Eye Opener:
Rayner Hoff and the National Art School

Wednesday 15 March
1—2pm, Black Theatre

Dedicated to promoting sculpture as a major art form in Australia, the talented and charismatic sculptor Rayner Hoff arrived in Sydney from England in 1923 to take up a teaching position at East Sydney Technical College. Within three years, he had re-organised the art department, named it the National Art School, introduced a 5 year Diploma Course, and established the first School of Sculpture in Australia.

He also set up the first library at the NAS, supported the first theatre group, and played a pivotal role as a member of the Artists’ Ball committee in Sydney.

To coincide with the launch of her new biography of Rayner Hoff and an exhibition of his work in his former studio at the NAS, Deborah Beck will reveal the extent of Hoff’s extraordinary influence on his students and the art world of Sydney in the 1920s and 30s.

Many previously unseen photographs of Hoff and his students working on the Anzac Memorial sculptures in his studio will be shown, and there will also be an opportunity to visit the exhibition Rayner Hoff: Life and Art in the Rayner Hoff Project Space in Building 11.



L-R: Harold Cazneaux, Rayner Hoff at East Sydney Technical College, 1924 (Detail) Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales. Rayner Hoff dressed for the Artists’ Ball, ‘Fairy Tale Night’, 1933. Photo courtesy Henstock family