Tom Bass

News from the Archive

Tom Bass Inaugural Memorial Lecture June 2011

20th February, 2011

The Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School was founded by Tom in 1974 on Broadway in Sydney. The school moved to Erskinville in 1998 and continues to teach the fundamentals of sculpture.

Every year around Tom’s birthday there is an Open Studio day. This will be held on Sunday June 5th at the School.

In 2011 we will also introduce a Memorial Lecture to be held in the “octave” of his birthday.

We have invited Deborah Beck to give the Inaugural Tom Bass Lecture at the National Art School early 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.

Beck taught in many 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.


Sculpture on the Edge

Held annually in Bermagui, on the NSW far south coast, Sculpture on the Edge includes an exhibition of large sculptural pieces in the magnificent settings of Endeavour Point Headland, Dickinson Park and Horseshoe Bay beach, as well as an indoor exhibition of smaller sculptures. Two works by Tom Bass will be exhibited in the Indoor exhibition.