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Member events

With more than 400 events during the year, there’s something for everyone.

Some events are exclusive to members; for others, members pay a discounted price.

Bookings are required for most events, and can be made online or by phone, mail or in person.
Note: Tickets will not be held without prepayment.

Select an event to see details, including prices and booking details.

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The spread of Buddhist art lecture series

Discover the artistic expressions of Buddhism

Image: Nepal Padmapani c13th century (detail)

Wednesdays, 12pm
1-29 July, 5 August 2015

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Coffee afternoon: Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2015

For members and guests

Image: Filippa Buttitta Judy Cassab ‒ portrait of an artist (detail), Archibald Prize 2015 finalist

Archibald: 28 July, 1, 4 August 2015, 1pm
Wynne and Sulman: 8 August 2015, 1pm

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Charges apply

Coffee tour of the collection

Portraits

Image: John Longstaff Henry Lawson 1900 (detail)

Tuesday 4 August 2015, 10.30am
Saturday 8 August 2015, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Charges apply

Talk and book launch: Anthony Bond

The idea of art

Image: Anthony Bond

Friday 14 August 2015, 2pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Armchair travel: Mountains and monasteries

With Judy Tenzing

Image: Saddhus at Kathmandu Durbar Square ® Markus Koljonen via Wikimedia Commons

Saturday 15 August 2015, 10am

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

Portrait printing workshop

Learn how to linocut portraits

Image: courtesy Libby Lloyd

Saturday 15 August 2015, 1pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Arts in our Domain: East

Take a walking tour with John Derum

Saturday 15 August 2015, 2pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Front of the Gallery
Charges apply

The melodies of colour

Drawing workshop with Celia Gullet

Image: Godfrey Miller Still life with lute c1954-c56 (detail)

Sunday 16 August 2015, 10am

Duration 6 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Free viewing for members

Julia Margaret Cameron

Image: Julia Margaret Cameron Hosanna 1865 (detail), Victoria and Albert Museum, London © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Sunday 16 August 2015, 5.15-8pm
Monday 17 August 2015, 10am-12.30pm

Location: Upper level
Free

Archibald 2015 luncheon

Be part of the conversation

Image: Juan Ford A bungled clairvoyance of William Buckley or Ludwig Leichhardt’s most intense moments (I can’t decide which, you choose) (detail), Archibald Prize 2015 finalist

Wednesday 19 August 2015, 12pm

Duration 2 hours
Charges apply

Art and architecture talk: Barbara Flynn

Hear from Sydney’s public art curator

Image: Barbara Flynn

Wednesday 19 August 2015, 6.30pm

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

Book talk: Steven Miller

Awakening: four lives in art

Image: Dora Ohlfsen The awakening of Australian art 1907 (detail)

Thursday 20 August 2015, 10.30am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Charges apply

Printmaking

Workshop with Andrew Totman

Image: Andrew Totman Cloak 2014 (detail). Courtesy the artist

Sunday 23 August 2015, 10.15am

Duration 6 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Cross-stitching workshop

Use needle and thread to create

Image: courtesy Amanda Picman

Sunday 23 August 2015, 1pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Drawing for expression: Shifting the mood

With Juliet Holmes à Court

Image courtesy Juliet Holmes à Court

Saturday 29 August 2015, 10am

Duration 6 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Still-life drawing workshop

Learn to draw objects in place

Image: Mirra Whale Rialto Market catch sardines (detail) 2015. Courtesy the artist

Saturday 29 August 2015, 1.30pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Dynamic drawing

Workshop with Andrew Antoniou

Image courtesy Andrew Antoniou

Sunday 30 August 2015, 10.30am

Duration 5 hours, 20 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Make a scene workshop

Construct a diorama

Image: courtesy Linden Braye

Sunday 30 August 2015, 1pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Conservation tour: Caring for art

Go behind the scenes at the Gallery

Wednesday 2 September 2015, 6pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Charges apply

Studio visit: artists and designers

Go behind the scenes

Image: Louis Pratt Whatever 2012 (detail). Courtesy the artist

Saturday 5 September 2015, 1pm

Duration 2 hours
Charges apply

Day tour: Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery

Inspired by quilts

Image: Marion Gibson Friendship quilt c1890 (detail). Museum of Applied Art and Sciences, Sydney

