Friday, 21 June 2013

Winter Break Opening Hours

The NAS Library & Digilab will be open  limited hours over the Autumn break - see below for details. 

Please note: You may have library items due to be returned during this time. If you are unsure of how to renew your loans online, please talk to library staff. We are happy to how you how to do this!

 Winter 2013 Opening Hours


Mon 24 June                                          CLOSED
Tues 25  – Fri 28 June                            10.00—4.00
Mon 1  – Fri 12 July                                 9.30-4.30
 -   Winter School & HSC Intensive 



Monday 24  – Fri 28 June                 9.30—4.30
Mon 1  – Fri 12 July                           CLOSED
   -   Winter School & HSC Intensive 
This is a guide only – there may be other closures. Please call us in the Library to check we’re open before you come in. Tel: 9339 8620

Monday, 17 June 2013

June Art Prizes

Australian Stencil Prize, Kenilworth Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Lloyd Rees Youth Art Award,
SKAs Art Prize 2013

Australian Stencil Art Prize


The 2013 Australian Stencil Art Prize is now open for entries. Deadline for entries is 15 August 2013.

The Australian Stencil Art Prize exhibition will be held from the 16 – 27 October at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown, Sydney.
The winner will of the Australian Stencil Art Prize will receive a $2000 cash prize (Australian Dollars).
In 2013, the inaugural World Stencil Prize will launch and exhibit alongside the Australian Stencil Art Prize as part of the Stencil Art Prize.

The Kenilworth Painting Prize

Now raised to $17,500, this acquisitive prize offers recognition and financial assistance to Australian artists 
who have demonstrated outstanding artistic achievement and commitment to their ongoing creative development. 

Deadline is the 19th July 2013.

Finalist’s works are hung as part of the Art Exhibition at the Kenilworth Celebrates! Festival, held annually in 

The winner is selected by a panel of three professional judges. Fifteen entries are shortlisted, with finalists’ work on display for the duration of the Art Festival from 28th September to 5th October 2013. Announcement of the winner takes place at the Preview Night, Friday 27th September 2013.


Celebrating female Australian artists

The Portia Geach Memorial Award is a celebration of female Australian artists. It’s Australia’s most prestigious portrait prize for female artists and has greatly contributed to the development of female artists in this country.
It was established by Florence Kate Geach in 1961 in memory of her sister, Portia Geach and is awarded each year to the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters or the Sciences.

2013 Award

Applications for the 2013 Portia Geach Memorial Award are now open and will close 26 August 2013.  If applying, please make your entry-fee payment before you submit your application.
Prize money $30,000


A rotating panel of visual arts experts judges the Award. The panel has been lead by Guy Warren, an Archibald-winning artist and close friend of Lloyd Rees, since its establishment. The Rees family continues to support and be closely associated with the Award. Judges from the past include, Elisabeth Cummings, Euan MacLeod, Michael Kempson, Hendrick Kolenberg from the Art Gallery of NSW, Wendy Sharpe and many more. 
The award is open to Australian artists between the ages of 18 and 30 years with works in painting, drawing or print-making.

There are three prizes available to artists in 2013

1. Lane Cove Council Acquisitive Prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to hold an exhibition at the recently opened Gallery Lane Cove

2. Highly Recommended Prize to the value of $1500 sponsored by the Lane Cove Art Society
3. Commended Prize of $1000

Dates to Remember:
Applications close: 1 August 2013
Delivery of Artworks: 19 August
Award Ceremony and Exhibition Opening: Friday, 23 August 2013
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, 24 August – Saturday, 14 September 2013
Collection of non-acquired works: 16 September 2013 

Seeing Stars SKA Art Prize 2013  
Seeing Stars is a celebration of art and astronomy inspired by the world’s largest telescope – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) which will be co-hosted here in Australia!
Using the inspiration of the SKA, artists and would-be artists are invited to create original pieces of artwork expressing the excitement and mystery of the SKA and its potential for discovery.  Seeing Stars is open to 2D graphic mediums including painting, drawing, textiles and prints of digital art.  Mediums not accepted include photography, installations or other craft.

Artwork should be based around one or more of the five ‘themes’ identified below, which align with the five research areas for the SKA.

The themes are:
• The birth of stars and galaxies
• The mysteries of dark energy
• Alien life
• The genius of Einstein
• Giant magnetic fields of space
For the full Terms & Conditions, please see Rules.

Entries close at 11:59 PM AEST, Friday 5 July 2013.
Entrants are allowed a maximum of five (5) entries
Winner     $3,000,   Runner-up     $1,500

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Firstdraft Depot Studios

Firstdraft Depot Studios

Firstdraft are now calling for applications for their artist studios at The Depot.
There are 4 studios available for a 6-month period:
Available 1 July 2013 – 31 December 2013
Approx. 16.8 sq/m each
$75 + GST per week ($200 bond)
Wood Flooring
Air Conditioning
A shared space between 4 artists with divider walls
Applications Due Monday 17th June.  

