Friday, 28 September 2012

NAS Ball 2012: 1960s Sci-Fi

An amazing time was had by all at the NAS Ball last Saturday night. A huge thanks to all of those who helped organise such a fabulous night. The place looked amazing (thanks to the decorating committee & Paul Kirk's lighting), the band were sensational and the costumes totally out of this world!

Here's a few photos from the Ball. You can see the whole set by following the flickr link at the bottom of the post.

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

Monday, 24 September 2012

New DVDs

Check out the new AV resources in the library.

ARTSCAPE: Inland Heart: the photography of Jeff Carter
Australian photographer Jeff Carter has traversed this country in search of stories and he never travelled without a camera.
From the outset, Carter was drawn to document and celebrate the lives of working folk in the bush. From charcoal cutters and kangaroo shooters to dog trappers and drovers, his archive of wonderful images records a way of life that in many ways no longer exists.
In July 2010, director Catherine Hunter and cameraman Bruce Inglis joined Carter on a road trip to western New South Wales. Carter was keen to renew acquaintances with people he had first photographed back in the 50s.It was to be his last photographic journey. On October 25, 2010, Carter died aged 82 years.
He left behind one of Australia's most remarkable and historically-significant photographic archives - more than 50,000 images of Australian life.

Tony Bond @ NAS.
Anthony (Tony) speaks about an exhibition to be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in November 2012. Surveying Francis Bacon’s life and work, this is the first major exhibition in Australia of rare works by the master of post-war British art.
Justine Varga @ NAS
Justine talks about the influence studying at National Art School had on the development of her work; the direction she has taken since leaving art school and her fascination with the link between drawing and photography—drawing with light as she has applied it in many of her experiments and approaches.
Australian Story: War Paint
Ben Quilty is an Archibald prize winning artist with a lifelong interest in concepts of masculinity - from youthful excesses with drugs, alcohol and fast cars to soldiers on the front line. Going to war has always been Quilty's 'greatest fear' so it was with some apprehension that he accepted an invitation to work as the nation's official war artist in Afghanistan. Getting to know the soldiers, including elite special operations troops, revealed to Ben Quilty a level of intelligence and a depth of emotional distress that he says shocked him to his core. It forced him to reconsider his own 'anti-war' sentiments. The painting sessions with soldiers have continued back in Australia and Quilty says he now has a dozen new lifetime friends. He says he now feels a huge respect and a huge responsibility to help them tell their own powerful stories. - ABC website.
Beyond Time: William Turnbull
An insight into the work of British sculptor and painter, William 'Bill' Turnbull. Now approaching 90, his work, both powerful and primordial, is comparable with that of his contemporaries and friends, Giacometti and Rothko, coming from an era where he and his contemporaries changed the course of twentieth century art. The program includes interviews with Peter Blake and Antony Gormley, while Tim Marlow, Matthew Collings and Nicholas Serota look at Turnbull's works and his place in art history. – SBS ONE website

Mick Chay, Josh Capelin and Tom Knowles @ NAS: Who has seen the wind.
Artist Tim Knowles, sailor Josh Capelin and environmental engineer Dr. Mick Chay discuss and consider where art, science, windsurfing, film-making and innovation intersect, generating fresh ways of thinking about creative pursuits and the role of elemental forces in our everyday lives.
Dobell Prize for Drawing

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

Value: $30,000 (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.



The Hawkesbury Art Prize is a non-acquisitive award of $10,000. The art prize is for a painting, photograph or collage that is inspired by contemporary Australian identity. It has been set up as a not for profit project run by Purple Noon Gallery, in association with Patron, Maggie Scott. The first prize of $10,000 has been generously donated by Maggie Scott. Three additional prizes of $1,000 for ‘Highly Commended’ will also be awarded. Three judges will select the award winners. The aim of the Hawkesbury Art Prize is to promote art in the Hawkesbury region and increase awareness of art and cultural activity, to the mutual benefit of community, artists and students. It is proposed that in future years, the prize will lead to the establishment of a scholarship for talented and deserving young artists in the region. Last year’s inaugural prize went to Naomi Grant, WA.

1. Eligibility:
Entry is open to Australian citizens or residents of 12 months or more who are over the age of 18.

2. Entry Requirements:
Eligible artists are invited to enter up to 4 artworks by submitting a DISC of their work by 5.00pm Friday 19th October 2012.

