Past Exhibitions

Grounded: Contemporary Australian Art

Exhibition Dates: 18 August — 14 October 2017
Opening Hours: Monday—Saturday, 11am—5pm
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Grounded is a major National Art School exhibition featuring work by artists Mitch Cairns, Karla Dickens, Newell Harry, Jumaadi, James Nguyen, Addison Marshall, Joan Ross and Justine Varga who have all studied at the School. While they have this in common, it is the depth and breadth of concepts that distinguishes their practices and this exhibition. They each bring unique and courageous approaches to their work, original and experimental thinking and attitudes to art and culture that have contributed to their accomplished careers. Curated by Judith Blackall, the exhibition is presented across both floors of the Gallery. Some artists are presenting ambitious new works, while others provide insight into the artist’s processes and studio practice, through rare rarely seen works, displays of sketchbooks and working drawings important for both reflection and creative development, an aspect that is at the core of the National Art School’s approach to learning and creativity.

Image: Karla Dickens, WW (Warrior Woman 9), WW (Warrior Woman 12), WW (Warrior Woman 13), 2017

EuroVisions: Contemporary Art from the Goldberg Collection

3 June — 5 August 2017

Presenting work by 38 international artists, EuroVisions encompasses a vibrant cross-section of leading tendencies in contemporary art. Conceptual approaches, innovative thinking and a sense of history inform these artists’ practices. The majority of works have been produced only in the last five years and are on view publicly for the first time in Australia.

Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2017

28 March — 20 May 2017

Guest curator Callum Morton has selected some of the country’s brightest contemporary art stars who will in turn nominate one emerging contemporary artist to participate in the exhibition. This pairing of established and emerging artists seeks to encourage mentoring relationships between different generations of artists.

Rayner Hoff: Life and Art

9—22 March 2017
Rayner Hoff Project Space, Building 11

Rayner Hoff was a talented and charismatic sculptor who established the School of Sculpture at the National Art School in 1922. He is best known for his major sculptures adorning the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, but he also designed the original Holden lion logo, won the Wynne Prize in 1927, and was considered the most gifted – and controversial – public sculptor in Australia at the time.

​Vernon Ah Kee: not an animal or a plant

7 January — 11 March 2017

Presented in association with the Sydney Festival, this exhibition by internationally renowned Australian artist Vernon Ah Kee is a thought-provoking portrait of black/white political issues, attitudes and ideologies. Through masterful drawings of his forebears to text-based installations and paintings, Ah Kee delivers provocative investigation of contemporary Australian culture.

Luminous World: Contemporary Art from the Wesframers Collection

4 January — 27 February 2016

Luminous World presents a selection of paintings, photography, barks, Lorrkon hollow logs and ceremonial objects by Australian and New Zealand artists drawn from the Perth-based Wesfarmers Collection.

William Wright: Visions Through Disbelief

.29 March — 16 April 2016

This exhibition brings focus to the life and work of William (Bill) Wright AM, the Australian curator, director, artist, writer and teacher, who throughout his life made significant contributions to the Australian and international art world.

​The Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

14 March — 14 May 2016

The Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize is an annual exhibition and acquisitive award presenting recent work by Australian and New Zealand artists

Ann Thomson & Contemporaries

27 May — 23 July 2016

Ann Thomson is a Sydney-based artist with a distinguished career spanning more than six decades. This exhibition focuses on her creative investigation that incorporates abstraction and figuration. Her work is both compelling and enigmatic, ranging from gestural compositions and collages to large-scale paintings, sculptural assemblages and works on paper.

Sixth Sense

19 August — 15 October 2016

In art, sight is the sense most utilised. When other senses are evoked, the experience is invariably heightened. Guest-curated by Djon Mundine OAM, this exhibition presents work by contemporary artists who explore the perceptive experience, or realms of the spirit, through alternative forms and combinations of senses.

​National Art School Postgraduate Exhibition

3—13 November 2016

The National Art School Postgraduate Exhibition celebrates and showcases the achievements of students completing the Master of Fine Art. Featuring a diverse and stimulating collection of artwork for sale by some of Australia’s most promising contemporary artists, working across ceramics, drawing, painting, photomedia, printmaking and sculpture.

​National Art School Graduate Exhibition

1—12 December 2016

Discover the very best emerging talent from students completing the Bachelor of Fine Art. The exhibition showcases cutting edge contemporary artworks from students working across ceramics, drawing, painting, photomedia, printmaking and sculpture, as well as a comprehensive studio show with hundreds of works located throughout the School’s historic sandstone campus.