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One of the best ways to see fresh and dynamic talent is to see a Year 12 graduating art show. These are currently being held around the country – namely at the Art Gallery of NSW, Wollongong City Gallery, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, Tasmania. In this month's Visual Arts digest Frances Derricourt takes a look around the country
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One of the best ways to see fresh and dynamic talent is to see a Year 12 graduating art show. These are currently being held around the country – namely at the Art Gallery of NSW, Wollongong City Gallery, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, Tasmania. In fact, the Art Gallery of NSW has a fantastic Teacher/Student program to coincide with ArtExpress which includes Student Study Mornings, and a Teachers’ Day with Bill Henson. For information on the program go to:

As teachers around the nation start dragging themselves back to their classrooms after a long summer break, this is certainly a good time to start collecting resources together. For all you Art Teachers, The Australian Institute of Art Education is probably your first port of call ( It’s a great place to find out what conferences are coming up in the year – two of which are Art in Early Childhood (July 7 -9, Roehampton University London) and The Transforming of Aesthetics (July 8 -9, Art Gallery NSW), which will explore the response of aesthetic theory to new forms of art and exhibition practice. The AIAE is useful also for finding online resources, but there are also a number of Educational Suppliers who specialise in art resources. Zart Art is one of the best around (, as are Deans Art Supplies in Melbourne (, the Oxlade Brothers in Brisbane ( and Holding Educational Aids in Sydney (tel: 02 8786 4500). These suppliers will often have specialist art buyers who can help you find the best resources for your syllabus.

Well, from where I write the Sydney Festival is sadly drawing to a close – the controversial ‘disco ball’ will be soon be taken down from the bridge and the Domain stage packed away for another year. But around the country other festivals are opening up to keep the summer buzz alive. Firstly there’s the fantastic Perth International Arts Festival from the 11th February to the 6th of March – I have included the Visual Arts events in the Western Australian section below, but you can view the entire program at And secondly there’s the 2005 National Multicultural Festival which sounds so great I am tempted to make a trip to our nation’s capital very soon (despite having just been there for the Vivienne Westwood show). The list of Visual Arts events is huge ( but I think I’ll definitely be stopping by the Persian Arts Centre to see their bazaar-themed exhibition, and I’ll be popping into the Mexican embassy to see Ricardo Maldonado Garduno’s photographic exploration of The Passion parades held in Mexico City every year. Who needs to head overseas when you can find it all in Canberra!


NAVA Visual and Craft Artists’ Grant Scheme
Applications due February 15
The NAVA grants provide assistance towards the cost of public presentation of visual arts, craft and design. The next round is for exhibitions held in May, June and July.

Tom Malone Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Deadline for submissions is February 18
The Tom Malone Prize is a $10 000 annual award for Australian glass artists

Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture
Registrations of Interest close February 21, Entries close April 29

Prometheus Visual Arts Award
Applications due Febuary 28
An acquisitive art award for open to all forms of art media and conducted by the Prometheus Foundation.

2005 Old England and Barkly Hotel Sculpture Prize and Exhibition
Applications close February 17
Prizes to be awarded for Outstanding Excellence in Sculpture and People’s Choice
Fro further information go to

Australian Photographic Portrait Prize
Closing Date: March 4
For any further enquiries please email or call: (02) 9225 1700

Art Blitz
Theme announced Friday 4th March and works due Saturday 5th March
It’s back – create an artwork to a specific theme in 24 hours and be up for two of the first prizes! Open to artists of all media and hosted by the Kingston Arts Centre
For further details go to

2005 Outback Art Prize
Applications close March 11
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery invites all artists who are residents of Australia to submit works on or with paper for the 2005 Outback Art Prize ($10000).
For more info call 08 8088 6897 or go to

Poimena Art Award 2005
Closing date for entries: March 24
The Poimena Art Award is a $5000 biennial ward for mixed media works which is open to all artists from Australia and overseas. For the 2005 Award artists are asked to consider the material or idea of ‘Veneer’.
Entry forms available from

2005 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards
Closing date April 29
For entry forms please contact the Geelong Gallery on 03 5229 3645

2005 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize
Entries close May 27
The prize promotes and recognises excellence in art that depicts natural history and is open to Australian and international artists of all ages.

