2021 Program

THE POSTGRAD SHOW | 12–21 February 2021

The Postgrad Show

EXHIBITION DATES: Friday 12 – Sunday 21 February 2021
EXHIBITION LOCATION: NAS Gallery, Rayner Hoff Project Space and Open Studios
OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 11 February, 6–10pm
OPENING HOURS: Monday–Sunday, 11am–5pm
CURATORS: Scott Elliot and Olivia Sophia

Showcasing an outstanding range of artistic achievement in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, this campus-wide exhibition presents work by graduating students from our 2020 Postgraduate program. Always an anticipated event in Sydney’s cultural calendar, the Postgraduate Exhibition is a chance to discover artist studios and purchase work by Australia’s freshest crop of creative talent.

Image: NAS Postgrad Show 2019

Queer Contemporary: SKIN DEEP | 18 February – 7 March 2021

Queer Contemporary: SKIN DEEP

EXHIBITION DATES: Thursday 18 February — Sunday 7 March 2021
OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 18 February, 6–9pm
OPENING HOURS: Monday–Sunday, 10am–5pm
CURATOR: Terese Casu

SKIN DEEP is an interactive exhibition that presents intimate and personal stories of LGBTQI people through their tattooed bodies and stories, celebrating diversity, defiance and body art.

The Exhibition is made up of several unique components – presented as one integrated audience experience or as separate experiences. LGBTQI community participation is central to all components of SKIN DEEP – as narrators, models, story tellers and


SKIN DEEP Exhibition

Celebrated Sydney fashion photographer, Waded, brings her skills of cutting edge fashion portraiture, to capture authentic but highly styled portraits of diverse tattooed bodies that tell unique stories through their body art. Woven through the photographic exhibition will include historical images and the back ground of LGBTQI tattooed symbols used over last century to convey political messages or to reveal ones identity. The LGBTQI community are invited to contribute to the Exhibition through an interactive story
wall of images and stories about their first tattoo.


SKIN DEEP Performance

Powerhouse Director and Choreographer, Meryl Tankard will work with community members to present a beautiful performance of movement and dance that will slowly reveal the performers hidden body tattoos, unveiling secrets and stories from the past. The performance will be accompanied by early century arias of unrequited love and loss.
Rating: 18 Plus
Please note body nudity will be included as part of the exhibition and performances

Bookings open soon



SKIN DEEP will build an online global community of LGBTQI tattooed bodies, photographs and stories of their first tattoo. This will be self-published by community members through a controlled registration site and then curated and designed into a dedicated SKIN DEEP website.


Photograph: Waded

Dobell Drawing Prize #22 | 26 March – 22 May 2021

Dobell Drawing Prize #22

EXHIBITION DATES: Friday 26 March – Saturday 22 May 2021
OPENING HOURS: Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm
CURATOR: Scott Elliot

The Dobell Drawing Prize is the leading drawing exhibition in Australia and an unparalleled celebration of drawing innovation. Presented in partnership with the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, this biennial prize explores the enduring importance of drawing within contemporary art practice. With an exhibition of up to 50 finalists selected from around the country, the Dobell Drawing Prize celebrates the breadth and dynamism of current Australian drawing.

Image: Dobell Drawing Prize #21 with artwork by Locust Jones. Photo: Peter Morgan

From the Mountain to the Sky: Guy Warren Drawings | 17 April – 22 May 2021

From the Mountain to the Sky: Guy Warren Drawings

EXHIBITION DATES: Saturday 17 April – Saturday 22 May 2021
OPENING NIGHT: Friday 16 April, 6–9pm
OPENING HOURS: Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm
CURATOR: Deborah Beck

The National Art School is proud to launch its new Drawing Gallery with an exhibition of drawings and works on paper by Guy
Warren AM, NAS Alumnus, Fellow and esteemed artist. Drawing has always been at the heart of Guy’s art practice. When he turns
100 in April 2021, he will have been drawing for at least 85 years. He has had a continuing concern with people as an integral part of the environment, using his personal view of the world to depict our relationship with mountains, jungles, rivers, deserts and the
sky. He has often extended his art beyond the gallery. In 1994 he undertook the largest drawing ever attempted in Australia, a sky
drawing of Icarus at 14,000 feet over Sydney Harbour. Risk taking is an integral part of Guy’s drawing practice, and the ephemeral
and beautiful image created with vapour is a testament to his poetic vision.

