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Art appreciation lecture series 2018

The hidden language of art: symbol and allusion

From cave painting to contemporary video, artists in every culture use symbols and allegory to add meaning to their subject. But if we can’t decode these images, how can we understand the story behind them or the message the artist wishes to convey?

In 2018, the Art Gallery Society of NSW’s art appreciation lecture series will explore the visual clues behind some of the world’s great masterpieces: the mythologies of East and West, for example, that inspired painters from Titian to Anselm Kiefer and Grayson Perry; fabled Mughal gardens; the subtle gestures of Renaissance Madonnas; sacred geometry in Rome; Enigmatic Velázquez; Hogarth’s moral mazes; forgotten histories, personal secrets and coded connotations.

Over 36 weeks, in lectures by 32 distinguished curators and art historians, The hidden language of art will reach into the past to interpret elusive imagery that can still speak to the present. An unmissable series.


Art appreciation lecture series 2018

From cave painting to contemporary video, artists in every culture use symbols and allegory to add meaning to their subject. But if we can’t decode these images, how can we understand the story behind them or the message the artist wishes to convey?

In 2018, the Art Gallery Society of NSW’s art appreciation lecture series will explore the visual clues behind some of the world’s great masterpieces: the mythologies of East and West, for example, that inspired painters from Titian to Anselm Kiefer and Grayson Perry; fabled Mughal gardens; the subtle gestures of Renaissance Madonnas; sacred geometry in Rome; Enigmatic Velázquez; Hogarth’s moral mazes; forgotten histories, personal secrets and coded connotations.

Over 36 weeks, in lectures by 32 distinguished curators and art historians, The hidden language of art will reach into the past to interpret elusive imagery that can still speak to the present. An unmissable series.


For children aged 9-13

Our monthly Art Club classes will broaden your child’s knowledge of art and develop their artistic ability. With each class focusing on a medium and technique, they will also explore the Gallery and gather inspiration for their artwork.

Art Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 9-13 years

Our monthly Art Club classes will broaden your child’s knowledge of art and develop their artistic ability. With each class focusing on a medium and technique, they will also explore the Gallery and gather inspiration for their artwork.

Art Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 5–8

Our Kids Club monthly workshops aim to familiarise your children with the Gallery, introduce them to art, inspire their talents and have them create their own unique artworks. This includes engaging with the Gallery’s collection and visiting some special exhibitions.

Kids Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 5–8

Our Kids Club monthly workshops aim to familiarise your children with the Gallery, introduce them to art, inspire their talents and have them create their own unique artworks. This includes engaging with the Gallery’s collection and visiting some special exhibitions.

Kids Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 5–8

Our Kids Club monthly workshops aim to familiarise your children with the Gallery, introduce them to art, inspire their talents and have them create their own unique artworks. This includes engaging with the Gallery’s collection and visiting some special exhibitions.

Kids Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 9-13

Our monthly Art Club classes will broaden your child’s knowledge of art and develop their artistic ability. With each class focusing on a medium and technique, they will also explore the Gallery and gather inspiration for their artwork.

Art Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 9-13

Our monthly Art Club classes will broaden your child’s knowledge of art and develop their artistic ability. With each class focusing on a medium and technique, they will also explore the Gallery and gather inspiration for their artwork.

Art Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 9-13

Our monthly Art Club classes will broaden your child’s knowledge of art and develop their artistic ability. With each class focusing on a medium and technique, they will also explore the Gallery and gather inspiration for their artwork.

Art Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 5–8

Our Kids Club monthly workshops aim to familiarise your children with the Gallery, introduce them to art, inspire their talents and have them create their own unique artworks. This includes engaging with the Gallery’s collection and visiting some special exhibitions.

Kids Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 5–8

Our Kids Club monthly workshops aim to familiarise your children with the Gallery, introduce them to art, inspire their talents and have them create their own unique artworks. This includes engaging with the Gallery’s collection and visiting some special exhibitions.

Kids Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


For children aged 5–8

Our Kids Club monthly workshops aim to familiarise your children with the Gallery, introduce them to art, inspire their talents and have them create their own unique artworks. This includes engaging with the Gallery’s collection and visiting some special exhibitions.

