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Art Gab

Monthly chats exploring artworks and ideas

Like art and like talking about it? Enjoy meeting people who share your interest in art?

Join us on the first Wednesday of every month at 7.15pm for a relaxed, intimate and engaging discussion on select artworks from the collection.

Facilitated by visual art experts at the Gallery, each month we’ll get up close and personal with an artwork and bring it to life with discussions on a range of related topics, including history, film, politics and literature. The aim of Art Gab is to bring like-minded people together to look at artworks in-depth and exchange ideas.

Drawing on the Gallery’s diverse collection, Art Gab is for people who are interested in all areas of art. No need to be an art expert, just curious.

With a maximum of 15 people, bookings are essential. Please book a place in advance – it’s free!

First Wednesday of every month (except January)

Free, bookings required

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1740

Free, bookings required

Duration 1 hour
Location: Information desk

Cy Twombly, ‘Three studies from the Temeraire’ (1998–99) SOLD OUT

For the first month we look at the famous drips and calligraphic brushstrokes of Cy Twombly. View work in the collection


Wednesday 4 July 2012 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Janet Laurence, ‘The memory of nature’ (2010–12)

This month, we look at Janet Laurence’s carefully preserved plants, taxidermied owls and burnt bones. View work in the collection


Wednesday 1 August 2012 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Francis Bacon, ‘Study for self-portrait’ (1976)

In anticipation of the coming exhibition Francis Bacon: five decades, we consider how Francis Bacon treated the age-old artistic subject of the human figure at a time when most painters had turned to abstraction. View work in the collection


Wednesday 5 September 2012 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Fiona Hall, ‘Cash crop’ (1998)

Join us for a discussion of Fiona Hall’s carefully carved soap sculptures and their relationship to ideas of sustainability and to our own classification systems. View work in the collection


Wednesday 3 October 2012 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Roy Kennedy, ‘Mission boy dreams’ (2006)

This month we talk about the depictions of Indigenous artist Roy Kennedy’s bittersweet memories of growing up on a mission in rural NSW. View work in the collection


Wednesday 7 November 2012 7:15pm – 8:15pm

François Sallé, ‘The anatomy class at the Ecole des Beaux Arts’ (1888)

Given the presence of Francis Bacon’s ‘bodies’ in the Gallery, join us for a discussion of French artist François Sallé's 19th century representations of the human body. View work in the collection


Wednesday 5 December 2012 7:15pm – 8:15pm