Student work

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Explore the dynamic work and creative talent emerging at UNSW Art & Design through various showcases, festivals and exhibitions. With interdisciplinary practices across animation, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, visual effects, and more.

Animation and Moving Image Festival

Our festival showcases student work in the early stages of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation and Moving Image, with more than 100 student artworks featured online.
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Future Makers

Explore the minds of the next generation of artists, designers, makers and digital media creators graduating from the UNSW School of Art & Design.
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A&D Annual Graduate Showcase

The A&D Annual is the largest showcase of graduate contemporary art and design and an opportunity to share your work with a broader audience and celebrate your achievements.
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Graphic Identities

Featuring work from eight celebrated 20th-century designers, the Graphic Identities exhibition explores the role of visual communication in shaping Australian design culture.
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Jenny Birt Award

For more than 25 years, Jenny Birt has been encouraging and supporting young artists to pursue and build careers as professional practicing artists.
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Tim Olsen Drawing Prize

In collaboration with the Olsen Gallery, the prestigious award celebrates students who use drawing as a significant part of their artistic practice.
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Student galleries

Our network of faculty and student-led galleries encourages experimentation with access to exhibition spaces such as AD space and Three Foot Square. 

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Congratulations to the winner of the 2023 Jenny Birt Award, Jacqueline Jacky, for their work “That Place They Had”.

Jacky’s work is conceptually and materially potent, emblematic of a mature practice that balances ambition with close attention to detail. The artwork is technically well made and realised, with each aspect of the installation carefully considered, including the ‘back’ of the artwork. The artwork speaks to acknowledgement as a social and political structure, while also exploring personal experiences, stories, and histories of Aboriginal identity. Relationships between public and private, colonial and First Nations, are thoughtfully negotiated through the deft handling of materials, processes, imagery, and text. This is a sophisticated work with a nuanced and powerful message.
- Judge's comments

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.