Monday, 22 November 2010

Thursday 25 November

Please note the following change to library hours on Thursday this week:

Thursday 25 November 10 am - 3pm.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Friday 12 November

Please note the following changes to opening hours :

Friday 12 November 1 - 4pm only.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Monday 8 November 2010

Please note the following amendment to Library opening hours.

Monday 8 November 2010: 1pm - 4pm only.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010


Bendigo Art Gallery is calling for entries for the 2011 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize.
Entries close 4pm Friday 12 November
Designed to attract some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists and high calibre works, the inaugural Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize and exhibition was held in 2003 at Bendigo Art Gallery.
Every two years the Gallery invites artists to submit entries for the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. The most outstanding work as judged by the selection panel is awarded an acquisitive cash prize of $50,000.
IMPORTANT DATES: Applications close 4pm, Friday 12 November 2010, Artists advised of selection Friday 17 December 2010. Final delivery date for artworks Tuesday 1 February 2011 Announcement & official opening 6pm Friday 11 February 2011. Exhibition Dates 12 February – 3 April 2011

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Summer holiday hours

Summer opening hours 2010/2011

Mon 8 Nov – Fri 3 Dec 10.00—4.00
(Note: Fri 12 Nov 10 – 1pm only)

Mon 6 Dec – Fri 7 Jan CLOSED

Mon 10 Jan – Fri 14 Jan (Summer School) 9.30—4.30

Mon 17 Jan – Fri 25 Feb 10.00—4.00

This is a guide only – we may be closed at other times. Please call us to check we’re open before you come in. T: 9339 8620

Monday, 18 October 2010

Library Stairwell Gallery

Just a reminder that applications for exhibitions in the Library Stairwell Gallery in 2010 are closing this Thursday 21 October.

Hand your applications in at the Library front desk!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

New directors being sought for Firstdraft – Australia’s longest running ARI

Are you keen to get involved in the emerging arts scene by volunteering time, energy and headspace to developing Firstdraft’s 2011 and 2012 program?

Firstdraft is a non-profit gallery run on a voluntary basis by a group of practising artists and curators. It is one of the longest running artist-run spaces in Australia. Firstdraft asserts the importance of contemporary art production, dissemination and discussion in society, providing a stimulating exhibition space that is professional and accessible for a diverse range of artistic practices and projects.

Directors are appointed to the board of Firstdraft on a voluntary term of two years directorship.

Applications close: Friday, 5 November 2010
Salary: Volunteer
Further information:

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

More NAS Ball photos

More photos from the NAS Ball 2010 can be seen here!

Water Cultures Public Art Competition

A NATIONAL competition will be held to design a centrepiece artwork for The Lake district at The Ponds.

The Water Cultures public art will act as a showcase for the area’s environmental work, responding to the Lake, its engineering and water management functions as well as its recreational role in the new park.
Landcom development director Carmen Osborne said public art at The Ponds had enlivened the suburb.
“The company expects to attract a high-calibre of special artistic talent from the environmental art world,” she said.
“The Ponds is an excellent example of how art has been integrated into the community to support and reflect its water management and sustainability practices.”

Landcom will select and remunerate up to six artists to develop concepts for the Water Cultures artwork that uses sculptural or installed elements, customised engineering and design elements, sustainable technologies and surface treatments to animate the lake and its foreshores.

The winning concept will be fabricated and installed as part of the landscape development.
Expressions of interest are sort from experienced public artists who would like to be short-listed for this project.
The closing date is October 25 for expressions of interest.
For further information visit, email or contact Melanie Rule on (02) 4927 7414.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Holiday opening hours

Just a reminder about holiday opening hours for the library and digilab.

