A&D Annual Graduate Exhibition

You are invited to participate in the A&D Annual 21 Graduate Exhibition

Annual Graduate Exhibition artist live performance

The A&D ANNUAL is the largest showcase of graduate contemporary art and design in Australia.

Presented online and at the Paddington campus from 7–18 December 2021, it is an opportunity to share your work with a broader audience, and celebrate your achievements.

Each year, prizes are awarded to outstanding Art & Design graduates, including the TWT Excellence Prize supported by the Bridging Hope Charity Foundation which includes a $3,000 bursary and artist studio at St Leonards Creative Precinct for a year.

  • Eligibility

    All students graduating from School of Art & Design coursework programs in 2021 can participate in the exhibition and/or website. This encompasses all undergraduate single and double degrees, as well as the Master of Art and Master of Design programs.

    To be eligible, you must be completing all coursework in your program in 2021. Exceptions can be made if you have 6-12 units of credit in Electives, General Education or Professional Experience (PEP) remaining.

    If you are planning to continue your studies next year with Honours, we recommend you participate in the 2022 A&D ANNUAL.


    To be included in either the exhibition or the website, you must register online. The registration portal will open Monday 23 August 2021, and closes 11.59pm Sunday 17 October 2021. Late entries submitted after the deadline via email will not be accepted.


    If you are confused about what is required in this form, please contact Curatorial Assistant, Catherine Woolley: c.woolley@unsw.edu.au.

    For further details on what you need to submit for the website or how to propose work for the exhibition, please read the information below.

  • The ANNUAL Website is an opportunity to represent your practice through an online profile. This profile includes a 100 word statement about your practice, 1–5 images of your work, and links to your personal website and/or Instagram account.

    Submission of at least one image is mandatory to be included in the website, and a maximum of five images will be accepted. These images do not need to be the finished work you are planning to exhibit, they just need to be indicative of your practice. Any images or statements supplied must be your own work, and must not infringe copyright.

    Explore the 2020 ANNUAL Website to understand what is involved:

  • The ANNUAL Exhibition will be presented at the Paddington campus from 7 – 18 December 2021.

    When proposing work for exhibition, please keep in mind that the A&D ANNUAL is a group show that accommodates works from a large cohort of students. Space is limited, so please only propose modest work for inclusion.


    UNSW Galleries staff will design and install the exhibition. You will be notified of a specific date, time, and location to deliver your work between 24 November – 3 December 2021. You may or may not be requested to be onsite during install.

    Students with 2D artworks must deliver their work with a suitable hanging system or D-rings attached for display. Students working in moving image should encode videos as an H264 format MP4 file. Video works may be displayed on a show-reel, and students requiring AV resources may be requested to borrow this equipment from the Resource Centre (4D Hub) or Computing Services Unit (CSU). Please keep in mind that completing the registration form does not guarantee any equipment or installation requests.


    All works must be collected on Monday 20 or Tuesday 21 December 2021 between 9am–5pm. Works will not be released before these dates. UNSW Galleries will not be responsible for the packaging of works. It is the responsibility of all students to return borrowed equipment.

  • Registration Deadline

    11.59pm Sunday 17 October 2021

    Installation Period

    24 November – 3 December 2021

    (Students will be notified of specific dates to deliver work)

    Exhibition Open to Public

    7 – 18 December 2021

    Deinstallation Period

    20 – 21 December 2021

  • UNSW Galleries

    Karen Hall, Exhibitions Manager
    Catherine Woolley, Curatorial Assistant
    Tim Silver, Exhibitions Coordinator

  • The A&D ANNUAL has been generously supported by the Bridging Hope Charity Foundation since 2017.