Venue Hire

The Cell Block Theatre is a grand historic space in the heart of Sydney. Hidden behind a wall of hand-hewn sandstone, the Venue and the sheltered campus grounds around it are available for hire.

Weddings, cocktail and dinner parties, product launches and brand activations, conferences and seminars, and photoshoots, filmmaking, concerts and performances — every event held in the venue is enhanced and rendered unforgettable by the setting.

Inside, the 10 metre high sandstone walls create the awed ambiance of a cathedral, an ambiance intriguingly inflected by its history as the women’s wing of the old Darlinghurst Gaol. The cells that held notorious criminals such as Kate Leigh, the “Queen of the Underworld”, have been removed, cut away to create a vast space adaptable to any use, but their presence remains visible upon the imposing walls.

Outside, the adjacent courtyards and the Gallery Lawn provide additional open air entertainment space. The stone wall that makes the grounds an oasis of calm in the city also provides privacy to your event and guests.

"The Cell Block looked amazing which added to the ambience of our event. To have our Penfolds Bins release in such a historical building gave the event the wow factor no other venue could have achieved. If only these walls could talk."
Doreen Ventura – Penfolds

For bookings please note:

The National Art School is currently working with the City of Sydney to define permissible use of Cell Block Theatre – particularly in relation to external venue hire. During this time, NAS is only able to place dates on hold for potential events. NAS has submitted a development application to the City of Sydney and is expecting to receive determination from Council by the end of February. At this time, events currently on hold can only be confirmed once this development application has been approved.

For those waiting for confirmation - we will be in touch with any updates or determinations as they come through.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience, If you would like to talk through any concerns please call our Events and Venue Hire Manager Julie on 9339 8658.


+61 2 9339 8658

Photo: Dominic Loneragan Photography

Venue Hire Information

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View our Pinterest boards for styling inspiration:

Darlinghurst Gaol Board

Weddings Board

Events Board

Videos Board

360 degree view

See below for a 360 degree view of the Cell Block and surrounding areas through Google Street View:

Cell Block

Cell Block Courtyard