Library :

Mon 27 Sept - Fri 1 Oct: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Mon 4 - Wed 6 Oct: Closed
Thurs 7 - Fri 8 Oct: 10am - 4pm


Mon 27 Sept - Fri 1 Oct: Closed to regular students - being used by HSC Intensive
Mon 4 - Wed 6 Oct: Closed
Thurs 7 - Fri 8 Oct: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2011

Deadline: 12 November 2010
Prize:$25,000 generously sponsored by VISA
Open to: Aspiring and professional photographers 25 years and older. Must be an Australian resident.
The National Photographic Portrait Prize is an annual event intended to promote the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers. The exhibition will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery from 25 February to 17 April 2011 and tour to selected venues throughout 2011.
Each entrant may submit up to three entries for selection for the Prize. No more than one entry from each entrant can be selected for exhibition.
Entry Fee: $25 per entry including GST (non refundable)

Address:National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Canberra ACT
Phone:02 6102 7066
Web:online entry form available at

2011 City of Albany Art Prize

Deadline: 3 December 2010
Acquisitive: $25,000 plus 4 weeks studio time in Albany, WA with $25,00 for expenses. Non-acquisitive: 2 Highly Commended Awards of $1,000 each.
Open to:
All Australian artists.
Prestigious national exhibition for paintings. Entry Forms and Conditions available from website in mid August. Entries are received as digital images. 30 paintings are selected for exhibition in Albany, WA in March 2011. The organizer pays for freight of selected paintings from nearest capital city to Albany and return if unsold. .
No limit on number of entries. Each entry must be a 2D work which is substantial
Entry Fee:
$33 per entry
PO Box 484, Albany WA 6331
08 9842 8419

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

NAS Ball 2010 : Wig Out

Yet again the NAS Ball was a huge success. Many thanks to all who were involved in its organisation and for helping on the night! Want to see more ball photos? Click here


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

Friday, 17 September 2010

Library Stairwell Gallery is now seeking proposals

The Library Stairwell Gallery is now seeking proposals for Semester 1, 2011.

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: Thursday 21 October 2010.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Holiday opening hours

Library opening hours over the Spring Break are:
Mon 27 Sept - Fri 1 Oct: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Mon 4 - Wed 6 Oct: Closed
Thurs 7 - Fri 8 Oct: 10am - 4pm.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Parramatta Artists Studios

Parramatta Artists Studios

Located in the centre of Parramatta’s CBD and in the heart of Western Sydney, the Parramatta Artists Studios offer affordable non-residential/residential studio and exhibition space to emerging and established contemporary artists, craft practitioners and creative industry professionals.

The focus of the Parramatta Artists Studios is to facilitate contemporary arts production. Once involved, the Studios can assist your practice and/or small business by building networks, informal and formal mentoring and providing professional advice and opportunities. This is all a part of the Parramatta Artists Studios mission to hot house new ideas and be an incubator for collaboration and contemporary arts production.

Studios are available to painters, sculptors, designers, new media artists, writers, curators, performers, filmmakers, musicians, dramaturges and poets. It is for anyone that has a contemporary arts practice and needs a space.

Applications close: 30 September 2010.

For more information:

Friday, 27 August 2010

New books

The following books are now on display and will be available for loan Monday 6 September. If you would like to borrow them see library staff. Note that The Primacy of Drawing is on Special Reserve 2 Day Loan Only. Click on the call no. to check current availability.

British Studio Ceramics

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The Primacy of Drawing

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Minimalism and After

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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Artist Commission

Artist Commission - Installation Project, City of Sydney

The City is seeking a qualified artist/designer to design, construct and install a large scale Rabbit sculpture installation with recycled single use water bottles/recycled vessels, to accompany the Live Green House for Art & About Sydney 2010 and the 2011 Chinese New Year Festival. In keeping with the City’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan, Live Green features as a key component at City produced events. The Live Green House will feature at Art & About Sydney 2010 and the 2011 Chinese New Year Festival. The Live Green House is a self-contained environmental transportable home, designed to showcase sustainable living in practice. For Art & About 2010 the City is interested to engage an artist/designer to design, construct and install a large scale Rabbit sculpture/installation to accompany the Live Green House and then to install recycled single use water bottles/recycled vessels to the Rabbit structure in situ over the course of the 4 day event. The general public will be invited to participate by bringing along their own plastic bottles, to contribute to the installation. The Rabbit sculpture will subsequently join the 2011 Chinese New Year Festival to promote the celebration of the Year of the Rabbit.

Salary: $6,000 - 8,000, plus GST
Applications close: Friday, 3 September 2010
Further information:

Monday, 16 August 2010

Art History Images now available on Art History blog

All images for Art History core lectures can now be downloaded from the new Art History blog...

