Issue 170 | May 2013
Capital and country | Art and Alzheimer's | Members news | Events | Special offers
01 Turner from the TateOpens 1 June

In less than a month, Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master will open to the public.

The exhibition will offer fresh perspectives on J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) – one of Britain’s greatest artists and a key figure of the Romantic period. He is celebrated as a highly modern painter, his work much admired for its experimental character.

J.M.W. Turner 'Peace – Burial at sea' exhibited 1842 Tate, accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856 Photo: © Tate, 2013

Turner from the Tate includes many of the artist’s most famous paintings. It provides a comprehensive overview of Turner’s monumental landscapes and atmospheric, light-filled seascapes, including 40 oil paintings and 70 works on paper.

(banner image) J.M.W. Turner 'Venice, the Bridge of Sighs' exhibited 1840 (detail) Tate, accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856 Photo: © Tate, 2013

Turner from the Tate will be a timed ticket exhibition with sessions available every half hour from 10am – 3.30pm. Gallery closes at 5pm.

A range of dining packages will be available throughout the day in the Turner Tea Room and include an exhibition ticket.

Morning Tea, Ploughman’s Lunch and High Tea packages will be available 7 days a week.

The Premium Early session is available at 9am every weekend and you are able to include breakfast at 8am in the Gallery Café.

Numbers are limited and prior bookings are required.

Get in early and reserve your tickets now.

Ticketek: 1300 795 012

J.M.W. Turner 'Waves breaking on a Lee Shore at Margate' c.1840 study for 'Rockets and blue lights' Tate, accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856 Photo: © Tate, 2013

Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master will be on display at the National Gallery of Australia from 1 June to 8 September 2013.


02 Capital and country The Federation years
1900– 1914

With 45 paintings from the national collection, Capital and country: the Federation years 1900–1914 reveals the richness and diversity of Australian painting during these first formative years of the twentieth century. Capital and country is the National Gallery of Australia’s first major exhibition to focus on the parallel stories of Federation landscape painting, alongside the art produced by expatriate Australians living in Europe artistic centres, seeking education and exposure in the ‘old world’ during the Edwardian era in England and the last heady days of the Belle Epoque in France.

Rupert Bunny 'Qui vient? [Who comes?]' c.1908 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, bequest of John B. Pye 1963

Well-known and loved works in the national collection by major Australian painters such as Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, George W. Lambert and Hans Heysen, are brought to light in new ways alongside lesser-known images by Florence Fuller, Godfrey Rivers, Elioth Gruner and Richard Hayley-Lever. Ranging from sunlit groves of gum trees that convey the Australian nation’s enthusiastic embrace of their own landscape, to sophisticated portraits and figure paintings painted in the bohemian enclaves of Paris and London, the works in Capital and country promise to surprise and delight.

W.C. Piguenit 'Near Liverpool, New South Wales' c.1908 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, acquired with the assistance of the Masterpieces for the Nation Fund 2005

Travelling exhibitions: a gift to the nation in the year of Canberra’s centenary

The National Gallery contributes to the cultural enrichment of all Australians by providing access to the national collection in a wide variety of ways. For more than twenty years, the Gallery has toured its exhibitions to audiences in remote, regional and metropolitan areas throughout Australia and internationally. Since 1988, more than 9 million people have taken the opportunity to visit 117 of our travelling exhibitions at 560 locations outside the National Gallery of Australia in every state and territory in Australia.
In this year of great celebrations surrounding the 100th Birthday of Australia’s capital city, the National Gallery, situated in Canberra, has devised Capital and country as a gift to the nation.

Capital and country: the Federation years 1900–1914 opens at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin on 4 May and will be on display until 29 September 2013, before touring Australia over the coming two years.

Exhibition Curator Miriam Kelly will introduce the show in a free floor talk on Saturday 4 May at 11am.

