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Exhibition talk: Mikala Dwyer

Hear from the artist and curator

Image: Mikala Dwyer The letterbox Marys 2015-17, installation detail at the Art Gallery of New South Wales © Mikala Dwyer

Wednesday 24 January 2018, 5.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Exhibition talks: Glen Mackie and Daniel O’Shane

Discover contemporary art from the Torres Strait Islands

Image: Daniel O’Shane Auka Metkar Goweh (Plenty pelican) 2013 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Daniel O’Shane

Wednesdays 5.30pm
10, 24 January 2018

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Yiribana Gallery
Free

Drop in and make: Collars, cuffs and caps

Free artmaking activity for families

Image: Karel Dujardin Self-portrait 1662 (detail), Rijksmuseum

Mondays-Fridays 11am – 4pm
8-26 January 2018

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Auslan tour: Something living

For visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing

Image: Dana Schutz Breastfeeding 2015, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Dana Schut

Sunday 28 January 2018, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free, bookings recommended

The Bear Pack: Dutch masters

Improvised storytelling to leave you in stitches

Image: The Bear Pack

Wednesdays 6.30pm
10-31 January 2018

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Live music: The Morrisons

Our resident band this January

Image: The Morrisons

Wednesdays 8pm
10-31 January 2018

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

ReCollection: Philip Guston

Hear from curator Justin Paton

Image: Philip Guston East Tenth 1977 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © The Estate of Philip Guston

Thursday 1 February 2018, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Drop in and draw: February

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Saturday 3 February 2018, 11am – 1pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Grand Courts
Free

Film screening: The life world BOOKED OUT

An intimate portrait of artist Janet Laurence

Image: Janet Laurence Photo by Brett Boardman

Sunday 4 February 2018
10.45am for 11am start

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free, bookings required

Film series: Lost New York

Chronicles of a metropolis from the 1970s and 80s

Image: Still from Gloria

Wednesdays 2pm & 7.15pm, Sundays 2pm
8 November - 17 December 2017
10 January – 4 February 2018
Saturdays 2pm, 18 & 25 November, 13 & 20 January
with 1.30pm talks, 18 November, 13 & 20 January

Location: Domain Theatre
Free

ReCollection: Sara Hughes

Hear from conservator Carolyn Murphy

Image: Sara Hughes Torpedo 2008, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Sara Hughes

Thursday 8 February 2018, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Access workshop: The art of still life

Free artist-led experience for adults with specific needs

Image: Laurens Craen Still life with imaginary view c1645-c1650 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales

Friday 9 February 2018, 11am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free, bookings required

In conversation with the director of the Musée de Cluny

Celebrating the opening day of 'The lady and the unicorn' exhibition

Image: Hearing c1500 (detail) from the series The lady and the unicorn – Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris. Photo © RMN-GP / Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge / M Urtado

Saturday 10 February 2018, 2.30pm

Duration 45 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Pattern play

Free activity for all ages during Gallery opening hours

Image: Sara Hughes Torpedo 2008 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Sara Hughes

Daily during Gallery opening hours
from 26 August 2017

Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Talk: Janet Laurence and Petria Noble

A conversation about Rembrandt, alchemy and conservation

Image: Janet Laurence The matter of masters, installation view detail with reproduced details of Rembrandt’s Portrait of Dr Ephraim Bueno (1599-1665) 1646–47 from the Rijksmuseum

Wednesday 14 February 2018, 5.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art
Free

Conversations with James Valentine

Love and other mysteries of the Dutch golden age

Image: James Valentine

Wednesdays 6.30pm
7, 14 February 2018

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Live music: Microwave Jenny

Pop, folk and love

Image: Microwave Jenny

Wednesdays 7.30pm
7, 14 February 2018

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

ReCollection: Jessica Stockholder

Hear from curator Lisa Catt

Image: Jessica Stockholder Two frames 2007, installation view, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Jessica Stockholder. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY

Thursday 15 February 2018, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Auspicious symbols tour in English

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Saturday 17 February 2018, 11am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Saturday 17 February 2018, 1-3pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Function space
Free

Celebrity talk: William Yang

A slideshow performance by the artist

Image: William Yang Peter Tully, Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 1981 (detail) © William Yang

Wednesday 21 February 2018, 6.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Live music: CODA

An uplifting musical journey

Image: Four of the members of CODA. Photo by Paul Gosney.

Wednesday 21 February 2018, 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

ReCollection: Edward John Poynter

Hear from art historian Ekaterina Heath

Image: Sir Edward John Poynter The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon 1890, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Thursday 22 February 2018, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Auspicious symbols tour in Cantonese

如意吉祥粵語導覽

Saturday 24 February 2018, 11am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Auspicious symbols tour in Mandarin

如意吉祥普通話導覽

Saturday 24 February 2018, 11am, 1pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Traditional Chinese tea ceremony

With live Chinese music

Sunday 25 February 2018, 12-2pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Free viewing for members

The lady and the unicorn

Image: Sight c1500 (detail) from the series The lady and the unicorn, Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris. Photo © RMN-GP / Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge / M Urtado

Sunday 11, 25 February 2018, 5.15pm
Monday 12 February 2018, 8.30am

Location: Upper Asian gallery
Free

Queer Art After Hours 2018

The Gallery goes queer in a celebration of LGBTQI art and performance!

