What's on in Sydney during January: Postgrad Show 2021 at the National Art School

Fulfil your creative senses by checking out Australia's best emerging artistic talents at the Postgrad Show held at the famous National Art School (NAS). This wonderful art exhibition features works of NAS students who completed 2021 Master of Fine Arts, Graduate Diploma of Fine Arts and Doctor of Fine Arts. 

Postgrad Show 2021 from the National Art School, Sydney

Come and check out the artworks ranging from ceramics, drawing, painting, photomedia, printmaking and sculpting produced in 2021 by the next generation of Australian artists. I will be featuring my images I captured from the opening night of Postgrad Show. 

When: Saturday 22 - Sunday 30 January 2022, 11am - 5pm

Where: National Art School located on Forbes St and Burton St, Darlinghurst

Cost: Free


Paintings at NAS

Still life paintings by Isabella Millner-Cretney at the National Art School, Sydney

Since I always love looking at still life paintings, I was drawn to checking out these sets of lovely paintings exhibited in the NAS Gallery by Isabella Millner-Cretney. I love the warm colour combinations with the warm white tones. I think this photo does justice to the artworks because it features the blur motion of enthusiastic people checking out the paintings. 

Paintings by Penelope Lumsden at the National Art School, Sydney

I also love looking at smaller-sized artworks. Out of the paintings featured here, I have to say the one featuring the blue skies with the tree was one of my favourites because of the lovely colour contrasts between the blue with the brown and red tones on the trees. It's titled 'Red Gum Sky, Look Up' by Penelope Lumsden. 

Painting studio at the National Art School in Sydney

Whenever I look at paintings exhibited at art schools, I'm always curious to check out the painting studio used by the students. As I capture this image, I'm able to get a feel of going behind-then-scenes when producing painted artworks at NAS. 

Printmaking at NAS

Having checked out the prints created by the students, I've learnt about how much work goes into creating detailed prints like the one below by Chante Botha. 

Printmaking by Chante Botha at the National Art School, Sydney

As I'm looking closely at these works, I feel as if I'm walking through a forest taking note of the rocks and branches. 

I've had the privilege of photographing Imogen Hassall with her monochrome etching prints featuring the architecture of the Federation-era and Post War-era houses.

Printmaking works by Imogen Hassall at the National Art School, Sydney

I'm also happy that I captured her video installation and leadlight window with her and her father. I loved the intricate details of the window. i think it goes nicely with the video installation featuring Hunters Hill.  

Video installation and leadlight window featuring Imogen and Jeff Hassall

I also checked out some stuff behind-the-scenes. I captured the printmaking studio at NAS. With the amount of work that goes into printmaking, I was keen to capture what's involved in the whole process. I was interested in the equipment and types of papers used in this art medium. 

Printmaking studio at the National Art School in Sydney

Paper-based artworks at NAS

Since I love anything to do with papercrafts featuring shapes and patterns, I found myself attracted to this body of work created by Elizabeth Cowell. As i look at it, it reminds me of my school days when I used to do tangrams and geometry. To me, it looks like one of those paper-based lanterns I used to make as a kid.

'Leaky Toldo' by Elizabeth Cowell exhibited at the National Art School in Sydney

I love how this body of work by Elizabeth Cowell casts a lovely soft shadow against the white wall. If this was turned into a real lampshade, i think it would look beautiful in a room setting, especially with the lights giving out the geometric-looking shadows. 


Getting to the National Art School, Sydney

Getting there via public transport

Plentiful buses stop along Oxford St. If you're catching the train, get off at Kings Cross or Museum station and walk 10 minutes to the art school.

Getting there via bike

NAS is very closely located to the Bourke St cycleway. Ample bike racks available.

Getting there via car

Very limited number of metered car spaces along Forbes St, Burton St and other surrounding streets.   


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About Let There Be Life Photo

Karen is the creative founder and photographer of Let There Be Life Photo. She loves capturing Sydney and creating happy memories for lovers of Sydney. She turns beautiful images into wall art prints for Sydney lovers. Check out more of her Sydney photos featuring Sydney Harbour, Cremorne Point, Balmoral Beach and the eastern suburbs in Sydney.





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