At Sydney College of the Arts we have an active gallery program of exhibitions featuring works by Australian and international contemporary visual artists and designers, staff, students and graduates.
Our galleries are an important resource and educational platform for students and staff. Through our galleries we offer opportunities to experience the curatorial process, to prepare and deliver an exhibition, and to build professional and academic networks.
The galleries also provide a space for staff and visiting professional artists, scholars and curators to develop, experiment and present research and artistic works to the college and broader arts communities.
By providing access to a range of challenging and innovative exhibitions and events, the galleries contribute signficantly to the public's understanding and appreciation of contemporary art.
At the end of each academic year, we celebrate our graduating cohort and the culmination of their collective research and practice-based outcomes. We invite you to visit us at the Old Teachers’ College to see this year’s Graduation Show and enjoy the work of our students across disciplines.
Works will be on display from studio areas including Screen Arts, Photography, Painting, Printmedia, Sculpture, Ceramics, Glass and Jewellery and Object. In parallel with the exhibition, we are excited to be launching our second online showcase of New Contemporaries as a marker of our students’ achievements.
View the 2021 online showcase.
Recipient Announcement: 6-8pm, Wednesday, 28 September
Exhibition: 29 September - 29 October
The Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship supports SCA graduates who are practicing, professional artists working in any discipline through support for professional development facilitated by travel. There are two scholarship categories; emerging and mid-career/established. Selected by an independent panel of judges, applicants are assessed on their initial proposal and the associated exhibition of the finalists’ work. Recipients in each category will be announced at the exhibition opening.
Judging panel: Andrew Lavery (Co-Chair, Sydney College of the Arts); Danie Mellor (Artist); and Megan Monte (Director, Ngununggula, Southern Highlands Regional Gallery).
Exhibition: 11 August - 10 September 2022
Opening Celebration: Wednesday, 10 August, 6-8 pm
friends, relations, lovers and ancestors is an exhibition focusing on the work of Helen Grace. The project presents a selection of Grace’s films, centering her work in a conversation extended through other contemporary practices. Works by Kay Abude, Sarah Rodigari, Grant Stevens, Leyla Stevens and Shan Turner-Carroll both connect to thematic concerns and technical approaches within Grace’s work and allow us to circle back to consider her extraordinary practice from new perspectives.
This exhibition is staged simultaneously across sydenham international, an experimental art space in Sydney’s Inner West and SCA Gallery. The project is part of SCA Gallery’s annual series partnering with an Artist Run Initiative that highlights the dynamic and collaborative activities of contemporary ARIs and connects the institution to independent projects.
Recipient Announcement: Wednesday, 18 May, 6-8 pm
Exhibition: 19 May - 25 June
Taking place every five years at Sydney College of the Arts and open to all, The David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award encourages interest and excellence in sculpture. This year, SCA is pleased to be able to offer an increased prize pool of $20,000.
The judging panel includes Joyce Hinterding (Senior Lecturer, Visual Art; Sydney College of the Arts); Dr Ann Elias (Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, University of Sydney); Biljana Jancic (Artist); and Neha Kale (Writer and Critic).
Finalists: Sarah Contos, Sasha Grbich, Allegra Holmes, Sarah Mosca, Kenzee Patterson, Robert Pulie, Shireen Taweel, and Brendan Van Hek.
Curated by Salote Tawale
Exhibition: 24 March - 30 April
New date: Wednesday, 27 April, 6-8pm
In-Conversation: Saturday, 30 April, 1-2pm
Dr June Rubis & Artist Tiyan Baker
A park is not a forest brings together artists with intersectional identities whose work draws on their own cultural heritage and the contemporary realities of living in the diaspora.
Featured artists include Tiyan Baker, James Nguyen, Claudia Nicholson, Sione Monu and Marikit Santiago.
Exhibition: 10 February – 5 March 2022
Finissage: Tuesday, 1 March, 6-8pm
The Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship supports SCA graduates who are practising, professional artists working in any discipline through support for professional development facilitated by travel. There are two scholarship categories; emerging and mid-career/established. Selected by an independent panel of judges, applicants are assessed on their initial proposal and the associated exhibition of the finalists’ work. Recipients in each category will be announced at the exhibition opening.
Past recipients include: Yasmin Smith (2020 Established), Kalanjay Dhir (2020 Emerging), Chris Dolman (2019), Penelope Cain (2018), Nick Dorey (2017), Biljana Jancic (2016), Julian Day (2015), Jonny Niesche (2014), Vicky Browne (2013), Mark Shorter (2012), Alana Hunt (2011) and Justene Williams (2010).