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Feb 14

Auslan sign-interpreted tour of Tom Roberts

2:30pm – 3:30pm

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Tom Roberts | Assisted

Access viewing of Tom Roberts for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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

Feb 16

Art appreciation for carers

10:15am – 11:15am

Tom Roberts | Assisted

Viewing of Tom Roberts for carers.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)
Booking: Call Carers ACT (02) 6296 9900

Feb 17

Curator's conversation

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Talks and lectures

Take a closer look at celebrated Australian artist Tom Roberts, with exhibition curator Dr Anna Gray and the ABC's Virginia Haussegger, journalist, author and media commentator.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members

Feb 18

Quintessential: Tom's trivia

6:00pm

Tom Roberts | Members

Booked Out

Enjoy a night of trivia about contemporary Australian culture, inspired by Madame Pfund. She was a patron of Tom Roberts, established a private girls and championed the culture of her time.

Feb 19

Tom Roberts curator's dinner

6:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Members

Join exhibition curator Anna Gray for an exclusive introduction and viewing of Tom Roberts followed by a three-course dinner and entertainment in Gandel Hall.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $185 NGA members, $200 guests

Feb 20

Curator's tour

2:00pm – 3:00pm

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The last temptation | Tours

Join Deborah Hart, Senior Curator, Australian Painting and Sculpture post 1920, for a unique perspective on The last temptation: the art of Ken + Julia Yonetani.

Venue: NGA Contemporary
Price : Free

Feb 24

Artists abroad

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Talks and lectures

Explore European influences in Roberts' art and the phenomenon of Australian artists travelling abroad with Roger Benjamin, Professor of Art History, University of Sydney, Dr Emma Kindred, Assistant Curator, Australian Art, NGA and Alison Inglis, Associate Professor, Art History, University of Melbourne.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members

Feb 25

Assisted tour of Tom Roberts

9:00am – 10:30am

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Tom Roberts | Assisted

Access viewing of Tom Roberts for people with a disability and their carers.

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

Feb 25

Curator's tour

12:45pm

The world is beautiful | Tours

Join Dr Shaune Lakin, Senior Curator, Photography, and Anne O'Hehir, Curator, Photography, for a walkthrough of The world is beautiful, an exhibition of photographs from the Gallery's permanent collection.

Venue: Project Gallery
Price : Free

Feb 27

Sol LeWitt: Arcs and Tangents

2:00pm

| Talks and lectures

Come along to a talk by Janet Passehl, Curator of the LeWitt collection, when she will provide a behind the scenes look at Sol LeWitt's life and practice.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free

Feb 27

Hanging Rock: Tom Roberts music concert

7:00pm – 8:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Performances

The Griffyn Ensemble's Michael Sollis curates music and poetry evoking the beauty of the Australian landscape. Features the world premiere of Sollis' Hanging Rock Cello Sonata.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $45, $40 members/concession, $25 under 30, $10 children under 16

Feb 28

Sculpture Garden Sunday

10:30am – 2:00pm

Special event | Kids and family (all ages)

Creative fun and entertainment with artist-run workshops and installations. Bring a picnic to share under the trees. More info

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free

Feb 28

Hanging Rock: Tom Roberts music concert

2:00pm – 3:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Performances

The Griffyn Ensemble's Michael Sollis curates music and poetry evoking the beauty of the Australian landscape. Features the world premiere of Sollis' Hanging Rock Cello Sonata.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $45, $40 members/concession, $25 under 30, $10 children under 16

Mar 1

Curator's talk

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Tyler Graphics at work | Talks and Lectures

Julia Greenstreet, Assistant Curator, International Prints, talks about the art and life of American Abstract Expressionist Joan Mitchell.

Venue: International galleries
Price : Free

Mar 2

Conversations on Tom Roberts

6:00pm – 7:30pm

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Tom Roberts | Talks and Lectures Roberts and the land

Join Don Watson, best-selling author of The bush: travels in the heart of Australia, Tim Bonyhady, cultural historian and one of Australia's foremost environmental lawyers and Genevieve Jacobs, 666 ABC's Canberra Mornings presenter, for a conversation about the romance and reality of the land, and its importance in shaping Australia's image of itself.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members (includes exhibition entry after the talk)

Mar 3

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

The last temptation | Talks and Lectures

Discover the science behind Ken + Julia Yonetani's salt sculpture, The last supper with the artists and scientist, Professor Ben Gawne .

Venue: NGA Contemporary
Price : Free

Mar 3

Quintessential: Giggles in the garden

6:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Members

Inspired by George Selth Coppin, a comedian and theatre performer, enjoy a night of giggles in the garden presented in partnership with the Canberra Comedy Festival.

