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Apr 27

Art for lunch: Australia’s first war artist

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Artists of the Great War | Talks and Lectures

David Hansen, Associate Professor, Australian National University and curator of the Artists of the Great War exhibition, discusses the life and work of Will Dyson.

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

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Apr 29

Oh! What a lovely war

2:15pm

Artists of the Great War | Screenings

(1969, UK, 144 mins, G)

The working-class Smiths change their initially sunny views on the First World War after the three boys of the family witness the harsh reality of trench warfare. Directed by Richard Attenborough, starring Laurence Olivier, John Mills and Maggie Smith.

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

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Apr 30

Stalin’s piano (world premiere)

2:00pm

Special event | Performances

Canberra International Music Festival 2017

Barbara Blackman’s Festival Blessing. Robert Davidson’s new work takes us into the heart of the conflict between state and individual, featuring pianist Sonya Lifschitz. Followed by a discussion with NGA Curator Deborah Hart, composer Robert Davidson and

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Bookings essential

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May 1

Music in the Turrell Skyspace

5:10pm – 5:30pm

Special event | Performances

Experience Canberra’s sunset in the transformative James Turrell Skyspace, with the sounds of a new commissioned piece for double bass by Benjamin Drury played by Rohan Dasika. 10-minute performances during the dusk light show.

Venue: Australian Garden
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 2

Music in the Turrell Skyspace

5:10pm – 5:30pm

Special event | Performances

Experience Canberra’s sunset in the transformative James Turrell Skyspace, with the sounds of a new commissioned piece for double bass by Benjamin Drury played by Rohan Dasika. 10-minute performances during the dusk light show.

Venue: Australian Garden
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 3

Music in the Turrell Skyspace

5:10pm – 5:30pm

Special event | Performances

Experience Canberra’s sunset in the transformative James Turrell Skyspace, with the sounds of a new commissioned piece for double bass by Benjamin Drury played by Rohan Dasika. 10-minute performances during the dusk light show.

Venue: Australian Garden
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 4

Music and art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Special event | Performances

A snapshot of 20th-century Russia introduced by Roland Peelman, CIMF Artistic Director, with music by Prokofiev, Gubaidulina and Stravinsky performed by Darryl Poulsen and Alexander Yau, who appears by arrangement with the Theme and Variations Foundation.

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

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May 4

Music in the Turrell Skyspace

5:10pm – 5:30pm

Special event | Performances

Experience Canberra’s sunset in the transformative James Turrell Skyspace, with the sounds of a new commissioned piece for double bass by Benjamin Drury played by Rohan Dasika. 10-minute performances during the dusk light show.

Venue: Australian Garden
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 5

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

May 5

Music in the Turrell Skyspace

5:10pm – 5:30pm

Special event | Performances

Experience Canberra’s sunset in the transformative James Turrell Skyspace, with the sounds of a new commissioned piece for double bass by Benjamin Drury played by Rohan Dasika. 10-minute performances during the dusk light show.

Venue: Australian Garden
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 7

The art of speech: Australian rhetoric in music

2:00pm

Special event | Performances

Canberra International Music Festival 2017

Brisbane-based Topology and The Australian Voices combine forces in 'The Singing Politician', Robert Davidson’s settings of iconic speeches in Australian history, with powerful words, stirring music and brilliant choral work.

Venue: Gandel Hall
Price : Bookings essential

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May 8

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Enjoy refreshments in the NGA café 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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May 9

Out of the box

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Archiving the art world

Join Peta Jane Blessing, Archivist, NGA Research Library and Archives for an introduction to the NGA’s archives. In addition, there will be some interesting art archival items for you to view.

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

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May 11

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Perspectives on guiding with NGA guides to celebrate Volunteer's Week.

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

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May 11

Art after hours: Frank Stella: The Kenneth Tyler Print Collection

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Frank Stella | Members

Join us for a glass of wine, followed by a tour of Frank Stella: The Kenneth Tyler Print Collection with NGA curator Jane Kinsman.

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

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May 16

Art appreciation for carers

10:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

In partnership with Carers ACT.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential) call 1800 052 222

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May 17

Little look at ART

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | 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 NGA members/concession

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May 18

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

A focus on the East Asian collection.

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

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May 25

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Freedom fighters with Mirah Lambert.

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

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May 26

Curator’s tour: NIAT III: Defying Empire

10:00am

NIAT 2017 | Tours

Indigenous recognition, rights and defiance in contemporary arts today. Curator Tina Baum introduces the new exhibition NIAT: Defying Empire.

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

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May 26

NIAT III Artist talks

11:30am – 4:00pm

NIAT 2017 | Talks and Lectures

Join artists from NIAT III as they discuss their work in relation to the 1967 Referendum and other significant periods of resistance within the Australian context.

Venue: Temporary Exhibitions Gallery
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 26

The 67 Referendum: In conversation

6:00pm – 8:30pm

NIAT 2017 | Talks and Lectures

Richard Bell, Dr Gary Foley and Judy Watson discuss and reflect the truths, powers, misnomers and setbacks throughout the span of the Referendum and up until now. Glass of wine on arrival included.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $20, $15 NGA members/concession

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May 27

NIAT III Artist talks

10:00am – 4:30pm

NIAT 2017 | Talks and Lectures

Join artists from NIAT III as they discuss their work in relation to the 1967 Referendum and other significant periods of resistance within the Australian context.

Venue: Temporary Exhibitions Gallery
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 27

Get your weave on

12:00pm – 3:30pm

NIAT 2017 | Workshops

Join the Yunggaire Weavers of Quandamooka (Stradbroke Island, QLD) for a drop-in weaving workshop during the opening weekend of NIAT III.

Venue: throughout the Gallery
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 28

Get your weave on

12:00pm – 3:30pm

NIAT 2017 | Workshops

Join the Yunggaire Weavers of Quandamooka (Stradbroke Island, QLD) for a drop-in weaving workshop during the opening weekend of NIAT III.

Venue: throughout the Gallery
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 28

Migration: Australian String Quartet National Tour

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Special event | Performances

With guitarist Slava Grigoryan, the ASQ dissolves the boundaries between jazz and classical. The concert is crowned by Schubert’s heartfelt and lyrical G major String quartet.

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

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May 29

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Enjoy refreshments in the NGA café 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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May 30

Tales for the very young

10:30am – 11:30am

Asian art | Kids and family

(ages 3-5, to be accompanied)

Join Margie Kevin, Gallery educator, for an interactive story-based experience in the Asian galleries.

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

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