2016 Advocate Art Award – Call for Entries

Can you believe how quickly it’s come around again? … We are calling for entries for the 2016 Advocate Art Award held again at Araluen Art Centre.

Membership of our society isn’t necessary but we wish to make it attractive for you to take an annual membership:  a lower entry fee and particularly a lower commission on sale of your work. We need you to succeed and achieve a sale! It works for us both and offsets considerable expenses that we incur. All entries must be for sale, however listing a selling  price way above market value in order to avoid a sale is discouraged. Please respect our situation. The other Entry Rules are  described at the application page (read down)

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Applications may be paper based or (preferably) electronic. All details are under the Advocate Art Award  TAB above. Pull down & click the 2016 Advocate Art Award drop-down. Or click this link: Advocate Art Award 2016

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Annual General Meeting 2016 – Sunday, May 29th 3PM

Members and Friends are invited to attend the 2016 Annual General Meeting.

Please join us for a brief meeting to elect a new committee for 2016/17 to be followed by a social get-together. If you wish to join the committee please phone the 2015/16 president Ron on 0466 791 400 or secretary Mark on 0428 478 143 or just turn up!


Where: CAAS Art Shed, 10 Crispe St. Alice Springs

When: Sunday 29th May 2016

Time: 3:00PM

Member Emma Stuart: Hidden Arrernte Exhibition opens Araluen 1st April

Friday the 1st April will be a busy evening for our members and the art community of Alice. Deborah Clarke’s exhibition opens at 5P (details in a post below) closely followed by Emma’s Hidden Arrernte at 6P. A busy night for many! You cannot choose, so you will just have to go to both Openings! They are a short walk apart. Enjoy a wonderful evening.

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Announcing member Deborah Clarke’s exciting new Exhibition …

The exhibition opening 5PM Friday 1st April at Central Craft traces Deborah’s playful engagement with plants over some years. From textiles dyed with a plant based brew on the campfire, to delicately drawn tracings of plant shadows cast by the sun, and more recently to hand made paper using native grasses, each process involves a combination of art, science and serendipity.

Put the date in your diary.

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President’s Report: February 2016

Greetings to members,

I hope that you are all surviving the hot weather without too much trouble. I always feel that I’ve had enough by the time that we reach February and start to have thoughts about why I live here! However, we all know that change is just around the corner and that life will return to normal. We will soon be able to go out into the wonderful Central Australian landscape armed with our art gear without the fear of being fried and frazzled!

In the meantime the CAAS committee continues to meet and is working hard to bring some interesting events to you our members and to the general public.

For example, next Sunday 6th March we will hold a ‘One size fits all’ members’ exhibition at the Crispe Street Art Shed. It’s for one afternoon only from 2-5pm. So please bring family and friends and join us over a glass of wine and nibbles.

The committee is also working closely with the Department of Correctional Services to host this year’s ‘Art Escape’ exhibition that will be open at the Art Shed in Crispe Street on 29th April 2016. This follows last year’s very successful inaugural exhibition of artwork work from the inmates of the Alice Springs prison. So please earmark that date so as not to miss a special event.

This year’s Advocate Art Award will open on 29th July and although that may seem a long time away, I’d encourage you all to start thinking about your entry and to talk to other artists about entering.   This is a chance to have your work exhibited at Araluen and to be in the running to win on of the great prizes on offer.

Speaking of Araluen, I’d like to take this opportunity of welcoming Mark Crees as the new director of the Araluen Cultural Precinct.   CAAS has a long history of collaborating with Araluen and therefore we very much look forward to working with Mark and his team to help bring quality art to our community.

CAAS has been successful in obtaining funds to build a storage shed on our grounds at Crispe Street.   This will help alleviate some of the storage problems that currently exist inside the Art Shed. We will need a hand to clear the site before the builders arrive so keep in contact and we’ll let you know when that working bee in on.

As always, happy art and I look forward to seeing you at the Art Shed!

Ron Talbot


(President’s Reports are not normally posted on the front page and auto generate an email to subscribers. Check here at the beginning of each month: Menu > About CAAS > President’s Reports > Reports: 2015-16)