April 15th, 2014

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.

April 14th, 2014

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.

COFA Campus Map.

April 14th, 2014


Tour leaders on COFA Open Day 2013. Photo: George Popov

COFA is seeking student ambassadors to assist with the marketing of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

The position involves providing accurate information on all degrees offered by COFA, admission requirements, application and selection procedures, student support services and university life to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students.

You will represent COFA at UNSW promotional events, career markets and high school visits, campus tours and more.

Read the full position description here.

To apply, email a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and a CV to Chad Roberts.

Applications close April 29, 2014.

April 11th, 2014

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.

More information.

April 11th, 2014

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, cofa@unsw.edu.au

April 9th, 2014

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.

April 4th, 2014

STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: Electrofringe artist call out

Electrofringe is seeking artists to participate in a one-day program which will take place on October 4, 2014 as part of This is Not Art.

The program showcases new media and electronic art projects and consists of an exhibition, live works, workshops and a live show.

More information and an application form can be found here.

Applications close Friday, May 2, 2014.

April 4th, 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.

April 3rd, 2014

STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: Crown Street Public Art

The City of Sydney is seeking Expressions of Interest for a permanent site-specific artwork to be integrated into the southern end of the Crown Street Village Centre in Surry Hills.

Artists, artist-led teams, curators and collectives are invited to apply. Expression of Interest documents called ‘E0314 Crown Street Village Centre Public Art’ can be found by registering at the City Of Sydney e-tendering portal here.

More information.

Submissions close 11am, Thurs, May 8.

April 3rd, 2014

STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: Thesis Writing for COFA Students

The Learning Centre is holding a Thesis Writing for COFA students workshop which will provide an overview of the thesis writing process, specifically for students whose art practice is a major component of their research.

The workshops introduce students to the traditional components of an academic thesis and then explore the ways in which these structures may or may not be relevant in the context of visual/creative arts practice.

Students are encouraged to reflect on the value that discursively ‘reporting’ their research may have for their creative work, and in terms of their ability to position themselves – historically and professionally – within the art world.

The series is divided into 4 sessions; students should attend all 4 workshops as each is centred on a different aspect of thesis writing. Topics will include:

  • Thesis structures and the idea of art practice as research
  • The function and importance of the literature review
  • Defining, understanding and justifying methodology
  • Academic writing, critical discussion, editing and markers’ expectations

The sessions run on Wednesdays over four consecutive weeks, from May 7-28, 2014. Please note that spaces are limited; you must RSVP in order to secure a spot.

Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Location: Library Seminar Room 209 (Kensington Campus)

To RSVP and for further information, please email Dr. Shivaun Weybury.