Arthur Streeton 'La Salute, from Riva Schiavoni' c.1908 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1959

03 Members news

What a busy few months it has been.  Having farewelled Toulouse-Lautrec we are now very much looking forward to welcoming our next major exhibition, Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master. Opening on 1 June, we are organising a number of Members only events which we think you’ll like, so keep an eye out for our upcoming winter events calendar in the next issue of Artonview.

Members recently enjoyed 'Coffee with the Curator' in conjunction with Stars in the river: the prints of Jessie Traill. Senior Curator Roger Butler gave us a fascinating tour of the exhibition before we made our way up to the Members Lounge to indulge in a relaxing morning tea.

Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to sharing the art experience with you throughout the year. To find out about upcoming members events and book these online visit the members page at

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04 Event
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05 Sculpture: Space & Place10 – 12 May

This two day symposium presents national and international perspectives as a context for discussion of sculpture in Canberra. It brings together artists, curators and art writers to discuss sculpture in its various forms – public sculpture, sculpture parks, galleries and works in collections.

Speakers will explore issues and ideas in themes such as spectacle, commissioning, environment, space and nature, place, light, interior or memorial space. London-based art consultant Vivien Lovell’s keynote address, part of the Centenary of Canberra's Big Issues/Big Talk program, will launch the symposium.

The symposium is a collaboration between The Australian National University's Research School of Humanities and the Arts, its School of Art, and the National Gallery of Australia. This event is part of the TOUCH: Sculpture and the Land program that is taking place in venues throughout May.

(banner image) James Turrell 'Within without' 2010 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased with the support of visitors to the Masterpieces from Paris exhibition 2010 © James Turrell
Photograph: John Gollings

Speakers include artists Patricia Piccinini (Australia), Pamille Berg (NSW), Chris Drury (UK), Wolfgang Buttress (UK), Maria Fernanda Cardoso (Sydney), Angela Valamanesh (Adelaide), Kathy Temin (Melbourne), Heather B. Swann (Melbourne), David Jensz (Canberra), Jonathan Jones (Sydney), Djon Mundine (Sydney), National Gallery of Australia and Westfarmers Indigenous arts fellow Kevin O’Brien (Queensland), ANU School of Alumni Noelene Lucas (Sydney), Anne Neil (Perth), Siuli Tan (Singapore), Corbett Lyon (Lyon House Museum, Melbourne), Michael Hedger (Manly City Council, Sydney), Robyn Archer (Canberra Centenary), Vivien Lovell (UK), Steven Holland (Australian War Memorial), Alistair Riddell (ACT), Ken Scarlett (Melbourne) and National Gallery of Australia curators Deborah Hart, Lucina Ward, Mim Kelly and Christine Dixon.

For full program details, visit the Symposium webpage

06 Art and Alzheimer'sAdriane Boag, Youth and Community Programs, reflects on a recent trip to New York where she presented at Practice and Progress, the MoMA Art and Alzheimer’s Exchange

The NGA's Art and Alzheimer’s Program was implemented in 2007. In 2010 an Outreach training workshop was developed and this initiative has been largely responsible for the recent proliferation of Australian art museum programs providing social inclusion and intellectual stimulation for people living with dementia through discussion-based tours of works of art. There are now over 10 galleries in four states delivering tours to suit their communities.

For a number of years, access staff at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) have provided an important contact point for discussion and the exchange of ideas through the annual International Arts and Health Conference held in Australia.  An invitation to co-present a workshop on ‘advanced engagement’ at this year’s Practice and Progress, the MoMA Art and Alzheimer’s Exchange  was  an important step to further the development of programs in Australia.

Carrie McGee (MoMA) and Adriane Boag (NGA) co-presenting 'Advanced Engagement' at Practice and Progress: the MoMA Art and Alzheimer's Project Exchange

I spent 10 days in New York immersed in art programs designed for people living with dementia. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney and MoMA all have established programs. I was invited to observe a training workshop for carers at the Met, introducing both professional and personal carers to the ways in which works of art can communicate and engage their relatives and clients.

