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Admission is free to the permanent collection. Admission charges apply to special exhibitions. Children 16 years and under are free.
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Exhibition dates are subject to change. Please contact the Gallery before your visit. nga.gov.au/Exhibitions.
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Exhibitions and events
For event bookings email email@example.com 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
Bill Viola: The Passions
until 6 November 2005
The National Gallery of Australia presents Bill Viola: The Passions, a mesmerising exhibition of recent works by the internationally-renowned American video and sound installation artist. Organised by the J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles – then shown in London and Madrid – Bill Viola: The Passions is on display in Canberra only, until 6 November.
Viola by Night: Speaker series
Supported by the Sarah and Baillieu Myer Family Foundation.
Alessio Cavallaro, Senior Curator/Producer, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, introduces 'Bill Viola: The Passions'. After party with Sub Bass Snarl and VJ Superlight. Cocktails and refreshments available. Bookings essential.
Thursday 27 October 12.45pm lecture
'Ecce Homo: theological perspectives on personhood and the Passions' Dr Patrick McArdle, Australian Catholic University
Marilyn da Silva 'Rock, paper, scissors teapot' 2003 sterling silver, enamel paint, Lent by Marilyn da Silva
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the language of craft
11 November 2005 – 29 January 2006
This exhibition will include the recent work of 65 leading international and Australian artists forging new expressions within the fields of glass, ceramics, textiles, furniture, jewellery and metalwork.
Saturday 12 November 10:30am Conference
Introduction: Ron Radford, Director, and Robert Bell, Senior Curator, Decorative Arts and Design. Keynote speaker: Adrian Saxe ceramicist (USA). Followed by parallel sessions in which 18 leading Australian and international practitioners discuss their work. Bookings essential.
Sunday 13 November 11am Forum
'Interpreting contemporary craft'
Speakers Mark Leach, Deputy Director, Mint Museum of Craft & Design (USA), Tanya Harrod (craft writer, UK) and Kevin Murray (Director, Craft Victoria). Followed by a panel discussion Australian directions with Brian Parkes (Object, Sydney) and Lynda Dorrington (Form, Perth). Presented in association with Craft ACT and Craft Australia
Moist: Australian watercolours
until 4 December 2005
Bringing together over 90 works, from the colonial period to the present Moist is a rare glimpse into the Gallery’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.
Thursday 20 October 12.45pm artist's talk
Steve Cox talks about his work 'Curtis dancing on E' 2003
Tuesday 8 November 12.45pm lecture
'A closer look at watercolours'
Andrea Wise, Fiona Kemp and James Ward, Paper Conservation
Papua New Guinea
8 October 2005 – 15 January 2006
After generations of colonial rule, the free nation of Papua New Guinea was established in 1975. This exhibition celebrates 30 years of independence. Stories and images, both traditional and imaginary, are recorded in pen, pencil, woodcuts and screenprints – all new forms of expression to artists from the region. These prints and drawings, produced in the years around independence, show three ways in which Papua Nuginian artists responded to their contemporary world.
Saturday 22 October 2pm
nat bates [artist] delivers a personal perspective on contemporary sound art culture
Saturday 5 November 2pm
Alessio Cavallaro, Senior Curator/Producer, Australian Centre of the Moving Image, reviews recent artworks and exhibitions from Australia and the world
Sidney Nolan 'Ned Kelly' 1946 enamel on composition board, Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
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A Vision for the National Gallery of Australia
Formally announced by Ron Radford, Director National Gallery of Australia the statement presents the Director's vision for the Gallery.
'The core functions of an art museum are “to preserve, research and
interpret works of art, and their accompanying information, for the public
benefit”. A great art museum, therefore, is one that collects and conserves
works of great aesthetic excellence, researches them with rigorous scholarship,
and then uses the results of its research to interpret works of art for the
museum’s various audiences. A great art museum should be a powerhouse
from which visitors and other users can always receive a charge of psychic
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The Great Cultural Clearance Sale
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Six of Canberra's major cultural attractions will heavily discount an enormous range of quality products for one giant sale at the Albert Hall from the 14–16 October.
Sunday 23 October
Celebrate Children’s Week at the National Gallery of Australia, and explore the International Rights of the Child.
All activities are free of charge and are suitable for children aged 12 years and under.