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  1. James Turrell | Talks & Lectures Curator's perspective
    Mar 7 2:00pm Auslan sign-interpreted lecture Lucina Ward, Curator, James Turrell: a retrospective discusses the work of this ground-breaking American artist and his influences.
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  2. James Turrell | Special events Luminosity
    Mar 7 5:00pm – 10:00pm Enlighten at NGA Enjoy the spectacular lights and colours of Enlighten with a late opening of selected galleries, roving entertainment and a collaborative art project for all ages. James Turrell: A retrospective is open until 9.00pm, tickets available at the Gallery.
    Venue: NGA building and forecourt
    Price : Free
  3. Impressions of Paris | Talks & Lectures Curator's talk: Finery, frills and frippery
    Mar 10 12:45pm Emilie Owens, Assistant Curator, discusses French fashion in the Impressions of Paris exhibition.
    Venue: Small Theatre
    Price : Free
  4. James Turrell | Tours Assisted tour:James Turrell
    Mar 12 9:00am – 10:00am For people with a disability and their carers.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : Free (bookings essential)
  5. Impressions of Paris | Workshops Dr Sketchy's burlesque drawing: Impressions of Paris
    Mar 12 6:30pm – 9:30pm (ages 18+) Draw glamorous underground models and performers in a fun, welcoming atmosphere with a burlesque flavour. Pay bar and light refreshments available.
    Venue: Gandel Hall
    Price : $30, $25 concession, $20 members (includes first drink, BYO materials welcome, some materials provided)
  6. Permanent collection | Kids & family stART with art
    Mar 13 10:30am – 12:00pm (ages 2-5) A morning of exploration and creative fun with art and music
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 child members, includes materials (free for accompanying adults)
  7. Permanent collection | Workshops Draw together
    Mar 15 11:00am – 12:30pm (all ages, children to be accompanied) Art-making in response to works of art.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members (includes materials)
  8. Permanent collection | Kids & family A little look at ART
    Mar 18 10:00am – 12:00pm (ages 0-1 and parents/carers) Join a voluntary guide for an informal tour of the Gallery for parents and carers with babies, followed by coffee and muffins.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members/concession
  9. James Turrell | Talks & Lectures Light and space in architecture
    Mar 18 6:00pm Ann Cleary, Senior Lecturer, Architecture, University of Canberra, compares Turrell's work in Japan with the work of architect Tadao Ando. Brian Corr, glass artist and PhD candidate, discusses his research into spatial scale and still meditative spaces.
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : $20, $15 members/concession $5 students
  10. James Turrell | Talks & Lectures Go inside to greet the light
    Mar 19 12:45pm James Turrell's Skyspaces Simeran Maxwell, Assistant Curator for James Turrell: A Retrospective, speaks about Turrell's Skyspaces around the world.
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  11. Australian art | Members Flappers in the fall
    Mar 21 2:00pm
    Venue: Sculpture Garden
    Price : $60 members, $70 guests
  12. Permanent collection | Workshops Draw together
    Mar 22 11:00am – 12:30pm (all ages, children to be accompanied) Art-making in response to works of art.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members (includes materials)
  13. James Turrell | Talks & Lectures Printing the light
    Mar 24 12:45pm Jaklyn Babington, Curator, Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books, discusses James Turrell's works on paper.
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  14. James Turrell | Talks & Lectures Let's focus on perception
    Mar 25 6:00pm Panel discussion moderated by Exhibition Curator, Lucina Ward with experts from the Australian National University in the fields of Neuroscience, Psychology and Art.
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : $20, $15 members/concession ,$5 students
  15. James Turrell | Members Turrell at twilight
    Mar 25 6:30pm Finish the day with a glass of Chandon in the Australian Gardens and a curatorial introduction to James Turrell's Within without followed by a dusk viewing.
    Venue: Australian Gardens
    Price : Free, members only, bookings essential, places limited
  16. James Turrell | Talks & Lectures In the moment
    Mar 28 2:00pm Adriane Boag, Gallery educator discusses the exhibition James Turrell: a retrospective as an embodied experience
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  17. Permanent collection | Workshops Draw together
    Mar 29 11:00am – 12:30pm (all ages, children to be accompanied) Art-making in response to works of art.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members (includes materials)
  18. James Turrell | Performances Concert: Sounding Turrell
    Mar 29 5:30pm – 6:50pm Curated by Roland Peelman, artists from the Canberra International Music Festival perform works by John Cage, John Luther Adams, Morton Feldman and Arvo Part. Followed by Skyspace sunset viewing and drinks.
