The National Art School is on Gadigal land in Darlinghurst, Sydney, with its inner-city campus on the heritage-listed site of the former Darlinghurst Gaol.
In 2022 NAS celebrates 100 years teaching art at this location, but its history dates back to 1843, when regular art classes were held by John Skinner Prout at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts in Pitt Street, Sydney.
The National Art School is a visual arts college, with origins that can be traced back to 1843. Housed in the historic walls of the old Darlinghurst Gaol the school is an independent higher education provider, characterised by the intensive studio-based teaching in small group sizes, in the subject specialist areas of Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture, with each subject underpinned by the concentrated study of drawing and art history and theory.
The grounds include the NAS Gallery which is housed over two floors in the former A-Wing of the old Darlinghurst Gaol. Originally built between 1836-41, the building was refurbished and opened to the public in 2006.