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Congratulations to all the NAS community who have been announced as finalists in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes. Archibald Prize: Alumni Andrew Bonneau, Mitch Cairns, Lucy Culliton, Ashley Frost, Jordan Richardson, what, Natasha Walsh and staff member Noel Thurgate. Wynne Prize: Alumni Lucy Culliton, James Drinkwater, Alan Jones, Juz Kitson, Guy Maestri, Ben Milne, Rowan Robertson, Alexandra Standen and Tim Storrier. Sulman Prize: Alumni Philjames (with Robert Malherbe), Joan Ross and Nicola Smith. Best of luck to everyone and stay tuned for the announcements on 28 July 2017.
Wise words from iconic NAS alumnus Ken Done "I don’t believe that art drops out of the sky and hits you on the head. I think that you actually have to work at it, and I think, for me... It’s hard and disciplined work. I think that artists do need to have some business sense" check out the full article by the Collective Hub.
Last week the National Art School hosted DJAMU Photography workshops in conjunction with the Art Gallery of New South Wales. To coincide with the opening of Mervyn Bishop's exhibition, high school students from local and regional NSW worked with our photomedia and education outreach department's to produce a body of work that is now on display at the Research Library at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. #NAIDOCWeek
Join us this Thursday, 6 July, 12.45—1.30pm in the Cell Block Theatre for a free special event – an artist talk with alumna and acclaimed ceramic artist Juz Kitson. Juz has recently returned from living and working in Jingdezhen.
We are pleased to report that we have been able to begin the complex restoration of the Rayner Hoff artwork, 'Hercules, Achelous and Deianeira' that we raised funds for earlier this year with our SAVE ART I SAVE HISTORY campaign. The first step was to take an x-ray, performed by the conservation team at the Art Gallery of New South Wales earlier this week.
Underbelly Arts 2017 is coming to the National Art School! Join us for the Program Launch, 22 June 6-9pm and be the first to hear all the juicy details of the full #UA17 program! The event is free with RSVP!
Congratulations to former Director Michael Lynch, who was an Officer (AO) in the Queen’s birthday honours for distinguished service to arts administration, to leadership of international cultural institutions and nationally recognised art organisations, and through contributions to Australian public life.
Currently on view at NAS Gallery EuroVisions: Contemporary Art from the Goldberg Collection brings Danny Goldberg's vision to life - for Australian audiences to have access to the best of contemporary international art. Check out John McDonald's review for Spectrum.
NAS alumna Shonah Trescott has her first solo exhibition, Modern Landscapes opening at Dominik Mersch Gallery 22 June. Her work explores our technocratic society’s cultural attachment and dependency on the world around us. Shoanah will be giving an artist talk on Saturday 24 June at 3pm.
Alumna Polly Williams is the July, 2017 artist in residence at the LIDO art center, Guangzhou, China. This opportunity continues on from her 2016 residency in Beijing at the Red Gate A.I.R. Program and Little Poems Art Community as well as participation in the Independent Art Space festival Beijing, China.
It's Vivid Sydney time again! Don’t miss current MFA student Aly Indermuhle’s pieces with Balthasar Indermuhle; Connections at The Rocks and ‘Light Waves’ at Campbell’s Cove. Also, Lucy Keeler another current MFA is part of Ample Projects who have their ‘Urban Tree 2.0’ at Martin Place.
Congratulations to NAS Photomedia lecturer Dr Marian Tubbs who is a recipient of the 2017 Marten Bequest Scholarship. The scholarships of $50,000 each are awarded to 12 Australian artists to go towards global travel and investment in upcoming projects. Congratulations Marian we can’t wait to see what you do and where you go!
The National Art School is the backdrop for this week's episode of The Mix, and our Director Steven Alderton joined James Valentine, art critic Andrew Frost and artist Laura Jones for the Pub Chat segment discussing the role of art schools' and what it means to be an artist today.
NAS second year student commissioned for Mirvac installation
NAS second year student Johann Potgieter was recently commissioned by Mirvac to create an artwork that will start employees thinking about their everyday habits. Johann created a sculptural installation with all the coffee cups used in one week.
NAS rated Australia’s top institution for educational experience in 2016
The National Art School has achieved the highest student satisfaction rating of any Higher Education provider in Australia with 96.9% of students satisfied with the overall quality of educational experience as measured by the Australian government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2016 Student Experience Survey (SES).
Congratulations to alumnus Mark Booth who has been named the Sculpture at Scenic World Blue Mountains 2017 Major Award winner, taking home a $20,000 cash prize for his artwork, Jellybean.Rising - described by the judges as 'a polished work that blended seamlessly into the natural surroundings”. The exhibition continues until 7 May.
The National Art School was thrilled to launch the definitive book on Alumnus and Fellow, Kevin Connor. We were privileged to have the Hon. Don Harwin, Minister for the Arts launch the book - it was a wonderful celebration of such a special member of the NAS community.
This year’s recipients of National Art School Fellowships are Fiona Foley; Peter Powditch AM; and Tim Storrier AM. The Fellowships were presented at the annual Graduation ceremony on Thursday 18 May 2017 alongside completing Bachelor and Master of Fine Art students, the Fellowship is the School’s highest award. Director Steven Alderton says of the Fellows: “In recognising these three prominent alumni, we are recognising their immense contributions to Australian art. Their work and their careers are inspirations to our students.”
Elisabeth Cummings major retrospective opens next week
NAS Alumna and Fellow Elisabeth Cummings has a major retrospective exhibition opening at S.H. Ervin Gallery next week. Elizabeth Fortescue from the Daily Telegraph chatted with Elisabeth about how her home in Wedderburn has influenced her practice.
As part of the The State Library of New South Wales Bitesize Lunchtime Talk's, NAS Archivist and Historian Deborah Beck will be speaking about Rayner Hoff, revealing the man behind the memorial. Wednesday, 5 April, 12.30-1.30pm.
NAS alumnus Coen Young has been described as the breakout star of Art Basel Hong Kong. Vogue Australia discusses Young's presence in Hong Kong, describing him as 'an Australian artist to continue to watch'
We have just launched our new short course program for July-December 2017. Check out this article by ArtsHub which explores the trepidation around taking a creative leap. Our courses are designed for all abilities and interests - so go on, be brave and try something new!
The National Art School is very fortunate to have an extraordinary sculpture made by master sculptor Rayner Hoff in 1920, in the NAS Collection desperately in need of restoration. Thanks to your generous donations so far we have raised 25% of the funds needed.
Alumnus Ryan Hoffmann has a new exhibition, ‘Air’ opening at Liverpool Street Gallery tomorrow, 18 March. Rebecca Gallo describes Hoffmann’s work in her catalogue essay, ‘Objects cut through air, thrusting into the void, a parabola carved out from a wall and into space. Air is held within, around an object. The object takes up space to create awareness of it.’ On view until 5 April.
Last night the National Art School was privileged to have the wonderful Barry Humphries open the exhibition Rayner Hoff: life and art and launch the highly anticipated biography ‘Rayner Hoff: The life of a sculptor’ by NAS archivist, historian and lecturer Deborah Beck. The crowd was filled with Hoff’s family, his students and friends in the very space where he created the magnificent artworks he is renowned for. Don't miss the exhibition on view until 22 March Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm.
The National Art School is greatly saddened to hear of the death of former teacher and renowned artist Sydney Ball. Syd taught at the National Art School from 1970 -1973 and leaves a legacy that continues to impact artists now.
Head of Drawing, Dr Maryanne Coutts has a new exhibition, 'Jostle' explores how crowds that gather to admire, witness and celebrate are a particular type of social interaction. Focussing on collected faces, Coutts describes disparate identities drawn to events and occasions with expressions that respond to the ebb and flow of the mass, while possessing individual personality and reaction to a common emotion. Opening 7 March until 26 March.
As part of Art Month Sydney, City Art are running a guided tour through the City of Sydney’s public art collection where you can discover the best hidden public artworks! Lead by current NAS third year student, Cameron Stead, the tour covers Taylor Square, Oxford St, Hyde Park, Martin Place, Chifley Square, through to the CBD, and into Circular Quay.
NAS alumni Phoebe Halpin and Anna May Henry have won second and third prize in the Belle ArtStart prize. The Belle ArtStart prize recognises emerging artists aged between 16-25, and the winning works will be featured in the May issue of Belle Magazine. Congratulations Phoebe and Anna!
The NAS Life Drawing Club is back for 2017! Join our friendly community of people who love drawing from life models. No experience necessary or long-term commitments, pay as you go and draw at your own pace.
Ceramics lecturer Stephen Bird has a new exhibition opening in Edinburgh. ‘Transported’ features work from Stephen Bird and Roger Law; spanning three continents and bringing together two very different visions of the world.
Current MFA Student Penny Ryan has been championing a
heartwarming project which will culminate in the installation, Opening Hearts.
Over the past six months Penny has been running workshops where over 400 people
have made 1468 ceramic human hearts representing the number of people in
detention on Manus Island and in Nauru.
In her new exhibition ‘Dark Light’ at Galerie Pompom NAS alumna and Painting lecturer Nana Ohnesorge continues her quest to highlight Aboriginal people and culture in a series of portraits and narrative paintings.
The second Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial at the Art Gallery of New South Wales brings together the work of six contemporary Australian artists whose practice is connected by narrative, memory and experience.
A new installation by Sydney-based artist Ramesh Nithiyendran featuring five large-scale ceramic sculptures made at NAS commissioned specifically for the National Gallery of Australia opens in Canberra.
The National Art School is proud to partner with Carriageworks and Blacktown Arts Centre on the Solid Ground Initiative as the official Education Partner of this important program. Recently in the school holidays we welcomed these students on our campus.
Art changes lives. At the National Art School we have the privilege of seeing this every day - our students are the artists of tomorrow and we care about their future. In Australia, the arts employ more people than agriculture, construction or mining and the creative industries generate $50 billion for the Australian economy.
The Guangxi Arts Institute (GAI)in Nanning, China recently invited NAS sculpture lecturer, Gary Deirmendjian to a deliver a series of talks and discussions on his practice and his long engagement with art in public and shared space.
On Thursday 12 May, the National Art School honoured three eminent Australian artists for their outstanding careers and contribution to the visual arts community. Vivienne Binns OAM, Kevin Connor and Janet Mansfield OAM were announced as Fellows of the National Art School.
Make sure you look out for works by two of our recent graduates, Aly Indermühle (with husband Balthasar Indermühle) and Jamie Bastoli, whose light works will be displayed as part of the festival in the Rocks and around Circular Quay.
NAS Drawing Lecturer Jude Rae has won the prestigious Bulgari Art Award, consisting of $50,000 for the acquisition of her winning painting ‘SL 359’ into the AGNSW collection and a residency in Italy valued at $30,000.
Art Pharmacy Consulting recently worked with Deloitte to curate the Playing with Perspectives: New views from emerging artists exhibition. Including works by NAS Alumni Marta Ferracin and Elyssa Sykes-Smith.