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 –