Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Book Sale: 5 May 2014

The Library Book Sale is on again - 5 May 2014: 12 noon - 2pm.

There are amazing  art books, catalogues, biographies, novels, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, art magazines  and more  all for sale at bargain prices.

Buy in bulk and save! No reasonable offer refused! Let your inner collage artist free!

Monday, 28 April 2014

Prizes for April /May

John Leslie Art Prize, Waverley Art Prize, Sculpture by the Sea, Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Kogarah Art Prize
Letherbridge Small Scale Award, Outback Open Art Prize, Bent Art Prize

John Leslie Art Prize

Entries are now open for the John Leslie Art Prize 2014, which will be on display 20 September– 23 November 2014.

The John Leslie Art Prize is one of Australia’s major prizes for landscape painting. It is a non-acquisitive prize open to all artists living and working in Australia.
The prize is run by the Gippsland Art Gallery every two years and is generously sponsored by the Gallery’s Patron, John Leslie OBE.
The First Prize winner receives $20,000 and the Best Gippsland Work receives $1,000.

Important dates:

  • Entries close: 5pm, Friday 1 August 2014
  • Finalists announced: Monday 18 August 2014
  • Selected works to arrive at the Gallery: Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 September 2014
  • Judging of Prize: Wednesday 17 September 2014
  • Grand opening and announcement of winner: Friday 19 September 2014
  • Exhibition opens to the public: Saturday 20 September 2014
  • Exhibition closes: Sunday 23 November 2014

The judging panel for the John Leslie Art Prize 2014 is:

  • Tony Lloyd, Artist, winner John Leslie Art Prize 2012
  • Jane Devery, Curator Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria
  • Dr Gerard Vaughan, Australian Institute of Art History

Waverley Art Prize 

The Waverley Art Prize is open to all Australian citizens or permanent residents. 
Entrants must be over 18 years of age as at 30 June 2014, Street Art entrants 
must be under 21 years of age. 
Entries must be the original work of the exhibitor, completed after 1 July 2013 
and not previously entered in the Waverley Art Prize. 
Works must not exceed 120cm in either direction including framing. Works 
exceeding this size will not be accepted. Diptychs and triptychs must not 
exceed 120cm in total in either direction. Works exceeding the size limit will be 
considered as separate entries and will be subject to separate entry fees and 
separate assessment. 
Entries must be framed (a stretched canvas is considered framed) and with 
wire or cord securely attached for hanging. Wet paintings will not be accepted. 

Monday 2 June 
Entries close, 4pm
Monday 16 June 
Selected shortlisted artists on 
www.wwas.org.au after 4pm


The eighteenth annual Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, will be staged along the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama in Sydney, Australia from 23 October – 9 November, 2014.

website: http://www.sculpturebythesea.com/artists/bondi-(1)/artists-artists-bondi-artist-submissions.aspx
Please note that the deadline for all submissions is 6pm, Thursday 1 May 2014.

Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

Call for entries

Entries are invited for the 2014 Geelong contemporary art prize—the Gallery’s biennial $30,000 acquisitive award for contemporary painting.
The Dimmick Charitable Trust generously sponsors this signature event, which assists with the development of the Gallery’s collection while fostering Australian artists and contemporary painting practice in general.
Closing date for entries—
Friday 2 May 2014 (5.00pm)

Exhibition of shortlisted works
30 August to 23 November 2014

Letherbridge Small Scale Award

The Lethbridge Gallery has established a strong reputation for exhibiting works demonstrating exceptional detail and creativity. With the intention of fostering the next generation of artists, Lethbridge Gallery initiated the Lethbridge 10000.

Now in its fifth year, this exciting art competition is open to national and international artists for small-scale artworks. Entrants may submit paintings, drawings, photographs and all 2D artworks up to 61cm (24 inches) in any direction. The judging is based on three equally evaluated criteria of creativity, originality and skill with $10 000 awarded to the winner.

