The National Art School is a significant Australian visual arts education institution with origins that can be traced back to 1833. Based in the historic walls of the old Darlinghurst Gaol in the heart of Sydney, the site has seen an extraordinary history from a place of abject misery to the home of one of Australia’s most prestigious arts institutes.
The National Art School offers a select number of full time programs; Bachelor of Fine Art, Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) and Master of Fine Art, and for the community, a comprehensive range of part-time and intensive short courses. It has a rich tradition of artistic practice and well-renowned alumni, nurturing generations of artists who contribute significantly to Australian and international culture.
In addition to its education programs, the N.A.S. Gallery presents various engaging and thought provoking exhibitions, events and publications, attracting thousands of visitors each year to experience the vitality of the visual arts. The National Art School’s historic venues, including the Cell Block Theatre and The Chapel, are also available for hire for commercial events, theatrical productions and private and public functions.
Astral People and National Art School are excited to announce the final instalment of Summer Dance for 2018
After selling out the first two, with UK juggernaut Dan Shake heading the opening January event and techno legend Late Nite Tuff Guy packing crowds this past Sunday, the blissful Sunday program calls on another exceptional lineup to close out Summer Dance for another year - taking place Sunday March 25 at National Art School in Darlinghurst.READ MORE
Tastemaker, Educator, Sound Designer, and Motor City Proponent, Detroit’s Mike Huckaby will headline the afternoon festivities. The man behind the once legendary Record Time store, and Deep Transportation and S Y N T H - two highly regarded labels in the underground electronic DJ scene worldwide - Mike Huckaby will unload an encyclopedia of disco, jazz and techno beats set to dominate any dancefloor.
Acclaimed Yorkshire producer Youandewan aka Ewan Smith is next in line, stepping up the Sunday celebrations with his deep, delicate yet propulsive house sound that has, in past years, manoeuvred him into an inevitable underground position. After initial success on labels like Hypercolour and with remixes of Gerry Read and Midland, Youandewan has moved on to become a firm part of the family at both London’s infamous Secretsundaze and acclaimed electronic UK label Aus Music.
Summer Dance welcomes one of Sydney’s most respected DJs, exuberant multi-talent Luen Jacobs. From throwing parties at the age of 19, to working in events for VICE and Ableton and hosting shows on triple j and FBi Radio, Luen has become a regular fixture on Australia’s DJ circuit. Joining Jacobs are renowned local party hosts, fellow Sydney duo Rhys and Ruby (Is That Fair?) who will warm up the stage with their diverse selections spanning everything from soul to funk.
Having previously hosted Detroit artists Moodymann and Omar S, Berlin-based Palms Trax, Dutch DJ Hunee and Sydney’s own Touch Sensitive, Summer Dance has grown exponentially in both profile and experience. Now in its fourth year, the Astral People and National Art School collaboration continues to be one of Sydney’s finest open-air summer celebrations; the ultimate haven for good music, good times and good vibes, centred around the historic and lush Darlinghurst location. Tickets sell out notoriously fast, so be quick and don’t miss out on the final Summer Dance of 2018.