2019 Program

Installation view of Dobell Drawing Prize #21. Photo: Peter Morgan
Installation view of Dobell Drawing Prize #21. Photo: Peter Morgan
ARTHUR BOYD LANDSCAPE OF THE SOUL: 10 January — 9 March 2019
Boyd Exh_NAS Gallery Level 1 (Nebuchadnezzar Series) #1

EXHIBITION DATES: Saturday 10 January — Saturday 9 March 2019
OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 17 January, 6–9pm
OPENING HOURS: Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm

Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul is a new exhibition exploring the Australian landscape and a sense of place through the complex genius of Arthur Boyd. From light-filled early landscapes to tormented figures in the bush, the paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and archival material in this exhibition expose an inner landscape and an artist’s creative odyssey.

Curated by Barry Pearce, Landscape of the Soul is a Bundanon Trust Touring Exhibition presented at the National Art School.

Image: Arthur Boyd, Hanging rocks with bathers and Mars, 1985, oil on canvas. Courtesy Bundanon Trust Collection.

DOBELL DRAWING PRIZE: 28 March — 25 May 2019
Installation view of Dobell Drawing Prize #21. Photo: Peter Morgan
Installation view of Dobell Drawing Prize #21. Photo: Peter Morgan

EXHIBITION DATES: Thursday 28 March — Saturday 25 May 2019 
OPENING HOURS: Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm

Dobell Drawing Prize #21 is a new biennial prize and exhibition presented by the National Art School in association with the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation. The Prize is an open call to all artists and aims to explore the enduring importance of drawing and the breadth and dynamism of contemporary approaches to drawing. 

The exhibition showcases the finalists’ artworks across a broad range of media that acknowledges the foundational principals of drawing, while also encouraging challenging and expansive approaches to drawing. Submissions are invited for artworks on paper, but may also include wall drawings and larger-scale works and works utilising electronic media.

National Art School envisions the Prize as a platform for the celebration and examination of current drawing practices. The Prize builds on the energy of both emerging artists who make art through drawing, while also celebrating innovation and technical skill of experienced artists.

A drawing symposium, workshops and a range of artist talks will be held in conjunction with the Prize and exhibition, positioning the National Art School and Sydney at the core of contemporary drawing, research and the exploration of ideas.  Drawing continues to be central to the National Art School’s curriculum, and the opportunity to present and reflect the many facets of contemporary drawing offers artists another forum to explore the dynamic medium of drawing.

The new Dobell Drawing Prize is an acquisitive art award that runs in alternative years to the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, affirming the Dobell Foundation’s commitment to continuing the development of drawing as a medium in its own right, and a fundamental element of the visual arts.

 

Congratulations to Justine Varga who has won the Dobell Drawing Prize #21!

Comments from the Judge’s: “Drawing is a fundamental part of many visual art practices. The winner of the Dobell Drawing Prize #21 uses drawing in the most meaningful and sophisticated way. Her work is a distillation of so many components of our collective lives. Drawing plays a pivotal role in this artist’s exploration of us all. The winning work is a powerful, playful and sophisticated 21st century drawing and a deserved winner.”

Congratulations also to Tony Albert who was highly commended, “Highly commended goes to an artist who is relentlessly and skilfully re-writing dialogues about Australian histories. Drawing underpins his practice. Old Sins Cast Long Shadows uses the most simple drawing techniques to tell a formidably sophisticated story.”

 

