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Member events

With more than 400 events during the year, there’s something for everyone.

Some events are exclusive to members; for others, members pay a discounted price.

Bookings are required for most events, and can be made online or by phone, mail or in person.
Note: Tickets will not be held without prepayment.

Select an event to see details, including prices and booking details.

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The influence of France

Film, fashion and food

Image: Damien Pignolet

Saturdays 7, 14, 21 July 2018, 11am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Young Members: Art gallery walking tours

Visit Woollahra galleries

Saturday 21 July 2018, 1.00pm

Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes
Charges apply

Free viewing for members

John Russell: Australia’s French Impressionist

Image: John Russell In the afternoon 1891

Sunday 22 July 2018, 5.15pm
Monday 23 July 2018, 2.30pm

Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery
Free, bookings required

Wednesday 25 July 2018, 1pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Young Members: Art Gallery of NSW storage facility tour

Behind the scenes

Image: Photo by Natalie Matar

Thursday 26 July 2018, 6pm

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Charges apply

Young Members: Meetup

Art and conversations

Image: photo by Sherie Anderson

Wednesday 1 August 2018, 6pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Cafe foyer
Free, bookings recommended

Armchair travel: From Homer to Caravaggio

With Dr Christopher Allen

Image: Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Sicily

Saturday 11 August 2018, 10.30am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Charges apply

Saturday 11 August 2018, 10.30am

Duration 5 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Special lecture: Whither Russia?

Identity and change in the late 19th and early 20th century

Image: Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia.

Saturday 11 August 2018, 12.30pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Charges apply

Young Members: Behind the scenes

Pat Corrigan collection

Image: Pat Corrigan with a photo in his collection by Harold Cazneaux

Thursday 16 August 2018, 6.30pm

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Charges apply

Funky felting workshop

With Denise Lithgow

Image: courtesy Denise Lithgow

Saturday 12 May, Sunday 19 August 2018, 10.30am

Duration 5 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Jazz at the Gallery

Emma Pask meets the Dan Barnett Big Band

Image: Dan Barnett and Emma Pask

Sunday 19 August 2018, 6.30pm

Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court
Charges apply

Archibald 2018 high tea

Special event at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Yvette Coppersmith Self-portrait, after George Lambert

Tuesday 21 August 2018, 2pm

Duration 2 hours
Charges apply

Introduction to the art of Chinese calligraphy

With Xueyi Bai

Image: courtesy Xueyi Bai

Thursdays 2, 9, 16, 23 August 2018, 10am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Bus tour: Manly Art Gallery

View 'Belle Île: Euan Macleod and Luke Sciberras'

Image: Euan Macleod Needles 2017 (detail)

Wednesday 29 August 2018, 10am

Duration 5 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Vanished kingdoms

Exploring the impact on our modern world

Image: Claude Lorrain Seaport with the Embarkation of St. Ursula 1641 (detail) National Gallery, London, UK / Bridgeman Images

Various Fridays and Saturdays 10.30am
3 August - 1 September 2018
See listing for dates

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Coffee tour: Archibald Prize 2018

For members and guests

Image: Stephanie Monteith The letter – I really wanted to paint Germaine Greer, but she said 'no’ (self-portrait) (detail), Archibald Prize 2018 finalist

Tuesday 29 May, 12 June, 4 September 2018, 10am
Thursday 5 July, 2 August 2018, 10am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Drawing workshop: The portrait

With Margaret Ackland

Sundays 22 July, 9 September 2018, 10.30am

Duration 5 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Peter Griffen weekend painting workshop

At the artists studio

Image: Peter Griffen’s studio

Friday 14 September 2018, 11am - 1pm
Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 September 2018, 9.30am - 4pm

Charges apply

Drawing fundamentals

With Christine Simpson

Wednesdays 5 to 26 September 2018, 1pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Resonate 2018

Concert series

Image: John Bell and Simon Tedeschi

Various dates in 2018, 6.30pm
See listing for details

Duration 3 hours
Charges apply

Drawing from the figure

With Siena White

Various Wednesdays 6.30pm
14 March - 17 October 2018
See listing for details

Duration 2 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Teenage Art Club

For ages 13+

Various Sundays in 2018
10.30am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Coffee tour: John Russell

For members and guests

Image: John Russell Peonies and head of a woman c1887 (detail) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Tuesday 21 August, 11 September, 30 October 2018, 10am
Thursday 11 October 2018, 10am

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Peter Griffen weekend painting workshop

At the artists studio

Image: Peter Griffen’s studio

Friday 9 November 2018, 11am - 1pm
Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 November 2018, 9.30am - 4pm

Charges apply

Drawing from sculpture

With Siena White

Various Wednesdays 6.30pm
17 January - 14 November 2018
See listing for details

Duration 2 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Absolute beginners 2018

Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

Various Fridays and Saturdays in 2018, 1pm
See listing for details

Duration 3 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Art appreciation lecture series 2018

The hidden language of art: symbol and allusion

Image: Francois Boucher The Rape of Europa c1732–34 (detail) oil on canvas, Wallace Collection, London, UK / Bridgeman Images

Various Wednesdays 6pm and Thursdays, 1pm
31 January - 15 November 2018
See listing for details

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Art essentials 2018

Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

Various Saturdays in 2018, 10.30am
See listing for details

Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Gallery Express 2018

A bus tour of selected commercial galleries

Various Wednesdays in 2018
See listing for details

Duration 3 hours
Location: Front of the Gallery
Charges apply

Art Club 2018

For children aged 9–13

Various Saturdays and Sundays in 2018
10.30am, 1pm and 3pm
See listing for details

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Kids Club 2018

For children aged 5–8

Various Saturdays and Sundays in 2018
10.30am, 1pm, 3pm
See listing for details

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Art Gallery Society of NSW