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Explore undergraduate and Honours degrees in Visual Arts, Design, Animation & Moving Image, and Art Theory; and postgraduate and research degrees in Fine Arts, Design, Curating & Cultural Leadership, Animation & Visual Effects, and Simulation & Immersive Technologies.

Congratulations to this year’s Jenny Birt Prize recipient, Keroshin Govender, for their work ‘Vatsala and Marimuthu’.

Govender’s artwork was created using a combination of screen-printing, sewing and felting, and explores the “blurry edges of categories of people and critiques nationalistic/xenophobic myths”.

The judges said, “Govender’s work stands out for its sophisticated use of materials and processes to draw out a range of multi-layered narratives, connecting with complex diasporic histories and experiences from the Global South. The materials carry their own resonances and meanings, which are complemented by layers of imagery to highlight the interconnections between personal, familial, and cultural histories.”

The 20 nominated works nominated for the prize can be viewed in our online exhibition.

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We’re so incredibly thrilled for alum Laura Jones who has won the 2024 Archibald Prize!

Laura was awarded the $100,000 prize for her portrait of acclaimed author and conservationist Tim Winton. A four-time finalist, she said upon accepting the coveted prize: “This is a life-changing moment for me. Tim is one of the world’s greatest novelists and also a tireless advocate for the environment. He is an inspiration to me as both an artist and as a human being.”

Image credit: Winner Archibald Prize 2024, Laura Jones 'Tim Winton', oil on linen, 198 x 152.5 cm © the artist, image © Art Gallery of New South Wales, Diana Panuccio.

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We are overjoyed to see so many students, staff and alumni announced as finalists for the 2024 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, with 20 entries nominated across the three categories.

The winners will be announced at The Art Gallery of New South Wales on Friday 7 June. Good luck to all of the nominees!




Image credit: David Eastwood, Swathe 2023, oil on polyester, 91×122 cm.

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World-class facilities in Sydney's creative hub

As a student at UNSW School of Art & Design, you have access to world-class facilities, innovative resources and opportunities to study and work internationally.

Our specialist campus incorporates museum-standard galleries and state-of-the-art workshops, open studios and private workspaces, research and digital labs, lounges and collaboration spaces.

Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.