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The art of melancholy

Discover Dürer’s celebrated print with Michael Ann Holly

Image: Albrecht Dürer Melencolia I 1514 (detail), engraving, Art Gallery of NSW

Sunday 24 August 2014, 2pm

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

Noh to now: traditions and counter-traditions in Japanese performance

Lecture series

Image: Nō mask Aka (red) hannya, Edo period, 18th–19th century, National Noh Theatre

Wednesdays 6 pm
23 July and 6-27 August 2014

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Live music: Miriam Lieberman

Our resident musician this August

Image: Miriam Lieberman

Wednesdays 6-27 August 2014, 7.15pm

Duration 1 hour, 45 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Guided tour: Max Dupain

An introduction to the exhibition

Image: Max Dupain The magnolia 1983, gelatin silver photograph, 39.5 × 49.8 cm image/sheet, gift of the artist 1986 © Estate of Max Dupain

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 1.30pm
24 May - 30 August 2014

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 August 2014, 10am - 5pm

Duration 7 hours
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Auslan-interpreted talk: The lost prince and the winter queen

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Image: Robert Peake the Elder Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia c1610 (detail). National Portrait Gallery, London

Sunday 31 August 2014, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Special lecture: Piranesi as architect

Fabio Barry, assistant professor of art history, Stanford University

Image: Giovanni Battista Piranesi The Arch of Constantine 1771 (detail), etching, Art Gallery of NSW

Sunday 31 August 2014, 2pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Exhibition talks: Max Dupain

Gallery experts, artists and Dupain’s contemporaries

Image: Max Dupain The magnolia 1983, gelatin silver photograph, 39.5 × 49.8 cm image/sheet, gift of the artist 1986 © Estate of Max Dupain.

Second Wednesday of the month, 5.30pm
11 June - 13 August 2014

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Photography gallery
Free

Art & About Sydney 2014: launch night

Join us for Friday night live

Friday 19 September 2014, 5-10pm

Duration 5 hours
Free

Drop in and draw: Grand Courts

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Sunday 21 September 2014, 11am-4pm

Duration 5 hours
Location: 19th c Australian art
Free

Drop in and make: Treasures, jewels and secrets

Free artmaking activity for kids

Image: Sir Edward John Poynter The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon (detail) 1890

Sunday 21 September 2014, 11am-4pm

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Spotlight: Art and your child

A special panel conversation

Sunday 21 September 2014, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Performance: Interactive art

Free performance for kids

Sunday 21 September 2014, 11am & 1.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Artwork of the month: September 2014

Sir Edward Poynter 'The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon' (1890)

Sunday 21 September 2014, 2pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: 19th c European art
Free

Performance: Face 2 Face

Free performance for kids

Sunday 21 September 2014, 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Celebrity events: Archibald Prize 2014

Interviews, talks and a comedic routine

Image: The Honourable Bob Carr

Wednesdays 6.30pm
23 July - 24 September 2014
27 August talk is Auslan interpreted

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Live music: Jazz Nouveau

Our resident musicians this September

Image: Jazz Nouveau

Wednesdays 3-24 September 2014, 7.15pm

Duration 1 hour, 45 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Sydney students speak

Explore works from the 19th Biennale of Sydney

Image: Mircea Cantor Sic Transit Gloria Mundi 2012 (video still). Courtesy the artist; Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris; Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv; and Magazzino, Rome. Sound: Semantron of Putna Monastery

Wednesdays 5.30pm
30 April - 4 June 2014

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Major exhibition gallery
Free

Sydney students speak: portraits

Explore a different portrait each week

Image: Peter Paul Rubens Self portrait (detail) 1623, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (long term loan)

Wednesdays 7.15pm
20 August - 24 September 2014

Location: Ground level
Free

Treasures, jewels and secrets

School holiday workshop

Image: Sir Edward John Poynter The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon (detail) 1890

Monday 22 - Friday 26 September 2014
11am-4pm

Duration 5 hours
Location: Function space
Free

Face 2 Face

School holiday performance

Monday 22 - Friday 26 September 2014, 1.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Guided tour: Focus on portraiture

Explore selected works on display

Image: William Dobell Margaret Olley 1948 (detail) © Courtesy Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

2pm daily
3 July – 28 September 2014

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Sunday 28 September 2014, 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Carnevale masks

School holiday workshop

Agostino Carracci Portrait of Giovanni Gabrielli, called 'Il Sivello’ (detail) circa 1599, gift of Margaret Delmer 1985

Monday 29 September - Friday 3 October 2014
11am-4pm

Duration 5 hours
Location: Function space
Free

Commedia dell’Arte

School holiday performance

Monday 29 September - Friday 3 October 2014, 1.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Portraits film series

In conjunction with the Archibald Prize 2014

Image: Still from Broken flowers

Wednesdays 2pm & 7.15pm, Sundays 2pm
20 August - 5 October 2014

Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Curators tour: European prints and drawings 1500-1900

The stories behind the collection

Image: Albrecht Dürer Melencolia I 1514 (detail), engraving, Art Gallery of NSW

Saturday 11 October 2014, 2pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

Aditi and her rickshaw

Image: Bronwyn Vaughan

Sunday 12 October 2014, 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Classical Sundays at the Studio

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
June – October 2014

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

Exhibition talks: European prints and drawings 1500-1900

Bite-sized talks that unpack the masterpieces

Image: Claude Mellan The veil of Saint Veronica (detail) 1649, engraving, Art Gallery of NSW

Wednesdays 7.15pm
1 - 29 October 2014

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery
Free

Guided tour: European prints and drawings 1500-1900

An introduction to the exhibition

Image: Henri Toulouse-Lautrec Mlle Marcelle Lender en buste 1895 (detail)

Wednesdays, Sundays 1.30pm
3 September - 2 November 2014

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

On a far, far away mountain

Image: Bronwyn Vaughan

Sunday 9 November 2014, 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Contempo hang: curators talk

A members only event to celebrate Contempo acquisitions

Image: courtesy Sophie Harrington

Wednesday 19 November 2014, 6.30pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Free, bookings required

HSC teachers day 2014

For teachers from low SES school communities

Thursday 20 November 2013, 9.45am

Duration 4 hours, 15 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre
Free, bookings required

Sydney Poetry 2014

Poetry readings at the Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Image: Brett Whiteley I have swallowed a monstrous dose of poison (detail) © Wendy Whiteley

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

Duration 2 hours
Location: Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
Free

Tours for tots 2014: Water

Fun art-making tours for 3-5 year olds

Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 November 2014
Register by 10.15am for 10.30am start

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Sunday concert series 2014

Free performances by students and staff of the Australian Institute of Music

Second and last Sundays of the month
11 May - 30 November 2014, 12.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Grand Courts
Free

Sunday 14 September & 30 November 2014, 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Sunday 31 August, 26 October, 14 December 2014, 2.30pm
31 August, 26 October are Auslan interpreted

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

Commedia dell'Arte

Image: Dennis Murphy

Sunday 28 December 2014, 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Aboriginal art guided tour

A guided introduction to the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander collection

11am daily

Duration 1 hour
Free

Asian art guided tour

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

12pm daily until 27 April 2014
resumes 25 October 2014

Duration 1 hour
Free

Australian collection guided tour

An introduction to selected highlights from the Australian collection

Image: Margaret Preston Implement blue 1927 Gift of the artist 1960 © Margaret Rose Preston Estate

2pm daily

Duration 1 hour
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

11am daily

Duration 1 hour
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
Free

Korean-language guided tour

무료 한국어 아트 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 and public holidays

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free