait Gallery from 20 March to 24 May 2009, and will subsequently tour centres in regional Australia. The panel of 3 judges will award a prize of $25 000 on the basis of the 'power of the portrait photograph rather than the status of the sitter or the reputation of the photographer'.

Entries close Sunday 2nd November 2008.

Submission via online entry form only.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Deadline extended - $10,000 Fleurieu Biennale Youth Scholarship

Calling all visual artists!
$10,000 Youth Scholarship Deadline extended!
Only one week left!

If you are between 16 and 27 years of age residing in Australia during 2008 you still have time to enter the $10,000 Fleurieu Biennale Youth Scholarship with the deadline being extended until 22 August 2008.

For the first time ever this year’s Youth Scholarship has been broadened to include all mediums 2D, 3D or new media with a landscape theme.

The successful artist will be able to use the Scholarship funds towards the cost of a program of professional development that significantly advances their art practice and will help the winner build their profile and develop valuable industry contacts and networks.

Past years have seen many finalists go on to kick start their careers including 2006 recipient Morgan Allender who is now represented by the highly regarded Helen Gory Galleries in Melbourne.

2004 winner Fleur Elise Noble used the $10,000 to support her studies at the world renowned New York Studio School and 2002 winner Samone Turnbull has gone on to win the highly regarded Whyalla Art Prize.

The $10,000 Fleurieu Biennale Youth Scholarship is part of the wider Fleurieu Biennale Prize Program, which is Australia’s richest prize for landscape painting, held in the picturesque McLaren Vale, South Australia from 7-30 November 2008.

Entry forms for the Fleurieu Biennale Youth Scholarship are available for download at or by calling Merilyn Cox, Coordinator, Fleurieu Biennale on 08 8323 7984.

Entries close Friday 22 August 2008.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

jada 2008

There's still time to enter the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award before the 1st August closing date. This year the prize money has increased to a pool of $30 000, with a $15 000 award to the winner. If you would like to enter this award, entry forms and terms and conditions are available from the website. For further information on jada 2008 and lots of other art prizes check out the competition noticeboard on level one of the library.

Monday, 16 June 2008

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 2008

Entry is now open to Australian artists aged between 20 and 30 . The Scholarship comprises an amount of $25000 and a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. The residency is for a continuous period of three months from July to September 2009 and the scholarship money must be used to further your art education in Europe for a period of at least six months, three months of which must be used in conjunction with the residency. The Scholarship is administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and is a fantastic opportunity to expand your horizons.

If you think opportunities like this are out of your reach, think again! Last year the Scholarsip was won by NAS student Nathan Hawkes for his work Icebergs, so visit the website for full details and to download your application form. A copy of the form is also available in the Library on the Art Competition noticeboard. Closing date for applications is 11 July 2008. Good luck!

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Realise Your Dream

Realise Your Dream is a professional development award developed by British Council Australia.

Applications are now being taken to win one of six creative industry prizes, with each consisting of a tailor-made work experience programme in the UK, a return flight and $8000 to cover living expenses while you are there. The Award is open to Australians aged 30 and under on 31 July 2008: all you need to do is clearly demonstrate how you would benefit from the award, and submit an online application via the Realise Your Dream website before the 31 July 2008 deadline.

Short listed applicants will be contacted for interviews later in the year, with the finalists invited to attend an Awards Ceremony in Sydney in September, where the winners will be announced. Are you dreaming yet??

Sydney Life Photographic Prize

As part of City of Sydney's Art & About 2008, the Sydney Life Photographic Prize will feature 25 works by Australian photographers, displayed along the central walkway of Hyde Park North from 4 - 26 October 2008. All selected photographers will be paid a fee of $400, and the winning entry $5000 cash + a $5000 investment fund. There is also a People's Choice Award of $3000 worth of photographic products such as film, digital cameras, media cards etc from FUJIFILM Australia.

