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National Art School in the NSW Landscape

National Art School in the NSW Landscape

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This exhibition explores the relationship between people, land and culture in NSW. It features artworks by 21 significant Australian artists who studied at the National Art School (listed below), and it highlights the importance of artistic expression in informing our understanding of the environment in different regions in NSW.

The selection of artworks celebrates the voices and experiences of First Nations people and the multiplicity of cultures represented in NSW who have given shape to our sense of place over the generations. The variety of artworks on display reflects the incredible diversity of the NSW landscape, encompassing urban, rural, coastal, desert and mountainous locations.

2022 marks a significant milestone for National Art School, 100 years on site and 200 years since the former Darlinghurst Gaol was built. To celebrate the centenary year, an extensive program featuring the School's alumni is underway, including this exhibition, National Art School in the NSW Landscape.

Artists on display

John Olsen AO, OBE; Margaret Olley AC; Lucy Culliton; Tim Storrier AM; Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher James AO; Guido Maestri; Luke Sciberras; Karla Dickens; Ken Done AM; Elisabeth Cummings; John Coburn; Euphemia Bostock; Kevin Connor; Eliza Gosse; Bronte Leighton-Dore; Fiona Foley; Idris Murphy; Jeffrey Samuels; Guy Warren AM; Michael Johnson; Anne Zahalka

How to see the exhibition

National Art School in the NSW Landscape can be seen in the Fountain Court exhibition space at NSW Parliament from 9am to 5pm on weekdays from Wednesday 9 March to Thursday 31 March 2022.

Entry to Parliament at 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney is via the gatehouse to the left of the building, and the Fountain Court is just beyond the main reception desks. As part of COVID safety measures, visitors will be required to have their temperature checked and should not attend Parliament House is they have any symptoms of illness.

As public access to Parliament may change due to COVID-safe arrangements, please check back to confirm opening details before you visit.

Learn more about the exhibition and some of the works on display with this video featuring NAS Director and CEO Steven Alderton and former Minister for the Arts Don Harwin


Interested in exhibiting at NSW Parliament?
Learn about our exhibition spaces and how to apply to have your works displayed on our information page here.

Main image (top): Margaret Olley, Sydney Harbour from The Rocks, 2009-2011, oil on board, image size: 53.4 x 91.8 cm, frame size: 73.2 x 111.5 cm. Tweed Regional Gallery Collection. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Andrew Greig, 2017. © Margaret Olley Art Trust.