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