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Jan 19

Early morning viewing and petit dejeuner

8:00am – 10:00am

Versailles | Members

Booked Out

A French breakfast and glass of champagne, followed by a tour of Versailles: Treasures from the Palace with an NGA guide.

Jan 19

Art explorer: Grandeur in the garden

10:30am – 4:00pm

Versailles | Kids and family

Booked Out

(ages 7+)

After seeing the amazing statue of Latona and her children from the Royal Gardens of Versailles, you'll be inspired to make your own sculptural work of art. Spend time in the Sculpture Garden using clay and other materials to create your own master

Jan 19

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Memoirs of the Duc de Saint Simon with Michael Carr.

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

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Jan 21

Paws for Art

9:00am – 11:30am

Versailles | Kids and family

It's doggy day at the NGA

Plenty of fun all morning so dress up your furry best friend, bring the family down to the Sculpture Garden and step into the world of Versailles. Photo booth, picnic curator talks, best dressed comp, art activities + parade.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free

Bookings: More info

Jan 21

Classical gilding demonstration

11:30am – 1:30pm

Versailles | Performances

View a live gilding demonstration with Andrew Kaminski, NGA registration.

Venue: NGA Play
Price : Free (no bookings required)

Jan 25

Tales from the Palace

10:30am – 11:30am

Versailles | Kids and family

Join our storyteller in the Versailles family space at NGA Play for tales of wonder and adventure inspired by works of art in the Versailles exhibition and Jean de La Fontaine's fables. Catch up on all the court intrigue, listen to some cool stories and d

Venue: NGA Play
Price : Free (no bookings required)

Feb 2

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Versailles and the Australian experience with Sheona White.

Venue: throughout the Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Feb 3

Art and dementia: Friday with a friend

10:30am – 11:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

Engaging tour of the collection for people with dementia and their carers.

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

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Feb 4

On Gesture lecture and music

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

A lecture on behaviour, style and music at the court of Versailles by Paul Dyer, Artistic Director, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, accompanied by orchestra musicians playing glorious music drawn from the popular composers of the day.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $45, $40 concession, $35 NGA members, $30 under 30

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Feb 5

Marie-Antoinette high tea

2:00pm

Versailles | Members

Booked Out

Let us eat cake and toast the last queen of France. Entry to the exhibition will be at the conclusion of the event.

Feb 9

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Chateau of spectacle: the performing arts and Versailles with Jess Ausserlechner.

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

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Feb 11

The king's passions: The music and art of Versailles concert

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Versailles | Performances

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Ensemble performs music by Mondonville, Leclair, Quentin le Jeune and Muffat accompanied by imagery of the art and the architecture of the Palace of Versailles.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $65, $60 concession, $55 NGA members, $30 under 30

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Feb 16

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Staying alive: health ramifications at Versailles with Frances Wild.

Venue: throughout the Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Feb 18

Deceived by fashion

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Debbie Ward, NGA Head of Conservation, discusses the dark side of the pursuit of elegance at the court of Versailles.

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

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Feb 19

Drawsome

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Versailles | Kids and family

(all ages)

Using iPads, explore the unique possibilities of digital drawing, inspired by works of art in the Gallery's collection. iPads provided.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $8 (bookings essential)

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Feb 23

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Frank Stella’s groundbreaking prints with Jane Kinsman.

Venue: throughout the Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Feb 24

Curator's dinner: Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

6:00pm

Versailles | Members

Booked Out

Join senior exhibition curator Dr Lucina Ward for an introduction to the exhibition followed by an exclusive viewing, three-course dinner and entertainment

Feb 25

Marie-Antoinette and the harp: Canberra Symphony orchestra

2:00pm

Versailles | Performances

Members of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra present a concert of music for harp and strings from baroque through to the 21st century.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $45, $42 concession, $40 NGA members, $25 under 30

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Feb 26

Sculpture Garden Sunday

10:30am – 1:30pm

Versailles | Community

Join us in the Sculpture Garden at the NGA for creative workshops, performance and installations inspired by the gold, the grandeur and the glamour of the Versailles exhibition. Bring a picnic to share under the trees. Coffee, food and other refreshments

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (No bookings required)

Feb 28

NGA Book Club

10:30am

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Booked Out

Join Claudia Hyles for an engaging discussion that explores literary themes around the visual arts. This season's book is Peacock and vine: Fortuny and Morris in life and at work by AS Byatt.

Mar 2

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Bernini and the King's forehead with Robert Wellington.

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

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Mar 3

Art and dementia: Friday with a friend

10:30am – 11:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

Engaging tour of the collection for people with dementia and their carers.

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

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Mar 5

The social dance of Versailles: A journey through French courtly dance

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Versailles | Performances

Be transported by the music, costumes and dance to a world of exquisite beauty. You can even join in for some of the dances. Presented by John Gardiner-Garden and the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy.

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

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Mar 10

Meet the maker

4:00pm

Versailles | Members

Join Hugh Withycombe, fine-stringed instrument maker, in his studio for a studio tour and artist talk on instrument making in the 18th-century France.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $15 members only

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Commences Mar 17 - Mar 18

Enchanted Isles, Fatal Shores: Living Versailles

9:00am – 5:00pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

A two-day conference exploring the lives of past people and objects and the living culture of Versailles today. More info + Registrations now open

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre

Mar 23

Early morning viewing and petit dejeuner

8:00am – 10:00am

Versailles | Members

A French breakfast and glass of champagne, followed by a tour of Versailles: Treasures from the Palace with an NGA guide.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $60 NGA members, $70 guests

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Apr 1

Louis legacy, Salut! Baroque concert

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Versailles | Performances

Salut! Baroque celebrates the extraordinary legacy of Louis XIV during his 72 year reign, performing music by Couperin, Rameau, Rebel, Charpentier, Monteclair, Marais, Dornel, Lalande and Lully.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $45, $42 concession, $40 NGA members, $25 under $30

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Apr 6

Exclusive viewing of Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

5:30pm

Versailles | Members

Drop by for a glass of champagne and an exclusive viewing of the exhibition.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $40 NGA members, $50 guests

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