Exhibitions Captivate – The National Art School and Darlinghurst Goal

Exhibitions Captivate Event

  • Due to the public holiday, this event has been changed to FRIDAY, September 23.
  • Susan Rothwell AM, Chair of the Board of Directors at the National Art School, and
  • Director and CEO of the National Art School, Steven Alderton
  • We cordially invite you and a guest to the show’s formal opening night.

About This Event

Date – 23 September 2022

Day – Friday 

Time – 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm AEST

Location – National Art School, Corner of Forbes and Burton Streets, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010, Australia

Refund – No Refund

The Exhibitions CAPTIVATE

The Exhibitions Captivate National Art School and Darlinghurst Gaol and the significant publication that goes with them. The National Art School (NAS) and the former Darlinghurst Gaol have left behind a rich legacy of stories, and Captivate is an exciting programme of exhibitions and events taking place across our heritage-listed campus that acknowledges the Gadigal Peoples of the Eora Nations’ ongoing connection to the NAS site with First Peoples stories and perspectives.

Exhibitions Captivate commemorates two key centenaries: the 200 years since construction on the lofty sandstone walls of the jail began in 1822, and the 100 years since the art school first occupied the location in 1922. The exhibition, public programmes, and a new book reveal and react to the extraordinary events and stories that have occurred here, as well as the numerous people who have participated in them, including notorious inmates like the bushrangers Captain Moonlite and Captain Starlight, as well as generations of Australia’s people.

The exhibition will feature numerous historic artefacts and works of art that have never before been seen by the general public, as well as recent donations to the NAS Archive and Collection. These items range from contemporary responses to the site by well-known alumni to artwork created by prisoners who displayed exceptional talent. The exhibition Captivate explores and celebrates this remarkable location in the heart of Sydney. It changed from a site of confinement and misery to a vibrant centre of knowledge, inspiration, and innovation that is now accessible to all, all the while remaining on Gadigal territory. We are excited to tell you our stories.

Exhibitions Captivate

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