Monday, 16 November 2009

Aboriginal Arts Centre Internship Program 2010

The National Art School is now accepting applications for the newly developed Aboriginal Art Centre Internship program. This program is generously sponsored by Mark Tedeschi QC. The program aims to provide graduating students with an opportunity to acquire practical arts management experience and training in an active Aboriginal community art centre environment. In 2010 internships will be offered with Ikuntji Artists located near Haasts Bluff NT and Tapatjatjaka Arts located at Titjikala NT.

Recipients will be provided with transport to and from the art centre, accommodation, and stipend for the ten week period of the internship. Successful applicants are expected to take up the internship in 2010.

Undergraduate: Students at the conclusion of final year in either the Bachelor of Fine Arts / Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours are eligible for internships in 2010.
Postgraduate: MFA candidates may make application at any time during their candidature (successful MFA candidates will be granted study leave in order to take up the internship).

Application forms are now available from NAS Student Services.

Closing date: Please lodge applications with NAS Student Services by Friday 27th November 2009.

New books!

Curious? Click here to see what we added to the library collection during October.

Click on any title to view the details and availability of the item. If you'd like us to put something aside for you, give us a call on 9339 8620.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009


As usual, the ball was a brilliant event. Congratulations and huge thankyous to the organisers, especially Todd Fuller.

Here's a random selection of photos which will change each time you hit refresh. You can see the whole set by following the link at the bottom of this post. Do you have photos from the ball? Email them to us at to include them here or post a link in the comments.

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Thursday, 22 October 2009

Library hours over summer

The end of the year is fast approaching and next week will be our last on normal hours. Here's our schedule up to the beginning of the 2010 academic year:

Mon 2nd Nov – Wed 9th Dec: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Thu 10th Dec – Fri 8th Jan: CLOSED
Mon 11th Jan – Fri 15th Jan: 9.30am – 4.30pm (Summer School)
Mon 18th Jan – Fri 26th Feb: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Bear in mind that this is only a guide. We may need to close at other times depending on staffing. Keep an eye on the front door signs and if you're making a special trip, call us on 9339 8620 to check if we're open first.

Enjoy the summer!

Monday, 19 October 2009

Library Stairwell Gallery

The Library Stairwell Gallery is calling for exhibition proposals for Semester 1, 2010.

Current Second, Third year and Hons. students are all eligible to apply for a show in Semester 1, 2009. Don’t miss out on your chance for an exhibition while still at art school.

Proposals packages are available from the Library front desk.

Deadline has been extended to 12 noon this Thursday (22 October) .

Any questions? See Elizabeth.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

MCA workshop for emerging curators

Are you interested in curating exhibitions? The MCA will be hosting an event aimed at emerging curators on Saturday 10 October, 2.30 – 4.00pm.
Jeff Khan, curator of Primavera 2009 and Artistic Director of Melbourne's Next Wave Festival, and MCA curator Glenn Barkley will be on hand to provide guidance for emerging curators by discussing their own careers. Come with your questions ready!

When: Saturday 10 October, 2.30 – 4.00pm
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Cost: $30/$25 MCA Members & Concessions
Bookings Essential: or 02 9245 2484

Further information available Museum of Contemporary Art website.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

JSTOR reactivation time

Do you have a JSTOR account?

You will need to reactivate it soon because JSTOR periodically changes our access authorisation. This will only happen about once a year and it's very easy.

Simply open the JSTOR link from one of the library computers upstairs and login from that screen. If you haven't used JSTOR before, follow the instructions on the noticeboard to register.

Let us know if you need any assistance!

Monday, 21 September 2009

Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships 2010

Now open!! The Marten Bequest Travelling Scolarships for 2010.

3 scholarships of $25 000 each are available in the Painting category. Two year scholarships are awarded for study, maintenance and travel either in Australia or overseas. To be eligible you must have been born in Australia and be aged 21 - 35 at the closing date of entries.

Full details and entry forms are available online: Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships 2010

Entries close 30 October 2009.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

ESP Gallery: Exhibition Proposal Callout

ESP Gallery is a new space opening in September 2009. An artist run initiative located at 228 Illawarra Road Marrickville, ESP Gallery has an emphasis on running professional, low cost exhibitions. They are now taking proposals for future shows as well as seeking work for their debut exhibition Hello (2d, 3d and performance art all welcome). Works need to be ready by 24 September, images and/or proposals need to be received by Thursday 17 September.

