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Curator's talks: Passion and procession

Hear about the artists and the art

Image: Renato Habulan Andador 1 & 2 [Armature] 2014 (detail), on loan from Mr Edwin V Valencia

Wednesdays 5.30pm
4, 18, 25 October 2017

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Upper Asian gallery
Free

Make your own effigy

Free artist-led workshop with Marikit Santiago

Image: Marikit Santiago

Wednesdays 6-7.30pm
18-25 October 2017

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Function space
Free

Pinoy folk and experimental music

With Del Lumanta spinning the discs

Image: Del Lumanta

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 6pm

Duration 45 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Panel: Designing for humans

How design thinking can help us solve problems creatively

Image: Dresden mobile, a transportable, multi-use and adaptable workshop designed by Alexander Symes
Photo by Brett Boardman

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 6.30pm

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free, bookings required

Japanese Film Festival classics program 2017

Vision and subversion: the works of avant-garde filmmaker Seijun Suzuki

Image: Seijun Suzuki

1—25 October 2017
See listing for details

Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Live music: Various Asses

Experience bent trap rolls and percussive rhythms

Image: Various Asses

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

ReCollection: Eugène Delacroix

Hear from art historian Margaret MacNamidhe

Image: Eugène Delacroix Angelica and the wounded Medoro c1860 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales

Thursday 26 October 2017, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Robert Herbert: a tribute

Early films by the Gallery’s inaugural curator of film plus a documentary portrait

Image: Still from The celluloid domain

Saturday 28 October 2017, 2pm

Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Film screening: Girl in a mirror

A documentary portrait of Australian photographer Carol Jerrems

Image: Carol Jerrems Vale Street 1975 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Ken and Lance Jerrems

Sunday 29 October 2017
10.45am for 11am start

Duration 2 hours, 15 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free, bookings required

Auslan talk: Focused on photography

With Sue Wright and Sydney Deaf & HoH Photographers (SDHP)

Image: Sue Wright

Sunday 29 October 2017, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free, bookings recommended

Is art good for our mental health?

The Lancet Psychiatry Panel

Image: Patricia Piccinini The comforter 2010, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Patricia Piccinini

Sunday 29 October 2017, 2.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Celebrity talk: Clinton Walker

Bob and Patti and punk and me

Image: Robert Mapplethorpe Patti Smith 1978 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission

Wednesday 1 November 2017, 6.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Live music: Lucie Thorne

A tribute to Patti Smith

Image: Lucie Thorne

Wednesday 1 November 2017, 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

ReCollection: Ngupulya Pumani

Hear from curator Cara Pinchbeck

Image: Ngupulya Pumani Maku inmaku pakani 2014 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © the artist

Thursday 2 November 2017, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Drop in and draw: November

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Saturday 4 November 2017, 11am - 1pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Ground level
Free

Poetry Sydney 2017

Poetry readings at the Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Image: Brett Whiteley Studio

First Sunday of the month, 2pm
March - November 2017

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
Free

i-D presents Art After Hours

In association with ‘Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium’

Image: Mistress Tokyo

Wednesday 8 November 2017, 5-10pm

Free

Directors in conversation: Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age

With Michael Brand from the Gallery and Taco Dibbits from the Rijksmuesum

Image: Jan Bray The governors of the Guild of St Luke, Haarlem 1675 (detail), Rijksmuseum

Saturday 11 November 2017, 11am

Duration 45 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Artist talk: The matter of the masters

Hear Janet Laurence discuss her new work

Image: Janet Laurence The matter of the masters 2017 (detail of work in progress). Photo: Janet Laurence

Saturday 11 November 2017, 2pm

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

Free viewing for members

‘Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age’ plus ‘Robert Mapplethorpe’

Image: Rembrandt Portrait of Dr Ephraim Bueno (1599-1665) 1646–47 (detail), Rijksmuseum

Sunday 12 November 2017, 5.15pm
Monday 13 November 2017, 10am

Free

Art and dementia: Playful possibilities

Discussion and artmaking for people living with dementia

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

Thursday 16 November 2017, 10.30am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free, bookings required

Drop in and make: Things with wings

Free artmaking activity for families

Sundays 11am - 4pm
5, 19 November 2017

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Classical Sundays at the Studio 2017

Music recitals at the Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Image: Brett Whiteley Shankar 1966, gift of Mrs Graham Ducker 1971 © Wendy Whiteley

Third Sunday of the month, 2pm
March - November 2017

Duration 1 hour
Location: Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills
Free

Access tour and workshop: Art and experimentation

Free artist-led experience for adults with specific needs

Image: Laith McGregor Opal 2011 (detail) © Laith McGregor

Wednesday 22 November 2017, 11am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free, bookings required

Teacher salon: Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age

Professional learning for primary and secondary teachers

Image: Rembrandt Self-portrait as the apostle Paul 1661 (detail), Rijksmuseum, De Bruijn-van der Leeuw Bequest, Muri, Switzerland

Wednesday 22 November 2017, 5pm

Duration 2 hours
Free, bookings required

Kids Drawing Prize 2017 awards ceremony

For members and guests

Image: Eleanor Gibson, age 11 Chloe (detail), Kids Drawing Prize 2016 finalist

Sunday 26 November 2017, 10am

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Drop in and draw: Stop, smell and sketch the roses

A free artmaking activity for all ages

Image: Rachel Ruysch Still life with flowers on a marble tabletop 1716, Rijksmuseum, purchased with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt

Wednesdays 5.30-8.30pm
22, 29 November 2017

Duration 3 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

World AIDS Day forum: Art, strength and resilience

In association with 'Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium'

Image: Robert Mapplethorpe Self-portrait 1985 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission

Wednesday 29 November 2017, 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free

Concert: Choir of St James' King Street

Join us for a performance by one of Australia's foremost choirs

Image: The Choir of St James’

Wednesday 7.30pm
6, 13 December 2017

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Drop in and make: A Dutch Christmas

Free artmaking activity for kids of all ages

Image: Jan Abrahamsz Beerstraten View of the church of Sloten in winter c1660 (detail), Rijksmuseum, gift of SE Dribbel, Amsterdam

Sundays 11am – 4pm
3, 17 December 2017
Wednesdays 4.30–6.30pm
6, 13 December 2017

Location: Entrance court
Free

Mystery tour

A guided tour of a featured theme, artist or exhibition

Saturdays, Sundays 3pm
until 17 December 2017

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
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
until 22 December 2017

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Collection highlights tour

An introduction to selected highlights from the Gallery's collection

Daily 11am
until 22 December 2017

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Asian art guided tour

An introduction to Asian art highlights in the Gallery

Image: teamLab Flowers and People – Gold 2015 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © teamLab, courtesy Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney

Daily 12pm
until 22 December 2017

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 until 22 December 2017
Wednesdays 7.15pm until 13 December 2017

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

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Exhibition talks: Pat Brassington

Short talks by the curator, artists and experts

Image: Pat Brassington Drink me 1997 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Pat Brassington

Wednesdays 5.30pm
13 September, 11 October,
15 November, 29 November 2017,
10 January 2018

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Photography gallery
Free

Children’s access workshop: Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age

Free artmaking for children with specific needs, their families and carers

Image: Pieter de Ring Still life with golden goblet 1650–60 (detail), Rijksmuseum

Wednesday 17 January 2018, 11am

Duration 2 hours
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free, bookings required

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

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

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

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

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

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

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