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top image detail: Imants Tillers 'Nature speaks: AU', 2002, synthetic polymer paint and gouache, Collection of Mr Len Watson. Part of the Imants Tillers: one world many visions exhibition
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Events and exhibitions
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.
View the full calendar of events online at nga.gov.au/Calendar.
Sign interpreted tour
Sunday 6 August 2pm
Auslan sign-interpreted tour of the exhibition. Bookings essential for complimentary ticket. Phone +61 2 6240 6519. Meet in Gallery Foyer.
Artist's talk: Imants Tillers
Tuesday 15 August 12.45pm
Imants Tillers will discuss some key works in the exhibition from a personal point of view, focussing on his working methods and the significance of identity and place in his art. Exhibition ticket required. Exhibition Galleries.
Screening: 'Quest for Country'
Friday 4 August 12.45pm
DVD, 1993, 23 min.
Floortalk: Ace Bourke
Thursday 17 August 12.45pm
Ace Bourke is a freelance curator specialising in contemporary Aboriginal art and colonial art. He was a friend of Michael Riley and presented many of his photographs between 1986 and 2004. Exhibition ticket required. Exhibition Galleries.
the magic in conservation
until 26 November
Abracadabra is an overview of conservation techniques that reveal the mysteries hidden in works of art.
Children are able to use ultra-violet light, magnification, X-ray games and computer technology to see invisible drawing in paintings, discover hidden repairs in ceramics, and see the internal structures of costumes and puppets.
detail from the The Rajah quilt 1841 Collection of the National Gallery of Australia. Gift of Les Hollings and the Australian Textiles Fund 1989.
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The Rajah quilt has captured the imagination of National Gallery of Australia visitors since its acquisition in 1989, and is the most frequently requested object for viewing in the Gallery’s Collection Study Room, however until now it has only been able to be shown folded in its box.
The Gallery’s textile conservators have advised that the quilt be made available for viewing only once a year, due to its size, fragility and the light-sensitive nature of its materials.
From 7–13 August 2006 The Rajah quilt will be on display, unfolded, for 1 hour per day, in the Gallery's Small Theatre. Its display will be supported with related lectures on the quilt’s history, construction and conservation.
Opening this month
The Crafted Object
26 August – 10 December
The crafted object 60s–80s brings together a wide range of Australian craft works from the national collection, many of which were acquired early in the Gallery’s history and have not been displayed for over a decade.
This exhibition focuses on the period from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, when a revival of studio craft practices opened up new possibilities for expression in the visual arts in Australia.
detail: Michael Riley 'Binni and Willurai [Kirkbright-Burney], 1990' 1990 gelatin silver photograph On loan from Linda Burney © Michael Riley, Licensed by The Michael Riley Foundation and VISCOPY, Australia. Part of the Michael Riley: sights unseen exhibition.