Further information available at, or contact Mark Wotherspoon:

Opening hours - October break

Monday 5th - Friday 9th October: CLOSED
Monday 12th - Friday 16th October: 10.00am - 4.00pm

You may have noticed that we've been having a few problems with our system lately. Well, the whole thing is being upgraded during the first week of the October holidays, and sadly that means that we will not be able to open that week.

We really are sorry for the inconvenience but we hope to see you in the second week, when we'll be open every day.

Enjoy the break from classes and make sure you visit before the last day of term to get everything you need.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Library Stairwell Gallery now seeking proposals

The Library Stairwell Gallery is now seeking proposals for Semester 1, 2010.

If you are currently in 2nd year, 3rd year, Honours or Masters you are eligible to apply for an exhibition.

Want more information? Exhibition proposal packages are available from the Library front desk. Or talk to Elizabeth.

Deadline for submission: Wednesday 21 October 2009.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

September art competitions

What to do on these unseasonally hot August nights? Stay up and polish your entries to the following prizes of course!

ANL Maritime Art Prize and Exhibition
Closing date: 4 September 2009.
Open to all artists with an address or agent in Australia, the ANL Maritime Art Prize was established to promote excellence in maritime and seafaring subjects in art and is hosted by The Mission to Seafarers Victoria, a not-for-profit organization working to support the merchant seafaring community. The theme for the Award is ''The Relationship Between Humanity and the Sea''. Prizes include the ANL Award of $15 000, $5000 for best 'traditional maritime art' and a $3000 people's choice award. Entries must relate to the maritime theme, must be either painting/image-making utilising any medium, but specifically excluding photographic or computer generated images, prints, ceramics or sculpture. See the website for further details.

2009 Mortimore Prize
Closing date: 4 September 2009.
With a focus on comtemporary and traditional realist art, entry categories include portraiture, landscape, waterscape, still life, and drawing. Prizes across the different categories total $33 000, and finalists will be exhibited in Sydney, Dubbo and the ACT. For terms and conditions, entry forms and more information see the website.

The Prospect Portrait Prize
Closing date: 4 September 2009.
Prospect Gallery is keen to encourage a contemporary approach to self portraiture. Entries selected for exhibition will demonstrate a broad understanding of portraiture as a contemporary art form and may encompass visual, written, performance or multi media. The prize is non-acquisitive and 25 works chosen for exhibition will be shown 13 December 2009 - 17 January 2010 at the Prospoect Gallery in South Australia. As well as the $5000 first prize, there will also be a $500 packer's prize and a $1000 people's choice award. Entry forms and more information available on the website.

The Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize 2009
Closing date: 18 September 2009.
Open to all Australian artists, it is an acquisitive award and exhibition open to all forms of media except photography (Photographic based artists are encouraged to enter the annual Photography Award hosted by the same gallery). This prize began its life in 1968 as the inaugural Gold Coast Art Prize and now enjoys the support of the Stan and Maureen Duke Foundation. Fist prize is a non-acquisitive award of $10 000 with a further possiblity of up to $20 000 in acquisitions. Entry is by pre-selection from slide or digital image, with one work by each successful artist selected from up to three submitted images. Full details can be found on the website.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

5 August Art Prizes

The following prizes are all still accepting entries, but close at various dates throughout August. Here they are in order of closing date...

7 August: Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA)

7 August: William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize

14 August: Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

18 August: Blacktown City Art Exhibition

21 August: Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award

Don't forget that you can find detailed information regarding these and other upcoming art prizes and awards on the art competitions noticeboard on level one of the library. Good luck!

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Mosman Art Prize

The Mosman Art Prize is an annual acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council. It includes:

$20 000 First Prize
$3000 Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize
$1000 Commendation Prize
$1000 Viewers' Choice Prize
$1000 Emerging Artists' Award

Entries are due Monday 27 July.

Further information and application forms are available at

Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards

The Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award is a national bi-annual exhibition and art prize. The award is open to Australian artists between the ages of 18 and 28 years with works in painting, drawing or printing.

$5000 Acquisitive prize
$3000 Highly Commended - consisting of $1500 and Faber-Castell products to the value of $1500
$800 Commended prize

Important Dates:
Applications Due: Friday 21st August 2009 (Forms will be available soon)
Delivery of Artworks Friday 28th August 2009
Awards Ceremony and Exhibition Opening: Tuesday 1st September 2009
Exhibition Open: Wednesday 2nd - Friday 11th September 2009
Collection of Artworks: Monday 14th September 2009

Application forms available at

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Australia Council skills and arts development grants

Skills and arts development grants promote excellence in the arts by providing professional development opportunities for craftspeople, designers, media artists, visual artists, arts writers and curators. The visual arts board supports applications from individuals and groups for activities where the main focus is professional development. This may include self-organised residencies, writing projects, curatorial projects, mentorships, participation in conferences or workshops and research projects. Projects may span more than 12 months and if selected may begin 1st January 2010.

