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Being a member of the Australian Cartoonists’ Association (Formerly the Australian Black & White Artists Club) keeps you connected with other cartoonists and with what’s going on in the cartoon industry at large.
For the last 90 years, ACA Members have proudly included Australia best cartoonists, illustrators, comic book artists, animators and digital artists who work for newspapers, magazines, production houses and, of course, online.
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Named after Australian cartoonist Stan Cross, the Stanleys are the ACA’s annual awards and conference weekend. They take place in November and feature awards for all categories of cartooning. The annual Stanleys auction raises money for charity.
From 1924, The ACA was known as the Australian Black and White Artists’ Club. Our first objective is to “improve the standing of ‘black and white’ artists in Australia and to stimulate public interest in ‘black and white’ art.” The second objective is “to promote competitions and/or awards with the object of improving the standards of ‘black and white’ art.”
Since 2001 we have been a national organisation of working cartoonists, known as the Australian Cartoonists’ Association with members in every state in Australia.
Each State organises its own social events and meetings. On special occasions a traditional event, Smock Night, is arranged in honour of a long standing member of the cartoonist community who is presented with an artist’s smock signed by as many cartoonists as possible. Exhibition openings, book launches and other occasions fill out quite a varied and busy social calendar.