Thursday, 31 May 2012

Closing June 5: Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists

Applications for the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists close on June 5.

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.
Closing date: 5 June
Notification: Two months following the closing date
Four candidates will be awarded $5,000 each (excluding GST)
Applications must submitted online by the above due date. Printed applications will not be accepted.

Apply here:

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Library closing early today

Please note that the Library will be closing at 5pm today.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

New DVDs

Lyndal Jones @ NAS. Art Forum Series


Lyndal Jones is an established multi-media artist, best known for her conceptual works incorporating performance and projection. Jones has been active in the Australian art scene since the 1970s – creating work spanning film, performance, music and experimental painting. Her interest in the relationship between humans and the environment has developed to incorporate ideas of catastrophe and the ways in which people band together during periods of natural disaster. For her installation Rehearsing Catastrophe: The Ark in Sydney (2012) Jones will create a skeleton façade of an ark under construction. Visitors will be able to look into the ark through the façade to observe activities occurring within. Situating the work on Cockatoo Island adds a new dimension in light of the island’s history as a ship-building site. Impromptu performances from volunteers will occur in as part of the installation on Cockatoo Island throughout the exhibition.

ARTSCAPE: A Law unto Himself. Roger Law

Roger Law was a creator of the highly-successful UK puppet show Spitting Image which ran for 13 years before he deported himself to Australia in 1996 to explore his remaining artistic talent. He underwent a journey of renewal in the bush that ultimately led him to China.
Aged in his 60s, he returned to his teenage art-school passion for drawing and ceramics. As Artist-in-Residence in the cells of a former jail, now the National Art School in Sydney, he started working in clay. Freed from the burden of notoriety, Law found himself in a place where he could create without the fear of failure. – Artscape, ABC

Roslisham ‘Ise” Ismail @ NAS. Art Forum Series.

Secret Lauguage Project

"Malaysian artist Roslisham ‘Ise’ Ismail is an artist in residence at the National Art School as he prepares a project for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. As part of 4A’s Chinatown Mapping Project, Ise is developing a project with the ethnic Chinese-Malaysia migrant communities who work as vegetable sellers at Paddy’s Market. Ise describes his modus operandi as 'making friends and talking to people'. His practice often works with an extensive network of collaborators all over the world that he calls his ‘superfriends’. In his work, Ise often deals with the personal experience of urban communities through his interactions with different participants. His work takes different forms as it centres around his personal experience of urban communities and the culture of their people. He has played an integral role in the development of the contemporary art scene in Malaysian, through his practice, which includes the Parking Project Initiative, Super Friends, and Sent Ap Magazine. Ise has participated in the Singapore Biennale, 2011; Asia Triennale, Manchester, 2011; Jakarta Biennale, 2009; Instanbul Biennale (with Ruangrupa), 2005. In 2006 he was the Australian High Commission resident at the Gunnery Studio, Art Space, Sydney and held his first solo exhibition at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in 2007." - NAS website.

Liquid Stone: Unlocking Gaudi’s Secrets

The challenge to complete the Sagrada Familia Church, according to Gaudi's vision, is revealed by architects and artisans who have spent years of their lives immersed in unlocking the secrets of Gaudi's Liquid Stone.

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Le Territoire des Sens

Le Territoire des Sens has been added to the resources links in the lower right hand menu. This blog has all sorts of useful links to contemporary artists working in drawing, land art, architecure, installation ...

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

New Books on Display

The following books will be on display for 2 weeks if you would like to place a hold on any of them please ask the library staff.

