National Art School in the NSW Landscape

Wednesday 9 March – Thursday 31 March 2022

This exhibition explores the relationship between people, land and culture in New South Wales. It features artworks by 21 significant Australian artists who studied at the National Art School, 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 School’s alumni is underway, including this exhibition, National Art School in the NSW Landscape.


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

Exhibition dates:

9–31 March 2022
The Fountain Court, Parliament of New South Wales
Monday to Sunday, 9am–5pm

Image Caption:
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
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