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.

Read more ...

 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.

For more on Art Express 2018 click HERE

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.

Read more ...

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.”

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

Penrith Regional Gallery
& The Lewers Bequest
3 September – 27 November 2016


By Craig Judd,

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time searching out gullies and large stones in the nearby bush. Probably influenced by a confluence of half understood stories of NASA’s latest success or failure, Astro Boy and Sally Field’s Flying Nun, when the wind was blowing in the right direction I would do a massive running jump off said gully edge and stone rampart so that I could feel, even for a millisecond a sense of flight or weightlessness. Call me an old fashioned modernist but I still get excited at just the thought of catching a plane.

Curated by Lee-Anne Hall, Director of Penrith Regional Gallery, and Katie Dyer from Sydney’s Museum Of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Gravity (and Wonder) is an impressive exhibition. Roughly divided into four sections Motion and Acceleration, Measurement and Understanding, Space and Time, Mass and Attraction, this broadly encompassing schema was full of wit, wonder, intelligence and romance.

Full Article HERE


Recipient of this year's SWDAF Award for Excellence in Visual Arts Teaching at the Art Express exhibition at AGNSW.


Bossley Park High School, winners of the Dobell Excellence in Visual Arts Teaching Award, Art Express 2016


Visual Arts teachers at Bossley Park High School say they are honoured to receive the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation Award for the schools success in Artexpress.

The foundation is the official patron of Artexpress, an annual exhibition that features the best major works submitted by HSC art students. Last year the school had five students selected –the highest amount in south-west Sydney – and now the teachers are being rewarded for their hard work.

Former head art teacher and now deputy principal Ann-Maree Ager said the high quality of student work could be partly attributed to a gifted and talented program she started with the help of colleague Melanie Duff.

“Six years ago we initiated a gifted and talented program,” she said.

“We’ve been running that program for six years and this class is the first group of years sevens to get through to year 12 so that’s partly why they’re so great.

“We actually had workshops after school with specialist teachers such as Ty who’s great at drawing.

“We did a lot of skill building over the six years so by the time they got to senior class they were masters.”

Relieving head art teacher Melanie Duff said the students were working beyond their stages, and hopes the program will continue to help art students improve their craft.

“One thing that we do differently than other faculties and other schools is that we work collaboratively as a department,” Ms Ager said.

“It’s not just ‘it’s my class so I’ll shut the door and it’s my time with those students’, we have an open door policy so everyone’s always in and out.

“We can play off each other and we basically have a wider breadth of knowledge that we can share with the kids.

The Visual arts faculty will be presented with the award at the Sponsors’ Preview event at the Art Gallery of NSW on Wednesday night.

As Deputy Principal, Ms Ager will now work to roll out collaborative teaching with other departments throughout the school.

“It’s wonderful to get the recognition for the work we’re doing out here for public education,” she said.

“It’s really good to have some acknowledgement that our program is successful.”

From the Bossley Park High School Website

The new MAG-NET Artist-in-Residence Program was a highly successful collaboration between Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney Harbour National Park, Michelle Belgiorno, A.R.T Foundation (Tokyo) and ArtsPeople, and was generously supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.

Selected from 26 applicants, Japanese artist Miku Sato was an enthusiastic and committed artist who made the most of her 4 weeks at Middle Head from 31 March to 29 April 2015, exploring the area and engaging with the local history and environment. In particular her interest in the Japanese submarine attack on Sydney Harbour during World War II, resulted in the first stage development of a new video work.

Her residency period culminated with a collaborative work – a ‘Soup Making’ workshop – whereby 6 artists/curators created soups particular to their cultural heritage. This became a celebration of the residency’s success and confirmation of the positive impact such programs have on our community.

Building on this successful pilot, plans are now underway to launch the MAG-NET program as an ongoing exchange residency between Mosman and its friendship city in Japan, Otsu.


Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest receive the inaugural Dobell Exhibition Grant for the development of Gravity (and Wonder).

Curated by Penrith Regional Gallery in collaboration with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Gravity (and Wonder) will explore the history and philosophy of this fundamental law of the universe through contemporary art and related objects, instruments and papers in the MAAS collection.

The exhibition, scheduled for 3 September – 27 November 2016 will introduce audiences to new ways of thinking about the multi-dimensionality of matter, time and space through a range of loaned and newly commissioned sculptural and kinetic works. Over a dozen contemporary artists will participate in the presentation of new and existing works. Contributing artists include, Richard Serra, Timothy Cook, Amy Joy Watson, Sandra Selig, David Haines and Joyce Hinterding.

Read more ...
Page 1 of 2