Entries must be received by the City of Sydney by 5pm Tuesday 8 July 2008. If you would like to enter you can find more information at the Sydney Life website, or click here for a photographer's brief and entry form.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Elizabeth off seeing the art of the world...

I am going to be away for the next five weeks - off travelling to North America, UK and Europe. Along the way I will be visiting a number of art galleries and museums, including The Met, MOMA in New York, Art Institute of Chicago, The National Gallery, Tate Modern & Tate Britain in London - and doing a whole lot of Mackintosh-ing in Glasgow. Then there's the Musee d'Orsay, Lourve, Prado and the Guggenheim in Bilbao...

Be nice to the Library staff while I am away, they will be very busy covering for me!

Have a good end of semester!



Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Monster month for art competitions

William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2008
The Monash Gallery of Art invites photographers to submit works in competition for the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2008, to be awarded to the most outstanding photographic work as determined by the selection panel - check the website for full details. Entries close 30 May.

2008 Robert Jacks Drawing Prize
'I have chosen a drawing prize because it is the inherent force and influence in painting but does not limit the activity to painters'. Robert Jacks
Bendigo Art Gallery is now calling for entries for the 2008 Robert Jacks Drawing Prize. A non-acquisitive prize of $5000, entries will close 6 June. See the gallery website for terms and conditions, entry forms, and further information.

2008 Waverley Art Prize
Waverley Woollahra Arts Centre and Waverley Council established the Waverley Art Prize in 1985 and it has been held annually ever since. There is a judging panel of three art professionals, $12 000 worth of prizes (some cash, some materials) and numerous categories. Entries close 6 June. Download an entry form from the website.

Sydney, City of Villages - art exhibition and prize
The City of Sydney and Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, in partnership with JCDecaux, invite entries by Australian artists working in the mediums of painting, printmaking, drawing and mixed media. Works by ten selected finalists will be reproduced as giant posters and exhibited in JCDecaux street furniture sites (15 July – 4 August 2008) and in a gallery exhibition at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, Chippendale (15 – 26 July 2008). Prize money of $3000 will be awarded for the work judged most outstanding in the exhibition. There is a detailed artist brief and entry form which can be downloaded from the City of Sydney website. Entries close 4 June.

The 57th Blake Prize for Religious Art
In 2008 the prize money for the Blake will increase from $15 000 to $20 000. The John Coburn Award for emerging artists ($5 000) will again be offered this year. Last year was the first time that there was an award for emerging artists, and it was won by NAS' very own student / teacher Jumaadi! For the first time in its 57 year history the Blake Prize will be judged via digital submission. The reason behind the decision is to ensure the Blake is:
 Easier to enter
 More affordable for artists
 A truly national prize
In 2008, The National Art School is once again Exhibition Partner and will be co-hosting The Blake Prize – exploring the religious and spiritual in art at the National Art School Gallery. Entries close 27 June - please check the Blake Prize Official Site for details and entry guidelines.

Closing briefly on Thursday afternoon

The library will be closed for a couple of hours from
3.00pm – 5.00pm on Thurs 22nd May
for NAS Graduation. We will re-open from 5.00pm-6.00pm

Friday, 16 May 2008

Art saves plants

If you're interested in getting your work out there and want to support a good cause, read on.

The Blue Mountains Wildplant Rescue Service is having an Exhibition and Art Auction to raise much needed funds for its nursery in Katoomba. The native plant rescue service and nursery has been operating since 1994 as a non profit organisation. Volunteers rescue rare and endangered indigenous wildplants and seeds, mostly from development sites. They are then replanted in the local area.

All artworks will be greatfully received and may be of any subject in any format, medium or size. All donations to the auction are tax deductible.

The auction will be held at the ‘Gearin Hotel’ Katoomba from 2pm on SUnday 15th June and conducted by Steven Archer of Archers Auctioneers. The closing date for contributions is June the 5th 2008 to allow time for collecting and cataloguing the works. Collection of works can also be arranged.