Stephen Bird: Where the Wild Roses Grow

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"There is nothing abstract about Stephen Bird’s Where the wild roses grow at Rex Irwin’s. This is a show of ceramics to make most potters wince in horror. Bird’s works may conform superficially to the shapes of plates and bowls, but they all possess tiny narratives – ribald, scabrous, grotesque and irreverent. They are also very funny, which is a rare quality in an art exhibition.
The title, as you may know, comes from the Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue duet that ends with Eliza Day being bashed to death with a rock. Bird thoughtfully provides a plate depicting the murder in 3D. This is not his most tasteless exercise by a long chalk, as there is an entire series of plates piled high with ceramic eyeballs. The saving grace is that each of these small tableaux has been created with exceptional skill. Anyone who has dabbled in ceramics will know how difficult it is to manipulate coloured glazes, let alone sculptural pieces made up of many small parts. Bird makes it seem easy. All that most of us will see is the finished work, not the hours of labour invested in these fastidious creations."
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William Hardy Wilson: Artist, Architect, Orientalist, Visionary.

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Who was that Woman? The Australian Women's Weekly in the Postwar Years

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"In Who Was That Woman?: The Australian Women's Weekly in the Postwar Years, Susan Sheridan offers a detailed examination of the Weekly, concentrating on the twenty-five year period from 1946 to 1971. Focusing on the period encompassing the peak of the Weekly's popularity, Sheridan emphasises the importance of the magazine as a cultural site: "It represented everyday Australia to itself during the years of radical social change following World War II"

Masami Teraoka: Allegories of an Anarchic World

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"Masami Teraoka is a fascinating example of the inter-connectedness between the appreciation of tradition and an all-encompassing interest in universal ideas. For the greater part of the second half of the 20th century, the art of Japan was regarded as true to itself, occasionally flirting with ideas from the West, but essentially remaining a self-contained tradition…His paintings from the past decade have embraced aspects of Western art history – they no longer emerge from a traditional Japanese aesthetic, but incorporate European iconography, invoking both its stylistic elements as well as allegory as he tackles social, gender, moral and political issues that transcend geography and cultures."

Sculpture at Scenic World: Exhibition 1012

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New Book on Display

1.85 Million: Art Peripheries

This book will be on display for 2 weeks if you would like to place a hold on it please ask the library staff.

"Presenting work by Australian and international artists including a number of new commissions, 1.85 Million: Art Peripheries makes cross-cultural and geographical comparisons and connections between social experiences of urban and suburban environments."

NAS Ball themes shortlist

The shortlist of themes for the NAS Ball is:

* Endangered Animal Species
* Sixty's Sci-Fi
* Andy Warhol's Factory
* The Internet
* Sexy Hot Latino / Swing
* American 80s Prom Night
* 1950s Rebel Youth

Cast your vote in the library! Voting closes Monday 4 June 2012.

Dont forget to put your name on the voting slip - one vote per student!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Sculpture in the Vineyard

Exhibition and Award 2012

SINV is a flagship event now in its tenth year and is the largest annual art event in the Lower Hunter attracting over 5000 visitors each event. Held during the month of November, artists are invited to submit large scale works (over 1m in any direction) which are suitable for long term outdoor survival in the beautiful historic Wollombi Valley.

Your work will be featured in a dedicated printed catalogue and on our website as well as being eligible for one of our Awards. This is a great way to get your work seen by thousands of visitors on land and online and an opportunity to market yourself to a targeted art and wine loving audience.

Enter now with an already made work, or a proposal. Only $35 will get you up to 3 entries!!
A selection of 60 finalists will be chosen from the entries submitted to the pre-selection panel, remember up to three of your works may be selected!
Finalists will have their work placed by our curator Arthur Chan, with the exception of site specific works, where you can work with Arthur and the venue to nominate a site.

UndercliffAward for a Site-Specific Art $2,500
Noyce Brothers Award for innovationin Methods and or materials$2,500
Wollombi Wines Artist Residency Award worth $1,500
Peoples chioce award woth $1000
Kid's Choice Award worth $250

Main prize to be announced.


1. DOWNLOAD & READ: Terms & Conditions  
2. DOWNLOAD & COMPLETE:  PDF   OR    WORD  Application Form & Catalogue Template
3. MAIL  with support materials to:       OR         PO Box 793 Petersham NSW 2049
4. PAY ENTRY FEE $35.00:  by EFT, cheque or money order
You can propose up to three outdoor works
Applications submitted without an entry fee will not be considered.

