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Kids activity and book signing: Alphabetical Sydney

Celebrate National Bookshop Day at the Gallery Shop

Image: Alphabetical Sydney

Saturday 8 August 2015, 2pm

Duration 45 minutes
Location: Gallery Shop
Free

Artist talk and book signing: Tom Carment

Celebrate National Bookshop Day at the Gallery Shop

Image: Tom Carment Self-portrait at 60 (detail), Archibald Prize 2015 finalist

Saturday 8 August 2015, 3pm

Duration 45 minutes
Location: Gallery Shop
Free

Electrify and startle: Julia Margaret Cameron

Lecture by Marta Weiss, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Image: Julia Margaret Cameron Annie 1864 (detail), Victoria and Albert Museum, London © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Saturday 15 August 2015, 2pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free, bookings required

Free viewing for members

Julia Margaret Cameron

Image: Julia Margaret Cameron Hosanna 1865 (detail), Victoria and Albert Museum, London © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Sunday 16 August 2015, 5.15-8pm
Monday 17 August 2015, 10am-12.30pm

Location: Upper level
Free

Art and dementia tour: It's all in the face

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Agnolo Bronzino Cosimo I de’ Medici in armour c1545 (detail)

Thursday 20 August 2015, 10.30am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free, bookings required

Drop in and make: Matisse and all that jazz

Free artmaking activity for kids

Sunday 2, 16, 23 August 2015
11am - 4pm

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Live music: Faces from the crowd

In association with the Archibald Prize

Image: Donny Benet

Wednesdays 6pm, 7.30pm
5 - 26 August 2015

Location: Entrance court
Free

Auslan-interpreted talk: What are you looking at?

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Image: William Dobell Margaret Olley 1948 (detail)

Sunday 30 August 2015, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

Aditi and her rickshaw

Sunday 30 August 2015, 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 September 2015, 10am - 5pm

Duration 7 hours
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Exhibition talks: Rosemary Laing

Explore the content and context of Laing's photographs

Image: Rosemary Laing greenwork TL #8 1995, type C photograph, 100 × 100 cm, anonymous gift 2004 © Rosemary Laing

Wednesday 5.30pm
12 August, 9 September 2015

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Photography gallery
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

The art of drawing

Image: David Legge

Sunday 26 July and 13 September 2015, 2.30pm
26 July is Auslan interpreted

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Art and dementia tour: Our spirits lie in the water

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Ginger Riley Munduwalawala Nyamiyukanji, the river country 1997 (detail) © Estate Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, courtesy of Alcaston

Thursday 17 September 2015, 10.30am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free, bookings required

Late night laughs

Featuring some of Australia’s funniest comedians

Image: Cocky & Pompous

Wednesdays 6.30pm
2-23 September 2015

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Auslan-interpreted talk: Matisse and the moderns

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Image: Henri Matisse The knife thrower 1947 (detail) from Jazz © Succession H Matisse. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Sunday 27 September 2015, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Film series: Wild in the streets

Portraits of social and political struggle

Image: Still from Germinal

Various Wednesday, Saturdays, Sundays
5 August - 30 September 2015
See listing for details

Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Art and dementia tour: Characters in Australian art

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Nora Heysen Self portrait 1932 (detail) © Lou Klepac

Thursday 15 October 2015, 10.30am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free, bookings required

Classical Sundays at the Studio 2015

Music recitals at the Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Image: Brett Whiteley Shankar 1966, gift of Mrs Graham Ducker 1971 © Wendy Whiteley

Third Sunday of the month, 2pm
May – October 2015

Duration 1 hour
Location: Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
Free

Auslan-interpreted talk: Conversations about art

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Sunday 25 October 2015, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

When camels could fly

Sunday 8 November 2015, 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

HSC teachers day 2015

For teachers from low SES school communities

Thursday 19 November 2015, 9.45am

Duration 4 hours, 15 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free, bookings required

Art and dementia tour: Breaking conventions

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Ugo Rondinone SIEBTERJULIZWEITAUSENDUNDNULL 2000 © Ugo Rondinone

Thursday 19 November 2015, 10.30am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free, bookings required

Sydney Poetry 2015

Poetry readings at the Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Image: Brett Whiteley Studio

Fourth Sunday of the month, 2pm
except January and December

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
Free

Sunday concert series 2015

Free performances by the Australian Institute of Music

Second and last Sundays of the month
8 March - 29 November 2015, 12.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Grand Courts
Free

Auslan-interpreted talk: The power of great art

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Image: Paul Cézanne Banks of the Marne c1888 (detail)

Sunday 29 November 2015, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

Didgeridoo dance

Image: Matthew Doyle

Sunday 12 July and 29 November 2015, 2.30pm
29 November is Auslan interpreted

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Audio-description tour: Collection highlights

For blind or vision-impaired visitors

Thursday 3 December 2015, 2pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

InterACTive art

Image: Daniel Cordeaux and Monique Dykstra

Sunday 9 August, 25 October, 13 December 2015, 2.30pm
25 October is Auslan interpreted

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Art and dementia tour: Feel the heat

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Hans Heysen The hill of the creeping shadow 1929 (detail) © C Heysen

Thursday 17 December 2015, 10.30am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free, bookings required

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

Commedia dell'arte

Sunday 11 October and 27 December 2015, 2.30pm
27 December is Auslan interpreted

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Aboriginal art guided tour

A guided introduction to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection

Image: Cornelia Tipuamantumirri Winga (Tidal movement, waves) 2012 © Cornelia Tipuamantumirri

11am daily
except 24 December 2014 - 1 January 2015

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Asian art guided tour

A guided introduction to art from China, Korea, Japan, the Himalayas, India and Southeast Asia

Image: Rodney Glick, Made Leno, Wayan Darmadi, Dewa Tirtayasa, Christopher Hill Everyone no 83 2009

12pm daily
except 28 & 29 May 2015

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Australian collection guided tour

An introduction to selected highlights from the Australian collection

Image: Margaret Preston Implement blue 1927 © Margaret Rose Preston Estate

2pm daily
except 24 December 2014 - 1 January 2015

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Tuesdays 11am (except January, last 3 weeks of December and public holidays)
Last 2014 tour: 9 December
First 2015 tour: 3 February

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Collection highlights tour

An introduction to selected highlights from the Gallery's collection

11am daily
except 24 December 2014 - 1 January 2015

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Contemporary art guided tour

An introduction to contemporary art highlights in the Gallery

Image: Fiona Hall Fools gold 2012 © Fiona Hall

1pm daily
7.15pm Wednesdays
from 1 June 2015

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Japanese-language guided tour

日本語による美術鑑賞ツアー

Fridays 11am (except January, last 2 weeks of December and public holidays)
Last 2014 tour: 12 December
First 2015 tour: 6 February

Duration 1 hour
Free

Korean-language guided tour

무료 한국어 아트 투어

Fridays 11am (except January, last 2 weeks of December and public holidays)
Last 2014 tour: 12 December
First 2015 tour: 6 February

Duration 1 hour
Free

Thursdays 11am (except January, last 2 weeks of December, public holidays)
Last 2014 tour: 11 December
First 2015 tour: 5 February

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free