The expanding drawing field

A recent show in Sydney was The Tim Olsen 2018 Drawing Prize at UNSW Art & Design AD Space.  The Tim Olsen prize has been running since 2001 and is supported by the Olsen Gallery. Entrants are selected by a panel of lecturers and come from Postgraduate, Honours and Undergraduate students where drawing is a notable part of their practice. The media range from AV to rice to more traditional pencil drawings.

Sydney’s Archibald prize exhibition

The annual prize fest of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes  at the Art Gallery of NSW, offers a rich diversity of Australian art practice. First awarded in 1921, the Archibald portrait prize reflects how portraiture has evolved since then and the subject matter is an insightful reflection of contemporary life. There is also a Young Archie competition which has mazing works by school children. The Wynne focusses landscape and figure sculpture and the Sulman for best genre or subject painting.

A students life – Melbourne University campus


Located a 5/10 minute tram ride from the CBD, Melbourne University is a densely packed and rich educational environment. The University ranks first  Australia and number 33 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016). The degree programs have also been recently restructured – it’s been stream-lined with fewer overall study areas but still includes a great diversity of areas to major within those bands. This is more consistent with many international, educational approaches.

And it’s a great place to walk around, it’s so densely built but managing to squeeze in, or allow for pockets of outdoor spaces. The diversity is as much in the people that you see there as in the physical environment. One of the more recent additions

is the John Wardle Architects. “The design by John Wardle Architects (Melbourne) and NADAAA (Boston) has received numerous awards in testament to its commitment to sustainability and green architecture”. There are so many intriguing glimpses through, around and into different parts of the building and glimpses of innovative use of materials abound. There are also numerous classic, 1960’s and 70’s retro landscape spaces as well as ones from the original Victorian period of the university’s establishment in 1853.