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By Matthew Westwood, Arts Correspondent.

The spirit of William Dobell was at large last night when a photographic artist won the prestegious Dobell Prize for Drawing - near the site of a celebrated court case in which Dobell was accused of bending the rules in the 1943 Archibald Prize.

The Dobell Drawing Prize was won by Justine Varga, who used a photographic negative as the medium for her abstract drawing called Photogenic Drawing.

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In September 1979 Newcastle Region Art Gallery hosted the exhibition SODEISHA: Avant-Garde Japanese Ceramics featuring 32 members of the Sodeisha group of artists including founding members Kazuo Yagi (1918-1979), Osamu Suzuki (1926-2001) and Hikaru Yamada (1924-2001). The exhibition was an initiative of the Australian Gallery Directors Council in association with the Crafts Board of the Australia Council and toured six other capital city galleries until May 1981. At the conclusion of the tour, the Sodeisha group elected to gift 58 of the 62 works of art to Newcastle Art Gallery. Consequently, the Gallery holds one of the largest collections of Sodeisha ceramics by this important group of artists outside of Japan.

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The annual ARTEXPRESS exhibition is one of the most dynamic and popular at the Art Gallery NSW.

Featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts 2018, ARTEXPRESS 2019 provides insight into students’ creativity and the issues important to them.

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Outstanding artworks, performances and design projects will be displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW, the Sydney Opera House and the Powerhouse Museum.

The creative support and inspiration at Canley Vale High School has been acknowledged with the school’s visual arts faculty receiving the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation Award.

The award was announced on Wednesday at the launch of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) 2018 HSC showcase season at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Canley Vale High School students Celine Luu and Monica Trieu were also honoured with their artwork selected for hanging at the Art Gallery of NSW from Thursday, February 7, as part of ARTEXPRESS 2019.

 

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Newcastle Art Gallery - SODEISHA: Connected to Australia

In 1981 Newcastle Art Gallery was gifted the largest collection of Japanese Sodeisha ceramics in the southern hemisphere. The Gallery has invited ten contemporary Australian and Japanese ceramic artists to exhibit their work in response to this collection, including orginating member of the Sodeisha movement Satoru Hoshino who will deliver workshops and a major installation for the exhibition. The exhibition aims to re-contextualize this significant collection through the inclusion of living contemporary ceramic practitioners from Australia and Japan who will feature alongside the collection to form a dialogue between this important post war avant-garde movement and contemporary ceramic arts practice today.

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 Karen Smith (Principal of Wyndham College) and Charles Lloyd Jones from the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation with the winners of the award to a school that’s HSC Visual Arts performance.

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By Linda Morris, Sydney Morning Herald - 27 February 2018

One of Australia's most prestigious prizes for drawing is to be revived after it was discontinued six years ago.

The National Art School will become the new home of the Dobell Drawing Prize when it is reinstituted from March 2019 during a 10-week ''mini festival'' dedicated to the art form.

Longer term, Australia's oldest art school is keen to develop a national centre for drawing to underline the importance of the fundamental visual skill in traditional art practice as well as conceptual, performance and digital art, video and film.

Once seen to be a dying art, even photo media artists are now putting drawing at the heart of their work.

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The National Art School today announced the revival of the Dobell Drawing Prize. The new biennial Prize will be presented at NAS Gallery from March 2019, alongside a new drawing symposium that explores the importance of drawing in all its diversity.

The Prize is a biennial competition by submission and will showcase the expanded field of drawing. The inaugural exhibition at the National Art School of The Dobell Drawing Prize will take place from 28 March to 25 May 2019, with the Prize to be announced at the exhibition launch on Wednesday 27 March 2019.

Steven Alderton, Director of the National Art School said:

“The National Art School is delighted to be working with the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation on this very important Prize and exhibition. Drawing is absolutely central to the National Art School’s curriculum, so the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the many facets of contemporary drawing practice is welcomed. We are very much looking forward to working with the Foundation on the Prize and exhibition, and offering artists another forum to explore the dynamic medium of drawing.”

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Photo media and the male figure which will be presented at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery from 6 October 2017. Curated by Richard Perram OAM, the Gallery’s director, it will be drawn from Australian and international collections.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery will be celebrating summer with Board, curated by Gallery staff member, Meryl Ryan, and opening in December 2017.

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