We are very pleased to announce our partnership with the Art Shed in Brisbane who are sponsoring the category prizes in this year\'s Award. This will comprise three $500 vouchers for art materials at the Art Shed for the winners of the originality, creativity and skill category prizes.
Entries Close
2 May 2014
Finalists announced
19 May 2014
Winner announced
14 June 2014
Exhibition dates
14 June 2014 - 29 June 2014

Kogarah Art Prize

The City of Kogarah Art Prize is an annual acquisitive prize for painting in any medium, with prizes valued at $12,000 and an open theme.
Established in 2011, the Kogarah Art Prize has become an important date in Kogarah’s calendar of cultural events. Through the Kogarah Art Prize finalists’ exhibition, we see the paintings local artists and artists around Australia have produced in the previous year. The Prize is an opportunity to experience new perspectives on current art practice. It generates discussion and ideas, and brings people together. 
The City of Kogarah Art Prize will be exhibited at Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre from Tuesday 17 June until  Sunday 13 July 2014. Winners will be announced on Opening Night, Friday 20 June 2014.
Prize categories
The Kogarah Art Prize is the major prize of $8,000 and is open to all Australian residents.
The Place of Reeds Prize for a local artist has increased to $3,000 this year, and is open to artists living in the Kogarah local government area.
Commended prizes: $1,000 total
People's Choice Prize: $150 framing voucher
In 2014 the Kogarah Art Prize will be judged by arts writer and curator Anne Loxley, Curator C3West at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art.
Important changes in 2014
Please note that entries in the 2014 Kogarah Art Prize will now be accepted as digital images on CD. Finalists in the Kogarah Art Prize exhibition will be selected from the digital images submitted.

outback open art prize
The Outback Open Art Prize 2014 is now open. Entries will close on the 16th May with artists informed of the selection on the 28th MayThe winners will be announced at the Opening on the 4th of July, and the exhibition will close on the 17th August

Awards will be given to works of any media which significantly address the theme of the Australian Outback. The Outback Open Art Prize consists of an Acquisitive First Prize valued at $15,000, a non-acquisitive second prize of $2,500 and an Encouragement Award of $800. For the first time, there will also be a non-financial People’s Choice Award.
Acquisitions from the Prize enter the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery’s nationally recognised collection which includes works on paper by Rick Amor, Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, Noel Counihan, Liz Cumming, George Gittoes, Barbara Hanrahan, Mandy Martin, Clifton Pugh, Lloyd Rees, Gary Shead, Tim Storrier, Martin King, Jane Lander, Kent Chuang, Brian Martin, Janine McIntosh and Rick Ball.
The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of Mrs Raylee J Hart and the Broken Hill City Council.

Bent Art Prize

bentART is focused on encouraging, promoting and supporting the visual art of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer andIntersexed (“LGBTQI”) people nationwide.
The sexual orientation of LGBTQI artists naturally informs and influences their perspective and vision. It is this orientation and viewof the world that is encouraged by Bent Art.
We are also keen to increase awareness of the work of LGBTQI artists amongst the broader community and welcome the supportof non-LGBTQI people through coming to the exhibition, joining as a member or sponsoring a prize.

Entry is open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersexed people 18 and over living in Australia, who aremembers of bentART, and who enter work that has been completed in the past two years and has not been entered into aprevious bentART exhibition or other exhibition.
2. Acceptable media: painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking or drawing, alternative media (textile, fibre art, video,installations etc) and digital art (note – digital art are those works and practices that use digital technology as an essential part ofthe creative and/or presentation process).

Entry form to be completed and returned with payment by 5.00pm Friday May 16, 2014 to: bentArt PO Box 7212, Leura NSW2780 or to info@bentart.com.au

website: http://www.bentart.com.au/how-to-enter/

Thursday, 24 April 2014

More New Books in April

The following titles will be on display in the library from Thurs 24th April until Thurs 1st May. If you would like to place a hold on any of these books please see the library staff for assistance.

Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

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" It is a long-held truism that the camera does not lie . Yet, as Mia Fineman argues in this illuminating volume, that statement contains its own share of untruth..."

Deep S.E.A.: Contemporary Art From South East Asia
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"Contemporary Art from South East Asia explores what factors might distinguish the contemporary art of South East Asia from Western aesthetic paradigms, through the work of eleven artists from eight countries..."

