What's on

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Aug 25

Coffee with the curator

9:00am

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Members

Join Roger Butler, Senior Curator of Australian Prints, Drawings & Illustrated Books, and Assistant Curator Elspeth Pitt, for coffee and cake in the Members Lounge, followed by a tour of the Mike Parr: Foreign Looking exhibition.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $20 NGA members only

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Aug 25

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Learn about Southeast Asian Buddhist art with Emily Stewart.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 25

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Brasil: Que Horas Ela Volta? (The Second Mother), directed by Anna Muylaert. 2015, 112 mins, subtitled, 18+.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 26

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Chile: Vacaciones en Familia (Family Holidays), directed by Ricardo Carrasco. 2015, 90 mins, subtitled, 18+.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 27

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Be inspired by the works on paper in the Mike Parr: Foreign Looking exhibition and to create your very own zine. Zines are an easy do-it-yourself publishing system to share your stories, ideas and thoughts. Drop in any time.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 27

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Colombia: Del Amor y Otros Demonios (Of Love and Other Demons), directed by Hilda Hidalgo (Costa Rica). 2010, 97 mins, subtitled, 18+.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 28

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Be inspired by the works on paper in the Mike Parr: Foreign Looking exhibition and to create your very own zine. Zines are an easy do-it-yourself publishing system to share your stories, ideas and thoughts. Drop in any time.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 28

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Cuba: La pelIcula de Ana (ANA), directed by Eduardo del Llano and Daniel DIaz Torres. 2013, 157 mins, subtitled, 18+.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 29

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the NGA cafe before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 NGA members/concession

Book now

Aug 29

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Ecuador: Rabia (Rage), directed by Sebastian Cordero. 2009, 89 mins, subtitled, 18+.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 30

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

El Salvador: Malacrianza, directed by Arturo Menendez. 2014, 70 mins, subtitled, 18+.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 31

Latin American Film Festival

2:30pm

Special event | Screenings

REPEATED 6.30pm

Guatemala: La Bodega, directed by Ray Figueroa. 2009, 75 mins, subtitled, 18+.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 1

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

NGA curator Sally Foster presents A new model: Russian Futurist books.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 2

Art and dementia: Friday with a friend

10:30am – 11:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

Join an engaging tour of works of art from the collection designed to connect participants in a shared intellectual activity through personal insights, interpretation, art history and memories.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Book now

Sep 3

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces. Create your very own zine inspired by works on paper in the Mike Parr exhibition.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Sep 3

Nervous

7:30pm

Special event | Performances

A Heather B Swann project

World premiere of Heather B Swann's Nervous, a live performance and art installation.

Venue: Gandel Hall
Price : $45, $40 NGA members

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Sep 4

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces. Create your very own zine inspired by works on paper in the Mike Parr exhibition.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Sep 4

Nervous

2:00pm

Special event | Performances

A Heather B Swann project

World premiere of Heather B Swann's Nervous, a live performance and art installation.

Venue: Gandel Hall
Price : $45, $40 NGA members

Book now

Sep 7

Contemporary Architects Speaker Series

6:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

In partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects (ACT Chapter)

Architect James Russell engages with subtropical conditions, taking the idea of a breathing building to a new level.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 NGA members/Institute members, $15 students

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Sep 8

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Diane Arbus: American portraits | Talks and lectures

Chelsea Hopper presents Outrageously deceptive: performing for camera in the works of Diane Arbus.

Venue: Contemporary Asian art gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 9

stART with art

10:30am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(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)

Book now

Sep 10

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces. Create your very own zine inspired by works on paper in the Mike Parr exhibition.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (no booking required)

Sep 11

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces. Create your very own zine inspired by works on paper in the Mike Parr exhibition.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (no booking required)

Sep 11

Vincent: The life and death of Vincent van Gogh

2:00pm

Special event | Screenings

(35mm, 1987, 105 mins, PG)

Documentary on van Gogh's life told through letters to his brother Theo. We gain firsthand insight into the man, his motivations and his humanity. A screening to remember its director, celebrated Australian filmmaker Paul Cox (1940-2016).

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 12

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the NGA cafe before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 NGA members/concession

Book now

Sep 13

Out of the box

12:45pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Join us behind the scenes to explore themes and view selected works in the Collection Study Room. Limited places.

