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Art Class Sydney community achievements and exhibitions, events, in the media, and links to what’s going on in the Sydney art scene.
New Class on Thursday mornings for 2019
Learn to Draw and More – Thursday mornings
Drawing is an essential skill in art making. If you want to learn to paint you need to learn to draw first! As Brett Whitley said ‘Drawing is everything! In this class you will learn to draw from observation with subjects including still life, portrait, interiors, landscape and more. You will learn essential skills in measuring proportion, rendering tone, drawing perspective, composition, texture, line and volume. In this class we will use a variety of media including charcoal, chalk pastel, ink and watercolour. Book now to join the class beginning Thursday 14th February!
2016 Wicked Games Art2Muse (Upcoming -November22 -Dec 5)
Our Director and tutor, Gabrielle Jones will be holding her second solo show ate Double Bay’s Art2Muse Gallery on New South Head Road. The exhibition will be titled, Wicked Games and the official opening is Thursday evening, Nov 24 6-8pm – All welcome!
This painting is entitled, Sins of the Poet, 152 x 122cm Oil on Canvas.
Polly Joannou has won the $15000 Redlands Art Prize in Queensland!
Our Wednesday fundamentals Teacher, Polly Jopannou has won the first prize in the Redlands Art Award in Bundaberg, Queensland, with this artwork, Duplicity. A big Congratulations, Polly! Art Class Sydney is so lucky to have you teach for us.
Polly Joannou awarded the Art Gallery of New South Wales, A Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris residency award.
This is the Second time Polly has been awarded this amazing residency, providing aup to 3 month’s accommodation and studio at this “City of the Arts’ set up in Paris for international standard artists. So proud of you, Polly!
2016 Finalist Fishers Ghost Art Prize
For the third year in a row, Gabrielle has been selected as a finalist in the Fishers Ghost Art prize, and Campbelltown Arts Centre, with her drawing< There Will Be Time, Charcoal and Water Colour.
2016 Short Listed -Kedumba Drawing Award, Orange Regional Gallery
Gabrielle was invited to submit drawings for the Kedumba Award, an invitation only exhibition to display works under consideration for this prestigious drawing collection. Gabrielle submitted two works, Hills and Tussocks (Charcoal and water colour, pictured) and Where Happiness Falls (Charcoal).
2016 Short Listed – Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Ballarat Regional Gallery, Vic
Thrilled to have her work short listed for this prestigious prize. here’s Gabrielle’s Drawing, Untitled I (Pareidolia Series)
2016 Ambience Projects (Featured Artist) Brisbane, QLd
Gabrielle had her first solo show in Brisbane in September this year. Here’s an installation photo of the Exhibition.
2016 “In Abstraction” Curated Exhibition, ARO Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Gabrielle was curated into this exhibition with a few small works and this large one, Terrain (Dark Valley) Oil on canvas, 122 x 152cm
Winner! People’s Choice, Greenway Artprize
Student, Peter Slattery won the people’s choice award for his painting, Urban Cyclists at the 2015 Greenway Art prize in November (below).
Three Students finalists Mosman Art Prize
Congratulations to long term students who have finished their time at ACS – Kate Coyne, Libby Mewing and Margaret Taylor, all finalists in the prestigious $30,000 Mosman Art Prize 2015. These students have excelled in being chosen from a very high quality field of over 850 applicants, where just 125 were hung. Great News! keep on going!
Finalist in Both Drawing and Painting-Muswellbrook $60K Art Prize
Image: Catchment 101 x 101cm Oil on Canvas, Untethered (Last Flight) 180 x 90cm Ink on Paper
Very happy to report that I have been selected in both the Open Painting and Drawing Prizes in the Muswellbrook Art Prize, judged by Anne Ryan, Vurator Australian Prints drawings and Watercolour at the Art Gallery of New South wales. Opening night is on Saturday, 28th February and the exhibition continues until 19th April at Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, Corner Bridge & William Sts, Muswellbrook Open Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm
Weekends 10am – 1pm
Summer in the Blue Mountains, January 2015 – the pics:
Finalist Hornsby Art Prize
Image: Gabrielle Jones, Ancestral Dance, Oil and Spray Enamel on Canvas, 101 x 101cm
Both Gabrielle Jones (Director/Tutor) and student Peter Cook have been named as finalists in the Hornsby Art Prize. The Open Prize is valued at over $6000 and was judged by Brenda May, Gallerist; andLeo Robba and Rew Hanks, both artists. The prizes will be announced on November 22.
Finalist in Fishers Ghost Art Awards
This work, “Untethered (Last Flight) ” 180 x 90cm Ink and specimen pins on Architectural paper, by Gabrielle Jones, Art Class Sydney Tutor, was selected as a finalist in the drawing category at the prestigious Fishers Ghost Art Award.