NAS Art History & Theory blog can be found here:

...thank you to the library staff for allowing us to use their site while we established our own space.

Even more new books!

Check out these great new books, available to borrow from 26th August 2010.

Painting light: the hidden techniques of the Impressionists

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Revolution on paper : Mexican prints

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Deborah Butterfield

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Donald Hamilton Fraser

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Grayson Perry

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Magdalene Odundo

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Manet and the object of painting

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Pictures of the body

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Modern British potters and their studios

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Friday, 6 August 2010

Art History and Theory Downloads

During this semester Art History & Theory will be adding links to the NAS Library blog allowing easy access to their powerpoint presentations.

How to download material in 6 easy steps…

1.) Click on the link for the material you wish to access
2.) A new window will open to allow you to download this material from the rapidshare file-sharing site
3.) Click “free user” (unless you have a rapidshare account)
4.) Wait patiently while the clock counts you down
5.) Click download
6.) The powerpoint will then download to your desktop


1st year

Course Outline

Week 16. 26 July. Reformation and Counter Reformation – Caravaggio and Carracci

2nd Year

Course outline

Week 2 - Cubism and Futurism

3rd Year

Course Outline

Week 3 - Architecture

Thursday, 5 August 2010

New books for August

The following books are now on display until Monday 16 August. If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, see library staff! Otherwise click on the call no. link to see if they are available.

Understanding paintings: Bible stories and classical myths in art

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Art and representation: new principles in the analysis of pictures

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The Printed Image in China from the 8th to the 21st Centuries

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Intaglio: complete safety-first system for creative printmaking

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More new books for August...

The following books are now on display until Monday 16th August. If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, see library staff! Otherwise click on the call no. link to see if they are available.

William Kentridge: trace

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Graham Crowley

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Art + Science Now

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Barbara Hepworth

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Thursday, 29 July 2010

Serial Space


Anyplace Projects & Serial Space, in cooperation with Leichhardt Municipal Council and Anka property group, are proud to offer 10 lucky artists a 3-month residency at our newly opened complex in Rozelle.

The 10 successful applicants will receive a studio for 3 months at a $20/wk. At the end of the residency period we will open the doors to the public for an open studio / exhibition/ event/ showing.

Each studio is a secure, glass fronted, 4m x 4m room. The Anyplace complex also has a lawn and extensive common areas including a huge kitchen.

For this round of applications, we will give preference to emerging local artists, who can prove they will use the space effectively and can participate in the end of residency public showing.

For application details and more information go to:
Anyplace Project website:;

or email:

Application deadline is the 15 August, with residencies beginning on the 1 September 2010.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Glebe Art Show

Guidelines 2010

Prizes in 2010

Non-acquisitive Open Art Prize ($3000)
Painting Prize ($1000) donated by Futurepast Heritage Consulting and the Glebe Art Show
Works on Paper Prize ($1000) donated by the Glebe Chamber of Commerce
Photography Prize ($1000) donated by the Toxteth Hotel
Youth Prize ($1000) donated by Dr David Nguyen
People’s Choice Prize ($250) donated by Ray White Real Estate

All works submitted must be the work of the entrant.
Entrants must either live or work within either the City of Sydney or the Leichhardt Council area, and must be at least 18 years of age.

Each entrant may enter a maximum of two works, with a maximum of one work per entrant in any given category.
All works submitted must fall within one of the following broad categories: painting; drawing; printmaking; photography.

All works submitted should be recent.
All works submitted must be able to be hung on a wall, and should not exceed one square metre, including mount and frame.

Prints and drawings must be properly mounted and framed. Paintings must be ready for hanging (with or without a frame), with D rings 10 cm from the top. Works that comprise more than one piece (e.g. diptychs, triptychs, etc.) should be joined together as one item to facilitate hanging. Note: Glebe Picture Frames at 168 St Johns Road offers a 25% discount on framing of works to be hung in the Glebe Art Show.

All works submitted must be made available for sale.
A commission of 33.3% will be retained on each sale. These proceeds will be used to promote the visual arts in the Glebe area.
This is a non-selective show.

