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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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Saturday 8 July, 23 September 2017, 1pm

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

Drawing the collection 2017

With Jennifer Keeler-Milne

Image: Jennifer Keeler-Milne

Various weekends in 2017, 10am - 4pm
See listing for dates

Duration 6 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Kids workshop: Making masks

School holiday activity for children aged 5-8

Monday 25 September 2017, 10.30am

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

Kids workshop: It’s a masquerade

School holiday activity for children aged 9-12

Monday 25 September 2017, 1pm

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

Family workshop: Flowers and feathers

School holiday activity for children aged 5-8

Image: Unknown Artist Civil rank badge, 8th rank (Mandarin duck insignia) 1850-75 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales

Tuesday 26 September 2017, 10.30am

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

Scandals of Italian Renaissance dynasties

With Lorraine Kypiotis

Image: Andrea Mantegna The Court of Gonzaga 1465-74 (detail)

Wednesday 27 September 2017, 6pm

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Young Members: Spring social

Drinks on the rooftop of Darlinghurst's East Village Hotel

Thursday 28 September 2017, 6pm

Duration 2 hours
Free, bookings required

Private eye: Wrobel collection BOOKED OUT

For members and guests

Image: John Passmore Museum of Art

Saturday 30 September 2017, 1pm

Duration 2 hours
Charges apply

Lister live II

Life drawing with artist Anthony Lister at Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary

Image: courtesy Anthony Lister

Thursday 5 October 2017, 6pm

Duration 2 hours
Charges apply

Coffee tour: Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2017 BOOKED OUT

For members and guests

Image: Andrew Lloyd Greensmith The inner stillness of Eileen Kramer (detail), Archibald Prize 2017 finalist

Tuesdays 10am
1, 15 August, 5 September, 10 October 2017

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

Creative drawing workshop: Focus

With Catherine Hickson

Image: Charles Meere Australian beach pattern 1940 (detail) © Charles Meere Estate. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.

Wednesday 11 October 2017, 6.30pm

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

Portrait drawing: Face off II

With Mike Barnard

Image: courtesy Mike Barnard

Saturday 14 October 2017, 1pm

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

The travel sketchbook BOOKED OUT

With Sheila Posner

Image: Detail from Sheila Posner sketchbook

Sunday 15 October 2017, 10.30am, 2pm

Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)

Study day: Victorian watercolours

Ambition and splendour: watercolours from 1830s to 1900

Image: Edward Angelo Goodall Interior of the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, Cairo 1880 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales

Saturday 21 October 2017, 10.15am

Duration 3 hours, 15 minutes
Charges apply

Workshop: Shape, line and colour

With Celia Gullett

Image: Cressida Campbell Kitchen utensils (detail) 1993 © Cressida Campbell. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Sunday 22 October 2017, 10am

Duration 6 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Peter Griffen workshops 2017

Weekend painting workshops at the artist's studio

Various Fridays-Sundays in 2017
See listing for details

Charges apply

Drawing workshop: Face and hands

With Juliet Holmes a Court

Image: courtesy Juliet Holmes a Court

Sunday 29 October 2017, 10am

Duration 6 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)
Charges apply

Jazz at the Gallery

James Morrison Quintet

Image: James Morrison

Sunday 29 October 2017, 7pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Entrance court
Charges apply

Author talk and book signing: Whiteley on trial

With Gabriella Coslovich

Image: Brett Whiteley Self portrait in the studio 1976 (detail) © Wendy Whiteley

Friday 10 November 2017, 2pm

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Art and away

Sculpture in the Vineyards

Image: Tobias Bennett Rearing horse 2017 (detail)

Saturday 11 November 2017, 7.45am

Duration 10 hours, 45 minutes
Charges apply

Painting workshop: Looking at landscape

With Belynda Henry

Image: courtesy Belynda Henry

Sunday 1 October, 10.30am
Saturday 11 November, 10.30am
Sunday 12 November 2017, 10.30am

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

Armchair travel: Greece, Cyprus and Turkey

With Judy Roberts

Image: Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey

Thursday 16 November 2017, 10.30am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Charges apply

Art appreciation lecture series 2017

Site specific: the power of place

Image: John Singer Sargent Claude Monet painting by the edge of a wood 1885 (detail), oil paint on canvas, 54 × 64.8 cm. Tate collection

Various Wednesdays 6pm and Thursdays 1pm
1 February - 16 November 2017
See listing for dates

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Armchair travel: Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan

With Liz Gibson

Image: Narikala Castle in Tbilisi, Georgia

Saturday 18 November 2017, 10.30am

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Charges apply

Absolute beginners 2017

Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

Various Fridays and Saturdays in 2017, 1pm
See listing for dates

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

Resonate 2017

Concert series

Image: Elena Kats-Chernin and Tamara-Anna Cislowska, courtesy the artists

Various dates in 2017, 7pm

Duration 3 hours
Charges apply

Art essentials 2017

Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

Various Saturdays in 2017, 10.30am
See listing for details

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

Tall tales

Giants of 18th-21st century literature

Image: Henry Wallis Dr Johnson (1709–84) at Cave’s the Publisher 1854 (detail), oil on canvas, private collection / Bridgeman Images

Various Fridays and Saturdays 10.30am
18 August - 25 November 2017
See listing for dates

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre
Charges apply

Members party

The Dutch golden age

Image: Judith Leyster The jolly drinker 1629 (detail), Rijksmuseum, purchased with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt

Saturday 25 November 2017, 6.30pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Entrance court
Charges apply

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

Jazz at the Gallery

The Divine One: a tribute to Sarah Vaughan

Image: Dan Barnett

Sunday 26 November 2017, 7pm

Duration 3 hours
Location: Entrance court
Charges apply

Gallery Express 2017

A bus tour of selected commercial galleries

Various Wednesdays in 2017
See listing for details

Duration 3 hours
Location: Front of the Gallery
Charges apply

Coffee tour: Robert Mapplethorpe

For members and guests

Image: Robert Mapplethorpe Tulips 1978 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission

Tuesday 21 November, Thursday 7 December 2017, 10am

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

Art Club 2017

For children aged 9-13

Various Saturdays and Sundays in 2017
10.30am, 1pm and 3pm
See listing for details

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

Kids Club 2017

For children aged 5–8

Various Saturdays and Sundays in 2017
10.30am, 1pm, 3pm
See listing for details

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

Coffee tour: Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age

For members and guests

Image: Abraham Mignon Still life with fruit, oysters, and a porcelain bowl 1660–79 (detail), Rijksmuseum, purchased with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt

Tuesday 28 November, Thursday 14 December 2017, 10am

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

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