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The Art Gallery of NSW is open late on Wednesdays for Art After Hours.

Admission is free, although charges may apply to some special exhibitions.

You can visit all the exhibitions and galleries as well as events including talks, films and music.

See also: Art After Hours weekly event calendar

Auslan tour: Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2016

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors with a Deaf presenter

Image: Lucy Culliton Lucy and fans (detail), Archibald Prize 2016 finalist

Wed 10 August 2016, 7.15pm (45 minutes)
Sun 28 August 2016, 1.30pm (1 hour)

Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free with exhibition entry

Celebrity talks: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

The influence of Frida and Diego

Image: Florence Arquin Untitled (Frida Kahlo in Coyoacán, Mexico) early 1940s (detail). Courtesy Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc

Wednesdays 6.30pm
10-31 August 2016
10 August is Auslan interpreted

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Live music: Victor Valdes

With his Mexican Mariachi Band

Image: Victor Valdes

Wednesdays 7.30pm
29 June - 13 July 2016
10-31 August 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

McWilliam’s wine tasting

Sample some sensational New South Wales reds

Wednesday 7 September 2016, 5.30pm

Duration 45 minutes
Location: Function space
Free

Live music: Arabesk

International sounds moulded into a unique style

Image: Arabesk

Wednesdays 7.30pm
7, 14 September 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Artist talk: Jonathan Jones in conversation with Michael Brand

In association with Kaldor Public Art Project 32: Jonathan Jones

Image: Jonathan Jones. Photo: Mark Stanley, Kaldor Public Art Projects

Wednesday 21 September 2016, 6pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Celebrity talk: Wesley Enoch

In association with Kaldor Public Art Project 32: Jonathan Jones

Image: Wesley Enoch

Wednesday 21 September 2016, 6.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

The Gallery and the Garden Palace

Archivist Steven Miller reveals our early history

Image: Aerial-view drawing of the Garden Palace and Fine Arts Annexe (detail)

Wednesday 21 September 2016, 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Stencil art demonstration

See stencil artist Luke Cornish painting in action

Image: Luke Cornish Father Bob (detail), Archibald Prize 2012 finalist

Saturday 10 September 2016, 11am
Wednesday 28 September 2016, 5.30pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Cafe foyer
Free

Sydney students speak 2016

Image: Jennifer Min from Sydney Students Speak 2015 with Matthys Gerber’s Slavedriver 2003

Wednesdays 5.30pm
7-28 September 2016

Duration 1 hour
Free

Curator's talk: Art of parts

Discover the stories behind the artworks

Image: Robert Klippel Philadelphia 1978-79 (detail) © Estate of Robert Klippel

Wednesday 5 October 2016, 5.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art
Free

Late night laughs 2016

Featuring some of Australia’s funniest comedians

Image: Matt Okine

Wednesdays 6.30pm
7, 14, 28 September, 5 October 2016

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Live music: Microwave Jenny

Silky harmonies and contagious melodies

Image: Microwave Jenny

Wednesdays 7.30pm
21, 28 September, 5 October 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Japanese tattoos: ukiyo-e for the body

Kian Forreal in conversation with Yumi Stynes

Image: Kian Forreal. Photo: Logan Frost

Wednesday 12 October 2016, 6.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Lecture: Creating the English icon

The materials and techniques of Tudor and Jacobean painting

Image: Anglo-Flemish Workshop Henry VIII c1540 (detail)

Wednesday 12 October 2016, 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Film series: Me, myself and I

Explores the deceptive nature of appearances

Image: Still from North by northwest

Wednesdays and Sundays
27 July - 16 October 2016
See listing for times

Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Drop in and collage

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Image: David Aspden Coast III 1978 (detail) © Karen Aspden

Wednesdays 5.30pm
12, 19 October 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Function space
Free

Lecture series: Yoshitoshi, ukiyo-e and the Japanese tattoo

Presented by the Japan Foundation, Sydney

Image: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi The village of Shi clan on a moonlit night – Nine-dragon tattoo (detail) from One hundred aspects of the moon 1885-92

Wednesdays
21, 28 September & 5, 19 October 2016
See listing for times

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Kitsuke: the art of wearing the kimono

Tae Gessner in conversation with Fenella Kernebone

Image: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Cooling off at Shijō (detail) from One hundred aspects of the moon 1885-92

Wednesday 19 October 2016, 6.30pm
Auslan interpreted

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Auslan tour: Yoshitoshi

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors with a Deaf presenter

Image: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Moonlight patrol – Saitō Toshimitsu (detail) from One hundred aspects of the moon 1885-92

Wednesday 19 October 2016, 7.15pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Live music: Satsuki Odamura Koto Ensemble

Traditional meets contemporary

Image: Satsuki Odamura Koto Ensemble. Photo: Amanda James

Wednesdays 7.30pm
12, 19 October 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Panel: Feminism, multiculturalism and art

How do artworks embody global politics in 2016?

Image: Azra Aghighi Bakhshyayeshi The 99 Names 2014, ink and oil painting, 200 × 200 cm. Photo © Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Wednesday 26 October 2016, 6.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Indian dance and creative movement workshop

Celebrate the Festival of Light with classical dance en masse

Image: Aruna Gandhi

Wednesday 26 October 2016, 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Exhibition talks: Beyond words

Short talks by the curators

Wednesdays 5.30pm
26 October, 2 November 2016

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Lower Asian gallery
Free

Panel: Trance, repetition and spirituality

How does traditional calligraphy influence contemporary art?

Image: Hossein Valamanesh Middle path 2008 (detail) © Hossein Valamanesh

Wednesday 2 November 2016, 6.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Live music: Sydney Sufi Ensemble

Experience an emotional journey

Image: Sydney Sufi Ensemble

Wednesday 2 November 2016, 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Exhibition talks: New matter

Short talks by the curator and artists

Wednesdays 5.30pm
14 September, 12 October, 9 November 2016

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Photography gallery
Free

Artist talks: Close to home

Hear from artists in the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016

Image: Maria Kontis Edmund floating 2014 (detail) © Maria Kontis

Wednesdays 5.30 pm
9-23 November 2016

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Modern gallery
Free