Check out the latest news from the NAS community, updated regularly with alumni, staff and student achievements and profiles, NAS Gallery exhibitions and information about events in the Cell Block and wider campus grounds.

​NAS rated Australia’s top institution for educational experience in 2016

The National Art School has achieved the highest student satisfaction rating of any Higher Education provider in Australia with 96.9% of students satisfied with the overall quality of educational experience as measured by the Australian government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2016 Student Experience Survey (SES).

NAS Alumnus wins major Sculpture Prize!

Congratulations to alumnus Mark Booth who has been named the Sculpture at Scenic World Blue Mountains 2017 Major Award winner, taking home a $20,000 cash prize for his artwork, Jellybean.Rising - described by the judges as 'a polished work that blended seamlessly into the natural surroundings”. The exhibition continues until 7 May.

Kevin Connor Book Launch

The National Art School was thrilled to launch the definitive book on Alumnus and Fellow, Kevin Connor. We were privileged to have the Hon. Don Harwin, Minister for the Arts launch the book - it was a wonderful celebration of such a special member of the NAS community.

Rayner Hoff Lecture at State Library of NSW

As part of the The State Library of New South Wales Bitesize Lunchtime Talk's, NAS Archivist and Historian Deborah Beck will be speaking about Rayner Hoff, revealing the man behind the memorial. Wednesday, 5 April, 12.30-1.30pm.

NAS alumnus star of Art Basel Hong Kong

NAS alumnus Coen Young has been described as the breakout star of Art Basel Hong Kong. Vogue Australia discusses Young's presence in Hong Kong, describing him as 'an Australian artist to continue to watch'

New Short Course Program

We have just launched our new short course program for July-December 2017. Check out this article by ArtsHub which explores the trepidation around taking a creative leap. Our courses are designed for all abilities and interests - so go on, be brave and try something new!


The National Art School is very fortunate to have an extraordinary sculpture made by master sculptor Rayner Hoff in 1920, in the NAS Collection desperately in need of restoration. Thanks to your generous donations so far we have raised 25% of the funds needed.

Ryan Hoffmann at Liverpool Street Gallery

Alumnus Ryan Hoffmann has a new exhibition, ‘Air’ opening at Liverpool Street Gallery tomorrow, 18 March. Rebecca Gallo describes Hoffmann’s work in her catalogue essay, ‘Objects cut through air, thrusting into the void, a parabola carved out from a wall and into space. Air is held within, around an object. The object takes up space to create awareness of it.’ On view until 5 April.

Launch of Rayner Hoff: The life of a sculptor

Last night the National Art School was privileged to have the wonderful Barry Humphries open the exhibition Rayner Hoff: life and art and launch the highly anticipated biography ‘Rayner Hoff: The life of a sculptor’ by NAS archivist, historian and lecturer Deborah Beck. The crowd was filled with Hoff’s family, his students and friends in the very space where he created the magnificent artworks he is renowned for. Don't miss the exhibition on view until 22 March Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm.

Vale Syd Ball

The National Art School is greatly saddened to hear of the death of former teacher and renowned artist Sydney Ball. Syd taught at the National Art School from 1970 -1973 and leaves a legacy that continues to impact artists now.

Maryanne Coutts at Australian Galleries

Head of Drawing, Dr Maryanne Coutts has a new exhibition, 'Jostle' explores how crowds that gather to admire, witness and celebrate are a particular type of social interaction. Focussing on collected faces, Coutts describes disparate identities drawn to events and occasions with expressions that respond to the ebb and flow of the mass, while possessing individual personality and reaction to a common emotion. Opening 7 March until 26 March.

NAS Student leads public art tour

As part of Art Month Sydney, City Art are running a guided tour through the City of Sydney’s public art collection where you can discover the best hidden public artworks! Lead by current NAS third year student, Cameron Stead, the tour covers Taylor Square, Oxford St, Hyde Park, Martin Place, Chifley Square, through to the CBD, and into Circular Quay.

Belle ArtStart Prize

NAS alumni Phoebe Halpin and Anna May Henry have won second and third prize in the Belle ArtStart prize. The Belle ArtStart prize recognises emerging artists aged between 16-25, and the winning works will be featured in the May issue of Belle Magazine. Congratulations Phoebe and Anna!

Art Month at NAS

8 March 6—10.30pm
Art at Night is back again at the National Art School. Come and visit the Cake Wines Art Bar when you have finished all your gallery hopping through East Sydney!

NAS Life Drawing Club is back

The NAS Life Drawing Club is back for 2017! Join our friendly community of people who love drawing from life models. No experience necessary or long-term commitments, pay as you go and draw at your own pace.

Appointment of new National Art School Director

We are pleased to announce Mr Steven Alderton as the new Director of the National Art School. Steven will take up the role in late February before the commencement of the 2017 academic year.

New exhibition at S.H Ervin

The many facets of NAS alumna and Fellow Margaret Olley are examined in the new S.H. Ervin Gallery's exhibition ‘Margaret Olley: Painter, Peer, Mentor, Muse.’

Stephen Bird in Edinburgh

Ceramics lecturer Stephen Bird has a new exhibition opening in Edinburgh. ‘Transported’ features work from Stephen Bird and Roger Law; spanning three continents and bringing together two very different visions of the world.

Opening Hearts

Current MFA Student Penny Ryan has been championing a heartwarming project which will culminate in the installation, Opening Hearts. Over the past six months Penny has been running workshops where over 400 people have made 1468 ceramic human hearts representing the number of people in detention on Manus Island and in Nauru.

