The Friends of the University of Newcastle 2014 Art Fair will this year feature three Acquisitive Art Prizes: an Open Prize of $6,000 and two Student Prizes of $2,500 each.
The Friends of the University of Newcastle have generously sponsored these prizes to assist in the growth of the University Art Collection, ensuring that this collection continues to provide our region with contemporary and relevant work for ours and future generations to enjoy.
The Open Prize is open to all artists in all media; the Student Prizes are open to all students of the University of Newcastle in all media. This is a great opportunity for both artists and students to have their work represented in a public collection.
An exhibition will profile the finalists during the week of 23 to 27 July 2014, with the announcement of the prize winners in the University Gallery on Friday 25 July at 5pm. This will be followed by the commencement of the Art Fair sale at 6pm. To enter, please download an Entry Form pdf:
Friends 2014 Acquisitive Art Prize (open category, pdf 205KB)
Friends 2014 Student Acquisitive Art Prize (student category, pdf 220KB)
Entries must be submitted by 5pm 27 June 2014. No late entries will be considered.
IMAGE ABOVE: Peter Tilley Rows of Roses 2009, found ceramic and timber, 39 x 39 x 5.5 cm. Winner of The Friends of the University of Newcastle 2012 Acquisitive Art Prize.
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Our current exhibiting artist, Charlie Sheard, gave an engaging gallery floor talk yesterday for a large group of students and gallery visitors. Sheard spoke about his approach to painting without narrative, and the physicality of his practice. He generously answered questions from the floor and had great advice for emerging artists, encouraging them to be fearless. Sheard said, "Go to a place you're not familiar with and where you don't know what to do... If you take risks continuously and realise that you don't die then you can be much more free [with your art]."
Sheard's exhibition, Pure Abstractions – Colour, Drawing, Materiality, continues until May 17.