SCA NEWS

FRIDAY 14 OCTOBER 2014

SCA’s big art show of the year is here! 

The walls and floors of Sydney College of the Arts’ new contemporary art gallery and its network of art studios are adorned with new works by more than 170 graduating students, in anticipation of the University of Sydney’s biggest student art show of the year. The 2014 undergraduate degree show opens at SCA in Callan Park, Lilyfield, on Tuesday 18 November and runs for one week only until 26 November.

“This is the pinnacle moment in the year for staff and students, as we showcase and toast the achievements of a new generation of artists on the brink of flourishing careers,” said Professor Colin Rhodes.

“For the first time, this year, our Honours students will have the privilege of showcasing their work in the University’s new, signature space for contemporary art, the SCA Galleries.

“The space allows for a brilliant juxtaposition of contemporary art, framed by the raw, sandstone walls and soaring ceilings of the historic 1880s building. With its vast, open central space, from which you can peel off into several smaller galleries, it is a distinctly unique venue in which to experience the burgeoning creativity of our young, emerging artists,” said Professor Rhodes.

The Honours program is the capstone of SCA’s flagship degree - the Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA). It offers students the opportunity to test and strengthen the knowledge gained throughout their undergraduate degree and build a strong professional practice.

More than 130 third-year BVA student works will also be showing their graduation work throughout SCA’s major studio spaces in a magnificent showcase across the 61-hectare campus.

“The entire campus will be literally transformed into a massive art festival.  It is an unmissable event for any art enthusiast,” said Professor Rhodes.

Among the numerous promising artists to look for in this year’s show are Amelia Tracey (photomedia), Cleo Gardiner (printmedia), Mitchel Cumming (painting), James Thomson (painting), Liam Crowley (sculpture), Alexia Giacomozzi (photomedia), Samuel Foster (Screen Arts), Eugenie Choi (sculpture) and Chris Ka Leung Li (jewellery).
                                                                     
Opening night on Tuesday 18 November will see several art prizes announced, including the Artereal Mentorship Gallery Award for an outstanding Honours student.

Image: Amelia Tracey, Photomedia

 

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SAVE THE DATE

Postgraduate Degree Show

The Postgraduate Degree Show will be opening on Wednesday 3 December, from 6 to 8pm.

The exhibition will be on display from Thursday 4 to Wednesday 10 December.

Exhibition Hours 
Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm
Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

Where
Sydney College of the Arts 
Kirkbride Way, Lilyfield (enter opposite Cecily Street)

Image: James Sanders, MSA, Painting

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PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT DAY

Saturday 15 November, 11am to 2pm

Bachelor of Visual Arts applicants are invited to attend Portfolio Development Day on Saturday 15 November, 11am to 2pm.

Portfolio Development Day is a great opportunity for you to meet with our academic staff and receive feedback on your portfolio and visual arts practice. It also offers the chance for you, your family and friends to explore the SCA Campus, including the studios, workshop spaces and SCA Galleries.

Bachelor of Visual Arts applicants are invited to attend Portfolio Development Day on Saturday 15 November, 11am to 2pm

Portfolio Development Day is a great opportunity for you to meet with our academic staff and receive feedback on your portfolio and visual arts practice. It also offers the chance for you, your family and friends to explore the SCA Campus, including the studios, workshop spaces and SCA Galleries.

Please bring your portfolio, visual arts diary and any additional documentation that you have of your art practice with you on the day. Your portfolio can include drawings, documentation (photos) of your work, examples of art that you have made or ideas for artworks that you have written about or designed, short films or animations, creative things that you have made, or anything that you feel best represents you and your art.

Where:
Auditorium - Building 21
Sydney College of the Arts
Kirkbride Way, Lilyfield (enter opposite Cecily Street)

How to get here?
For further information about how to get to SCA, please visit this page

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GRADUATION

Friday 12 December, 9:30am

We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, will be the guest speaker at this year's Graduation Ceremony.

Graduation Day is a major milestone for students and their families and we congratulate them on their achievements.




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ANNE FERRAN, SHADOW LAND

8 November 2014 - 18 January 2015

The Australian Centre for Photography is dedicating its Summer Season to respected Australian photomedia artist and SCA lecturer Anne Ferran. Ferran’s images explore the residues of Australia and New Zealand’s colonial histories, observing their gaps and silences and what else they reveal.

The largest exhibition of Ferran’s works ever held, Shadow Land includes a selection of photographic, textile, video and text works from Ferran’s most significant projects and series that span a career of almost 30 years.
Australian Centre for Photography is dedicating its Summer Season to respected Australian photomedia artist and SCA lecturer Anne Ferran. Ferran’s images explore the residues of Australia and New Zealand’s colonial histories, observing their gaps and silences and what else they reveal. The largest exhibition of Ferran’s works ever held, Shadow Land includes a selection of photographic, textile, video and text works from Ferran’s most significant projects and series that span a career of almost 30 years. 

The exhibition comprises her early, landmark series Carnal Knowledge (1984) and Scenes on the Death of Nature (1986), their staged classical tableaux reflecting feminist theories of representation. Also included is more recent work including Box of Birds (2013) and the artist book Prison Library (2014). Shadow Land is also accompanied by a publication of the same name, beautifully produced by Power Publications, University of Sydney.

Upcoming Events:

Artist Talk with Anne Ferran
Saturday 22 November
2-3pm
Free

Photogram Workshop with Benjamin Stone Herbert 
Saturday 29 November
1-4pm
$90 per person 

Image: Anne Ferran, Untitled from Soft Caps, 1985. Courtesy and © the artist.

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MARTEN BEQUEST TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIPS

Applications now open

Applications for the 2015 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships are now open in the categories of acting, painting, sculpture and singing.  Applicants can be students or professionals between the ages of 21-35 years and looking to further their career through travel. Applicants must be Australian born and be available for travel in the event their applications are successful and a scholarship be awarded to them, which can include both international and domestic travel. 

Closing Date: 17 December 2014

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DOMINIK MERSCH GALLERY CURATOR AWARD 2015

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VALE MARGARET WEST

Sydney College of the Arts has lost one of its most inspiring figures with the recent passing of Margaret West. Margaret was a lecture in the Jewellery and Object studio from 1979 until her retirement in 1999, and is an esteemed member of the jewellery community nationally and internationally.

During her years at SCA Margaret became known for her integrity and her rigorous approach to teaching. As one graduate described, “Under her direction, we were encouraged to think and to research, to explore and to investigate, to analyse and really see objects and our surroundings.”

Margaret’s influence was vast and each one of her students could recount a tale of how she impacted their creative lives, from the depth of her feedback, to her generosity and her fastidious approach to her own practice.

Margaret was also a writer - of criticism, prose and poetry - a musician, gardener and of course, an artist.

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