What's on

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


Jun 26

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jun 27

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 members/concession

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Jun 29

Winter Film Series: Francophonia

6:30pm

Special event | Screenings

(2016, R 15+, unless accompanied by an adult, 90 mins)

Master filmmaker Alexander Sokurov creates a cinematic portrait of the Louvre and a stunning reflection on the relationship between art, war and culture. More info + bookings

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $16, $14 concession, $12 members

Jun 30

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Be illuminated by Tiffany lamps with Robert Bell, Decorative Arts.

Venue: International galleries
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Jul 1

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. Call (02) 6240 6632 or Email for more info.

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

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Jul 2

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time | 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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 2

The art of Fiona Hall

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time | Talks and Lectures

Julie Ewington, independent writer, curator, broadcaster and author of The Art of Fiona Hall (2005), discusses the artist's work.

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

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Jul 3

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 3

Tempesta: Australian String Quartet

2:00pm

Special event | Performances

Webern and Haydn tell similar stories in different words as do the anguish and tempest of Mendelssohn and Australian composer/pianist Joe Chindamo.

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

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Jul 4

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time | 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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 5

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time | 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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 5

ASI: Art Scene Investigation HOT HOT HOT

10:30am – 12:00pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time | Kids and family

(ages 7-12)

This winter help solve a hot new mystery that's straight from the secret ASI files with the aid of the Fiona Hall Wrong Way Time exhibition.

Venue: Information Desk
Price : $12, $10 child members (includes morning tea)

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Jul 6

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time | 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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 6

Winter Film Series: Heart of a dog

6:30pm

Special event | Screenings

(2015, R 15+, unless accompanied by an adult, 76 mins)

From extraordinary musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson comes an eloquent and beguiling story of love, death and what it means to be human. More info + bookings

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $16, $14 concession, $12 members

Jul 7

Create space

10:00am – 3:00pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time | 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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 7

Art explorer: Create the change you want

10:30am – 4:00pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time | Kids and family

(ages 8-12)

Spend a full day at the Gallery exploring the works of Fiona Hall in her exhibition Wrong Way Time as inspiration for a your own creative art making. Includes embossing with aluminium, weaving and up-cycling found objects.

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

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Jul 7

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Indigenous art | Performances

This NAIDOC week the NGA hands over the colonial art space to Koori MC- Gee Wizz.

Venue: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander galleries
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Jul 7

Art after hours

5:30pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time | Members

A Members's event. Join NGA's Senior Curator Deborah Hart for a conversation over a glass of wine, followed by an exclusive tour of Wrong Way Time exhibition.

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

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Jul 8

Create space

10:00am – 3:00pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time | 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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 8

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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Jul 9

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time | 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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 10

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time | 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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 11

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 members/concession

Book now

Jul 11

Create space

10:01am – 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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 12

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 12

Creative meditation for children

10:30am – 11:00am

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 5-7, to be accompanied)

Focus on works of art through mindfulness and quiet reflection.

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

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Jul 12

Creative meditation for children

11:30am – 12:15pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 8-12, 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, $5child (free for accompanying adults)

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Jul 12

Out of the box

12:45pm – 1:45pm

Pacific art | Talks and Lectures

Pacific Arts curator Crispin Howarth introduces the Fellows Collection of Massim art 1892-1900. This unique collection reveals the history of the people of Kiriwina, located in Papua New Guinea's Trobriand Islands, during the late 19th century.

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

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Jul 13

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 13

Assisted tour of Australian art

10:30am

Australian art | Assisted

For people with a disability and their carers. Email for more info.

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

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Jul 13

Winter Film Series: Philip Dadson: Sonics from scratch

6:30pm

Special event | Screenings

(2015, no age restrictions, 85 mins)

A warm and entertaining portrait of sound artist and musician Phil Dadson _ whose reputation for sonic invention and leadership of the ensemble Scratch has taken him all over the world. More info + bookings

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $16, $14 concession, $12 members

Jul 14

Create space

10:00am – 3:00pm

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 14

Art explorer: My collection

10:30am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 8-12)

Spend a full day at the Gallery exploring your national collection through works on art on display and be inspired to create your own works of art. Includes sketching in gallery spaces and the creation of a portfolio for your work.

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

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Jul 14

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Drop into 30-minute weekly talks, tours or art making sessions. Culture with time to spare.

Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Jul 15

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 16

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 17

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 17

Drawsome

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Permanent collection | Workshops

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

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

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

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Jul 19

Art appreciation for carers

10:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

In partnership with Carers ACT. Participants must be registered with Carers ACT. To register, please call 1800 052 222. Email for more info.

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

Book now

Jul 20

Little look at ART

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | 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

Book now

Jul 21

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Have a double brandy, grit your teeth and see it! Gordon Bull on Vivienne Binns.

