Will you be an entrant in this year’s Advocate Art Award?

Centralian Advocate Masthead CMYK for email

It’s time to start getting your entry under way    for this year’s ‘Advocate’!


OK.. so you’re here on our blog so we guess you’re at least considering an electronic entry?  Go on .. it’s really simple! However we still have paper forms here if you’re not quite ready to take the leap!  We will also this year return to entry forms in the Centralian Advocate.  A  few of you told us you missed them last year.

First up, can we suggest that you ensure you are financial (membership lapses each year on July 1) if you wish to obtain the benefits.  Any memberships/renewals received now will carry into next year.  But membership isn’t compulsory to enter unless you are an ex-resident of Central Australia.

Make a start with your art and then come back here soon when you have settled on your work and submit your entry. You can find the details on the top drop-down menu above under the Advocate Art Award.

Details and Entry click here

We have a number of new sponsors this year but the Centralian Advocate remains our major sponsor.

The Central Australian Art Society turns Fifty

Yes, we’re 50 years old!

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

Exhibition opens this Friday! Everyone’s Welcome!

Please join our member Rachelle this Friday if you can find your way through The Gap!

Rachelle  says:

“Come on opening night for drinks and nibbles, or Saturday any time between 10am and 10pm!

Campfire in the Heart:

Lot 8204 Ragonesi Road

Alice Springs NT 0871

Phone 08 8952 6607

Walk in the Art, 2012

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!

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

Open for Business!

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.

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The Members’ Exhibition will be open again next weekend 2nd & 3rd June from 10AM to 5PM.

Art Society Opens new Art Shed

President Ron Talbot at Crispe Street shed site

6 years ago the Art Society’s shed on Crispe St was burnt down. Now, after a lot of hard work by the members, it is again open for action. Continue reading