Our masterplan

Our aim is to establish the Sidney Nolan Trust as an international centre of artistic practice, research and engagement inspired by its founder’s extraordinary talent, innovation and passion for intellectual and cultural exchange, set in an ancient landscape.

Widely considered Australia’s finest painter, Sidney Nolan lived for most of his career in England.  The ancient manor, The Rodd near Presteigne on the borders of Wales, was his home for the last nine years of his life and it was here that he founded the charitable trust in his name.  The ancient landscape of its valley setting reminded him of the timeless and monumental wild places that he had visited in Australia and elsewhere throughout his career.  His ambition was to create an inspirational gathering place for artists, scholars, students and others to meet, to exchange and develop their practise, and above all to create and to share widely their artistic endeavour.

The Trust’s Board, chaired by Lord Lipsey, is launching an appeal in Sidney Nolan’s centenary year with the aim of ensuring that his vision for the Trust will be achieved and that his legacy will be sustained.

We have 2 key ambitions:

  • to secure and restore the ancient buildings at The Rodd to serve our multi-artform residency and master class programme, our learning programme and our Nolan collection;
  • to provide the sustainability and resilience envisaged by the Trust’s founder through acquiring important paintings to augment our Nolan collection and establishing an endowment fund that will support the maintenance of the Trust’s programmes. 

If you are interested in hearing more about our plans please contact Anthony Plant, Trust Director, aplant@sidneynolantrust.org, or Amanda Fitzwilliams, PR & Development Manager, afitzwilliams@sidneynolantrust.org or phone 01544 260149

Supported By

Arts Council England