The Annual

The largest showcase of contemporary art and design graduates in Australia.

Still image from artwork Jiaying Qian, 'Modina' 2023. Photo credit: the artist.

The A&D Annual is Australia’s largest national showcase of graduate art and design, launching a new generation of creative practitioners from UNSW.

Featuring works from one of Australia's most dynamic and diverse art and design schools, the A&D Annual includes interdisciplinary practices across 3D visualisation, animation, ceramics, drawing, experience, furniture, graphics, installation, interaction, jewellery, moving image, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, visual effects, and more.

  • Eligibility

    All students graduating from School of Art & Design coursework programs in 2024 can participate in the exhibition and/or website.

    To be eligible, you must be completing all coursework in your program in 2024. Exceptions can be made if you have 6-12 units of credit in Electives, General Education or Professional Experience (PEP) remaining.

    To be included in the exhibition, you must be available onsite at the Paddington campus for the duration of the exhibition. This includes the installation period between 25 November – 2 December, and to pick up your work from 16–17 December 2024. You are also required to commit to a single 4-hour invigilation shift during the exhibition’s public opening hours.


    To be included in either the exhibition or the website, you must register online.

    The registration portal is currently open and will close at 11.59pm Monday 12 August (Week 12, Term 2) for 3rd year graduates, and 11.59pm Monday 30 September (Week 4, Term 3) for Honours and Masters graduates. Late entries submitted after the deadline via email will not be accepted.

    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.

    If you are confused about what is required in this form, please contact Galleries & Curatorial Assistant, Emily Roebuck at

  • 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 high-quality images of your work, and links to your personal website and/or Instagram account.

    Submission of at least one high-quality 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 last year's website to understand what is involved.

  • The Annual exhibition will be presented across the Paddington campus from 4 – 15 December 2024. Venues include UNSW Galleries, AD Space, A-Block, Black Box, and the campus courtyard.

    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 across multiple sites throughout the Paddington Campus. You may need to be flexible and will need to work with your course advisors to plan for the best presentation of your work in this context.


    The gallery/space coordinators will design and install the exhibition in consultation with your course convenors. You will be notified of a specific date, time, and location to deliver your work between 9am–5pm from 25 November – 2 December 2024. You will likely need 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 a 1080p H264 format MP4 files. Single-channel video works may be displayed on a show-reel. Based on your submission, UNSW staff will book AV equipment via the Resource Centre or UNSW Galleries on your behalf. Please keep in mind that completing the registration form does not guarantee any equipment or installation requests.


    All works must be collected on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 December 2024 between 9am–5pm. Works will not be released before these dates. It is the responsibility of all students to re-package and collect their works. Any works not collected on these dates will be disposed of.

  • Registration Deadline

    3rd Year Deadline: 11.59pm Monday 12 August 2024

    Honours/Masters Deadline: 11.59pm Monday 30 September 2024

    Installation Period

    25 November – 3 December 2024

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

    Opening Party

    5–9pm Wednesday 4 December 2024

    Exhibition Open to Public

    4 – 15 December 2023

    Deinstallation Period

    16 – 17 December 2023

  • Catherine Woolley, Curatorial & Public Engagement Officer
    Emily Roebuck, Gallery Assistant

Header image: Jiaying Qian, Modina 2023  

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.