Venue: venue TBC
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Jul 23

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 23

Film screening: The wolf in Australian art

2:00pm

Permanent collection | Screenings

(2015, G, 42 mins)

This documentary tells the story of major Austrtalian artist Danila Vassilieff. Introduced by the director, Richard Moore, and followed by a Q&A with Felicity St John Moore and NGA curator Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax.

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

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Jul 24

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 25

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 members/concession

Book now

Jul 28

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Loss and isolation: an Indigenous perspective on Australian art with Cara Kirkwood.

Venue: venue TBC
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Jul 28

Ask me anything

4:30pm

Permanent collection | Members

A Members event. Behind-the-scenes tour with Debbie Ward, NGA's Head of Conservation and a team of NGA conservators, followed by a glass of wine and an open question session on caring for textiles.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $30 NGA members only

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Jul 30

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Jul 30

Artist talk

2:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

Ramesh Nithiyendran discusses his new work, on display in the NGA foyer.

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

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Jul 31

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 4

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Surrealism, Max Ernst and tribal art with Pamela Walker.

Venue: venue TBC
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Book now

Aug 5

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. Call (02) 6240 6632 or Email for more info.

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

Book now

Aug 6

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 6

Descriptive tour

2:30pm

Australian art | Assisted

A tour of Australian Art for people who are blind or with low vision. Email for more info.

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

Book now

Aug 7

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 7

How to look at paint

2:30pm

Australian art | Assisted

An Auslan sign-interpreted tour of Australian Art for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Email for more info.

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

Book now

Aug 8

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 members/concession

Book now

Aug 9

Out of the box

12:45pm

| Talks and Lectures

Australian Prints and Drawings curator Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax explores how artists have experimented with cartographic imagery. These alternative maps can provide external orientation, reveal hidden relationships, or lead us off the beaten path.

Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 11

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Indigenous art | Talks and Lectures

Ugly paintings are always framed. Derek O'Connor on Willem de Kooning.

Venue: venue TBC
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 11

Book launch

6:00pm

NGA shop event | Book launch

Dominic Smith talks about his new book, The last painting of Sara de Vos currently on the New York Times bestseller list, which tells of a painting linking a 17th century Dutch painter with a modern day art historian and sometime forger.

Venue: NGA Shop
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 12

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

Aug 12

Mystery tour

5:30pm

Permanent collection | Members

A Members's event. Take a chance and join us for a cocktail followed by a tour into the unknown.

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

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Aug 13

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 13

Artist talk

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Mike Parr discusses his artistic practice, spanning over 40 years.

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

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Aug 14

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 16

Art appreciation for carers

10:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

In partnership with Carers ACT. Participants must be registered with Carers ACT. To register, please call 1800 052 222.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free,booking required

Book now

Aug 17

Little look at ART

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | 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

Book now

Aug 17

NGA Book Club

10:30am

NGA shop event | Talks and Lectures

Join Claudia Hyles for an engaging discussion that explores literary themes around the visual arts. This season's book is The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith.

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

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Aug 18

Art for lunch

12:45pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

An insight into working with Mike Parr over the course of his 30-year career with Roger Butler.

Venue: Information Centre
Price : Free

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Aug 20

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 20

Meet the maker

11:00am

Australian art | Members

Be inspired by the daily rituals of Canberra-based sculptor and designer, Dan Lorrimer, in his studio in Mitchell for a one-hour artist talk and studio tour.

Venue: Off site
Price : $15 NGA members only

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Aug 20

Curator's tour

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Elspeth Pitt, curator of Mike Parr: Foreign Looking, gives a tour of the exhibition.

Venue: Temporary Exhibition Foyer
Price : Free

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Aug 21

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 21

Drawsome

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Permanent collection | Workshops

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

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

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

Book now

Aug 23

Tales for the very young

10:30am – 11:30pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time | Kids and family

(ages 3-5, to be accompanied)

Join Margie Kevin, Gallery educator, for an interactive story-based experience inside the Diane Arbus: American portraits exhibition.

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

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Aug 25

Coffee with the curator

9:30am

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 Mike Parr: Foreign Looking exhibition.

Venue: venue TBC
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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Book now

Aug 27

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 28

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 location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

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 members/concession

Book now

Sep 7

Contemporary Australian Architects 2016 Speaker Series

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

7-28 September

Four lectures by award-winning Australian architects presented in partnership with Australian Architects Institute (ACT Chapter), sponsored by BCA Certifiers. Limited early bird series tickets available until sold out. More info and bookings

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Early bird series: $75, $70 concession, $60 members/Institute members, $40 students. Single sessions: $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members/ Institute members, $15 students