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ReCollection: Brett Whiteley

Hear from Brett Whiteley Studio coordinator Alec George

Image: Brett Whiteley The balcony 2 1975 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Wendy Whiteley

Thursday 1 June 2017, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Panel: Fame and fortune - sustaining your artistic practice BOOKED OUT

How can artists achieve their career goals?

Image: Abdul Abdullah Be happy 2016 (detail), made with the assistance of DGTMB Art Embroidery. Courtesy the artist, Fehily Contemporary and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Photo: Document Photography

Saturday 3 June 2017, 10am

Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free, bookings required

Drop in and draw: June

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Saturday 3 June 2017, 11am - 1pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Lower level 2
Free

Community access tour and workshop: The National 2017

For adults with specific needs

Image: Creating art in an access workshop at the Gallery

Tuesday 2 May 2017, 11am
Wednesday 7 June 2017, 11am

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

Wednesdays 6.30pm
15-29 March, 24 May - 7 June 2017

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Live music: Jazz by the Ben Hauptmann Trio

With special guests

Image: Ben Hauptmann

Wednesdays 7.30pm
24-31 May & 7 June 2017

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Audio-description tour: Sidney Nolan

For blind or vision-impaired visitors

Image: Sidney Nolan Hare in trap 1946 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Art Library

Thursday 8 June 2017, 11am

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

ReCollection: David Stephenson

Hear from artist Todd McMillan

Image: David Stephenson The ice no.5 1991-92 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © David Stephenson

Thursday 8 June 2017, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture 2017: David Wenham

Part of the Sydney Film Festival 2017

Image: David Wenham

Monday 12 June 2017, 4pm

Duration 1 hour, 15 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre
Free, bookings required

Art Lab

Professional learning for primary teachers

Wednesday 14 June 2017, 9.30am

Duration 5 hours, 30 minutes
Free, bookings required

Exhibition talks: David Stephenson

Short talks by the artist and other experts

Image: David Stephenson The ice no.5 1991-92 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © David Stephenson

Wednesdays 5.30pm
10 & 24 May, 14 June 2017

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

Art and dementia: Glorious

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Unknown artist Chuba with dragon design 1700s (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales

Thursday 15 June 2017, 10.30am

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

ReCollection: George Pinwell

Hear from conservator Analiese Treacy

Image: George Pinwell A seat in St James’s Park 1869 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales

Thursday 15 June 2017, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Talks: It was about opening the very notion that there was a particular perspective

Curated by artist Alex Martinis Roe for The National 2017

Image: Alex Martinis Roe It was about opening the very notion that there was a particular perspective 2015–17, detail of source image courtesy and © Meredith Burgmann

Saturdays 29 April, 27 May, 17 June 2017
See listing for details

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Drop in and make: Forms, structures, space and paper

Free artmaking activity for families

Sundays 11am - 4pm
4, 18 June 2017

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Suffragette City: Sydney, feminism and film

Part of the Sydney Film Festival 2017

Sunday 18 June 2017, 1pm

Duration 1 hour, 15 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre
Free, bookings required

Panel: Brave new cities

How technology and data are disrupting the delivery of infrastructure

Wednesday 21 June 2017, 6.30pm

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

ReCollection: Tom Roberts

Hear from curator Margot Riley

Image: Tom Roberts The Golden Fleece (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales

Thursday 22 June 2017, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Auslan tour: Passion and procession

With Todd Wright for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing

Image: Rodel Tapaya Adda Manok Mo, Pedro? 2015-16, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Rodel Tapaya

Sunday 25 June 2017, 1.30pm

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

Conversations: Changing courses

By artist Keg de Souza for The National 2017

Image: Keg de Souza Appetite for Construction 2016 (detail), installation view, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Contemporary Art Gallery © the artist. Photo: Trasi Jang

Wednesdays 26 April, 24 May, 28 June 2017
See listing for details

Free, bookings required

Exhibition talks: The National 2017

Get to know the artists and their work

Image: Khaled Sabsabi Guerrilla 2016 (detail). Courtesy the artist and Art Gallery of New South Wales © the artist

Wednesdays 5.30pm
5-26 April, 14-28 June 2017

Free

Social sounds

Come make some noise with Junkyard Beats and The Human Sound Project

Wednesdays 7pm
14-28 June 2017

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

ReCollection: Philippine textile

Hear from artist Alwin Reamillo

Image: Back-strap loom with section of blanket (owes) 1900s (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales

Thursday 29 June 2017, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Drop in and draw: July

Free artmaking activity for all ages

Saturday 1 July 2017, 11am - 1pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Lower Asian gallery
Free

Free viewing for members

O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: making modernism

Sunday 2 July 2017 , 5.15pm
Monday 3 July 2017, 10am

Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery
Free

Children’s access workshop: Sentient lands

Artmaking for children with specific needs, their families and carers

Thursday 6 July 2017, 11am

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

Live music: Leah Flanagan

Enjoy the sound of contemporary folk and alternative soul

Image: Leah Flanagan

Wednesdays 7.30pm
5, 12 July 2017

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

ReCollection: Albert Tucker

Hear from curator Leanne Santoro

Image: Albert Tucker The intruder 1964 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Barbara Tucker

Thursday 13 July 2017, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Performance salon: It was about opening the very notion that there was a particular perspective

