We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and the Ngunnawal people who are the traditional owners of the land Arc AD, Kudos Gallery and AD Space share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to elders, and past, present and acknowledge that this will always be Aboriginal land.

Since 1998, Kudos has been host to some of Sydney's most innovative and dynamic artists, designers, curators and writers, creating a bridge between students at UNSW Art & Design and the broader arts community.

Between 1998 - 2020 Kudos was Kudos Gallery at its physical site housed in No.6 Napier St, Paddington, a professional off campus exhibition space. Kudos Gallery hosted between 10-20 exciting shows from students, alumni, and all kinds of emerging creatives. With it’s doors always open to showcasing experimental concepts Kudos Gallery was host to a wide range of unparalleled public programs, workshops, buzzing opening nights, performance nights, and much more over the years

The gallery saw students come through the doors as visitors, volunteers, exhibitors, curators, and critics and find on their way out the creative tools to take with them to develop their emerging arts careers.

Sadly, at the end of 2020 Kudos bid farewell to it’s physical home at no.6 Napier Street Paddington, due to a number of reasons, but including the financial and structural impacts of the global pandemic on our organisation. 

The decision to close our Paddington premises will allow Kudos to continue to evolve and adapt to the needs of our artists, designers, curators and writers in our present time and context. This decision will enable Kudos to prioritise opportunities for our artists, designers, writers and curators, and to provide a more accessible and sustainable future of Kudos.

In 2021 Kudos will live on as a super exciting satellite program with; 

  • Kudos Off Site: pop-up exhibitions and public projects. 

  • Kudos Online Exhibitions 

  • Kudos Shop 

  • Public Programs and workshops 

  • Kudos Archive Project 

  • Kudos Emerging Artist, Designer, Critic and Curator Awards 

  • Three Foot Square exhibitions 

  • Kudos Committee and professional development Arc Art Start volunteer program. 

We’re going to continue what we do best which is providing dynamic opportunities for students to find their local arts communities and to kick start their emerging arts careers. 

Kudos has always been the launchpad for arts students, and a safe place to play, experiment, test, and share creative ideas, and will continue to be so now and into the future. Thanks for your patience as we figure out what this new shape looks like and begin to build its foundations! 

Register your interest here to get access to our 2021 program! You will be the first to get direct access, updates, call out applications, and more right to your inbox.

Our History

Since 1998, Kudos Gallery has been host to some of Sydney's most exciting artists, curators and writers and continues to be a fertile ground for provocative concepts, innovative technologies and cutting edge art forms and styles. 

Come and check out what the next ground-breaking generation are up to! It is free to visit an and all are welcome. Kudos Gallery is Arc @ UNSW Art & Design's largest service, it is a professional off campus exhibition space run by UNSW Art & Design students and funded by Arc @ UNSW Limited. The Gallery is run by students for students where anything and everything can (and does) happen.

Kudos Gallery has been pivotal in helping to develop students' artistic and professional skills. Often a spring-board for students as they develop their practice within their community, and take with them the necessary skills and portfolio they need to further their emerging career.

Over the years Kudos has provided dynamic opportunities for students to volunteer, intern or join the committee whether you're studying Art Theory, Curation, Design, Fine Art, or more! Kudos Gallery developed the White Cube program as a short-term volunteer program in which students get hands-on skills involving install, opening night, marketing, gallery minding, opening, closing, artist liaising and more.  

In 2001 Kudos Gallery held the first Emerging Artist + Designer Award and it has been continuing since. With winning artists including; Alana Cotton, Eva Nolan, Athena Thebus, Sabella D’Souza, Claudia Nicholson.

Since 2014, Kudos Emerging Artist and Designer Awards have had an independent prize guest judged by a prominent woman in the arts. This was established by Tess Allas and Miranda Samuels. Recipients have included; Claudia Nicholson, Marcia Swaby, Sabella D’Souza, Naomi Segal, and Isobelle Lowe.

In 2015, Kudos went through a significant upgrade of the gallery. All walls are now floating and are made of up one layer of plywood with a layer of plasterboard, these are used to play around with extra wall space, to create rooms, or seperate exhibitions.

In 2016, the gallery introduced the Early Career Curator Award (ECCA), creating an opportunity for emerging curators to develop a curatorial project over the year, with an exhibition outcome staged at the gallery later in the year. Additionally, Kudos introduced the Emerging Critics Award (ECA), where a critic is paired with a coming exhibition and is tasked with writing a critical essay in response to the show and developing a public program. 

Since 2017 the gallery introduced a performance night, Kudos Live, and presented performance practices on and off-site, both student and non-student, in an end of session party environment. Kudos Gallery has hosted a range of public programs and regularly hosts install and AV workshops for students and public. 

At the end of 2020 Kudos Gallery bid farewell to its physical gallery site at no.6 Napier St Paddington. As of 2021 Kudos will live on as a dynamic satellite program with its same aims of providing an experimental creative space for students and emerging practioners.

Exhibition Program.

Check out our Current exhibition program and browse through our extensive archive!

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Public Programs

Browse our current and upcoming public programs! You can also check out our past programs.

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Kudos Emerging Artist & Designer Award

The The Kudos Emerging Artist + Designer Award is an annual award by Arc @ UNSW Art & Design that seeks to recognise, nurture and support innovation and talent across all disciplines at our campus.

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Early Career Curator Award

the Early Career Curator Award a prize open to the public awarding one curator the opportunity to develop an exhibition for Kudos Gallery through a sustained mentorship Program.

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Emerging Critics Award

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Kudos Committee

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