Monday, 18 November 2013

November Art Prizes

The Alice Prize

The idea of putting Alice Springs on the map by holding a national art competition was conceived in 1969, and in 1970 the first Alice Prize was born.
The brave group of volunteer administrators was led by businessman and MLA Bernie Kilgariff, who became the founding President of the Alice Springs Art Foundation Inc.
Today, Alice Springs continues to be the vibrant centre of a thriving and diverse arts community . Bringing national contemporary art to the Centre continues to be the focus and foremost activity of the Alice Springs Art Foundation.
Entries Close: entries can be posted any time until 5.00 pm Friday 31 January 2014 
Exhibition Dates:  Saturday 10 May – Monday 9 June 2014 
Official Opening and Announcement of Winner Friday 9 May 2014 at 6.00 pm 


Dr Michael Brand, Director Art Gallery of NSW

Selection Panel

Nici Cumpston, Artist and Curator Art Gallery of SA, Therese Ritchie, Artist and Photographer, Darwin NT, Kelly Gellatly, Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Victoria


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Entries are now open for the 2014 National Works on Paper, which will be on display 23 May – 20 July 2014.

The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’sNational Works on Paper was established in 1998 and incorporated the former Spring Festival of Drawing and the Prints Acquisitive which began in 1973. National Works on Paper is one of Australia’s most prestigious awards and acquisitive exhibitions. A biennial exhibition, its role is to support and promote contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper. Recent winners of the National Works on Paper include Laith McGregor, Richard Lewer, Danie Mellor, Gareth Sansom, Paul Boston, Lisa Roet and eX de Medici.
The winner of the Beleura House and Garden Major Acquisitive Award receives $15,000. Up to $35,000 is available for acquisitions through the Mornington Peninsula Shire Acquisition Fund; Friends of the MPRG Acquisition Fund and the Ursula Hoff Institute Acquisitive Prize.

Important dates:

  • Entries close: 5pm, Friday 14 March 2014
  • Notification of selection for exhibition: Friday 4 April 2014
  • Official opening and announcement of award and acquisitions: Saturday 24 May 2014
  • Exhibition closes: Sunday 20 July 2014
  • Return of works: 24 – 25 July 2014

The judging panel for the 2014 National Works on Paper is:

2 0 1 4   Gl o v e r  P r i z e  E n t r y

The John Glover Art Prize (Glover Prize) is an award for a landscape painting of Tasmania. Entry is open to local, interstate and international artists. The Glover Prize is awarded by The John Glover Society Inc. The winner receives $40,000 plus a bronze maquette of John Glover by Peter Corlett valued at $5000. All other exhibited entries are eligible for the People’s Choice Award of $3000. The Glover Prize is acquisitive; the People’s Choice Award is non-acquisitive. The exhibition of finalists’ paintings is held at the Falls Park Pavilion in Evandale, Tasmania.

2 0 1 4 J u d g e s
Julie Ewington Curatorial Manager, Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery, Tim Storrier AM Artist, New South Wales, Michael Edwards Director, Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania (CAST)

2 0 1 4  K e y d a t e s
Fri 24 Jan Entries close at 5pm
Fri 7 Mar Official opening and Glover Prize winner announced
8 -11 Mar Exhibition open
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Monday, 11 November 2013

New DVDs in November

"Did you miss something?...we may have it in  our collection"

 China's Avant-garde: The New Cultural Revolution.
Is Chinese modern art the greatest movement since Cubism? That's the opinion of many western experts. Art historian Evan Hughes visits some of the most interesting and important artist studios in Beijing today.

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Lily Cole's Art Matters. Six episodes
Having been awarded a double first in Art History from Cambridge, supermodel Lily Cole embarks on a fascinating journey with renowned artists such as Antony Gormley and Christo, watching them at work in their studio, discussing their life and artistic processes, and getting closer than ever before to the people behind the art. Lily will spend 24 hours with these artists, accompanying them to their places of inspiration as they discuss the genesis of their work and how their lives as artists really began.
  • Ep.1. Antony Gormley
  • Ep.2. Christo
  • Ep.3. Tacita Dean
  • Ep.4. Marc Quinn
  • Ep.5. Fiona Banner
  • Ep.6. Gabriel Orozco

Art of the Night
"Painting at night is difficult and problematic, so why have so many great artists taken on the challenge? Waldemar Januszczak celebrates the nocturnal art of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Velazquez, Hopper and Magritte as he explores art's edgy relationship with the night and tries to discover why the dark adds so much extra drama and mystery to art."--Enhance TV website

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The Art of Australia.  Three Episodes
This is a landmark series in which Edmund Capon tells the story of art in Australia and the role it has played in the development of the nation. The three-part series weaves the stories of European and Indigenous art. Edmund travels across the continent to look at important artworks and meet significant contemporary artists whose work creatively deals with themes from Australian history.
Disc A
Ep. 1: Strangers In A Strange Land
Ep. 2: Coming Of Age
Disc B
Ep. 3: Beyond Australia

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Monday, 4 November 2013

Opening Hours Summer 2013-2014

The Library moves to shorter opening hours from today. NAS Library opening hours over summer 2013-2014 will be:

Mon 4 Nov – Fri 29 Nov 2013     10.00—4.00
Mon 2 Dec – Fri 10 Jan 2014       CLOSED
Mon 13 Jan – Fri 21 Feb 2014         10.00—4.00

You can still borrow over the long break, but be aware that your loan items will be due back in January and that normal overdue fees will still apply.

Please note that this is a guide only – there may be other closures. Call us on 9339 8620 or check the Library’s Facebook page or Blog to see if we’re open before you come in.