Submission of works:
2.00 pm – 7.00 pm Monday 13 September 2010
Benledi, 186 Glebe Point Rd (corner Wigram Road), Glebe.


Thursday, 8 July 2010

New books in July

The following new books are on display and will be available for loan from Monday 2 August. If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, see library staff! Otherwise click on the call no. link to see if they are available.

The woodblock painting of Cressida Campbell

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Johannes Kahrs

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Alan Peascod - Artist of Exceptional Talent

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Peter Blake: One man show

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Contemporary Ceramics

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17th Biennale of Sydney : The beauty of distance
708.040074/BIEN 2010

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Cyril Power Linocuts: A complete catalogue

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Call For Artist Submissions

CALL FOR ARTIST SUBMISSIONS: Peats Ridge 2010 Glenworth Valley Sustainable Arts & Music Festival

Peats Ridge Arts and Culture Team are looking for bold and captivating artworks and performances that will enhance the festival experience. Preference will be given to engaging works that may:

-Be site specific or enhance the natural landscape and festival site
-Draw attention to issues relating to the environment, lifestyle or culture
-Showcase Peats Ridge as presenting innovative works and supporting talented artists
-Reference principles of sustainability and support the Peats Ridge objectives of protection and education about the environment and social change through art.

Applications are open NOW and will be open until midnight August 11, 2010. Artistic applications may include: installation artist, new media artist, visual artist.

Further information regarding applications and application forms can be found at:

Friday, 2 July 2010

NAS & Uni of Newcastle Joint Exhibition

National Art School and the University of Newcastle are coming together for a joint exhibition of student work at Watt Space.

**Expressions of interest Due: Monday 26th July**
**Exhibition Date: 11th – 29th August**

Watt Space is a contemporary art space in the CBD area of Newcastle that exhibits the work of current students of the University of Newcastle. The role of the gallery is to provide students with diverse opportunities in exhibiting, curating and gallery management. Watt Space was established in 1989 and is funded by the UoN Services Limited and the School of Drama, Fine Art and Music.

Art students are invited to apply for involvement in a collaborative exhibition with the objective of bringing together the work of the National Art School and the University of Newcastle. While only being two hours from each other they embody two very different approaches to the creation and teaching of art. Our aim is to show off the strengths of each school.

The curators are distributing a call for artists from both institutes, preferably Honours or Third Year students, though others will be considered, to submit a work for this show. Due to size restrictions in the gallery space, only one or two artists working in each discipline from each school will be selected to be shown.

Expressions of Interest from the NAS will be collated by Honours Student Todd Fuller before a NAS panel of staff and students will short list works for exhibition. This short List will then be discussed with Watt Space Gallery Representatives before final selection.

After Final selection a small meeting will be held with the selected artists to discuss and arrange logistics of the exhibition.

Expressions of interest Due: Monday 26th July
Exhibition Date: 11th – 29th August

Application forms are available from the Library desk.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Opening hours - Winter break 2010

Opening hours for the library over the winter break are as follows:

Monday 5 July - Friday 9 July 9:30am - 4:30pm

Monday 12 July - Friday 16 July 9:30 - 4:30pm

Monday 19 July - Friday 23 July CLOSED

Remember that anything you borrow from now til the end of semester will be due back on the first day of next semester - Monday 26 July.

Enjoy the break!

Monday, 21 June 2010

Art Prize

The PADDINGTON ART PRIZE 2010, is a $20,000 acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian Landscape. This National prize now in its seventh year will be held in OCTOBER, during the CITY OF SYDNEY, ART AND ABOUT FESTIVAL.
The National Finalists Exhibition Opening and Prize Presentation Wednesday 13th October 6pm-8pm, at MENZIES ART BRANDS GALLERY.12 Todman Avenue Kensington NSW 2033
Exhibition current until Sunday 24th October.
Non Aquisitive Prizes in addition the UNSW COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS will offer a selected artist the opportunity to create a limited edition print, plus MENZIES ART BRANDS will present a prize of Art Supplies to the value of $500 to each of the two recipients of the Honourable Mentions.

