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Dec 5

Digital drawing workshop

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Permanent collection | Assisted

For people with a disability and their carers. Celebrate International Day for People with a Disability. Learn how to use an iPad to explore the unique possibilities of digital drawing. (iPads provided)

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

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Dec 9

Members opening: Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

6:00pm

Versailles | Members

Booked Out

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

Dec 10

Love, sex and death at the court of Versailles

11:00am – 12:00pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Join NGA Director Gerard Vaughan for unique insights into this exciting exhibition from Versailles.

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

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Dec 10

Beneath the surface: Classical painting demonstration

11:30am – 1:30pm

Versailles | Performances

Discover what lies beneath the surface of an 18th century oil painting in a demonstration by Michelle Hiscock. Watch the painstaking process unfold as Michelle recreates a fragment of Carl Van Loo's Madame de Pompadour as the 'beautiful gardener' 1754-55

Venue: NGA Play
Price : Free (no bookings required)

Dec 10

Versailles and the French Golden Age

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

The accession of Louis XIV and the support of his able minister Colbert stimulated the arts at first, but policies of centralisation and the increasing mobilisation of art in the service of royal prestige proved in the end inimical to artistic inspiration. Join Christopher Allen from The Australian, for a unique perspective on the Palace of Versailles.

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

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Dec 10

Descriptive tour of Versailles

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Versailles | Assisted

For people who are blind or vision impaired. Enjoy a tour of the exhibition with sighted guides providing an overview as well as focus descriptions of selected works of art.

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

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Dec 11

Auslan sign-interpreted tour of Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Versailles | Assisted

For people who are deaf or hearing impaired.

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

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Dec 11

The king who loved music

5:00pm

Versailles | Performances

Booked Out

ABC Classic FM free concert live broadcast

In a tribute to the magic and allure of French baroque music from the court of Versailles, musicians from the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra perform Lully, Rameau, Couperin, Charpentier and Marais, composers who provided music to the King Louis XIV and his court, and bring to life the magical sounds of Versailles.

Dec 13

Art appreciation for carers: Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

9:00am – 10:00am

Versailles | Assisted

In partnership with Carers ACT.

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

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Dec 14

Assisted tour: Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Versailles | Assisted

For people with a disability and their carers.

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

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Dec 15

Exclusive viewing of Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

5:30pm

Versailles | Members

Booked Out

Drop by for a glass of champagne and an exclusive viewing of the exhibition.

Jan 4

Tales from the Palace

10:30am – 11:30am

Versailles | Kids and family

Join our storyteller in the Versailles family space at NGA Play for tales of wonder and adventure inspired by works of art in the Versailles exhibition and Jean de La Fontaine's fables. Catch up on all the court intrigue, listen to some cool stories and discover who's who in the Versailles court. Watch our social media for extra pop up dates.

Venue: NGA Play
Price : Free (no bookings required)

Jan 11

Tales from the Palace

10:30am – 11:30am

Versailles | Kids and family

Join our storyteller in the Versailles family space at NGA Play for tales of wonder and adventure inspired by works of art in the Versailles exhibition and Jean de La Fontaine's fables. Catch up on all the court intrigue, listen to some cool stories and discover who's who in the Versailles court. Watch our social media for extra pop up dates.

Venue: NGA Play
Price : Free (no bookings required)

Jan 12

Art explorer: A grand design

10:30am – 4:00pm

Versailles | Kids and family

(ages 7+)

If Louis XIV can do it then so can you. Have a go at designing your own palace inspired by the grand design of Versailles, then bring it all to life in a 3D model that's a palace fit for royalty ... and you.

Venue: NGA Play
Price : $60 child, $55 mini-members each workshop (materials, tools supplied)

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Jan 14

Mythology, antiquity and absolute power: Sculpture at Versailles

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

With Lucina Ward, Senior Curator, International art.

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

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Jan 17

NGA Underground: Fountains and fanfare

11:00am – 12:00pm

Versailles | Kids and family

(ages 7-10)

Just like the palace at Versailles the NGA is surrounded by numerous fountains and water features. Explore the underground plant, pumps and tunnels that create the water works.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12 child, $10 mini-members

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Jan 17

NGA Underground: Fountains and fanfare

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Versailles | Kids and family

(ages 11-13)

Just like the palace at Versailles the NGA is surrounded by numerous fountains and water features. Explore the underground plant, pumps and tunnels that create the water works.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12 child, $10 mini-members

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Jan 18

Tales from the Palace

10:30am – 11:30am

Versailles | Kids and family

Join our storyteller in the Versailles family space at NGA Play for tales of wonder and adventure inspired by works of art in the Versailles exhibition and Jean de La Fontaine's fables. Catch up on all the court intrigue, listen to some cool stories and discover who's who in the Versailles court. Watch our social media for extra pop up dates.

Venue: NGA Play
Price : Free (no bookings required)

Jan 19

Early morning viewing and petit dejeuner

8:00am – 10:00am

Versailles | Members

A French breakfast and glass of champagne, followed by a tour of Versailles: Treasures from the Palace with an NGA guide.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $60 NGA members, $70 guests

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Jan 19

Art explorer: Grandeur in the garden

10:30am – 4:00pm

Versailles | Kids and family

(ages 7+)

After seeing the amazing statue of Latona and her children from the Royal Gardens of Versailles, you'll be inspired to make your own sculptural work of art. Spend time in the Sculpture Garden using clay and other materials to create your own masterpiece.

