August 22, 2013

Towards the Morning Sun exhibition celebrates contemporary Pacific artists

Campbelltown Arts Centre will celebrate the work of contemporary Pacific artists this September with a new exhibition 'Towards the Morning Sun' curated by Keren Ruki. The exhibition will be officially opened by NSW Premier the Hon. Barry O'Farrell on Friday 6 September and a community forum will be held on Saturday 28 September at the gallery.

August 21, 2013

Carriageworks to double in size, making it the largest multi-arts institution in Australia

A section of the 5,000 square metres of additional space that will become part of the Carriageworks precinct
Contemporary multi-arts institution Carriageworks will double in size this month by adding an additional 5,000 square metres to its existing premises in Sydney’s Redfern. 

The expansion will make Carriageworks the largest multi-arts institution in Australia, spanning visual arts, music, dance, theatre.he announcement follows two years of strong growth in audience numbers and an extraordinary public response to its artistic program that saw a doubling of attendances from 2011 to 2012 and has the institution on track to double attendances again in 2013 to 400,000 people.

August 18, 2013

Escape to Bundanon Trust

The Glenn Murcutt designed pavilion at Riversdale, Bundanon
This weekend saw a group of Australia's leading arts writers and critics embark upon a trip to explore the unique cultural and environmental assets of the Bundanon Trust properties, located two hours south of Sydney.

The group mingled with the artists in residence currently living at Bundanon Trust, shared dinner and performances with them; viewed the former Arthur Boyd home and artist studio (pictured); toured the property on boat up the Shoalhaven River and enjoyed lunch at local restaurant Wharf Road. Former Rockpool chef Dave Campbell delivered a delicious five course tasting of locally sourced, sustainable produce.

August 13, 2013

Visual artists invited to apply for Qantas Spirit of Youth Award

Visual artists from around Australia are invited to submit entries for the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA) under the Visual Arts category, closing Tuesday 3 September 2013.

The Award offers artists aged between 18 and 30 the opportunity to further their career with the winners receiving $5,000 worth of flights, $5,000 in cash and a professional mentorship with MCA Director and internationally respected curator Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, OBE.

Last year the SOYA Visual Arts category attracted 5,000 artworks from more than 400 entrants. The award is open to artists working across all styles and genres, including painting, mixed media, sculpture, installation, ceramics, conceptual or performance art. 

Last year’s winner was Tully Arnot, who recently returned from an extended overseas trip as part of his SOYA Award, exploring creative opportunities on offer across Europe. Tully was a COFA graduate at the time of winning and used his prize to fund travel to the Edinburgh Art Festival, Scotland’s largest annual visual art festival.

Previous winners of the SOYA Visual Arts category are: Christian de Vietri (2004), Dane Lovett (2005), Alice Lang (2006), Danielle Freakley (2007), Grant Stevens (2008), Rebecca Baumann (2009), Clare Peake (2010/11) and Tully Arnot (2012).