UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an importance place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples of the Eora Nation. We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.


The A&D ANNUAL is the largest national showcase of graduate contemporary art and design, launching the next generation of artists, designers, makers and digital media creators. As one of Australia’s most dynamic and diverse art and design schools, our graduate exhibition encompasses installation, animation, digital media and film, visual communication and graphic design, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, sound, furniture and jewellery, textiles, design for social innovation, ceramics and more. In 2021, we are proud to present new work by more than 150 emerging practitioners online and at UNSW Galleries.


Bridging Hope Charity Foundation is passionate about partnering with artists and art institutions to promote art as part of everyday wellbeing. It has generously supported the A&D ANNUAL since 2017.

TWT Excellence Prize

Supported by Bridging Hope Charity Foundation and TWT Property Group, the TWT Excellence Prize is awarded to an outstanding graduate. The prize includes a bursary and studio at St Leonards Creative Precinct for a year.


Supported by Ross Steele AM, the Ross Steele AM Fine Arts Prize is awarded to an outstanding fine arts graduate.


Each year we celebrate the remarkable artists, designers, and media creators graduating from UNSW Art & Design. This year’s graduates have had to adapt, innovate and reimagine their program of study against the backdrop of an extraordinary global event, the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are immensely proud of how our graduates have adjusted to the uncertainty and upheaval of these times, which has radically altered both teaching and learning. The challenges of lockdowns and isolation, moving to and from homes and home countries, the differences in time zones and the technical challenges of communicating via remote learning have been met head-on with resilience and imagination.

In 2020 we are presenting the work of our graduates in an A&D ANNUAL exhibition and accompanying website. Both span digital media and film, visual communication and graphic design, painting, sculpture, photography, and installation, spatial design, furniture and jewellery, textile design, design for social innovation, ceramics and more. It is a showcase of a program of study where experimentation and critical investigation have resulted in inspired outcomes.

Our graduates and this their annual exhibition are a testament to the importance of creativity and resourcefulness in making a positive impact on our world. We wish each of them all the very best.


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Logo design

The A&D ANNUAL 2021 logo was designed by UNSW School of Art & Design student Emma Silwanis.