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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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Free viewing for members

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection

Image: Frida Kahlo Diego on my mind (Self portrait as Tehuana) 1943 (detail), The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art © 2016 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico DF

Sunday 26 June 2016, 5.15pm
Monday 27 June 2016, 10am

Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery
Free

James Drinkwater artist talk and Jonathon Dalton exhibition viewing

At Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary

Image: James Drinkwater. Photo: Alexander McIntyre

Thursday 30 June 2016, 6pm

Duration 2 hours
Free, bookings required

Ann Thomson and contemporaries

A special evening at the National Art School

Image: Ann Thomson Yellow sound (detail), Wynne Prize 1998 winner. Courtesy the artist and Defiance Gallery, Newtown

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 6pm

Duration 2 hours
Charges apply

Clay Club: inspired by Tang

School holiday activity for teenagers

Image: Tomb guardian 618–50s (detail), Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 10.30am

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

Family workshop: Bags of colour

School holiday activity for children aged 5-8

Image: courtesy Trixi Symonds

Friday 8 July 2016, 10.30am

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

You say you want a revolution

A Learning Curve lecture series with Dr Christopher Hartney

Image: Emanuel Leutze Washington crossing the Delaware 1851 (detail), oil on canvas, 378.5 × 647.7 cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bridgeman Images

Various Fridays 10.30am and Saturdays 11am
11 March - 9 July 2016
See listing for dates

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

An evening with the Archibald BOOKED OUT

Celebrity, champagne and canapes

Image: Adam Alcorn Alice Fraser (detail), Archibald Prize 2015 finalist

Sunday 10 July 2016, 6pm

Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Charges apply

Family workshop: Mexican fiesta

School holiday activity for children aged 5-8

Image: courtesy Michelle Lackenby

Friday 15 July 2016, 10.30am & 1.30pm

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

Art and away

Visit Campbelltown Arts Centre and Parramatta Artists Studios

Image: John Peart Scrimmage 1972 (detail), Campbelltown Arts Centre collection

Saturday 16 July 2016, 9am

Duration 8 hours
Location: Front of the Gallery
Charges apply

Armchair travel: Moscow and St Petersburg

With Kenneth Park

Image: St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

Saturday 16 July 2016, 10.30am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Charges apply

Refashioned upcycled jewellery workshop

With Pat Pillai

Image: courtesy Pat Pillai

Sunday 17 July 2016, 1pm

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

Free viewing for members

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2016

Image: Rebecca Hastings She left us at Ikea and went off to find herself (detail), Sulman Prize 2015 finalist

Sunday 17 July 2016, 5.15pm
Monday 18 July 2016, 10am

Location: Major exhibition gallery
Free

Seeing art historically today: where we are and ways to go BOOKED OUT

Talk by Professor Terry Smith

Image: Terry Smith in Moscow, 2015. Photo: Denis Sinyakov

Wednesday 20 July 2016, 6pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free, bookings required

An introduction to studying the figure

Workshop with Siena White

Image: John Gibson RA Narcissus post 1829 (detail)

Wednesday 20 July 2016 6.30pm

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

Armchair travel: Contemporary art and literature in India

With Joyce Morgan

Image: Man Sagar Lake, Jaipur

Saturday 23 July 2016, 11.30am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Charges apply

The art and culture of Japanese tattooing

With Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

Image: Master Horisumi (Kian Forreal). Photo: Logan Frost

Saturday 23 July 2016, 2pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Unwrapping art: next steps

With Jonathan Cooper

image: John Olsen The woman 1990 (detail) © John Olsen. Licensed by Viscopy, Australia

Saturdays 2pm
25 June - 23 July 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Charges apply

Jazz at the Gallery

James Morrison Quintet

Image: James Morrison

Sunday 24 July 2016, 7pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Entrance court
Charges apply

Socially engaged art

Talk by Penny Ryan

Image: Penny Ryan

Wednesday 27 July 2016, 6.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Charges apply

Film screening and talk: The wolf in Australian art

A look at the life and art of Danila Vassilieff

Image: Danila Vassilieff Fitzroy street scene (1937) (detail) © Heide Museum of Modern Art

Saturday 30 July 2016, 2pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Coffee tour: Archibald Prize 2016

For members and guests

Image: Andrew Sayers Portrait of Tim Bonyhady (detail), Archibald Prize 2015 finalist

Tuesday 26 July & Saturday 13 August 2016, 10.30am

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

Melodies of colour workshop

With Celia Gullett

Image: Frank Hinder In the tram (Study for Tram kaleidoscope) 1939 (detail) © Estate of Frank Hinder

Sunday 14 August 2016, 10am

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

Drawn to life

Workshop with Siena White

Image: John Gibson RA Venus 1850 (detail)

Wednesday 17 August 2016, 6.30pm

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

Joined lives, separate studios

With Juliet Holmes a Court

Image: Vasily Kandinsky Study for 'Painting with white border’ 1913 (detail) © Vasily Kandinsky/ADAGP. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Saturday 20 August 2016, 10.30am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Funky felting workshop

With Denise Lithgow

Image: courtesy Denise Lithgow

Sunday 19 June, 21 August 2016, 10.30am

Duration 5 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Drawing for expression: Drawing from news

With Juliet Holmes a Court

Image: courtesy Juliet Holmes a Court

Sunday 28 August 2016, 10am

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

Archibald 2016 lunch

At the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Image: Jason Benjamin I sat by the river. I waited by the road, Archibald Prize 2015 finalist

Wednesday 31 August 2016, 12pm

Duration 2 hours
Charges apply

Peter Griffen workshops 2016

Weekend painting workshops at the artist's studio

Various Fridays-Sundays in 2016
See listing for details

Charges apply

Face off

Portrait drawing with Mike Barnard

Image: courtesy Mike Barnard

Sunday 24 July 2016, 1pm
Sunday 25 September 2016, 1pm

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

Drawing the collection 2016

With Jennifer Keeler-Milne

Image: Jennifer Keeler-Milne

Various weekends in 2016, 10am - 4pm
See listing for dates

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

Workshops: Keeping it contemporary

With Karen O’Connor

Image: courtesy Karen O’Connor

Various Saturdays in 2016, 10.30am
See listing for details

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

All you need is love

Love and literature with Susannah Fullerton

Image: Lord Frederic Leighton Wedded 1882 (detail)

Various Fridays 10.30am and Saturdays 11am
22 July - 12 November 2016
See listing for dates

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Art appreciation lecture series 2016

Collectors and collections

Image: Jan Brueghel and PP Rubens The sense of sight 1617 (detail), Prado, Madrid, Spain. Bridgeman Images

Various Wednesdays 6pm and Thursdays 1pm
27 January - 17 November 2016
See listing for dates

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Absolute beginners 2016

Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

Various Fridays and Saturdays in 2016, 1pm
See listing for dates

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

Resonate 2016

Concert series

Image: Australian Haydn Ensemble, courtesy the artists

Various dates in 2016, 7pm

Duration 3 hours
Charges apply

Art essentials 2016

With Brenda Tye

Various Fridays in 2016, 10.30am
See listing for details

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

Gallery Express 2016

A bus tour for members only of selected commercial galleries

Various Wednesdays and Thursdays in 2016
See listing for details

Duration 3 hours
Location: Front of the Gallery
Charges apply

Art Club 2016

For children aged 9-13

Various Saturdays and Sundays in 2016
10.30am, 1pm and 3pm
See listing for details

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

Kids Club 2016

For children aged 5–8

Various Saturdays and Sundays in 2016
10.30am, 1pm, 3pm
See listing for details

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