Venue: Sculpture Garden Restaurant
Price : $25 NGA Members, $30 Guests, complimentary drink on arrival, paid bar

Mar 4

Art and dementia

10:30am – 11:30am

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| Assisted Friday with a friend

Join an engaging tour of 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

Mar 4

Experience Enlighten at NGA

6:00pm – 10:00pm

Special event | Highlights

Experience Enlighten at the NGA's two great locations. See exciting contemporary art by Japanese and Australian artists Ken + Julia Yonetani at NGA Contemporary by the lake, then head up to Parkes Place to view the Yonetanis' stunning projections.

Venue: NGA Contemporary by the lake and Parkes Place
Price : Free

Mar 5

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Mar 5

Meet the maker: Elliot Bastianon

11:00am

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| Members

Go behind the scenes for an artist talk and workshop tour with Elliot Bastianon, Canberra-based furniture maker.

Venue: Offsite
Price : $7 NGA members only

Mar 5

Experience Enlighten at NGA

6:00pm – 10:00pm

Special event | Highlights

Experience Enlighten at the NGA's two great locations. See exciting contemporary art by Japanese and Australian artists Ken + Julia Yonetani at NGA Contemporary by the lake, then head up to Parkes Place to view the Yonetanis' stunning projections.

Venue: NGA Contemporary by the lake and Parkes Place
Price : Free

Mar 5

Take part in The last temptation

7:30pm – 9:00pm

Special event | Performances

Take part in a unique sensory experience by feasting on an elaborate 25-metre sugar banquet created by artists Ken + Julia Yonetani. The last temptation is a metaphor for the impact of human consumption on our environment- it will be a beautiful and thought-provoking experience.

Venue: NGA Contemporary
Price : Free

Mar 6

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Mar 6

Alleged dances

2:00pm

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Special event | Performances Australian String Quartet national tour 2016

The Australian String Quartet performs Beethoven's op 18 no 6, a breakthrough work, and with guest percussionist Claire Edwards a new commission by Matthew Hindson, the work of American minimalist John Adams, and the luscious first quartet of Robert Schumann.

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

Mar 8

Out of the box: Conservation talk series

12:45pm – 1:30pm

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| Talks and Lectures

Beata Tworek-Matuszkiewicz, Senior Objects Conservator, explains the methods and materials used to create and preserve paintings on bark held in our Indigenous collections. From harvesting of the bark through to display in an art gallery, all aspects of the production, manufacture, display and preservation of these unique works will be revealed.

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

Mar 9

Conversations on Tom Roberts

6:00pm – 7:30pm

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Tom Roberts | Talks and Lectures Roberts today

Our panel examines the powerful story of Australian identity told in the art of Tom Roberts. Featuring Dianne Jones, photo-media artist, Katina Davidson, 2015 Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Fellow, Tony Bennett, Research Professor in Social and Cultural Theory, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, and Simeran Maxwell, Assistant Curator, Tom Roberts, NGA. Auslan sign interpreted.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members

Mar 10

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Black | Talks and Lectures

Dr Shaune Lakin, Senior Curator, Photography, discusses the new collection-based focus display Black.

Venue: Project Gallery
Price : Free

Mar 10

Dr Sketchy's burlesque drawing

6:30pm – 9:30pm

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Tom Roberts | Workshops (ages 18+)

Come and see what's under the bustle! Celebrate Tom Roberts in a unique way and draw glamorous models and performers from the colonial era in a fun, welcoming atmosphere. Pay bar and refreshments available.

Venue: Gandel Hall
Price : $30, $25 concession, $20 members (includes first drink, BYO materials welcome, some materials provided)

Mar 11

Enlighten

6:00pm – 10:00pm

Special event | Viewings

Experience Enlighten at the NGA's two great locations. See exciting contemporary art by Japanese and Australian artists Ken + Julia Yonetani at NGA Contemporary by the lake, then head up to Parkes Place to view the Yonetanis' stunning projections.

Venue: NGA Contemporary by the lake and Parkes Place
Price : Free

Mar 12

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Mar 12

Enlighten

6:00pm – 10:00pm

Special event | Viewings

Experience Enlighten at the NGA's two great locations. See exciting contemporary art by Japanese and Australian artists Ken + Julia Yonetani at NGA Contemporary by the lake, then head up to Parkes Place to view the Yonetanis' stunning projections.

Venue: NGA Contemporary by the lake and Parkes Place

Mar 13

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Mar 15

Seniors Week tour of Tom Roberts

9:00am – 10:00am

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Tom Roberts | Tours

Join a voluntary guide for a tour of the Tom Roberts exhibition.