    Venue: Gandel Hall
    Price : $65, $60 members/concession, $30 under 30, includes glass of wine
  19. Permanent collection | Talks & Lectures The legacy of Hugh Ramsay
    Mar 30 9:30am – 5:30pm Exploring the life, work and influence of Hugh Ramsay. See more information about the Symposium here
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free (bookings essential)
  20. Permanent collection | Tours Rendezvous with art
    Mar 30 10:00am – 12:00pm Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the Members Lounge before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.
    Venue: meet in main foyer
    Price : $12, $10 members/concession
  21. Australian art | Talks & Lectures Curator's talk: Abstraction and minimalism
    Mar 31 12:45pm – 1:45pm Lara Nicholls, Assistant Curator, Australian Art, talks about works from an era characterised by strong aesthetic convictions and artistic bravado.
    Price : Free
  22. Permanent collection | Performances Songs of the Noongar
    Apr 7 7:00pm – 8:00pm Award-winning performers Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse combine pure, haunting vocals in the Noongar language and guitar.
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : $35, $30 members concession
  23. Colour my world | Talks & Lectures Curators' perspective
    Apr 9 12:45pm Shaune Lakin, Senior Curator, and Ann O'Hehir, Curator, Photography, speak about hand- coloured photographs in the new exhibition
    Venue: Photography gallery
    Price : Free
  24. Indigenous art | Members Coffee with the curator
    Apr 10 10:15am Join Franchesca Cubillo, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, for a guided tour of the Gallery's Indigenous galleries followed by coffee and cake in the Members Lounge.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $20 members, $30 guests
  25. Permanent collection | Assisted Art and Alzheimer's
    Apr 10 10:25am – 11:30am Friday with a friend A tour for people living with dementia and their carers.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : Free (bookings essential)
  26. Permanent collection | Kids & family stART with art
    Apr 10 10:30am – 12:00pm (ages 2-5) A morning of exploration and creative fun with art and music
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12 child, $10 child members, includes materials (free for accompanying adults)
  27. Indigenous art | Talks & Lectures Artist's talk: Christopher Pease
    Apr 11 12:45pm Noongar artist Christopher Pease discusses how he weav s old and new concepts through his contemporary landscapes.
    Venue: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander galleries
    Price : Free
  28. Permanent collection | Viewings Slow Art 2015
    Apr 11 2:00pm – 4:00pm International Slow Art Day encourages a contemplative approach to art and is celebrated in galleries throughout the world. Spend time looking at works of art and then join a lively discussion with Gallery educators. More info
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : Free
    Booking: Book here
  29. James Turrell | Screenings Portrait of Phillip in twelve parts
    Apr 12 3:00pm – 5:30pm (2007, DVD, rated M, 119 mins) Scott Hicks documentary about composer Phillip Glass, with introduction by Roland Peelman, Artistic Director, Canberra International Music Festival 2015, 'Glass and Turrell: elements of time and light'. Followed by Skyspace sunset viewing and drinks.
    Venue: Gandel Hall
    Price : $20, $15 members/concession
  30. Permanent collection | Tours Rendezvous with art
    Apr 13 10:00am – 12:00pm Enjoy refreshments in the Members Lounge before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.
    Venue: meet in main foyer
    Price : $12, $10 members/concession
  31. Alive & Spirited | Kids & family Painting on a mythic scale
    Apr 13 10:30am – 12:30pm repeated 2.00-4.00pm (ages 7-12 ) Internationally acclaimed Indigenous artist Christopher Pease leads a painting workshop inspired by his work on show in Alive and spirited.
