2019 Program

Arthur Boyd Painting of figures laying on rocks overlooking river
Image: Arthur Boyd, Hanging rocks with bathers and Mars, 1985, oil on canvas. Courtesy Bundanon Trust Collection.
ARTHUR BOYD LANDSCAPE OF THE SOUL: 10 January — 9 March 2019
Arthur Boyd Painting of figures laying on rocks overlooking river

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: 29 March — 25 May 2019
a hand draws with charcoal geometric shapes

EXHIBITION DATES: Thursday 28 March — Saturday 25 May 2019 
OPENING NIGHT: Wednesday 27 March, 6–9pm
OPENING HOURS: 
Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm

The Dobell Drawing Prize 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.

POSTGRADUATE EXHIBITION: 8 — 16 November 2019
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EXHIBITION DATES: Friday 8 November — Saturday 16 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

UNDERGRADUATE EXHIBITION: 6 — 14 December 2019
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EXHIBITION DATES: Friday 6 December— Saturday 14 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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