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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.

Daily 12pm until 7 February
Resuming later in 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Film series: European cinema classics

A season of movie masterpieces

Image: Still from Cyrano de Bergerac

Various Wednesdays and Sundays
11 November 2015 - 7 February 2016
See listing for details

Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Celebrity talks: The greats of Koori culture

Exploring the unique and continuing Aboriginal culture of south-east Australia

Image: Jack Charles. Photo by Gary Heery

Wednesday 3 February 2016, 7.30pm
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 6.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Live music: Microwave Jenny

Contemporary Indigenous Australian music

Image: Microwave Jenny

Wednesday 3 February 2016, 6.30pm
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Express tour: European collection

A half hour of highlights in the Gallery

Image: Agnolo Bronzino Cosimo I de’ Medici in armour c1545 (detail)

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 1pm
24 October - 19 December 2015
6 January - 13 February 2016

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Drop in and make: Year of the Monkey

Free artmaking activity for families

Sundays 11am - 4pm
7, 14 February 2016

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Artist panel discussion with Claudia Chan Shaw

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Image: Claudia Chan Shaw

Sunday 14 February 2016, 3pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Exhibition talks: Murruwaygu

Celebrating the Aboriginal culture of south-east Australia

Image: Tommy McRae Spearing the kangaroo c1880s-c1890s (detail)

Wednesdays 5.30pm
3-17 February 2016

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Yiribana Gallery
Free

Shield carving talk and demonstration

An insight into the unique Aboriginal culture of south-east Australia

Image: Andrew Snelgar

Wednesday 17 February 2016, 6.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Yiribana Gallery
Free

Live music: Charlie Trindall

Contemporary Indigenous Australian music

Image: Charlie Trindall

Wednesday 17 February 2016, 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Cafe
Free

Art and dementia: Meditating on Morandi

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Giorgio Morandi Still life 1947 (detail) © Giorgio Morandi/SIAE. licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Thursday 18 February 2016, 10.30am

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

Auspicious symbols tour in Cantonese

如意吉祥粵語導覽

Image: Dish with design of five red bats 1723-35 (detail), Jingdezhen ware, China

Sundays 7-21 February 2016, 1pm
Tuesdays 9-16 February 2016, 11am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Auspicious symbols tour in Mandarin

如意吉祥普通話導覽

Image: Dish with design of five red bats 1723-35 (detail), Jingdezhen ware, China

Sundays 7-21 February 2016, 1pm
Thursdays 11-18 February 2016, 11am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Auspicious symbols tour in English

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Image: Dish with design of five red bats 1723-35 (detail), Jingdezhen ware, China

Sundays 7-21 February 2016, 2pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Auslan-interpreted talk: The transforming power of art

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Image: Fiona Hall Slash and burn 1997 (detail) © Fiona Hall

Sunday 28 February 2016, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Sol LeWitt: arcs and tangents

Hear from the curator of the LeWitt Collection

Image: Sol LeWitt Arcs from four corners 1986 (detail) © Estate of Sol LeWitt/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Saturday 5 March 2016, 2pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Artist talks: When silence falls

Exploring the capacity of art to bear witness to horror

Image: Tony Albert. Photo: Mark Pokorny

Wednesdays, 5.30pm
24 February - 9 March 2016

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Disarm

Stu Hunter and special guests perform live on Pedro Reyes’ artwork

Image: Stu Hunter. Photo: wilk

Wednesdays, 6.30pm
24 February - 9 March 2016

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Artist talk: Tom Polo

Hear the artist talk about his wall drawing project

Image: Tom Polo

Wednesday 10 March 2016, 7.15pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Painting live: Tom Polo

Watch an artist create a large-scale wall painting

Image: Tom Polo

Wednesdays, 2-8pm
2, 9 March 2016
Thursdays-Sundays, 10am – 4pm
3-6, 10-13 March 2016

Duration 6 hours
Location: Ground level
Free

Travel Draw winners announcement

For Gallery members and their guests

Wednesday 16 March 2016, 4pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Free, bookings required

Art and dementia: The impact of colour

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Patrick Heron Big rumbold orange: December 1970 1970 (detail) © Patrick Heron, 1970/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Thursday 17 March 2016, 10.30am

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

Drop in and make: Cubist constructions

Free artmaking activity for families

Sundays 11am - 4pm
6, 20 March 2016

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Teacher salon: ARTEXPRESS and Biennale of Sydney

Professional learning for primary and secondary teachers

Image: Emily Dicker, Ravenswood School for Girls Possibilities of perception, ARTEXPRESS 2016

Wednesday 23 March 2016, 5pm

Duration 2 hours
Free, bookings required

Auslan-interpreted talk: ARTEXPRESS

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Image: Shannon Syme, Kinross Wolaroi School At face value, ARTEXPRESS 2016

Sunday 27 March 2016, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Art Gallery Society annual general meeting

Membership, events and business

Wednesday 6 April 2016, 7.15pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free, bookings recommended

Saturday 9 April 2016, 11am
Thursday 14 April 2016, 11am

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

Art and dementia: Form in space

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Bertram Mackennal The dancer 1904 (detail)

Thursday 21 April 2016, 10.30am

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

Drop in and make: Silk Road treasures

Free artmaking activity for families

11am - 4 pm
Sunday 3, 17 April 2016
Monday-Friday 11-15, 18-22 April 2016

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Auslan-interpreted talk: The art of reflection

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Image: Giorgio Morandi Still life 1947 (detail) © Giorgio Morandi/SIAE. licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Sunday 24 April 2016, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Teacher salon: Tang

Professional learning for primary and secondary teachers

Image: Horse c600, Zhaoling Museum

Wednesday 27 April 2016, 5pm

Duration 2 hours
Free, bookings required

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

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

Auslan-interpreted talk: Biennale of Sydney

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

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

Guided tour: Biennale of Sydney

An introduction to contemporary art highlights in the Gallery

Image: Mella Jaarsma The Landscaper 2013 (detail), costume: painted and carved wooden panels, iron, leather, Sufi dancer, HD video, 3 min 40 sec, courtesy of the artist. 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

Art and dementia: Biennale of Sydney

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Mella Jaarsma The Landscaper 2013 (detail), costume: painted and carved wooden panels, iron, leather, Sufi dancer, HD video, 3 min 40 sec, courtesy of the artist. Photo: Mie Cornoedus

Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am
7 & 8 April, 5, 6 & 19 May, 9 June & 10 June 2016

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

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

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

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

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 20th Century Mexican Art, courtesy of the Vergel Foundation and the Tarpon Trust

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

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

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)
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

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)
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