Gold and the Incas Lost worlds of Peru
Hotel package

The National Gallery of Australia will host a major international exhibition, Gold and the Incas: Lost Worlds of Peru from 6 December 2013 until 21 April 2014.

The exhibition will be on display in Canberra only.

More than 200 objects, from scintillating gold pieces made to decorate the nobility in life or in death, intricate jewellery, elaborate embroidered and woven cloths to breathtakingly sophisticated ceramic sculptures will be on display.

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(banner image) SICÁN-LAMBAYEQUE culture North coast 750–1375 AD
Vessel with bridge and double spouts
Museo Oro del Perú, Lima
© Photograph Daniel Giannoni

Forrest Hotel and Apartments

During Gold and the Incas: Lost Worlds of Peru the Forrest Hotel is offering a wonderful accommodation package.

From $99 per person twin share includes:

  • Overnight accommodation in a standard room
  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Untimed ticket to exhibition
  • Bottle of wine per room
  • Free parking

(This offer is subject to availability and seasonal variations will apply)

Book your Christmas party at Forrest Hotel before 15 November and receive a complimentary glass of Champagne.

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Indigenous Leadership Program

"I never would have imagined that being part of Wesfarmers (Arts Indigenous Leadership Program) would have given me such growth and confidence in what I'm doing and what I want to achieve" says Wesfarmers Arts Leadership program inaugural participant, Kimberley Moulton who is a recent recipient of the British Council's ACCELERATE program.

For four years now the iconic partnership between the National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers Limited has ignited the careers of a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts workers around the country by bolstering skills, networks and access to high caliber mentorships.

This year will prove no different with ten new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts workers from across the nation converging on Canberra on 18 November to gain behind the scenes access to our national institution.

The National Gallery of Australia in conjunction with Wesfarmers Arts would like to congratulate the following applicants in their selection to the 2013 Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Leadership Program:

  • Yinimala Gumana – Nhulunbuy
  • Terry Murray – Fitzroy Crossing
  • Kent Morris – Melbourne
  • Thelma Savage – Thursday Island
  • Aleisha Lonsdale – Mudgee
  • Shari Lett – Sydney
  • Jennifer Dickens – Fitzroy Crossing
  • Coby Edgar – Adelaide
  • Anthony Walker – Gold Coast
  • Teho Ropeyarn – Cairns

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(banner image) Christian Thompson 'HEAT' 2010 (detail). Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi

Members news

With Gold and the Incas: Lost Worlds of Peru opening at the Gallery soon the Membership office is busily planning and designing an exciting program of events to help you discover, explore and understand the mysteries of an ancient, lost world.

Keep an eye out at the beginning of summer for your copy of ARTONVIEW and the summer calendar for a full listing of the events.

Be sure not to miss the Gold and the Incas: Lost Worlds of Peru Members opening party on Friday 6 December 2013. It will be a wonderful evening and a fantastic way for you to celebrate the opening of what promises to be a truly engaging and wondrous exhibition!

Members Acquisition Fund

The fifth annual Member's Acquisition Fund was launched this month in support of Hilda Rix Nicholas' stunning painting
The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains

This well-known and well-loved vista is majestically brought to life by the artist and, with the support of Gallery Members, will grace the walls of the Gallery for generations to come. Please help us to acquire this significant painting by donating here.

Each donation, big or small, makes an important and enduring contribution.


The Museum of Contemporary Art have an exclusive members offer of 20% discount on adult tickets to see War is Over! (if you want it): Yoko Ono, showing in Sydney this summer. Book here.



William Kentridge last days!

The exhibition William Kentridge: drawn from Africa closes this Sunday!

William Kentridge is a major figure in contemporary art, who has established an international reputation as a gifted figurative artist. Kentridge develops imagery of subtlety and imagination in film, drawing, printmaking and tapestry design and explores three dimensions in innovative opera productions and sculptural forms.

Referring to life in South Africa in what he terms the era of 'post Anti-Apartheid', Kentridge's art dismantles, transforms and fuses one art category into another.

William Kentridge: drawn from Africa is on display in the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery until Sunday 3 November 2013.

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(image) William Kentridge Drawing for The Magic Flute (Tamino's Rhinoceros) 2004, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, The Poynton Bequest 2013

Big Draw wrap-up

The Gallery's annual Big Draw on Sunday 27 October saw a crowd of over 1500 people of all ages and abilities visit the Gallery to partake in a day of free artist-led and educator-facilitated drawing workshops.

Collaborative drawing with stickers inspired by the Indigenous art in the Desert Painting Gallery.

The exhibition William Kentridge: drawn from Africa with its focus on works on paper and the expressive power of drawing and printmaking, formed an inspiring backdrop for drawing, digital animation and collage activities.

Displays of art in the Indigenous galleries, the Decorative Arts collection, and European and American modernism were responded to through exciting
3-dimensional paper-craft, abstracted paper 'machines' and surreal, segmented drawings of the body. Visitors also traced the architecture of the building through the windows of the Level 1 balcony, while enjoying eclectic entertainments from local performers and musicians.

This community event always provides an opportunity for the NGA to strengthen collaborative relationships with local educational institutions, and we were most grateful for the help of alumni from CIT Creative Industries and students from ANU School of Art and the UC Architecture Faculty in delivering the day's event.

