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Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information, including hours

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Opening lecture: Nude

Hear from Emma Chambers of the Tate

Image: Pablo Picasso Nude woman in a red armchair (Femme nue dans un fauteuil rouge) 1932 (detail), oil paint on canvas, 129.9 × 97.2 cm, Tate: Purchased 1953 © Pablo Picasso/Succession Pablo Picasso. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney. Image: © Tate, London 2016

Saturday 5 November 2016, 11am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Free viewing for members

Nude: art from the Tate collection

Image: Frederic, Lord Leighton The bath of Psyche exhibited 1890 (detail), oil paint on canvas, 189.2 × 62.2 cm, Tate: Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1890. Image © Tate, London 2016

Sunday 6 November 2016, 5.15pm
Monday 7 November 2016, 10am

Location: Major exhibition gallery
Free

Eileen Kramer and Jean-Paul Bell in conversation

Hear about the power of the body and mind

Image: Eileen Kramer. Photo: Cybele Malinowski

Wednesday 16 November 2016, 6pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Dance and creative movement workshop

Take a masterclass with Eileen Kramer

Image: Eileen Kramer. Photo: Cybele Malinowski

Wednesday 16 November 2016, 7.30pm

Duration 45 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries
Free

Members party

You can leave your hat on

Image: Philip Wilson Steer Seated nude: the black hat c1900 (detail), oil paint on canvas, 50.8 × 40.6 cm, Tate: Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1941. Image © Tate, London 2016

Saturday 26 November 2016, 6.30pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Entrance court
Charges apply

Celebrity talks: From titillation to taboos

Exposing the human body

Image: Kelli Jean Drinkwater. Photo: Toby Burrows

Wednesdays 6.30pm
9-30 November 2016

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Live music: Stripped back

Enjoy acoustic sets from some favourite musicians

Image: Martha Marlow

Wednesdays 7.30pm
9-30 November 2016

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Lister live

Life drawing at Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary

Image: courtesy Anthony Lister

Thursday 1 December 2016, 6pm

Duration 2 hours
Charges apply

Talks: Up close with the nude

Artists and scholars discuss their favourite artworks in the exhibition

Image: Ben Quilty

Wednesdays 7.30pm
9 November – 7 December 2016

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Charges apply

Junkyard Beats and The Human Sound Project

Performance and workshop: Making music with the body

Image: Simon Jankelson of The Human Sound Project

Wednesday 14 December 2016, 7pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Talk: Up close with Julie

Julie Ewington on Rineke Dijkstra's 'Julie'

Image: Julie Ewington

Wednesday 14 December 2016, 7.30pm

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Major exhibition gallery
Free with exhibition entry

Draw Rodin’s ‘The kiss’

Get intimate with a masterpiece

Image: Auguste Rodin The kiss 1901-04, Pentelican marble, 182.2 × 121.9 × 153 cm, Tate: purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and public contributions 1953. Image © Tate, London 2016

Tuesday 8.45am, 6 December 2016
Thursdays 8.45am, 10 November, 8 December 2016, 12 January 2017

Duration 1 hour, 15 minutes
Location: Major exhibition gallery
Charges apply

Children’s access workshop: Strike a pose

Artmaking for children with specific needs, their families and carers

Image: Sir Joshua Reynolds James Maitland, 7th Earl of Lauderdale 1759-60 (detail), Art Gallery of NSW collection

Wednesday 18 January 2017, 11am

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

Art and dementia: The body

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: John Gibson Narcissus post 1829 (detail), Art Gallery of NSW collection

Thursday 19 January 2017, 10.30am

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

Coffee tour: Nude

For members and guests

Image: Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Two women (Zwei frauen) 1912 (detail), oil paint on canvas, 76.5 × 84.5 cm. Tate: Presented by the executors of Dr Rosa Schapire 1954 © Karl Schmidt-Rotluff/Bild-Kunst. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney. Image © Tate, London 2016

Tuesday 29 November, Tuesday 13 December 2016, Thursday 19 January 2017, 10.30am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Members lounge
Charges apply

Audio-description tour: Nude

For blind or vision-impaired visitors

Image: Pierre Bonnard The bath (Baignoire (Le bain)) 1925 (detail), oil paint on canvas, 86 × 120.6 cm, Tate: Presented by Lord Ivor Spencer Churchill through the Contemporary Art Society 1930 © Estate of Pierre Bonnard. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney. Image © Tate, London 2016

Thursday 8 December 2016, 11am
Friday 20 January 2017, 11am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free with exhibition entry

The history of (nude) performance: Barbara Cleveland

A participatory history of nudity in art

Image: Barbara Cleveland (Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Kelly Doley and Diana Smith) The history of performance 2015, live performance. Photo: Daegan Wells

Saturday 21 January 2017, 2pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art
Free

Nude live BOOKED OUT

Sydney Dance Company performs as part of Sydney Festival 2017

Photo: Peter Greig

7-10, 14-17, 21-24 January 2017, 6pm, 7.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Major exhibition gallery
Charges apply

Community access tour and workshop: Nude

For adults with specific needs

Image: William Etty Candaules, King of Lydia, shews his wife by stealth to Gyges, one of his ministers, as she goes to bed exhibited 1830 (detail), oil paint on canvas, 45.1 × 55.9 cm, Tate: Presented by Robert Vernon 1847. Image © Tate, London 2016

Tuesday 6 December 2016, 11am
Wednesday 25 January 2017, 11am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free with exhibition entry