Applications close: 3rd August 2009.

See the Australia Council website for full details.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

ANZ Private Bank and Art & Australia Contemporary Art Award

The ANZ Private Bank and Art & Australia Contemporary Art Award promotes the work of emerging artists, publishing an image of the winner's work on the back cover of Art & Australia magazine. Recipients are further supported via the purchase of at least one of the artworks from the list of successful applicants for that year. Entrants must be visual artists who have been practising professionally for no more than five years, and who have had their work publicly exhibited.

2009 Application closing dates:
Round 1: 1st February 2009
Round 2: 1st August 2009

Two artists will be selected every six months using the following selection criteria:

* artistic merit and well-developed concepts.
* a well developed artistic practice and vision of a professional career.

More information and appication forms can be found at:

Newcastle Residency Opportunity

Submissions are now open for Newcastle's Lock-Up Cultural Centre artist-in-residence program.

The Lock-Up invites emerging artists working in any number of cultural productions and across disciplines to take residency in the heart of Newcastle for a period of two to three weeks. On offer are six residencies each year, which include accomodation and a negotiated stipend.

The Lock-Up was the Newcastle Police Station from 1861 until its closure in 1982. Listed in the NSW Heritage Register, the Lock-Up building is believed to be the only example in NSW that includes the work of three of the State’s important early architects.

The centre is now a thriving cultural institution and a vital community asset in the heart of Newcastle's heritage precinct.

Further information and submission guidelines:

UTS Gallery Proposal Call

UTS Gallery is now calling for proposals for our 2010 exhibition program. The Gallery welcomes proposals from artists, designers, architects, curators and arts organisations. Applicants are encouraged to review the Gallery's programming history and outlook prior to submitting. Exhibition selection is on the basis of artistic merit, exhibition research, profile of the participants and relevance to the UTS community.

Proposals close: Friday 3 July 2009

Further information:

Thursday, 18 June 2009

July holiday opening hours

Mon 6th, Tue 7th, Fri 10th: CLOSED
Wed 8th - Thu 9th: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Mon 13th - Fri 17th: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Mon 20th - Fri 24th: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Liverpool City Art Prize

Casula Powerhouse has just launched The Liverpool City Art Prize (LCAP). A national competition with a $10,000 acquisitive prize for the overall winner, the LCAP is open to Australian artists of all levels, regardless of age or location. The prize is open themed and is not restricted to any particular media. Additionally, there are prize categories for contemporary, traditional, photography and digital, sculpture and childrens’ work.

Entries close: 2 October 2009

Further information:

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Realise Your Dream

A reminder that the British Council is offering 5 creative Australians a career boosting chance to work alongside Britain’s best creative talent. Winners receive a tailor made professional development programme in the UK, an $8,000 NAB cash passport and British Airways return flight to London. The Realise Your Dream Awards are open to all creative types in the emerging stages of their career– artists, musicians, writers, designers, producers, performers, gamers, and more – and there is no age limit.

Applications close: Friday 3 July 2009

Further information:

2009 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize

The Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize has an award of $20,000, and is awarded annually to a NSW Aboriginal artist.

Entries for the 2009 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize close on 26 June. Further information:

Entry Forms have been distributed across NSW since March, and should be forwarded to the Campbelltown Arts Centre. From the submitted entries, a number of finalist art works will be selected, and these finalist art works will be displayed in an exhibition at NSW Parliament House from 30 September – 29 October 2009.

The winner will be announced at the opening on 21 October 2009, and the winning work is acquisitive to the Parliament of NSW. The exhibition of finalist art works will tour New South Wales in 2010, co-ordinated by Museums and Galleries NSW.

The judges of the 2009 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize are Lorena Allam, Executive Producer of ABC Radio National’s Awaye! program and Dr Garry Jones, Lecturer in Aboriginal Studies and Visual Arts and Design at the University of Wollongong.

