Adelaide Central School of Art

Is moving to the Glenside Cultural Precinct adjacent to the Adelaide Film Studios in mid-May 2013.

Lost City Festival 2013

Lost City 2: Worlds Of The World a multi-genre music and visual arts festival was held in Adelaide for the second year on February 1-3, 2013. After a successful first year in Adelaide's historic Queen’s Theatre, featuring an eclectic lineup of overseas, interstate and local music and visual artists, Lost City returns to North Terrace.

Hot enough

In November 2012 a new book Hot Springs: the Northern Territory and Contemporary Australian artists by Daena Murray, former curator at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, was launched at Nomad Art in Darwin. It can be ordered from Nomad Art.

First Biennale in India

Three Greenaway Art Gallery artists, Santiago Sierra, Ariel Hassan and Hossein Valamanesh participated in India’s first Biennale the Kochi-Muziris Biennale which opened on the 12/12/12. Valamanesh and Hassan’s work drew large crowds.

First Basel in Hong Kong

The first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong is taking place May 23-26, 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

You Imagine ... a new leaf

The 2014 19th Biennale of Sydney: you imagine what you desire curated by Juliana Engberg will be moving into autumn, 21 March - 9 June 2014.

If you were to live

The 5th Auckland Triennial opens in May at Auckland Art Gallery and seven additional sites. Curated by Hou Hanru, If you were to live here... includes work by more than 35 New Zealand and international artists, collectives and architects.

Perth Festival lights up

British art collective Greyworld activate Perth’s newest dynamic public space Brookfield Place. Known for his dynamic kinetic light mobiles and installations, Ross Manning creates incredible optical phenomena. In Kings Park, Jim Campbell’s Scattered Light morphs into a three-dimensional screen projecting city life.

Talking Kaldor #27

Brisbane-based artist collaborative Clark Beaumont will participate in the upcoming Kaldor project 13 Rooms from 11-21 April 2013, alongside Damian Hirst, John Baldessari, Joan Jonas, Xavier Le Roy, Laura Lima, Xu Zhen, Tino Seghal, Allora & Calzadilla, Simon Fujiwara, Santiago Sierra, Roman Ondak, and Marina Abramovi. The project involves ‘living sculpture’ works within 13 rooms to be built inside Pier 2/3, Walsh’s Bay, Sydney and is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Beisenbach.

Mersey Bluff

The Devonport Regional Gallery has commissioned professional artist Ross Byers to construct site specific sculptures at the Mersey Bluff in Devonport in January 2013.

Future write

The Writing Project featuring artists, writers, designers and curators from around Australia was launched at FELTspace gallery in Adelaide’s CBD.

Dobell Prize 2012

Gareth Sansom is the winner of the Dobell Prize for Drawing 2012 for his work, Made in Wadeye, a suite of 20 drawings in ink, lead pencil, graphite, coloured watercolour pencil, felt tipped pen, ball point pen, egg tempera, earth and collage.

McClelland Sculpture Award 2012

Greg Johns has won this year’s coveted McClellan Sculpture Award with his work At the Centre (There is Nothing). Judged by Deborah Edwards, Senior Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Greg’s work was selected from an outstanding field of 35 finalists to take the $100,000 acquisitive award.

Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award

The recipient of the 2012 Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award is Marian Hosking. The prize of $30,000 was awarded to Ms Hosking for her work Clearing. For this year’s Award, fourteen Victorian artists were asked to develop works that explored the theme of “containment”.

Fleurieu Art Prize 2013

Nigel Hurst, Director and Chief Executive of Saatchi Gallery in London, will judge the 2013 Fleurieu Art Prize. Hurst will visit Adelaide and South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula region for the opening of the month-long, biennial event, beginning on October 26, 2013.

Flying Kangaroos

Qantas Foundation announced the winners of the 2012 Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award. ACT Chris Carmody - inter-disciplinary (abstract, observational and conceptual art), QLD Daniel McKewen- digital media, NSW Jess Olivieri and Hayley Forward – performance, sound, video, dance and installation, NT Min Wong – site-specific installation, video and photography, SA Heidi Kenyon – sculptural installation, TAS Mich Meijers and Tricky Walsh – inter-disciplinary?(drawing, sculpture, moving image and sound and performance), VIC Susan Jacobs – drawing, sculpture, performance and video, WA Andrew Varano – sculpture, model-making, video and writing.

2013 Sidney Myer Creative Fellows

From regional Western Australia to Brisbane, from Sydney to Melbourne and Adelaide, the 2013 Sidney Myer Creative Fellows have been breaking boundaries and contesting the future of their artforms in film-making, classic composition, stage direction, art and technology, literary non-fiction, art curation and performance. The 2013 Sidney Myer Creative Fellows are Sophie Hyde, Chris Kohn, Marco Marcon, Paul Stanhope, Maria Tumarkin, Matthew Whittet, Danielle Wilde. The successful Fellows were chosen from a wide field of high calibre nominations on the basis of two criteria: outstanding talent and exceptional professional courage.

Times Two

Carriageworks doubled visitor numbers for the 2012 calendar year to more than 220,000 visitors. A new ticketing initiative will be launched in 2013 that will see all ticketed events in the program offered at a flat rate of $35 per ticket. Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah attributes the significant boost in attendances to the robust 2012 program that included partnerships with the Sydney Festival and the Biennale of Sydney.

Sydney Contemporary,
20-22 September 2013

Created by the co-founder of the hugely successful ART HK, Sydney Contemporary responds to the demand for a significant art fair in Sydney. Showcasing 60 – 80 leading Australian and international galleries, and includes curatorial partnerships with two of Sydney’s most innovative not-for-profit visual arts organisations, 4A and Artspace.

This is real

Docweek: Celebrating Documentary, Adelaide. 25 February – 3 March 2013. A week long celebration of documentary film at the Mercury Cinema, Palace Nova Cinema, AC Arts, the State Library and other city venues including the Zoo.

In Tasmania

The redeveloped Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) will open on 15 March. New spaces and old spaces resound. The entire history of the building has been incorporated into the new building, the roof has been raised in the Zoological Room and sections of the Bond Store previously closed have been opened up. Opening exhibitions include Shaping Tasmania: a Journey in 100 Objects, a survey of work by printmaker Ray Arnold and of colonial painter William Charles Piguenit.


• Max Delaney has left MUMA to become new Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the NGV.

• Therese Kenyon has retired as Director of Manly Art Gallery & Museum and Jackie Dunn has taken over.

• Chris McAuliffe has left his position as Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art to pursue his own projects.

• Cathy Keele has resigned from her position as CEO of the Australia Council.

• Mary-Jane Richardson has won the inaugural CIBO-AEAF residency at the British School in Rome.

• Terence Maloon, former Senior Curator of Special Exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, is the new Director of the Drill Hall Gallery and the significant ANU Art Collection.

• Hetti Perkins has been appointed to the Board of the Museum for Contemporary Art, Sydney.

• FELTspace’s Polly Dance is the new Director of Constance ARI (once inflight ARI) in Hobart.