By artist Alex Martinis Roe for The National 2017

Image: Alex Martinis Roe It was about opening the very notion that there was a particular perspective 2015-17 (detail of video still). Courtesy and © the artist

Saturday 15 July 2017, 2pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free, bookings required

Contemporary art guided tour: The National 2017

An introduction to the exhibition

Image: Tiger Yaltangki Doctor Who 2016 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © the artist, courtesy Iwantja Arts

Daily 1pm, Wednesdays 7.15pm
30 March - 16 July 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Art and dementia: Victorian watercolours

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Nicholas Chevalier Cape Girão, Madeira c1895 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales

Thursday 20 July 2017, 10.30am

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

ReCollection: Japanese screen

Hear from curator Melanie Eastburn

Image: Merrymaking in the Yoshiwara mid 1600s (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales

Thursday 20 July 2017, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Access tour and workshop: Passion and procession

For adults with specific needs

Image: Creating art in an access workshop at the Gallery

Friday 21 July 2017, 11am

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

ReCollection: Sidney Nolan

Hear from conservator Paula Dredge

Image: Sidney Nolan Luna Park 1941 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © the Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust. Bridgeman Art Library

Thursday 27 July 2017, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Film screening: Putuparri and the rainmakers

A documentary on the sacred relationship between people and place

Image: Tom 'Putuparri’ Lawford

Sunday 30 July 2017
10.45am for 11am start

Duration 2 hours, 15 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre
Free, bookings required

Auslan tour: Sidney Nolan

For visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing

Image: Sidney Nolan Central Australia 1950 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © AGNSW

Sunday 30 July 2017, 1.30pm

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

Free viewing for members

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2017

Image: Nicholas Harding Peter Weiss AO (detail), Archibald Prize 2016 finalist

Sunday 30 July 2017, 5.15pm
Monday 31 July 2017, 10am

Location: Major exhibition gallery
Free

Teacher salon: Archibald and O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith

Professional learning for primary and secondary teachers

Image: Nick Stathopoulos Deng, People’s Choice 2016 winner, and sitter Deng Adut

Wednesday 2 August 2017, 5pm

Duration 2 hours
Free, bookings required

Drop in and draw: August

Free artmaking activity for families

Saturday 5 August 2017, 11am - 1pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Grand Courts
Free

Fools’ Gold poetry performance

Bringing poetry and art together

Image: Grace Crowley Abstract painting 1950 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Reproduced with permission of Grace Crowley Estate

Saturday 5 August 2017, 11am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

ReCollection: Adam Pynacker

Hear from public programs manager Josephine Touma

Image: Adam Pynacker Landscape with enraged ox 1665-70, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Thursday 10 August 2017, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Art and dementia: Portraits in the collection

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: Tom Roberts Portrait of Florence c1898 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales

Thursday 17 August 2017, 10.30am

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

ReCollection: Edward Henry Corbould

Hear from curator Peter Raissis

Image: Edward Henry Corbould The magic mirror 1953 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales

Thursday 17 August 2017, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Drop in and make: Nolan and Ned

Free artmaking activity for families

Image: Sidney Nolan The camp 1946 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © the Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust. Bridgeman Art Library

11am - 4pm
Saturday 22 April 2017
Sundays 6, 20 August 2017

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

ReCollection: Arthur Streeton

Hear from Shireen Huda

Image: Arthur Streeton The railway station, Redfern 1893 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales

Thursday 24 August 2017, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Access tour and workshop: Portraiture and identity

For adults with specific needs

Image: Creating art in an access workshop at the Gallery

Friday 25 August 2017, 11am

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

Spectacular still lifes

How to create artistic arrangements

Image: A Seasonal Concepts arrangement

Wednesdays 7pm
16-30 August 2017

Duration 45 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

ReCollection: Rodel Tapaya

Hear from curator Matt Cox

Image: Rodel Tapaya Adda Manok Mo, Pedro? (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Rodel Tapaya

Thursday 31 August 2017, 12pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Film series: Straight-laced and scandalous

Stories from the Victorian era

Image: Still from The age of innocence

Wednesdays 2pm & 7.15pm, Sundays 2pm
21 June – 10 September 2017

Location: Domain Theatre
Free

Sydney Asian Art Series 2017

Beyond the studio: contexts for Asian art

Image: Vivan Sundaram Bourgeois Family: Mirror Frieze 2001 (detail) digital photomontage

9 March – 19 October 2017
See listing for details

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Free, bookings required

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

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

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), Collection Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, De Bruijn-van der Leeuw Bequest, Muri, Switzerland

Wednesday 22 November 2017, 5pm

Duration 2 hours
Free, bookings required

Make your own poetic blossom

Free activity for all ages during Gallery opening hours

Daily during Gallery opening hours
from 27 May 2017

Duration 7 hours
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

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

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

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Tuesdays 11am (except January, last 2 weeks of December and public holidays)

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Collection highlights tour

An introduction to selected highlights from the Gallery's collection

Daily 11am

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
Wednesdays 7.15pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Japanese-language guided tour

日本語による美術鑑賞ツアー

Fridays 11am (except January, last 2 weeks of December and public holidays)

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)

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Thursdays 11am (except January, last 2 weeks of December, public holidays)

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free

Mystery tour

A guided tour of a featured theme, artist or exhibition

Saturdays 3pm
Sundays 3pm (from 2 July 2017)

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free