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Feb 13

A close look at paintings by Tom Roberts

2:00pm

Tom Roberts | Talks and lectures

Tom Roberts' large-scale narrative paintings have become part of Australian visual culture. Simon Elliott, Assistant Director, Curatorial and Education Services, examines the often overlooked details to reveal this artist's great mastery.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free

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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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

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 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

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 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 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 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 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 26

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

| Talks and Lectures

Drawing on Frank Hinder with Adriane Boag.

Price : Free