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Graduates finalists in the William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2014

Shoufay Derz, Ashes upon the moon #2 (detail), 2014, from the series Ashes upon the moon, pigment ink-jet print, 67 x 82 cm. Courtesy: The artist.

Four graduates are finalists in the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2014.

Shoufay Derz, Cherine Fahd, Owen Leong and Sarah Mosca are all finalists in the prize, which promotes excellence in photography.

The winner of the $25,000 first prize will be chosen from 48 finalists and announced on September 4 at the Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria.

The finalists exhibition runs from September 4 – October 12, 2014.

COFA student Fiona Lowry wins 2014 Archibald Prize

Fiona Lowry, Penelope Seidler (detail), acrylic on canvas, 225 x 185 cm

Congratulations to COFA Master of Fine Arts student Fiona Lowry who has been announced the winner of the 2014 Archibald Prize for her portrait of architect Penelope Seidler.

Lowry painted Seidler at her iconic house in Killara, which she designed with her late husband Harry Seidler in the 1960s. Lowry’s paintings are made using an airbrush in a soft colour palette.

The $75,000 Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s most prestigious and is awarded to the best portrait painting.

This is the third time Lowry has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize, last year with her portrait of Shaun Gladwell and in 2011 with her portrait of Tim Silver.

The finalists exhibition is exhibited alongside the Wynne and Sulman prizes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, which all feature work from various COFA alumni.

The exhibition runs from July 19 to September 28, 2014.

Alexie-Glass Kantor announced Encounters curator, Art Basel Hong Kong

Master of Art Administration graduate Alexie-Glass Kantor has been announced as the curator of the Encounters sector for Art Basel Hong Kong which will take place 13- 17 March, 2015.

Encounters was previously curated by Yuko Hasegawa, chief curator of Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art. It presents sculptures and installations from leading international artists.

Glass-Kantor is a specialist in art of the Asia Pacific region and is the executive director of Artspace, a board director of NAVA and the deputy chair of the Contemporary Art Organisations of Australia.

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COFA alumni finalists in Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2014

Fiona Lowry, Penelope Seidler (detail), acrylic on canvas, 225 x 185 cm

Congratulations to our students and graduates who are finalists in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2014.

Fiona LowryJason PhuWendy SharpeJoanna BraithwaiteMariola Smarzak and Mike Barnard are all finalists in the Archibald Prize. The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s most prestigious, awarded to the best portrait painting.

Tim Silver is a finalist in the Wynne Prize. The Wynne Prize is awarded for the best landscape of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists.

Henry Curchod and Fiona Lowry are finalists in the Sulman Prize. The Sulman Prize is given to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.

The finalists exhibition opens 19 July and runs until 28 September, 2014.

Brown Council’s Bella Commission at the MCA

Brown Council, Performance Art (Group Action) (still) 2014, single-channel video, sound. Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia for the Jackson Bella Room, 2014. Image: Courtesy and copyright the artists.

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s National Centre for Creative Learning commissions an artist every year for their Jackson Bella Room.

Artist collective Brown Council, made up of COFA graduates Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Kelly Doley and Diana Smith were commissioned for 2014.

Brown Council created Performance Art, a work that transforms the space into an immersive and interactive performance ‘funhouse’ designed to be both accessible and stimulating for young people with specific needs.

It encourages viewers to become performers and collaborators in the production of the work and explores the creative possibilities of simple body based actions.

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UNSW launches learning to teach online MOOC

Educators can now learn to design and teach their own online and blended courses with the launch of UNSW’s newest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Coursera platform.

The course, Learning to Teach Online (LTTO), begins on July 28 and is based on award-winning educational resources developed at COFA.

Simon McIntyre, lead instructor and COFA Learning and Innovation Director, said that the course aims to help educators make a leap from their current practice to teaching online in a way that’s meaningful to them.

McIntyre, a pioneer of online learning for art and design courses, said one of the distinctive features of the free eight-week course is that it offers a personalised approach which allows students to determine their learning pathway based on personal goals and situations.

The LTTO MOOC is aimed at teachers and prospective educators in higher education, K-12, community colleges, and vocational or private education.

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Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize 2014

Printmaking studio, COFA.

Entries are now open for the The Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize 2014.

The prize is an annual acquisitive art award presented to an Aboriginal visual artist over the age of 18, born in New South Wales or living in New South Wales.

The prize money totals $40,000 and includes an Aboriginal Arts Residency Award which the winner will undertake at COFA.

More information.

Entries close August 1.

O-Week: July 23-25 2014

New and returning students are encouraged to attend O Day on Thursday July 24 during UNSW O Week.

It features Degree Program welcomes from academic staff, tours of the campus and library, heaps of opportunities to meet people and is a positive way to commence your academic study.

Go on a campus or library tour, play ping pong, visit stalls, get a free lunch or attend a computer workshop!

See the O-Week brochure for information on the Semester 2 2014 activities.

For more details see UNSW Getting Started-Orientation.

Shaun Gladwell wins Shirley Hannan Portrait Award

Shaun Gladwell, 'Portrait of Meyne Wyatt/Black Digger'

COFA graduate Shaun Gladwell has won the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award 2014.

The award celebrates realistic portraiture and was judged by Dr Sarah Engledow, Curator and Historian at the National Portrait Gallery.

Gladwell won $50,000 for Portrait of Meyne Wyatt/Black Digger, a diptych of Aboriginal actor Meyne Wyatt as a black Digger in Army uniform costume.

The finalists’ exhibition is on until July 5 at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery.

Melissa Chiu named director of the Hirshhorn Museum

Melissa Chiu

COFA graduate Melissa Chiu has been named director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington.

Chiu was the founding director of Gallery 4A in Sydney (now 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art) and has served as the director of the Asia Society Museum in New York since 2004.

In her new position, Chiu will oversee 50 staff and an international collection of nearly 12,000 paintings, sculptures and photographs.

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