For more information please contact Gareth Gillham on 02 9319 5521 or Phill Terry on 02 4782 2092.

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Give your old headphones a new life

Do you have any old headphones lying around? Get rid of the clutter and bring them in for Justin Balmain (NAS artist in residence 2007; NAS lecturer).

Justin is looking for as many sets of headphones as possible from any students or staff who may have old, damaged or unused pairs lying around.

"I am requiring these for a work I am in the process of making / researching with the intention of the work forming the basis for a Masters of Fine Art proposal next year. Any donations, small in-ear headphones, or large cans will be greatly appreciated."

You can either give them to Justin directly or leave them at the library desk.

Monday, 12 May 2008

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists - Closing Date June 6th 2008

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists provides assistance towards travel (for educational purposes) and/or tuition costs for young people building a career in the visual arts broadly in the areas of painting, photography or sculpture. Overseas travel (preferably for the first time) to undertake formal study, a residency or a planned program with a professional artist or mentor will be considered, as will informal study for a planned research project.

Closing date: June 6th 2008

For applications forms etc, go to:

This scholarship provides assistance towards the travelling (for educational purposes) and/or tuition costs of young people building a career in the visual arts. Overseas travel (preferably for the first time) to undertake formal study, a residency or a planned program with a professional artist or mentor will be considered, as will informal study for a planned research project.

This Scholarship does not provide assistance towards the production of art work (materials, studio rental, etc).In 2008 two candidates will be awarded $5,000 each (excluding GST).

Applications for this Scholarship must be prepared and submitted by the artist, not a third party.

Unsuccessful applicants may reapply in subsequent years. Successful applicants are ineligible for further assistance through this scheme.

Deadline for Applications and Notification Dates:
Application due: June 6th 2008
Notification date: mid July 2008

Exhibition dates for 2006 Scholars: September 1st - 22nd 2008
Applications must reach the NAVA office, or be postmarked by the above due date.

Faxed applications will not be accepted.

The Freedman Foundation is a private charity which provides funding in many areas including this one to assist talented, young Australians involved in the arts to be able to gain valuable insight through overseas travel and/or tuition. It also finances specific medical or scientific research projects, supports Music Council Scholarships and encourages others to be philanthropic.

Check out the NAVA grants blog for updates and stories from winners of the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship

Monday, 21 April 2008

Grants, Prizes, and Competition News

The art prize merry-go-round is in full swing this month with a wide variety of opportunities available to earn some money, prestige, recognition or just to gain some experience. With such a plethora of prizes the tricky thing is not to miss the closing dates! Here is a selection that you will need to enter within the next month if you want to participate:

William Fletcher Grants
The William Fletcher Grants (minimum $1000) are awarded annually to outstanding visual arts students who demonstrate excellence in painting, drawing, printmaking or stage design. Applicants must be Australian citizens, enrolled in full-time study in final year of an undergraduate course of Art/Design studies at a nominated tertiary institution in New South Wales. Applicants are assumed to be in need of financial assistance. The official contact person at NAS is John Bloomfield, Head of Painting. See John for application forms and advice regarding the Grants, or visit the website to find out more or download an application form. Entries close 30th April.

NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize
A $20 000 acquisitive prize, the winning work will enter the permanent collection of the New South Wales Parliament. The prize aims to recognise the great tradition of Australian Artists working outdoors in New South Wales. Visit the website to download an application form and view the competition terms and conditions. Entries close 29th April - 1st May.

Newtown Community Annual Art Exhibition
Run by the Newtown Mission this grassroots art prize is now in its third year. Categories inlcude Painting, Photography, and Jewellery/Fashion with the winner of each receiving $600. There is also a prize of $700 for the best work by a Newtown resident and a People's Choice Award consisting of some very useful art materials! Application forms and exhibition details are available via the website. The theme for this year is freedom...Entries close 1st May.

