Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Transposing the Common II - Rodney Pople

National Art School Painting Lecturer Rodney Pople is opening a new exhibition in Shanghai with Zhao Qin on 7 November: Transposing the Common II.

Speaking of his work, Felicity Fenner says, “Our appreciation of historic cultures is influenced by personal experience and perception, by the big and small things that define our place in the world. Foremost among these are religion and sex, which have since the birth of Christianity been intertwined, outwardly denying common ground though inwardly bound by enslavement and temptation. In its citing of altarpiece paintings by Titian and other Western art masters, Pople’s work is a timely reminder that art that speaks of its times must embrace both the sublime and the salacious.”

Born in Australia in 1952, Rodney Pople received a Diploma of Fine Arts (Photography) from the Tasmanian School of Art before undertaking postgraduate studies in sculpture at the Slade School of Art in London and the New York Studio School. He has been exhibiting annually since 1978 and has recently won the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, 2008) and the Parliament Art Prize (Sydney, 2009). His work is held in state galleries, the National Gallery of Australia and prominent private collections, including those of Russell Crowe and Spike Jonze.

The exhibition will be held at the Eastlink Gallery, F5 Building 6, 50 Moganshan Road, Shanghai China and runs until 21 November 2009



Watch students of the National Art School flex their creative muscle as the beautiful
grounds of the historic Darlinghurst Gaol are transformed into hell on earth for Timberlake
Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good. Ghosts of inmates past will be brought to life as the
text explores the brutality of punishment and the redemptive power of Art. A night of
pick-pockets, whores, drunken sailors and gentlemen, but in this burnt-out country are all
what they seem? With the supplies dwindling and a surplus of rum on hand to subvert the
status quo, there will be either metamorphosis or mutiny. A moving artwork directed by
the incorrigible Sarah Enright for the National Art School Theatre Society, this is sure to be
an eye opening night at the theatre!


Reserve your place through Friends of the National Art School.
Ph: 02 9339 8635
The National Art School
Cnr Forbes and Burton Streets
Darlinghurst, just behind Taylor Square


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Monday, October 12, 2009

The Big Draw

Saturday 17 October 10am-5pm

The National Art School is opening its doors for a fun family day where everyone can try their hand at drawing, be that chalk drawing, life drawing or whatever inspires you. See artists at work and join in. This event is part of the City of Sydney's Art and About Festival, and the international Campaign for Drawing.

Events include:

Chalk Drawing - from Forbes Street
Postcard Drawings - NAS Campus cafe
Big Drawing (The Parade) - Forbes Street entrance
Life Drawing - in The Chapel
Site Specific Drawing - outside the NAS Gallery
Animal Drawing (from the Prop Room) - on campus, Building 11

Come along and get creative!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Position Vacant – Head of Academic Studies

This is a pivotal senior appointment for the School as it implements its new strategic direction.

Click here for application information and forms

Thursday, September 17, 2009

National Art School Open Day

Come onto our historic campus and see for yourself what the National Art School has to offer students who wish to extend their practice in the visual arts.

WHEN: Wednesday, 23 September 10am-4pm
WHERE: National Art School, Cnr. Forbes & Burton Streets, Darlinghurst 2010

Hear artist talks, information sessions, take tours of the studios and visit our National Art School Gallery (The 58th Blake Prize will be on exhibition).


Information desks outside Building 25 all day, with staff and students on hand to answer questions.

10.00am Cell Block Theatre

Opening address and welcome
Registration desk for open Studio Tours led by students

Building 25 (til 1.00pm)
Drawing class with Carole Griffin “Drawing The Portrait Head”

10.45am Studio Tours commence

12.00pm Tours end in NAS Gallery to view 58th Blake Prize Exhibition

2.00pm Cell Block Theatre

Art Forum Talk with Leslie Rice
Winner of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2007), graduate of the
National Art School and Tattoo Artist

2.00pm Building 25
Drawing class with Carole Griffin “Drawing The Portrait Head”

Outside Building 25
Register for open Studio Tours led by students

NAS Gallery – 58th Blake Prize Exhibition
Studio Tours

4.00pm Close

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Gallery Talk Friday, 18 September 1pm FREE

Rosemary Crumlin, Art Historian and author of the forthcoming major monograph on the history of the Blake Prize will lead a tour through this year’s exhibition.

National Art School Gallery, National Art School, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010.

Art Forum Wednesday, 9 September 1pm FREE

Join 58th Blake Prize exhibiting artists as they discuss their work with Rev Rod Pattenden.
National Art School Gallery, National Art School, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Out of this World, Saturday 5 September, 2–4pm - FREE

Starting at the Art Gallery of NSW this tour will introduce the print works of William Blake on view in Printmaking in the Age of Romanticism and will continue on to the NAS Gallery to consider Blake’s legacy in relation to the work of contemporary artists in this year’s Blake Prize. Refreshments will be served. RSVP (02) 9339 8744.

Click here for Tour details

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Special Guest Lecture

Friday 21 August 2009


Stephen Farthing RA
‘this is drawing’

A Cloud over Amagansett on Long Island. Photo S. Farthing 2007.

A Cloud over Amagansett on Long Island. Photo S. Farthing 2007.

The Rootstein Hopkins Professor of Drawing
at the University of the Arts London, UK
will offer in 53 minutes an explanation in
pictures and words of what drawing is.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Alan Peascod - Influences and Dialogue - Gallery Talk

The National Art School Gallery is currently showing an exhibition of ceramics featuring works by the acclaimed Alan Peascod and other ceramicists who have been influenced by him.

Join Craig Judd, co-curator of the exhibition Alan Peascod Influences and Dialogue for a discussion on Alan Peascod's practice and lasting influence on Australian ceramics.

When: Wednesday, 5 August at 6pm - FREE
Where: NAS Gallery, National Art School, Forbes Street Darlinghurst NSW 2010

The exhibition runs until 15 August.