Creative arts

Students sitting on the hillside, creating a watercolour painting of the view towards the Blue Mountains.

A Colonial Eye

Students investigate the role of artists during the early colonial period and consider how they contributed to the development of the colony

Brilliant little jewels

Watercolours on pith paper that were produced in China for the Western export trade through most of the 19th century still have an extraordinary vividness

Some kitchen items on the table in front of the fireplace

Colonial Life at Elizabeth Farm

As they explore the Macarthur family home, which dates from 1793, students learn about the lives of the family and their convict servants and the impact of colonisation on the traditional owners of the Parramatta area

Doctor Lisa Cooper standing in front of her work titled 'CHURCH FLOWERS AFTER THE BUTCHER, THE BONER; IN THE KITCHEN, THE LARDER' in the Dairy at Vaucluse House.

Dr Lisa Cooper: a creative partnership 

The first resident artist at The Mint has displayed her unique aesthetic sensibilities in a range of creative responses at our properties

The Regent, New South Wales 1819, R. Browne pinxt, no.27 Philip Street, Sydney / Richard Browne

From the collection: Richard Browne watercolours

A Dublin-born convict artist, Richard Browne spent most of his seven-year sentence at the secondary penal settlement of Newcastle. In 1812–13 he was commissioned to make a series of drawings to illustrate a planned natural history publication

Painting of rectangular modernist house with white ramp on righthand side in bushland setting.

From the collection: Rose Seidler House artwork

The Rose Seidler House, Christopher Zanko, 2020, acrylic on wood relief carving. Sydney Living Museums

Vibrant pencil and watercolour image with animal eyes and swirling patterns.

King's Cross: bohemian life In Sydney

Artists, intellectuals, writers, radicals, revellers and misfits made Sydney's King's Cross home from the early years of the 20th century well into the 1970s

Children and adults dressed in period costume holding ribbons attached to pole.

Lessons from the Past

Integrating outcomes from History, PDHPE and Creative Arts, this program gives students the opportunity to learn firsthand about what school life was like in the late 19th century

Meet Andrei Davidoff

In 2015 our artist-in-residence, Andrei Davidoff, set up his potter's wheel at Vaucluse House and created an intriguing collection of site-inspired ceramic pieces