Australian Cartoonists' Association NSW Functions

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The Australian Cartoonists' Association, NSW's Chapter, (ACA-NSW) is proud to announce that its next official function will consist of a number of talks followed by a banquet dinner at an Italian Restaurant.

Note that this event is open not only to ACA Members and their families but also to anybody happy to come and learn about the ACA, anybody keen on cartooning in general or anybody keen to meet other artists.

Latest News: The ACA Board has upgraded the status of our humble ACA-NSW dinner as a full blown "ACA President's Dinner". What it means is that you'll have to sit through another speech! (Just kidding). It means that we'll have the honour of having Jules Faber, ACA President, in attendance...

  • Sunday 8th of March 2015, ACA Autumn 2015 Function: 5pm to late:

    Location: Il Bolognese restaurant (150 Pittwater Road, Gladesville NSW 2111):

    5:00pm to 5:30pm: Talk by Dr Jay Harley: "Doctor Jay's Cartoon Portraits" has been a major focus of creative expression for the past decade or so, although drawing cartoon portraits is something Jay has done for over forty years. Attracted also to the humanities and media, she has balanced this trilogy with academia. She is qualified in counselling, coaching, broadcasting, training, theology and teaching, but has never had an art lesson. A published author, Jay is an occasional speaker in relation to things criminological, in which she holds a doctorate. Approaching 'three score years', she's still churning out the caricatures, and doing the odd role in films, but is also embarking on another love, film making. As she says on her website (, she's still wondering what she's going to do when she grows up.

    5:30pm to 6:00pm: Talk by Thomas Campi: Born and raised in Ferrara, Italy. After 6 years in China , he's now based in Sydney, Australia. He's been drawing comics for over 15 years, his work has been published in Italy, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Brazil, Korea by several publishers such as: Sergio Bonelli Editore (Italy), Ediciones La Cupula (Spain), Adonis/Glenat (France) , Le Lombard (France-Belgium), Dupuis (France-Belgium), Munhakdongne (Korea), amongst others. His latest graphic novel "Les Larmes Du Seigneur Afghan", script by the RTBF (National Belgian Television) reporter Pascale Bourgaoux and Vincent Zabus, published for Dupuis Editions in 2014 has been recognized with the PRIX COGNITO as Best Reportage Graphic Novel at the Belgium Book Fair, it has also been nominated as Best Graphic Novel for the PRIX FRANCE INFO. In May 2014 he's received the international SPECTRUM GOLD COMIC AWARD.

    6:00pm to 6:30pm: Talk by Mark Dixon: (Scenic Artist) Incorporating the fun of art into a career in film, television, theatre and display. Paint, sculpture, illustration. Finishes

    6:30pm to 7:00pm: Talk by Vicki White: Vicki White is a figurative painter whose practice considers the mysterious enigma of the emotional state of the human psyche. She explores how pictures convey feelings & embody memories, through our shared experience of joy, elation, longing, loss & melancholy. White works from life, & integrates a cinematic/theatrical process in the construction of her paintings, gathering props & models in the studio, directing the 'action' to dramatise the symbolism inherent in the imagery she depicts. Interpreting personal stories from the absurdist drama called life, the intimate nature of her work is redolent with metaphor & meaning. These stories become universal stories, inviting the viewer to inhabit the psychological space within the paintings, & to contemplate the references to the delicate shifts & balances within the human condition. Photography has long formed part of White's oeuvre as well, serving as a means to 'play' with the real life drama unfolding around us all. 'Painting' with digital technology has become a way to respond to ideas as they form in the midst of her living. With a background in Graphic Design, White returned to study, completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts & a Master of Art in Painting, from the College of Fine Art University of NSW, (now UNSW Art & Design), graduating in the 1990's. She is involved in Artist Run Initiatives in Sydney, participates in group exhibitions & self initiated projects through Tinpot Studio, a creative collective based in St Peters. Recent projects include exhibiting in The Ice House Gallery in Holland Park London, an artist run space supported by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea's Parks Service. She has been an invited exhibiting artist in group shows at NG Gallery in Sydney & The Manning Regional Gallery in NSW, returning for a solo show there in her home town of Taree, & has won a number of awards & commendations throughout this time.

    7:00pm to late: Pre-set banquet dinner, $30 a head (2 types of pasta, 2 types of pizza, salad, coffee), BYO alcoholic drinks (no corkage fee). The fee for kids having dinner with us is $20 per child.

    After dinner speech by ACA President Jules Faber: Jules will talk about the Australian Cartoonists' Association and what's in store for the club this year.

    Drinks can be purchased at the bar of the restaurant, but at an additional cost NOT covered by the $30 a head fee for the dinner itself.

    As it is a pre-set dinner, if you have special dietary requirements, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can enquire about alternative options with the restaurant and ensure you'll have a nice dinner with us...

    To book your spot or ask questions, email me at

    NOTE: This is a catered event, and I'll need to let the restaurant know the exact number of people coming for them to buy & prepare the food. To that effect, be aware that if you have to cancel with less than one week notice, you may still have to pay otherwise, I'll have to pay for you to cover the cost. The best thing would be maybe to pre-pay, but we can discuss when you book by emailing me.