Kids Club runs one weekend every month, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential. You will also need to register at the members lounge 15 minutes before your session starts.


Absolute beginners 2018 - Friday series

16 February 2018, 1.00pm

These one-day workshops are the place to learn new skills, brush up on old ones, try new materials and approaches, and experiment and explore in a friendly, supportive environment. Complete novices are welcome as well as those with some art experience.

Focusing on building basic, practical artmaking skills, this is the most comprehensive beginners program around. Each month students learn techniques specific to a medium, while also studying how other artists have used the medium in the past.



These one-day workshops are the place to learn new skills, brush up on old ones, try new materials and approaches, and experiment and explore in a friendly, supportive environment. Complete novices are welcome as well as those with some art experience.

Focusing on building basic, practical artmaking skills, this is the most comprehensive beginners program around. Each month students learn techniques specific to a medium, while also studying how other artists have used the medium in the past.



Resonate 2018

18 February 2018, 6.30pm

Concert series

Now in its 19th year, the Resonate concert series returns to the Gallery with another musical and visual feast to move and inspire you.

The entrance court and grand courts are the perfect environment for Resonate’s extraordinary blend of music and art. We know you’ll enjoy the experience.

With a new starting time of 6.30pm, the evening begins with a reception with light refreshments and a private viewing of an exhibition before the concert.

Doors open 6.30pm.
Concerts start 7.30pm.

*Subscription tickets available by phone (02 9225 1878) or in person at the members lounge, not online


Gallery Express 2018

21 February 2018, 10.00am

A bus tour of selected commercial galleries

Join your fellow members of the Art Gallery Society of NSW for a morning touring some of Sydney’s best commercial galleries.

View the latest exhibitions, with tours conducted by gallery owners and artists. Morning tea will be supplied.

All tours depart from the Art Gallery of NSW front steps. Some walking and climbing of stairs may be required.


Art essentials 2018

24 February 2018, 10.30am

Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

This program of monthly art projects focuses on a different medium each month. It is designed for those with some art experience; however, beginners are welcome to join.

Using a variety of approaches, techniques and subject matter, the workshops allow for experimentation as well as refreshing existing skills. Classes are structured initially using a step-by-step process to build confidence and demonstrate materials. As the day progresses, students are encouraged to broaden their approach to include a more personal interpretation of the subject, with assistance and guidance along the way.



Teenage Art Club

18 March 2018, 10.30am

A new series of monthly classes for young artists to explore and nurture their creativity. Looking at different artworks in the collection each month, we will gain inspiration through discussion, share ideas and techniques, then create our own individual work. With Art Club teacher Karen O’Connor, this is an ideal follow up for kids who have completed our Art Club program. Open to all teenagers aged 13 +.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell Australia


12 lectures



Join us once a month as guide Gitte Weise takes a small group of Young Members on walking tours to differing art precincts in and around Sydney’s vibrant suburbs. We'll finish at a local pub to relax and continue the conversation over a drink.


Join us on the first Wednesday of the month at the Gallery for our Young Members meetup. Explore the Gallery collection and share ideas with fellow art lovers over a drink, while enjoying the entertainment of Art After Hours.

Meet at the long tables outside the café on lower level 2.


Learn the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy from a modern master – Xueyi Bai. In this course you will learn basic fundamental techniques of brush control and ink flow, and learn to write some simple Chinese characters.

Calligraphy is traditionally said to be like meditation, quieting the heart and calming the mind by moving its Qi or energy in rhythm with the movement of the brush. Learn to use special tools- a soft Chinese brush, rice paper, ink stick and ink stone, to create delicate strokes and harmonious Chinese characters. Students will learn the basic movements of dots and strokes on rice paper, and will ultimately be guided to arrange these strokes into balanced, elegant characters. At the end of the course, you will have meaningful works of your own to take home and the technique and appreciation to make Chinese calligraphy an everyday skill that is a pleasure to perform, and delight to view.

It is recommended that you book for all four classes, however each class will revise from the previous lesson before introducing new material.


