News

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.

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.