Advocate Art Award 2017

Entries for our major annual exhibition have been open here for several weeks. Use the pull-down menu above, or follow the link here to enter online and familiarise the key dates and Conditions of Entry. This year we welcome back many continuing great sponsors and two new sponsors. We are proud to welcome Yeperenye Shopping Centre  who will sponsor the People’s Choice Award ($1200) and Batchelor Institute, sponsor of the $800 ‘Places’ Prize. Please support our sponsors, whose logos appear below, where-ever possible.


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.

Artback NT has great pleasure in inviting you to an exhibition event this weekend.

Tobias Richardson our current Artist-in-Residence has been based at the CAAS Art Shed the past month making a new body of work.

Join us for morning tea this Saturday from 10.30am for an artist’s talk and exhibition preview.artback-ntinvite1For those that can’t make it this weekend or would like to engage further, Tobias will host an Open Studio on Tuesday and Wednesday next week between 10am and 4pm. See you there!



Kind Regards

Jo Foster, Manager Visual Arts Development and Touring

Monday – Thursday

Artback NT | PO Box 4582 | Alice Springs NT 0871 | (08) 8953 5941 |


From the President, June 2016 


Greetings to members,

It has been a delight to welcome the new members to the CAAS Committee and I am looking forward to their contribution as they bring new initiatives and energy to the development of CAAS.   I hope that you, the members, will get behind the initiatives coming out of the committee by supporting and participating in activities whenever you can.  Look out for activities such as En Plein Air sessions and Art Evenings to name a few.

A new storage shed has just been erected at the rear of the CAAS headquarters.   After some serious submission writing, our Treasurer Steve Anderson managed to secure the funding and then quickly got the builders onsite to erect this new facility.   The shed will provide well-needed storage space and as a result, relive some of the pressure within the main facility.

I hope by now that you have your Advocate Art Award entry finished and have already entered.  Entries close at 5pm on Friday the 15th July.   Drop-off and pick-up details are on the entry form.  To enter follow the prompts in the drop down TABs above, or pick up an entry form at one of the art supply outlets in town.  This is the major event on our calendar and so we urge you to enter.  It is a fantastic opportunity to have your work displayed in the wonderful Araluen gallery and indeed to sell your work or win an award.  Please make sure that you read all of the entry rules carefully and please avoid listing the selling price well above market value.  If you need any advice over the price of your work or have any other questions regarding the Advocate Art Award, then please don’t hesitate to contact the Art Society.

I wish you every success with your entry.

Happy in Art

Ron Talbot,