Slow down, observe...
Create a range of drawings inspired by one of the world's most iconic buildings.
Virtually explore the Opera House and its surroundings via a live digital tour, and experience through the eyes of an artist. Working with a variety of artists each season, explore various drawing techniques, and perspectives inspired by one of the world's most iconic buildings.
You will also be joined by an expert Tour Guide Host to traverse through the Opera House with, and learn about the influence of visual arts in the site's history, including the beautiful tapestries that grace our venues and foyer spaces.
Drawing is as practical as an architectural and engineering blueprint, but it is also a tool for creative expression and making meaning, visually documenting what we see or imagine on paper, for others to view, interpret and enjoy.
From the very beginning, drawings have played a significant role in the Opera House’s history – a global architectural competition saw entries from all over the world, where a relatively unknown Danish architect, Jorn Utzon, became the winner of a new National Opera House for Sydney. Utzon’s original and somewhat controversial design was an imaginative sculptural response that the judges were convinced would be ‘capable of becoming one of the great buildings of the world’.
Following the digital tour, you will have an opportunity to ask questions to your Tour Host and Visual Artist Guide.
A self-guided version of this digital tour will be available on 30 April for you to explore the Opera House and a variety of drawing techniques at your leisure.
An in-person version of this tour is available to attend for free. Please see here for more details.
Presented by Sydney Opera House