The National Artbar

A place for Artists and Creatives to come together

What’s coming up: 

🎉 Opening Night – 1 March 🎉  

Join us for a night of celebration, creativity, and live entertainment from 4pm. Experience the vibrant atmosphere of our carefully curated space with a unique array of artworks from classics artists to contemporary upcoming creators. Oh, did we mention that there’s an exclusive happy hour 4pm-6pm?  

🌈 Mardi Gras Celebration – 2 March 🌈  

March 2nd brings the dazzling Mardi Gras celebration to The National Artbar! Dress in your most vibrant attire and join us for a drink before the parade on Oxford Street. 3pm- 7pm.   

🎤 StickyBeak Festival – 9 and 10 March 🎤  

Join us for great booze, food, music and art as we partner with Archie Rose Distillery Co for the much-loved StickyBeak Festival. Watch as our iconic campus is taken over with live music, art making workshops, and offerings from Sydney’s hottest bars and restaurants. Purchase tickets here. 

Welcome to The National Artbar, an edgy new space where artists and creatives come together to share ideas and ignite innovation. At The National Artbar, creativity knows no bounds. Whether you’re an established artist, a budding creator, or someone with a passion for the arts, this is your place to connect, inspire, and collaborate. 

The National Art School (NAS) is Australia’s leading independent fine art school and prepares the artists of tomorrow to tell our stories and take our ideas to the world. NAS is at the forefront of contemporary discourse, providing programs that explore the topics of today, including climate change, First Peoples identity, gender diversity, cultural diversity, and social sustainability. Come with us as we chart a path in art and future thinking within the new creative industries and queer culture precinct that is NAS, the Queer Museum, Mardi Gras and Oxford Street. 

The perimeter walls of Darlinghurst Gaol were built in 1822 and once completed, this unique group of sandstone buildings housed some of the most notorious criminals in Australia’s brutal history. After operating for 73 years, the gaol closed, and during the First World War, the site was used as a military detention camp for German and Irish internees. In 1921, massive renovations were undertaken to convert the gaol site to East Sydney Technical College. 

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