How many works are in the Collection?
There are currently 4,768 works in the NAS Archive and Collection.
Do you have a list of past NAS Collection Exhibitions?
Visit the Past Exhibitions page on our website.
Do you keep records of former students and staff?
Enquiries from researchers or biographers regarding former students and staff at any point in the NAS’s history are welcome, but please be advised that in many cases we can provide only limited personal information, and, in the case of alumni, sometimes no more than confirmation of department and year of graduation.
We do not hold records of students who graduated prior to 2000. Please contact TAFE NSW or State Records NSW.
Most records which are over 30 years old are available for public consultation. Records which are less than 30 years old can be accessed with the permission of the Head of the relevant department of the School. There is restricted access to some series of student records until they are 75 years old in order to maintain personal confidentiality.
Do you keep records of former Darlinghurst Gaol inmates?
NSW Government’s State Archives & Records Authority holds prisoner records in the Photographic Description Books [Darlinghurst Gaol].
The records in this set date from 12/08/1871 – 13/07/1914. All records can be accessed through the NSW State Archives website. Ref: NRS-2138. The records are held at the Western Sydney Records Centre.
Other Darlinghurst Gaol records relating to earlier prisoners (1841-1870) also exist at State Records, but these do not have photographs and have not been digitised.
Index to inmates at Sydney Gaol and Darlinghurst Gaol [catalogue record | microfiche]
Darlinghurst Gaol entrance books: 1850–1854 [catalogue record | book]
Where can I find information about Darlinghurst Gaol?
We hold many items from the Darlinghurst Gaol period in the NAS Archive and Collection. See COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS. These items can be viewed by appointment.
The State Archives & Records Authority of New South Wales also holds many records as well as the State Library of New South Wales – see more online.
There are also items relating to Darlinghurst Gaol in the Collection of Sydney Living Museums with some items on display at the Justice and Police Museum, Sydney.
Can I visit Darlinghurst Gaol?
We offer regular Darlinghurst Gaol Tours – please visit the Gaol Tours section of our website.
Where can I find information about East Sydney Technical College (ESTC)?
There were multiple departments at ESTC, if you are interested in departments other than the art department, please contact TAFE NSW.
If you would like to find out more information about the art department, please contact us.
Do you keep oral histories from site?
We have a number of oral histories recorded and are transcribing more each year. If you are interested in finding out about Oral Histories, please contact us.
How can I donate artwork to NAS Collection?
NAS Archive and Collection collects material in relation to its collections policy, see PURPOSE OF OUR COLLECTION.
The Acquisitions and Collections Committee meets quarterly to access all proposed acquisitions that fall within our Acquisitions criteria. All offers of donated works by NAS alumni and staff will be considered, as well as items for the NAS Archive, for example historic photographs of the site, items or documents relating to the gaol or the art school. Please consider the size of the work being offered as this does impact our ability to accept the work.
If you have an item that you wish to donate, please contact us.
Can I donate funds to enable NAS Collection to purchase artwork?
If you would like to donate funds to help us acquire new works, please contact Hannah Dickson, Fundraising and Development Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (02) 9339 8638.
Can I donate funds to enable NAS Collection to conserve artwork?
Many older works in the NAS Archive and Collection are in poor condition and require conservation. We aim to conserve one or two objects each year. If you would like to support this process, please contact Hannah Dickson, Fundraising and Development Manager at email@example.com or on (02) 9339 8638.
Items that fit this policy can be considered for donation under the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. For more information, please visit their website.
Can you give me advice about values of an artwork I own by a former student/member of staff?
We are unable to give formal valuations of artworks by former students or staff. Please find a range of valuers listed on the Museums and Galleries NSW website.
Do you loan works out for exhibition?
The National Art School has a unique collection of over 4,500 artworks held on site which is available for research, loan and exhibition purposes.
Objects from the Collection are available for loan, provided that the borrowing institution conforms with the borrowing requirements.
If you would like to borrow a work from the Collection, please write to National Art School CEO/Director Steven Alderton.
Do you have an image library?
We have high resolution, reproduction quality images of works in the Collection – please contact us.
Volunteering in the NAS Archive and Collection
Occasionally we have opportunities for volunteering in the NAS Archive and Collection. If you are interested in applying, please contact us and include a brief summary of your experience and interest, and include a current CV.
Volunteering and internship opportunities also exist in the NAS Gallery. Please visit our Working at NAS page for more details.