Olive Cotton Award 2008
The Olive Cotton Award is an annual award for excellence in photographic portraiture offering a $10 000 major prize, funded by Cotton’s family in memory of “one of Australia's leading twentieth century photographers” (Art Gallery NSW, 2000). The Friends of the Tweed River Art Gallery have sponsored additional Directors Choice awards to the value of $2,000. All awards are acquisitive with the winning works becoming part of the Tweed River Art Gallery’s “Australian Portrait Collection”. For more information or to download an entry form visit the website. Entries close 22nd May.

2008 Fletcher Jones Art Prize
Artists are invited to submit applications for the $30 000 acquisitive painting prize held by the Geelong Gallery. You will need to scroll to the bottom right of their home page to access the application form (beware - it is easy to miss otherwise!) Entries close 30th May.

2008 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize
The Waterhouse is Australia’s richest prize for Natural History Art, boasting a total prize pool of $107,500. Each year entries are invited in three categories: Paintings, Works on Paper and Sculpture & Objects. Entry forms and further details are available on the website. Entries close 30th May.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Sculpture by the Sea

Entries for this year's Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi close 7 April 2008.

For more information and to download the application form go to

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Saatchi Gallery offers online space for student work

STUART is Saatchi Online's student platform. It hosts the profiles of over 25,000 art students from around the world and allows each individual to have their own page to display their work. The aim is to provide a free forum for you to showcase your art and make connections with other students, dealers, curators and collectors from around the world.

If you're keen on networking and exposing your work, check it out!

Arts Law Week - FREE seminars

Between March 31st and April 5th, the Arts Law Centre and City of Sydney are running an extensive program of (mostly) free events aimed at educating artists, teachers, and arts workers about the intricacies of intellectual property, contracts, copyright, licensing, accessibility, appropriation, and more.

Check the program for details:

This is a great opportunity to get a handle on some important but often tricky issues – and most lectures are just down the road at the Rex Centre!

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Easter/April opening hours

Please note the following closed dates over the next month:
Fri 21st March (Good Friday)
Mon 24th March (Easter Monday)
Mon 7th April (book repairs)
Fri 25th April (ANZAC Day)

During the term break (Tue 8 - Thu 24 April), we will be open 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Enjoy the break!

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Newly arrived journals

Here are some of the recent additions to the journal collection:

Art in America Mar 08, no.3

Artlink Mar 08, v.28 no.1

Ceramic Review Mar-Apr 08, no.230

Ceramics: Art and Perception Mar-May 08, no.71

Craft Arts International 2008, no.72: Feature article on the work of Merran Essson - Head of Cermaics, National Art School

Imprint Aut 08, v.43 no.1

October Wint 08, no.123

The library has also recently received donations of Museums Australia magazine, State of the Arts, and (Not Only) Black + White which have now also been added to the collection and are available on level one of the library.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Eyes on the prize(s)

There are plenty of art prizes & competitions coming up in 2008 - here is a small selection:

CCP 2008 Kodak Salon
Photography competition - entries close 29th February. Conditions, prizes, and entry forms are available at the Centre for Contemporary Photography website.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 08
Open to all Australian artists working in any 2D medium. The winner will receive $15 000 and a 4 week residency at Maleny. Entries close 30th March - details and entry forms available from the library (see the noticeboard on the first floor) or online.

Head On Portrait Prize 2008
Prize for digital photographic portraits - this one is very specific about format etc., so please read the terms and conditions carefully if you are thinking of entering. Instead of cash prizes, cameras, lenses, software and other photography-related goodies will be awarded. Check the website for full details. Entries close 28th March.

Swell Sculpture 2008
One for the sculptors - like Sculpture by the Sea, this is an outdoor sculpture festival in a coastal environment. Entry forms, terms and conditions available here or from the library. Closing date for entries is 1st April (hmmm, perhaps that will be a source of regret for the organisers...)

2008 Fletcher Jones art prize
$30 000 acquisitive painting prize, entries close 30th May. Application forms available here or from the library.