The next wave of Australian art talent unveiled

The National Art School’s annual Grad Shows are a collector’s chance to spot fresh talent.

Words: Charlotte Middleton

The halls of one of the country’s oldest most reputable tertiary public art institutions The National Art School (NAS) will open to the public once again in November/December 2019 to showcase the talent of this year’s outgoing cohort.

Family, friends and fellow students are joined by art world professionals, gallerists and savvy collectors to check out the culmination of the years these young artists have spent honing their respective artistic disciplines.

Boasting alumni the likes of John Olsen, Tony Tuckson, Margaret Olley, Cressida Campbell, Fiona Hall, Joan Ross, Fiona Foley and Mitch Cairns, the new graduates are in good company.

With all student works for sale, collectors can enjoy the unique opportunity to lay their hands on the early work of potential eminent Australian artists, across the various departments of drawing, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics.

On opening night, visitors are treated to food, bars, live music and DJs, talks and awards, amidst the excitement of the symbolic induction of up-and-coming artists to the Australian art scene.

The NAS Postgraduate Exhibition runs from 7–17 November 2019 (opening night Thursday 7 November, 6-10pm). The NAS Graduate Exhibition runs from 5–15 December (opening night Thursday 5 December, 6-10pm). Both are hosted at NAS Gallery, Rayner Hoff Project Space and NAS studios, Cnr Forbes and Burton Sts, Darlinghurst, Sydney.

Image: NAS Graduate Exhibition. Photo: Peter Morgan

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