New Book on Display

Kevin Connor Paintings 19 May -14 June 2012

This book will be on display for 2 weeks if you would like to place a hold on it please ask the library staff.

"Kevin Connor (b.1932) is one of Australia's most important urban expressionistic painters, knownfor his ability to capture the vibrancy and dynamism of inner city scenes and its inhabitants."

Thursday, 10 May 2012

New DVDs

MANET: The Man Who Invented Modern Art
Presented by Waldemar Januszczak, this is a thorough examination of the life and work of French artist Edouard Manet (1832-83), whose work often scandalised the establishment of the day.

759.4/MAN D234

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: Anything is possible
A rare, in-depth look at the life and work of the internationally acclaimed South African artist, William Kentridge. Working in a variety of media - including sculpture, drawing, animation, tapestry, film, theater, and opera - Kentridge tackles a broad range of subjects, from cataclysmic historical events to poignant personal moments. Kentridge discusses his family's history and life under apartheid, and revealing the importance of improvisation, inquiry, and open-ended possibilities in his process. Follow Kentridge on an international journey that documents his work behind the scenes: from the intimacy of his Johannesburg studio, to galleries worldwide, to backstage at New York's Metropolitan Opera as he develops, stages, and directs Shostakovich's The Nose, based on Gogol's story.

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Special Reserve 2 Day Loan

ARTSCAPE (2 episodes)

Ep. 1 "Philip Treacy in Conversation With Virginia Trioli."

Milliner Philip Treacy discusses his fashion obsessed high profile clients and his relationship with his muse, the late Isabella Blow.

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Ep. 2 The Wonderful World of Professor Cardoso"
Born in Colombia and now residing in Sydney, Maria Fernanda Cardoso is a Yale graduate and an internationally renowned artist with a reputation for unique installations. Artscape looks at this amazing woman's work as she prepares for an exhibition featuring photographs, footage and 3D models of insect genitalia entitled It's Not Size That Matters, It Is Shape. The exhibition is part of a PhD project titled 'Museum of Copulatory Organs' or MoCo for short.

709.2/ARTS D264

The Art of Russia
Series in which art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon tells the incredible story of Russian art – its mystery and magnificence. He explores the origins of the Russian icon from its roots in Byzantium and the first great Russian icon, Our Lady of Vladimir to the masterpieces of the country’s most famous icon painter, Andrei Rublev.

Ep. 1: "Out of the Forest." Criss-crossing the epic landscape, Andrew visits the monastery founded by Ivan the Terrible, where his favourite forms of torture found inspiration in religious art. One man would shine a light into Russia’s dark ages – Peter the Great who, surprisingly, took as his inspiration Deptford in South London.

Ep. 2: "Roads to Revolution." He explores how Russia changed from a feudal nation of aristocratic excess to a hotbed of revolution at the beginning of the 20th century and how art moved from being a servant of the state to an agent of its destruction.

Ep. 3: "Smashing the Mould." The final part examines political revolution and how art was at the forefront of throwing out 1,000 years of royal rule, from its earliest revolutionary days of enthusiasm and optimism when painting died, the poster was king and the machine-made triumphed over the handmade to the dead hand of Socialist Realism.

Sarindar Dhaliwal @ NAS. Art Forum Series

Sarindar Dhaliwal is a visual artist based in Toronto. She has been awarded a Canada Council International Residency at Artspace in Sydney. The focus of her research here are tales of Australian migration, native birds and the landscape viewed via railway journeys. Dhaliwal will screen her first short, experimental film olive, almond & mustard… (2010), and discuss the interdisciplinary nature of her art practice and speak on her current project: the cartographer’s mistake.
olive, almond & mustard … is part of a larger body of work that explores growing up in Southall, a borough on the western edge of Greater London. It is where Dhaliwal was raised and is considered the capital of Punjabi Britain. The film references the historical and cultural ties that bind India and Great Britain together after centuries of shared colonial life and records the alienating experience of the immigrant child – a dissonance exacerbated by the political and journalistic diatribes against the post war influx of Indians and West Indians to England in the 50s and 60s.

