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Australian Symbolism exhibition talk

for Open Weekend 2012

Image: Mildred Lovett Vase with pastoral design of dancing figures by Sydney Long 1909 © Estate of Mildred Lovett

Saturday 12 May 2012, 11.00am

Duration 25 minutes
Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery
Free

Contemporary Tiwi art talk

with artists Pedro Wonaeamirri, Dymphna Kerinauia, Raelene Kerinauia and Brian Farmer Illortaminni

Image: Yiribana Gallery of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art

Saturday 12 May 2012, 11.00am

Duration 25 minutes
Location: Yiribana Gallery
Free

Mandarin language Australian art tour

A guided introduction to the Australian collection, in Mandarin

Image: Charles Conder Departure of the Orient – Circular Quay 1888 (detail)

Saturday 12 May 2012, 11.00am

Duration 25 minutes
Location: Information desk
Free

Live music with Warren Fahey and the Larrikins

Yarns, bush poetry and songs

Saturday 12 May 2012, 1.00pm

Duration 25 minutes
Location: 19th c Australian art
Free

The history of colonial Sydney

Writer, Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally (image courtesy of Random House)

Saturday 12 May 2012, 2.00pm

Duration 25 minutes
Location: 19th c Australian art
Free

Aboriginal art tour

A guided introduction to the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander collection

Saturday 12 May 2012, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Information desk
Free

Archibald Prize 2012 tour

Including the Wynne & Sulman Prizes

Image: Tim Storrier The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch), winner Archibald Prize 2012 (detail) View full work

Saturday 12 May, 1.30pm

Tours also available:
Monday–Friday 12pm, 1pm & 3pm
Wednesdays 7.15pm
2 April – 3 June 2012

Duration 1 hour
Location: Major exhibition gallery
Free with exhibition entry

Saturday 12 May 2012, 12pm & 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Cafe
Free

Australian stories told through music

Richard Gill, artistic director, Victorian Opera

Richard Gill (photo: Jeff Busby)

Saturday 12 May 2012, 3.00pm

Duration 25 minutes
Location: 19th c Australian art
Free

Printmaking workshop – Australian art

Make your own Australian print inspired by Margaret Preston

Image: Margaret Preston Gum blossoms (1928) woodcut © Margaret Rose Preston Estate

Saturday 12 May 2012, 10am–4pm

Duration 6 hours
Location: Function space
Free

Designing the Australian galleries

Architect Richard Johnson and acting director, Anne Flanagan

Richard Johnson & Anne Flanagan

Saturday 12 May 2012, 4.00pm

Duration 25 minutes
Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art
Free

Australian artists and curator panel

Janet Laurence, Imants Tillers and Rosemary Laing in conversation with Wayne Tunnicliffe

Image: Wayne Tunnicliffe, head of Australian art

Saturday 12 May 2012, 6.00pm

Duration 25 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Music by Wes Carr

Australian singer/songwriter

Saturday 12 May 2012, 7.00pm

Duration 25 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Music in the ArtBar with Roger Lock and Josh Hill

A unique collaboration of percussion and guitar

Image: Josh Hill & Roger Lock

Saturday 12 May 2012, 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Cafe
Free

Interactive storytelling: Australian art

With Open Stage Productions

Image: Monique Dykstra and Daniel Cordeaux, Open Stage Productions

Sat 12 & Sun 13 May 2012, 11am

Duration 25 minutes
Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art
Free

Welcome to Open Weekend 2012

By acting director Anne Flanagan

Anne Flanagan

Sat 12 & Sun May 2012, 11.30am

Duration 20 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Motherhood tour

A special tour for Mothers’ Day

Image: Arthur Murch The idle hour 1933 © AGNSW

Sunday 13 May 2012, 11.00am

Duration 1 hour
Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art
Free

Australian symbolism audio-described tour

For people with visual impairment

Image: Sydney Long Spirit of the plains 1897 (detail) Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. Gift of William Howard-Smith in memory of his grandfather Ormond Charles Smith 1940 © Estate of Sydney Long. Courtesy Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia

Sunday 13 May 2012, 12.30pm

Duration 25 minutes
Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery
Free

Magic, mime and illusion

With the Etcetera Duo

Image: The Etcetera Duo in front of Ugo Rondinone clockwork for oracles 2011 (detail) © Ugo Rondinone

Sat 12 & Sun 13 May 2012, 12.30pm

Duration 25 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

The life and work of Brett Whiteley

With Wendy Whiteley

Wendy Whiteley

Sunday 13 May 2012, 12.30pm

Duration 25 minutes
Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art
Free

Vox pop workshop

Record your own Australian story

Image: Sidney Nolan First-class marksman 1946 Purchased with funds provided by the Gleeson O’Keefe Foundation 2010 © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust

Sat 12 & Sun 13 May 2012, 12pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: 19th c Australian art
Free

Sunday 13 May 2012, 1.00pm

Duration 25 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Saturday 12 May 2012, 2.30pm
Sunday 13 May 2012, 2.00pm


Location: Study room
Free

Interactive character tour: Gert by Sea

A lively tour of the Australian galleries

Image: Crystal Hegedis as Gert by Sea, in front of Charles Meere Australian beach pattern 1940 © Charles Meere Estate

Sat 12 & Sun 13 May 2012, 2pm

Duration 25 minutes
Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art
Free

Stories from Sydney

Delia Falconer, author

Sunday 13 May 2012, 2.00pm

Duration 25 minutes
Location: 19th c Australian art
Free

Music in the ArtBar with The Falls

Singer/songwriter duo

Image: Melinda Kirwin & Simon Rudston-Brown, The Falls

Sunday 13 May 2012, 12pm & 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Cafe
Free

Cantonese language Australian art tour

A guided introduction to the Australian collection, in Cantonese

Image: Charles Conder Departure of the Orient – Circular Quay 1888 (detail)

Sunday 13 May 2012, 2.30pm

Duration 25 minutes
Location: Information desk
Free

Music in the members lounge

Celebrating Australian art

Image: Left: Bridie King; Right: Roger Lock

Saturday 12 May 2012, 4pm & 6pm
Sunday 13 May 2012, 12pm & 2pm


Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Free

Australian art Open Weekend talks

Expert insights into the collection

Image: Grace Cossington Smith The curve of the bridge 1928–29 Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales and James Fairfax AO 1991 © Estate of Grace Cossington Smith; James Angus Bugatti Type 35 2006 Purchased with funds provided by Andrew Cameron, the Contemporary Collection Benefactors’ and the Rudy Komon Memorial Fund 2006 © James Angus, Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May 2012, various times


Free

Australian modernist photography talk

Judy Annear, senior curator of photographs

Harold Cazneaux Sydney Bridge c1934 Gift of the Cazneaux family 1975

Sunday 13 May 2012, 3.00pm

Duration 25 minutes
Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art
Free

‘Leg Spiral’ and the rise of performance art in Australia

Mike Parr, artist

Mike Parr Integration 3 (Leg spiral) 1975, printed 2001 (detail) Gift of the artist 2001 © Mike Parr

Sunday 13 May 2012, 3.30pm

Duration 25 minutes
Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art
Free

Live music with The Rescue Ships

Brian Campeau and Elana Stone

Image: Elana Stone and Brian Campeau, The Rescue Ships

Saturday 12 May 2012, 3pm & 4.30pm (Cafe)
Sunday 13 May 2012, 4pm (Entrance court)


Location: Cafe
Free

Music by Holly Throsby

Australian singer/songwriter

CANCELLED due to ill health

Duration 25 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Kelp weaving workshop

With artist Vicki West

Image: Vicki West

Sat 12 & Sun 13 May 2012, 2.30–4.30pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre foyer
Free

Outsiders in Australian Cinema film series

Celebrating the the newly reopened Australian galleries

Image: Night cries, Dir: Tracey Moffatt

Wednesdays 2pm & 7.15pm, Sundays 2pm
13 May – 24 June 2012

Special extra screenings:
Sat 12 May 2012, 2pm
Wed 23 & Sun 27 May 2012, 12pm


Location: Domain Theatre
Free