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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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Civilisation: creating new worlds

A Learning Curve lecture series with Dr Christopher Hartney

Image: Palaeolithic bulls and other animals crowd calcite walls at Lascaux (detail). Photograph by Sisse Brimberg, National Geographic. Getty Images.

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

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Costumed figure drawing BOOKED OUT

Life model and drapery workshop

Image: istock image

Saturday 25 October 2014, 1pm

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

Family art tours

School holiday fun with Jonathan Cooper

Image: Yinka Shonibare, MBE Alien toy painting (detail) 2011 © Yinka Shonibare, MBE

Wednesday 24 September, 1 October
Saturday 25 October 2014, 2.30pm

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

Painting with Juliet Holmes à Court

View through the trees

Image: Juliet Holmes à Court Fragments of a distant view. Image courtesy the artist.

Sunday 26 October 2014, 10am

Duration 5 hours
Location: Restaurant
Charges apply

Teenage drawing workshop: Blow it up

For 13-17 year olds

Image: Laurens Craen Still life with imaginary view c1645-50 (detail)

Sunday 26 October 2014, 10.30am

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

Art Gallery Society general meeting

Join us for a special announcement

Monday 27 October 2014, 1pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Special lecture: Vive l’Empereur meets its maker

with Richard Beresford

Image: Edouard Detaille Vive L’Empereur 1891 (detail)

Monday 27 October 2014, 2pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Literary cities with Susannah Fullerton: Dublin

Take a journey with a classic books expert

Image: istock

Thursday 30 October 2014, 10.30am

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

Pop printing workshop

Print like a pop artist

Image: courtesy Libby Lloyd.

Saturday 1 November 2014, 1pm

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

Creative drawing workshop

Dynamic drawing

Image courtesy Andrew Antoniou

Sunday 2 November 2014, 10.30am
3 August cancelled

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

Free viewing for members

Pop to popism

Image: Roy Lichtenstein Woman in bath 1963. Oil and magna on canvas 173.3 × 173.3cm Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Friday 31 October 2014, 1pm
Sunday 2 November 2014, 5.15pm

Duration 2 hours, 45 minutes
Location: Major exhibition gallery
Free

Coffee tour of the collection

Links with artists of the Royal Academy

Image: Sir Edward John Poynter The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon 1890 (detail)

Tuesday 4 November 2014, 10.30am

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

Peter Griffen workshops 2014

Weekend painting workshops at the artist's studio

Image © Peter Griffen (detail)

Various Fridays-Sundays in 2014
See listing for details

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

Day tour: Sculpture in the vineyards

A day of food, wine and art

Saturday 8 November 2014, 7.45am

Duration 11 hours, 45 minutes
Charges apply

Lecture series: Pop to popism

Hear from the experts

Image: Martin Sharp, Tim Lewis Still life: (Marilyn) 1973 (detail), synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 117 × 91.5 cm. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1973 © Estate of Martin Sharp, licensed by Viscopy, Sydney; Tim Lewis

Sundays, 10.30am
12 October - 9 November 2014

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

Art Club: Shadowlands

For children aged 9–12

Saturday 8, Sunday 9 November 2014
10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

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

Kids Club: Express yourself

For members’ children aged 5–8

Saturday 8, Sunday 9 November 2014
10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

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

Special lecture: Love in India

Jackie Menzies, emeritus curator Asian art

Image: Unknown Todi Ragini late Mughal c1720-1857 (detail), North India

Tuesday 11 November 2014, 1pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

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

Special lecture by Patrick McCaughey

Strange country: why Australian painting matters

Image: Patrick McCaughey (cover detail). Courtesy Random house.

Thursday 13 November 2014, 1pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Absolute beginners 2014

Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

Image: Absolute Beginners class in action

Various Fridays and Saturdays in 2014, 1pm
See listing for dates

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

Resonate 2014

Concert series

Image: Joanna Huszcza. Photo: Joanna Gniady

Various dates in 2014, 7pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Entrance court
Charges apply

Contempo hang: curator's talk

A members-only event to celebrate Contempo acquisitions

Image courtesy Sophie Harrington

Wednesday 19 November 2014, 6pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Free, bookings required

Gallery Express 2014

A bus tour for members only of selected commercial galleries

Various Wednesdays and Thursdays in 2014
See listing for details

Duration 3 hours
Location: Front of the Gallery
Charges apply

Coffee afternoon: Pop to popism

For members and their guests

Image: Richard Larter The hairdresser 1969 (detail), collection of Helen Eager and Christopher Hodges © Richard Larter, licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Friday 14, Sunday 16, Thursday 20 November 2014,
3pm

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

Art essentials 2014

With Brenda Tye

Image: workshop tutor Brenda Tye

Various Fridays in 2014, 10.30am–3.30pm
See listing for details

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

Pop painting workshop

Let Howard Arkley inspire you to paint

Image: Howard Arkley Triple fronted 1987 (detail) © The Estate of Howard Arkley, courtesy Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art

Saturday 22 November 2014, 1pm

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

Introduction to soft sculpture

Stitch your own pop-inspired sculpture

Image: courtesy Alex Falkiner

Sunday 23 November 2014, 1pm

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

Sydney Painting Now tour and talk

Visit Galerie pompom and MOP Projects

Image: Ron Adams Any colour you are (ten points) 2013. Courtesy Galerie pompom

Tuesday 25 November 2014, 6pm

Duration 2 hours
Charges apply

Colour theory

Lecture series with David Briggs

Saturday 8, 15, 29 November 2014, 2pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Charges apply

Pop art party

Young members end-of-year party

Image: Andy Warhol Silver Liz [Studio type] 1963, screenprint ink and silver spray paint on linen canvas , 101.6 × 101.6 cm, The Eyles Family Collection © Andy Warhol Foundation. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Saturday 29 November 2014, 7.30pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Entrance court
Charges apply

Verdun: vision of history

Rare silent film screening with live accompaniment

Image: Hakim Bentchouala-Golobitch in a live piano accompaniment of Verdun: vision of history

Thursday 4 December 2014, 6.30pm

Duration 4 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Party: Icons of pop

Get amped up for our biggest, brightest event of the year

Image: Andy Warhol Triple Elvis 1963 (detail), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis. © Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Licensed by ARS/ Viscopy, Sydney

Saturday 6 December 2014, 8pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Entrance court
Charges apply

Art Club: Visions of a city

For children aged 9–12

Saturday 6, Sunday 7 December 2014
10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

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

Kids Club: Decorative dishes

For members’ children aged 5–8

Saturday 6, Sunday 7 December 2014
10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

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

Champagne and shopping

For members only

Image: iStockphoto.com

Wednesday 10 December 2014
Shopping 5 - 8pm
Champagne bar 5 - 7.30pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Function space
Free

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 (detail), about 1795, oil on canvas, 76.2 × 63.5cm. Photo: Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh.

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

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply