Friday, December 08, 2006

National Art School Prizes 2006

Art School Ball Drawing Prizes
1st year Gail Jackson
2nd Year Stephen Benwell
The John Olsen Highly Commended Drawing Prize
Troy Quinliven
Blankcanvas Award
Stephen Benwell
Friends of the NAS Prizes
1st Year student : Matilda Michell
2nd year students :
Maran Clark
Justin Cooper
Rhianna Wessels
Georgina Hathway
Alice Stokes
Robert Baird
Amanda Coulston
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare
Kevin McKay
Georgina Hathway
Stephen Benwell
Madeleine Riisfeldt

Final year BFA prizes
Art History & Theory
Keith Climpson
Ceramics Art & Perception Prize
Huey Ling Teo
Janet Mansfield Ceramic Award
Clarissa Regan
The Inner City Clayworkers Gallery Student Award show
Kathryn Dickson
Sydney Olympic Park Residency – Ceramics
(Four week residency at Sydney Olympic Park)
Keiko Matsui
Australian Ceramics Directory Award
Eugenie Spiteri
The Journal of Australian Ceramics Award
Lyndall Hill
Mura Clay Solo Exhibition Award
Sarah O’Sullivan
Mura Clay Gallery Award (group exhibition)
Kathryn Dickson
Huey Ling Teo
Eugenie Spiteri
Reuben Michaelis-Brand
N.E. Pethebridge Awards
Sarah O’Sullivan
Eugenie Spiteri
ADFAS Award ($1000 )
Kathryn Dickson
Art School Ball Prize for Drawing ($1000)
Rebecca Pearson
The John Olsen Drawing Prize ($1,000)
Fareed Haddad
The John Olsen Highly Commended Drawing Prize
($1000 split with a 2nd Year student)
Rebecca Pearson
The Lab Photography Prize
Louise Spence
NAVA Photography Award
Erez Ben-Or
The Kayell Photography Prize
Erez Ben-Or
The Joel Corrigan Memorial Photography Award ($1,000)
Emma Thomson
Sydney Olympic Park Residency – Printmaking
Tara Ubaldi
The Van Ogtrop Printmaking Award
Lauren Murphy
The Stella Downer Printmaking Award
James Peck
Sydney Olympic Park Residencies – Sculpture
Michael Marris
Bernadette Jones
The Julian Beaumont Sculpture Prize ($5,000)
Kate Stehr
The Sydney Art Cooperative Studio Award
Adele Merdjanic
Clare Flanagan
Sydney Olympic Park Residency – Painting
Osnat Almog
William Fletcher Trust Award
Michelle Heldon
Chroma Paints Award
Kathryn Cowen
Parkers Sydney Fine Art Supplies Award ($1000 for materials)
Emma Cummings
Parkers Sydney Fine Art Framing Award ($1000 for framing)
Keith Climpson
St Vincent’s Hospital FONAS Exhibition Award
Genevieve Harnett
The Reg Richardson Travelling Scholarship ($2500)
Agnes Tyson
The Paris Studio Residency
Anne-Laure Druais

The Clitheroe Foundation Honours Painting Scholarship 2007
An extraordinarily generous scholarship of $20,000 to support an exceptional student to undertake Honours at the NAS
Jane Sandford

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Job opportunities available for part time Visiting Artists for 2007

Studio based artists/tutors required to pursue their art and contribute to National Art School academic programs. Up to 4 positions in the following disciplines: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture, Printmaking, Cross-media.

For further details or information on how to apply please contact Ravella Irving, Human Resources Officer, on 02 9339 8702 or by email Applications close 15 December 2006.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Josh Heath wins Qantas Spirit of Youth award - again!

Congratulations to 2005 NAS Hons Photography graduate Josh Heath on winning the Photography section of the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards for the second year in a row.

See and click on Photography for a sample of his work.

Rod Smith finalist in Paddington Art Prize

NAS Painting department's Rod Smith is a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize - congratulations Rod!

Rodney Pople wins Redlands Art Prize

Congratulations to NAS Painting lecturer Rodney Pople on winning the 2006 Redlands Westpac Art Prize.

Thursday, November 16, 2006


Work by Final year students majoring in ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture

To be opened by Tim Storrier
On Thursday 30 November at 6pm in the Cell Block Theatre

Exhibition continues until Thursday 7 December
11.00 am – 5.00 pm (closed Sunday)

NAS Gallery
Project Space (Building 25)
The Chapel (Building 28)
The Cell Block Theatre
The Kennal
Drawing Studio (Building 5)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

National Art School mourns loss of Australia’s eminent abstractionist, John Coburn AO

John Coburn AO who was Australia’s most eminent abstract painter leaves behind a legacy of being a major artistic figure and contributor to the history of the visual arts in Australia.

Born in Ingham, Queensland, Coburn left school at 14. He worked in a bank before serving in the navy during World War II and in 1947, Coburn’s artistic ambitions were nearly thwarted when he arrived in Sydney a week too late for the entrance test to study drawing and painting at the then East Sydney Technical College, now the National Art School.

Fortunately, a sympathetic lecturer looked over Coburn’s drawings, a series inspired by Australian WWII artist, Frank Norton. Coburn was immediately accepted on the merit of his drawings alone and coincidently, that sympathetic lecturer was indeed the artist Frank Norton himself.

Coburn studied art at the National Art School and went on to become a lecturer and then Principal of the National Art School from 1972-74.

In 2004 the NAS invited him to become a Fellow, along with Peter Rushforth (2003) and Colin Lanceley (2002).

“Coburn, one of Australia’s most significant artists was a much-loved individual and teacher at the NAS. We mourn his passing and send our sympathy and support to his family and to his daughter Kristin who is now a graduating student here at the School,” says Geoff Ireland Acting Director, National Art School.

Coburn’s influences were many and varied. In 1953, he saw an exhibition of modern French paintings and became "a committed abstractionist". His work was also informed by the Renaissance religious paintings, indigenous art and nature. Coburn’s distinctive use of glowing colour, form and shape in such a sustained fashion culminated in his own decorative and distinctive style.

One of Coburn’s better known commissions was his design of the great tapestry curtains for the Sydney Opera House - Curtain of the Sun and Curtain of the Moon (shown above).

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


View the outstanding artwork of the 23 graduating Honours Students from 2006

To be opened by John Olsen OBE
On Thursday 2 November at 6.00pm
National Art School Gallery

Exhibition continues until Thursday 9 November
11.00am – 5.00pm (closed Sunday)

NAS Gallery, Project Space (Building 25), Gardens, Building 22 & Building 5

Monday, October 16, 2006


The NAS small canvas fundraising exhibition where all artworks sell for $250.

Opening: 6pm Thursday 19 October
Preview: 11am-6pm Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 October

Exhibition continues until Thursday 26 October (excluding Sunday) 11am-5pm in the National Art School Gallery.

Artwork by Elizabeth Cummings

Friday, October 13, 2006


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