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  1. James Turrell | Performances Northern lights
    May 30 6:00pm – 7:30pm (repeated Sunday 31 May) A concert evoking nature's most spectacular light show, the Aurora Borealis The Gryffin Ensemble performs original music composed by Michael Sollis, in collaboration with Australia's leading astronomer Fred Watson.
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : $45, $40 members/concession, $25 under 30, $10 under 16
  2. James Turrell | Performances Northern lights
    May 31 2:00pm – 3:30pm A concert evoking nature's most spectacular light show, the Aurora Borealis The Gryffin Ensemble performs original music composed by Michael Sollis, in collaboration with Australia's leading astronomer Fred Watson.
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : $45, $40 members/concession, $25 under 30, $10 under 16
  3. The story of Rama | Talks & Lectures Lunchtime talk: The story of Rama
    Jun 4 12:45pm Melanie Eastburn, Curator, Asian Art, and Dr Chaitanya Sambrani, Senior Lecturer, School of Art, Australian National University, introduce the new exhibition of Indian miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi.
    Venue: Orde Poynton Gallery
    Price : Free
  4. Permanent collection | Assisted Art and dementia
    Jun 5 10:30am – 11:30am Friday with a friend An engaging tour of the collection for people living with dementia and their carers.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : Free (bookings essential)
    Booking: (02) 6240 6632 or email access@nga.gov.au
  5. Special event | Screenings Winter film series 2015
    Jun 10 6:30pm 10 June - 8 July Catch some of the most exciting recent cinema about art, culture and ideas in a program curated and introduced by film writer and curator Simon Weaving. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Series ticket: $70, $60 concession, $50 members
  6. Special event | Screenings Winter film series: Iris
    Jun 10 6:30pm (USA, 2014, 78 min, rating TBC) A joyous celebration of the creativity and razor-sharp wit of 93-year-old style icon Iris Apfel. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Series ticket: $70, $60 concession, $50 members. Single session: $16, $14 concession, $12 members
  7. Permanent collection | Kids & family stART with art
    Jun 12 10:30am – 12:00pm (ages 2-5 A morning of exploration and creative fun with art and music.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12 child, $10 child members, includes materials (free for accompanying adults)
  8. James Turrell | Workshops Exploring the spectrum: sculpture in light and space
    Jun 13 10:30am – 3:30pm A workshop for adults with Vivien Lightfoot, Gallery educator, to build light sculptures inspired by James Turrell's contemplative exploration of the colour spectrum.
    Venue: Small Theatre
    Price : $60, $55 members/concession (includes materials)
  9. Colour my World | Workshops Photography roadshow
    Jun 13 2:00pm – 4:00pm Show off your favourite photographs, share stories and receive advice from curators of Colour my world: handcoloured Australian photography, Shaune Lakin and Anne O'Hehir and conservator James Ward.
    Venue: Gandel Hall
    Price : Free
  10. The story of Rama | Screenings Sita sings the blues
    Jun 14 12:30pm (DVD, 2008, unrated, 81 min) Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both the ancient tragedy and the modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Introduced by Dr McComas Taylor, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific.
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  11. NGA Contemporary | Talks & Lectures Streetwise: artist talk
    Jun 16 12:45pm Artist Sarah Contos speaks about her work on display in the NGA Contemporary exhibition. More info
    Venue: NGA Contemporary
    Price : Free
  12. Permanent collection | Kids & family A little look at ART
    Jun 17 10:00am – 12:00pm (ages 0-1 and parents/carers) Join a voluntary guide for an informal tour of the Gallery for parents and carers with babies, followed by coffee and muffins.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members/concession
  13. Special event | Screenings Winter film series: National Gallery
    Jun 17 6:30pm (France/USA/UK, 2014, 181 mins, 18 +) A unique and insightful look inside London's world famous National Gallery. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : $16, $14 concession, $12 members
  14. Colour my World | Assisted Descriptive tour
    Jun 20 2:30pm – 3:30pm for people who are blind or with low vision Descriptive tour of works in Colour my world: handcoloured Australian photography.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : Free (bookings essential)
  15. Permanent collection | Talks & Lectures Artist talk: John Young
    Jun 23 12:45pm Australian artist John Young speaks about his work Castiglione's dream, 1995-96.
    Venue: Australian galleries
    Price : Free
  16. Special event | Screenings Winter film series: El Somni (The Dream)
    Jun 24 6:30pm (Spain, 2014, 82 mins, 18 +) Australian premiere. The world's most extraordinary dinner becomes a sublime cinema experience. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : $16, $14 concession, $12 members
  17. Colour my World | Members That 70's show
    Jun 26 5:30pm Escape to the 1970's for an evening of groovy tunes, cocktails and canapes and a curator led tour of Colour my world: handcoloured Australian photography.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $60 members, $70 guests
  18. Streetwise | Tours Auslan sign-interpreted tour
    Jun 28 2:30pm – 3:30pm Auslan sign-interpreted tour of Streetwise: contemporary print culture, new prints at NGA Contemporary for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : Free (bookings essential)
  19. Permanent collection | Tours Rendezvous with art
    Jun 29 10:00am – 12:00pm Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the Members Lounge before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.
    Venue: meet in main foyer
    Price : $12, $10 members/concession
  20. Special event | Screenings Winter film series: Imber's left hand
    Jul 1 6:30pm (USA, 2014, 76 min, 18 +) Australian premiere. A moving tribute to painting and life as an artist battles a deadly illness. Followed by Skype Q&A with director Richard Kane. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : $16, $14 concession, $12 members
  21. Ramayana | Talks & Lectures Ramayana: myths and realities
    Jul 2 12:45pm Dr Richard Barz, retired lecturer, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, discusses the Ramayana story that impacted on political and religious development of societies across South & Southeast Asia. Exhibition info
    Venue: Orde Poynton Gallery
    Price : Free
  22. Permanent collection | Workshops Dr Sketchy's burlesque drawing
    Jul 2 6:30pm – 9:30pm (ages 18+) Guests performers from the Australian Burlesque Festival. Draw glamorous underground models in a fun atmosphere with a burlesque flavour. Pay bar and light refreshments available.
    Venue: Gandel Hall
    Price : $30, $25 concession, $20 members (includes first drink, BYO materials, some materials provided)
  23. Permanent collection | Assisted Art and dementia
    Jul 3 10:30am – 11:30am Friday with a friend A tour for people living with dementia and their carers.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : Free (bookings essential)
  24. Colour my World | Tours Assisted tour
    Jul 8 10:30am – 11:30am Access viewing of Colour my world: handcoloured Australian photography for people with a disability and their carers.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : Free (bookings essential)
  25. Permanent collection | Talks & Lectures Artist's talk: Jonathan Jones
    Jul 8 12:45pm Jonathan Jones, artist, curator and researcher, discusses his work from the National Indigenous Art Triennial II.
    Venue: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander galleries
    Price : Free
  26. Special event | Screenings Winter film series: Best of enemies
    Jul 8 6:30pm (USA, 2015, 87 min, 18 +) The scintillating and explosive 1968 televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F Buckley Jr. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : $16, $14 concession, $12 members
  27. Colour my World | Kids & family Art explorer - Colour my world
    Jul 9 10:30am – 4:00pm (ages 8-12) Spend a day at the NGA exploring and creating, using Colour my world: handcoloured Australian photography as inspiration for your own art making. BYO morning tea and lunch.
    Venue: Gandel Hall
    Price : $60, $55 child members (all materials and tools supplied) (free for accompanying adults)
  28. The story of Rama | Talks & Lectures Hanuman and the monkey army
    Jul 9 12:45pm Claudia Hyles, independent researcher, examines the role of the monkey god Hanuman, known for his courage, power and loyalty, in the Ramayana story. Exhibition info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  29. Permanent collection | Kids & family stART with art
    Jul 10 10:30am – 12:00pm (ages 2-5) Enjoy creative art activities inspired by our national collection, join Gallery educators on an interactive art tour for young children, and finish with an art-inspired live music concert for everyone to enjoy.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 child members, includes materials (free for accompanying adults)
  30. The story of Rama | Kids & family Stories from the Ramayana
    Jul 12 11:30am – 12:00pm (all ages, children to be accompanied) Join Kiran Shah, storyteller, as she brings the Ramayana paintings to life with stories of Ram and Sita from the great Indian Hindu epic. Exhibition info
    Venue: Orde Poynton Gallery or Small Theatre
    Price : $5 booking fee
  31. The story of Rama | Kids & family Stories from the Ramayana
    Jul 12 2:00pm – 2:30pm (all ages, children to be accompanied) AUSLAN sign-interpreted Join Kiran Shah, storyteller, as she brings the Ramayana paintings to life with stories of Ram and Sita from the great Indian Hindu epic. Exhibition info
    Venue: Orde Poynton Gallery or Small Theatre
    Price : $5 booking fee
  32. Permanent collection | Tours Rendezvous with art
    Jul 13 10:00am – 12:00pm Enjoy refreshments in the Members Lounge before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.
    Venue: meet in main foyer
    Price : $12, $10 members/concession
  33. Permanent collection | Kids & family Creative meditation for children
    Jul 13 10:30am – 11:00pm (ages 5-7, to be accompanied) Join Dianne Bourke, child meditation facilitator and guided imagery specialist for children.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $7, $5 child (free for accompanying adults)
  34. Permanent collection | Kids & family Creative meditation for children
    Jul 13 11:30am – 12:15pm (ages 8-12) Join Dianne Bourke, child meditation facilitator and guided imagery specialist for children.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $7, $5 child (free for accompanying adults)
  35. The story of Rama | Members Coffee with the curator
    Jul 14 10:15am Join Melanie Eastburn, Curator Asian Art, for a guided tour of The story of Rama Indian miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi followed by coffee and cake in the Members Lounge.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $20 members, $30 guests
  36. Permanent collection | Kids & family ASI: Art Scene Investigation
    Jul 14 10:30am – 12:00pm (ages 8-12) Join the Art Investigation Squad to discover clues and solve new mysteries about the art on display at NGA Contemporary. More info
    Venue: NGA Contemporary
    Price : $12, $10 child members (includes morning tea)
  37. Permanent collection | Kids & family A little look at ART
    Jul 15 10:00am – 12:00pm (ages 0-1 and parents/carers) Join a voluntary guide for an informal tour of the Gallery for parents and carers with babies, followed by coffee and muffins.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members/concession
  38. The story of Rama | Talks & Lectures Three hundred Ramayanas or more?
    Jul 15 6:00pm Dr McComas Taylor, Associate Professor, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific examines the literary tradition of the Ramayana and how the epic retains its relevance and vitality through a process of appropriation. Exhibition
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  39. Streetwise | Kids & family Art explorer - Streetwise
    Jul 16 10:30am – 4:00pm (ages 8-12) Spend a day at the NGA exploring and creating, using Streetwise: contemporary print culture as inspiration for your own art making. BYO morning tea and lunch.
    Venue: Gandel Hall & NGA Contemporary
    Price : $60, $55 child members (all materials and tools supplied) (free for accompanying adults)
  40. Special event | Members F!NK & Co Studio Visit
    Jul 24 4:00pm Go behind the scenes and in to the workshop of F!NK & Co with internationally renowned artist and founder of F!NK & Co, Robert Foster, followed by wine and nibbles with Robert and the F!NK & Co team.
    Venue: Meet at F!NK & Co studio
    Price : $30 members, $40 guests
  41. Colour my World | Talks & Lectures Artists' talks
    Jul 25 10:30am – 11:30am Panel discussion on photography Panel discussion with Colour my world: handcoloured Australian photography artists Micky Allan, Robyn Stacey, Janina Green and Ruth Maddison.
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  42. Colour my World | Workshops Colour my world workshop
    Jul 25 1:30pm – 4:30pm Learn how to handcolour black and white images with artist, Janina Green.
    Venue: Small Theatre
    Price : $50, $40 members/concession, $25 students
  43. Permanent collection | Tours Rendezvous with art
    Jul 27 10:00am – 12:00pm Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the Members Lounge before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members/concession
  44. Permanent collection | Kids & family Tales for the very young
    Jul 30 10:29am – 11:30am (ages 3-5, to be accompanied) Join Margie Kevin, Gallery educator, for an interactive story- based experience in the Australian Colonial galleries.
    Venue: Australian galleries
    Price : $7, $5 child members
  45. Colour my World | Assisted Private viewing for carers
    Jul 30 10:30am – 11:30am in partnership with Carers ACT Access viewing of Colour my world: handcoloured Australian photography in partnership with Carers ACT.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : Free (bookings essential)
    Booking: Call Carers ACT (02) 6296 9900
  46. The story of Rama | Talks & Lectures Lunchtime talk: Indian paintings
    Jul 30 12:45pm Bronwyn Campbell, Asian art, speaks about the diversity of Indian painting styles and conservator Andrea Wise discusses their materials and conservation.
    Venue: Orde Poynton Gallery
    Price : Free
  47. Permanent collection | Kids & family Eye See ART access event
    Aug 2 1:00pm – 3:00pm Enjoy the mobile adventure game for children and families in the Sculpture Garden. Bring your own device or borrow one of ours. Download Eye See ART at the Apple App store.
    Venue: meet in the garden
    Price : Free (no bookings)
  48. Colour my World | Tours Auslan sign-interpreted tour
    Aug 2 2:30pm – 3:30pm A tour of exhibition, Colour my world: handcoloured Australian photography for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : Free (bookings essential)
  49. Permanent collection | Members Members book club
    Aug 5 10:30am Join Claudia Hyles for an engaging discussion that explores the literary themes around the visual arts. Featuring the work of local and international authors, this season's book is Mr Mac and Me by Esther Freud.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $15 members, $18 guests
  50. Myth and Magic | Forums Art of the Sepik River Forum
    Aug 7 9:30am – 4:30pm A closer look at the art of the Sepik River with a program of talks from experts on Papua New Guinea art, culture and history. In association with the Oceanic Arts Society.
    Venue: Gandel Hall
    Price : $100, $90 NGA members/OAS members/concession (includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch)
  51. Permanent collection | Assisted Art and dementia
    Aug 7 10:30am – 11:30am Friday with a friend A tour for people living with dementia and their carers.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : Free (bookings essential)
  52. Myth and Magic | Talks & Lectures Curators perspective
    Aug 8 12:30pm A walk through Myth + magic: art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea with exhibition curator Crispin Howarth.
    Venue: Temporary Exhibitions Gallery
    Price : Free
  53. Permanent collection | Workshops Draw together
    Aug 9 11:00am – 12:30pm (all ages, children to be accompanied) Celebrate International Youth Day. Art-making in response to works of art.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members (includes materials)
  54. Permanent collection | Tours Rendezvous with art
    Aug 10 10:00am – 12:00pm Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the Members Lounge before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members/concession
  55. Permanent collection | Kids & family stART with art
    Aug 14 10:30am – 12:00pm (ages 2-5) Enjoy creative art activities inspired by our national collection, join Gallery educators on an interactive art tour for young children, and finish with an art-inspired live music concert.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12 child, $10 child members, includes materials (free for accompanying adults)
  56. Myth and Magic | Members Snap!
    Aug 15 10:30am (ages 4-10, to be accompanied) Mini members are dared to creep past the reptiles residing in the Sepik River exhibition, before coming face-to-face with live baby crocodiles!
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $15 mini members, $25 mini guests
  57. Permanent collection | Tours Science Week tours
    Aug 15 11:00am – 12:00pm Saturday 15 - Sunday 23 August, daily Join Gallery guides for a science- focused tour of the collection.
    Venue: meet at information desk
  58. Permanent collection | Workshops Draw together
    Aug 16 11:00am – 12:30pm (all ages, children to be accompanied) Art-making in response to works of art.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members (includes materials)
  59. Permanent collection | Kids & family A little look at ART
    Aug 19 10:00am – 12:00pm (ages 0-1 and parents/carers) Join a voluntary guide for an informal tour of the Gallery for parents and carers with babies, followed by coffee and muffins.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members/concession
  60. Myth and Magic | Members Art after hours
    Aug 20 10:15am Finish the day with Crispin Howarth, Curator Pacific Arts, for a glass of wine in the members lounge followed by a guided tour of Myth + magic: art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $25 members, $35 guests
  61. Special event | Screenings Latin American Film Festival 2015
    Commences Aug 20 - Aug 31 2:29pm All films subtitled. The Latin American embassies proudly present an exciting selection of recent films from Latin America, including internationally award-winning productions. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  62. Special event | Screenings Venezuela: AZ_ (Azu)
    Aug 20 2:30pm (2013, R, 100 min, drama/adventure) Repeated at 6:30 pm. All films are subtitled. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  63. Special event | Screenings Argentina: Las acacias (The acacias)
    Aug 21 2:30pm (2011, R, 82 min, drama) Repeated at 6:30 pm. All films are subtitled. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  64. Special event | Screenings Brazil: Reaching for the moon
    Aug 22 2:30pm (2014, R, 129 min, biography/drama/romance) Repeated at 6:30 pm. All films are subtitled. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  65. Permanent collection | Workshops Draw together
    Aug 23 11:00am – 12:30pm (all ages, children to be accompanied) Art-making in response to works of art.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members (includes materials)
  66. Special event | Screenings Chile: El regalo (The gift)
    Aug 23 2:30pm (2008, R, 108 min, comedy) Repeated at 6:30 pm. All films are subtitled. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  67. Special event | Screenings Colombia: El viaje del acordeon (The accordion's voyage)
    Aug 24 2:30pm (2013, R, 79 min, feature documentary) Repeated at 6:30 pm. All films are subtitled. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  68. Special event | Screenings Cuba: Y, sin embargo (And, however)
    Aug 25 2:30pm (2012, R, 86 min, drama/fantasy) Repeated at 6:30 pm. All films are subtitled. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  69. Special event | Screenings Ecuador: Mejor no hablar (de ciertas cosas) (The porcelain horse)
    Aug 26 2:30pm (2012, R, 100 min, drama) Repeated at 6:30 pm. All films are subtitled. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  70. Special event | Screenings Mexico: En el ombligo del Cielo (In the middle of Heaven)
    Aug 27 2:30pm (2012, R, 106 min, comedy) Repeated at 6:30 pm. All films are subtitled. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  71. Special event | Screenings Paraguay: El tiempo nublado (Cloudy times)
    Aug 28 2:30pm (2014, R, 92 min, documentary) Repeated at 6:30 pm. All films are subtitled. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  72. Special event | Screenings Peru: Como quien no quiere la cosa (That thing you love)
    Aug 29 2:30pm (2013, R, 79 min, comedy/drama/fantasy) Repeated at 6:30 pm. All films are subtitled. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free
  73. Permanent collection | Tours Rendezvous with art
    Aug 31 10:00am – 12:00pm Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the Members Lounge before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.
    Venue: meet at information desk
    Price : $12, $10 members/concession
  74. Special event | Screenings El Salvador: Cuatro puntos cardinales (The four cardinal points)
    Aug 31 2:30pm (2014, R, 55 min, documentary) Repeated at 6:30 pm. All films are subtitled. More info
    Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
    Price : Free