    Venue: Small Theatre
    Price : $25, $20 child members
  32. Permanent collection | Kids & family A little look at ART
    Apr 15 10:00am – 12:00pm (ages 0-1 and parents/carers) Join a voluntary guide for an informal tour of the Gallery for parents and carers with babies, followed by coffee and muffins.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members/concession
  33. James Turrell | Kids & family Printing light and shape
    Apr 17 10:30am – 12:30pm repeated 2.00-4.00pm (ages 7-12 ) Create your own print works on paper inspired by Turrell's geometric shapes
    Venue: Small Theatre
    Price : $25, $20 members/concession
  34. Permanent collection | Assisted Descriptive tour
    Apr 18 2:30pm – 3:30pm Descriptive tour of works in the collection exploring colour and light for people who are blind or with low vision.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : Free (bookings essential)
  35. Permanent collection | Kids & family Creative meditation for children
    Apr 21 10:30am – 11:00pm (ages 5-7, to be accompanied) Join Dianne Bourke, child meditation facilitator and guided imagery specialist for children
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $7, $5 child (free for accompanying adults)
  36. Permanent collection | Kids & family Creative meditation for children
    Apr 21 11:30am – 12:15pm (ages 8-12) Join Dianne Bourke, child meditation facilitator and guided imagery specialist for children
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $7, $5 child (free for accompanying adults)
  37. Permanent collection | Kids & family ASI: Art Scene Investigation
    Apr 22 10:30am – 12:00pm (ages 8-12) Join the Art Investigation Squad to discover clues and solve new mysteries about the art on display at NGA Contemporary
    Venue: NGA Contemporary
    Price : $12, $10 child members (includes morning tea)
  38. James Turrell | Talks & Lectures Art as a spiritual experience
    Apr 22 6:00pm – 7:00pm Professor David Tacey, public intellectual, bestselling author and interdisciplinary scholar, on Turrell and art as a spiritual experience.
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : $20, $15 members/concession, $5 students
  39. International art | Tours Auslan sign-interpreted tour
    Apr 26 2:30pm – 3:30pm Auslan sign-interpreted tour of works in the collection exploring colour and light for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : Free (bookings essential)
  40. Permanent collection | Tours Rendezvous with art
    Apr 27 10:00am – 12:00pm Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the Members Lounge before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.
    Venue: meet in main foyer
    Price : $12, $10 members/concession
  41. Ramayana | Talks & Lectures Curator's perspective
    Apr 28 12:45pm Melanie Eastburn, Curator, Asian Art, introduces the new exhibition of Indian miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi.
    Venue: Orde Poynton Gallery
    Price : Free
  42. James Turrell | Assisted Private viewing for carers
    Apr 30 9:00am – 10:00am Assisted tour Access viewing of James Turrell: a retrospective in partnership with Carers ACT.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : Free (bookings essential)
    Booking: Call Carers ACT (02) 6296 9900
  43. Special events | Talks & Lectures 8th Australian Print Symposium
    Commences May 1 - May 3 10:00am – 4:30pm The Known World Academics, artists and curators explore the inter-disciplinary nature of the print, its relation to the arts and sciences, revival of analogue technologies and the rise of digital print practices. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : $350, $290 members/concession, $160 students
  44. Permanent collection | Assisted Art and Alzheimer's
    May 1 10:30am – 11:30am Friday with a friend A tour for people living with dementia and their carers.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : Free (bookings essential)
  45. James Turrell | Tours Assisted tour
    May 5 9:00am – 10:00am Access viewing of James Turrell: a retrospective for people with a disability and their carers
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : Free (bookings essential)
  46. James Turrell | Talks & Lectures Televisions and Turrell
    May 5 12:45pm Simeran Maxwell, Assistant Curator for James Turrell: A Retrospective, speaks about Turrell's Magnetron series, including his playfully titled work Bullwinkle.
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  47. Always & forever | Talks & Lectures Curator's perspective: Ephemeral/Everlasting
    May 7 12:45pm – 1:15pm Elspeth Pitt, Assistant Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings, discusses works by Minna Gilligan and Marian Tubbs and considers how the digital domain has transformed print practices.
