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Special lecture: John Russell

For Gallery members

Image: John Russell In the afternoon 1891 (detail)

Friday 26 August 2016, 2pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Lecture: The beauty of Islamic calligraphy

By Heba Nayel Barakat

Image: A royal siyah mashq, Iran, 19th century CE / 13th century AH (detail), Islamic. Photo © Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Saturday 27 August 2016, 12.45pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Film screening: Zach's ceremony

Discover an Australian coming-of-age documentary

Image: Still from Zach’s ceremony

Sunday 28 August 2016, 11am

Duration 1 hour, 38 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Auslan-interpreted talk: Portraits and personal identity

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Image: Grace Crowley Portrait of Lucie Beynis 1929 (detail) © Reproduced with permission of Grace Crowley Estate

Sunday 28 August 2016, 1.30pm

Duration 45 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Wednesday 31 August 2016, 5pm

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free, bookings required

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

Drop in and draw: September

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Image: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi The moon glimmers like bright snow… (detail) from One hundred aspects of the moon 1885-92

Saturday 3 September 2016, 11am – 1pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Upper Asian gallery
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

Curator's lecture: Yoshitoshi

Discover the stories behind the artworks

Image: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Moon of pure snow at Asano river – Chikako, the filial daughter (detail) from One hundred aspects of the moon 1885-92

Saturday 10 September 2016, 12.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Free entry to the Archibald Prize 2016 for ANZ cardholders

ANZ customer days

Image: Natasha Walsh Self-portrait (detail), Archibald Prize 2016 finalist

Saturday 10, Sunday 11 September 2016, 10am - 5pm

Duration 7 hours
Location: Ticketing and information desk
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

Art and dementia: Art and experimentation

For people living with dementia and their carers

Thursday 15 September 2016, 10.30am

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

Drop in and make: Crafty kimono cards

Free artmaking activity for families

Image: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Bon Festival moon (detail) from One hundred aspects of the moon 1885-92

Sundays 11am – 4pm
4, 18 September 2016

Duration 5 hours
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

Community access tour and workshop: Art of parts

For adults with specific needs

Image: Rosalie Gascoigne Enamel ware 1976 (detail) © Rosalie Gascoigne, licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Thursday 22 September 2016, 11am

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

Exhibition talk: Sentient lands

Hear from artist Garry Jones

Image: Lin Onus Fruit bats 1991 © Lin Onus Estate. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Sundays 1pm
4-25 September 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Yiribana Gallery
Free

Auslan-intepreted talk and workshop: Drawing

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors and their families

Image: Nyapanyapa Yunupingu Djorra (paper) I 2014 (detail) © Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala

Sunday 25 September 2016, 1.30pm

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

Spanish-language lecture: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

Conferencia en español: Frida Kahlo y Diego Rivera

Image: Diego Rivera Calla lily vendor 1943 (detail), The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art © 2016 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico DF

Wednesday 28 September 2016, 5.30pm

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

Children's access workshop: Drawing express

Artmaking for kids with specific needs, their families and carers

Image: Noel McKenna Animals I have known 2015-16 (detail) © Noel McKenna

Thursday 29 September 2016, 11am

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

Curator’s lecture: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

Discover the stories behind the artworks

Image: Frida Kahlo The love embrace of the universe, the Earth (Mexico), Diego, me and Señor Xólotl 1949 (detail), The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art © 2016 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico DF

Saturday 9 July 2016, 3pm
Saturday 1 October 2016, 11am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Free, bookings required

Drop in and draw: October

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Image: Nyapanyapa Yunupingu Larrani 2014 © Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala

Saturday 1 October 2016, 11am – 1pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Lower level 2
Free

Guided tour: barrangal dyara (skin and bones)

In association with Kaldor Public Art Project 32: Jonathan Jones

Image: The Gallery’s early home in the Fine Arts Annexe of the Garden Palace

Daily 11am
26 September – 2 October 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Children's access workshop: Cut, colour, action

Artmaking for kids with specific needs, their families and carers

Image: Colin Lanceley The dry salvages 1963-64 (detail) © Estate of Colin Lanceley. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Wednesday 5 October 2016, 11am

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

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

Introductory talk: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

A short overview of the exhibition

Image: Frida Kahlo Self-portrait with necklace 1933 (detail), The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art © 2016 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico DF

Saturdays and Wednesdays
10.30am 25 June – 30 July 2016
2.30pm 3 August – 8 October 2016
(except 9, 13, 16, 20 July, 27 August)

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
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

Classical Sundays at the Studio 2016

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
April-October 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
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