NAS Second Year Student wins Bookplate Design Award

Congratulations to Current Second Year Student Justin Watson who has won the New Australian Bookplate Society's Bookplate Design Award.

Paddington Art Prize

Congratulations to Painting Lecturer Rodney Pople, winner of the 2016 Paddington Art Prize.

Megan Seres wins the Doug Moran Portrait Prize

Congratulations to NAS alumna Megan Seres, winner of the 2016 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

Dr Stephen Little - New Exhibition

Head of Painting’s Dr Stephen Little has a new exhibition Red Planet at Kronenberg Wright Artists Projects.

Sculpture by the Sea turns 20!

Don't miss the opening weekend of Sculpture by the Sea. This famous exhibition is celebrating its twentieth year with many of the NAS community.

Nana Ohnesorge at Galerie Pompom

In her new exhibition ‘Dark Light’ at Galerie Pompom NAS alumna and Painting lecturer Nana Ohnesorge continues her quest to highlight Aboriginal people and culture in a series of portraits and narrative paintings.

New exhibition at Defiance Gallery

Save NAS: A celebration of the National Art School is the latest exhibition at Defiance Gallery.

Anwen Keeling at Liverpool Street Gallery

Painting lecturer Anwen Keeling’s new exhibition at Liverpool Street Gallery Wonderland marks a dramatic departure from Keeling’s previous practice.

John Olsen at the NGV

The work of NAS Fellow and alumnus John Olsen AO OBE is the subject of a new retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award

The NAS Ceramics Department absolutely cleaned up at the Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award!

Alumna wins Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

Congratulations to alumna Lucy O’Doherty who has been awarded the highly prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial

The second Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial at the Art Gallery of New South Wales brings together the work of six contemporary Australian artists whose practice is connected by narrative, memory and experience.

Clay Intersections at Australian Design Centre

Alumna and current ceramics Lecturer Tania Rollond is part of a new exhibition of contemporary ceramicists at Australian Design Centre called Clay Intersections.

NAS Artist in Residence Ramesh Nithiyendran

A new installation by Sydney-based artist Ramesh Nithiyendran featuring five large-scale ceramic sculptures made at NAS commissioned specifically for the National Gallery of Australia opens in Canberra.

NAS Appoints Michael Lynch AM CBE

NAS is pleased to announce that Michael Lynch AM CBE will be taking up the position of Interim Director in September for a six month position.

Solid Ground Students at NAS

The National Art School is proud to partner with Carriageworks and Blacktown Arts Centre on the Solid Ground Initiative as the official Education Partner of this important program. Recently in the school holidays we welcomed these students on our campus.

MFA Student Shireen Taweel at Gaffa Gallery

Current MFA student Shireen Taweel has a solo exhibition at Gaffa, Rhythms of the Ritualistic is an exhibition of sculptural works made from sheet copper.

Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes

Congratulations to the NAS community who are finalists in the 2016 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes.

Alumna wins prestigious Photography Award

Alumna Justine Varga wins the 2016 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award.

Fiona Hall commission for new war memorial

A new public artwork by Fiona Hall inspired by military service in NSW and its legacy will form part of the centrepiece of the new Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park.

Elisabeth Cummings in 'Ann Thomson & Contemporaries'

Once called 'the invisible woman of Australian art' by art critic John McDonald, at 81, Elisabeth Cummings has never been more prominent or more successful.

Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form

Currently at the Museum of Contemporary Art is Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form which includes NAS alumnus Jumaadi.

NAVA Interview with Harrie Fasher

National Association for the Visual Arts interviews NAS alumna Harrie Fasher about the impact of her receipt of the 2015 NAVA Windmill Trust Scholarship.

ABC Interview with Guy Warren

NAS Fellow and Alumnus Guy Warren is one of Australia’s most important and oldest working artists.

National Day of Action

Art changes lives. At the National Art School we have the privilege of seeing this every day - our students are the artists of tomorrow and we care about their future. In Australia, the arts employ more people than agriculture, construction or mining and the creative industries generate $50 billion for the Australian economy.

Cross-Cultural Exchange

The Guangxi Arts Institute (GAI) in Nanning, China recently invited NAS sculpture lecturer, Gary Deirmendjian to a deliver a series of talks and discussions on his practice and his long engagement with art in public and shared space.

The Saatchi & Saatchi Exhibition 2016

This annual exhibition in the offices of Saatchi & Saatchi Australia presents artwork by a selection of National Art School BFA graduates from 2015.

2016 Fellows

On Thursday 12 May, the National Art School honoured three eminent Australian artists for their outstanding careers and contribution to the visual arts community. Vivienne Binns OAM, Kevin Connor and Janet Mansfield OAM were announced as Fellows of the National Art School.

NAS at Vivid

Make sure you look out for works by two of our recent graduates, Aly Indermühle (with husband Balthasar Indermühle) and Jamie Bastoli, whose light works will be displayed as part of the festival in the Rocks and around Circular Quay.

Bulgari Art Award

NAS Drawing Lecturer Jude Rae has won the prestigious Bulgari Art Award, consisting of $50,000 for the acquisition of her winning painting ‘SL 359’ into the AGNSW collection and a residency in Italy valued at $30,000.

Alumni at Deloitte

Art Pharmacy Consulting recently worked with Deloitte to curate the Playing with Perspectives: New views from emerging artists exhibition. Including works by NAS Alumni Marta Ferracin and Elyssa Sykes-Smith.

Fiona Hall at NGA

NAS Alumna and Fellow Fiona Hall's remarkable Wrong Way Time exhibition from the 2015 Venice Biennale has recently opened at the NGA to critical acclaim.