    Venue: NGA Contemporary
    Price : Free
  48. Permanent collection | Kids & family stART with art
    May 8 10:30am – 12:00pm (ages 2-5) Enjoy creative art activities inspired by our national collection, join Gallery educators on an interactive art tour for young children, and finish with an art-inspired live music concert.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12 child, $10 child members, includes materials (free for accompanying adults)
  49. Special events | Performances Canberra International Music Festival 2015 presents
    May 8 3:30pm – 5:00pm Being and Time: Barbara Blackman's festival blessing A conversation with Andrew Ford, ABC Music Show broadcaster, artist Imants Tillers and composer Rosalind Page. CIMF musicians perform Page's Being and Time l, ll and lll
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : $55, $50 concession
    Booking: Book here
  50. Permanent collection | Members Mini members: Fancy dress screening
    May 9 10:30am (all ages, children to be accompanied) Put on your royal fancy dress and celebrate the opening of Little threads: children's clothes from Asia with a screening of A little princess (1995, G, 97 mins).
    Venue: Small Theatre
    Price : $10 members, $15 guests (prices for children and adults)
  51. James Turrell | Performances Contemporary dance: Fortuity
    May 9 11:00am (repeated at 1.00 pm) Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, Mirramu Dance Company and guest artists celebrate fifty years of contemporary dance in Australia with fortuitous micro performances incorporating historic repertoire and new site-specific responsive works in the Gallery
    Venue: Level 1 Foyer
    Price : Free
  52. Special events | Performances Canberra International Music Festival 2015 presents
    May 10 1:00pm – 3:00pm A World of Glass A program of the music of Philip Glass, composer of the opera Einstein on the Beach; performed by Ensemble Offspring.
    Venue: Gandel Hall
    Price : $55, $50 concession
    Booking: Book here
  53. Permanent collection | Tours Rendezvous with art
    May 11 10:00am – 12:00pm Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the Members Lounge before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members/concession
  54. Ramayana | Talks & Lectures Ramayana: myths and realities
    May 12 12:45pm Dr Richard Barz, retired lecturer, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, discusses aspects of the Ramayana story that have impacted on the political and religious development of societies across South and Southeast Asia
    Venue: Orde Poynton Gallery
    Price : Free
  55. Ramayana | Talks & Lectures Hanuman and the monkey army
    May 19 12:45pm Claudia Hyles, independent researcher, examines the role of the monkey god Hanuman, known for his courage, power and loyalty, in the Ramayana story.
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  56. Permanent collection | Kids & family A little look at ART
    May 20 10:00am – 12:00pm (ages 0-1 and parents/carers) Join a voluntary guide for an informal tour of the Gallery for parents and carers with babies. Followed by coffee and muffins.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members/concession
  57. James Turrell | Members Breakfast on the rise
    May 21 6:45am Start the day watching the sunrise from within James Turrell's sculpture Within without, followed by a hot breakfast in the Members Lounge.
    Venue: Australian Gardens
    Price : $45 members, $55 guests
  58. Children's exhibition | Talks & Lectures Curator's perspective
    May 21 12:45pm Join Melanie Eastburn, Curator Asian Art as she explores the world of children's costume
    Venue: Children's Gallery
    Price : Free
  59. Permanent collection | Tours Rendezvous with art
    May 25 10:00am – 12:00pm Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the Members Lounge before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members/concession
  60. | Members Members book club
    May 27 10:30am The book club provides an opportunity to engage with literary themes around art. This season's book is Spiral Jetta: a road trip through the land art of the American west by Erin Hogan.
    Venue: Book shop
    Price : $15 members, $18 guests
  61. Permanent collection | Kids & family Tales for the very young
    May 28 10:30am – 11:30am ages 3-5, to be accompanied Join Margie Kevin, Gallery educator, for an interactive story- based experience in the Australian Colonial galleries
    Venue: Australian galleries
    Price : $7, $5 child members
  62. James Turrell | Performances Northern lights
    May 30 6:00pm – 7:30pm (repeated Sunday 31 May) A concert evoking nature's most spectacular light show, the Aurora Borealis The Gryffin Ensemble performs original music composed by Michael Sollis, in collaboration with Australia's leading astronomer Fred Watson
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : $45, $40 members/concession, $25 under 30, $10 under 16
  63. James Turrell | Performances Northern lights
    May 31 2:00pm – 3:30pm A concert evoking nature's most spectacular light show, the Aurora Borealis The Gryffin Ensemble performs original music composed by Michael Sollis, in collaboration with Australia's leading astronomer Fred Watson.
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : $45, $40 members/concession, $25 under 30, $10 under 16