Current & Upcoming Activities

The new Dobell Drawing Prize will run in alternative years to the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, affirming the Dobell Foundation’s commitment to continuing the development of drawing as a medium in its own right, and a fundamental element of the visual arts. The inaugural exhibition at the National Art School of The Dobell Drawing Prize will take place from 28 March to 25 May 2019.

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With a generous gift from the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, Museums & Galleries of NSW offers $40,000 in funding to one NSW regional gallery per annum. The program will run for up to 6 years, with funding targeted towards the development and delivery of curated exhibitions that significantly support artists, extend public appreciation and engagement with the visual arts and expand curatorial skills and creativity.

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Presents new work by Australian artists that find a connection between drawing and the moving image.

In response to images found in art history, archives, newspapers, cinema and online, the artists in this exhibition use drawing to reanimate history, in a process that involves imagination, fabrication and the repurposing of prior sources.

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The Foundation funds two intensive weekend drawing workshops annually, each for 20 Visual Arts teachers from schools in regional NSW. Professional staff from the National Art School travel throughout the state to conduct the courses. Teachers from isolated areas are able to refresh their skills, share ideas and debate issues with their peers. The workshops have a multiplier effect with the Visual Arts teachers returning to their students with new ideas and techniques.

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Each year the Foundation funds the Dobell Drawing School at the National Art School. The course provides a rare opportunity for year 11 students from regional NSW and outer metropolitan areas of Sydney to develop their drawing and visual perception skills. The course is run by practicing artists/teachers from the National Art School in central Sydney.

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