Venue: Collection Study Room
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 14

Contemporary Architects Speaker Series

6:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

In partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects (ACT Chapter)

Blainey North & Associates specialise in architecture, interior architecture and design of luxury environments for five star hotels, exclusive residences and bespoke commercial and retail projects in Australia and abroad.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 NGA members/Institute members, $15 students

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Sep 15

Coffee with the curator

9:00am – 10:30am

Permanent collection | Members

Robert Bell will discuss the Australian designers that are featured in the members lounge over coffee and cake.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $20 NGA members only

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Sep 15

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

International art | Talks and Lectures

Get some culture, with time to spare. Drop into weekly talks, tours or art-making - all in under half an hour.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Book now

Sep 17

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Sep 17

The Minotaur and the Mirror

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Presence, performance and representation in Mike Parr

Professor Edward Scheer, Director of Research, School of the Arts and Media, University of NSW discusses Mike Parr's practice with particular focus on Parr's 'retrospective' works such as Asylum: Entry by Mirror Only at Dark Mofo in June 2016.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 18

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Sep 18

Drawsome

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Permanent collection | Workshops

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Explore the unique possibilities of digital drawing using iPads, inspired by the Gallery's works of art. iPads provided

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $8 per person

Book now

Sep 20

Art appreciation for carers

10:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

In partnership with Carers ACT.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Bookings: Please call 1800 052 222

Sep 21

Little look at ART

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(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 NGA members/concession, bookings essential

Book now

Sep 21

Contemporary Architects Speaker Series

6:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

In partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects (ACT Chapter)

Cumulus Studio, a multi-award winning architecture and design practice, investigates ideas in a collaborative environment with an understanding that great ideas are developed through sharing and working with others.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 NGA members/Institute members, $15 students

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Sep 22

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Peta Jane Blessing, archivist, Research Library and Archives, discusses Mike Parr's extensive archive, gifted to the NGA's Research Library in 2012.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 22

Art after hours

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Diane Arbus: American portraits | Members

Join us for a glass of wine, followed by a tour of Diane Arbus: American Portraits with curator Anne O'Hehir.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $30 NGA members, $35 guests

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Sep 23

Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project

7:00pm

Asian art | Performances

Traditional western gospel melds with Indian classical sounds, and Indian spiritual texts are enriched by western poetry to create a sound that touches every soul.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $15 NGA members/concession/students, children under 16 free

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Sep 24

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Sep 24

Ritual and extreme actions: Performance art and its context

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Dr Anne Marsh, Professorial Research Fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, discusses performance art in Australia and Internationally with a focus on ritual practice and extreme body actions.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 25

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Sep 26

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Sep 27

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Sep 27

Creative meditation for children

10:30am – 11:00am

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 5-7, to be accompanied)

Spending quiet time in the presence of evocative works of art inspires children and their sense of wonder and delight in the world.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $7, $5 child members (free for accompanying adults)

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Sep 27

Creative meditation for children

11:30am – 12:15pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 8-12)

Spending quiet time in the presence of evocative works of art inspires children and their sense of wonder and delight in the world.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $7, $5 child members (free for accompanying adults)

Book now

Sep 28

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Sep 28

Contemporary Architects Speaker Series

6:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

In partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects (ACT Chapter)

Architect Richard Kirk has expertise in architecture, urban design, interiors and environmentally sustainable design. Studios in Brisbane, Shanghai, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur service projects in Australia and Asia.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 NGA members/Institute members, $15 students

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Sep 29

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Sep 29

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Get some culture, with time to spare. Drop into weekly talks, tours or art-making - all in under half an hour.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Book now

Sep 30

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 1

Re-visiting the age of Angkor

9:30am – 4:30pm

Asian art | Talks and Lectures

Lectures draw attention to three remarkable Cambodian sculptures on loan from the National Museum of Cambodia and highlight new discoveries.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $110, $95 NGA members/TAASA members/concession

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Oct 1

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 2

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create Space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 3

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create Space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 4

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by the much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 4

ASI: Art Scene Investigation

10:30am – 12:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Kids and family

(ages 7-12)

Does art have the power the change the way you think? Can it make you experience the world in unexpected ways? Join the Art Scene Investigation Squad on a mysterious journey looking at art that's designed to push your buttons.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 child members (includes morning tea)

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Oct 5

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by the much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 6

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by the much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create Space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 6

Art explorer: Zine time

10:30am – 4:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Kids and family

(ages 8-12)

Zines are a fun and easy DIY publishing system. Experiment with typewriters, Dymo labels and other quirky materials and create your own zines using digital publishing aps. Bring your own morning tea and lunch.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $60, $55 child members (all materials and tools supplied)

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Oct 6

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

NGA curator Robert Bell with a focus on flowers, design and nature.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Book now

Oct 7

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 7

Art and dementia: Friday with a friend

10:30am – 11:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

Join an engaging tour of works of art from the collection designed to connect participants in a shared intellectual activity through personal insights, interpretation, art history and memories.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Book now

Oct 8

Descriptive tour

Diane Arbus: American portraits | Assisted

Tour of Diane Arbus: American portraits for people who are blind or with low vision.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Book now

Oct 8

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 9

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 9

Auslan sign-interpreted tour

2:30pm

Diane Arbus: American portraits | Assisted

Tour of Diane Arbus: American portraits for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Book now

Oct 10

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the NGA cafe before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 NGA members/concession

Book now

Oct 11

Out of the box

12:45pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Join us behind the scenes to explore themes and view selected works in the Collection Study Room.