This exhibition explores the artist’s primal urge to draw and the diverse ways he makes his mark. It pays tribute to the artist’s
great contribution to Australia’s visual culture, and a lifetime of creativity based on drawing.

Image: Guy Warren, Intimations of Mortality – Memories of Mort Bay 1982, ink on paper, 155 x 401 cm, courtesy the artist and King Street Gallery on William © the artist

John Olsen Goya's Dog | 11 June – 7 August 2021

John Olsen Goya’s Dog

EXHIBITION DATES: Friday 11 June – Saturday 7 August 2021
OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 10 June, 6–9pm
OPENING HOURS: Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm
CURATORS: Steven Alderton and William Wright (posthumously)

Goya’s Dog begins in Spain during the mid-1950’s when John Olsen experienced significant influences of Spanish culture, poetry and music. That time opened a door for the young, emerging Olsen to explore a darker, and perhaps a more vulnerable side, to his
personality and experience. Olsen returned to Sydney and then back again to Spain in the mid-1960’s where his palette became
dynamic and bold. The exhibition also features Olsen’s work from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. A new and vitally urban Australian ‘voice’
emerged during this time, the voice of the irrepressible ‘larrikin’ that provided such an irreverent vista of this crazy country of
ours. The Olsen landscape became like a theatre or a stage; where some human drama is taking place. It is vivacious, teeming with a sort of metaphysical life – in parallel with and embracing real life, ‘making a picture a kind of narrative’, and about paintings being created in a process of evolution.

Olsen has always put great trust in his instinct, in his love of poetry, and his art is the work of a visual poet, which connects to the Dark Paintings, like Donde voy? Self-portrait in moments of doubt. This is a powerfully introspective painting – one of
a sporadic body of works to emerge that fall on the darker side of Olsen’s usually buoyant personality. Olsen’s dark and introspective works are valued as belonging within a profound historical aspect of western art, one which looks mortality in the face. Within this struggle is a continual desire to search for the unknown and to soul-search within the landscape. The landscape takes on the form of a living being, full of emotions, foibles and struggle. It speaks of our emotion. Through the struggle and the soul-searching Olsen lands on periods of enlightenment, where he is able to capture the energy and elemental life forces of nature. For all the soul-searching, struggle and endurance, he is able to reach that moment of nature electricity – enlightenment. Goya’s Dog features over 65 major works, sketchbooks and drawings, many not seen in public for generations.

Image: John Olsen, Golden summer, Clarendon, 1983, oil on hardboard, 182.5 x 244.3 cm, purchased with the assistance of Salomon Brothers 1985, Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection © John Olsen/Copyright Agency

Lines and Spaces | 11 June – 7 August 2021

Lines and Spaces

EXHIBITION DATES: Friday 11 June – Saturday 7 August 2021
OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 10 June, 6–9pm
OPENING HOURS: Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm
CURATOR: Scott Elliot

This group exhibition examines the connections between drawing and weaving, and how the irregularities of the woven grid
counter the more measured grids associated with 20th-century minimalism. At a time when the rigid and socially distanced grid
looms large in everyday life, Lines and Spaces reflects on the formation of organic networks and their relationship to a primary act of drawing: the movement of the line from one point to another.

Image: Rubaba Haider, You are my Shames (Rumi) I, 2017, gouache on Fabriano paper, 32 x 35.5 cm, Ipswich Art Gallery Collection, courtesy the artist and Niagara Galleries © the artist

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