Audio-description tour: Sentient lands

For blind and vision-impaired visitors

Image: Emily Kam Ngwarray Untitled (Alhalker) 1992 (detail) © Emily Kam Ngwarray. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Tuesday 18 October 2016, 11am

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

Community access tour and workshop: Beyond words

For adults with specific needs

Image: Wang Zhen Nine years facing the wall late 1800s – early 1900s (detail)

Tuesday 18 October 2016, 11am

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

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

Art and dementia: Beyond words

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Prince Sikandar Jah of Hyderabad c1780-1800 (detail)

Thursday 20 October 2016, 10.30am

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

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

Stories from the floating world

Hear the tales that inspired the art

Image: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Gojō Bridge moon (detail) from One hundred aspects of the moon 1885-92

Saturdays 1pm
22, 29 October 2016

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Upper Asian gallery
Free

High-moon haiku

Free drop-in writing activity

Image: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi The bottom of the bucket / which Lady Chiyo filled has fallen out / the moon has no home in the water (detail) from One hundred aspects of the moon 1885-92

Saturdays 2-3pm
22, 29 October 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Upper Asian gallery
Free

Auslan talk: Art and creative thinking

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors with a Deaf presenter

Sunday 30 October 2016, 1.30pm

Duration 45 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
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

Drop in and draw: November

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Saturday 5 November 2016, 11am – 1pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art
Free

Drop in and make: Pieces of art

Free artmaking activity for families

Image: Katherine Hattam The integrity of the personality 2014 (detail) © Katherine Hattam

Sundays 11am – 4pm
16 October, 6 November 2016

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Free viewing for members

Nude: art from the Tate collection

Image: Auguste Rodin The kiss 1901-04, Pentelican marble, 182.2 × 121.9 × 153 cm, Tate: purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and public contributions 1953. Image © Tate London, 2016

Sunday 6 November 2016, 5.15pm
Monday 7 November 2016, 10am

Location: Major exhibition gallery
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

Art and dementia: Narrative, memory and experience

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Catherine O’Donnell Inhabited Space 2015-16 (detail) © Catherine O’Donnell

Thursday 17 November 2016, 10.30am

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

Audio-description tour: A contemporary touch

For blind and vision-impaired visitors

Image: Richard Deacon Listening to reason 1986 © Richard Deacon

Wednesday 23 November 2016, 11am

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

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

Community access tour and workshop: Drawing and experience

For adults with specific needs

Image: Richard Lewer It feels like an increased sensitivity… 2015 (detail) © Richard Lewer

Thursday 24 November 2016, 11am

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

Auslan talk: Recent forms of photography

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors with a Deaf presenter

Sunday 27 November 2016, 1.30pm

Duration 45 minutes
Free

Poetry Sydney 2016

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

Drop in and draw: December

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Image: Gilbert Bayes The offerings of war 1923 (detail)

Saturday 3 December 2016, 11am – 1pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Front of the Gallery
Free

Drop in and make: Fancy fish, beautiful birds

Free artmaking activity for families

Image: Eight-panel 'Munjado-chaekkori’ screen 19th century (detail)

Sundays 11am – 4pm
20 November, 4 December 2016

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Guided tour: Close to home

An introduction to the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016

Image: Noel McKenna Animals I have known 2015-16 (detail) © Noel McKenna

Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 12pm
30 July – 10 December 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Art and dementia: Creative possibilities for photography

For people living with dementia and their carers

Thursday 15 December 2016, 10.30am

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

Make your own zine

Free activity for all ages during Gallery opening hours

Daily during Gallery opening hours

Location: Contemporary galleries
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

Daily 11am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Asian art guided tour

An introduction to Asian art highlights in the Gallery

Image: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Moon of pure snow at Asano river – Chikako, the filial daughter (detail) from One hundred aspects of the moon 1885-92

Daily 12pm
from 20 August 2016

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

Daily 2pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Tuesdays 11am (except January, last 2 weeks of December and public holidays)

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Collection highlights tour

An introduction to selected highlights from the Gallery's collection

Daily 11am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Contemporary art guided tour

An introduction to contemporary art highlights in the Gallery

Image: Frank Stella Khurasan Gate variation II 1097 (detail) © Frank Stella/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Daily 1pm
Wednesdays 7.15pm, except 21, 28 December 2016

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)

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Korean-language guided tour

한국어 안내 투어

Fridays 11am (except January, last 2 weeks of December and public holidays)

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Thursdays 11am (except January, last 2 weeks of December, public holidays)

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free