Roy Ananda

2001 Graduate
Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours

After completing Year 12, Roy studied full-time at Adelaide Central School of Art, graduating in 2001. He is now a professional practising artist and Head of Drawing at the School. He is currently a Masters by Research candidate at the University of South Australia.

‘While Adelaide Central School of Art seemed to mesh with my adolescent romantic notions of what an art school should be, it also defied my expectations (in the best possible way) and extended my thinking in ways I could never have predicted. Blending intellectual rigour and a collegiate atmosphere, the school challenges and supports its students in finding their own authentic language of art-making.

The passion and enthusiasm of the teaching staff was palpable and infectious. The sense of community was incredibly strong and led to the forging of life-long friendships and professional relationships. The education I received at the School facilitated a smooth transition into professional practice.’

Key achievements in his career include: participation in Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and in Australian Drawing Biennale at Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra, both in 2004; receiving the 2010 Qantas Foundation Art Award, which facilitated research trips to the US, UK and Germany; and the major solo presentation, Slow crawl into infinity, at the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in 2014.

In 2015 he was named the recipient of the MF & MH Joyner Scholarship in Fine Arts, facilitating post-graduate study (Masters by Research at UniSA), and contributed work to CACSA Contemporary 2015, a survey of South Australian contemporary art. The work from this exhibition was subsequently purchased by ArtBank. In 2016, Roy received a $40,000 grant from the Australia Council for the Arts for a major new project in 2018.

Roy's works will be included in Divided Worlds, the 2018 Adelaide Biennial at the Art Gallery of South Australia.