The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand is the national professional body for Australian and New Zealand art historians. Its membership is comprised principally of academics in art and design, postgraduate students, artists and designers, and gallery and museum curators.


Annual conference

The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand holds an annual conference each year.

The 2018 conference will be held at RMIT University 5th-8th December 2018

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The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art (ANZJA) is the principal refereed art-history journal for Australia and New Zealand. It is published twice a year and features research from art history, art theory, museum studies and art practice as well as a book and exhibition reviews.

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Book and Journal Prizes are awarded at the conference and are keenly awaited by delegates and the publishing sector. These are the only prizes across Australia and New Zealand to focus on art-historical studies, museum catalogues and monographs.

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Annual Conference

In 2018 the AAANZ Conference will be taking place in Melbourne, at RMIT University from the 5th to the 8th of December.

Check the conference homepage for upcoming information.

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Join or Renew Now  to enjoy the full membership benefits for 2018, including access to two issues of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art (ANZJA) as well as regular updates concerning events and news relating to art and art history in the region.

2017 AAANZ Prizes

2017 Best Book Prize:











Susan Best, Reparative Aesthetics: Witnessing in Contemporary Art Photography, Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2016.


Ian McLean, Rattling Spears. A History of Indigenous Australian Art, Reaktion Books, London, 2016.


2017 AAANZ Best Anthology Prize

The Legacies of Bernard Smith: Essays on Australian Art, History and Cultural Politics, edited by Jaynie Anderson, Christopher Marshall and Andrew Yip, Power Publications, Sydney, 2016.


2017 AAANZ Best Small Exhibition Catalogue Prize

Black White & Restive: Cross-Cultural Initiatives in Australian Contemporary ArtNewcastle Art Gallery, curated by Una Rey, Newcastle, 2016.


2017 AAANZ Best Large Exhibition Catalogue Prize

Ann Shelton: Dark Matter, Auckland Art Gallery, curated by Zara Stanhope, Auckland 2016.


2017 Best Art Writing by an Indigenous Australian Prize

Steaphan Paton, ‘Generalised, homogenised, colonised,’ in Ngujarn and Nakun: Belonging in the Other, Koori Trust, curated by Steaphan Paton, Melbourne, 2016, pp. 4-17.


2017 Best Artist Book Prize

Gail HastingsMissing: Four Sculptuations by Gail Hastings, Pigment Publishing, Sydney, 2014.

Ana Paula Estrada, Memorandumself-published, 2016.


2017 Best University Art Museums Catalogue Prize

Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2016.


Nicholas Mangan: LIMITS TO GROWTH, Monash University Museum of Art in conjunction with Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane) and Kunst-Werke Institute for contemporary Art and the Sternberg Press (Berlin), Melbourne, 2016.


2017 Best Writing in the ANZJA Prize

Una Rey, ‘Women’s Business: Cross-cultural collaborations in remote Indigenous Art Centres’ ANZJA, 16.1 (2016), pp. 39-54.


2017 Best PhD Prize

Awarded to Jennifer Blunden, The language with displayed art(efacts), University of Technology Sydney, 2016