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Scheduled events

Biennale of Sydney exhibition talks

Hear from artists and experts

Image: Deborah Kelly The Magdalenes (Praise) 2012 (detail). Courtesy the artist and Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney. Photograph: Alex Wisser

Wednesdays 5.30pm
26 March - 23 April 2014

Duration 30 minutes
Free

Study morning: The Andes and the Incas

With Christopher Carter

Image: Incan theme

Saturday 26 April 2014, 10.30am

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Afghanistan: gallery of empires

Special lecture by Julian Droogan

Image: Julian Droogan

Friday 2 May 2014, 10.30am

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

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

On paper?

Book, paper and photographic materials symposium

Wednesday 7 May 2014, 9am - 6pm
Thursday 8 May 2014, 9am - 5pm
Friday 9 May 2014, 9am - 4.45pm

Charges apply

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

Armchair travel: Ethiopia

The heart of civilisation

Image: Detail from Ethiopian icon showing Negus Lalibela by an unknown artist, 15th century, originally made in the Lalibela area of Ethiopia.

Saturday 17 May 2014, 10am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Charges apply

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

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

Armchair travel: Ancient civilisations of Anatolia

Crossroads of culture

Image: Ephesus

Saturday 24 May 2014, 10am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre foyer
Charges apply

Armchair travel: China

An art revolution

Image: Street art by graffiti artist ROBBBB, Shanghai

Saturday 31 May 2014, 10am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Charges apply

Forum: Plumes and pearlshells

Art of the New Guinea highlands

Image: Man wearing rimbu (ceremonial headdress), Mount Hagen Show, 1963. Photo: Stan Moriarty © Estate of Stanley Gordon Moriarty

Saturday 31 May 2014, 1pm

Duration 4 hours
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Charges apply

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

Sublime: the pleasure of the overwhelming

Lecture series with Damien Freeman

Image: WC Piguenit Kosciusko 1903 (detail)

Various Fridays 10.30am, Saturdays 11am in 2014
See listing for dates

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Rhythms of nō: music, chant, dance

Lecture and demonstration by Richard Emmert

Image: Richard Emmert

Sunday 29 June 2014, 10.30am

Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Symposium: Theatre of dreams, theatre of play

The rich and sophisticated culture of nō theatre

Saturday 2 August 2014, 9.30am

Duration 7 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Coffee lectures: Literary cities

With Susannah Fullerton

Image: Vintage print of Princes Street Sir Walter Scott’s Monument and Princes Street Edinburgh, Scotland. Courtesy of iStock

Thursdays 26 June - 7 August 2014, 10am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Wednesdays 6 pm
23 July and 6-27 August 2014

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Art appreciation lecture series 2014

Realism to surrealism: European art and culture 1848-1936

Image: Paul Gauguin Te aa no areois (The Seed of the Areoi) 1892 (detail), oil on burlap, 92.1 × 72.1 cm, The William S Paley Collection SPC14.1990. Photo: The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence

Various Wednesdays 6pm and Thursdays 1pm
29 January - 13 November 2014
See listing for dates

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Biennale of Sydney exhibition talks

Hear from artists and experts

Image: Deborah Kelly The Magdalenes (Praise) 2012 (detail). Courtesy the artist and Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney. Photograph: Alex Wisser

Wednesdays 5.30pm
26 March - 23 April 2014

Duration 30 minutes
Free

Exhibition talks: Afghanistan

Hear from archaeologists and museum experts

Image: Standing ram (detail), Tillya Tepe, 1st century AD. National Museum of Afghanistan. Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Wednesdays 2-30 April 2014
7.15pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Upper Asian gallery
Free with exhibition entry

Coffee tour: Afghanistan BOOKED OUT

Discover hidden treasures from the National Museum, Kabul

Image: Crown, gold, 45 × 13 cm, Tillya Tepe, Tomb VI, 1st century AD, National Museum of Afghanistan, Credit: Thierry Ollivier

Thursday 10 April 2014, 2pm
Tuesday 15 April 2014, 10am
Thursday 1 May 2014, 2.30pm

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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