Saturday, 29 August 2015

National Art School


I spent the morning at the National Art School today as it was an open day.  This school is an important one historically, many well known Australian artists having graduated from here.
This campus was originally the Darlinghurst jail which opened in 1841, completed in 1885.  It was built of Sydney standstone cut in large blocks by the convicts.
The building sketched was the chapel which is in the middle of the site and there are six cell block buildings radiating from it.
When the convicts went to church the males were downstairs and the women upstairs.  The men would throw notes up to the women and when restoration occurred a few years ago they found one of those notes.  
This site became an art school in 1921. It's a wonderful place, well worth a visit.

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