3. Entry Fee
An entry fee of $35 per painting entered – maximum 4 entries. It is not refundable and contributes to the not for profit project.

4. Closing Date
Entries must reach Purple Noon Gallery by Friday 19th October 2012.

5. Selection of Finalists Exhibition of Work
The judging panel will select approximately 50 finalists for the Hawkesbury Art Prize Exhibition and Sale 2012 at Purple Noon Gallery from 17th November to 31st December 2012. Sale commission will be 35%.

All finalists will be notified by email if their painting has been selected for exhibition by 1st November.

Successful entrants will be responsible for freight of selected artworks to and from exhibition venue.

All decisions by the judging panel will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Entrants allow Hawkesbury Art Prize to reproduce their artworks for the purposes of promotion.

6. Announcement of Prize Winners
The winners of the major prizes of the Hawkesbury Art Prize will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on 17th November 2012.

The first prize winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000. In addition, 3 Highly Commended entrants will receive $1,000.

7. Finalists Works Collection: Unless sold, must be collected by 31st January 2013. Fee $2.50/day thereafter.   Further details can be found at:

The Hornsby Art Prize

The Hornsby Art Prize is an annual art award and exhibition sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council and delivered in partnership with the Hornsby Art Society. The Prize is open to artists from all over Australia and its goals are;
To encourage artists to aspire to excellence and, position the work of Hornsby Shire artists within the wider context of the Australian contemporary art environment

In 2012, there are five different entry categories; including Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, Sculpture, Youth Art Senior and Youth Art Junior. The major prize is worth over $7000 and includes $5000 cash, sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council. The winning work will be permanently acquired by Hornsby Shire Council. The total prize pool is worth over $15,000.

How to enter:
The Hornsby Art Prize is open to all permanent Australian residents aged 12 years and over (as at 08 October 2012) with the exception of participating judges and their immediate family. The non-refundable competition entry fee is $15 per entry. Artists may submit one entry per category, with a maximum of three entries (in three separate categories).

Entry can only be completed online. If you do not have access to your own computer, you can access a computer (and support) at one of Council’s five libraries.

More details can be found at:
Final Call- Fisher's Ghost Award

The annual Fisher’s Ghost Art Award is a highlight of Campbelltown’s annual Fisher's Ghost Festival.
The exhibition will run from 27 October to 29 November, showcasing a range of works by talented artists from all over Australia.

Entries to the 2012 Art Award are now open, please refer to the categories below. Entries close at 4pm, Friday 28 September 2012.

This year, all awards with exception to the Macarthur Award, Macability Award, Primary School and Secondary School Awards, will be subject to a pre-selection process. A panel of judges will assess and select finalists for each category not outlined above. Only selected works will need to be delivered to the Arts Centre and will be hung in the exhibition.

Campbelltown Arts Centre would like to thank Campbelltown City Council and the local individuals who contributed to make the $40,000 prize for the Open Award category possible. For more information or to check you meet the entry requirements please contact Campbelltown Arts Centre on 02 4645 4100 or by email.
Further details can be found:

                  Final Call- Paddington Art Prize

The PADDINGTON ART PRIZE 2012, a $20,000 acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian Landscape. This National Prize is now in its ninth year and will be held at
12 Mary Place(off Brown ST.)
Paddington NSW 2021.
Opening and Prize Presentation
Wednesday 28th November 2012.
Exhibition current until 9th December.
JANIS LANDER ~ Art / Art Writer
In addition INTERNATIONAL ART SERVICES have generously provided their premises for the delivery, judging and collection of paintings and once again will be Sponsoring the People’s Choice Award of $2,000.
The UNIVERSITY OF NSW COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS will again offer a selected artist the opportunity to create a limited edition print.
We are please to announce that the highly accomplsihed Art Gallery of NSW guide Sue Lowes will present this years floor talks and guide you through the
Exhibition of National Finalists at the Mary Place Gallery.
Saturday 1 December 3-4pm Mary Place Gallery.
Saturday 8 December 3-4pm Mary Place Gallery.
Artists' are offered two ways of entering. This year we have replaced the disc entry method with an on line entry which will make the process simpler and more efficient for artists and organizers. Alternatively entries may be delivered to International Art Services as per the details below.
ENTRY: A link to the application and image upload form on this site will be available shortly. payment will be via credit card or Paypal.
Monday 1st October 6pm.
Monday 15th October.
DELIVERY: of works to International Art Services, 5/55 Kent Road, Mascot NSW Phone 96671077. Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th of November 2012 between( 10am and 4 30pm )
JUDGING: Wednesday 14th November. Judges to be announced.
COLLECTION: paintings of non finalists Thursday 15th, Friday 16th andMonday 19th November(10am-4 30pm) Only FINALISTS will be contacted. Paintings not collected by Monday 19th by 4 30pm will incur a storage fee of $3.30 inc GST per calendar day made payable to International Art Services.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