Thursday, 6 June 2013

New DVDs for June

Lee, Kang Hyo @ NAS. Art Forum series
South Korean ceramic artist Lee, Kang Hyo is presently in Australia having just performed at Clay Push Gulgong. He created two large Kimchi pots which he made with the help of his daughter and with Honours Ceramics student Ruth Li as his student assistant. He will present images of his work and we will show a short film of his performance at Gulgong which also stars a couple of NAS students. He will be introduced by Merran Esson.
Alexander Jackson Wyatt @ NAS. Art Forum series
Alexander Jackson Wyatt is a National Art School Artist in residence during April and May of 2013. Alexander is presently undertaking the inaugural Emporio Armani Commission. The Emporio Armani Commission is a joint initiative with the National Art School that supports a graduate of the National Art School’s MFA and BFA Honours programs. Alex was commissioned to produce a new body of work after a two-week residency in Milan. Alexander's practice combines an interest in spatial issues and documentary material to form temporal encounters that allow for interactivity and viewer participation. Using varied materials such as photography, found objects, video, artists books and architectural interventions Alex creates immersive environments. Alex graduated from the National Art School in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours in Drawing.Wyatt, Alexander Jackson

 Julie Rrap @ NAS. Art Forum series
Julie Rrap has been a major figure in Australian contemporary art for over 30 years. Her work as an artist has been exhibited extensively in Australian and internationally. Julie is the Guest Curator for the 2013 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize - currently on view at the National Art School Gallery. Julie discusses the processes behind curating the Redlands Art Prize and her personal art making.

700.5/NATI RRAP D9

ARTSCAPE: 3 Episodes.
·        Don’t try this at home.
On the eve of Kaldor Public Arts Projects' major art installation 13 Rooms, Artscape: Don't try this at home - Performance Art in Australia explores the art of performance, touching on some of the international artists Australia has hosted, as well as retracing our own significant contributions to the form through to its current manifestation in the digital era.
·        The sharp edge – The art of Martin Sharp
Eccentric, outsider, artist, genius. Martin Sharp has shaped pop art and culture in Australia and about the world for around half a century. Now on the 50th anniversary of the first issue of the OZ magazine, the enigmatic Sharp opens himself and his home to the cameras.
·        Love and Fury – Judith Wright ad ‘Nugget’ Coombs.
Their clandestine relationship over 25 years has been one of the best-kept secrets in Australian literary and political public life.
709.994/ARTS D688

Vincent van Gogh, painted with words
For 18 years from 1872, Van Gogh chronicled his eventful life through some 900 letters to his younger brother Theo. It is a remarkable collection which, even if none of his paintings had survived, would have been enough to mark him out as an extraordinary figure in the art world. The correspondence documents in vivid detail Van Gogh's travels and various occupations in the Netherlands, Belgium, England and France, his artistic calling, the evolution of his skills, the way he used art and literature to discover and define himself, and the periods of mental instability and depression that plagued him during the years preceding his suicide. This is a drama-documentary about Van Gogh's story in his own words.

New Books in June

New Books in June

The following titles will be on display at the front desk of the library from 6th June to 20th June. If you would like to borrow any of them please see the library staff who will help you place a hold on the items.

Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing

"Phaidon's influential Vitamin series began in 2002, offering an overview of current practice in a single medium within the arts. Now in its second decade, the series continues to expand, with Vitamin D2 the second volume devoted to the medium of drawing."

What Art Is
What Art Is

"What is it to be a work of art? Renowned author and critic Arthur C. Danto addresses this fundamental, complex question. Part philosophical monograph and part memoiristic meditation, "What Art Is challenges" the popular interpretation that art is an indefinable concept, instead bringing to light the properties that constitute universal meaning."


"This anthology reconsiders crucial aspects of abstraction's resurgence in contemporary art, exploring three equally significant strategies explored in current practice: formal abstraction, economic abstraction, and social abstraction."

Eccentric Objects: Rethinking Sculpture in 1960s America
9780300181982: Eccentric Objects: Rethinking Sculpture in 1960s America

Al Taylor: Prints

"The delicate Postminimalist sculptures and drawings of the American artist Al Taylor (1948-1999) were for a long time better known in Europe than in the U.S., despite Taylor's residing in New York. Laboring quietly from the mid-1980s until his premature death from cancer at the age of 51, Taylor made abstract drawings and sculptures derived from found materials that refresh both abstraction and Postminimalism with their gentle humor and lightness of touch."

Futures & Ruins: Eighteenth-Century Paris and the Art of Hubert Robert
"In this timely and provocative study, Hubert Robert’s paintings of urban ruins are interpreted as manifestations of a new consciousness of time, one shaped by the uncertainties of an economy characterized by the dread-inducing expansion of credit, frenzied speculation on the stock exchange, and bold ventures in real estate."

Shared Intelligence : American Painting and the Photograph
9780520269064: Shared Intelligence : American Painting and the Photograph

"This is a companion catalog to the exhibition 'Shared Intelligence' which explores the stimulating and productive relationship between painting and photography in American art."

The Pot Book 

"The history of ceramic art is ingrained in the history of mankind. Clay is one of the very first materials 'invented' by man. An essential part of our lives it has been moulded, thrown, glazed, decorated and fired for over 30,000 years in order to preserve and transport food and water. In more recent times clay has been used not just by artisans and potters, but also by artists, designers and architects."