Live music: Mr Percival

Summer evenings of sonic bliss

Image: Mr Percival

Wednesdays 7.30pm
4-25 January 2017

Duration 1 hour
Location: Entrance court
Free

Naked ideas

Thursday night philosophy sessions with The School of Life

Image: Lucian Freud Standing by the rags 1988–89 (detail), oil paint on canvas, 168.9 × 138.4 cm, Tate: Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund, the Friends of the Tate Gallery and anonymous donors 1990. © Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images. Image © Tate, London 2016

Thursdays 7-8.15pm
5-26 January 2017

Duration 1 hour, 15 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Drop in and make: The body

Free artmaking activity for families

Image: Bertram Mackennal Sappho c1909 (detail), Art Gallery of NSW collection

Mondays - Fridays 11am – 4pm
9-13, 16-20, 23-27 January 2017

Duration 5 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Nude at night

Exhibition open until 10pm plus events - all welcome

Thursdays, Fridays, 5-10pm
5-27 January 2017

Duration 5 hours

Workshop: Nearly nude

Life drawing with a difference

Image: Alfred Stevens Study of a kneeling boy bending a bow, for Dorchester House c1860 (detail), chalk on paper, 32.1 × 25.7 cm, Tate: Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1923. Image © Tate, London 2016

Fridays 5-9pm
6-27 January 2017

Duration 4 hours
Location: Entrance court
Free

Tours: The shock of the nude

Artists and thinkers lead tours of the exhibition

Image: Ron Mueck Wild man 2005 (detail), mixed media, 285 × 161.9 × 108 cm, Tate: Artist Rooms, acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008 © Ron Mueck. Photo: Tate/NPG Scotland, Marcus Leith. Image © Tate, London 2016

Thursdays and Fridays 6.30pm, 8.30pm
5-27 January 2017

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Major exhibition gallery
Free with exhibition entry

The nude: art, beauty and nakedness

Two lectures on the contradictions and controversies of the nude

Image: Henri Matisse Draped nude (Femme nue drapée) 1936 (detail), oil paint on canvas, 45.7 × 37.5 cm, Tate: Purchased 1959 © Succession H Matisse. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney. Image © Tate, London 2016

Saturday 28 January 2017, 2pm

Duration 1 hour, 45 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Film screening: Destination Arnold

A documentary on the power of the body

Image: Kylene Anderson

Sunday 29 January 2017, 11am

Duration 1 hour, 10 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Free, bookings required

Auslan tour: Nude with Sue Wright

For visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing

Image: Amedeo Modigliani Seated nude with necklace (Nu assis au collier) 1917 (detail), oil paint on canvas, 91.5 × 59.7 cm, The Lewis Collection

Wednesday 18 January 2017, 7.15pm
Sunday 29 January 2017, 1.30pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free with exhibition entry

Korean-language guided tour: Nude

한국어 안내 관람: 누드

Image: Herbert Draper The lament for Icarus exhibited 1898 (detail), oil paint on canvas, 182.9 × 155.6 cm, Tate: Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1898. Image © Tate, London 2016

Wednesdays 11am
9 November - 14 December 2016
4 January - 1 February 2017

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free with exhibition entry

Celebrity talks: Nude fictions

Writers read their own words inspired by the exhibition

Image: Benjamin Law

Wednesdays 6.30pm
4-25 January, 1 February 2017
18 January is Auslan interpreted

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Free

Art and dementia: Nude

For people living with dementia and their carers

Image: William Strang The temptation 1899 (detail), oil paint on canvas, 122 × 137.2 cm, Tate: Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1999. Image © Tate, London 2016

Thursday 2 February 2017, 10.30am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free with exhibition entry

Japanese-language guided tour: Nude

日本語ガイドツアー:ヌード展

Image: Herbert Draper The lament for Icarus exhibited 1898 (detail), oil paint on canvas, 182.9 × 155.6 cm, Tate: Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1898. Image © Tate, London 2016

Wednesdays, Saturdays 11am
9 November - 21 December 2016
7 January - 4 February 2017

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free with exhibition entry

Mandarin-language guided tour: Nude

普通話導覽:裸體

Image: Herbert Draper The lament for Icarus exhibited 1898 (detail), oil paint on canvas, 182.9 × 155.6 cm, Tate: Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1898. Image © Tate, London 2016

Saturdays 2pm
12 November - 17 December 2016
7-21 January, 4 February 2017

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free with exhibition entry

Cantonese-language guided tour: Nude

粵語導覽:裸體

Image: Herbert Draper The lament for Icarus exhibited 1898 (detail), oil paint on canvas, 182.9 × 155.6 cm, Tate: Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1898. Image © Tate, London 2016

Sundays 2pm
8-22 January, 5 February 2017

Duration 1 hour
Location: Ticketing and information desk
Free with exhibition entry

Guided tour: Nude

An introduction to highlights in the exhibition

Image: Herbert Draper The lament for Icarus exhibited 1898 (detail), oil paint on canvas, 182.9 × 155.6 cm, Tate: Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1898. Image © Tate, London 2016

Daily 11.30am, 2pm (except 22 Dec – 3 Jan)
Wednesdays 7.15pm (except 21, 28 Dec)
5 November 2016 – 5 February 2017

Duration 1 hour
Location: Major exhibition gallery
Free with exhibition entry

Film series: Nude and naked

Representations of nudity in cinema

Image: Still from Tarzan and his mate

Various Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays
9 November - 18 December 2016
4 January – 5 February 2017
See listing for details

Location: Domain Theatre
Free