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Admission to the permanent collection is free. Admission charges apply to special exhibitions. Children 16 years and under are free.
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top image detail: Kazimir Malevich 'Nu i tresk-zhe, nu i grom-zhe! [What a boom, what a blast!]' 1915 colour lithograph Collection of the National Gallery of Australia. Part of the Revolutionary Russians exhibition
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Childrens holiday workshops
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View the full calendar of events online at nga.gov.au/Calendar.
the magic in conservation
until 26 November
Abracadabra is an overview of conservation techniques that reveal the mysteries hidden in works of art.
Tuesday 3 October
10.30am12pm (ages 712)
An introduction to the exhibition, followed by an interactive demonstration by NGA conservators Stefanie Woodruff and Jaishree Srinivasan, using fixed and flexible microscopes to explore the magic of conservation $20; $15 members. Childrens Gallery (meet in Gallery Foyer). Bookings essential
Friday 13 October
10.30am12.30pm (ages 58)
24 pm (ages 912)
Using Abracadabra as inspiration, NGA conservators Sheridan Roberts and Fiona Kemp help children create paintings. Infrared equipment will be used to magically reveal underdrawings $20; $15 members. Childrens Gallery and Small Theatre (meet in Gallery Foyer). Bookings essential
Valentina Kulagina 'Poster: Kunstausstellung der Sowjetunion' [Art exhibition of the Soviet Union] 1930 colour lithograph Purchased with the assistance of Jack and Mel Banning 1993 Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
Revolutionary Russians celebrates the centenary of the 1905–06 Russian Revolution and the centenary of the birth of the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975).
Thursday 12 October
10.30am12.3pm (ages 712)
Join Adriane Boag, Gallery Educator, to combine colour, shape and text in a concertina style booklet $20; $15 members. Small Theatre (meet in Gallery Foyer). Bookings essential
detail: 'Temple hanging [pichhavai]: Krishna's fluting summons the entranced gopis' India c.1840 opaque watercolour, gold and silver on cotton Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
The Indian Gallery
The new entrance-level Indian Gallery introduces visitors to the spectacular art of India, with a wide variety of works in different media.
Blessings and elephants
Wednesday 4 October
10am–12pm (ages 5–8)
Join Tess Horwitz, artist and educator, to look at the works in the new Indian Gallery and create your own good luck image. $20; $15 members. Small Theatre (meet in Gallery Foyer). Bookings essential
Wednesday 4 October
1.30–3.30 pm (ages 7–12)
Join Tess Horwitz, artist and educator, to look at the sculptures and textiles in the new Indian Gallery and create a hand or tree of life with your own symbolic emblem. $20; $15 members. Small Theatre (meet in Gallery Foyer). Bookings essential
Arjun Raina and Monica Singh in The magic hour, 2006. Photo courtesy of Nataraj Cultural Centre
Transform Indian textiles into paper
Wednesday 11 October
10.30am–12.30 pm and 2–4pm (ages 7–12)
Join Kate Collins, artist and educator, and explore the inspirational intricacies of Indian textiles. Combine fine stencilling with brocades, sequins, buttons and coloured foils to reinterpret an Indian masterpiece. $20; $15 members. Small Theatre (meet in Gallery Foyer). Bookings essential
The magic hour
Friday 13 October 7.30 pm
Enjoy the spectacular Indian classical dance Kathakali, featuring Arjun Raina interpreting scenes from Shakespeare and Monica Singh performing the beautiful erotic dance Orissi. Presented in association with the Nataraj Cultural Centre, Melbourne. $25; $18 members/concession, children under 12 free. Bookings essential James O Fairfax Theatre
detail: Imants Tillers 'Farewell to reason' 1996 oilstick, gouache, synthetic polymer paint on 292 canvasboards Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
Art’s the word
Thursday 5 October
10.30am–12.30 pm (ages 7–12)
Australian artists Colin McCahon,
Bea Maddock, Robert MacPherson and Imants Tillers use words and text in their works of art. Join Nick Nicholson, artist and educator, to explore the graphic and pictorial possibilities of text. $20; $15 members.
Australian Art Galleries (meet in Gallery Foyer). Bookings essential
Children taking part in Sculpture Garden Sunday 2005
Children’s Week events
Sunday 22 October 10.30 am
The Canberra Boys Choir celebrates its 25th anniversary with a performance of songs to celebrate the Children’s Week theme of A Caring World Shares. Sculpture Garden.
Sunday 22 October
Interactive family tours and activities with volunteer guides. There will be opportunities for the whole family to participate in practical hands-on activities. Sculpture Garden
Look who's coming to the gallery
detail: Ptolemaic Period 332–30 BCE 'Mummy mask' plastered, painted and gilded linen, Department of Egyptian Antiquities, Musée du Louvre, Paris Photograph © Christian Décamps, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Part of the upcoming Egyptian antiquities from the Louvre: Journey to the Afterlife exhibition.