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Buddhist art on China’s Silk Road

An exploration of Dunhuang cave temples with Venerable Dr Juewei

Image: Venerable Dr Juewei

Wednesday 4 May 2016, 6.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

ReCollection: Ugo Rondinone

Hear from conservators Kasi Albert and Melanie Barrett

Image: Ugo Rondinone if there were anywhere but desert. wednesday 2000 © Ugo Rondinone

Thursday 5 May 2016, 12.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Thursday 28 April 2016, 11am
Friday 6 May 2016, 11am

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

Exhibition talks: Imprint

Short talks by photography experts

Image: Ingeborg Tyssen Balmain, Sydney 1 1981, gelatin silver photograph, 25.9 × 25.9 cm, Art Gallery of NSW, Hallmark Cards Australian Photography Collection Fund 1989 © Ingeborg Tyssen. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Wednesdays 5.30pm
10 February, 9 March, 13 April, 11 May 2016

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Photography gallery
Free

Calligraphy demonstration and workshop

With artist Franz Chi Lik Cheung

Wednesday 11 May 2016, 6.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

ReCollection: Olive Cotton

Hear from artist Tom Carment

Image: Olive Cotton Storm 1938

Thursday 12 May 2016, 12.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Drop in and make: Magical masks

Free artmaking activity for families

Sundays 11am - 4pm
1, 15 May 2016

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Art and dementia: Biennale of Sydney

For people living with dementia and their carers

Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am
7 & 8 April, 5, 6 & 19 May 2016

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

ReCollection: Elioth Gruner

Hear from artist Nell

Image: Elioth Gruner Spring frost 1919 (detail)

Thursday 19 May 2016, 12.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

VisAsia Hingyiu Mok Mandarin-language lecture 2016

2016年莫慶堯醫生VisAsia中文普通話講座

Image: Three-legged jar late 600s to mid 700s, Shaanxi History Museum

Sunday 22 May 2016, 3pm

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Live music: Changning Chai

Discover the ancient sounds of the Tang dynasty

Image: Changning Chai

Wednesdays 7.30pm
4-25 May 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

ReCollection: Alphonse de Neuville

Hear from military historian Clinton Reilly

Image: Alphonse de Neuville The defence of Rorke’s Drift 1879 1880 (detail)

Thursday 26 May 2016, 12.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Panel: Art and mindfulness BOOKED OUT

Hear about the links between art and health

Saturday 28 May 2016, 10.30am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free, bookings required

Cantonese-language guided tour: Biennale of Sydney

粵語導覽 : 悉尼雙年展

Image: Mella Jaarsma Dogwalk 2015-16 (detail), leather, stuffed cow and goat feet. Multi-channel video. Courtesy of the artist and Arndt Fine Art. Photo: Mie Cornoedus

Saturdays 2pm
2 April - 28 May 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Mandarin-language guided tour: Biennale of Sydney

普通話導覽 : 悉尼雙年展

Image: Mella Jaarsma Dogwalk 2015-16 (detail), leather, stuffed cow and goat feet. Multi-channel video. Courtesy of the artist and Arndt Fine Art. Photo: Mie Cornoedus

Saturdays 2pm
2 April - 28 May 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Panel: Art and experiential design BOOKED OUT

Hear about augmented-reality museum displays

Image: Pure Land: Augmented Reality Edition, Shanghai Biennale 2012-13. Image © Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment (ALiVE), CityU Hong Kong

Saturday 28 May 2016, 2pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free, bookings required

Panel: The future of cultural engagement

How will we experience the arts in the future?

Saturday 28 May 2016, 3pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Free, bookings required

Auslan tour: Biennale of Sydney

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors with Stefan Kater and Danni Wright

Image: Dane Mitchell All Whatness is Wetness 2015, installation view (2015) at Raebervonstenglin, Zurich. Courtesy of the artist

Saturday 9 April 2016 11am
Wednesday 20 April 2016, 7.15pm
Sunday 29 May 2016, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Audio-description tour: Biennale of Sydney

For blind or vision-impaired visitors

Image: Jumana Manna A magical substance flows into me 2015 (detail of video still), HD video, 70 mins. Co-commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation and Chisenhale Gallery with Malmo Konsthall and the Biennale of Sydney. Courtesy of the artist and CRG Gallery, New York

Thursday 31 March 2016, 11am
Wednesday 6 April, 1 June 2016, 11am

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

Mella Jaarsma: Dogwalk

The artist's costume installation is brought to life

Image: Mella Jaarsma Dogwalk 2015–16 (production still detail) leather, stuffed cow and goat feet, multi-channel video Courtesy the artist and Arndt Fine Art. Photo: Mie Cornoedus

Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 March 2016, 12pm
Wednesdays 23 March – 1 June 2016, 5.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Major exhibition gallery
Free