Venue: Collection Study Room
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Book now

Oct 13

Art for lunch

12:45pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Get some culture, with time to spare. Drop into weekly talks, tours or art-making - all in under half an hour.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Book now

Oct 13

Mystery tour

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Permanent collection | Members

Dare to get grubby and join us for a cocktail followed by a mystery tour.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $30 NGA members, $35 guests

Book now

Oct 14

stART with art

10:30am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 2-5, to be accompanied)

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)

Book now

Oct 15

Palimpsest: Layers of meaning

10:00am – 12:30pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Workshops

Join Educator Penny Low for a workshop exploring Mike Parr's drawing practice using a live model. Create layers of drawings on transparent paper to form a composite image of the human face, using a range of materials.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : $45, $40 NGA members/concession

Book now

Oct 15

Create space

10:01am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 15

Alphabet/Haemorrhage Libretto

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

A new arrangement of Alphabet/Haemorrhage Libretto composed Dr Alexander Hunter, Lecturer, ANU School of Music. First written by Mike Parr in 1992 the libretto must be rearranged each time it is performed. Supported by Canberra School of Music.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Book now

Oct 16

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 16

Australian String Quartet: Metamorphoses

2:00pm

Special event | Performances

The ASQ performs Mozart's String Quartet in F major K590, Ligeti's String Quartet no 1, Metamorphoses Nocturnes and Ravel's String Quartet in F major.

Venue: Gandel Hall
Price : $75, $60 concession, $55 NGA members, $30 under 30

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Oct 16

Drawsome

2:01pm – 3:30pm

Permanent collection | Workshops

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Explore the unique possibilities of digital drawing using iPads, inspired by the Gallery's works of art. iPads provided.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $8 per person

Book now

Oct 18

Art appreciation for carers

10:30am

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Assisted

In partnership with Carers ACT.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Bookings: Please call 1800 052 222

Oct 19

Little look at ART

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(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 NGA members/concession

Book now

Oct 20

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Sue Cramer, Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art, discusses the concept of Inhibodress and the role and importance it has played in Mike Parr's practice.

Venue: Temporary Exhibitions Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Book now

Oct 20

Art after hours

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Asian art | Members

Join us for a glass of wine, followed by a tour of the Asian Art permanent collection with Lucie Folan.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $30 NGA members, $35 guests

Book now

Oct 22

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 22

Reproduction Zero

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax, Curator, Australia Prints and Drawings, discusses the role of drawing within Parr's practice.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 23

Big draw

10:00am – 2:30pm

Special event | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Join artist-facilitated workshops exploring different approaches to drawing.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 26

From the chocolate box to Jackson Pollock

6:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

Sarah Cove, Conservator and founder of the Constable Research Project, discusses John Constable's diverse painting methods revealing a 'Jackson Pollock of the 1830s'. Supported by Centre for European Studies, ANU.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Book now

Oct 27

Meet the maker

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Australian art | Members

A behind the scenes look at Canberra-based sculptor Heather B. Swann's practice in her studio for a one-hour artist talk and tour.

Venue: off site
Price : $15 NGA members only

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Oct 29

Telling Time

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Performances

Collaborative performance between artists Amala Groom and Frances Barrett. Echoing Mike Parr's longstanding interest in language and poetry, Amala will teach Frances phrases relating to time in the Wiradjuri language of central New South Wales.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 29

Curator's tour

3:00pm

Artists of the Great War | Talks and Lectures

Join David Hansen, curator of the exhibition, for a tour of Artists of the Great War.

Venue: Australian Galleries
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 31

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the NGA cafe before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 NGA members/concession

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Nov 2

Art after hours

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Members

Join us for a themed cocktail and a closer look at Ramesh Nithiyendran's installation Mud men.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $30 NGA members, $35 guests

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Nov 3

Christmas shopping day

10:00am – 5:00pm

Special event | NGA shop

Start your Christmas shopping early with 20% off at the NGA shop.

