What's on

Book Online or tel 02 6240 6701 (Mon–Fri) or via the NGA front desk


May 1

Create Space

10:00am – 4:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

May 1

Barbara Blackman blessing

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Special event | Performances

Change, fusion, upheaval - what does it mean to be an artist working in the Middle East today? Join us for a discussion about making art in the original cultural melting pot, the Middle East, with music from award-winning Joseph Tawadros.

Venue: Gandel Hall
Price : $55, $50 concession, $35 under 30, $25 student rush
Booking: www.cimf.org.au

May 1

Art and music tour

3:30pm – 4:30pm

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Special event | Tours

Special event in association with The Canberra International Music Festival. Join a voluntary guide for a tour of the Islamic art gallery.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free

May 2

Sounds on site 1: Bells and smells

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Special event | Performances

In the first of the Festival's Sounds on site series, hear the National Carillon and the ANU Handbell Ensemble in the Sculpture Garden of the NGA. Follow the sounds of the bells to the National Portrait Gallery and finish at the High Court.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : $55, $50 concession, $35 under 30, $25 student rush
Booking: www.cimf.org.au

May 3

Art and music tour

3:30pm – 4:30pm

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International art | Tours

Special event in association with The Canberra International Music Festival. Join a voluntary guide for a focus tour featuring Spanish artists in the collection.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free

May 4

Art and music tour

3:30pm – 4:30pm

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International art | Tours

Special event in association with The Canberra International Music Festival. Join a voluntary guide for a focus tour featuring French artists in the collection.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free

May 4

Exhibitions on screen

6:30pm – 8:00pm

International art | Screenings Matisse: from the Tate Modern and MOMA (UK, 2015, 85 mins, PG)

This intimate, behind-the-scenes documentary of Henri Matisse: The cut-outs celebrates the most successful exhibition in the history of London's Tate Modern and features exclusive footage from the Museum of Modern Art, New York. More info + bookings

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

May 5

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

International art | Talks and lectures

Lucina Ward talks about Matisse cut-outs and memory.

Venue: International galleries
Price : Free

May 6

Art and dementia

10:30am – 11:30am

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| Assisted Friday with a friend

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)
Booking: (02) 6240 6632 or email access@nga.gov.au

May 7

Create Space

10:00am – 4:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

May 7

Gosia Wlodarczak artist talk

2:00pm

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| Talks and lectures

Segue 2016 Artist in Residence Gosia Wlodarczak discusses her eight-day performance drawing installation stCloud: Frost drawing, with interventions found throughout Canberra's art institutions, including the National Gallery of Australia.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free

May 7

Art and music tour

3:30pm – 4:30pm

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Special event | Tours

Special event in association with The Canberra International Music Festival. A musician's eye. Join a voluntary guide and musician for a discussion on the fundamentals that bind visual art and music.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free

May 8

Create Space

10:00am – 4:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free, no booking required

May 8

A Mexican Wave

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Special event | Performances

Performed by Tambuco (Mexico) and Speak Percussion (Melbourne) this concert celebrates the great pioneers of percussion: Amadeo Roldan, Carlos Chavez and Edgar Varese, together with composers from Mexico and Australia. With the sounds of marimbas and maracas, whips and stones, sirens and bells, this concert showcases six creative musicians from opposite ends of the Pacific.

Venue: Gandel Hall
Price : $55, $50 concession, $35 under 30, $25 student rush
Booking: www.cimf.org.au

May 8

Art and music tour

3:30pm – 4:30pm

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Special event | Tours

Special event in association with The Canberra International Music Festival. A wave and waves. Join a voluntary guide for a tour of the collection focusing on waves.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free

May 9

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

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| 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 members/concession

May 10

Out of the box: Conservation talk series

12:45pm – 1:30pm

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| Talks and lectures

Kassandra O'Hare, Conservation mountcutter and framer and Andrea Wise, Senior Paper Conservator discuss the materials and techniques used to create and conserve paintings on paper. The vibrant Peter and the Wolf works by Danila Vassilieff have never been on display and are an ongoing project for our Works on paper Conservation team.

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

May 11

Exhibitions on screen

6:30pm – 8:00pm

International art | Screenings Vermeer and music: The art of love and leisure (UK, 2013, 85 mins, PG)

The National Gallery, London, offers a fresh look at one of the most startling and fascinating artists of all, Johannes Vermeer, focusing on his relationship with music. More info + bookings

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

May 12

Live drawing performance

10:00am – 5:00pm

Special event | Performances

As part of Segue 2016, Artist in Residence Gosia Wlodarczak will perform stCloud: Frost drawing. View the artist live at work all day at the National Gallery, drawing directly onto glass, connecting cultural spaces and their systems of sharing artworks. More info

Venue: NGA cafe
Price : Free

May 12

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Australian art | Talks and lectures

Lara Nicholls discusses Australian artists living in France.

Venue: Australian galleries
Price : Free

May 13

stART with art

10:30am – 12:00pm

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| 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, $10 child members, includes materials (free for accompanying adults)

May 13

Mystery tour

5:30pm

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| Members

Dare to be dark and join us for cocktails followed by a mystery tour.

Price : $25 members, $30 guests

May 14

Create Space

10:00am – 4:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location a the main desk
Price : Free, no booking required

May 14

Curator's tour: Fiona Hall

2:00pm

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Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time | Tours

Tour of Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time with Deborah Hart, Senior Curator, Australian Painting and Sculpture post 1920.

Venue: Fiona Hall Exhibition
Price : Free (bookings essential)

May 15

Create Space

10:00am – 4:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free, no booking required

May 15

Drawsome

2:00pm – 3:30pm

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| Workshops

Using iPads, explore the unique possibilities of digital drawing, inspired by works of art in the national collection.

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

May 18

Little look at ART

10:00am – 12:00pm

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| Kids and family

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 members/concession

May 18

Exhibitions on screen

6:30pm – 8:00pm

International art | Screenings Vincent van Gogh: A new way of seeing (UK, 2015, 90 mins, PG)

Enjoying complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, this is a brilliant new film about one of the world's most fascinating and beloved artists. More info + bookings

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

May 19

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

| Talks and lectures

Sharing the collection: outward loans and the many hats of the courier with Natalie Beattie.

Price : Free

May 20

The wrong way dinner

6:00pm

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Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time | Members

Join Deborah Hart, Senior Curator of Australian Painting and Sculpture Post 1920 for a tour of Fiona Hall: Wrong way time followed by dinner done the wrong way around in the members lounge.

Venue: Fiona Hall exhibition and Members Lounge
Price : $100 members, $120 guests

May 21

Create Space

10:00am – 4:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free, no booking required

May 22

Create Space

10:00am – 4:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free, no booking required

May 24

Tales for the very young

10:30am – 11:30am

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| Kids and family (ages 3-5, to be accompanied)

Join Margie Kevin, Gallery educator, for an interactive story-based experience in the Australian Colonial Galleries.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $7, $5 child members

May 26

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

| Talks and lectures

Drawing on Frank Hinder with Adriane Boag.

Price : Free

May 27

Meet the maker

4:00pm

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| Members

Meet glass artists Matthew Curtis and Harriet Schwarzrock in their studio in Queanbeyan for a one-hour tour.

Venue: Off site
Price : $10 members only

May 30

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

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| 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 members/concession

May 31

Members book club

10:30am

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| Members

Join Claudia Hyles for an engaging discussion that explores literary themes around the visual arts. This season's book is The story of black by John Harvey.

Venue: Meet in the NGA shop
Price : $15 members, $18 guests