Issue 171 | June 2013
Turner and music | Members news | Events | Subscriber giveaway
01 Turner from the TateThe Making of a Master

Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master opens to the public this Saturday 1 June.

J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) is one of Britain’s greatest artists and a key figure of the Romantic period. He is celebrated as a highly modern painter, his work much admired for its experimental character.

Turner from the Tate provides a comprehensive overview of Turner and his artistic development, while offering extraordinary insights into his working life and practices.

J.M.W. Turner 'Regulus' exhibited 1828 Photo: © Tate, 2013

The exhibition includes ambitious early works such as Buttermere Lake, with part of Cromackwater 1798 and the spectacular The fall of an avalanche in the Grisons 1810, through to paintings of Turner’s late career including the exquisite Venice, the Bridge of Sighs 1840.

J.M.W. Turner 'Waves breaking on a Lee Shore at Margate (Study for 'Rockets and Blue Lights')' c.1840 Photo: © Tate, 2013

As well as many of Turner’s most famous paintings, Turner from the Tate highlights works never shown previously. The exhibition offers fresh perspectives on an artist who was valued as a master in his own time and whose impact was felt as far away as Australia.

Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master is organised by Tate in association with Art Exhibitions Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Ticket prices

  • Adult $25
  • Concession $20
  • NGA Member $16
  • Family $55
  • Child (7-16 yrs) $6

Tickets available online through Ticketek or phone 1300 795 012

02 Turner and musicCelebrating Turner
through performance

The National Gallery of Australia presents in connection with the exhibition Turner from the Tate four extraordinary performances from the internationally acclaimed Australian String Quartet, the Hindemith quintet of the Australian World Orchestra, the sublime performance of Ambre Hammond on piano and actor, John Turnbull reciting poetry of the time accompanied by Giga Jelescovic and his string quartet.

Tickets can be purchased online and from the Front Desk.

J.M.W. Turner 'Rome, from the Vatican. Raffaelle, accompanied by La Fornarina, preparing his pictures for the decoration of the Loggia exhibited 1820 Photo: © Tate, 2013

The Australian String Quartet

Romantic and Revolutionary: Turner in music
3pm Sunday 2 June

Explore Turner’s genius with his contemporaries John Field, Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Liszt, the high Romanticism of Brahms and a new work, The fallacies of hope, by Australian Stephen Wittington. Performed by the acclaimed Australian String Quartet: Kristian Winther (violin), Anne Horton (violin), Stephen King (viola), Rachel Johnston (cello).

$50, $44 concession, $42 members, $20 student (includes refreshments)

03 Members news

With Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master opening at the Gallery this week the Members office is looking forward to the coming busy but exciting few months ahead. The winter edition of Artonview will be delivered to you in the next few days and will contain the new events calendar for winter. In the meantime take a look at the events on offer on the members page of the website.

Events include a Champagne and Chintz morning with Nerida Brydon from Melbourne firm Elliott Clarke, who will discuss the history of Chintz and how it has influenced English interior design. We also have early morning viewings with Tea and English Muffins, a High Tea and the Members Dinner.

Over these cold months the winter Book Club will be reading 'Moroccan Idyll: Art and Orientalism' by Jeanette Hoorn. With Claudia Hyles, our erudite facilitator leading the discussion over morning tea in August, this is certain to be a worthwhile read.

On 9 July there is a bus trip to the Art Gallery of New South Wales to view the Sydney Moderns exhibition. The exhibition focuses on works created in the decades between the two world wars as progressive artists explored and promoted modernity through revolutions in colour and light. There are a number of works from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection included.

Take a walk in the Gardens
Why not add to your Turner experience and take a walk in the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Friends of the Gardens have developed walks featuring themes from Turner’s paintings. These free guided walks will leave at 11.00am on Saturdays during June. For further information on the Botanic Gardens “Turned on” walks click here

Members Special Offer for Freud’s Last Session
What happened when C.S. Lewis met Sigmund Freud?
Freud’s Last Session tells of an electrifying intellectual duel between two great minds of last century. Winner of the 2011 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play, it opens at Sydney’s Theatre Royal on 14 August. Take advantage of a special offer for National Gallery of Australia members: $5 off A-Reserve seats for Tuesday-Thursday evening performances during 15 August – 5 September. Offer valid until 5pm Friday 7 June. Book here.

