Prof. Ross Harley at Remix Sydney + Discounted tickets

Prof. Ross Harley, Dean of COFA and UNSW’s Australian School of Business are participating in Remix Sydney at Carriageworks May 8-9, 2014.

Remix is a series of global summits that explore the big ideas shaping the future of culture and creative cities. Remix Sydney will feature over 75 cultural leaders, corporate directors, technologists and entrepreneurs who will present at the conference and master classes.

Ross Harley, Dean of COFA will participate in a panel about how technology can enable new forms of creation and participation in arts and culture with Antony Funnel, ABC presenter, Future Tense, Amber Naismith, Senior Producer, Animal Logic and Allegra Burnette, Creative director of digital media, MoMA.

UNSW’s Australian School of Business is collaborating on a session about The Business of Art – Using design thinking to overcome business problems.

COFA and UNSW staff, students and alumni can purchase tickets at 25% off. When purchasing tickets, use the code ‘UNSW25′ to receive the discount.

Buy tickets here.

Restricted access to COFA April 14-May 3

Please note that there will be some temporary changes to access to COFA via Gate 1 (main entrance) from April 14 - May 3 due to works being carried out on the Napier Street Footpath by City of Sydney Council.

April 14- 18: The only access to Gate 1 will be via Napier Street West.

April 21-25: Gate 1 will be CLOSED and access will only be via Gate 6 or Gate 2 by the Loading Dock.

April 28- May 3: The only access to Gate 1 will be via Napier Street East (from Greens Road).

Access to Galleries UNSW will be via the COFA Courtyard entrance only.

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COFA grad wins emerging artist category Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

Tom Polo in front of his winning artwork 'Heads are Turning (Something to Fall Back On)'

COFA Master of Fine Arts graduate Tom Polo has won the emerging artist category of the 2014 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize.

Tom Polo will take home $10,000 and his site-specific installation Heads are Turning (Something to Fall Back On), will become part of the permanent collection of Redlands.

Vernon Ah Kee won the established artist category and COFA graduates Alex Seton and Tully Arnott are also exhibiting work in the exhibition, on display at National Art School from April 11 – May 15, 2014.

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COFA Postgraduate Information Evening

Installation shot, COFA Annual Exhibition 2013. Photo: Richard Glover.

Are you a professional artist, designer, educator or art theorist keen to take your career to the next level?

Or are you thinking of starting a new career?

COFA offers a wide range of postgraduate degrees.

Come visit COFA at the Postgraduate Information Evening to explore your optionsand get course information.

What: COFA Postgraduate Information Evening
When: Thurs, May 8, 3.30-6.30pm
Where: Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington Campus

For more information on degrees, contact the  COFA Student Centre, +61 2 8936 0684,

William Fletcher Foundation Grants

Olearia, c. 1969, Oil on Masonite, 50x60cm

Applications are now open for the William Fletcher Foundation Tertiary Grants.

For further information or help submitting applications, please contact Sally Marwood.

Applications close April 30, 2014.

COFA graduates at Milan Design Week 2014

The Fortynine Studio, a collaborative design studio made up of COFA graduates, is presenting a new collection of work at Milan Design Week.

The collection will be exhibited with The Other Hemisphere, who have curated a selection of new design from Australia and New Zealand.

The Fortynine Studio’s new collection is inspired by the Australian landscape and consists of five objects that relate to one another through concept, materiality, finish, and colour.

The Other Hemisphere will be open from April 8-13.

More information.

COFA graduate wins Josephine Urlick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2014

Shaun Gladwell, The Flying Dutchman in Blue (Coogee 2), 2013, digital print on archival paper, Courtesy: The artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.

Congratulations to COFA graduate Shaun Gladwell who has won the Josephine Urlick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2014 and $20,000.

The award is an important annual survey of contemporary Australian photographic practice, with a total of $30,000 in prizes and acquisitions.

COFA staff Tanya Dyhin, David Manley, Prudence Murphy, Deb Mansfield and graduates Svetlana Bailey, Patrick Cremin and Owen Leong were also selected as finalists.

The finalists exhibition is on at Gold Coast City Gallery until May 25.

Inaugural NSW Creative Laureate and NSW Emerging Creative Talent Awards

Nominations are open for the inaugural NSW Creative Laureate and NSW Emerging Creative Talent Awards.

The NSW Government initiative aims to celebrate and reward outstanding achievements that help raise the global profile of NSW Creative Industries.

Nominations close April 6, 2014.

More information.

Del Kathryn Barton announced State Street Learning for Life ambassador

Del Kathryn Barton with young Gallery visitors in front of Robert Owen’s Cadence #1 (a short span of time) 2003

COFA graduate Del Kathryn Barton has been announced as the State Street Learning for Life ambassador.

The new program, launched by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, will increase the number and variety of educational programs at the gallery over the next three years.

Del Kathryn Barton said “I am delighted to be the ambassador for this important and creative partnership and will use this new role to encourage as many people – particularly young people – to experience art in the hope that this will inform and enhance their lives. I passionately believe that involvement in the arts including the visual arts has wide-ranging benefits for young people throughout their entire life”.

More information.

COFA staff discusses Biennale boycott on Radio National

COFA’s Associate Prof. Joanna Mendelssohn discussed the Biennale of Sydney boycott with Harold Mitchell on Radio National over the weekend.

Artists recently boycotted the Biennale of Sydney over sponsor Transfield Holdings and its links to offshore immigration detention centres.

Listen here.