Tom Bass

News from the Archive

Tom Bass Memorial Lecture

21st March, 2011

Deborah Beck will present the Inaugural Tom Bass Memorial Lecture

at the National Art School

Cell Block Theatre (cnr Forbes and Burton St Darlinghurst)

on Tuesday 6.30 pm, 7th June 2011.

Tom Bass was a student at the NAS as part of the post WWII Commonwealth Reconstruction Scheme. He studied sculpture under Lyndon Dadwell.

This lecture will cover Tom’s formative years and his long relationship with the National Art School, from his first position as a model at the art school, to his final visit when he exhibited in Lines of Fire at the NAS Gallery in 2008. NAS lecturer and archivist Deborah Beck will illustrate her lecture with rare images of Tom Bass taken at the National Art School.

About Deborah Beck

Beck taught in various art schools in Sydney until 2000, when she took a position as a lecturer in drawing at the NAS.

She set up the NAS archive, helped curate exhibitions in the NAS Gallery, and wrote a book on the site, ‘Hope in Hell: the history of Darlinghurst Gaol and the National Art School’ (Allen and Unwin, 2005).Tom Bass was part of this book and the exhibition “Lines of Fire” 2008.

Her interest in history led her to complete her Master of Arts (history) at the University of Sydney in 2009, which resulted in a second book on the history of the Cell Block Theatre soon to be released.

Contact Andrew Batt-Rawden on 02 9565 4851 or to register

We also invite you to the

Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School  Open Studio Day

from 1 pm on Sunday June 5th at the School.