04 Event
highlights Go to calendar
for all events

05 Canberra connectionCelebrating the Centenary with works from the
national collection

This month Kelli Cole, Assistant Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, discusses artist Matilda House and the role of storytelling in her practice.

Matilda House is a Ngambri-Ngunnawal woman who is a traditional custodian of the Canberra region. She is a storyteller and an artist; she has a commitment to keeping her people’s stories alive for the next generation. This commitment inspired her artistic practice.

'you must have stories of your country. If you don't, you don't belong, no matter where you come from.'

As a child, House learnt the importance of storytelling from her great grandfather Harry William also know as Black Harry, as they made many journeys back to country on custodial lands. Their Country includes Namadgi (a local word for mountain) National Park, which is situated 90 minutes from Canberra.

Matilda House 'Hongyon Country' 1996 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gordon Darling Australasian Print Fund 1997

Like the Rock Art paintings at Yankee Hat in the Namadgi National Park, Matilda House's print Hongyon Country 1996 represents her rich cultural heritage, outlining the local food sources that are available in the area, which the survival of her people depended on.

The subtle twilight purple creates the effect of dawn or dusk. The composition is drawn together by the band of white through the centre of the print, like fog rolling through the Valley.

06 Winter Film Series

Catch some of the most exciting recent cinema about art, culture and ideas in a program curated and introduced by film writer and curator Simon Weaving.

Wednesdays 5 June – 10 July
Each session starts at 6.00pm

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre

Series tickets: $80, $70 concession, $60 members

Single: $16, $14 concession, $12 members

For program and booking information visit the Winter Film Series page here

Join us next Wednesday 5 June for the Series' inaugural screening, 'Marina Abramovic: the artist is present' 2012. A documentary that follows Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic as she prepares for the most important moment of her life: a major retrospective exhibition at the Museum Of Modern Art of her seductive, fearless and outrageous body of work.

07 Around
the country
Interstate events
and travelling

South Australia

unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial | Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide SA , 3 May –7 July 2013

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Red Case - Myths and Rituals & Yellow Case - Form, Space and Design | Murray Bridge Regional Art Gallery, Murray Bridge SA, 28 June – 16 July 2013

New South Wales

Stars of the Tokyo stage:  Natori Shunsen’s kabuki actor prints| Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth NSW, 15 June – 20 July 2013

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Blue Case – Technology | Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragal NSW, 24 May – 17 June 2013

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Blue Case – Technology | Shellharbour Council Exhibition Space, Shellharbour NSW, 18 June – 18 July 2013



Natori Shunsen 'Nakamura Tokizo III and Ichikawa Omezo IV as Tsuru and Kame in 'The crane and the tortoise'' 1928 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Orde Poynton Esq, AO CMG 2001

Northern Territory

Capital and country: the Federation years 1900 – 1914 | Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin NT, 4 May – 29 September 2013

Roy Lichtenstein: Pop Remix | Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs NT, 26 April – 10 June 2013


The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: 1888 Melbourne Cup | National Sports Museum, Richmond VIC, 15 January – 16 September 2013

08 Win tickets to Satellite

Thanks to Hopscotch Films, we have 10 double passes to giveaway to see the new Australian film Satellite Boy, in cinemas 20 June. When the home of 12 year old Pete and his grandfather (David Gulpilil) is threatened with demolition, Pete and his friend Kalmain embark on a quest to confront those responsible, travelling through epic and stunning Kimberley country. Navigating a world torn between old and new, nature and technology, Satellite Boy is a heartfelt story about the importance of friendship, family, and cultural identity.

Watch the trailer here

For your chance to win, email your contact details to by COB Thursday 6 June. 

09 What's on
in Canberra

For the fifth year in a row, Canberra will enjoy a ‘taste of mid-winter magic’ with the Canberra and Capital region’s truffle festival running from 21 June until early August 2013. The festival will include truffle hunts, cooking classes, dining experiences, and grower talks. Local restaurants, cafes and wineries will also be taking part.

For more information visit the Truffle Festival website