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, it is my privilege to witness the unique and remarkable creative talent emerging from
UNSW School of Art & Design in our graduate showcase, the A&D ANNUAL.

As one of Australia’s largest, most dynamic and diverse art, design, and media schools, our graduate
showcase reflects a range of innovative, experimental, and interdisciplinary approaches to creative
practice and research.

This year we celebrate the work of more than 150 practitioners graduating from our Bachelor degrees
in Fine Arts, Design and Media Arts, alongside our Master of Art and Master of Design graduates. In
2021, our students exhibit new work across UNSW Galleries, as well as online in an extensive digital

After another very difficult year for studio-based teaching and learning, the achievements of this
year’s graduating class are especially noteworthy. We are very proud of how our graduates have
navigated these challenges, approaching their studies with resilience, skill, and perseverance, and I
would also like to acknowledge the efforts of our teaching staff.

Our graduates are a testament to the importance of creativity, critical thinking, and resourcefulness
during times of uncertainty. The outstanding work they have produced demonstrates the capacity for
art and design to impact our world, as they respond to the social, technological, and environmental
issues of our time.

Congratulations to all our graduating students, and I wish them the very best as they move forward to
become the next generation of creative leaders, contemporary artists, designers and digital media
creators, both in Australia and overseas.

Professor Edward Scheer, Head of School, UNSW Art & Design


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Logo design

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