On passing through the gates in the sandstone walls around NAS you know you are entering a space devoted to a single pursuit — the visual arts. Everyone within the walls shares the same passion. It creates a unique energy that is heightened by the oasis-like ambiance of its historic campus.
The buildings, constructed to serve a gaol, have been repurposed as studios, workshops, a Gallery, Library, Archive & Collection, lecture rooms, project spaces and the famed Cell Block Theatre. The site has been used for education since 1922, and the National Art School, first as the Department of Art of the Sydney Technical College, to its present day independent status, has always inhabited the site.
Artists that teach today’s student were taught by artists who were themselves once students in these very buildings. This continuity of community within this enduring site make the National Art School such a respected and beloved institution.