The National Art School, on the site of the former Darlinghurst Gaol, stands on Gadigal land. NAS acknowledges the Gadigal traditional owners on whose lands, water and skies we meet, work and share. We pay our respects to all Gadigal elders, past and present, and honour the diversity, history and creativity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from the beginning.
Fortnightly campus tours will be launching in 2024. In the meantime, if you would like a guided tour, please contact the Future Students Advisor: [email protected] +61 2 9339 8741
The heritage-listed NAS campus is part of the creative and cultural Oxford Street precinct and a significant part of Sydney’s heritage. Building on the original gaol began 200 years ago in 1822, and in 1922 the art school moved into the site. For the past century, NAS has been a strong artistic presence in the heart of the city, providing not just tertiary art education but a major exhibition program, public short courses, popular school programs and cultural events.
The culture of the campus is lively, progressive, and collaborative. We have a deep and vibrant connection to the arts industry and creative sector that feeds back into the NAS community, giving students and staff a wider perspective outside the curriculum, a strong sense of purpose and broad understanding of the role of an artist.