700.5/NATI DHAL D270

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

New Books on display for May 2012

There are several new books on display in the library (see the entries below for further details). If you would like to place a hold on any of these items please see library staff for assistance.

Virginia King: Sculptor

"Born in 1946 in Kawakawa, Virginia King attended Wellington Polytechnic School of Design in 1963, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1964/65 and Chelsea Art School, London in 1979. King is one of New Zealand's best known sculptors, she began focussing on sculpture in the mid-1980s, and has worked in Hinuera stone, bronze, aluminium, stainless steel, earth and wood. Underlying her practice is a concern for the environment, a passion for words and an interest in history and micro-organisms, all of which inspire and inform her work."
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Tim Maguire: time and nature

This new book is on display in the library if you would like to place a hold on it please see the library staff for assistance.

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Tim Maguire: time and nature

Alf Lohr: abstraction

This new book is currently on display in the library, see library staff to place a hold on the item.

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Alf Lohr: abstraction

"Alluding to the classical vocabulary of abstract art, Lohr's drawings, photographs and video invent a new language. This publication brings together a new body of work." Quote from the introduction.

Christian Marclay: the clock

This new book is currently on display in the library if you would like to place a hold on the item please see the library staff.

Christian Marclay: the clock
"This staggering artistic montage telling the time in film and TV clips will run on in your thoughts."

Monday, 7 May 2012

John Fries Memorial Prize 2012

Call for Entries - Now Open!

Entries are now open for the 2012 John Fries Memorial Prize for emerging visual artists - an annual non-aquisitive award of $10,000.
If you are a practicing artist and a resident in Australia or New Zealand who is not enrolled as a student and whose work is not held in the collection of a state, territory or national public art gallery, then we strongly encourage you to apply!  Artists of all ages and disciplines are eligible to enter.
The competition is administered by Viscopy, Australia and New Zealand's not-for-profit rights management organisation for the visual arts. The prize has been donated by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of Viscopy.
The JFMP Finalists' Exhibition will be held at Gaffa Galleries, Sydney from Saturday 11 August  to Saturday 1 September. The winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on August 14 at 7pm.  The finalists’ exhibition is curated by Venita Poblocki.  The prize will be judged by Wayne Tunnicliffe, Head Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of NSW and artists, Bronwyn Bancroft and Kath Fries.

Entries close 5pm Monday 4 June 2012.

How to enter

Full details about the prize, terms and conditions and information on how to enter are on the PDF entry form at the bottom of this page. Artists need to submit a completed entry form and up to 5 images/excerpts of their work.
  • Entries via email – complete entry form electronically below and send one email only with the attached form and up to 5 images of your work.
  • Entries via post – print and complete the entry form below. Post the completed form to the Viscopy address supplied, along with a CD-Rom or DVD with up to 5 images or excerpts of your work. 

Related Event: Personal Property Securities Register Information Night

The new Personal Properties Security Register is an important development that affects artists who sell work on consignment.  Viscopy will also be holding an information session about the introduction of the new Personal Property Securities Register for visual artists and art professionals on 23 May 2012 at 5pm at the offices of Swaab Attorneys, 1/16-20 Hunter Street Sydney.

For more information please contact Viscopy:
t: (02) 9310 2018

Friday, 4 May 2012

NAS Ball - Theme Suggestions

The NAS Ball is an annual highlight of the National Art School social calendar. The SRC is currently asking for suggestions for this year's theme. Past themes have included: Berlin Cabaret, Wig Out, Tribal Revival, Circus, Myths & Legends, Parisian Burlesque. Don't miss out on your chance to choose the theme for this year's ball. Place your suggestion in the box at the library desk!