JUDGES: FELICITY FENNER Chief Curator, National Institute for Experimental Arts. BRIAN LADD Head of Public Programmes, Art Gallery of New South Wales. GAVIN WILSON Independent Curator and Author.
JUDGING: Thursday 7 th OCTOBER.
FLOOR TALK BY JOE FROST: Saturday 16th OCTOBER 3pm-4pm

More information can be found at:

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Art Prizes

The Mosman Art Prize

While Mosman Council sponsors the major prize of $20,000 (acquisitive) and the Commendation Prize of $1,000 (non-acquisitive), other sponsors include Mosman Toyota Viewers’ Choice Prize of $1,000 (non-acquisitive). The Young Emerging Artists’ Award (under 35 years) is personally sponsored by Amanda Phillips. The Mosman Art Gallery is indebted to these sponsors for their generous support and commitment to the Mosman Art Prize.

In addition to the major prize of $20,000, Mosman Council sponsors the Allan Gamble Memorial Art Prize. An accomplished architect and artist, and Mosman Councillor for 24 years, Allan Gamble was the founder of the Mosman Art Prize. Valued at $3,000 (non-acquisitive), the prize will be awarded to the best painting which explores the theme of ‘the built environment’.
Entries for the Mosman Art Prize must be received on Monday 19 July 2010 at the Mosman Art Gallery between 8.00am & 7.00pm. Entries must be accompanied by a completed form.
2010 Mosman Art Prize entry form (PDF 629KB)


2010 $30,000 jacaranda acquisitive drawing award
The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) has been the means by which the Grafton Regional Gallery has gathered a unique and impressive collection of contemporary Australian drawing. The award was established in 1988 and is now a biennial event.
The Drawing collection includes works by John Philippides, Robert Moore, Thomas Spence, Gordon Bennet, Godwin Bradbeer, Maria Kontis, Michael Zavros, Dean Bowen, John Cattapan and Deborah Klein.

Download the JADA Entry Form
Tips and Tricks General Digital Image Information Digital Photography for JADA Artists
Entries close Friday 6 August 2010
Selection and notification to artists mid August
Exhibition Dates at Grafton Regional Gallery 29 October - 12 December 2010 Official Opening: 6.00pm Friday 29 October 2010
Touring Dates December 2010 - January 2012 (subject to change)
Proudly sponsored by The Friends of the Gallery

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

June Art Prizes

The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship
The Brett Whiteley Studio, administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, invites applications for a major traveling art scholarship.
The Scholarship is awarded to a talented young artist (between 20 and 30 years old) with an established body of work, who is best able to demonstrate the use and benefit of the scholarship to further his/her art education in Europe.
Mrs Beryl Whiteley, the artist's mother has generously made the funds available for the scholarship both to encourage excellence in painting and to offer young artists the same opportunities to develop their careers as were afforded to her son.
The Scholarship awards the winner $25 000 and a three month residency at the Studio at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris administered by AGNSW.
Venue: The Brett Whiteley Studio, 2 Raper Street Surry Hills 2010 NSW Australia
Contact: For more information call 02 9225 1881 or email

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
Applications Close Date: 25/06/2010 12:00:00 AM Exhibition Dates: 9th August – 25th September 2010 Prize Money (estimated total): $160,000.00 Venue: State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney 2000 Web Site: Prize Genre: Portraiture Description: The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize was established by the Moran family in 1988 to celebrate Australia's Bicentenary. Initially a bi-annual competition, the DMNPP is now held annually, making it an even more significant event on Australia's arts calendar as well as the richest portrait prize in the world.
The exhibition of finalists held at The State Library of New South Wales generates a vibrant and eclectic collection of 30 portrait paintings depicting the diversity of Australian society.

The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize promotes contemporary photography and excellence in photo-based work, including all types of analogue and digital photography. Images can be either colour or black and white.
Entrants to the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize are asked to interpret Contemporary Life in Australia with an emphasis on images of Australians going about their day-to-day lives within their environment. Images that reveal a deep connection between the photographer and their subject(s) will be well received by the judges.
There are two sections in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize – an Open Section and a Schools Section with the total prize money of $110,000.
First prize in the Open Section is $80,000 with a further $10,000 awarded for highly commended works and, a total of $20,000 for the category winners in the Schools Section.
Judge in 2010: documentary photographer and filmmaker, Stephen Dupont.
Contact: For more information call 02 9247 6666 or email
Venue: State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney 2000.