The exhibition will be held at Campbelltown Arts Centre. Exhibition runs from 25 October to 14 December
1 Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown
Finalist in St George Art Prize – Theme “Transformation”
Gabrielle Jones is very happy to be named a finalist in the St George Art Awards this year, with her painting “Come Tangle with Me” oil on Ply 160 x 120cm. Official prize giving and opening on Friday, 17th October at Hurstville Museum and Gallery
Exhibition continues until:
Sunday Dec 14, 14 McMahon Street, Hurstville
Congratulations! Three Students Selected in Hunters Hill Art Prize
Students Peter Cook, Therese Briggs and Karen Macdonald all had paintings selected in the $23000 Hunters Hill Art Prize. There were almost 450 artists entered approximately 900 art works of which 250 artists were selected and 350 works will be displayed). I was also happy to be selected and to spend time at the opening celebrating with these students. Well done!
Image: Ceramic Trio, Pamela Sandberg
Winner! Student, Pam Sandberg
Pam won the recent Adult section in the Rozelle Amateur Art Prize 2015 for her painting, Ceramic Trio 60 x 60cm in the inauguaral Rozelle Art Fest Art Prize, sponsored by Cindy Kennedy of McGrath Estate Agents.
Congratulations to Students: Linda Farrell, Peter Cook and Libby Mewing Finalists $30,000 Mosman Art Prize
Image: Linda Farrell working on a landscape in class
Three Students -Peter Cook, Linda Farrell and Libby Mewing, from Thursday evening and Friday sessions at ACS – are amongst 99 finalists from over 700 entries in the prestigious $30,000 Mosman Art Prize. The judge for this year’s prize is Felicity Fenner Senior Lecturer and Chief Curator (National Institute of Experimental Arts) at UNSW Galleries, COFA. The award will be announced at a ticketed opening on Thursday evening, 27h July and runs from Saturday July 26 till Saturday September 7th
Mosman Art Gallery, Corner Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Road, Mosman
Images: (Left) Carolyn Painting one of her quirky paintings; (Above) Still lIfe Painting by Libby Mewing
Congratulations to students, Carolyn Reay-Young and Libby Mewing, Waverley Art Prize Finalists
Students carolyn Reay-Young and Libby Mewing have both been selected as finalists in the $5000 Waverley Art Prize, painting section. Both students have been coming at Art ClassSydney for a number of semesters and have been dedicated artists, enjoying their experimentation with new styles and materials, studying master paintings from history as well as those by contemporary artists. However they, like many of our students, are developing their own “voice” in their paintings as the variety of styles selected by judge, Del Kathryn Barton (Twice Archibald Portrait Prize winner). Libby is painting more gestural abstracts whilst Carolyn prefers quirky images derived from collages of pictures sourced in the media and on-line, or juxtaposed items of still life.
ImageL Peter Cook, Almost Home.
Congratulations to student, Peter Cook, Hunters Hill Art Prize Finalist
Our own Peter Cook has had a wonderful term, entering four paintings into the Hunters Hill Art Prize, celebrating its 60th year in 2014. From a field of 600, two of Peter’s paintings were selected as finalists, whilst the remaining two were both selected by the arts committee in the new “Salon de Refusés” exhibition. A mighty effort – we’re very proud of you, Peter!
Art Class Sydney classes –Bigger than ever!
A big welcome to new students Semester 4: Anna, Karen, Kathy, Maureen and Layal on Thursdays, and to Tony and Louise on Thursday evening. Art class Sydney is now bigger than ever with 31 casual and regular students across three classes (Average attendance 6 students per class). So come join the fun: Thursday, Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday classes. Start a new passion, reach a higher level in your work and enjoy the company of a great bunch of people! Enrol Now!
Finalist Korea Australia Art Foundation Art Prize
Image: Wild Valley, 11am; 91 x 83cm Oil on Canvas
Gabrielle’s painting, Wild Valley 11am has been selected as one of 37 finalists in the inaugural KAAf Art Prize. The judging will occur later in the month with presentation to the winner at a gala reception at the Korea Cultural Office in Elizabeth Street on Friday 29th November.
Bring a friend to Art Class Sydney and both of you get two classes FREE
For Term 3 only, bring a friend to class and both of you will receive two classes in the term absolutely FREE when the friend books for the term (excludes return student $50 discount) Pay for eight, get ten classes!
Re-enrol and pay by first class, and receive $50 off the term fees. Ten week term starts Thursday 18th July. Details here.
Finalists Mosman Art Prize
Friday class student, Kate Coyne has been selected as finalists in the prestigious Mosman Art Prize, from approximately 800 entries. The Art Prize runs from Saturday 13th July to Sunday 25th August and details can be found here.
There are two trees – Kate Coyne.
