Wednesday 1 May - Saturday 4 May 2013


If you have any questions about the conference please contact your local AAGGO representative in the first instance.

AAGGO representatives may contact

Carol Hunt
For queries relating to registrations or cancellations for the 2013 conference

Maryann Mussared
For queries relating to AAGGO Council business


Image detail above:
Ramingining Artists The Aboriginal Memorial 1987–88 (detail), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased with the assistance of funds from National Gallery admission charges and commissioned in 1987

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The conference commences at 2pm on Wednesday 1 May and concludes at lunchtime on Saturday 4 May.

AAGGO representatives will attend an AAGGO Council Meeting commencing at 10.30am on Wednesday 1 May, with coffee from 10.00am.

An optional post conference tour will run from lunchtime to 4pm on Saturday 4 May.

The conference theme is A Capital Collection – Art for the Nation to reflect Canberra's Centenary year. The artistic life of Canberra will be featured, and will provide insights into the development and diversity of the national art collection and why it is important to the nation.

The program will also include sessions on national cultural and arts policies, Indigenous art, glass art, technology and access, guiding for visitors with special needs, and the Necia Gilbert Memorial Lecture to be given by a prominent Adelaide artist.

An innovation for our conference is the introduction of posters to provide an opportunity for galleries to share information and promote initiatives and highlights. Every AAGGO member gallery is invited to prepare and display a poster that promotes an aspect your gallery. Posters will be displayed in Gandel Hall where they will be available for viewing during the lunch and tea breaks. Guidelines for preparing posters can be viewed here

Activities include:

  • Sunset and dawn viewing of the James Turrell Skyspace installation Within Without
  • Viewing of the NGA galleries and Sculpture Garden
  • Visits to the Canberra Glassworks and other nearby national institutions
  • A cocktail reception at the National Portrait Gallery
  • The conference dinner in the Gandel Hall, NGA

The draft program outline is in the right hand column.

There are several national institutions within walking distance that have art works on display. These include the National Library of Australia's Treasures Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, National Archives and the Gallery of Australian Design.

Still more art works are just a short drive away in the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, National Museum of Australia, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, ANU Drill Hall Gallery and Megalo Print Gallery.

Many of these galleries and museums will have exhibitions on during May that relate to the Centenary of Canberra.

Upon ArrivalRegistered participants will be able to collect their conference materials in Gandel Hall at the National Gallery of Australia from 10am on Wednesday 1 May. The conference will open at 2pm.


Cocktail Reception and Dinner

A welcome cocktail reception will be held at the National Portrait Gallery from 5.30pm on Wednesday 1 May and the conference dinner will be held from 7.00pm in Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia on Friday 3 May. The cost of these events is included in the conference registration fee. Feel free to wear your party clothes to the conference dinner.


Post Conference Activity

An optional post conference tour of the Parliament House 'Behind the Scenes' art collection will be held on Saturday 4 May from lunchtime to 4pm. The cost of this tour is $55 and is in addition to the Conference registration fee.

DRAFT Program Outline

For a full outline of the draft program click here

Natalia Goncharova Costume for a seahorse c.1916, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 1995
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