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Wednesday 8 July 2015, 5.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art
Free

Exhibition talk: Go East

Hear from the experts

Image: Zhang Huan Family Tree 2000 (detail), The Gene & Brian Sherman Collection, and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney © the artist

Wednesdays 5.30pm
3, 24 June, 8 July 2015

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery
Free

Audio-description tour: Matisse and the moderns

For blind or vision-impaired visitors

Image: Henri Matisse The codomas 1947 (detail) from Jazz © Succession H Matisse. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Thursday 9 July 2015, 2pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Drop in and make: Moving colours

Free artmaking activity for kids

Monday 6 - Friday 10 July 2015
11am - 4pm

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Didgeridoo dance

School holiday performance

Monday 6 - Thursday 9 July 2015, 1.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

My fine feathered friends

School holiday performance

Monday 29 June - Friday 3 July
& Friday 10 July 2015, 1.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Behind the scenes: Go East

Gene Sherman in conversation with Suhanya Raffel

Image: Dinh Q Lê Erasure (still #1) 2011 (detail), The Gene & Brian Sherman Collection, and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney © the artist

Sunday 12 July 2015, 2pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery
Free

Exhibition talk: Seven artists from the John Kaldor Family Collection

Hear from the curator

Image: Wilhelm Sasnal Untitled 2009 (detail) John Kaldor Collection © Wilhelm Sasnal

Wednesday 15 July 2015, 5.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Celebrity talk: Quiet riot

A series exploring art, protest and change

Image: Ben Quilty

Wednesdays 6.30pm
3 June - 15 July 2015

Location: Entrance court
Free

Life of Sidney Nolan

The truth behind one of Australia's most famous artists

Image: Sidney Nolan Self portrait 1943 (detail) © the Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust. Bridgeman Art Library

Wednesday 15 July 2015, 7.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art
Free

Live music: Quiet riot

Songs of art, protest and change

Image: Martha Marlow

Wednesdays 7.30pm
3 June - 15 July 2015

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Art and dementia tour: Matisse and the moderns

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Henri Matisse The horse, the rider and the clown 1947 (detail) from Jazz © Succession H Matisse. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Thursday 16 July 2015, 10.30am

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

Drop in and make: Polychrome sculptures

Free artmaking activity for kids

Monday-Friday, 29 June - 3 July 2015
Sundays 5, 19 July
11am - 4pm

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Free viewing for members

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2015

Image: Rebecca Hastings The onesie, Archibald Prize 2014 finalist

Sunday 19 July 2015, 5.15-8pm
Monday 20 July 2015, 10am-12.30pm

Location: Major exhibition gallery
Free

Guided tour: Go East

An introduction to the exhibition

Image: He Yunchang Eyesight Test 2003 (detail), The Gene & Brian Sherman Collection, and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney © the artist

Wednesday 6pm
20 May - 22 July 2015

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Auslan-interpreted talk: The impact of colour

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

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

Sunday 26 July 2015, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Film series: Taking flight

The arrival of East Asian cinema

Image: Still from Not one less

Wednesdays and Sundays
17 June - 2 August 2015
See listing for details

Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Art and dementia tour: It's all in the face

For people living with dementia and their carers

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

Thursday 20 August 2015, 10.30am

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

Drop in and make: Matisse and all that jazz

Free artmaking activity for kids

Sunday 2, 16, 23 August 2015
11am - 4pm

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Auslan-interpreted talk: What are you looking at?

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Image: William Dobell Margaret Olley 1948 (detail)

Sunday 30 August 2015, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

Aditi and her rickshaw

Sunday 30 August 2015, 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Exhibition talks: Rosemary Laing

Explore the content and context of Laing's photographs

Image: Rosemary Laing greenwork TL #8 1995, type C photograph, 100 × 100 cm, anonymous gift 2004 © Rosemary Laing

Wednesday 5.30pm
12 August, 9 September 2015

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Photography gallery
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

The art of drawing

Image: David Legge

Sunday 26 July and 13 September 2015, 2.30pm
26 July is Auslan interpreted

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Art and dementia tour: Our spirits lie in the water

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Ginger Riley Munduwalawala Nyamiyukanji, the river country 1997 (detail) © Estate Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, courtesy of Alcaston

Thursday 17 September 2015, 10.30am

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

Auslan-interpreted talk: Matisse and the moderns

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Image: Henri Matisse The knife thrower 1947 (detail) from Jazz © Succession H Matisse. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Sunday 27 September 2015, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Art and dementia tour: Characters in Australian art

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Nora Heysen Self portrait 1932 (detail) © Lou Klepac

Thursday 15 October 2015, 10.30am

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

Classical Sundays at the Studio 2015

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
May – October 2015

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

Auslan-interpreted talk: Conversations about art

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Sunday 25 October 2015, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

When camels could fly

Sunday 8 November 2015, 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

HSC teachers day 2015

For teachers from low SES school communities

Thursday 19 November 2015, 9.45am

Duration 4 hours, 15 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free, bookings required

Art and dementia tour: Breaking conventions

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Ugo Rondinone SIEBTERJULIZWEITAUSENDUNDNULL 2000 © Ugo Rondinone

Thursday 19 November 2015, 10.30am

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

Sydney Poetry 2015

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

Sunday concert series 2015

Free performances by the Australian Institute of Music

Second and last Sundays of the month
8 March - 29 November 2015, 12.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Grand Courts
Free

Auslan-interpreted talk: The power of great art

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Image: Paul Cézanne Banks of the Marne c1888 (detail)

Sunday 29 November 2015, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

Didgeridoo dance

Image: Matthew Doyle

Sunday 12 July and 29 November 2015, 2.30pm
29 November is Auslan interpreted

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Audio-description tour: Collection highlights

For blind or vision-impaired visitors

Thursday 3 December 2015, 2pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

InterACTive art

Image: Daniel Cordeaux and Monique Dykstra

Sunday 9 August, 25 October, 13 December 2015, 2.30pm
25 October is Auslan interpreted

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Art and dementia tour: Feel the heat

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Hans Heysen The hill of the creeping shadow 1929 (detail) © C Heysen

Thursday 17 December 2015, 10.30am

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

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

Commedia dell'arte

Sunday 11 October and 27 December 2015, 2.30pm
27 December is Auslan interpreted

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
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

11am daily
except 24 December 2014 - 1 January 2015

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Asian art guided tour

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

Image: Rodney Glick, Made Leno, Wayan Darmadi, Dewa Tirtayasa, Christopher Hill Everyone no 83 2009

12pm daily
except 28 & 29 May 2015

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

2pm daily
except 24 December 2014 - 1 January 2015

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Tuesdays 11am (except January, last 3 weeks of December and public holidays)
Last 2014 tour: 9 December
First 2015 tour: 3 February

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Collection highlights tour

An introduction to selected highlights from the Gallery's collection

11am daily
except 24 December 2014 - 1 January 2015

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Contemporary art guided tour

An introduction to contemporary art highlights in the Gallery

Image: Fiona Hall Fools gold 2012 © Fiona Hall

1pm daily
7.15pm Wednesdays
from 1 June 2015

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 2014 tour: 12 December
First 2015 tour: 6 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 2014 tour: 12 December
First 2015 tour: 6 February

Duration 1 hour
Free

Thursdays 11am (except January, last 2 weeks of December, public holidays)
Last 2014 tour: 11 December
First 2015 tour: 5 February

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free