Exhibitions and Events

  • NSW

    Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St The Rocks Sydney
    Lee Bul
    Based in Seoul, Lee Bul is a leading figure within a new generation of contemporary Korean artists and her practice embraces sculpture, performance, video and interactive media.
    November 26 – February 27

    Bridget Riley
    Shows the development of work from one of Britain’s most respected artists, from the 1960s to the present day.
    December 14 – March 6

    Bathurst Regional Gallery, 70-78 Keppel St Bathurst Tel: 02 6331 6066
    Beyond the Blue
    Black and white landscape photography of the Western ranges of NSW
    William Yang Selected Photographs 1968 – 2003
    February 11 – March 28

    Wollongong City Gallery, corner of Kembla and Burelli Sts, Tel: 02 4228 7500
    ClassArt IV
    Outstanding works by 2004 HSC Visual Arts students from Illawarra and surrounding regions
    February 12 – April 3

    Jade Pegler: Catalogue Me
    Books and other constructions exploring games and obsession
    February 19 – April 10

    Watters Gallery, 109 Riley St East Sydney Tel: 02 9331 2556
    2004 Revisited
    Includes works by Sue Ford, James Gleeson, Ken Searle and Max Watters
    Until February 12
    Vicki Varvaressos – figurative painting
    Tony Tuckson, works on paper
    February 16 – March 12

    Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Zingel Place, Bega Tel: 02 6499 2187
    Biennial Exhibition of recent works by members of the South East Modern Art Group
    January 21 – February 20

    Gallery Gondwana, 7 Danks St Waterloo Sydney
    Beating around the bush
    Dan Murphy – recycled metal sculpture
    February 9 – February 19
    Julie Nangala Robinson, Pirlinyanu Country
    February 16 – March 12

    Manly Art Gallery, West Esplanade Manly Sydney Tel: 02 9929 2435
    Beyond Earth: Exploring the plastic limits of clay
    The biennial ceramics exhibition by The Potters Society of Australia
    Until February 27
    Lex Dickson: Running on instinct
    Recent ceramic works
    Until February 27

    Australian Centre for Photography, 257 Oxford St Paddington Sydney
    Minutes to Midnight: Trent Parke
    One man’s journey through the psyche of a nation
    Until February 20
    * Thursday Feb 3, 7-8.30pm: Trent Parke and Narelle Autio in conversation about their photographic road trips through Australia

    Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd The Domain Sydney
    Bill Henson
    The first survey of the photography of Bill Henson will bring together many of the artist’s important series, and explore major themes from the last thirty years of his work.

    8 January – 3 April 2005
    *Wednesday 23 Feb, 6.30pm: Celebrity Talk – Edmund Capon and Bill Henson

    A selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination inVisual Arts 2004
    Until March 28

    Cerkez and Fusinato
    Mutlu Cerkez and Marco Fusinato explore their similar interests in time, language and realism in their ongoing series of collaborative projects
    February 5 – March 20


    Queensland Gallery, Melbourne St South Brisbane
    Ten Thoughts about Frames
    Looks at the art, history and techniques of framing.
    Until March 28

    The Look of Faith
    Responses to faith by New Zealand artist Colin McCahon, William Robinson, Albrecht Durer, Santiago Bose, Bea Maddock and Judith Wright as well as a number of recently restored icons from the collection of the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology.
    Until February 20

    QUT Art Museum, QUT Gardens Cultural Precinct, 2 George St Brisbane
    Kindle and Swag: The Samstag Effect
    This exhibition presents a selection of works by high-achieving Samstag scholarship artists
    February 3 – April 24

