• Sidney Nolan, Art and Auschwitz

Sidney Nolan, Art and Auschwitz

Key information
Cost $15/student; teachers free Minimum cost $150 Duration 3 hours Capacity 60 students per day Curriculum links Stage 6 Visual Arts 8.1:
• Agencies in the artworld – artist, artwork, world, audience
• The frames and how students might develop their own informed points of view
The program includes 1 hour Nolan exhibition tour
1 hour Holocaust survivor testimony session
1 hour art-making activity
About the program:

Explore the “Agencies in the Artworld” and “Four Frames” through Sidney Nolan’s Auschwitz series at the Sydney Jewish Museum in Term 3. In this special exhibition of works never before seen in Australia, students will have the opportunity to examine the artist and his artwork, while grappling with the world events that inspired him.

Sidney Nolan painted this series of works while watching the war crimes trials of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in 1961. Normally uplifted by the human spirit, these paintings show Nolan instead grappling with the lesser nature of man. In 1962, Nolan visited Auschwitz, feeling it was his duty. So affected by seeing the camp, he couldn’t paint it.

In this three-hour program, students will take a guided tour of the Sidney Nolan exhibition, meet a Holocaust survivor who will share their story, and participate in a workshop in our Holocaust exhibition, using the collection as inspiration for art-making.

We encourage you to bring your visual arts process diaries to document your experience.

This program will run on:

  • Friday 5 August: 9:45am – 1pm
  • Thursday 8 September: 9:45am – 1pm

To book, please contact [email protected].

Image: Portrait of Sidney Nolan by Albert Tucker (State Library of Victoria).

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Plan your visit

On the day

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time and assemble students across the road from the museum in Green Park.
  • Please send a member of staff to the main museum entrance to let us know you have arrived and our education team will come to greet you.
  • Students will enter via the main museum entrance on Darlinghurst Road.
  • Note that the museum has a substantial security presence. Your group may be asked to consent to a bag search.

What to bring

  • Due to limited locker space, we request that students do not bring large backpacks.
  • If the students plan to eat before or after their visit, please ask them to bring very small bags so that we can put several bags in each locker.


  • We strive to make our programs accessible and inclusive to students of all needs and abilities. Please advise us if you have any additional needs for your visit.

Content advice

  • Note that the content covered at the museum may be distressing to some students.
  • We recommend bringing your school councillor and/or members of your pastoral care team to the visit.


  • An invoice will be sent after your visit, unless organised otherwise.

Confirmation of numbers

  • All bookings must confirm any changes to student numbers 7 days prior to the visit in writing, or original booking numbers will be charged in full.

Cancellations and booking changes

  • Changes and cancellations including dates, times and student numbers must be made in writing.
  • Each booking is permitted two changes at no cost. Each additional change over and above these two changes will incur a $30 administration fee.
  • Cancellations made within 7 working days of the scheduled booking will be charged in full.

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Risk assessment

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Pre and post visit lesson plans

Our Educators have created activities and resources for teachers to use to engage students before and after their visit to the Museum.

Click here to download the pre and post visit lesson plans.

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