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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

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

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

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

Archaeology and museology

Exhibition tour and visit to the Nicholson Museum

Image: One of a pair of clasps, cupids on dolphins (detail), Tillya Tepe, 1st century AD. National Museum of Afghanistan. Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Saturday 31 May 2014, 11am

Duration 3 hours
Location: Upper Asian gallery
Charges apply

Access day: Hidden treasures

Exhibition tour and visit to the Nicholson Museum with audio description

Image: Appliqué 'the Aphrodite of Bactia’ (detail), Tillya Tepe, 1st century AD. National Museum of Afghanistan. Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Friday 6 June 2014, 10.30am

Duration 3 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free with exhibition entry

Guided tour: Afghanistan

An introduction to the exhibition

Image: One of a pair of pendants showing the 'Dragon Master’; gold, turquoise, garnet, lapis lazuli, carnelian, pearls; 12.5 × 6.5 cm. Tillya Tepe, 1st century AD, National Museum of Afghanistan. Credit: Thierry Ollivier

Daily 1pm, Wednesday 5.30pm
7 March – 15 June 2014

Duration 1 hour
Location: Upper Asian gallery
Free with exhibition entry

Past events

The story of the National Museum of Afghanistan

Omara Khan Masoudi in conversation with Richard Morecroft

Image: Mask of Silenus (detail), Begram, 1st century AD. National Museum of Afghanistan. Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Saturday 8 March 2014, 12pm

Duration 45 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Auslan-interpreted talk: Hidden treasures

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Saturday 8 March 2014, 1pm

Duration 30 minutes
Free with exhibition entry

Protecting the hidden treasures

Hear from Zahir Youssofzay, former director general of the Afghan Institute of Archaeology

Image: Leogryph bracket (detail), Begram, 1st century AD. National Museum of Afghanistan. Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Saturday 8 March 2014, 3pm

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

Free viewing for members

Afghanistan: hidden treasures from the National Museum, Kabul

Image: One of a pair of pendants showing the 'Dragon Master’; gold, turquoise, garnet, lapis lazuli, carnelian, pearls; 12.5 × 6.5 cm. Tillya Tepe, 1st century AD, National Museum of Afghanistan. Credit: Thierry Ollivier

Sunday 9 March 2014, 5.15-8pm
Monday 10 March 2014, 10am-12.30pm

Location: Major exhibition gallery
Free

Learning symposium 2014

The Gallery’s annual visual arts conference for teachers

13–15 March 2014
Day 1: Thursday 13 March, 12.45pm–4pm
Day 2: Friday 14 March, 9.30am–3pm
Day 3: Saturday 15 March, 9.30am–3pm

Charges apply

Seniors tour: Hidden treasures

Celebrating Seniors Week

Image: Circular medallion, Begram, 1st century AD. National Museum of Afghanistan. Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Thursday 20 March 2014, 11.30am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free with exhibition entry

VisAsia Hingyiu Mok Mandarin language lecture 2014

莫慶堯醫生VisAsia中文普通話講座

Image: One of a pair of clasps showing Dionysus and Ariadne; gold, turquoise; 6.5 × 7 cm. Tillya Tepe, 1st century AD, National Museum of Afghanistan. Credit: Thierry Ollivier

Saturday 29 March 2014, 11am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Instagram your treasures competition

Which artwork would you be brave enough to save?

Image: Winning entry by @mundelyn

Wednesday 2 April 2014
5-10pm

Duration 5 hours

Learn the art of kite making

Free drop-in art-making activity

Image courtesy stock.xchng

Wednesday 2 April 2014
7-9.30pm

Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Function space
Free

Live music: contemporary Afghan beats

With Ustad, Yama and Ali Sarshar of Sash Studio

Wednesday 2 April 2014, 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Hidden treasures: archaeology and Afghanistan

Lecture series

Image: One of a pair of boot buckles with an image of a carriage drawn by dragons (detail); gold, turquoise, carnelian; 5.5cm d x 1.1cm h. Tillya Tepe, 1st century AD, National Museum of Afghanistan. Credit: Thierry Ollivier

Saturdays, 1pm
22 March - 5 April 2014

Duration 2 hours
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Charges apply

Art Club: Golden treasures

For members’ children aged 9–12

Image: Two ornaments in the form of flowers, gold, pearls, 5.7 cm l, Tillya Tepe, 1st century CE, National Museum of Afghanistan. Credit: Thierry Ollivier

Saturday 5, Sunday 6 April 2014
10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

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

Son of a lion film screening

Watch the film discussed in our celebrity talk

Image: Still from Son of a lion

Wednesday 9 April 2014, 8.15pm

Duration 1 hour, 32 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

When camels could fly

School holiday performance

Image: Bronwyn Vaughan

Monday 14 - Thursday 17 April 2014, 1.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Treasures and jewels school holiday workshop

Sessions for ages 3-13

Image: Ceremonial plate with a representation of Cybele (detail), Ai Khanum, 3rd century BCE. National Museum of Afghanistan. Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Monday 14 - Thursday 17 April 2014
See listing for details

Charges apply

Music making

School holiday performance

Monday 21 - Thursday 24 April 2014, 1.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free