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Robert Dowling Breakfasting out
Museum of London, Britain Purchased 1953
Tasmanian son of Empire
24 July – 3 October 2010 | Orde Poynton Gallery
Robert Dowling (1827–1886) was Australia’s first major colonial-trained professional artist. Within Australian art historical terms, this was a milestone of great significance. It may seem surprising, then, that the National Gallery of Australia exhibition Robert Dowling: Tasmanian son of Empire is the first retrospective of the artist’s comprehensive body of work
Members opening Devonshire tea
Sunday 25 July 3:00 pm
$25 members, $30 guests | bookings essential (02) 6240 6528 | Members Lounge, Orde Poynton Gallery and Project Gallery (meet in Gallery foyer)
Celebrate the opening of Robert Dowling. Join us for a Devonshire afternoon tea, followed by a walkthrough of the exhibition with John Jones, curator and art historian.
Special event: NAIDOC Week
Finale (detail: cast in front of Roebuck Hotel) Photographer Douglas Kirkland
Bran nue dae
NAIDOC Week film screening
Thursday 8 July 6:30 pm
Free | no bookings required (but arrive early to secure a seat) | James O Fairfax Theatre
To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2010, Robyn Kershaw, producer of Bran nue dae, introduces this adventurous comedy. Directed by Rachel Perkins and featuring an all-star cast: Ernie Dingo, Jessica Mauboy, Geoffrey Rush, Missy Higgins and Magda Subanski.
Nag� people Flores, Indonesia
Ancestral horse with two riders [ja heda or jara heda] 19th century or earlier
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2010. Part of Life, death & magic
Life, death & magic:
2000 years of Southeast Asian ancestral art
13 August – 31 October 2010 | Exhibition Galleries
A major exhibition featuring dramatic sculpture, jewellery and textiles revealing the power of art made for rituals of life and death from prehistoric to recent times.
Late Bronze Age, possibly Borneo
collected Flores, Indonesia
The Bronze Weaver
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2006
Conservation preview tour
Thursday 29 July 3:30 pm
$10 members, $15 guests | bookings essential (02) 6240 6528 | Exhibition Galleries and Members Lounge (meet in Gallery foyer)
Join Sarah McHugh, Objects Conservator, and David Turnbull, Exhibitions Coordinator, for a talk about the Life, death & magic exhibition preparation and a sneak peak at works still being removed from crates. Followed by a glass of sparkling wine in the Members Lounge. Participants must be over 16 years old.
Black Friday opening party
Friday 13 August 6:00 pm
$50 members and their guests | bookings essential (02) 6240 6528 | James O Fairfax Theatre and Exhibition Galleries (meet in Gallery foyer)
Robyn Maxwell, Life, death & magic exhibition curator, presents an introductory talk, followed by a viewing and cocktail reception. Dress in black.
Paddington x 2 House by Marsh Cashman Koolloos (detail), photograph Willem Rethmeier
Nonda Katsalidis, photograph Ric Wallis
Contemporary Australian Architects 2010 speaker series
Every Wednesday 28 July – 18 August 6:00 pm
(doors open 5:30)
Series $60; $50 members/institutemembers/students/concession
Single $20; $15 members/institute members/students/concession
Bookings essential (02) 6240 6528 | James O Fairfax Theatre
This annual lecture series showcases the latest work of renowned Australian architects. Presented in association with the ACT Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. Sponsored by BCA Certifiers.
Young members architecture
talk and tour
Thursday 19 August 6:00 pm
$20 members, $30 guests | bookings essential (02) 6240 6528 | meet in Diamant Hotel foyer
Explore the old and the new with a talk and tour of the recent extension of the Diamant Hotel with an architect from Fender Katsalidis. Followed by wine and nibbles at the Parlour Wine Room.
Crafternoon at the Gallery
Saturday 17 July 1:00–4:00 pm
$80, $70 members/concession (includes materials) | bookings essential (02) 6240 6528 | Small Theatre
Denise Litchfield, Sydney artist and guerrilla knitta, and Michelle Fracaro, Public Programs Officer, get crafty for an afternoon of creating felt and knitted jewellery.
Draw and explore:
Buddha and his buddies
for ages 5–8, parents/carers welcome
Tuesday 6 July 2:00–3:00 pm
$15, $12 child members (includes materials) | bookings essential (02) 6240 6528 | Asian galleries (meet in Gallery foyer)
Discover and draw the adventures of Buddha and his snake, elephant and monkey friends with Gallery educator Jo Krabman.
Tekke Turkmen people Young woman's cap
National Gallery of Australia. Canberra
Part of Shimmer
for ages 8–12
Wednesday 14 July 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
repeated 2:00–4:00 pm
$30, $20 child members | bookings essential (02) 6240 6528 | Childrens Gallery and Small Theatre (meet in Gallery foyer)
Inspired by the new Jewellery gallery and Shimmer, join Gallery educator Lucy Quinn to create your own wearable art, or ‘bling’, from unusual materials that sparkle, shine and glisten.
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