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Music making

School holiday performance

Monday 21 - Thursday 24 April 2014, 1.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Silk Road treasures

Free drop-in art-making activity for children

Image: Shallow bowl with two handles, Begram, 1st century AD. National Museum of Afghanistan. Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Monday to Friday 14-25 April 2014
except Good Friday 18 April
11am - 4pm

Duration 5 hours
Free

Auslan-interpreted talk: Colour and movement

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Image: Nike Savvas Rally 2014 (detail)

Sunday 27 April 2014, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

Commedia dell’ Arte

Image: Dennis Murphy

Sunday 27 April 2014, 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Celebrity events: Afghanistan

Discover living culture

Image: Oliver Percovich, founder and executive director of Skateistan

Wednesdays 2 - 30 April 2014
6.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Live music: Buffalo Tales

Wes Carr joins us as our resident April musician

Image: Buffalo Tales

Wednesdays 9, 16, 30 April 2014
7.15-8pm & 8.30-9.30pm
23 April performance cancelled

Location: Entrance court
Free

Biennale of Sydney forum

The amorous procedure

Saturday 3 May 2014, 10.30am

Duration 6 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Free, bookings recommended

Lecture: Performance in public institutions

Stephanie Rosenthal, chief curator, Hayward Gallery

Sunday 4 May 2014, 11am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre
Free, bookings recommended

Lord Mayor's inclusion day

Access program for the 19th Biennale of Sydney

Saturday 10 May 2014, 10.30am

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

Artist talk: Khadim Ali

Khadim Ali in conversation with Sher Ali

Image: Khadim Ali Untitled 1 (from The haunted lotus series) 2013 (detail), Merino wool, cotton, 225 × 290 cm © the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane

Saturday 10 May 2014, 2pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary project space
Free

Sunday 11 May 2014. 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Exhibition talks: Australian vernacular photography

Short talks by artists and curators

Image: Fiona Hall Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia, October 1975 1975, gelatin silver photograph, 28.2 × 27.9 cm, Hallmark Cards Australian Photography Collection Fund 1987 © Fiona Hall

Second Wednesday of the month, 5.30pm
12 February - 14 May 2014

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Photography gallery
Free

Drop in and make: Colour collages

Free artmaking activity for kids

Image: Stanislaus Ostoja-Kotkowski Sunrise c1965

Sunday 18 May 2014, 11am - 4pm

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Spotlight: Collecting art for the people

Justin Paton and Wayne Tunnicliffe in conversation with Richard Morecroft

Image: Nike Savvas Rally 2014 (detail)

Sunday 18 May 2014, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Drop in and draw: 19th-century Australian sculpture

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Sunday 18 May 2014, 1-4pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Grand Courts
Free

Artwork of the Month talk: May 2014

Pablo Picasso's Nude in a rocking chair (1956)

Image: Pablo Picasso Nude in a rocking chair 1956

Sunday 18 May 2014, 1.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Modern gallery
Free

Chinese contemporary art: the past, present and future

Lecture in Mandarin with English translation

Image: Zhang Xiaogang The boy who sticks out his tongue 2001

Tuesday 20 May 2014, 1pm

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre
Free, bookings required

Mandarin-language guided tour: Biennale of Sydney

普通話導覽 : 悉尼雙年展

Image: Yingmei Duan Happy Yingmei 2011 (detail), performance and sound installation. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö. Performance produced by Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö (2011)

Sundays 2pm, 6 April - 25 May 2014
except Easter Sunday

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

On a far, far away mountain

Sunday 25 May 2014 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Celebrity events: Biennale of Sydney

Artists, experts and comedians

Image: The Bedroom Philosopher

Wednesdays 7-28 May 2014, 6.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Auslan-interpreted talk: Biennale of Sydney

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Sunday 30 March 2014, 1.30pm
Wednesday 28 May 2014, 7.15pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Live music: Matt Tonks

Our resident musician this May

Image: Matt Tonks

Wednesdays 7-28 May 2014, 7.15pm

Duration 1 hour, 45 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Japanese-language guided tour: Biennale of Sydney

第19回シドニー・ビエンナーレ: 日本語による鑑賞ツアー

Image: Yingmei Duan Happy Yingmei 2011 (detail), performance and sound installation. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö. Performance produced by Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö (2011)

Fridays 11am, 4 April - 30 May 2014
except Good Friday and ANZAC Day

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Korean-language guided tour: Biennale of Sydney

시드니 비엔날레 한국어 안내 투어

Image: Yingmei Duan Happy Yingmei 2011 (detail), performance and sound installation. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö. Performance produced by Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö (2011)

Fridays 11am, 4 April - 30 May 2014
except Good Friday and ANZAC Day

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Curators tour: Plumes and pearlshells