Saturday 12 September 2015, 9am

Duration 7 hours
Charges apply

Colouring the landscape

With Annie Herron

Image: courtesy Annie Herron

Friday 11 September 2015, 10am
Saturday 12 September 2015, 10am

Duration 6 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Digital selfie snaps

Portrait photography workshop

Image: Emma Thomson Rebecca, Take Your Best Shot 2014 (detail)

Saturday 12 September 2015, 1pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Facing off drawing workshop

Use fun and games to learn to draw

Image: Mike Barnard Ian 2009

Sunday 1 March 2015, 1pm
Sunday 16 August 2015, 1pm
Sunday 13 September 2015, 1pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Lightfold workshop

Create a mathematically folded lamp

Image: courtesy Melissa Silk

Saturday 19 September 2015, 1pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Graphic design printing workshop

Be inspired by mid-century shapes and colour

Image: courtesy Annette Mauer

Sunday 20 September 2015, 1pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Cocktails and curators: Matisse and the moderns

Cocktail class and curator-led tour

Wednesday 23 September 2015, 6.30pm

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

Creative clay workshop

Hand-build and decorate vessels

Image: courtesy Alexandra Standen

Saturday 26 September 2015, 1pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Drawing with thread workshop

Experiment with stitching to draw

Image: courtesy Alex Falkiner

Sunday 27 September 2015, 1pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Photography lighting workshop

Take the studio outdoors

Image: courtesy Emma Thomson

Sunday 4 October 2015, 1pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Discover drawing: The fundamentals of drawing volume and form

With Jennifer Keeler-Milne

Image: Jennifer Keeler-Milne

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 October 2015, 10am

Duration 6 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

The magic line workshop

Drawing with Mike Barnard

Image: Mike Barnard For Septimus 2015 (detail)

Sunday 18 October 2015, 1pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Art and architecture talk: Inspirations

With Miriam Green and Andrew Burns

Image: Australia House, Japan. Photo: Brett Boardman

Wednesday 21 October 2015, 6.30pm

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

Peter Griffen workshops 2015

Weekend painting workshops at the artist's studio

Image: Peter Griffen workshop

Various Fridays-Sundays in 2015
See listing for details

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

Woodcut printing workshop

Turn images into woodcut masterpieces

Image: courtesy Libby Lloyd

Sunday 25 October 2015, 1pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Art appreciation lecture series 2015

Meet the masters: highlights from the Scottish National Gallery

Image: Sir Henry Raeburn Reverend Robert Walker (1755–1808) Skating on Duddingston Loch about 1795 (detail) oil on canvas, 76.2 × 63.5 cm, National Galleries of Scotland © Trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland

Various Wednesdays 6pm and Thursdays 1pm
28 January - 12 November 2015
See listing for dates

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

For god's sake III: oriental enlightenment

A Learning Curve lecture series with Dr Julian Droogan

Image: Tim Johnson Phoenix Embroidery 2009 (detail) synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 26 × 36 cm © Tim Johnson. Courtesy the artist and DOMINIK MERSCH GALLERY, Sydney

Various Fridays 10.30am and Saturdays 11am
31 July - 14 November 2015
See listing for dates

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Absolute Beginners 2015

Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

Various Fridays and Saturdays in 2015, 1pm
See listing for dates

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Resonate 2015

Concert series

Image: Tinalley String Quartet (detail)

Various dates in 2015, 7pm

Duration 3 hours
Charges apply

Art essentials 2015

With Brenda Tye

Image courtesy Brenda Tye

Various Fridays in 2015, 10.30am–3.30pm
See listing for details

Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Gallery Express 2015

A bus tour for members only of selected commercial galleries

Various Wednesdays and Thursdays in 2015
See listing for details

Duration 3 hours
Location: Front of the Gallery
Charges apply

Art Club: June to November 2015

For children aged 9-12

Various Saturdays and Sundays in 2015
10.30am, 1pm and 3pm
See listing for details

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

Kids Club: June to November 2015

For children aged 5–8

Various Saturdays and Sundays in 2015
10.30am, 1pm, 3pm
See listing for details

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