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

Mar 15

Home, Sweet Home

11:00am – 12:30pm

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Special event | Workshops Australian parlour music in the time of Tom Roberts

A singing workshop led by 'the inimitable Tobias Cole' (CityNews, December 2015), singer (Opera Australia) and one of Australia's leading choral directors.

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

Mar 16

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

Mar 16

Conversations on Tom Roberts

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Talks and Lectures Michael Cathcart and friends

Join Radio National's Books and Arts presenter and Tom Roberts fan Michael Cathcart for a conversation with eminent curator Daniel Thomas and author Humphrey McQueen and Dr Anna Gray.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members (includes exhibition entry)

Mar 17

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Asian art | Talks and Lectures

Bronwyn Campbell speaks about an Indian miniature painting in the collection.

Venue: Indian gallery
Price : Free

Mar 17

Quintessential: 9 x 5

6:00pm

Tom Roberts | Members

Booked Out

Inspired by Mrs L Abrahams and the iconic 9 x 5 paintings, join us in the Sculpture Garden Restaurant for our own 9 x 5: engage with 5 contemporary artists for 9 minutes each.

Mar 19

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Mar 19

Picture perfect: Dressing Tom Roberts' sitters

2:00pm

Tom Roberts | Talks and Lectures

Curators Dr Emma Kindred, Australian Art, NGA and Eleni Holloway, Australian War Memorial, discuss Victorian and Edwardian fashions in the art of Tom Roberts.

Venue: Temporary Exhibitions Gallery
Price : Exhibition ticket required

Mar 20

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Mar 20

Youth

2:00pm

| Screenings (Italy, 2015, 124 mins, MA15+)

Starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, Paolo Sorrentino's latest movie is a tender rendering of the experience of love and youthful shenanigans, with a little pinch of cynicism. Special screening for Seniors Week 2016

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free

Mar 20

Drawsome

2:01pm – 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

Mar 23

Conversations on Tom Roberts

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Talks and lectures

Conversations between a lively mix of authors, broadcasters, artists, curators, historians and cultural commentators, exploring the art, life and times of Tom Roberts.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members

Mar 24

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Australian art | Talks and Lectures

eX de Medici and Gloria Grady discuss their collaboration on Shotgun wedding.

Venue: Australian galleries
Price : Free

Mar 25

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Mar 26

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Mar 27

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Mar 28

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Mar 31

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Australian art | Talks and Lectures

Join Katie Russell for a discussion about the creative partnership between Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner

Venue: Collection Study Room
Price : Free

Apr 1

Art and dementia

10:30am – 11:30am

Book now

| 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

Apr 1

Mystery tour

5:30pm

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| Members

Looking for something contemporary? Why not take a chance and join us for a mystery tour and cocktail.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $25 NGA members only

Apr 2

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Apr 3

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Apr 5

Curator's tour of contemporary Asian art

12:45pm

| Talks and Lectures

Melanie Eastburn, Curator, Asian Art, discusses works in the newly opened contemporary Asian art gallery.

Venue: Contemporary Asian art gallery
Price : Free

Apr 6

How to look at art

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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| Talks and Lectures

Fun, friendly and starting from first principles. Listen, talk and ask questions as you get some tips and tools for appreciating and enjoying photography with Shaune Lakin, Senior Curator, Photogaphy.

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

Apr 7

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Australian art | Talks and Lectures

Join Gordon Darling intern, Hannah Hutchison when she discusses 'Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack: from the archive'.

Venue: CSR
Price : Free

Apr 9

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family daily 9-24 April (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

Apr 9

Empathic imagination: embodied simulation in architecture

2:00pm

| Talks and Lectures

Juhani Pallasmaa, Finnish architect and former professor of architecture at Helsinki University of Technology and former Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture. Juhan Pallasmaa is the 2016 Droga Architect in Residence, courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free

Apr 10

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Apr 11

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

Apr 12

Creative meditation for children

10:30am – 11:00am

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| Kids and family (ages 5-7, to be accompanied)

Join Dianne Bourke, child meditation facilitator and mindfulness instructor for children.

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

Apr 12

Creative meditation for children

11:30am – 12:15pm

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| Kids and family (ages 8-12)

Join Dianne Bourke, child meditation facilitator and mindfulness instructor for children.

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

Apr 12

Out of the box: Conservation talk series

12:45pm – 1:30pm

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| Talks and Lectures Hidden treasures: The Julian Robinson collection

Hannah Barrett, Textile Conservator, presents a number of items from the Julian Robinson Collection of textiles and ephemera donated to the Gallery in the 1970s. The collection contains pieces mostly from the 19th to 20th centuries including haberdashery items, accessories and undergarments, many of which have never been on display.