Wednesday 28 February 2018, 5-10pm

Duration 5 hours
Free

Drop in and draw: March

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Saturday 3 March 2018, 11am - 1pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Drop in and draw

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Saturdays 11am - 1pm
2 April, 7 May, 4 June 2016

Duration 2 hours
Free

Drop in and make: Paper pups

Free artmaking activity for families

Sundays 11am-3.30pm
4, 18 February and 4 March 2018

Duration 4 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Exhibition talk: ARTEXPRESS 2018

Hear from the curator

Image: Kaitlin Smith, St Joseph’s Regional College Dead in the water: shelving the plans for the Great Barrier Reef (detail), ARTEXPRESS 2018

Wednesday 7 March 2018, 5.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

In conversation: ARTEXPRESS 2018

Yumi Stynes speaks to the next generation of artists

Image: Maddison Grounds, Woolooware High School Ties (detail), ARTEXPRESS 2018

Wednesday 7 March, 6.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Art Gallery Society Annual General Meeting

Membership, events and business

Wednesday 21 March 2018, 7.15pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free, bookings required

Drop in and make: In bold type

Free artmaking activity for families

Sundays 11am-3.30pm
18 March, 1 April 2018

Duration 4 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Drop in and draw: April

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Saturday 7 April 2018, 11am - 1pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art
Free

Drop in and make: Weave your magic

Free artmaking activity for families

Sunday-Friday 11am-3.30pm
15-20 April 2018

Duration 4 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Drop in and make: Rainbows and unicorns

Free artmaking activity for families

Monday-Friday 11am-3.30pm
23-27 April 2018

Duration 4 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Film series: Cinema ’68

A globetrotting snapshot of a year that shook the world

Image: Still from Lucía

Wednesdays 2pm & 7.15pm, Sundays 2pm
28 February - 6 May 2018

Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Drop in and make: Gorgeous garlands

Free artmaking activity for families

Sundays 11am-3.30pm
6, 20 May 2018

Duration 4 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Art Lab

Professional learning for primary teachers

Tuesday 21 August 2018, 9.30am

Duration 5 hours, 30 minutes
Free, bookings required

Lightbox flowers

Free activity for all ages during Gallery opening hours

Image: Bundi School Vasant ragini c1770 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales

Daily during Gallery opening hours
from 19 December 2017

Location: Lower Asian gallery
Free

Aboriginal art guided tour

An introduction to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection

Image: Cornelia Tipuamantumirri Winga (Tidal movement, waves) 2012 © Cornelia Tipuamantumirri

Daily 10.30am
except 23 December 2017 - 4 February 2018

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Asian art guided tour

An introduction to Asian art highlights in the Gallery

Image: Utagawa Kunisada/Toyokuni III and Hiroshige Andō/Utagawa Garden in snow (Yuki no niwa) 1854 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales

Daily 12pm
except 23 December 2017 - 4 February 2018

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Australian collection guided tour

An introduction to selected highlights from the Australian collection

Image: Margaret Preston Implement blue 1927 © Margaret Rose Preston Estate

Daily 2pm, until 22 December 2017, resumes 5 February 2018
Daily 1pm, 2 January - 4 February 2018

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Tuesdays 11am (except January, last 2 weeks of December and public holidays)
Last 2017 tour: 12 December
First 2018 tour: 6 February

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Collection highlights tour

An introduction to selected highlights from the Gallery's collection

Daily 11am
except 23 December 2017 - 1 January 2018

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Contemporary art guided tour

An introduction to contemporary art highlights in the Gallery

Image: Richard Serra Plate pole prop 1969, 1983 (detail) © Richard Serra. ARS / Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Daily 1pm, except 23 December 2017 - 4 February 2018
Wednesdays 7.15pm, except 20 December 2017 - 31 January 2018

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Japanese-language guided tour

日本語ツアー

Fridays 11am (except January, last 2 weeks of December and public holidays)
Last 2017 tour: 15 December
First 2018 tour: 2 February

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Korean-language guided tour

한국어 안내 투어

Fridays 11am (except January, last 2 weeks of December and public holidays)
Last 2017 tour: 15 December
First 2018 tour: 2 February

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Thursdays 11am (except January, last 2 weeks of December, public holidays)
Last 2017 tour: 14 December
First 2018 tour: 1 February

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Mystery tour

A guided tour of a featured theme, artist or exhibition

Saturdays, Sundays 3pm
except 23 December 2017 - 4 February 2018

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free