2019 FINALISTS:

Badra Aji (VIC), Tony Albert (QLD/NSW), Leonie Andrews (ACT), Suzanne Archer (NSW), Martin Bell (VIC), M. Bozzec (NSW), Michelle Caithness (VIC), Kristone Capistrano (NSW), Tom Carment (NSW), Tanya Chaitow (NSW), Ari Chand (NSW), Joshua Charadia (NSW), Matthew Clarke (VIC), Penny Coss (WA), Maryanne Coutts (NSW), Fiona Currey-Billyard (NSW) Dagmar Cyrulla (VIC), Madeleine Joy Dawes (VIC), Amy Dynan (NSW), Helen Eager (NSW), Yvonne East (NSW), Stephanie Eather (VIC), David Fairbairn (NSW), George Gittoes (NSW), Richard Goodwin (NSW), Kendal Heyes (NSW), Mark Hislop (VIC), Daniel Hollier (NSW),Pollyxenia Joannou (NSW), Alan Jones (NSW), Locust Jones (NSW), Alex Karaconji (NSW), Sonia Kurarra (WA), Hyun Hee Lee (NSW), Brooke Leigh (NSW), Ruark Lewis (NSW), Tanya Linney (NSW), Lily Mae Martin (VIC), Jonathan McBurnie (QLD), Noel McKenna (NSW), Peta Minnici (NSW), Damian Moss (NSW), Wendy Murray (NSW), Angus Nivison (NSW), Chris O’Doherty aka Reg Mombassa (NSW), Catherine O’Donnell (NSW), Toshiko Oiyama (NSW), Jenny Orchard (NSW), Becc Ország (VIC), Kerrie Poliness (VIC), Monica Rohan (QLD), Wendy Sharpe (NSW), Peter Solness (NSW), Kim Spooner (NSW), Luke Thurgate (SA), Justine Varga (NSW), Mirra Whale (NSW) 

CAUGHT STEALING: 14 JUNE — 10 AUGUST 2019
Linda Dement and Nancy Mauro-Flude, 'Cyberfeminist bed sheet transfigured', 2018, courtesy the artists

EXHIBITION DATES: Friday 14 June — Saturday 10 August 2019 
OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 13 June, 6–9pm
OPENING HOURS: 
Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm

CURATOR: Dr Jaime Tsai

ARTISTS: Hany Armanious, Daniel Boyd, Peter Burgess, Destiny Deacon, Linda Dement, Virginia Fraser and Destiny Deacon, Fiona Hall, Shane Haseman, Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy, Andrew Hurle, Harley Ives, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Tom Nicholson, Lillian O’Neil, Louise Paramor, Philjames, Joan Ross, Soda_Jerk and The Avalanches, Marian Tubbs, Gary Warner.

Caught Stealing is an exhibition by contemporary Australian artists who mobilise theft as an artistic strategy in their work. A century after the first Dada photomontages, misappropriation continues in the diverse practices of artists demanding social justice, revisions of history, and ecological awareness. Motifs of piracy also signify resistance to the corporate control of the cultural sphere, as well as colonisation and its legacy in Australia.

 

Image: Linda Dement and Nancy Mauro-Flude, Cyberfeminist bed sheet transfigured, 2018, Courtesy the Artists

PAPER TIGERS: 30 AUGUST — 12 OCTOBER 2019
Chips Mackinolty
3rd annual Christmas is false consciousness eve party [1978]
The Tin Sheds Art Workshop
1978
Prints, posters, screenprint, printed in colour inks, from multiple stencils
39.9 cm x 54.2 cm
Print run unknown
Courtesy: Chris O’Doherty
Chips Mackinolty 3rd annual Christmas is false consciousness eve party [1978] The Tin Sheds Art Workshop 1978 Prints, posters, screenprint, printed in colour inks, from multiple stencils 39.9 cm x 54.2 cm Print run unknown Courtesy: Chris O’Doherty

EXHIBITION DATES: Friday 30 August — Saturday 12 October 2019 
OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 29 August, 6–9pm
OPENING HOURS: 
Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm

CURATORS: Lesa-Belle Furhagen and Toby Creswell

Paper Tigers celebrates Sydney’s printed visual culture of the 1970s. Including posters, prints and ephemera from a range of both celebrated and anonymous artists and designers, the exhibition presents a snapshot of a period when vibrant and experimental creative production incited social action.

POSTGRADUATE EXHIBITION: 7 — 17 November 2019
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EXHIBITION DATES: Friday 8 November — Sunday 17 November 2019
OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 7 November, 6–10pm
OPENING HOURS: Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm

Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of our postgraduate students, with new art from new artists, on show throughout the National Art School. Visit the Exhibition and Open Studios to experience fresh, progressive and bold works from our outstanding class of 2019

GRADUATE EXHIBITION: 5 — 15 December 2019
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EXHIBITION DATES: Friday 6 December— Sunday 15 December 2019
OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 5 December, 6–10pm
OPENING HOURS: Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm

Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of our third year students, with new art from new artists, on show throughout the National Art School. Visit the Exhibition and Open Studios to experience fresh, progressive and bold works from our outstanding class of 2019 – the next generation of  Australian artists.

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