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Free entry to the Archibald Prize 2015 for ANZ cardholders

ANZ customer days

Image: Sally Ross Eva (detail), Archibald Prize 2015 finalist

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

Duration 7 hours
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Drop in and make: Matisse and all that jazz

Free artmaking activity for kids

Sunday 11am - 4pm
2, 16 & 23 August, 5 & 6 September 2015

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
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

Kids kitchen garden tour

See how we grow

Monday 21 September 2015, 10.15am

Duration 15 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Late night laughs

Featuring some of Australia’s funniest comedians

Image: Cocky & Pompous

Wednesdays 6.30pm
2-23 September 2015
16 September is Auslan interpreted

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Live music: September sounds

In association with the Archibald Prize

Image: Stu Hunter

Wednesdays 7.30pm
2-23 September 2015

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Children’s access tour: Bush adventures

For kids with disability, their families or carers

Image: Arthur Collingridge A token of friendship 1890 (detail)

Thursday 24 September 2015, 11.30am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free, bookings recommended

Drop in and print: The sounds of colour

Free artmaking activity for kids

11am - 4pm
Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 September 2015

Duration 5 hours
Location: Domain Theatre foyer
Free

Auslan-interpreted talk and workshop: Matisse and the moderns

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors of all ages

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, 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Gallery Kids music

Free performances by the Australian Institute of Music

Image: Mennecy-Villeroy porcelain Boy playing the pipe c1750 (detail), on loan from Kenneth Reed

Sunday 20, 27 September 2015, 12.30pm
Monday 21, 28 September 2015, 11.30am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Grand Courts
Free

Conservation tour for families

Go behind the scenes

Image: Conserving a frame

Tuesday 22 and 29 September 2015
11am, 11.30am

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

Gallery Kids movies

Films for all the family

Image: Still from Babe

Sundays and Wednesdays
20 - 30 September 2015
See listing for details

Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Children’s access tour: Character capers

For kids with disability, their families or carers

Image: Thomas Cooper Gotch My crown and sceptre 1891 (detail)

Wednesday 30 September 2015, 11.30am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free, bookings recommended

Gandhi Jayanti

A special event honouring Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday

Image: Gandhi bust, Library Lawn, UNSW Australia

Wednesday 30 September 2015, 6pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
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

Gallery Kids guided tours

We'll show you a world of colour

10.30am
Sunday 20 September 2015
Tuesday 22 - Thursday 24 September
Tuesday 29 September - Thursday 1 October

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Children’s access workshop: Colour and collage

Artmaking for kids with disability, their families or carers

Wednesday 23 September 2015, 11am
Thursday 1 October 2015, 11am

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

Colourwheel activity zone

Get the whole family playing

Image: Colourwheel activity zone

Daily 10am - 5pm
Wednesdays 10am - 10pm
during the exhibition period

Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Drop in and make

Free artmaking activities for kids

11am - 4pm
Sunday 20 - Friday 25 September 2015
Monday 28 September - Friday 2 October 2015

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

New voices art talks

Hear from young art enthusiasts

Image: Background shows detail of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala Ngak Ngak and the ruined city 1998 © Estate Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, courtesy of Alcaston Gallery

Mondays and Fridays, 11.30am
21, 25 & 28 September, 2 October 2015

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Drop in and draw

Free artmaking activities for kids

1-4pm
Sunday 20 September 2015
Friday 25 September, 2 October 2015

Duration 3 hours
Free

Chromoscope performance

The Etcetera Duo bring art to life

Image: Etcetera Duo

Sunday 20 September 2015, 2.30pm
Tuesdays - Fridays, 22 September - 2 October, 1.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Grand Courts
Free

Talk and book launch: Wendy Whiteley and the secret garden

Janet Hawley in conversation with Wendy Whiteley

Image: Janet Hawley and Wendy Whiteley

Wednesday 7 October 2015, 5.30pm

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

Celebrity talks: Trailblazing women

In association with Julia Margaret Cameron

Image: Anna Volska

Wednesdays 7-21 October 2015, 6.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Introducing The Greats

Lecture by Michael Clarke CBE, director of the Scottish National Gallery

Image: Claude Monet Poplars on the river Epte 1891 (detail), oil on canvas, 81.80 × 81.30 cm, National Galleries of Scotland © Trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland

Saturday 24 October 2015, 2pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
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

Japanese Film Festival classics program 2015

A Kon Ichikawa film retrospective

Image: Kon Ichikawa portrait © 崑プロ KON Pro

Wednesdays 2pm & 7.15pm
Saturdays (except 17, 24), Sundays 2pm
3–25 October 2015

Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

When camels could fly

Sunday 8 November 2015, 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Drop in and make: Slide box camera

Free artmaking activity for kids

Sunday 11am - 4pm
4 & 18 October, 1 & 15 November 2015

Duration 5 hours
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: Gajin Fujita Southland standoff 2013 (detail) © Gajin Fujita.

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 2 weeks of December and public holidays)
Last 2015 tour: 15 December
First 2016 tour: 2 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 2015 tour: 18 December
First 2016 tour: 5 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 2015 tour: 18 December
First 2016 tour: 5 February

Duration 1 hour
Free

Thursdays 11am (except January, last 2 weeks of December, public holidays)
Last 2015 tour: 17 December
First 2016 tour: 4 February

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free