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Live music: Green Mohair Suits

Launching Archibald Prize party season

Image: Green Mohair Suits

Wednesdays 23 & 30 July 2014, 7.15pm

Duration 1 hour, 45 minutes
Location: Entrance court
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, Wednesdays 5.30pm
3 June – 10 August 2014

Duration 1 hour
Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery
Free

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

The art of drawing

Image: David Legge

Sunday 13 July, 10 August 2014, 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Young Archie 2014 presentation

Join us to congratulate the finalists

Image: Mario Sukkar Caught eating in the night (detail) Young Archie 2014 finalist, age 15, Granville NSW

Wednesday 13 August 2014
6.15pm

Duration 15 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Short talks: portraits

Explore a different portrait each week

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

Wednesdays 7.15pm
23 July - 13 August 2014

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Drop in and make: Regal portraits

Free artmaking activity for kids

Image: Thomas Cooper Gotch My crown and sceptre 1891 (detail)

Sunday 17 August 2014, 11am-4pm

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Spotlight: Unknown faces

Take a tour of some mysterious portraits

Image: Giovanni Battista Moroni Portrait of a young man 1565-70 (detail)

Sunday 17 August 2014, 12.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Drop in and draw: Portraits

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Image: Margaret Olley Portrait in the mirror 1948 (detail) © Estate of Margaret Olley

Sunday 17 August 2014, 1-4pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art
Free

Artwork of the month talk: August 2014

Pierre Bonnard's Self portrait (c1938-40)

Image: Pierre Bonnard Self portrait c1938-40 (detail) © Pierre Bonnard/ADAGP. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Sunday 17 August 2014, 2pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Modern gallery
Free

Film series: Vengeful ghosts, ghoulish demons

Supernatural tales from Japan

Image: Still from Onibaba (1964). Courtesy Kindai Eiga Kyokai

Wednesdays 2pm & 7.15pm, Sundays 2pm
30 July - 17 August 2014

Location: Domain Theatre
Free

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

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

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 10-24 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: Students from the 2013 Sydney Students Speak program

Wednesdays 7.15pm
20 August - 24 September 2014

Duration 20 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
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 14 and 28 September 2014, 2.30pm
28 September is Auslan interpreted

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

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

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
31 August - 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

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 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

Contemporary art guided tour

An introduction to contemporary art highlights in the Gallery

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