What's on

Book Online or tel 02 6240 6701 (Mon–Fri) or via the NGA front desk


Apr 1

Art and dementia

10:30am – 11:30am

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| Assisted Friday with a friend

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)
Booking: (02) 6240 6632 or email access@nga.gov.au

Apr 1

Mystery tour

5:30pm

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| Members

Looking for something contemporary? Why not take a chance and join us for a mystery tour and cocktail.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $25 NGA members only

Apr 2

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Apr 3

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Apr 5

Curator's tour of contemporary Asian art

12:45pm

| Talks and Lectures

Melanie Eastburn, Curator, Asian Art, discusses works in the newly opened contemporary Asian art gallery.

Venue: Contemporary Asian art gallery
Price : Free

Apr 6

How to look at art

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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| Talks and Lectures

Fun, friendly and starting from first principles. Listen, talk and ask questions as you get some tips and tools for appreciating and enjoying photography with Shaune Lakin, Senior Curator, Photogaphy.

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

Apr 7

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Australian art | Talks and Lectures

Join Gordon Darling intern, Hannah Hutchison when she discusses 'Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack: from the archive'.

Venue: CSR
Price : Free

Apr 9

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family daily 9-24 April (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Apr 9

Empathic imagination: embodied simulation in architecture

2:00pm

| Talks and Lectures

Juhani Pallasmaa, Finnish architect and former professor of architecture at Helsinki University of Technology and former Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture. Juhan Pallasmaa is the 2016 Droga Architect in Residence, courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free

Apr 10

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Apr 11

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

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| 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 members/concession

Apr 12

Creative meditation for children

10:30am – 11:00am

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| Kids and family (ages 5-7, to be accompanied)

Join Dianne Bourke, child meditation facilitator and mindfulness instructor for children.

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

Apr 12

Creative meditation for children

11:30am – 12:15pm

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| Kids and family (ages 8-12)

Join Dianne Bourke, child meditation facilitator and mindfulness instructor for children.

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

Apr 12

Out of the box: Conservation talk series

12:45pm – 1:30pm

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| Talks and Lectures Hidden treasures: The Julian Robinson collection

Hannah Barrett, Textile Conservator, presents a number of items from the Julian Robinson Collection of textiles and ephemera donated to the Gallery in the 1970s. The collection contains pieces mostly from the 19th to 20th centuries including haberdashery items, accessories and undergarments, many of which have never been on display.

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

Apr 13

How to look at art

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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| Talks and Lectures

Fun, friendly and starting from first principles. Listen, talk and ask questions as you get some tips and tools for appreciating and enjoying abstract art with Mirah Lambert, Learning Programs.

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

Apr 14

Art explorer: Building with paper

10:30am – 4:00pm

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Tyler Graphics at work | Kids and family (ages 8-12)

Hang out at the NGA looking at the exhibition Behind the scenes: Tyler Graphics at work and check out Anthony Caro's Paper Sculptures before having a go at using paper as a construction material for your own work. Bring your own morning tea and lunch.

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

Apr 14

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

The world is beautiful | Talks and Lectures

Anne O'Hehir discusses some of the female photographers in the exhibition The world is beautiful: photographs from the collection.

Venue: Orde Poynton Gallery
Price : Free

Apr 15

stART with art

10:30am – 12:00pm

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| Kids and family (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)

Apr 16

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Apr 17

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Apr 17

Drawsome

2:00pm – 3:30pm

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| Workshops

Using iPads, explore the unique possibilities of digital drawing, inspired by works of art in the national collection.

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

Apr 19

ASI: Art Scene Investigation

10:30am – 12:00pm

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| Kids and family (ages 7-12)

Walls have moved, works of art have appeared and disappeared, upstairs is downstairs and vice visa. The Art Scene Investigation Squad needs your help to figure it all out.

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

Apr 20

Little look at ART

10:00am – 12:00pm

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| Kids and family

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 members/concession

Apr 20

How to look at art

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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| Talks and Lectures

Fun, friendly and starting from first principles. Listen, talk and ask questions as you get some tips and tools for appreciating and enjoying the way artists use paint with Adriane Boag, Learning Programs.

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

Apr 21

Art explorer: Caught on film

10:30am – 4:00pm

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| Talks and lectures (ages 8-12)

Black: a colour, a tone, darkness - it inspires artists all over the world. Explore the exhibition Black then create a collaborative short film and share your work online.

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

Apr 21

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

| Talks and Lectures

ANU medical student, Eilidh Gilritchie discusses her research project focusing on Mark Rothko and Colin McCahon.

Price : Free

Apr 23

Printing 'Behind the scenes'

11:00am – 4:00pm

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Tyler Graphics at work | Workshops 11.00am tour at NGA and 1.00pm workshop at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery

Join Julia Greenstreet, Assistant Curator, International Prints and Drawings, for a tour of the exhibition Behind the scenes: Tyler Graphics at work followed by a screen-printing workshop at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $40, $35 members/concession

Apr 23

Drop-in weaving demonstration and workshop

11:01am – 4:00pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong way time | Workshops

With the Tjanpi weavers from the Central Desert, who collaborated with Fiona Hall on works in the Fiona Hall: Wrong way time exhibition.

Price : Free

Apr 23

Fiona Hall in conversation

2:00pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong way time | Talks and lectures

Join Deborah Hart, Senior Curator, Australian Painting and Sculpture Post 1920 and Linda Michael, Curator, Wrong way time, Venice Biennale, in conversation with Fiona Hall.

Venue: Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free

Apr 24

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Apr 27

How to look at art

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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| Talks and Lectures

Fun, friendly and starting from first principles. Listen, talk and ask questions as you get some tips and tools for appreciating and enjoying the visual arts with kids with Rose Marin, Family Programs.

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

Apr 28

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

| Talks and Lectures

Join Gwen Horsfield for an educator's look at the vibrant Indigenous paintings of the Western Desert.

Price : Free

Apr 30

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Apr 30

Art and music tour

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Special event | Tours

Special event in association with The Canberra International Music Festival. A musician's eye. Join a voluntary guide and musician for a discussion on the fundamentals that bind visual art and music.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free