Fearlessly Optimistic – Art Show


Fearlessly Optimistic
Art Show

Date: 16th May 2024 @ 6pm
Location: National Art School, Sydney NSW

Fearlessly Optimistic

Barnardos is excited to announce their inaugural fundraising art show will be happening on May 16, 2024, at the National Art School’s Cellblock Theatre in Darlinghurst.

This mixed-media event will focus on local emerging artists, whilst also featuring some established names in the art world, such as Liz Payne, Antoinette Ferwerda, Gemma O’Brien, and Andrew Rovenko, to name a few.

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16th May 2024

6pm – 10pm

National Art School’s Cellblock Theatre
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Raising money for vulnerable children

The theme of the show is “Fearlessly Optimistic” with artists kindly donating never-before-seen artworks created especially for the event. ‘Fearlessly Optimistic’, embodies the unrelenting passion of Barnardos. We never give up and are deeply committed to changing lives by improving the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children and are optimistic about the future of Australian children. The artists and attendees of this exhibition are equally determined and connected to our shared belief in an optimistic future.

In the current world climate, this show will provide some much-needed positivity and joy. The historic Cellblock Theatre at the National Art School will also provide an inspiring backdrop as those hallowed halls developing so many incredible local artists since 1843.

Carefully curated with artworks to please a range of tastes and price ranges, the show will include sculpture, photography, paint on canvas and prints.

All pieces will be available for sale via online auction which will be shared when bidding opens May 9 at 9am, and closes on May 16 at 10pm.



Tickets are $50 and include beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), gourmet canapes and live music and entertainment. 

All proceeds will go to Barnardos Australia safety and prevention programs.


Event partners

We are so grateful to our event partners below for providing the catering, flowers and wines.

For more information, please get in touch with: Isabella Armstrong, Community Fundraising Manager – iarmstrong@barnardos.org.au

Christmas In Pyrmont


Join in the festive fun at Christmas
in Pyrmont

The annual street fair will be held on
Sunday 26 November 2023


Event details

Sunday 26 November 2023

This year Christmas In Pyrmont is on from 10am – 4pm in Refinery Square, Bowman Street.
We will again have a great range of food and product stalls and a full entertainment program
that you
won’t want to miss.

Refinery Square, Bowman Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009.

Christmas in Pyrmont is an annual street fair, organised by local Pyrmont and Ultimo residents.

We welcome you to celebrate the festive season and to join in with the local community. There will be live music, face painting and crafts for kids, fun and fitness activities for all ages to get involved. Santa and the fire engine will be present too! It’s a good time to get some early Christmas gifts and goodies.

Be sure to put the date in your diary and tell all your friends!




Would you like to be involved in the event that celebrates the festive season and promotes the sense of community, whilst raising funds and awareness for local charities?

We need volunteers to assist us in making this event run smoothly for the children! Activities like face painting, card decorating, cookie decorating will require support, in addition to set up and pack down.

Volunteers require a Working with Children Check for this event.

Please email Isabella Armstrong iarmstrong@barnardos.org.au for more details and to register to volunteer.



Event highlights

Peter Pan Op Shop Winter Sale


Peter Pan
Op Shop
Winter Sale

The iconic Peter Pan Op Shop is back for Winter this year. Held over 3 days - this is one sale you won't want to miss!

Peter Pan Op Shop Winter Sale
Fri 24 -Sun 26 May 2024

NEW LOCATION: 410 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW 2021

The iconic Peter Pan Op Shop is back for Winter this year! This high end, vintage and second-hand clothing sale is a biannual event that raises much-needed funds for Barnardos Australia.

Join us for the sale of the season to support Barnardos programs and services that support disadvantaged children, youth, and their families.

3 days only

Fri 10:30am to 5pm   |  Sat 9:30am to 5pm   |  Sun 10:30am to 3pm

This is a women’s only event. EFTPOS facilities are available. All proceeds go to Barnardos Australia.

Dating back to World War II, the Op Shop is run by the dedicated women of the Peter Pan Committee who have supported our work with vulnerable children and families for over 85 years. It has since become an iconic fundraising event held twice a year in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs where those with an eye for fashion can scour the racks for top-end items at rock bottom prices.

The sale features designer brands such as Bianca Spendersass & bide and Zimmermann, with all clothing, footwear and accessories donated to help raise much-needed funds for our programs and services.

A heartfelt thank you to all who donate to our Op Shop sale. From large designer brands to local Sydney women, your generous support ensures Barnardos can continue providing urgent care and essential services to those most vulnerable. Thanks to the kindness of people like you, last year we helped a total of 10,987 children, young people and their families!

For more information, call us on 02 9218 2484 or send us an email at events@barnardos.org.au

See you there!

Clothes donation appeal

Are you a wholesaler, distributor or retailer? If so, we would love to hear from you!

We accept sample stock, surplus and out-of-season items.

We are committed to providing our partners with branding opportunities and impact reports. We can also help with discarding unwanted stock and we would be happy to discuss any bespoke requirements you may have.

For more information, please get in touch with: Isabella Armstrong, Community Fundraising Manager – iarmstrong@barnardos.org.au