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Auslan presentation: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors with Danni Wright

Image: Frida Kahlo Self-portrait with braid 1941 (detail), The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art © 2016 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico DF

Sunday 31 July 2016, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Teacher lab: Art lab

Professional learning for primary teachers

Tuesday 2 August 2016, 9.30am

Duration 5 hours, 30 minutes
Free, bookings required

Michael Brand in conversation with Dominic Smith

The author discusses 'The last painting of Sara de Vos'

Image: Dominic Smith © Stacy Sodolak

Wednesday 3 August 2016, 6.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Live music: Harvard Din & Tonics

A cappella with a twist

Image: Harvard Din & Tonics

Wednesday 3 August 2016, 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Drop in and draw: August

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Saturday 6 August 2016, 11am – 1pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Grand Courts
Free

Exhibition talks: Tracey Moffatt

Hear from experts in the exhibition

Wednesdays 5.30pm
8 June, 13 July, 10 August 2016

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Photography gallery
Free

Audio-description presentation: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

For blind and vision-impaired visitors

Image: Frida and Diego with Fulang Chang, 1937 (detail). Photographer unknown. Courtesy Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 2pm
Friday 12 August 2016, 11am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
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

Drop in and make: Cities and skylines

Free artmaking activity for families

Image: Roland Wakelin The yellow house 1918 (detail) © Roland Wakelin Estate

Sundays, 11am – 4pm
7, 21 August 2016

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free viewing for members

Nude: art from the Tate collection

Image: Auguste Rodin The Kiss 1901-04, Pentelic 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

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

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

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

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 20, 27 January 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