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Based at Hill End, a four hour drive from Sydney, you will be able to identify and develop your own projects in response to this historic gold mining precinct, with the Sacred Heart Church serving as a studio base.

This workshop runs from Monday to Thursday not Tuesday to Friday.
You will be able to book tickets from 9:30am on Friday 5 February.
Lecturer: Charles Cooper
Venue: Sacred Heart Church, Hill End

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.


Giles 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

Accommodation: 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. $25 per head per night for twin- share bunk rooms; upgrades available at an increased cost. Rooms are being held, but self- booking is required.

Important Update:

There has been a change of student accommodation options for the Hill End: Excavations workshop in Margaret Olley Drawing Week, 2021.
The Hill End Ranch is not able to accommodate us as expected in February 2021.

Instead, accommodation will be available at alternative locations in the Hill End township which offer a range of prices and amenities, from camping (this would be cheaper than the initial quoted cost) to bunk-style accommodation (similar to Hill End Ranch but fractionally more expensive) to single rooms in cottages.

We will present more detail on prices and accommodation next week, but students can feel confident to register for the workshop from Friday, knowing that costs will remain manageable for all with comfortable lodgings.

Catering arrangements will be the same as usual, at a central location.

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


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

Meals: $65 per head covers all meals from Monday lunch until Thursday lunch inclusive. Catering will be taken care of.

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

The Holtermann collection  of historic photographs of Hill End. 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.


Charles Cooper, Annandale Galleries installation view


Charles Cooper is a lecturer in the NAS Drawing Department, an artist with an extensive career and a long-time visitor to Hill End. View his work: