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Sep 28

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Sep 28

Contemporary Architects Speaker Series

6:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

In partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects (ACT Chapter)

Architect Richard Kirk has expertise in architecture, urban design, interiors and environmentally sustainable design. Studios in Brisbane, Shanghai, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur service projects in Australia and Asia.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 NGA members/Institute members, $15 students

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Sep 29

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Sep 29

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

ANU photography students and curator Anne O'Hehir discuss the Dianne Arbus exhibition.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 30

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 1

Re-visiting the age of Angkor

9:30am – 4:30pm

Asian art | Talks and Lectures

Lectures draw attention to three remarkable Cambodian sculptures on loan from the National Museum of Cambodia and highlight new discoveries.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $110, $95 NGA/TAASA members/concession

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Oct 1

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 2

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create Space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 3

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create Space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 4

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by the much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 4

ASI: Art Scene Investigation

10:30am – 12:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Kids and family

(ages 7-12)

Does art have the power the change the way you think? Can it make you experience the world in unexpected ways? Join the Art Scene Investigation Squad on a mysterious journey looking at art that's designed to push your buttons.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 child members (includes morning tea)

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Oct 5

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by the much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 6

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by the much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create Space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 6

Art explorer: Zine time

10:30am – 4:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Kids and family

(ages 8-12)

Zines are a fun and easy DIY publishing system. Experiment with typewriters, Dymo labels and other quirky materials and create your own zines using digital publishing aps. Bring your own morning tea and lunch.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $60, $55 child members (all materials and tools supplied)

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Oct 6

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

NGA curator Robert Bell with a focus on flowers, design and nature.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 7

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 7

Art and dementia: Friday with a friend

10:30am – 11:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

Join an engaging tour of works of art from the collection designed to connect participants in a shared intellectual activity through personal insights, interpretation, art history and memories.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 8

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 8

Descriptive tour

2:30pm

Diane Arbus: American portraits | Assisted

Tour of Diane Arbus: American portraits for people who are blind or with low vision.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 9

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 9

Auslan sign-interpreted tour

2:30pm

Diane Arbus: American portraits | Assisted

Tour of Diane Arbus: American portraits for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 10

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the NGA cafe before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 NGA members/concession

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Oct 11

Out of the box

12:45pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Join us behind the scenes to explore themes and view selected works in the Collection Study Room.

Venue: Collection Study Room
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 13

Art for lunch

12:45pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Feeling Nervous with Heather B Swann.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 13

Mystery tour

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Permanent collection | Members

Dare to get grubby and join us for a cocktail followed by a mystery tour.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $30 NGA members, $35 guests

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Oct 14

stART with art

10:30am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 2-5, to be accompanied)

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)

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Oct 15

Palimpsest: Layers of meaning

10:00am – 12:30pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Workshops

Join Educator Penny Low for a workshop exploring Mike Parr's drawing practice using a live model. Create layers of drawings on transparent paper to form a composite image of the human face, using a range of materials.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : $45, $40 NGA members/concession

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Oct 15

Create space

10:01am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 15

Alphabet/Haemorrhage Libretto

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

A new arrangement of Alphabet/Haemorrhage Libretto composed Dr Alexander Hunter, Lecturer, ANU School of Music. First written by Mike Parr in 1992 the libretto must be rearranged each time it is performed. Supported by Canberra School of Music.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 16

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 16

Australian String Quartet: Metamorphoses

2:00pm

Special event | Performances

The ASQ performs Mozart's String Quartet in F major K590, Ligeti's String Quartet no 1, Metamorphoses Nocturnes and Ravel's String Quartet in F major.

Venue: Gandel Hall
Price : $75, $60 concession, $55 NGA members, $30 under 30

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Oct 16

Drawsome

2:01pm – 3:30pm

Permanent collection | Workshops

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Explore the unique possibilities of digital drawing using iPads, inspired by the Gallery's works of art. iPads provided.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $8 per person

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Oct 18

Art appreciation for carers

10:30am

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Assisted

In partnership with Carers ACT.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 19

Little look at ART

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(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 NGA members/concession

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Oct 20

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Sue Cramer, Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art, discusses the concept of Inhibodress and the role and importance it has played in Mike Parr's practice.

Venue: Temporary Exhibitions Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 20

Art after hours

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Asian art | Members

Join us for a glass of wine, followed by a tour of the Asian Art permanent collection with Lucie Folan.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $30 NGA members, $35 guests

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Oct 22

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 22

Reproduction Zero

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax, Curator, Australia Prints and Drawings, discusses the role of drawing within Parr's practice.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 23

Big Draw

10:00am – 2:00pm

Special event | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

The NGA and the National Portrait Gallery welcome all members of the community to the STEAM powered Big Draw. Includes workshops, drawing to music and lots more. Featuring artists Cameron Robbins at the NGA and Julie Bradley at the NPG.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 26

From the chocolate box to Jackson Pollock

6:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

Sarah Cove, Conservator and founder of the Constable Research Project, discusses John Constable's diverse painting methods revealing a 'Jackson Pollock of the 1830s'. Supported by Centre for European Studies, ANU.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 27

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Asian art | Talks and Lectures

A cheeky look at Play201301 and its S&M focus with Emma Straney.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 27

Meet the maker

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Australian art | Members

A behind the scenes look at Canberra-based sculptor Heather B. Swann's practice in her studio for a one-hour artist talk and tour.

Venue: off site
Price : $15 NGA members only

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Oct 29

Telling Time

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Performances

Collaborative performance between artists Amala Groom and Frances Barrett. Echoing Mike Parr's longstanding interest in language and poetry, Amala will teach Frances phrases relating to time in the Wiradjuri language of central New South Wales.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 29

Curator's tour

3:00pm

Artists of the Great War | Talks and Lectures

Join David Hansen, curator of the exhibition, for a tour of Artists of the Great War.

Venue: Australian Galleries
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 31

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the NGA cafe before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 NGA members/concession

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Nov 2

Art after hours

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Members

Join us for a themed cocktail and a closer look at Ramesh Nithiyendran's installation Mud men.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $30 NGA members, $35 guests

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Nov 3

Christmas shopping day

10:00am – 5:00pm

Special event | NGA shop

Start your Christmas shopping early with 20% off at the NGA shop.

Venue: NGA shop

Nov 3

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Artists of the Great War | Talks and Lectures

Get some culture, with time to spare. Drop into weekly talks, tours or art-making - all in under half an hour.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 3

ANU Art Forum: Will Dyson, Australia's radical genius

6:00pm

Artists of the Great War | Talks and Lectures

Lecture by historian and biographer Ross McMullin, who has written extensively about Australia's involvement in the First World War. His book Will Dyson: Australia's Radical Genius was shortlisted for the National Biography Award.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 4

Art and dementia: Friday with a friend

10:30am – 11:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

Join an engaging tour of works of art from the collection designed to connect participants in a shared intellectual activity through personal insights, interpretation, art history and memories.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 5

Reading for the End of Time

10:30am

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Mike Parr undertakes a durational performance based on Roland Barthes' Camera Lucida.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (no booking required)

Nov 6

Exhibitions on screen: Manet: Portraying life

2:00pm

Permanent collection | Screenings

(UK, 2015, 90 mins, PG)

A 'hot-ticket' show at the Royal Academy that uncovers the painter they say was the 'father of modern art'.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Series (three films): $30, $24 NGA members/concession, Single: $12, $10 NGA members/concession

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Nov 8

NGA Book club

10:30am

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Join Claudia Hyles for an engaging discussion that explores literary themes around the visual arts. This season's book is The Sun King by Nancy Mitford.

Venue: NGA Shop
Price : $18, $15 NGA members

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Nov 8

Out of the box

12:45pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Join us behind the scenes to explore themes and view selected works in the Collection Study Room.

