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.
In 2022 Kudos will live on as a super exciting satellite program with;
Kudos Off Site: pop-up exhibitions and public projects.
Kudos Online Exhibitions
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!
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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.
Kudos has been pivotal in helping to develop students' artistic and professional skills. Often a springboard 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.
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 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 separate 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 practitioners.