Venue: NGA shop

Nov 3

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Artists of the Great War | Talks and Lectures

Get some culture, with time to spare. Drop into weekly talks, tours or art-making - all in under half an hour.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 3

ANU Art Forum: Will Dyson, Australia's radical genius

6:00pm

Artists of the Great War | Talks and Lectures

Lecture by historian and biographer Ross McMullin, who has written extensively about Australia's involvement in the First World War. His book Will Dyson: Australia's Radical Genius was shortlisted for the National Biography Award.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 4

Art and dementia: Friday with a friend

10:30am – 11:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

Join an engaging tour of works of art from the collection designed to connect participants in a shared intellectual activity through personal insights, interpretation, art history and memories.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 5

Reading for the End of Time

10:30am

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Mike Parr undertakes a durational performance based on Roland Barthes' Camera Lucida.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 6

Exhibitions on screen: Manet: Portraying life

2:00pm

Permanent collection | Screenings

(UK, 2015, 90 mins, PG)

A 'hot-ticket' show at the Royal Academy that uncovers the painter they say was the 'father of modern art'.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Series (three films): $30, $24 NGA members/concession, Single: $12, $10 NGA members/concession

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Nov 8

NGA Book club

10:30am

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Join Claudia Hyles for an engaging discussion that explores literary themes around the visual arts. This season's book is The Sun King by Nancy Mitford.

Venue: NGA Shop
Price : $18, $15 NGA members

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Nov 8

Out of the box

12:45pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Join us behind the scenes to explore themes and view selected works in the Collection Study Room.

Venue: Collection Study Room
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 10

Coffee with the curator

9:00am – 10:30am

Artists of the Great War | Members

Join us for a tour of Artists of the Great War, followed by coffee with the curator David Hansen.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $20 NGA members only

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Nov 10

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Artists of the Great War | Talks and Lectures

Get some culture, with time to spare. Drop into weekly talks, tours or art-making - all in under half an hour.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 11

stART with art

10:30am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 2-5, to be accompanied)

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)

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Nov 13

Art appreciation for carers

10:30am

Versailles | Assisted

In partnership with Carers ACT.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Bookings: Please call 1800 052 222

Nov 13

Exhibitions on screen: Girl with a pearl earring

2:00pm

Permanent collection | Screenings

(UK, 2015, 91 mins, PG)

Girl with a pearl earring and other treasures from the Mauritshuis in The Hague. Discover the secrets behind one of the world's most enigmatic masterpieces. Who was this girl? Why and how was it painted? Why is it so revered?

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Series (three films): $30, $24 NGA members/concession, Single: $12, $10 NGA members/concession

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Nov 14

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the NGA cafe before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 NGA members/concession

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Nov 15

Art appreciation for carers

10:30am

Australian art | Assisted

In partnership with Carers ACT.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Bookings: Please call 1800 052 222

Nov 16

Little look at ART

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 0-1 and parents/carers)

Join a voluntary guide for an informal tour of the Gallery for parents and carers with babies (ages 0-1), followed by coffee and muffins.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 NGA members/concession

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Nov 17

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Get some culture, with time to spare. Drop into weekly talks, tours or art-making sessions - all in under half an hour.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 20

Exhibitions on screen: Rembrandt

2:00pm

Permanent collection | Screenings

(UK, 2016, 95 mins, PG)

Meet the man behind the masterpieces in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition from the National Gallery, London and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Price : Series (three films): $30, $24 NGA members/concession, Single: $12, $10 NGA members/concession

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Nov 20

Drawsome

2:01pm – 3:30pm

Permanent collection | Workshops

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Explore the unique possibilities of digital drawing using iPads, inspired by the Gallery's works of art. iPads provided.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $8 per person

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Nov 22

Tales for the very young

10:30am – 11:30am

Diane Arbus: American portraits | Kids and family

(ages 3-5, to be accompanied)

Join Margie Kevin, Gallery educator, for an interactive story-based experience.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $7, $5 child members (free for accompanying adults)

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Nov 24

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Contemporary Asian art | Talks and Lectures

Attitude and agitation: Ramesh Nitihiyendran's Mud men with Jaklyn Babington.

Venue: Contemporary art gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 28

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the NGA cafe before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 NGA members/concession

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Dec 1

AAANZ Conference keynote lecture: How has the work of art changed in the 21st century?

6:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

Melissa Chiu, Director of the Hirshhorn Museum, curator and author addresses some of the major changes facing the presentation of art today: shifting museum priorities, demographic shifts in visitors and most of all, how art is created and produced.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Dec 9

Members opening: Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

6:00pm

Versailles | Members

Celebrate the launch of Versailles: Treasures from the Palace with themed canapes, cocktails, live entertainment and exhibition viewing.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : $90 NGA members, $120 guests

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Feb 24

Curator's dinner: Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

6:00pm

Versailles | Members

Join senior exhibition curator Dr Lucina Ward for an introduction to Versailles: Treasures from the Palace followed by an exclusive viewing, three course dinner and entertainment.

Price : $190 NGA members, $220 guests

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