2020 Program

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FIONA FOLEY: WHO ARE THESE STRANGER'S AND WHERE ARE THEY GOING? 9 January — February 2020
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EXHIBITION DATES: Thursday 9  January — Saturday 8 February 2020
OPENING NIGHT: Wednesday 8  January, 6–9pm
OPENING HOURS: Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm

As part of the 2020 Sydney Festival, the National Art School proudly presents Who are these strangers and where are they going?, a 30-year survey of the work of Dr Fiona Foley, one of Australia’s most acclaimed, insightful and challenging contemporary artists, curated by Djon Mundine OAM. Running from January 8 to February 8 in the National Art School Gallery, the show premiered in August 2019 at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale in Victoria. The title comes from a new work, a soundscape based on the oldest known Aboriginal song documenting the first sighting of Captain Cook in 1770, by Foley’s ancestors the Badtjala people of K’gari (Fraser Island).

Image: Fiona Foley, HHH #1, 2004, image courtesy the artist

22ND BIENNALE OF SYDNEY: NIRIN 14 March — 8 JUNE 2020
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EXHIBITION DATES: Saturday 14 March — Monday 8 June 2020  
OPENING HOURS: Monday–Sunday, 11am–5pm

The 22nd Biennale of Sydney is artist- and First Nations-led, presenting an expansive exhibition of contemporary art that connects local communities and global networks.

Under the artistic direction of Brook Andrew, the exhibition will include artworks across six sites: National Art School, Art Gallery of NSW, Artspace, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Cockatoo Island and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

‘The urgent states of our contemporary lives are laden with unresolved past anxieties and hidden layers of the supernatural,’ said Brook Andrew. ‘NIRIN is about to expose this, demonstrating that artists and creatives have the power to resolve, heal, dismember and imagine futures of transformation for re-setting the world. Sovereignty is at the centre of these actions. I hope that NIRIN (edge) gathers life forces of integrity to push through often impenetrable noise.’

Image: How old is suffering? Jota Mombaça, Performance 2018. Photo by Anna Cerato.

MFA EXHIBITION: 5 — 15 November 2020
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EXHIBITION DATES: Friday 6 November — Sunday 15 November 2020
OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 5 November, 6–10pm
OPENING HOURS: Monday–Sunday, 11am–5pm

Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of our postgraduate students, with new art from new artists, on show throughout the National Art School. Visit the Exhibition and Open Studios to experience fresh, progressive and bold works from our outstanding class of 2020.

BFA EXHIBITION: 3 — 13 December 2020
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EXHIBITION DATES: Friday 3 December— Sunday 13 December 2020
OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 2 December, 6–10pm
OPENING HOURS: Monday–Sunday, 11am–5pm

Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of our third year students, with new art from new artists, on show throughout the National Art School. Visit the Exhibition and Open Studios to experience fresh, progressive and bold works from our outstanding class of 2020 – the next generation of  Australian artists.

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