Entries close: 26 June 2009

Monday, 18 May 2009

Sydney, City of Villages - art exhibition and prize 2009

Australian artists who work in the mediums of painting, printmaking, drawing and mixed media are invited to submit to the Sydney, City of Villages art exhibition and prize. Works by ten selected finalists will be reproduced as giant posters and exhibited in JCDecaux street furniture sites (14 July - 10 August) and in a gallery exhibition at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, Chippendale (14 July – 3 August).

A prize of $3000 will be awarded for the work judged most outstanding in the exhibition as decided by a panel of judges. For more information including an artist brief and information package visit the website.

Entries close Wednesday 10 June 2009.

Art Gallery of NSW Research Library closure

It's worth noting that the AGNSW Research Library will be closed from early July through to late August to allow essential building repair work.

If you're used to using this fantastic resource consider alternatives like the State Library of NSW or the The Schaeffer Fine Arts Library during this period. Naturally we encourage you to ask for help here at the NAS Library too!

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

New resource for Asian art

NAS Library now subscribes to the TAASA Review, the journal of The Asian Art Society of Australia. The journal is published in March, June, September and December each year and is a fantastic source of scholarly articles and reviews. Thanks to the efforts of a very helpful member of the academic staff, the library has also been able to acquire back issues dating back to the start of publication in 1992!!

The TAASA website has an excellent index to the journal covering the period 1992-2008, and you can also browse the contents pages and editorials of past issues from 2004 to the present. You'll find the TAASA Review in the journal collection at 700.95/TAAS on level one of the library. Namaste.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

SPLENDID Arts labs for young and emerging artists

*** Applications close: 4pm Monday 4 May 2009 ****

SPLENDID is a series of Arts Labs, forums and commissions for young and emerging artists at the frontier of contemporary ideas creation, cross-artform collaborations and social awareness. SPLENDID is open to young and emerging artists (under 30 years or in the first five years of their practice) who work in the visual arts, theatre, dance, design, installation, architecture, digital media, sound, text, community arts and other creative pursuits.

The 2009 SPLENDID Arts Lab will take place over three weeks in July in Lismore, NSW and the Splendour in the Grass festival. The Lab will be facilitated by leading local and international artists and provocateurs, guided by a curatorium and supported by specialised production personnel. Cross-artform ideas and collective projects developed in the Lab will be designed to premiere at the 2010 Splendour in the Grass and other music festivals.

Further information:

58th Blake Prize: Exploring the religious and spiritual in art


Entry forms available from:

A non-acquisitive prize of $20,000 known as the Blake Prize and a non acquisitive prize of $5,000, known as the John Coburn Emerging Professional Artist Award, will be awarded, in the opinion of the judges, for the best contemporary religious or spiritual art work submitted. The Blake Prize for Human Justice is to acknowledge and promote the work of artists that have addressed issues of Human Justice.

The Blake Prize is strictly non-sectarian. The Society does not restrict entries to works related to any faith or any artistic style, but it does expect that any work entered will have a recognisable religious or spiritual integrity.

* Del Kathryn Barton, Artist
* Stephen Crittenden, Journalist, Broadcaster and Religious Commentator
* Andrew Frost, Art Critic and Writer

58th Blake Prize
Value: $20,000

John Coburn Emerging Artist Award
Value: $5,000

The Blake Prize for Human Justice
Value: $5,000

The 58th Blake Prize Finalist Exhibition will be held at the National Art School Gallery, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst NSW

Exhibition Dates: 4 September – 3 October 2009
Official Opening: Thursday 3 September, 2009 6.00-8.00pm

The Blake Society Ltd
Ph: 02 8230 4228 Email:

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

R & M McGivern Prize

The R & M McGivern Prize is a prestigious acquisitive award that promotes artistic excellence in watercolour, oil and acrylic painting. It is also an opportunity for Maroondah City Council (Victoria) to acquire the winning artwork and continue to build a quality art collection for the Maroondah community.

The R & M McGivern Prize is held every three years.

Entry forms can be found here.

Key Dates for the 2009 R & M McGivern Prize:

- Entries close Tuesday, 28 April 2009 at 5.00pm
- Shortlisting notification by Friday, 15 May 2009
- Exhibition of selected entries will be held from 4 June to 18 July 2009
- Announcement of winners will be on Thursday, 4 June 2009 at 7.00pm

Artists are invited to enter their original Oil, Acrylic or Watercolour work under the following prize categories:

Prize Money
R & M McGivern Prize (Acquisitive) $ 15,000
Second Prize $ 3,000
Outstanding Watercolour $ 1,000
Outstanding Oil/Acrylic $ 1,000

BRINK The Poimena Art Award 2009

BRINK The Poimena Art Award 2009

** Closing date for entries Friday 17 April 2009 **

The Poimena Art Award (Poimena Art Gallery Tasmania) is a prize for mixed media work.
Any artist working in Australia or overseas can enter.