The John Coburn Emerging Professional Artist Award

The prize is awarded, in the opinion of the judges, for the best contemporary religious art work submitted by an emerging professional artist. The John Coburn Emerging Professional Artist Award is strictly non-sectarian.
John Coburn came to prominence as an artist through winning the 1960 Blake Prize for Religious Art. This enabled him to begin a professional career as an artist. John went on to make a major contribution to Australian visual culture and is remembered for his paintings, design, and tapestries including the curtains for the Sydney Opera House.
Fees: Entry fee is $50 per work and there is a 30% commission on sales.
Winner Announced: 2nd September 2010
Venue: The Gallery, National Art School, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney.
Contact: For more information call 02 9339 8686

The Blake Prize for Religious Art
The Blake Prize for Religious Art awards $15,000 to the work that the judges consider the best contemporary religious work submitted. There is also an award of $5000 to the winner of the John Coburn Emerging Artist.
The prize was founded in 1949 by a Blake Society committee in Sydney consisting of clergy, artists and laymen drawn from a variety of religious groups who desired to bring about a closer cooperation between church and artist in the modern world. The name Blake was chosen because William Blake as an artist of undoubted genius seemed to belong to no school and succeeded in integrating the religious and artistic content in his work. The Blake Society hoped to encourage artists of disparate styles and religious allegiances to create significant works of art with religious content. Today its members hope to stimulate the interaction of ideas and spiritual thought in contemporary Australian art.
Note: New entry conditions: Entry is now by digital pre-selection of images, please refer to full list of conditions on the Blake website.
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 integrity.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Paris Studio Residency

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for the 2011 Storrier Onslow National Art School Paris Studio Residency at La Cite Internationale des Arts.


Friends of the National Art School are pleased to announce that applications for the 2011 Storrier Onslow National Art School Studio Residency are now open to all NAS teaching/academic staff, successfully completed final year students and recent graduates. The residency is a chance to develop upon your studies and practice with artists from different countries in one of the world’s great centres of artistic expression. The studio is housed within the La Cite Internationale des Arts located on the Right Bank in the 4th arrondissement overlooking the River Seine, central to many commercial galleries and a short walk to Notre Dame.

Applicants are required to demonstrate that their artistic practice will benefit by undertaking the residency, that they have the financial capacity to meet all costs associated with living in Paris for the residency duration, and that they accept all conditions set by the Paris Studio Selection Committee and La Cite Internationale des Arts.

Application forms are available at the library desk. If you any queries please contact Friends of the National Art School, Building 22 NAS Forbes St Darlinghurst NSW 2010

T 02 9339 8635

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

New books in May

The following books are now on display til Monday 24 May. If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, see library staff! Otherwise click on the call no. link to see if they are available.

Installing exhibitions : a practical guide

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Chance : documents of contemporary art

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Photography Degree Zero : reflections on Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida

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Cubism and Australian Art

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Rupert Bunny : Artist in Paris

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Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Bibliography of the History of Art

The Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) is now available free from the Getty Web site at

The BHA is a comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writing about the history of western art covering 1990-2007. It includes references to articles from over 1,200 journals. The BHA on the Getty Web site offers both basic and advanced search modules, and can be searched easily by subject, artist, author, article or journal title.

Journals covered include: American art, American art journal , American art review, American Ceramic Circle journal, American ceramics, Architectural heritage, Architectural history,
Art & fact, Art & text , Art and Australia, Art book, Art bulletin, Art criticism, Art history, Art in America, Art journal, Art monthly, Art monthly Australia, Art New Zealand
and lots more!

Thursday, 22 April 2010

New books April 2010

The following books are now on display til Monday 10 May. If you would like to borrow any of them when they come off display, see library staff! Otherwise click on the call no. link to see if they are available.

Jeff Mincham: Ceramics

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Art Practice as Research

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Menagerie : Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture in Australia

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A Singular Voice: Essays on Australian Art and Architecture

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Thursday, 1 April 2010

Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship

The Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship of $60,000 is offered each year by the NSW government, with the generous support of the Helen Lempriere Bequest.

