Friends of the University of Newcastle 2014 Acquisitive Art Prizes and Art Fair

Viewings: Wednesday 23 July to Friday 25 July 10am – 5pm
Announcement of Prizes: Friday 25 July at 5pm
Commencement of Art Fair sale: Friday 25 July at 6pm
Exhibition continues: Saturday 26 July and Sunday 27 July 12noon – 4pm

Tjunka Lewis Tjunka Lewis untitled, acrylic on box canvas 41 x 51cm, Warakurna Artists, WA.
Courtesy Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney.

The Friends of the University of Newcastle play a vital role in the development and support of scholarships from the University and fundraise consistently for various needs of the University community. The Friends of the University of Newcastle formed in 1981 and have successfully raised nearly $1,000,000. 

This year the Friends of the University of Newcastle are sponsoring an Acquisitive Art Prize of $6,000 and two Student Acquisitive Art Prizes of $2,500 each. The support for these art prizes assists in the growth of the University's Art Collection, a public collection of real significance for our region.

The Art Fair is a biennial exhibition and sale that alternates with the Friends' very successful Book Fair. Both Fairs are major fundraising events that support in many ways our University community and our students. Money raised at the Art Fair supports these prizes and the Friends of the University Margaret Olley Postgraduate Scholarship.

The Art Fair represents a real opportunity to buy work from significant artists at affordable prices.  Works will be on view from Wednesday 23 July with the sale commencing at 6pm sharp after the announcement of the awards.