On March 12 1963, a group of keen Alice Springs artists got together in the old High School Library (now Charles Darwin University campus) to form the Central Australian Art Society. Little did they realise that what they created that day would be a thriving entity some 50 years on.
Opening Night of the 1975 Caltex Northern Territory Art Award held in The Residency, Alice Springs. Foreground L to R: Bob Dalby (CAAS President), Sen. Bernie Kilgariff, Judy Cassab (twice winner Archibald Prize), Mark Farmer.
Not withstanding the burning down of our headquarters some years ago, CAAS has a surprisingly good set of archives that go way back to the 60’s. Searching through these records recently made me feel rather honoured to be a part of such an organisation. So much has been achieved over the years and the dedication and hard work of previous members is very evident. Continue reading →
The concluding unique event at our annual Advocate Art Award is the ‘Walk’ where artists share with interested members and visitors aspects of their art practice and exhibit. To close, afternoon tea was kindly provided by our committee member Françoise and daughter.
The People’s Choice Award, to the value of $1200 was shared between Sheriden Appel and Jenny McFarland for their popular metal sculpture entry titled “Summer’s Bluff”. Congratulations to both Sheriden and Jenny.
We wish to sincerely thank Nathan King, Exhibitions Officer at Araluen who not only curated the exhibition but conducted the ‘Walk’ when at the last-minute our president Ron fell ill.
Finally the Special Voters’ Prize, the painting generously donated by Papunya Tula Artists was won by Henry Smith. Congratulations Henry!
We are happy that so many of you joined us for the recent Opening. It was a great success! Thanks to so many for your support. We are grateful for the ongoing support of the Minister for the Arts and Museums, Hon. Gerry McCarthy who opened our new building and exhibition and for the support of the Deputy of the Administrator, Mrs Pat Miller AO.