Tuesday, 24 April 2012

New Books - April 2012

This new book is on display for 2 weeks, if you would like to borrow it you can place a hold through the library catalogue.

"Fragile Blossoms Enduring Earth: The Japanese Influence on American Ceramics"


"Catalog of an exhibition held May 18-August 27, 1989, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, N.Y. and January 18-April 1, 1990, American Craft Museum, New York, NY." Taken from 

Tony Twigg: Encountering the Object

This new book is on display for two weeks, you can place a hold on it through the library catalogue.


“Tony Twigg: Encountering the Object” is a modest book that takes readers on a fabulous visual journey, joining the dots between objects found in our everyday and how they weave their way into the timber constructions of artist Tony Twigg. Taken from

Contemporary Australian Drawing #1, Janet McKenzie

 This new book will be on the display in the library for two weeks. If you would like to borrow it you can place a request through the library catalogue or ask the library staff.


"In this new survey of Australian drawing, Scottish-based Australian artist, writer and academic Janet McKenzie moves beyond her 1986 Drawing in Australia, Contemporary Images and Ideas to present an expansive, dynamic overview of drawing in Australia... Cressida Campbell and Ken Done are represented alongside Mike Parr, George Gittoes, Mirka Mora, as well as important indigenous artists like Julie Dowling." Text taken from this website

Art Prize


Now a regular part of the inner city art calendar, the sixth Annual Pyrmont Art Festival will be held on Sunday 20th May 2012 on the Harbour foreshore at Pirrama Park in Pyrmont from 10am.

The Festival to be opened by the Lord Mayor at 11am  at the former Water Police site, with a glorious vista, live entertainment, artwork on display & a huge range of Mudgee wine to be tasted.
Over 200 pieces of artwork were exhibited last year at the Pyrmont Art Festival and some wonderful artworks will be available for purchasing art on the day. Thousands of people visited last year’s event held in conjunction with the Mudgee Food & Wine Fair.

The Pyrmont‐Ultimo Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce this pivotal community event which will also feature a live stage with some of Sydneys best performers for the young & the young at heart at the entertainment tent. Don’t miss this glorious day Sunday 20th May 2012 from 10am.

Artist can pick up a canvas at TAP Gallery or purchase their own. All canvases must be unframed & 12″x12″ (31cmx31cm)
The theme of the art prize is the size of the canvas: 1 foot. It can be in any medium incuding sculpture & ceramic, however it must be attached to a 1 foot canvas for display on the day. No need to put a hanging system on the back we will do that when we prepare all canvases for the catalogue & display.

More information can be found at : http://www.tapgallery.org.au/2012/02/pyrmont-art-prize-sunday-20-may-2012-in-conjunction-with-the-mudgee-food-wine-fair/

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

THE WILLIAM FLETCHER Teritary Grants 2012 for talented young artistsClosing date - 30 April 2012

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

Click here for a download of the information details and application forms. Both contain more detailed eligibilty criteria, and procedural instructions.

Eligibility and Conditions for Grant Applications: You are eligible to apply for a Grant, if you are a student:who is an Australian citizen; and who is enrolled in final year (Year 3 of a Pass degree, or Year 4 of an Honours degree) at one of the eligible institutions and whose major study includes at least one of the following five disciplines: painting; drawing; printmaking; illustration; stage design (set and costume); and who applies for a William Fletcher Foundation (WFF) Grant by the closing date 30 April 2012 eligible tertiary institutions will opt to be involved in the assessment of Studio Practice achievement on campus.

Students should submit the application form and additional requirements, by 30 April 2012:
by email to info@williamfletcherfoundation.org.au OR by ordinary mail to
to Secretary, William Fletcher Foundation, P.O. Box 172, Lane Cove NSW 1595

Applicants need to nominate in which one of their majors, they are applying for a Grant. This has to be one of the five eligible studio disciplines (painting, drawing, printmaking, illustration, stage (set and costume) design).

Talent in the nominated discipline will be rated from the PowePpoint images supplied by the applicant and by assessment of studio work on campus.
Applicants need to give evidence both of financial hardship (by answering the relevant parts of the Application Form), and of achievement (by supplying photocopies of academic transcripts for all previous years).
All information supplied is considered with the strictest confidence.
All institutions have opted for this procedure and have nominated a member of staff to be the contact person who will help students, if necessary.

Contact persons for the William Fletcher Foundation Grants Institution
Contacts 2012: National Art School John Bloomfield co-ordinator undergraduate studies

Having trouble accessing the catalogue?

If you are having trouble accessing the NAS Library Catalogue it may be due to some maintenance that has been done to help improve performance times.

The catalogue now has a new URL:


Use this link to access the catalogue and then bookmark it on your computer. Or use the links on the side of this page!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Holiday opening hours: Library & Digilab

The NAS Library hours over the Easter and Autumn Holiday break are:
Friday 6 April: CLOSED

Monday 9 April: CLOSED
Tuesday 10 - Friday 13 April: 10am - 4pm

Monday 16 April - Friday 20 April: 10am - 4pm

Friday 6 April: CLOSED

Monday 9 April: CLOSED
Tuesday 10 April: CLOSED
Wednesday 11 - Friday 13: 10 am - 4pm

Monday 16 - Tuesday 17 April: 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 18 April: CLOSED
Thursday 19 - Friday 20 April: 10am - 4pm

Please note that these hours are subject to change. If you are planning on visiting the Library over the break, please call us on 02 9339 8620 to confirm that we are open.

Normal semester hours resume on Monday 23 April 2012.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

New DVDs

Art from the Arctic
A group of 20 artists, scientists and educators travel to the remote and beautiful Arctic island of Spitzbergen to exchange ideas and plot ways of communicating to the wider world, concerns about the environment and climate change. The diverse gathering on this Cape Farewell expedition include highly respected names in the fields of writing, video, sculpture, choreography, photography and music and their work there is a stunning statement on the anxieties about global warming. Their art speaks of the environment and the threat human behaviour poses to its stability.

Vivenne Westwood: Do it Yourself!
An up close and personal look at the life and work of the iconic British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. The film looks beyond her eccentricity and desire for shock value, examining what drives and influences her to create the quirky and original pieces which have made her reputation.
Acclaimed as the designer most responsible for bringing punk and other anti-establishment forms of fashion into the mainstream, Westwood rose to prominence in the late 1970s as bands such as the Sex Pistols (who wore her designs) stormed the charts.
Still active today, with a shop in London and other interests, this program mixes exclusive footage of Westwood with archive clips to tell her story (including her complex relationship with her younger husband and 'creative associate') and those of the subcultures she helped popularise. (Documentary) M (60 min.)

Hidden History
Brook Andrew is an Australian artist with indigenous Australian heritage on his mother's side. He embarks on a controversial project to unearth 'hidden' photographs depicting the trauma and debasement of indigenous Australians by early settlers, and then using them in his artwork. It's an emotional and difficult process culminating in exhibitions across Australia which are viewed with varying appreciative and critical responses.

709.94 HIDD D231