Metal Patination Techniques For Jewelers and Metalsmiths
Metal Patination Techniques for Jewelers and Metalsmiths: Matthew Runfola
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"Written by a leading authority on the subject of patination, this book is an inspirational resource, a how-to guide, and a book that jewelers have long been waiting for. It is neatly organized by metal for ease of access and then arranged by colour and other variables such as application method."

Illumination: The Art of Philip Wolfhagen

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""Spiegelman has turned the exuberant fantasy of comics inside out by giving us the most incredible fantasy in comics' history: something that actually occurred. "MAUS" is terrifying not for its brutality, but for its tenderness and guilt".

Philosophy of Beauty

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".... It includes a synopsis of views and theories expressed on the various questions about beauty by philosophers down through the ages."

Paperclay: Art and Practice
9780812222418: Paperclay: Art and Practice (The New Ceramics)
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"Paperclay is an extremely versatile material for the contemporary potter. Now firmly established in the ceramics world, this mix of clay and paper fibers is remarkably flexible, strong, and easy to repair."

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Autumn Break opening hours

Opening hours over the 2 week holiday break are:

Mon 14 – Thurs 17 April   10.00—4.00
Fri 18 &  Mon 21 April (Easter)    CLOSED
Tues 22 – Thurs 24 April 10.00-4.00
Friday 25 April (ANZAC Day)        CLOSED

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.

You may have items due back during the holiday break. If you don't know how to renew your items online, please see Library staff. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

State Library of NSW Databases

LAST CHANCE before the holidays!!!!
Come to a lunchtime session on Thursday 10th April 12.30-1.30 Black Theatre
to learn more about these great tools for essay writing.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

New Books in April

The following titles will be on display in the library from Thurs 3rd April until Thurs 10th April. If you would like to place a hold on any of these books please see the library staff for assistance.

Photorealism in the Digital Age
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"This luxurious volume—the fourth in a series by Louis K. Meisel—is a comprehensive documentation of 21st-century Photorealism, one of the most popular art movements since the late 1960s. Photorealists work painstakingly from photographs to create startlingly realistic paintings, 
and where they once used film for gathering information, they now rely on digital technology, which has vastly expanded the amount of detail that can be captured."

Robert Therrien
9780875871868: Robert Therrien
"This survey of recent artwork by Robert Therrien, one of California's most accomplished and respected artists, examines the fertile contradictions at the heart of his endeavor. In the simplicity of their forms and the refinement of their proportions, his works are suffused with 
a cool objectivity..."

Nature Morte
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"Showcases contemporary artists working in a range of media who are finding new inspiration in the still life tradition ..."

American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe
American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe
"American Modern presents a fresh look at The Museum of Modern Art's holdings of American art made between 1915 and 1950, and considers the cultural preoccupations of a rapidly changing American society in the first half of the twentieth century."

Thomas Muller: Touching, Relating, Dividing
"Through his drawings Müller investigates the endless possibilities of all kinds of material on paper through a combination of ink, pen, pencil and oil paint, he creates multifaceted sets of drawings, which evoke contrasts and interactions."

Women of The Avant-Garde 1920-1940
"Women of the Avant-Garde 1920-1940 presents eight female artists who made major contributions to Dada, Surrealism, Constructivism and other European avant-gardes of the modernist era: Claude Cahun, Sonia Delaunay, Germaine Dulac, Florence Henri, Hannah Hoch, Katarzyna Kobro, Dora Maar and Sophie Taeuber-Arp."

Installation Art Now
New Installation Art by Gingko Press at Abbey's Bookshop,
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"The much anticipated follow-up volume to our bestselling 2011 title Installation Art, this is the most impressive collection of renowned avant-garde installation pieces to-date..."

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

New DVDs in April

Peter Doyle @ NAS : Hard looks secret glances: crime, spectacle and the police photograph. Art Forum Series
Peter Doyle is the author and curator of 'City of Shadows' (2005) and 'Crooks like Us' (2009), both of which feature selections of rare police photographs – crime scenes, mugshots, accident scenes – taken in Sydney in the early twentieth century. His exhibition, 'Suburban Noir' (Museum of Sydney, Theme Gallery, 6 April 2014) presents police images taken in the Sydney suburbs in the 1950s and 60s, alongside a number of contemporary artworks which respond to those images.--NAS website.