Hill End: Going for Gold


Lecturer: Charles Cooper 

Venue: National Art School’s Hill End Studio at Bryant’s Butchery

drysdalethecricketers1948Russel Drysdale, The Cricketers, 1948 (Royal Hotel Hill End)

Based at the National Art School’s studio in Bryant’s Butchery, four hours drive from Sydney, you will be able to identify and develop your own projects in response to the historic Hill End precinct.

Drawing i.e. thinking with materials in hand, will underpin the program. Choice of mediums will vary with each participant, during initial research up to final project, ranging from various dry mediums to watercolours. Experimental alternatives will be encouraged. You will need to bring your own materials, paper etc. Boards and outdoor easels can be borrowed from the Drawing Department.

DawnComuteGiles Alexander, Infinitely Contained, Time-lapse Video, 2014

 View Giles Alexander’s video of the night sky that he made in Hill End

Reward Gold Mine[1]Steven Cavanagh, Reward Gold Mine


Comfortable and affordable accommodation is available at the conveniently located Hill End Ranch. There is a refrigerator where food can be stored, but, for a modest fee, the School will provide full catering during the program.

The program runs from Monday midday until Thursday afternoon. Some may wish to stay longer.


Bryant’s Butchery, Drawing Week 2016

Student costs:

Accommodation: $25 per head per night (twin- share bunk rooms); upgrades available.
http://www.hillendranch.com.au. Rooms are being held, but self- booking is required.

Meals: $60 per head covers all meals from Monday lunch until Thursday lunch inclusive. Genevieve Carroll, NAS graduate, prize winning artist, Hill End resident and experienced chef, will take care of all catering.

Transport: self- drive, about 4 hours via Bathurst. Shared vehicles recommended. There is no public transport.


Bryant’s Butchery, Drawing Week 2016

Lecturer: Charles Cooper. To view Charles Cooper’s work:

Student Drawings from 2016



The Holtermann collection  of historic photographs of Hill End can be viewed at http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/stories/holtermann-collection – if you scroll down to the bottom of these pages, you can see images from the collection  which you can zoom in to for greater detail. You can also find these images in the pictures catalogue by searching using the words holtermann and hill end.