ReCollection: Munggurrawuy Yunupingu

Hear from the Gallery's Amanda Peacock

Image: Munggurrawuy Yunupingu Lany’tjung Banaidja Story 3 1960 (detail) © Estate of Munggurrawuy Yunupingu. licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Thursday 2 June 2016, 12.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Japanese-language guided tour: Biennale of Sydney

An introduction to art highlights in the Gallery

Image: Mella Jaarsma Dogwalk 2015-16 (detail), leather, stuffed cow and goat feet. Multi-channel video. Courtesy of the artist and Arndt Fine Art. Photo: Mie Cornoedus

Fridays 11am
18 March – 3 June 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Drop in and draw

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Saturdays 11am - 1pm
2 April, 7 May, 4 June 2016

Duration 2 hours
Free

Korean-language guided tour: Biennale of Sydney

한국어 안내 투어: 시드니 비엔날레

Image: Mella Jaarsma Dogwalk 2015-16 (detail), leather, stuffed cow and goat feet. Multi-channel video. Courtesy of the artist and Arndt Fine Art. Photo: Mie Cornoedus

Saturdays 11am
2 April - 4 June 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Guided tour: Biennale of Sydney

An introduction to contemporary art highlights in the Gallery

Image: Mella Jaarsma Dogwalk 2015-16 (detail), leather, stuffed cow and goat feet. Multi-channel video. Courtesy of the artist and Arndt Fine Art. Photo: Mie Cornoedus

Daily 1pm, Wednesdays 7.15pm
18 March – 5 June 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Film series: Putting on a show

The transformative power of performance

Image: Still from Cabaret

Wednesdays and Sundays 23 March - 8 June 2016
Saturdays 9, 23 April, 21 May 2016
Monday 28 March 2016
See listing for times

Location: Domain Theatre
Free

ReCollection: Francis Alÿs

Hear from curator Anneke Jaspers

Image: Francis Alÿs Railings 2004 (detail) © Francis Alÿs. Courtesy Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich

Thursday 9 June 2016, 12.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Art and dementia: Costume drama

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Frans Pourbus Portrait of a man (detail)

Thursday 16 June 2016, 10.30am

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

ReCollection: Sidney Nolan

Hear from conservator Paula Dredge

Image: Sidney Nolan First-class marksman 1946 (detail) © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/ Bridgeman Art Library

Thursday 16 June 2016, 12.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Drop in and make: Luscious landscapes

Free artmaking activity for families

Sundays 11am - 4pm
5, 19 June 2016

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Live music: Rainbow Chan

Sweet, dark and glitchy

Image: Rainbow Chan

Wednesdays 7.30pm
1-22 June 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

ReCollection: Grace Cossington Smith

Hear from curator Denise Mimmocchi

Image: Grace Cossington Smith The window 1956 (detail) © Estate of Grace Cossington Smith

Thursday 23 June 2016, 12.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Auslan-interpreted talk: Art and fashion

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Image: Joseph Wright of Derby Lady Oxenden c1755-c1756

Sunday 26 June 2016, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Free viewing for members

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection

Image: Frida Kahlo Diego on my mind (Self portrait as Tehuana) 1943 (detail), The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art © 2016 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico DF

Sunday 26 June 2016, 5.15pm
Monday 27 June 2016, 10am

Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery
Free

ReCollection: Marshall Claxton

Hear from archivist Steven Miller

Image: Marshall Claxton The Dickinson family 1851 (detail)

Thursday 30 June 2016, 12.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Teacher salon: Frida plus Archibald

Professional learning for primary and secondary teachers

Image: Frida Kahlo Diego on my mind (Self portrait as Tehuana) 1943 (detail), The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art © 2016 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico DF

Wednesday 20 July 2016, 5pm

Duration 2 hours
Free, bookings required

Teacher lab: Art lab

Professional learning for primary teachers

Tuesday 2 August 2016, 9.30am

Duration 5 hours, 30 minutes
Free, bookings required

Art and dementia: Skin deep

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: François Boucher A young lady holding a pug dog mid 1740s (detail)

Thursday 18 August 2016, 10.30am

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

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

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

Art and dementia: Beyond words

For people living with dementia and their carers

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

Thursday 20 October 2016, 10.30am

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

Art and dementia: Narrative, memory and experience

For people living with dementia and their carers

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

Thursday 17 November 2016, 10.30am

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

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

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

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

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 20, 27 January 2016
With focus on the Biennale of Sydney, 18 March – 5 June 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)
With focus on the Biennale of Sydney, 18 March – 3 June 2016

Duration 1 hour
Free

Korean-language guided tour

한국어 안내 투어

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

Duration 1 hour
Free

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

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free