The purpose of the Scholarship is to enable a visual artist at the beginning of their career to undertake a program of professional development for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years. The key focus of the program must be international but it may also include national activities. The Scholarship is intended for emerging artists. To be eligible to apply, applicants ust be within the first 8 years of professional practice as a visual artist.

Activities eligible under the program include, but are not limited to:
* study, training or residencies (including short-term courses or workshops), at recognised institutions / organisations;
and / or
* mentorships or internships with recognised professional artists.

As part of the assessment process, a shortlist of up to twelve artists will be selected to participate in an exhibition to be held at Artspace Visual Arts Centre in September 2010.

The winner of the 2010 Scholarship will be announced in September 2010.

CLOSING DATE: 5pm, Monday 3 May 2010

Application forms can be found here.

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

April Art Competitions

Hunters Hill Art Exhibition and Prize
A $5000 cash prize for the winner and also a number of other smaller prizes are on offer. For full listing of categories and requirements see the website. Entries close 16 April.

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize
Artists are invited to submit up to two paintings made ‘en plein air’ of a New South Wales subject, painted at any time, for consideration for the Prize. The Prize is acquisitive and the winning entry will receive $20 000. More information available online. Entries close 14th-16th April.

Fletcher Jones Art Prize
An acquisitive painting prize of $30 000 conducted by the Geelong Gallery. Entries close 30th April. Further information available on the gallery website.

Entry forms and information are also on display in the library (check the noticeboard on level one near the big tables!).

Monday, 22 March 2010

Information Research Skills

Elizabeth shows you some of the tricks of the trade!

2nd years - Monday 29 March, Black Theatre 12:30 - 1:00 pm

3rd years - Thursday 1 April, Red Theatre 12:30 - 1:00 pm

Come along and find out how to search more efficiently & effectively. Save time, effort and frustration!

Art Full Text

The State Library of NSW has recently expanded its list of 'offsite access' databases to include:

Art Full Text

This full text bibliographic database indexes and abstracts articles from English language periodicals, yearbooks and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. Subjects covered include antiques, archaeology, architecture and architectural history, art history, computers in art, crafts, fashion design, folk art, graphic arts, interior design, landscape architecture, films, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, and textiles.

It includes journals such as Art Bulletin, Art History, Artforum International, Art in America, ArtUS, Art Journal, Art Monthly, Art and Christianity, Art on Paper, Art Criticism, Art AsiaPacific, Art Review, Blind Spot, British Art Journal, British Journal of Photography, Ceramics Review, Chicago Art Journal, Ceramics Monthly, Domus, European Journal of Archaeology, Film Quarterly, Flash Art, October, Parkett...

Art Full Text has recent issues of journals available for searching. For example the most recent issue of ArtForum International available is February 2010.

Art Retrospective

Art Retrospective Index 1929-1984 is an important online resource for research in the fields of fine arts, architecture, the decorative arts and related disciplines and complements and extends the coverage provided by Art Full Text (1984 onwards).

You can find State Library databases here.

As with all SLNSW offsite access databases you need to be registered for a Readers Card before you can start using them. Apply for a card here.

If you would like more information about using full text databases and online indexes, please see me - Elizabeth - or any of the library staff.

William Fletcher Grants

The William Fletcher Grants are now open for 2010. These are awarded annually to outstanding young visual arts students who demonstrate excellence in painting, drawing, printmaking or stage design.

Application forms can be found here.

Closing date - 30th April 2010
Please note that the application process has changed this year. For more information see John Bloomfield, Co-ordinator, Undergraduate Studies.

The William Fletcher Trust (now the William Fletcher Foundation) was established in 1985 to celebrate the life and to commemorate the work of William Ernest Maurice Fletcher (1924-1983), painter and printmaker, whose integrity as an artist was not compromised by his material difficulties and lifetime fight with cardiac asthma.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Splendour in the Grass Arts Initiative

In partnership with Lismore Regional Gallery, NORPA, Arts Northern Rivers and the Australia Council, SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS is excited to announce the launch of this year's SPLENDID Arts Initiative.

