What's on

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


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)

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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

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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)

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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)