Advocate Art Award, 2019

Congratulations if you have entered the prestigious ‘Advocate Art Award, 2019’.

Delivery of entries: (Late deliveries may not be accepted.)


  • Dates: Monday 22nd or Tues 23rd July,
  • Venue: Gallery 1, Araluen Arts Centre, Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs.
  • Time: between 10:00am and 4:00pm

Exhibition opens: Friday 26th July – 6:00pm – Araluen Arts Centre

Good luck


(Winner 2018 Advocate Art Award – Rhys Burnie)


Advocate Art Award, 2019 – Last day for entry

The Advocate Art Award, 2019 is here!

  • Entries close on Friday 12th July at 5:00pm
  • More sections to enter. Prestigious prizes.

Exhibition opens Friday 26th July – 6:00pm – Araluen Arts Centre

  • Click here to enter online, or to download an entry form.
  • Deliveries of art work – Monday 22nd or Tues 23rd July, Gallery 1, Araluen Arts Centre between 10:00am and 4:00pm

Winner 2018 Advocate Art Award – Rhys Burnie



A Man and His Hat – Exhibition

A Man and His Hat

The Residency Arts Program is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Alice Springs artist

Betty Davies

Through a series of impressionistic portraits, the significance of the iconic stockman’s hat is presented as a tribute to the bushmen of Central Australia.

‘A hat defines a man in terms of identity and lifestyle, and much careful deliberation goes into the choosing of this treasured item of male attire’

Join us at the Residency for the opening
Sat 1st July at 11 am

The Residency is located on the corner of Parsons and Hartley Streets

‘Summary of Small Things’ – by Carol Adams

Book launch – NT Writers Festival

  • Friday 19th May
  • Olive Pink Botanic Gardens
  • 5:00pm – 5:45pm

You are welcome to come.

  • As we hover over Alice Springs I notice a maze of brown, twisting threads.
  • I bought a sledgehammer to take up some of the concrete path for my stream.
  • This country does that. It empties you of certainties and refills you with questions.

Poetic fragments from the journal of musician and artist, Carol Adams, spanning the closing months of a year in the remote desert town of Alice Springs. Introduced by Dougal Beattie.

Astute observations…. shine through Carol’s diary as she prepares to exhibit her paintings. Her healthy self-doubt is balanced by agile and sure prose that has an inviting, chatty confidentiality. Rod Moss

Published by Ptilotus Press as part of the new Inland Writers Series.
All proceeds to Ptilotus Press which is a small volunteer publishing group, publishing writing from Central Australia.

En Plein Air – Sunday 23rd September, Emily Gap


Sunday’s session was small but highly enjoyable! Maybe a few more will join us next time on October 7th. Details soon.


CAAS En Plein Air, Emily Gap 2012

We are running out of time during the current milder season to share some outdoor artistic and social time together with En Plein Air.  Members and friends are welcome to join us this Sunday at Emily Gap. We will meet after 3PM in the carpark at Emily Gap for some art and a social.  If you are running late look for us scattered about! Bring your art materials as you need.  Emily Gap is outside the Restricted Areas so you are free to bring a vino to enjoy with your snacks that can be as simple or elaborate as you so wish. These we normally share after a time of drawing/painting .. whatever.  Remember a hat, water and a stool. Contact a committee member if you wish to borrow an easel.

En plein air  is a French expression which means “in the open air”, and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif  (“painting on the ground”) in French.

Claude Monet – Painting by the Edge of a Wood (1885)


John Lavery – The Principal Street at Grez (1884)

Emil Orlik – Max Slevogt an der Staffelei im Garten (Neukastell) (1917)

Winslow Homer – Artists Sketching in the White Mountains (1868)


Images from the Wikimedia Commons.            Commons is a freely licensed media file repository.

Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon school and Impressionism. The popularity of painting en plein air increased in the 1870s with the introduction of paints in tubes (resembling modern toothpaste tubes). Previously, each painter made their own paints by grinding and mixing dry pigment powders with linseed oil. The Newlyn School in England is considered another major proponent of the technique in the latter 19th century.

It was during this period that the “Box Easel”, typically known as the French Box Easel or field easel, was invented. It is uncertain who developed it first, but these highly portable easels, with telescopic legs and built-in paint box and palette, made treks into the forest and up the hillsides less onerous. Still made today, they remain a popular choice even for home use since they fold up to the size of a brief case and thus are easy to store.

(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The Advocate Art Award is just around the Corner!

We will contact all entrants to The Advocate on Monday 16th July when we are certain that we have received the closing mail last Friday. Online entries have now closed.

If you claimed the member discount and reduced sale commission, please ensure that you are financial. It isn’t too late to still become a member and obtain the benefits!

Some entrants have sent membership monies but have not completed the membership form (go the the Membership tag above ). Others have claimed membership but are unfinancial. Membership renewal was due July 1.  I will advise further by email on the 16th.

(If you are completing the online Membership form you must complete all the questions with the red asterisk or the form will simply refuse to upload)

There are a couple of important changes to the Award this year that members should be aware of including:

  • Entries are limited to one (1) entry per person
  • Entries close on Friday July 13th (no late entries will be accepted)
  • Entry fee of $35.00 per entry ($30 for CAAS members)
  • CAAS would prefer that you use the On-Line Entry Form (it’s easy!)
  • Entries will be received earlier this year i.e. on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July (not Monday and Tuesday as per previous practice)


Henry’s ‘Slow Burn’

Terra Firma (detail) 60 x 60 cm oil on canvas

CAAS member Henry Smith has a new exhibition opening Friday at Araluen.  The title is ‘Slow Burn’, all members and friends welcome!
Exhibition Opening:  Friday 1 June, 6.00pm, Araluen Galleries
Opening Speaker:  Rod Moss
Exhibition:  Saturday 2 June to Sunday 8 July
Artist Floor Talk:  Saturday 2 June, 11.30am
Araluen Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 4pm