An open area in the middle of town with picnic tables and modern architecture surrounding a large square screen playing a film.



NFSA stories reimagined
 Rachael Priddel

STORYBOX runs in Sydney's Darling Square from 23 April to 30 June 2021, 7am to 10pm daily, featuring original video works by the NFSA.


STORYBOX comes to Darling Square in Sydney this April, taking up residency outside The Exchange building. STORYBOX is a bespoke 2m-squared digital cube that features curated digital archives, artworks, animations, community stories, short films and more. 

From the Archive to the Town Square

The NFSA has delved into the collection to produce four original video works, reimagining documentaries, short films and home movies from the 1890s to the 1970s into snapshots of Sydney life.

Finding beauty in the seemingly mundane and celebrating simple joys, these video works contribute to a curated digital program exploring the many lives of Sydney through time.

You can find out more about the full program at and watch a preview of STORYBOX in the clip below: 

NFSA original video work Dance Card, which features in STORYBOX in Darling Square from 23 April to 30 June.

'Reflect and Connect'

NFSA Chief Engagement Officer, Mathieu Ravier, said:

'Storytelling is at the heart of the NFSA, so we are thrilled to partner with ESEM Projects to bring STORYBOX to Darling Quarter. STORYBOX is a wonderful opportunity for Sydneysiders and visitors alike to pause from our collective busyness to reflect and connect with stories that can unite and delight us.'

Through the STORYBOX format, these works are presented alongside contributions from partner organisations and the community. They are designed to spark a conversation around the past and present, reframing archival narratives to reveal new stories about our city and ourselves.

The following still images are just a sneak peek of what you will experience when you visit Darling Square to see STORYBOX:

About the STORYBOX Program

The STORYBOX Sydney program is presented by ESEM Projects in partnership with the ABC's Content Ideas Lab, the NFSA, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, the CSIRO, the Sydney Writers Festival and Story Factory.

STORYBOX Sydney is made possible with funding from the City of Sydney’s CBD Activations Program and venue support from Placemaking NSW. 

Contributing artists and content advisors: Rachael Priddel, Finn Boyle-Moore, Sarah Little, Anna Yates, Simon Drake and Nick Henderson.

To find out how you can use the NFSA collection in your projects please contact our Access Team.

You can experience STORYBOX in Sydney's Darling Square,7am to 10pm daily from 23 April to 30 June 2021.