Canberra connection
Master of glass, Lino Tagliapietra

This work shows Lino Tagliapietra's formidable glassblowing skills at their most eloquent. Its swelling form with attenuated neck is an elegant and breathtaking expression of the nature of blown glass, incorporating as an irreducible element in its design Tagliapietra's characteristic drawing using traditional Venetian latticino and filigrana techniques.

Such apparent effortlessness from an artist now 79 years old is achieved within a cooperative cohort of three assistants (themselves accomplished glass artists) who have worked closely with Tagliapietra for the past twenty years in a fluid and intuitive demonstration of the teamwork that is central to blown glass production.

Tagliapietra demonstrated this in Canberra during a residency in 2012, using fine Australian-developed glass with his own coloured glass and this resulting work is a unique and exceptional testament to his absolute mastery over the material and his authoritativeness in design that acknowledges his heritage.

Lino Tagliapietra was born in 1934 in the glass centre of Murano in Venice, Italy and entered into a traditional apprenticeship with the leading glass designer, Archimede Seguso in Murano in 1946, reaching the rank of maestro in 1955. He worked as a master glassblower for a number of Muranese glass studios and by the early 1960s was producing his own designs.

Collaborations with other designers and glass artists interested him and in the 1970s he began to facilitate regular symposia at La Scuola Internazionale del Vetro (International glass school in Venice).

His close collaboration with the eminent Dutch glass designer, Andries Copier, influenced his approach to glass as a medium for ideas.

By the 1970s and '80s his skills were being sought by pioneers of the studio glass revival in the United States, with collaborations with some of its leading figures such as Richard Marquis and Dale Chihuly, who invited him to work with him at his studio in Seattle. Tagliapietra established a base there (working between Seattle and Venice) and has been an important influence on a generation of younger artists, many Australians among them, seeking to work with him and to learn the techniques of traditional Venetian glass.

This work is currently on display in the Water Gallery (Lower ground).

- Robert Bell AM, Senior Curator, Decorative Arts and Design

Visit Lino Tagliapietra's website

(image) Lino Tagliapietra Poesia 2012, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2012

Support us

The NGA Foundation's Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 19 November 2013 at 3pm in Gandel Hall. All Foundation Members are invited to attend. Please RSVP at foundation@nga.gov.au

Members of the Foundation have chosen to be a part of a valued and dynamic community, brought together by an appreciation for art and the desire to play a part in the enrichment and growth of the national art collection.

Support from private donors, be it big or small, is invaluable to the development of Australia's visual art treasure.

For more information on joining the Foundation please email foundation@nga.gov.au or call on (02) 6240 6408.


(image) Margaret Olley White still life 1977, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, gift of Wayne Kratzmann, 2012, donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Old and New

The Heritage building in NewActon was built in the 1920s, renewed in 2008 and burnt down in 2011.

This November, the beautiful old building opens anew, layered with old tiles, burnt walls and new cafes and bars. The theme of old and new will be explored through music, dance, performance poetry, circus and exhibitions at the re-opening.

The National Gallery of Australia is curating a show of performance art, burlesque and life drawing at the Sunday afternoon event.

Workshops will go through old and new methods of making cocktails, breads and mixing Australian spirits.

Classic hits from the 60s and 70s will be reappropriated by POP!, a new band celebrating songs like Sugar Sugar, with live beats, violin and ruffle shirts. They're playing in the Eastern Courtyard, one of nine stunning new spaces in and around the Pavilion.

Date: Sunday 10 November
12 - 6pm

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New South Wales

Bodywork: Australian Jewellery 1970 –2012 | Moree Pains Gallery, Moree NSW, until 3 November 2013

Glasshouse Gallery, Port Macquarie NSW, 22 November 2013 – 2 February 2014

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Red Case - Myths and Rituals & Yellow Case - Form, Space and Design | Adventist Aged Care, Kings Langley NSW, until 5 November 2013

The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Blue Case: Technology | Riverina Regional Library, Wagga NSW, until 25 November 2013


unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial |
Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns QLD, until 5 January 2014 


The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: Blue Case: Technology | Burnie Regional Gallery, Burnie TAS, until 8 November 2013


The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift: 1888 Melbourne Cup | Geelong Gallery, Geelong VIC, until 19 November 2013

Capital and country: the Federation years 1900 – 1914 | Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat VIC until 19 January 2014


(image) David Wallace,Stockman and horse 1997, recycled materials including wire, fabric, plastic, buttons, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Win movie tickets to 'Adoration'

A fearless portrait of love, lust and the power of friendship, Adoration tells the story of Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright), two lifelong friends living in a tranquil Australian seaside town, who embark on separate, passionate affairs that will change them forever.

Adapted from a Doris Lessing novel by Academy Award winner Christopher Hampton (Atonement) and directed by Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel), Adoration, radiating with a sweltering sensuality, is a provocative, sexy and fascinating film.

Thanks to Hopscotch eOne, we have 10 double passes to giveaway to see this new Australian film. In cinemas 21 November.

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For your chance to win, email your contact details including postal address to artonline@nga.gov.au by COB Thursday 7 November. Winners will be selected at random.