Saturdays at the Female Orphan School
In 2016, we are open on the occasional Saturday and are expanding this in 2017.
Our next Saturday at the Female Orphan School is on Saturday 19 November from 11am to 4pm. The Female Orphan School building and Margaret Whitlam Galleries will be open to the public.
There's a lot to see and do, including:
Free guided tours at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 2:30pm.
Special lecture – Melancholy: art, politics and migration.
Join Professor James Arvanitakis, Dr Julian Droogan and artist Khadim Ali as they discuss melancholy from an art, political and migration aspect. The talks will conclude with a panel discussion on the various perspectives of melancholy.
Presented by the Art Gallery Society in collaboration with Western Sydney University.
When: Saturday 19 November, 2:00pm
Where: Female Orphan School, Conference Room 1
Tickets: $20 non-member
On display in the Margaret Whitlam Galleries is the stunning new exhibition A Sense of Place: The artist Greg Hansell's record of history now. This exhibition showcases the work of Greg Hansell, one of the best known and loved artists working in the Hawkesbury region.
The Whitlam Institute's exhibition, A Changing Australia: The Time of Gough Whitlam will also be open.
Entry is free to the Female Orphan School and galleries. Parking for this event is free in blue bays.
For more upcoming events and exhibitions at the Whitlam Institute and Female Orphan School, download the What's On Female Orphan School brochure.
Join us for a twilight evening of Christmas cheer, music and family entertainment at the Female Orphan School. A Sense of Place: The artist Greg Hansell's record of history now exhibition will be open to explore.
Why not bring a picnic to enjoy under the heritage-listed trees by the river?
This event is free. Registration is required.
A SENSE of PLACE
The artist Greg Hansell's record of history now
The artist Greg Hansell is well known for his pastel paintings of Australia's built history, particularly in the Hawkesbury region, since the late 1980s.
He has been a Wynne Prize and Archibald finalist in over twenty exhibitions, as well as winning the Dobell Drawing prize in 2005.
In 2001, Greg Hansell was commissioned by the University to document the Female Orphan School on its Parramatta campus before it was renovated, from which 3 large pastels were produced.
In 2013, when both the East and West wings of the building were completed, he was commissioned again to produce 3 pastels of the completed building and these works are the centrepiece of this exhibition.
This exhibition also explores the broader arts practice of Greg Hansell, from his handmade pastels produced from rocks and clay, to the influence of other artists he has collected within his own personal art collection.
No.1 Study for large pastel, Greg Hansell, 2013
Female Orphan School, Greg Hansell, 2014
Homage to Bricklayers Various, Greg Hansell, 2014
The Second Flowering, Greg Hansell, 2014
Jacaranda and the Fruit Bat Flyover, Greg Hansell, 2014
Exhibition dates: 8 October 2016 - 20 January 2017
Opening hours: Thursday and Friday 10am to 4pm.
Saturday 19 November 11am - 4pm.
Admission: Free admission to the Female Orphan School and the A Sense of Place: The artist Greg Hansell's record of history now exhibition.
Location: The exhibition is presented in the Margaret Whitlam Galleries, in the historic Female Orphan School (Building EZ) on Western Sydney University's Parramatta South campus. Download a campus map for more information.
A Changing Australia: The time of Gough Whitlam
The Whitlam Institute's exhibition, A Changing Australia: The time of Gough Whitlam explores the remarkable life and enduring legacy of one of Australia's most significant Prime Ministers – Gough Whitlam. Step back in time to explore the dynamic, influential and tumultuous years of the Whitlam Government through some of the key objects from the Whitlam Prime Ministerial collection.
- Free admission
- Our regular opening hours are Thursday and Friday, 10.00am - 4.00pm
- East wing, Female Orphan School
Image: National Archives of Australia
National Trust Heritage Festival 2015
Talk: Compassionate interventions: entering and leaving the Female Orphan School
As part of the National Trust Heritage Festival, historian Associate Professor Carol Liston from the University of Western Sydney explored some of the stories of those who ended up either in or out of the orphanage because of compassionate intervention.
The talk Compassionate Interventions: entering and leaving the Female Orphan School will be available for viewing shortly.
Lecture: Happy Birthday Triple J! 40 years of big sound and big impact
The Centre for Media History at Macquarie University and the Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney, with the support of Triple J co-presented a public forum on Monday 19 January 2015, with media and popular music historian Dr Liz Giuffre from the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University, to mark the 40th birthday of 2JJ. The talk is now available to watch below:
National Trust Heritage Festival 2014
The Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney presented several events as part of the 2014 National Trust Heritage Festival. We filmed our two talks, which are now available to watch below:
Arrivals and Departures: The Journeys of the Female Orphan School Children
Historian Associate Professor Carol Liston from the University of Western Sydney tells the stories of how some children came to be at the Female Orphan School, and what became of them after they left.
The Journey to Restoration and Adaptive Reuse: The historic Female Orphan School
Heritage architect Megan Jones, Practice Director of Tanner Kibble Denton Architects discusses her experiences from stage one to completion of the Female Orphan School's progressive restoration.