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Coming events related to these galleries are listed here. They’re updated frequently so check back later if none are currently scheduled. You can look for events by date, type or specific exhibition in What’s on.

Coming events

Coffee tour of the collection

Eavesdropping into the conversation

Image: Kalachakra and Vishvamata 14th century (detail)

Tuesday 3 February 2015, 10.30am
Saturday 7 February 2015, 2pm

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

Drop in and make: Animals of the Chinese zodiac

Free artmaking activity for kids

Sunday 15 February 2015, 11am – 4pm

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Zen painting with Korean monk Suan

Drop-demonstration and artmaking activity

Image: Suan

Sunday 15 February 2015, 1-4pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Function space
Free

Artist talk: Ah Xian with Claudia Chan Shaw

Hear this Chinese-Australian artist discuss his work

Image: Ah Xian

Sunday 15 February 2015, 3pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Sunday 22 February 2015, 2.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Auspicious symbols tour in English

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Image: Padmapani, c13th century, Nepal

Sundays 15, 22 February, 1 March 2015, 1pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Exploring Asia in action

A professional development event for teachers

Image: Lotus-clad Radha and Krishna c1700–10, India.

Friday 13 March 2015, 10am

Duration 5 hours
Charges apply

Auspicious symbols tour in Mandarin and Cantonese

如意吉祥普通話及粵語導覽

Image: Padmapani, c13th century, Nepal

Sundays 15 February - 29 March 2015, 2pm

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 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

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

Past events

Drawing and creating form with clay BOOKED OUT

Workshop for teens 13-17 years

Image courtesy Cath Fogarty

Wednesday 3 or 10 July 2013, 10.30am

Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Coffee lecture: Jackie Menzies

A curator's highlights and insight

Image: Asian gallery

Tuesday 16 July 2013, 1pm

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

Auslan-interpreted talk: Soul of simplicity

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Duration 1 hour
Location: Information desk
Free

Symposium: A Silk Road saga

Reconsidering cultural interactions on the famed trade route

Image: Panel 5 of Yu Hong’s sarcophagus (detail), Sui dynasty (581–618), Shanxi Museum

Saturday 24 August 2013, 10am

Duration 7 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Exhibition talks: A Silk Road saga

Expert talks by curators and academics

Image: Groom and camels (detail), Northern Qui dynasty (550-577), excavated from the tomb of Lou Rui, Taiyuan, Shanxi province, 1981, Shanxi Museum

Wednesdays 5.30pm
9 & 16 October 2013

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Upper Asian gallery
Free

Celebrity talk: A Silk Road saga

Speakers reflect on the historic and cultural importance of Yu Hong's sarcophagus

Image: Edmund Capon

Wednesday 9 & 16 October 2013
6.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Learn the art of Chinese knotting

Free drop-in art-making activity

Wednesdays 7.30-9pm
9 & 16 October 2013

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Artbar: A Silk Road saga

Live Persian classical and folk music

Image: Davood A Tabrizi

Wednesdays 9 & 16 October 2013
7.15-8pm & 8.30-9.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Cafe
Free

Arts of Asia lecture series 2013

Archaeology of China and the Silk Road

Image: Mounted drum player (detail), Northern Qi dynasty (550–77), excavated from tomb of Xu Xianxiu (dated 571), Taiyuan, Shanxi province, 2002, Shanxi Museum

Tuesdays 1-2pm
10- 24 September, 1 October & 15-29 October 2013

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

The Big Picture BOOKED OUT

The legacy of Genghis Khan in Islamic Iran, 1256-1353

Image: Dr Stefano Carboni

Monday 4 November 2013, 3pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Free, bookings required

Mandarin-language guided tour: A Silk Road saga

普通話導覽: 絲路傳奇.虞弘石槨

Image: Panel of Yu Hong’s sarcophagus (detail), Sui dynasty (581–618), Shanxi Museum

Saturdays 1pm
7 September to 9 November 2013

Duration 1 hour
Location: Information desk
Free

Cantonese-language guided tour: A Silk Road saga

粵語導覽: 絲路傳奇.虞弘石槨

Image: Panel of Yu Hong’s sarcophagus (detail), Sui dynasty (581–618), Shanxi Museum

Sundays 1pm
8 September - 10 November 2013

Duration 1 hour
Location: Information desk
Free

China's history through the tales of 100 people BOOKED OUT

Lecture and book launch

Image: cover detail from the Berkshire dictionary of Chinese biography

Saturday 1 February 2014, 2.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free, bookings required

At one with nature: the psyche of traditional Chinese painting

Lecture and ink painting demonstration

Image: Ink painting demonstration by Andrew Lo

Sunday 2 February 2014, 10.30am

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 February 2014
1pm Cantonese and Mandarin
2pm English

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Kids Club: Year of the Horse BOOKED OUT

For members’ children aged 5–8

Image: Xu Beihong Galloping horse 1944 (detail)

Saturday 1, Sunday 2 February 2014
10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Function space
Charges apply

Modern family film series

Explores modern family life in Japan and South Korea

Image: Still from Nobody knows

Wednesdays 2pm & 7.15pm, Sundays 2pm
12 February - 9 March 2014

Location: Domain Theatre
Free

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

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

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 26 April 2014, 1.30pm

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

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

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

Free viewing for members

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

Image: Kyōgen mask Oto, Edo period, 18th century, National Noh Theatre

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

Location: Lower Asian gallery
Free

Cocktails and conversations

Theatre of dreams, theatre of play

Wednesday 18 June 2014, 6.30pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Lower level 2
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

The art of Japanese theatre school holiday workshop

Sessions for ages 3-13

Image: Nō mask Hakushikijō (okina), Momoyama–Edo period, 16th–17th century, National Noh Theatre

Tuesday 1 - Friday 4 July 2014
See listing for details

Location: Ticketing and information desk
Charges apply

Decorative dress-ups

Free drop-in artmaking activity for children

Monday 30 June - Friday 4 July 2014
11am - 4pm

Duration 5 hours
Location: Function space
Free

Exhibition talks: Theatre of dreams, theatre of play

Short talks by Gallery experts

Image: Atsuita nō robe with design of ocean waves and Genji wheels, Edo period, 18th century, National Noh Theatre

Wednesdays 5.30pm
25 June - 16 July 2014

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

Celebrity events: Theatre of dreams, theatre of play

Hear from experts in directing, costume and fashion design

Image: Lieven Bertels by Prudence Upton

Wednesdays 6.30pm
25 June, 2 & 16 July 2014

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Make wearable origami

Free drop-in art-making activity

Wednesdays 25 June, 2 July, 16 July 2014
7.30-9pm

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Symposium: Theatre of dreams, theatre of play

The rich and sophisticated culture of nō theatre

Image: Nō mask Kasshiki (kokasshiki), Muromachi period, 16th century, Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan

Saturday 2 August 2014, 9.30am

Duration 7 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Art Club: Theatrical faces

For members’ children aged 9–12

Image: Nō mask Aka (red) hannya, Edo period, 18th–19th century, National Noh Theatre

Saturday 9, Sunday 10 August 2014
10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

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

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

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

Japanese-language guided tour: Theatre of dreams, theatre of play

日本語による能・狂言展ツアー

Image: Nō mask Ko-omote, Edo period, 17th century, National Noh Theatre

Wednesdays and Saturdays 11am
14 June - 13 September 2014
except 30 July

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

Guided tour: Theatre of dreams, theatre of play

An introduction to the exhibition

Image: Nō mask Ko-omote, Edo period, 17th century, National Noh Theatre

Daily 12pm, Wednesdays 7.15pm
14 June – 14 September 2014
except 28-30 July

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

Auslan-interpreted tour: Conversations with Asia

For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

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

Sunday 26 October 2014, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Curators tour: Conversations

A walkthrough of our refreshed Asian galleries

Image: Justin Paton

Wednesday 29 October 2014, 5.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Lower Asian gallery
Free

Drop in and make: Exotic elephants

Free artmaking activity for kids

Image: Baggage elephant, late 1700s (detail), Mewar, Rajasthan, India

Sunday 16 November 2014, 11am - 4pm

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Artwork of the month talk: November 2014

Yamamoto Tarō’s ‘Whose clothes?’ (2005)

Image: Yamamoto Tarō’s Whose clothes? 2005 (detail) © Taro Yamamoto. Image courtesy of imura art gallery, Japan

Sunday 16 November 2014, 2pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Lower Asian gallery
Free

Art and dementia tour: Conversations about Asian art

For people living with younger-onset dementia

Image: Ah Xian Human, human 2005 © Ah Xian

Thursday 18 December 2014, 10.30am

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