Price : $60 child, $55 mini-members (all materials and tools supplied)

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Jan 19

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

An introduction to the Memoirs of the Duc de Saint Simon, the ultimate insider's story of life at Versailles from 1675-1723, with Michael Carr.

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

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Jan 25

Tales from the Palace

10:30am – 11:30am

Versailles | Kids and family

Join our storyteller in the Versailles family space at NGA Play for tales of wonder and adventure inspired by works of art in the Versailles exhibition and Jean de La Fontaine's fables. Catch up on all the court intrigue, listen to some cool stories and discover who's who in the Versailles court. Watch our social media for extra pop up dates.

Venue: NGA Play
Price : Free (no bookings required)

Jan 26

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks on different aspects of the Versailles experience and the Gallery's permanent collection.

Venue: throughout the Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Feb 2

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks on different aspects of the Versailles experience and the Gallery's permanent collection.

Venue: throughout the Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Feb 3

Art and dementia: Friday with a friend

10:30am – 11:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

Engaging tour of the collection for people with dementia and their carers.

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

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Feb 4

On Gesture lecture and music

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

A lecture on behaviour, style and music at the court of Versailles by Paul Dyer, Artistic Director, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, accompanied by orchestra musicians playing glorious music drawn from the popular composers of the day.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $45, $40 concession, $35 NGA members

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Feb 5

Marie-Antoinette high tea

2:00pm

Versailles | Members

Let us eat cake and toast the last queen of France. Entry to the exhibition will be at the conclusion of the event.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $70 NGA members, $80 guests

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Feb 9

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks on different aspects of the Versailles experience and the Gallery's permanent collection.

Venue: throughout the Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Feb 11

The king's passions: The music and art of Versailles concert

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Versailles | Performances

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Ensemble performs music by Mondonville, Leclair, Quentin le Jeune and Muffat accompanied by imagery of the art and the architecture of the Palace of Versailles.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $65, $60 concession, $55 NGA members, $30 under 30

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Feb 16

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks on different aspects of the Versailles experience and the Gallery's permanent collection.

Venue: throughout the Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Feb 18

Deceived by fashion

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Debbie Ward, NGA Head of Conservation, discusses the dark side of the pursuit of elegance at the court of Versailles.

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

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Feb 19

Drawsome

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Versailles | Kids and family

(all ages)

Using iPads, explore the unique possibilities of digital drawing, inspired by works of art in the Gallery's collection. iPads provided

Venue: NGA Play
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Feb 22

NGA Book Club

10:30am

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Join Claudia Hyles for an engaging discussion that explores literary themes around the visual arts. This season's book is Peacock and vine: Fortuny and Morris in life and at work by AS Byatt.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $18, $15 NGA members

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Feb 23

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks on different aspects of the Versailles experience and the Gallery's permanent collection.

Venue: throughout the Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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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 the exhibition followed by an exclusive viewing, three-course dinner and entertainment

Venue: Gandel Hall
Price : $190 NGA members, $220 guests

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Feb 25

Marie-Antoinette and the harp: Canberra Symphony orchestra

2:00pm

Versailles | Performances

Members of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra present a concert of music for harp and strings from baroque through to the 21st century.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $45, $42 concession, $40 NGA members, $25 under 30

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Feb 26

Sculpture Garden Sunday

10:30am – 1:30pm

Versailles | Community

Join us in the Sculpture Garden at the NGA for creative workshops, performance and installations inspired by the gold, the grandeur and the glamour of the Versailles exhibition. Bring a picnic to share under the trees. Coffee, food and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (No bookings required)

Mar 2

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks or creative activities on different aspects of the Versailles experience or the Gallery's permanent collection.

Venue: throughout the Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Mar 3

Art and dementia: Friday with a friend

10:30am – 11:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

Engaging tour of the collection for people with dementia and their carers.

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

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Mar 5

The social dance of Versailles: A journey through French courtly dance

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Versailles | Performances

Be transported by the music, costumes and dance to a world of exquisite beauty. You can even join in for some of the dances. Presented by John Gardiner-Garden and the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy.

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

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Mar 10

Meet the maker

4:00pm

Versailles | Members

Join Hugh Withycombe, fine-stringed instrument maker, in his studio for a studio tour and artist talk on instrument making in the 18th-century France.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $15 members only

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Commences Mar 17 - Mar 18

Enchanted Isles, Fatal Shores: Living Versailles

9:00am – 5:00pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

A two-day conference exploring the lives of past people and objects and the living culture of Versailles today.

Venue: Gandel Hall

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Mar 23

Early morning viewing and petit dejeuner

8:00am – 10:00am

Versailles | Members

A French breakfast and glass of champagne, followed by a tour of Versailles: Treasures from the Palace with an NGA guide.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $60 NGA members, $70 guests

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Apr 1

Louis legacy, Salut! Baroque concert

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Versailles | Performances

Salut! Baroque celebrates the extraordinary legacy of Louis XIV during his 72 year reign, performing music by Couperin, Rameau, Rebel, Charpentier, Monteclair, Marais, Dornel, Lalande and Lully.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $45, $42 concession, $40 NGA members, $25 under $30

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Apr 6

Exclusive viewing of Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

5:30pm

Versailles | Members

Drop by for a glass of champagne and an exclusive viewing of the exhibition.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $40 NGA members, $50 guests

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