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High tea Old to new luxury: gilded age to experience culture

Photo: Edward Malindine © Bridgeman Images

Royal Ascot 1935, photo: Edward Malindine, courtesy Bridgeman Images

Enjoy a sumptuous champagne high tea in the newly refurbished Members Lounge, plus hear from Peter McNeil as he presents a lecture exploring luxury in a myriad of forms from the Hollywood stars to the late Queen Mother, and everything in between.

Peter McNeil, Distinguished Professor and award-winning design historian at the University of Technology Sydney, will explore luxury and its historic connection with sin, to contemporary society with luxury permeating all aspects of our lives. Explore the world of luxury brands, to the cult of privacy, and ‘experience’ culture. Can luxury transcend intrinsic value? How does it relate to art and design?

High tea Old to new luxury: gilded age to experience culture

Tuesday 5 July 2022
Various times

Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes

Domain Theatre

Art Gallery of NSW

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$115 non-member
$95 member

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

The lecture will be presented in the Domain Theatre at 12.30–1.30pm. Select either the morning high tea at 11am or the afternoon high tea at 2pm.

Transaction terms and conditions, including cancellations and refunds

If purchasing tickets on behalf of other attendees, the ticket purchaser is responsible for communicating all correspondence from the Art Gallery Society of NSW to those attendees.

Bookings are not transferrable between morning and afternoon sessions.

  • Tuesday 5 July 2022 11am–1.30pm

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  • Tuesday 5 July 2022 12.30–3pm

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