Opening walkthrough with Natalie Wilson

Image: Mendi woman carrying piglet, Mendi, Southern Highland Province, 1963. Photo: Stan Moriarty © Estate of Stanley Gordon Moriarty

Friday 30 May 2014, 1pm

Duration 45 minutes
Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery
Free

Bilum-making demonstration

String bags from Papua New Guinea with Florence Kamel

Image: Florence Kamel. Photo: Ruth Choulai

Friday 30 May, Saturday 31 May 2014, 10.30am

Duration 2 hours
Location: Function space
Free

Cantonese-language guided tour: Biennale of Sydney

粵語導覽 : 悉尼雙年展

Image: Yingmei Duan Happy Yingmei 2011 (detail), performance and sound installation. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö. Performance produced by Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö (2011)

Saturdays 2pm, 5 April - 31 May 2014
except Easter Saturday

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
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

Art and dementia tour: Biennale of Sydney

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Meriç Algün Ringborg The Library of Unborrowed Books, Section I: Stockholm Public Library 2012 (detail). Courtesy the artist; Galeri NON, Istanbul; and Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm. Photograph: Jean Baptiste-Béranger

Thursday and Friday, 10.30am
3 & 4 April, 1 & 2 May, 5 & 6 June 2014

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

States of mind film series

In conjunction with the 19th Biennale of Sydney

Image: Still from Rashomon

Wednesdays 2pm & 7.15pm, Sundays 2pm
12 March - 4 June 2014
No screenings Sunday 4 May, 8 June

Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

The art of drawing

Sunday 8 June 2014 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Free viewing for members

Theatre of dreams, theatre of play: nō and kyōgen in Japan

Image: Ko-omote mask, Edo period, 17th century, pigment on Japanese cypress wood, National Noh Theatre Collection

Sunday 15 June 2014, 5.15-8pm
Monday 16 June 2014, 10am - 12.30pm

Location: Lower Asian gallery
Free

Exhibition talks: Plumes and pearlshells

Discover the myriad artforms of the New Guinea highlands

Image: Fore people, Ofafina, Okapa District, Eastern Highlands Province Mask mid 1900s (detail) © Fore people, under the endorsement of Pacific Island Museums Association’s (PIMA) Code of Ethics

Wednesdays 11 & 18 June 2014
5.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery
Free

Live music: Spyglass Gypsies

Our resident musicians this June

Image: Spyglass Gypsies

Wednesdays 4-25 June 2014, 7.15pm

Duration 1 hour, 45 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

Commedia dell’ Arte

Sunday 29 June 2014 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Exhibition talks: Sol LeWitt

Hear from curators and experts

Image: Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing 604H, cubic rectangle with color ink washes superimposed 1989 (detail), colour ink wash © Estate of Sol LeWitt. ARS, licensed by Viscopy

Last Sunday of the month, 1.30pm
23 February - 27 July 2014
23 February talk is Auslan interpreted

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Sunday concert series: Sol LeWitt

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

Image: Sol LeWitt Pyramid and Wall Drawing 604H (details) © Estate of Sol LeWitt. ARS, licensed by Viscopy

First Sunday of the month
4 May - 3 August, 1pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Guided tour: Plumes and pearlshells

An introduction to the exhibition

Image: Tairora people, Kainantu or Obura District, Eastern Highlands Province Decorated male figure mid 1900s (detail) © Tairora people, under the endorsement of Pacific Island Museums Association’s (PIMA) Code of Ethics

Daily 1pm
31 May – 10 Aug 2014

Duration 1 hour
Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery
Free

Wednesdays 6 pm
23 July and 6-27 August 2014

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

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: The desert

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

Aboriginal art guided tour

A guided introduction to the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander collection

11am daily

Duration 1 hour
Free

Art Gallery Society AGM

Membership, events and business

Wednesday 26 March 2014, 7.15pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free, bookings required

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 18 September 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
Free

Collection Circle private tours: Biennale of Sydney

For Collection Circle members only

Image: Wael Shawky Al Araba Al Madfuna 2012 (video still detail). Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut and Hamburg. Photograph: Wael Shawky

Wednesday 9 April 2014, 6pm - Booked out
Wednesday 16 April 2014, 6pm
Tuesday 29 April 2014, 1.30pm
Friday 2 May 2014, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Free, bookings required

Collection Circle private tours: The connoisseur and the philanthropist

For Collection Circle members only

Image: Jingdezhen ware Dish with gardenia spray design 1488-1505

Tuesday 22 April & Saturday 10 May 2014, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Free, bookings required

Collection highlights tour

An introduction to selected highlights from the Gallery's collection

11am daily

Duration 1 hour
Free

Contemporary art guided tour

An introduction to contemporary art highlights in the Gallery, including current exhibitions

12pm daily
7.15pm Wednesdays

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