ENTRY FORM: available here


For the 2009 award artists are asked to consider the notion of ‘brink’.

Some definitions of ‘brink’ are:
• a region marking a boundary
• the limit beyond which something happens or changes
• the edge of a steep place

Kristin Headlam - artist living and working in Melbourne
Neil Haddon - artist living and working in Hobart and winner of the
Poimena Art Award 2005

The prize will consist of $5000 plus $2000 towards travel to a destination of the
artist’s choice.

Closing date for entries Friday 17 April 2009
Notification of selected artists Friday 15 May 2009
Receipt of work Monday 15 & Tuesday 16 June 2009 between 9am and 4pm
Announcement of winner Friday 26 June 2009
Exhibition Friday 26 June to Thursday 23 July 2009
Work to be collected by Tuesday 28 July 2009 by 4pm
All other work will be dispatched
at the artist’s expense by Wednesday 29 July 2009

2009 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship

The Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, valued at $60,000, is intended to enable an artist, at the outset of their career, to undertake further art studies overseas at a recognised art institution, or to undertake a study program with a senior artist, for one to two years. Artists living in NSW and working in any art form are eligible to apply. For the purposes of the award the outset of an artists' career is deemed to be within the first five years of their professional practice.

Applications close: Monday 4 May 2009

Further information and to download application forms/guidelines:

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Easter/April Opening Hours

Fri 10th – Mon 13th April:
CLOSED (public holidays)

Tue 14th – Fri 17th April:
10.00am – 4.00pm

Mon 20th April:
CLOSED for book repairs

Tue 21st April – Fri 1st May:
10.00am – 4.00pm

Friday, 20 March 2009

We're having a book sale!

All sorts of different subjects will be available – most of the books are either duplicates from our collection or donations in other subject areas that we don’t have the space to keep. The sale will help us raise funds to spend on new books, so please come along and support it.

12pm – 2pm

Wednesday 25th March

Level 1, Library (at the big tables near the balcony reading room)

Monday, 16 March 2009

New books on 2 week display

You may have noticed that we are now placing some new books on 2 week display before making them available for loan. This is so everyone gets a chance to have a look at what we think will be popular items before they are borrowed.

If you would like to borrow one of these items, you may place a reservation on it. Please ask library staff to do this for you. As with 'hold' items we will call you when the item becomes available.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Head On photographic portrait competition

The Head On photographic portrait competition entry is now open via digital submission to all Australian artists. In addition to the prizes listed below, Head On finalists will be exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney 30 April - 6 June 2009 and then at the Obscura Gallery, Melbourne between 14 June – 5 July 2009.

Images can range from film to digitally produced using any photographic technique in colour and/or black & white. The celebrity of the photographer or the subject does not influence selection, so if you are an emerging artist who wants your work judged on its merits this is a great opportunity.

Total value of prizes is approximately $37 000. Prizes for Head On 2009 are as follows:

• 3 x digital SLR Canon 5DII
• 3 x Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens
• 3 x Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2
• Adobe Creative Suite CS4 Master Collection
• 3 x Canon professional A3+ printer Pixma Pro9500
• 3 x ACDSee Pro 2 Digital Asset Management software
• 3 x Sandisk 4gb Extreme 4 Memory card
• 3 x Sandisk Firewire card reader
• 5 x Lowepro camera bag
• Books from Focal Press
• Dragon Image Lighting package
• 3 x Datacolor Spyder3Elite

Please visit the Head On website for full details and to view the terms and conditions of entry. Entries close 22nd March 2009.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

the churchie national emerging art award

The churchie is open to emerging Australian artists over the age of 18 years. Work can be submitted across the categories of moving images, paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture. A short list of approximately 100 finalists will be pre-selected and the overall winner awarded a prize of $10 000.

The churchie website contains more detailed information regarding the award and exhibition, inlcuding specific definitions of an "emerging artist" for the purposes of the award. Please note that the application process is only available via the internet, so you need to view the terms and conditions and apply online if you want to take part. Entries close 31st March 2009. Good luck!

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Australia Day library closures

The library will be closed on the Australia Day public holiday Monday 26th January, and also on Friday 23rd January.

Enjoy the long weekend!