Art Forum

Art Forum is a free weekly lecture series which provides a platform for artists, curators, writers and professionals from diverse fields to speak about their work and interests, and issues concerning contemporary arts practice. Past speakers have included Ben Quilty, Mike Parr, John Kaldor AM and Julie Rrap.

Luke Thurgate

Wednesday 22 February
12.30—1.30pm, Black Theatre
Special drawing week art forum

Adelaide-based artist Luke Thurgate will discuss his art practice and in particular the development of his recent collaborative/interactive wall drawings.

Vernon Ah Kee

Wednesday 1 March
1—2pm, NAS Gallery

Artist Vernon Ah Kee discusses his exhibition not an animal or a plant at the National Art School Gallery.

Steven Alderton

Wednesday 8 March
1—2pm, Black Theatre

New Director and Chief Executive Steven Alderton discusses his background in curating and arts management, his new role and plans for the future.

Eye Opener: Rayner Hoff and the National Art School

Wednesday 15 March
1—2pm, Black Theatre

To coincide with the launch of her new biography of Rayner Hoff and an exhibition of his work in his former studio at the NAS, Deborah Beck will reveal the extent of Hoff’s extraordinary influence on his students and the art world of Sydney in the 1920s and 30s.

Haines & Hinterding

Wednesday 22 March
1—2pm, Black Theatre

David Haines and Joyce Hinterding are an artist-duo based in the Blue Mountains. As artists they maintain independent practices and also collaborate on large-scale art works that explore diverse subject matter, often with a focus on revealing the unseen and the unheard.

Callum Morton

Wednesday 29 March
1—2pm, Black Theatre

Melbourne-based artist Callum Morton is the Guest Curator of this year’s Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize on view at NAS Gallery from Tuesday 28 March.

Jasmin Stephens

Wednesday 5 April
1—2pm, Black Theatre

Independent curator Jasmin Stephens discusses the changing role of the studio in relation to her exhibition Our Studio Selves, curated for the Artspace Ideas Platform
6–21 April.

2016 Archive

Alexandra Engelfriet

Wednesday 27 April
1-2pm, Black Theatre

Alexandra Engelfriet will be in Australia as a key note speaker at the Clay Gulgong International Ceramics Festival 2016.

​Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize Artists

Wednesday 4 May
1-2pm, NAS Gallery

Exhibiting artists Luke Parker, Sean Wadey and Mitchel Cumming discuss their works in this year’s Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize.

Joachim Froese

Wednesday 11 May
1-2pm, Black Theatre

Drawing on art history and personal memory Joachim Froese is best known for his highly constructed still life photography, which has been exhibited widely across Australia, Europe, Asia and North America.

Jude Rae

Wednesday 18 May
1-2pm, Black Theatre

Jude Rae is an Australian artist best known for her paintings of objects, people and architectural interiors.

Julie Ewington

Wednesday 25 May
1-2pm, Black Theatre

Julie Ewington is an independent writer and curator, focusing on contemporary Australian art.

Ann Thomson in Conversation

Wednesday 1 June
1-2pm, NAS Gallery

Ann Thomson discusses her distinguished art career and the important role of the National Art School.

Stephen Bird

Wednesday 8 June
1-2pm, Black Theatre

Stephen Bird will talk about his practice in relation to his mid career survey show, Bastard Son of Royal Doulton.

International Residency Experiences

Wednesday 15 June
1-2pm, Black Theatre

Come along to Art Forum to hear about three different residency experiences from some of our graduates, and ask them all the questions you have before applying yourself.

NAS Residency: British School at Rome

Wednesday 20 July
1-2pm, Black Theatre

NAS lecturer Margaret Roberts has recently returned from a 3-month residency at the British School at Rome . Margaret speaks about her residency, and the projects she and her peers carried out there.

Sarah Mosca: Art School, Then What?

Wednesday 27 July
1-2pm, Black Theatre

Drawn to epic and historical tales recounting human will, sorrow and optimism Sarah Mosca’s practice responds to both theoretical texts and pursuits of optimism.

Nasim Nasr

Wednesday 3 August
1-2pm, Black Theatre

Through her photography and video practice, Iranian-born Australian-based Nasim Nasr explores and comments upon both specific and universal cultural concerns in contemporary society.

Alexie Glass-Kantor

Wednesday 10 August
1-2pm, Cell Block Theatre

In her Artforum lecture, Alexie Glass-Kantor discusses Artspace’s on-going commitment to experimentation in art, collaboration between organisations and advocacy.

Sixth Sense

Wednesday 17 August
1-2pm, NAS Gallery

­­This week’s Art Forum presents Djon Mundine OAM, Guest Curator of Sixth Sense, in conversation with exhibiting artists Fiona Foley and Karla Dickens.

Carolyn McKenzie-Craig

Wednesday 31 August
1-2pm, Black Theatre

Carolyn McKenzie-Craig is a lecturer in Printmaking at NAS - her Art Forum will be a discussion of her current studio research which investigates the intersection of indexical reprographic media and graphic drawing methodologies.

Andrew Leslie - SNO Director

Wednesday 7 September
1-2pm, Black Theatre

Sydney Non Objective Contemporary Art Projects is an artist run initiative located in the Sydney inner city suburb of Marrickville, one of Australia’s most culturally diverse areas. Andrew Leslie is the current director and in this Art Forum he will speak about SNO’s exhibition program, operations and his role.

Laura Fisher

Wednesday 14 September
1-2pm, Black Theatre

Dr Laura Fisher is an arts researcher and sociologist currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship at SCA. Her project ‘New Visions of the Rural’ is exploring the contribution artists are making in rural communities that are facing challenges such as depopulation, urgent environmental concerns and land use conflicts (eg. mining vs. agriculture).

Amanda Williams

Amanda Williams' work focuses on architectural modernism and the history of photography. Her work currently engages with the allegory of the cave and the concept of entropy by using materials and processes that evolve and change over time.


NAS Aboriginal Art Centre Internship: Chrystal Rimmer & Anke Klevjer

Wednesday 19 October
1-2pm, Black Theatre

Come along to Art Forum to hear about the National Art School Aboriginal Art Centre Internship from 2016 Interns, Chrystal Rimmer and Anke Klevjer. Hear about their experiences in working in a new environment, and ask them any questions you might have about undertaking the internship.