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

Apr 13

How to look at art

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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| Talks and Lectures

Fun, friendly and starting from first principles. Listen, talk and ask questions as you get some tips and tools for appreciating and enjoying abstract art with Mirah Lambert, Learning Programs.

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

Apr 14

Art explorer: Building with paper

10:30am – 4:00pm

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Tyler Graphics at work | Kids and family (ages 8-12)

Hang out at the NGA looking at the exhibition Behind the scenes: Tyler Graphics at work and check out Anthony Caro's Paper Sculptures before having a go at using paper as a construction material for your own work. Bring your own morning tea and lunch.

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

Apr 14

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

The world is beautiful | Talks and Lectures

Anne O'Hehir discusses some of the female photographers in the exhibition The world is beautiful: photographs from the collection.

Venue: Orde Poynton Gallery
Price : Free

Apr 15

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 for everyone to enjoy.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 child members, includes materials (free for accompanying adults)

Apr 16

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Apr 17

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Apr 17

Drawsome

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Book now

| 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

Apr 19

ASI: Art Scene Investigation

10:30am – 12:00pm

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| Kids and family (ages 7-12)

Walls have moved, works of art have appeared and disappeared, upstairs is downstairs and vice visa. The Art Scene Investigation Squad needs your help to figure it all out.

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

Apr 20

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

Apr 20

How to look at art

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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| Talks and Lectures

Fun, friendly and starting from first principles. Listen, talk and ask questions as you get some tips and tools for appreciating and enjoying the way artists use paint with Adriane Boag, Learning Programs.

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

Apr 21

Art explorer: Caught on film

10:30am – 4:00pm

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| Talks and lectures (ages 8-12)

Black: a colour, a tone, darkness - it inspires artists all over the world. Explore the exhibition Black then create a collaborative short film and share your work online.

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

Apr 21

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

| Talks and Lectures

ANU medical student, Eilidh Gilritchie discusses her research project focusing on Mark Rothko and Colin McCahon.

Price : Free

Apr 23

Printing 'Behind the scenes'

11:00am – 4:00pm

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Tyler Graphics at work | Workshops 11.00am tour at NGA and 1.00pm workshop at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery

Join Julia Greenstreet, Assistant Curator, International Prints and Drawings, for a tour of the exhibition Behind the scenes: Tyler Graphics at work followed by a screen-printing workshop at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $40, $35 members/concession

Apr 23

Drop-in weaving demonstration and workshop

11:01am – 4:00pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong way time | Workshops

With the Tjanpi weavers from the Central Desert, who collaborated with Fiona Hall on works in the Fiona Hall: Wrong way time exhibition.

Price : Free

Apr 23

Fiona Hall in conversation

2:00pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong way time | Talks and lectures

Join Deborah Hart, Senior Curator, Australian Painting and Sculpture Post 1920 and Linda Michael, Curator, Wrong way time, Venice Biennale, in conversation with Fiona Hall.

Venue: Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free

Apr 24

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Apr 27

How to look at art

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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| Talks and Lectures

Fun, friendly and starting from first principles. Listen, talk and ask questions as you get some tips and tools for appreciating and enjoying the visual arts with kids with Rose Marin, Family Programs.

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

Apr 28

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

| Talks and Lectures

Join Gwen Horsfield for an educator's look at the vibrant Indigenous paintings of the Western Desert.

Price : Free

Apr 30

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

Apr 30

Art and music tour

3:30pm – 4:30pm

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 1

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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

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

Contemporary Asian art

12:45pm – 1:00pm

Asian art | Talks and Lectures

Dr Chaitanya Sambrani, Senior Lecturer, School of Art, Australian National University, introduces the new exhibition of contemporary Asian art.

Venue: Asian galleries
Price : Free

May 3

Art and music tour

3:30pm – 4:30pm

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

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

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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

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $12, $10 members/concession, Series ticket (three films) $30, $24 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 – 3:00pm

| 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

Art and music tour

3:30pm – 4:30pm

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 – 3:00pm

| 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 8

A wave and waves

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Special event | Performances

In a rare, immersive experience, sit among 100 performers and listen to music as an ocean of sound. Members of Speak Percussion and Tambuco Percussion create colossal waves by layering imperceptibly soft sounds. A work of monumental scale, experienced with intimate immediacy.

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

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

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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

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

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

| 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 – 3:00pm

| 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

May 15

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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 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

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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

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

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 – 3:00pm

| 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 22

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| 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 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

| 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

| 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: NGA shop
Price : $15 members, $18 guests

Jun 24

Art tarts

5:30pm

| Members

Discover the NGA's tarty side, and join us for a night of cocktails and promiscuous art with Assistant Curator, Julia Greenstreet.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $35 members, $40 guests