Open daily 10am–5pm
Admission is free to the permanent collection. Admission charges apply to special exhibitions. Children 16 years and under are free.
Canberra ACT 2601
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Exhibition dates are subject to change. Please contact the Gallery before your visit. nga.gov.au/Exhibitions.
Exhibitions and events
For event bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 2 6240 6504. Events are in the James O Fairfax Theatre unless otherwise advised. For the full events calendar nga.gov.au/Calendar.
until 6 November 2005
Bill Viola: The Passions is an exhibition of recent video works by the internationally-renowned American artist Bill Viola. The Passions 2000–02 is a series of 12 works in which Viola examines the manifestations of emotions, through silence, extreme slow-motion, and psychologically-gripping depictions of the faces and bodies of his performers. The exhibition also includes Five angels for the Millennium 2001, an all-enveloping environment of sight and sound.
This exhibition has been organised by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
Bill Viola: The Passions events
Viola by Night: Speaker series
Supported by the Sarah and Baillieu Myer Family Foundation. Ticket includes lecture, exhibition entry and live entertainment. Cocktails and refreshments available. Bookings essential.
$25; members $15; students $5
Season ticket $80; members $40; students $15
Saturday 27 August 6–10pm
Viola by Night: 2 Lyndal Jones, Associate Professor, School of Creative Media, RMIT introduces Bill Viola: The Passions followed Viola's Chott el-Djerid (a portrait in light and heat), 1979. Live entertainment by DJ Danielsan (Koolism) and VJ Yasemin Sabuncu
Thursday 1 September 12.45pm
Bill Viola: resonances for health professionals Dr Thomas Alured Faunce, Law Faculty, ANU
Saturday 10 September 2pm
The Gospel according to Matthew (Il vangelo secondo matteo)
1964, 134 min
Sculpture Prize and exhibition 2005
until 9 October 2005
The National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition was established in 2000 as a partnership between the National Gallery of Australia and Macquarie Bank. This year’s prize is the largest and most diverse to date – featuring the work of 39 artists from around Australia. Artists include some of Australia’s leading sculptors and the exhibition surveys the range of contemporary sculptural practice.
National Sculpture Prize and exhibition 2005 events
Friday 22 August 12.45pm
Arthur Cantrill’s experimental films Robert Klippell: junk sculpture 1963 and Robert Klippell: drawings 1947–1963 50 min.
Sunday 28 August 8.30am
Members event Early morning viewing. Join voluntary guides for an exhibition tour, followed by morning tea. $20 members; $30 guests (includes exhibition entry). Bookings essential. Exhibition Galleries and Members Lounge
Friday 2 September
Bert Flugelman interview 1975, 45 min.
Saturday 3 September 4pm
Members event Artist Bert Flugelman discusses Caryatid Minotaur. Followed by wine and canapés. $20 members; $30 guests (includes exhibition entry). Bookings essential. Exhibition Galleries and Members Lounge
Saturday 10 September 9.30am
Voluntary guides conduct tours for those requiring special access. This is a sign-interpreted tour. Bookings essential. Exhibition Galleries
Thursday 15 September 12.45pm
Exhibitions Coordinator Beatrice Gralton gives an insider’s account of the National Sculpture Prize and exhibition 2005. This is a sign-interpreted tour. Exhibition Galleries
27 August – 4 December 2005
Moist is a rare glimpse into the NGA’s collection of Australian watercolours. While the title refers to the liquid nature of watercolour, the word ‘moist’ elicits images of an atmospheric, physical or emotional state of being.
The exhibition will bring together over 90 works, from the colonial period to the present, including: the extraordinary still life watercolours of Neville Cayley and eX de Medici; the real and imaginary landscapes of Conrad Martens and Rosslynd Piggott; intimate portraits by Georgiana McCrae and Steve Cox; and the abstract compositions of Gunter Christmann and Yvonne Audette.
Moist: Australian watercolours events
Friday 9 September 12:45pm
The colourmen: a history of Windsor & Newton 1980, 29 min.
Tuesday 13 September 12.45pm
Moist: curator’s perspective Anne McDonald, Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings, Project Gallery
the art of theatre
until 26 September 2005
Stage fright showcases works on paper and costumes from the NGA’s collection of Australian Theatre Arts. Stage fright leads young children and their families on a voyage of discovery through mythology, fairytales, visionary worlds and fantasy characters through designs destined for the ballet, opera and the theatre stage.
fright: the art of theatre events
Sunday 4 September 10.30am–12.30pm
(ages 8–12) and
‘From page to stage’ Learn some of the secrets of scriptwriting with Adam Hadley, Canberra Youth Theatre. $20; members $15. Bookings essential. Small Theatre
Science Festival 05
Australian Science Festival Children’s trail available from the Information Desk.
Sunday 21 August
Sculpture Garden 10am –12pm
Children’s big bug hunt Bug-busters: help conservators find the bugs lurking in the Sculpture Garden and get your face painted as your favorite bug.
Conservation department 10am–1pm
Conservation demonstration and analysis See conservators at work on paintings and works on paper.
Australian Architects Speaker Series 2005
Presented in association with the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. Doors open at 5.30pm. Talks commence 6pm. Bookings essential. $60 series ticket; $50 NGA/RAIA members and concession. $20 individual nights; $15 NGA/RAIA members and concessions.
Wednesday 24 August 6pm
Gerard Reinmuth, Richard Blythe and Scott Balmforth of Terroir
Saturday 27 August 2pm
futureScreen mobile David Cranswick and Adriaan Stellingwerf, dLux media arts
Sunday 28 August 10–2pm
A dLux media arts workshop on the artistic possibilities of mobile phones: location-based gaming and collaborative platforms. Ages 15 and above. Bookings essential.
$80; members $60. Small Theatre