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top image: Gwyn H Pigott 'Pale still life with teapot' 2002, glazed
porcelain, Collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Gift of Raphy
Star. Part of the Transformations exhibition
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Exhibitions and events
For event bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 2 6240 6504. Events are in the James O Fairfax Theatre unless otherwise advised. For the full events calendar nga.gov.au/Calendar
Robert Bell, Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design, says: ‘Transformations reveals the skill and imagination of the contemporary craft practitioner in transforming materials from the everyday to the extraordinary, shown through the articulation of materials and structure, the passionate expression of the languages of abstraction and ornamentation, narrative and design'.
early morning viewing
Sunday 20 November 8.30am
Join voluntary guides for a tour of the exhibition followed by morning tea in the Members Lounge. Members $20; guests $30 (includes exhibition entry) Bookings essential
Friday 2 December 6.30pm
Join Robert Bell, Senior Curator, Decorative Arts and Design, for a tour of the exhibition followed by refreshments in the exhibition foyer. Members $15; guests $25 (includes exhibition entry) Bookings essential
Saturday 3 December 9.30am
Celebrating International Day of People with DisABILITY
Private viewing for Carers with Voluntary guides. Bookings essential via Joanne Walsh +61 2 6240 6519 or Carers ACT +61 2 6296 9917
Sunday 4 December 2–3pm
2pm Robert Bell, Senior Curator, Decorative Arts and Design
2.20pm Helmut Lueckenhausen, artist
2.40pm Robert Foster, artist
Exhibition ticket required Exhibition Galleries
This exhibition investigates the creative innovation and technical experimentation that lies behind the production of some of the 20th century's greatest achievements in woodcut.
Frankenthaler was a key figure in the New York art scene during the 1950s. She was a revolutionary artist who made a significant contribution to an artistic territory dominated by giants like Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning. Although painting was Frankenthaler’s primary artistic passion, an obsession to push her creative limits led her to turn her attention to print media.
floor talk with Ken Tyler
Friday 25 November 6pm
Join master printmaker Ken Tyler (USA) for a tour of the exhibition. Followed by wine and canapés in the Members Lounge. Members $20; $30 guests Bookings essential
Tuesday 6 December 12.45pm
An introduction to the exhibition by Jaklyn Babington, Assistant Curator, International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books. Orde Poynton Gallery
Bringing together over 90 works, from the colonial period to the present Moist is a rare glimpse into the Gallery’s collection of Australian watercolours. While the title refers to the liquid nature of watercolour, the word ‘moist’ elicits images of an atmospheric, physical or emotional state of being.
Thursday 17 November 12.45pm
Helga Groves talks about her work Tundra series no. 12 2003. Project Gallery
mounting, cutting and framing workshop
Saturday 3 December 1–4pm
Join paper conservators and mountcutting staff to learn about archival framing techniques. $40; $30 members Bookings essential
Papua New Guinea
8 October 2005 – 15 January 2006
After generations of colonial rule, the free nation of Papua New Guinea was established in 1975. This exhibition celebrates 30 years of independence. Stories and images, both traditional and imaginary, are recorded in pen, pencil, woodcuts and screenprints – all new forms of expression to artists from the region. These prints and drawings, produced in the years around independence, show three ways in which Papua Nuginian artists responded to their contemporary world.
Thursday 8 December 12.45pm
An introduction to the exhibition by Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints, Posters and Illustrated Books. Bookings essential
Saturday 10 December 11.30am–2pm
Monique Dykstra and Daniel Cordeaux of Open Stage Productions present an exciting interactive performance full of fun and surprises followed by a party in the Sculpture Garden. $10 children; $15 adults and their guests Bookings essential
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Gallery Members help develop and preserve the national collection. Our programs and workshops are designed to bring you closer to the Gallery and its collection.
Members can gain inside information on exhibitions through special members' functions, lunchtime talks and films. Members also enjoy the opportunity to have lunch in the exclusive Members Lounge, with its magnificent views of Lake Burley Griffin. Our quarterly members' magazine artonview keeps members in touch with what is happening in the art world.
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Members' Christmas shopping night
Friday 2 December 5.30pm–8pm
The Shop will be open for Christmas shopping specials, discounts and free gift wrapping.
The NGA Café is the ideal place for great coffee and a delicious meal prior to exploring the riches of the Gallery’s collection. Open daily from 10am–4.30pm.
Enjoy one of Canberra’s most pleasant dining experiences, in the tranquil setting of the sculpturegarden restaurant, with excellent food and wine it is the perfect place for lunch or weekend brunch.
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Preview the 2006 exhibition program at nga.gov.au/exhibitions/future.html
Indonesia 19th century 'Container for a talisman [kelongsong azimat]' gold, silver, cinnabar, Collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Gift of Robyn, John and Simeran Maxwell 2005 Part of the upcoming Crescent Moon: Islamic art & civilization in Southeast Asia exhibition.