Exhibition – Westmead Hospital
Thursday 17 July till Tuesday 10 October 8
I am exhibiting approximately 30 artworks in the main corridor of Westmead Hospital. There will be a mix of old and new artworks and a donation of 20% of all sales will be made to the hospital. For a complete list of artworks on sale, please contact me.
Open Studio Sunday 7th July
Fancy a drive to the beautiful Blue Mountains? … especially now that the sun is out! I’ll have an open studio as part of the Blue Mountains Artist’s Studio Trail, celebrated with selected artworks on sale and new works on the studio for viewing. The studio is set in the grounds of Wild Valley Art Park where a walk in the surrounds and a coffee await. Pictures of my studio and surrounds can be found here: and the address and a map here
Three paintings selected for New York exhibition
Three of my works have been selected to be shown in an exhibition in New York’s “Exhibition Space” in Long Island City, entitled “The Story of the Creative”. The exhibition showcases multiple mediums from artists representing 100 different countries, chosen from 700,000 members. Exhibition is at: See | Exhibition Space
26-19 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101
25th July to September 7
Belle Magazine features two paintings
Thanks to twice-nominated Residential Interior Designer of the Year, Greg Natale Designs, two of my paintings, “Rock Solid” and “Bondi” were featured in an article about a “Beautiful and Glamorous” renovation of a house in Sydney. The owner loved my work and suggested Greg choose two paintings, which he did and the result can be seen on pages 140 and 142 of an eight page feature in the June July Issue of Belle Magazine. You can see the original images here and here
Comfort Zone Solo exhibition: Danks St Depot 2 Gallery, April/May 2013
A successful and fun night was held for the opening of the solo show, with artists, friends and collectors mingling and thankfully, buying. Two works even sold prior to the installation of the show – from Facebook Images!! Both buyers report being extremely happy with their purchases – Birth of the Poet (RC) went to a Bayside, Melbourne home, whilst Fly Boy flew off to the Sutherland Shire in Sydney.
Finalist: Borough of Queenscliff 150th Anniversary Art Award
Just announced as a finalist, my painting By the Dam will be exhibited in the 150th Anniversary celebration art awards in Queenscliff Victoria. The Exhibition of finalists will be held across three Galleries in Queenscliff: Salt Contemporary Art, Seaview Gallery and Tussock Upstairs from Saturday 4 May to 19 May. If you’re in the area, drop in to see my work at Salt Gallery, 33-35 Hesse Street.
Finalist: $17k Calleen Art Ward
Town & Country, painted in response to a recent move to the Blue Mountains, 2 hours west of Sydney, was announced as a finalist in the prestigious Calleen Art Prize, to be judged by Anne Flannagan, Deputy Director, AGNSW. The painting refers to the blur, joy and necessity of time spent racing to and from my two “homes”. It will be exhibited at Cowra Regional Gallery, 5 May to 16 June, 77 Darling St Cowra. Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10-4pm and Sundays 2-4pm
Finalist: $30k Muswellbrook Art Prize
My painting Comfort Zone has been selected as one of 45 finalists in the Muswellbrook Art Prize. The prize is an open category prize and finalists will be exhibited at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, corner of Bridge & William Streets, Muswellbrook.
When: 24 March – 12 May 2013
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm, Weekends 10am – 1pm; Mondays by appointment only; Closed public holidays; 11am till 6pm Tuesday to Saturday
Biennale of Sydney Sketch Club
Gabrielle was asked to tutor for the 18th Biennale of Sydney Saturday Sketch Club on Cockatoo Island. Over 40 students turned up to see the installations in a new light over two days in early September. The weather was great and so was the Biennale.
Gabrielle Jones, Gaudi’s Curtain, Oil on Canvas, 101 x 135cm
Syndicate Gallery at 2 Danks Street invited Gabrielle to submit her work, “Gaudi’s Curtain” into a curated exhibition called “Animals” in August 2012. The exhibition included works by Brett Whiteley, Sulman winner Rodney Pople, Dobell Drawing Prize winner Suzanne Archer, and Archibald winners Adam Cullen and Lewis Miller.
On the Radio
Dr Lisa Anderson has an arts radio program on Eastside 89.7 FM each weeknight from 6-6:30 pm called: “What were they thinking?”. She interviewed Gabrielle about her painting inspiration, the residencies undertaken and the creative process.
In the Press
For an article on Creative Space, Gabrielle was interviewed by writer/photographer Galia Alena for the American based, Method Press magazine.
The inaugural Exhibition of Student works was held in the quaint Balmain Watch house Gallery, Darling Street, Balmain in March 2012. An enormous number of people turned out to cheer on their friends and fellow students and celebrate their achievements in a professionally curated exhibition which saw some students sell their paintings for the first time. It was such a wonderful event, that we’re planning one every year!
> See some of the work here