SPLENDID is seeking young and emerging artists for two weeks of bending art forms and collaboration to create new works for SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS.

SPLENDID is open to artists under 30 years of age or in the first 5 years of their practice, who work in visual arts, theatre, dance, design, installation, architecture, digital media, sound, text, community arts and other creative pursuits. The program includes a residential Arts Lab, mentorship and opportunities to promote your work to major festival audiences in Australia and internationally.

More information here.

2010 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award

Entries are now open for the 2010 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award for prints and artists' books in any print medium. Prizes include a $12000 acquisitive prize, $5000 non-acquisitive, $6000 acquisition fund prize, and a $300 people's choice award. Closing date for entries is 14th June 2010.

A sample entry form is on display on the exhibition noticeboard on level one in the library. Further details available soon on the Fremantle Arts Centre website.

Monday, 8 March 2010

More State Library databases

The State Library of NSW has added more 'offsite access' databases to their e-resources! These include the EbscoHost databases:

Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete is a scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 6,100 full-text periodicals, including more than 5,100 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 10,100 journals and a total of more than 10,600 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.

MasterFILE Premier
MasterFILE Premier contains full text periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues, etc. It also contains full text for reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of photos, maps & flags.

Australia/NZ Reference Centre
The Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre contains Australia/New Zealand magazines, newspapers and newswires, reference books, biographies, photographs, maps and flags.
Titles include: Architecture Australia, Australian Geographic, Australian Women's Weekly, Inside Rugby, The Australian (National), The Daily Telegraph (Sydney), The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney), The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney), Encyclopedia of Australia, History of Australia, etc.

You can find State Library databases here.

As with all SLNSW offsite access databases you need to be registered for a Readers Card before you can start using them. Apply for a card here.

If you would like more information about using full text databases and online indexes, please see me - Elizabeth - or any of the library staff.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Ceramics, Painting, Sculpture: Prizes and Competitions

Looking for a listing of current art prizes and competitions now calling for entries? Check out the dedicated noticeboard on level one (upstairs near the big desks) of the library. Here is a selection of prizes closing soon:

The Gallipoli Art Prize
Acquisitive prize with the winner receiving $20 000 for a work executed in oil, acrylic, water colour or mixed. Closing date: 22-23 March 2010. For more details see the website.

Sculpture Exhibition and Prize: Sawmillers Reserve McMahons Point
Non-acquisitive prize of $10 000 for medium-sized exterior sculptures and installations. Entries close: 30 March 2010. Further details available online.

Sidney Myer Australian Ceramic Award
This prize has categories for International, Australian, and Emerging (producing artist for less than ten years) ceramicists. As well as cash components up to $25 000, winners will also produce work for exhibition at the Shepparton Art Gallery with one work selected to enter the collection. Closing date: 2 April 2010. Full terms and conditions available here.

Fletcher Jones Art Prize
An acquisitive painting prize of $30 000 conducted by the Geelong Gallery. Closing date for applications: 30 April 2010. Further information available on the gallery website.

Monday, 1 March 2010

New Books

The following books are now on display til Monday March 15. If you would like to borrow either of them when they come off display, see library staff! Otherwise click on the call no. link to see if they are available.

Firing: Philosophies within contemporary ceramic practice

Image taken from

Simryn Gill

Image taken from here

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Hours for Orientation/Drawing week

The library will open early next Monday and Tuesday and then we'll be back to normal session hours on Monday 8th March, when classes begin.

Mon 1st - Tue 2nd March
9.00 - 4.00

Wed 3rd - Fri 5th March
10.00 - 4.00

Thursday, 11 February 2010

New Books in Feb 2010

Here's some new books to whet your appetite for the new academic year! Click on the call number link to check on availability. If any of these are either on display or on loan you can have library staff put them 'on hold' for you!

Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gaugin, Cezanne & Beyond. Post Impressionism from the Musee D'Orsay
759.4 / COLL MAST

Image sourced from here

The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art
709.040074/ ASIA 2009

Image sourced from here

Euan Uglow: the complete paintings

Image sourced from here

The Paintings of Ross Bleckner

Image sourced from here

Seven Days in the Art World

Image sourced from here