I also attended an art-making workshop at Lennox Hill community centre, a Whitney Outreach Program for people unable to visit the gallery. Here I sat next to Phyllis, who kept her eyes closed for most of the program. Another participant said to me “you don’t need to talk to Phyllis she isn’t listening”. Up for discussion was Meret Oppenheim’s Fur teacup.   We talked about the collision of an everyday object with such a surprising and impractical material.

I tickled Phyllis’s tightly clenched hands and then her nose with a piece of fur provided by the facilitator. “Imagine drinking from a fur-covered teacup”, I said. Phyllis smiled and opened her eyes. I lifted the reproduction of the teacup to her eye level. I later discovered Phyllis had been an artist and I was therefore doubly glad I had kept engaging her in conversation.

Over 60 people from around the world were present at the two day art and dementia seminar at MoMA . Rarely have I attended a conference where I have had so much to discuss. It was immensely stimulating to experience such a strong connection to so many colleagues working in diverse ways towards the same aims. Dementia is a condition that isolates and confuses but which unites people across continents.

Watch a video about the Gallery's Art and Alzheimer's program on our YouTube channel here

(banner image) John Hagibotham, teacher and dancer for 'Dancing with Parkinson's' at Mark Morris dance studio, Brooklyn, leads a workshop responding to works of art through movement as part of the two-day Art and Alzheimer's Exchange

07 Celebrate Australia in London

In September 2013 the Royal Academy of Arts in London will open Australia: Land and Landscape, the most ambitious survey of Australian Art ever to be held outside Australia.

The National Gallery of Australia has partnered with the Royal Academy to present the story of our nation, our land and our history on an international stage and we invite Foundation and Gallery members to come with us to London on a specially organised tour in September to celebrate this landmark exhibition.

The itinerary includes exclusive visits to London galleries, as well as special behind-the-scenes visits to some of the city’s premier cultural attractions. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet significant members of the visual arts community in London.

The Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

Entrance to the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

This is a rare chance to celebrate the wonderful and diverse nature of Australia and the art and artists of our states and territories on a global stage.

For more information or to register your interest, please contact Maryanne Voyazis, Executive Director of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation on 02 6240 6691 or or Liz Wilson, Manager, Membership & Development Programs on 02 6240 6469 or

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09 Around
the country
Interstate events
and travelling

Northern Territory

Roy Lichtenstein: Pop Remix | Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs NT, 26 April – 10 June 2013

Capital and country: the Federation years 1900 – 1914 | Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin NT, 4 May – 29 September 2013

Naata Nungurrayi 'Untitled' 2010 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2010 © the artist, represented by Aboriginal Artists Agency

South Australia

unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial | Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide SA , 3 May –7 July 2013

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Red Case - Myths and Rituals & Yellow Case - Form, Space and Design | Wilderness School, Walkerville SA, 30 April– 20 May 2013


The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: 1888 Melbourne Cup | National Sports Museum, Richmond VIC, 15 January – 16 September 2013


Stars of the Tokyo stage:  Natori Shunsen’s kabuki actor prints | Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton QLD, 1 March – 19 May 2013

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Blue Case – Technology | Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns QLD, 17 April– 21 Mayl 2013 

10 Novotel offer Turner from the Tate accommodation package

Novotel Canberra is the accommodation partner and proud supporter of the Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master exhibition.

Novotel Canberra is offering a special overnight accommodation package* for Turner from the Tate which includes one night’s accommodation, buffet breakfast and untimed tickets to the exhibition for two people. Click here for more information.

*Valid for stays at Novotel Canberra only between 1 June and 8 September 2013 inclusive and subject to availability.

11 Win a copy of Samsara on DVD!

Thanks to Hopscotch Entertainment, we have 5 copies of Samsara on DVD to giveaway – out now on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download. Through powerful, breathtaking images pristinely photographed in 70mm and a dynamic music score, Samsara shows how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet. Watch the trailer here

For your chance to win, email your contact details to by COB Thursday 9 May.