Venue: Collection Study Room
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 10

Coffee with the curator

9:00am – 10:30am

Artists of the Great War | Members

Join us for a tour of Artists of the Great War, followed by coffee with the curator David Hansen.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $20 NGA members only

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Nov 10

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Colonial Galleries | Talks and Lectures

Representation, Contestation and Aboriginal Identity with Franchesca Cubillo and Emma Kindred.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 11

stART with art

10:30am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 2-5, to be accompanied)

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)

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Nov 11

Art for lunch

12:45pm

Artists of the Great War | Talks and Lectures

To celebrate Remembrance Day, students from Art History, ANU, present short talks on the works of art in the exhibition which addresses wartime propaganda, front line experience and remembrance.

Venue: Artists of the Great War exhibition
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 13

Art appreciation for carers

10:30am

Versailles | Assisted

In partnership with Carers ACT.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Bookings: Please call 1800 052 222

Nov 13

Exhibitions on screen: Girl with a pearl earring

2:00pm

Permanent collection | Screenings

(UK, 2015, 91 mins, PG)

Girl with a pearl earring and other treasures from the Mauritshuis in The Hague. Discover the secrets behind one of the world's most enigmatic masterpieces. Who was this girl? Why and how was it painted? Why is it so revered?

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Series (three films): $30, $24 NGA members/concession, Single: $12, $10 NGA members/concession

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Nov 14

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the NGA cafe before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 NGA members/concession

Book now

Nov 15

Art appreciation for carers

10:30am

Australian art | Assisted

In partnership with Carers ACT.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Book now

Nov 16

Little look at ART

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 0-1 and parents/carers)

Join a voluntary guide for an informal tour of the Gallery for parents and carers with babies (ages 0-1), followed by coffee and muffins.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 NGA members/concession

Book now

Nov 17

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Asian art | Talks and Lectures

Social life of baskets: status, ritual and identities in Borneo. Professor Bernard Sellato Research Director of the Centre Asie du Sud-Est, Paris, visiting expert on Dayak material culture. With the support of the Australian National University.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 20

Exhibitions on screen: Rembrandt

2:00pm

Permanent collection | Screenings

(UK, 2016, 95 mins, PG)

Meet the man behind the masterpieces in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition from the National Gallery, London and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Price : Series (three films): $30, $24 NGA members/concession, Single: $12, $10 NGA members/concession

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Nov 20

Drawsome

2:01pm – 3:30pm

Permanent collection | Workshops

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Explore the unique possibilities of digital drawing using iPads, inspired by the Gallery's works of art. iPads provided.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $8 per person

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Nov 22

Tales for the very young

10:30am – 11:30am

Diane Arbus: American portraits | Kids and family

(ages 3-5, to be accompanied)

Join Margie Kevin, Gallery educator, for an interactive story-based experience.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $7, $5 child members (free for accompanying adults)

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Nov 24

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Contemporary Asian art | Talks and Lectures

Attitude and agitation: Ramesh Nitihiyendran's Mud men with Jaklyn Babington.

Venue: Contemporary art gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 28

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the NGA cafe before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 NGA members/concession

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Dec 1

AAANZ Conference keynote lecture: How has the work of art changed in the 21st century?

6:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

Melissa Chiu, Director of the Hirshhorn Museum, curator and author addresses some of the major changes facing the presentation of art today: shifting museum priorities, demographic shifts in visitors and most of all, how art is created and produced.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Dec 9

Members opening: Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

6:00pm

Versailles | Members

Celebrate the launch of Versailles: Treasures from the Palace with themed canapes, cocktails, live entertainment and exhibition viewing.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : $90 NGA members, $120 guests

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Feb 24

Curator's dinner: Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

6:00pm

Versailles | Members

Join senior exhibition curator Dr Lucina Ward for an introduction to Versailles: Treasures from the Palace followed by an exclusive viewing, three course dinner and entertainment.

Price : $190 NGA members, $220 guests

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Commences Mar 17 - Mar 18

Enchanted Isles, Fatal Shores: Living Versailles

9:00am

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

A two day conference exploring the lives of the past people, objects and the living culture of Versailles today. Coincides with the major exhibition Versailles: Treasures from the Palace. More info