Hany Armanious, one of Australia’s foremost artists, will take up the position of Head of Sculpture at the National Art School from the beginning of the 2019 academic year. A warm, experienced and inspirational educator, Hany Armanious has been teaching in the higher education context since 1998, as a lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, the College of Fine Art, UNSW and most recently as a full time permanent lecturer at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. At QCA he has been responsible for the design and implementation of a new sculpture curriculum, expanding the understanding
of the role of sculpture in contemporary art, with an emphasis on merging skills and material possibilities with conceptual rigour.
The National Art School’s outstanding Sculpture faculty instructs students in the Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) and Master of Fine Art (MFA) programs to develop key technical skills across traditions such as modelling, carving, construction, pattern making, mould making and casting, as well as exploring the boundaries of contemporary visual art through installation art, textiles and site responsive practises.
Sculpture students at NAS have access to some of the best-equipped workshops and studios in Australia and are taught by highly experienced lecturers. This allows students to master practical skills such as welding and construction, working across different materials such as steel, timber, plaster, clay, resin, cardboard and fabric. Students also gain the in-depth conceptual understanding needed to pursue a successful career in visual art.
The faculty team is led by Head of Sculpture Hany Armanious, also a successful and respected practicing artist who has represented Australia at the Venice Biennale and whose work is held in collections around the country and overseas. All Sculpture lecturers are also accomplished professional artists, dedicated to engaging, supporting and challenging their students during their time at art school.
NAS is renowned for its studio-based, hands-on model of learning. All Sculpture students receive intensive face-to-face teaching in small classes and are allocated their own studio in the final year of their BFA. Postgraduate students also have their own studio on campus. As well as thriving under the tuition of experts, Sculpture students are encouraged to support each other and work together as a creative community to develop their studio practice, share research and experiment with form, material and space.
In the BFA program, all first year students at NAS take Sculpture in first semester alongside electives in ceramics, painting, photomedia and printmaking; in second semester students choose two electives to specialise in. In second year, students focus fully on a chosen elective such as Sculpture, however there are always opportunities for cross-disciplinary work.