Monday, 15 August 2011

Dobell Prize for Drawing

In instituting this annual prize, the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation wishes to encourage excellence in drawing and draughtsmanship.

Value: $25 000 (acquisitive)
Medium: Unique work on paper or other suitable support in any medium or combination of media. This includes those media and materials traditionally associated with the practice of drawing (pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, etc.) and those which are part of contemporary drawing practice, including pastel, watercolour, collage etc.

Other information: Applicants must have been born in Australia or hold Australian citizenship, and have been a resident in Australia for a period of 12 months prior to the closing date. Works are to be completed during the 12 months preceding the closing date.

Application forms for 2011 will be available for download soon.

A complete list of conditions are included in the application forms.
Entries for the 2011 Dobell Prize will be received between Wednesday 23 November and Friday 25 November.

How to apply
The appropriate application form can be downloaded from this page, when available, or you can request a hardcopy by contacting the Art Gallery of NSW: tel (02) 9225 1700 or email (please supply your mailing address).
Deliveries of artworks are to be made at the rear entrance of the Gallery (which is also the accessible entrance).
Download additional information on Archibald, Wynne, Sulman & Dobell Prizes (PDF 47 KB)

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Book Sale

Its on again - the NAS Library Book Sale!

Wednesday 24 August 2011

Lunchtime on the library lawns - books, magazines, biographies, novels, catalogues etc from as little as 25c!

All proceeds go towards purchasing new resources for the library!

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

State Reference Library closed for renovations

The State Reference Library at the State Library of New South Wales will be closed from 1 August to 18 September. The Mitchell Library, bookshop, cafe and exhibition galleries will remain open during this time.

The ‘new look’ State Reference Library will reopen on Monday 19 September. There’ll be dedicated study rooms, more informal work spaces and more computers. The new layout will also offer easier access to services and collections.

In 2012 renovations will continue in the Macquarie Street foyer, with a new bookshop, cafe and enhanced theatre-style auditorium.

The renovation work will be conducted in three stages:

Stage 1
29 June – 31 July
Work commences on Lower Ground 2, State Reference Library. All services available.

Stage 2
1 August – 18 September
State Reference Library closed for renovation. Mitchell Library is open.

Stage 3
February/March 2012
Macquarie Street foyer closed for renovation. State Reference Library accessible via the Mitchell Library.

For more information contact the State Library on 02 9273 1414, or consult their website - - or refurbishment blog -