First Light: the art of Peter Kingston

The World Health Organisation has declared the COVID-19 virus a pandemic that risks the health, safety and wellbeing of the most vulnerable people in our community. We take this risk very seriously, so the National Trust has cancelled or postponed all events until 30 June 2020. This event is cancelled.

One of Sydney’s best-known artists, Peter Kingston is known for his illustrations, paintings and work as a draughtsman; a survey exhibition of works by Peter Kingston focusing on his passion for Sydney harbour.

Kingston’s passion has been to document the great energy and character of Sydney Harbour, its moods and movement, the perpetual ebb and flow of the ferries, the human activity, and that great symbol of Sydney, the Opera House.

‘I have spent countless nights watching the moon reflect upon the water and the shadow of this great building creating colours and unique impressions each passing day.’ These subjects have become increasingly important to Kingston during the last two decades, when he has devoted himself more fully to painting and drawing.

Curated by Barry Pearce, Emeritus Curator of Australian Art, the exhibition coincides with the release of a monograph published by The Beagle Press – Peter Kingston: Paintings and Drawings.

Location Details


National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery, Watson Road, Millers Point (The Rocks)


Tuesday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm


16 December 2019 – 3 January 2020.
Mondays & Public Holidays.
Easter - closed Good Friday only.

(02) 9258 0173
Entry Fees:

$12.00 - General
$10.00 – Seniors and Concessions
$4.00 – National Trust Members
(children under 12 free)

*Selected exhibitions may incur special prices

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