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Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

In line with decisions made by the National Cabinet as communicated by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is currently closed but will reopen to the public on 1 June. The Gallery will be observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of all visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the State. More information


Ancient treasures: Objects of desire with Iain Shearer

Ancient treasures: Objects of desire with Iain Shearer

In this series archaeologist Iain Shearer will examine six different desires: Lust, Dignity, Power, Curiosity, Peace and War. Each lecture is illustrated by ancient treasures from across the world: the stories of the objects, the people who made them, covet them, and what they symbolised in the past – and why people still desire them today.

9 Tracks
01 Lust part 1
02 Lust part 2
03 Dignity
04 Power
05 Curiosity part 1
06 Curiosity part 2
07 Peace part 1
08 Peace part 2
09 War