    Nascent: Best of QUT Visual Art Graduates 2004
    February 17 – April 10

    Art Galleries Schubert, Marina Mirage Sea World Main Beach
    Dane Lovett: Tales from metropolis
    From February 11

    Cairns Regional Gallery, Cnr Abbott & Shields Sts Cairns
    Phenomena: Howard Taylor
    This exhibition provides an insight into the career of one of Australia’s most significant artists
    Until March 13

    Gardens of the Mind
    View the exploration and idiosyncratic of the artistic experience of the public garden space of the Flekker Botanic Gardens with artist Laurine Field.
    February 5 – March 6

    Charles Ginn Gallery, 181 Latrobe Terrace Paddington Brisbane
    Kerry Holland, Pene Edwards, Dot Knight and Annie Jamieson

    Gold Coast City Art Gallery, 135 Bundall Rd Surfers Paradise
    Art and Artists: Portraits by Greg Weight
    Photographic portraits of artists coupled with artworks
    Until March 20

    William Creek and Beyond
    Works by Jason Benjamin, Rodney Pople, Robert Jacks, David Larwill, Jeff Makin, Mark Schaller, Andrew Sibley, Hazel Dooney, Tim Storrier and John Olsen
    Until February 13

    Tubular Cells
    Looks at the Australian surfing lifestyle and includes some of Australia’s best-known surfing artists
    February 19 – April 10


    Monash Gallery of Art, Cnr Jells and Ferntree Gully Rds
    MGA Fundraising auction preview
    Over 30 of Australia’s most significant photoartists on display
    Until March 18

    Thomas de Kessler
    Pages from an Australian Notebook
    February 4 – March 6
    Rex and Max Dupain’s Sydney
    February 4 – March 18

    Gould Galleries, 270 Toorak Rd South Yarra Tel: 03 9827 8482
    Director’s Choice
    Featuring significant works personally selected by the Director Robert Gould in celebration of Gould Galleries 25th anniversary
    From February 15

    NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd
    An exhibition of international projection works created by artists who have used the idea of the city as a source of inspiration
    Until April 17

    Rajput: Sons of Kings
    Approximately 80 paintings and drawings depicting Rajput courtly life from the 17th to the19th centuries
    Until April 3

    Ron Mueck
    The Making of Pregnant Woman 2002
    Until February 27

    19th Century Japanese studio photographs
    Opens February 8

    Ian Potter Centre
    , Federation Square
    James Gleeson: Beyond the screen of sight
    Until February 27

    Akira Isogawa: Printemps – Été
    This exhibition focuses on the creative process that Isogawa embarked upon over a five month period in the lead up to the presentation of his spring/summer collection in Paris in October 2004.
    Until March 27

    Flashback: Australian Photography in the 1960s
    December 3- March 6

    Colour Power: Aboriginal art post 1984
    Until March 14

    Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View St Bendigo Tel: 03 5443 4991
    Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize
    Until March 6

    Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Lane Melbourne
    Light Year: Aaron Lance Robinson
    February 3 – March 5

    Entwined Space
    A collaborative installation by glass-makers Emily McIntosh and Lisa Cahill
    February 3 – March 5

    Sticks: Lynley Traeger
    Metalsmith Lynley Traeger creates a forest of bamboo/titanium and wire mesh walking sticks
    February 3 – March 5

    Axia Modern Art, 1010 High St Armadale
    Ben Shearer – Recent Works
    Major exhibition of new water colours by Ben Shearer
    February 10 – February 27

    Anna Schwartz Gallery, 185 Flinders Lane Melbourne Tel: 03 9654 6131
    Angela De La Cruz: Clutter


    National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
    Masters of Fare @ Parliament House
    Portraits of famous names in the food and wine industry
    Until March 28
    Thousand Mile Stare @ Commonwealth Place
    A unique portrait of rural Australia by photographer John Elliott
    November 19 – May 1 2005

    Craft ACT, 1st Floor North Building 180 London Circuit Canberra
    The Hoop of the World
    As part of the National Multicultural Festival 2005, American Australian artist Merrill Orr creates a ceramic installation based on the vision of Black Elk, Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux.
    February 10 – March 20

    The making of violins, featuring artist Madeleine Gisz
    February 10 – March 20

    South Coast textile artist Judith Lamb presents a collection of ties using dyes from native vegetation.
    February 10 – March 20
    Elements of Canberra: Ceramic
    February 10 – March 20

    Beaver Galleries, 81 Denison St Deakin Canberra
    Kati Thamo: Prints
    Jenny Orchard: Ceramics
    February 17 – March 7

    ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place Dickson Tel: 02 6247 8736
    Drawing on the past
    The exhibition takes as its starting point life forms that inhabited ‘deep time’. It is a celebration of past life – its abundance, bizarre nature, diversity and fragmentary record.
    February 9 – February 20

    Stephanie Burns Fine Art, 107 Strickland Crescent Deakin Tel: 02 6161 9138
    Homage to Cezanne: Then and Now
    February 2 – March 13

    National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place Parkes Canberra
    Margaret Preston: Australian Printmaker
    Until April 25
    Surface Beauty: Photographic Reflections on Glass and China
    Until March 6


    Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, James Street Mall Perth Tel: 08 9492 6600
    Seeking Transcendence
    The signature event for the Perth International Arts Festival, featuring Edvard Munch, Mark Rothko, Wolfgang Laib, Robert Irwin and Ann Hamilton.
    February 11 – April 24
    Year 12 Perspectives
    An exhibition of art from Year 12 2004 students
    February 18 – April 25
    Rover Thomas: I want to paint
    December 18 – March 6

    Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 51 James St, Perth Cultural Centre
    Jacky Redgate: Survey 1980 – 2003
    Redgate’s innovative and experimental work operates on a number of different registers and at the intersection of different fields including photography, sculpture, installation and optical art.
    February 10 – March 20

    Space Active: Gosia Wlodarczak
    A selection of works created between 2003 and 2005 by Polish-born artist Gosia Wlodarczak, presented with photos and videos showing her processes in creating these significant works.
    Paul Knight: Photographs
    Melbourne-based photographer, Paul Knight, explores sensory experience within the urban environment using medium and large-format camera equipment.

    Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty St Fremantle
    Translating Hiraeth: Judy Durey
    A video installation using multiple screens to create a narrative which examines the emotional complexity of excavating silence in ‘closed adoption’.
    Strange Relations: Anna DeLany
    Drawing for inspiration on childhood photos from the seventies, Fremantle artist DeLany uses figurative painting to convey a universal sense of family.
    Everyday crimes: Neda Starac
    Paintings and assemblages that deal with humanity and fragmentation.
    All January 29 – March 6

    Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of WA, Stirling Highway Tel: 08 6488 3707
    Wolfgang Laib: Passageway-overgoing
    German artis Wolfgang Laib creates his meditations on nature and connection using yellow pollen, beeswax and milkstones.
    February 13 – April 3
    Part of the Perth International Arts Festival

    Form Gallery, call the Perth Arts Festival line for details 08 6488 2000
    Form. Vast Terrain: Exploring Uncommon Ground
    The works of leading Australian metalsmiths Frank Bauer, Robert Foster and Andrew Last, this exhibition focuses on the material culture of aluminium
    February 4 – March 12
    Part of the Perth International Arts Festival

    The Church Gallery, 264 Stirling Highway Claremont 08 9384 1744
    Deborah Paauwe and Mark Kimber
    Haunting images of young girls in gorgeous vintage costumes, exploring the transition from child to womanhood.
    February 16 – March 20
    Part of the Perth International Arts Festival

    The Perth Concert Hall Foyer, 5 St Georges Tce Perth
    Leigh Hobbs
    Collection of works by the much-loved childrens’ illustrator and creator of Old Tom and Horrible Harriet.
    February 11 – March 6


    Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk, Invermay Rd Launceston
    Real and Imagined: an exhibition of new work by Denise Campbell
    Until February 20
    ArtRage 04
    Selected artwork by Tasmanian senior secondary students
    Until May 1

    Cast Gallery, 27 Tasma St North Hobart
    3 Into 1
    Solo exhibitions by Hermie Cornelisse (LOOP), Amanda Davies (Sick) and Mish Meijers (the tending of inanimate objects) that explore aspects of the domestic.
    February 5 – March 6

    Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 40 Macquarie St Hobart
    John Gould and the birds of Australia
    Until April 10
    Moderns: 20th Century Australian Painting and Sculpture
    Until May

    Academy Gallery, Academy of the Arts, School of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Tasmania, Invermay Rd, Inveresk, Launceston Tel: 03 6324 4450
    Familiar – Less Familiar
    A selection of jewellery and other objects by Marian Hosking
    February 23 – March 26
    Sticks and Stones
    Explores the resurgence of drawing as an artform, artists include Greg Ades, Jon Campbell, Jon Cattapan, Deborah Edwards, Merrin Eirth, Patrick Grieve, Katherine Huang, Mandy Hunniford, Robert McHaffie, Penny Mason, Lewis Miller, Jan Murray, Rebecca Stevens, Ricky Swallow and Tiffany Winterbottom.
    February 23 – March 26

    Art Mob, 29 Hunter St Hobart Tel: 03 6236 9300
    Kudditji: Colours in Country
    Kudditji Kngwarreye Tjungurrayi, Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s younger brother,
    is an amazing colourist and a highly accomplished artist.
    This exhibition showcases a range of his styles.
    Until February 13
    Art glass sculptures and paintings by Sam Juparulla
    February 18 – March 6


    Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, Conacher St Bullock Point Fannie Bay Darwin
    Stolen Years: Australian Prisoners of War
    This exhibition offers the opportunity for the stories to be told of those 30 000 or more Australians who have endured captivity in war time.
    Until March 28

    Araluen Galleries, Larapinta Drive Alice Springs Tel: 08 8951 1122
    Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
    Until March 3


    Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace Adelaide
    Australians in Hollywood
    Until February 20
    Part of the 2005 Adelaide Film Festival, Reactivate is a series of interactive computer games that challenge us to think about contemporary issues, values and beliefs.

    February 17 – March 3
    Everyday Addictions
    Part of the 2005 Adelaide Film Festival, Everyday addictions showcases the work of five innovative South Australian video and DVD artists.
    February 17 – April 14

    T’Arts Collective, 10G Gays Arcade, Adelaide Arcade Tel: 08 8232 0265
    Lynn Elzinga-Henry
    Decorative ceramic teapots and selected works in glass and fibre
    Until February 14
    Alvena Hall
    This exhibition of stitched art textiles celebrates the poet John Shaw Neilson.
    February 1 – February 26

    Greenaway Art Gallery, 39 Rundle St Kent Town
    New video installation by Garry Stewart and David Evans
    Hollow/hollow space
    Beverley Southcott
    February 22 – March 1

    Jamfactory, 19 Morphett St Adelaide
    The HAT Project: Here and There
    Jewellers from Australia and the UK show work made during their time of international residency
    February 5 – April 11
    Journeys and place: exchanges in a cultural landscape
    New ceramics by Kylie Waters
    February 5 – April 11

    Hill-Smith Fine Art, 113 Pirie St Adelaide
    Paint Brush
    High profile Adelaide artist David Bromley
    February 11 – March 6

    David Sumner Gallery, 359 Greenhill Rd Toorak Gardens Tel: 08 8332 7900
    Three Aspects
    Featuring 3 leading SA artists, Brian Dobson, John Lacey and Peter Chaplin
    February 11 – March 3

  • Frances Derricourt
    About the Author
    Frances Derricourt is in Arts Marketing, and currently works for an Australian publisher promoting Fine Arts books.