Venue Hire

Events at The National Art School

The National Art School (NAS) is located on Gadigal land. Encircled by sandstone walls, the buildings and grounds offer an oasis of calm in the middle of the inner city.

For more information about the history of the National Art School visit our website here.

We welcome a range of events and activations on the NAS campus. We have previously hosted festivals (Sydney Festival, Vivid Music, Sydney Biennale, TedX, Underbelly Arts),  film shoots and screenings, product launches and showcases, and weddings.

The Cell Block Theatre

The Cell Block Theatre was originally the women’s prison in the Old Darlinghurst Gaol. The sandstone building features soaring ceilings and a newly upgraded state of the art lighting and sound system. This versatile space provides the perfect blank canvas for any event.


The standard Cell Block Theatre Public Address System consists of a full range L’Acoustics line array and a Yamaha QL1 digital console with 8 input channels available on the in-house audio network.

For larger channel counts and extra flexibility, an Allen and Heath SQ5 digital console is available for up to 48 inputs and 20 outputs.

The comprehensive lighting system has control via a GrandMA3 Compact lighting Console, and the theatre is also equipped with an extensive rigging system with truss movement controlled via Kinesys.


Seated banquet: 150-200
Theatre-style seated: 250
Cocktail/standing: 300


32m (L) x 9.5m (W) x 10m (H)

Access Hours

8am – 12 midnight






To arrange a quote, please contact [email protected]


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