Art at the Academy: Yvette Hamilton

Woodford Academy welcomes Yvette Hamilton, our new Artist In Residence. Yvette will deliver a talk on her evolving art practice and her fascination with the Academy’s astronomical history.

Using photographic and archival resources, Yvette Hamilton delves into the history of Alfred Fairfax’s role in the observations of the Transit of Venus at Woodford Academy in 1874. Yvette explores the significance and value of the light-pollution-free ‘dark skies’ of the Blue Mountains region, which links the past to the present and the future.


Transit of Venus camp and observatories, Woodford, Blue Mountains, 1874, Powerhouse Museum, P3548-796.

Transit of Venus camp and observatories, Woodford, Blue Mountains, 1874, Powerhouse Museum, P3548-796.


Artist Yvette Hamilton Art at the Academy: Yvette Hamilton

Photographs courtesy of artist Yvette Hamilton


While onsite take the opportunity to explore the rich history of Woodford Academy. The Academy is the oldest complex of colonial sandstone buildings in the Blue Mountains and is of state heritage significance.

Built originally as an Inn in the 1830s, the property has had a multi-layered history, also operating over the years as a gentleman’s residence, guest house, boarding house and from 1907-1936 under the ownership of John McManamey as an exclusive school called Woodford Academy.


How to book your tickets

This special event is run in conjunction with our regular ticketed open day and is available to attend free with museum entry. To ensure the health and safety of the community, the National Trust (NSW) requires pre-booked tickets.

Pre-book your ticket via Eventbrite.



Please contact the property direct using the details below.

Plan your Visit

Woodford Academy


90-92 Great Western Highway, Woodford 2778 NSW
(parking available on Vale Rd, accessed via Woodford Ave from either direction of the Great Western Hwy)

(02) 4758 8743
Entry Fees:
  • Adults - $10
  • Seniors/ Students (5-15yrs) - $8
  • Family (2 adults + accompanying children ) - $25
  • Child under 5 FREE

Please note: To ensure we can manage timed entry and safe physical distancing, we are asking visitors to pre-purchase tickets via Eventbrite. Booking fees will apply.

We encourage visitors to wear a mask when indoors at our property.

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