NAS Ball this Saturday!

Don't forget (and how could you?) that the NAS Ball: 1960s Sci-Fi is on this Saturday night, 22 September!

Get your tickets from reception or from the lunchtime pop-up sales stall!
Tix are $20 in advance or $30 at the door, and includes 1 drink. There's great bands and djs playing all your favourite Sci-Fi tunes; a costume parade with prizes for best dressed and a sausage sizzle!

Aliens Welcome!

Doors close at 10pm, so don't get here late and miss out!

Monday, 17 September 2012

Library Stairwell Gallery Exhibition Proposals 2013.

The Library is calling for LSG Exhibition Proposals until Friday the 26th October 2012. Forms are available at the library's front desk. The LSG exhibition space is available for 2nd year, 3rd year, BFA Hons and MA students to exhibit work for a three week period. This is an excellent opportunity to exhibit work as an individual or a group. Come in to the library today and collect your form and ask library staff for any information about the process.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Avoid library fines these holidays!

Your Library items may be due back during the holiday break (24 Sept - 1 October 2012).

Overdue items attract fines of 50c per item per day, even during the holidays! Avoid fines by returning your books etc before the end of semester or renew them online.

Don’t know how to renew online? Ask library staff to show you how!

Spring break 2012 Library Hours

Spring break 2012 Library Hours

Monday 24– Friday 28 Sept 9.30am —4.30pm
Monday 1 October CLOSED (Public Holiday)
Tues 2 – Friday 5 October10.00—4.00

This is a guide only – there may be other closures. Please call us to check we’re open before you come in. Tel: 9339 8620

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

NAS Ball tickets now on sale

Tickets for the NAS Ball are now on sale! There'll be bands, djs, costume parade and prizes for best dressed!

Tickets are $20 and include 1 drink (or $30 at the door). You can buy tickets from reception or at one of the lunchtime sales stalls that will be appearing around campus.

1960s Sci-Fi : Saturday 22 September 2012 : 7.30pm - 1am (entry doors close at 10pm).

Monday, 3 September 2012

New Books in September

The following titles will be on display for 2 weeks until the 20th Sept, if you would like to reserve an item please ask the library staff for assistance.

David Boyd: His Work, His Life, His Family


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"David Boyd: His work, his life, his family, a detailed book about the work and life of David Boyd"

Excavation: The Armory Exhibition 2012

Excavation: The Armory Exhibition 2012


"EXCAVATION: The Armory Exhibition 2012 will comprise the creations of 21 artists such as fresh, young Sydney sculptors Adam Galea and James McCallum, the award-winning artists Gary Deirmendjian and Khaled Sabsabi, and well-known duo Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy."

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Das Begleitbuch: The Guidebook

dOCUMENTA (13)Katalog 3/3: Das Begleitbuch


Check out the Documenta 13 catalogue with images of hundreds of works and artists information.

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The Artists' Book: Portrait Artists Australia - Ten Years

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Metal as Anything


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"Metal As Anything is survey exhibition showcasing thirty years of diverse and intricate etchings of Townsville artist Ron McBurnie - a place where misbehaving dogs, ducks in box kites, jumping cats and eccentric cane toad shooters feature in the carnival of characters and landscapes that the artist has created."

Other titles on display include:

James Ward's Gordale Scar: An Essay in the Sublime

Paul Coldwell: Case Studies (Exhibition Catalogue)

Drawing Notes for Art Students by Jocelyn Maughan and Robin Norling

A.J. Taylor: Mapleton (Exhibition Catalogue)