Vanished Kingdoms - Friday series

03 August 2018, 10.30am

Learning Curve mini series

In arguably one of the finest cinema pairings of the 20th century, a 19-year-old Lauren Bacall - in her screen debut – enchants Harry, played by Humphrey Bogart, an older, hardened, cynical heavy-drinking boat captain in occupied Vichy France. Both Marie and Harry are lost and yearning for a vanished kingdom of peace and hope. In 2018, we live in an apparently Manichean world of ‘Bigly Winners’ and ‘Sad Losers’, a completion between cultures that can only win or lose. But how do we define the success of a society? Longevity? Impact on other cultures? Join archaeologist Iain Shearer as we explore some of the lesser known cultures of antiquity and their often-unrecognised impact on our modern world: we are all the heirs to Vanished Kingdoms.

3 Aug - Sogdians, Tocharians, Kushans
24 Aug - Colchis, Lazica, Caucasian Iberia and Albania
31 Aug - Kazhars and the Jewish peoples of Central Asia

Includes lecture entry, lecture notes (if available), coffee during intermission

Series proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


Vanished Kingdoms - Saturday series

04 August 2018, 10.30am

“You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve? You just put your lips together, and blow.”
Lauren Bacall as Marie "Slim" Browning in ‘To Have and Have Not’ 1944

In arguably one of the finest cinema pairings of the 20th century, a 19-year-old Lauren Bacall - in her screen debut – enchants Harry, played by Humphrey Bogart, an older, hardened, cynical heavy-drinking boat captain in occupied Vichy France. Both Marie and Harry are lost and yearning for a vanished kingdom of peace and hope. In 2018, we live in an apparently Manichean world of ‘Bigly Winners’ and ‘Sad Losers’, a completion between cultures that can only win or lose. But how do we define the success of a society? Longevity? Impact on other cultures?

Join archaeologist Iain Shearer as we explore some of the lesser known cultures of antiquity and their often-unrecognised impact on our modern world: we are all the heirs to Vanished Kingdoms.


4 Aug - Sogdians, Tocharians, Kushans
25 Aug - Colchis, Lazica, Caucasian Iberia and Albania
1 Sept - Kazhars and the Jewish peoples of Central Asia

Includes lecture entry, lecture notes (if available), coffee during intermission

Series proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia




Led by artist Siena White, this workshop will explore the fundamental techniques of life drawing and is aimed at developed observational skills.

You will draw directly from a life model, who will be semi-clothed and posed in dialogue with sculptures in the Gallery.

All materials provided.



Xueyi will demonstrate and guide you to practice all eight basic strokes in one Chinese character- eternity. Learn other meaningful characters which will help you understand the changing of strokes relative to their surroundings in characters and learn how to sign your name onto your works.


New Members tour - August

23 August 2018, 2.30pm

To help you to make the best use of your membership and learn more about the Gallery, we would like to invite you to our new members’ welcome afternoon.

Hear from Art Gallery Society Executive Director Ron Ramsey before heading off on a guided tour of the Gallery's collection. After the tour join us for a coffee and a chat.

2.30pm – Welcome
2.45pm – Tour (approx. 45 mins)
3.30pm – Return for coffee and chat



This lecture will examine the legacy in literature, religion, warfare, and art of a series of states and kingdoms which flourished in the Caucasus Mountains for nearly 1000 years. Colchis is probably best known as the location of the Golden Fleece captured by Jason and the Argonauts and the home of Medea. Yet it was also a society that laid many of the foundations for the historical and modern states of the Caucasus. Lazica, Caucasian Iberia and Albania all developed around the beginning of the 1st millennium AD and each fundamentally linked Christianity to “ethnic identity” for many of the peoples of the Caucasus; a phenomenon still very much alive and well in 2018.


Spend the day drawing in the beautiful Old Courts of the Gallery. Working directly form works in the collection. Brenda will explain simple and fundamental principles of drawing from paintings and sculpture. A great opportunity to learn from the masters on display and examining the works closely.


This lecture will examine the legacy in literature, religion, warfare, and art of a series of states and kingdoms which flourished in the Caucasus Mountains for nearly 1000 years. Colchis is probably best known as the location of the Golden Fleece captured by Jason and the Argonauts and the home of Medea. Yet it was also a society that laid many of the foundations for the historical and modern states of the Caucasus. Lazica, Caucasian Iberia and Albania all developed around the beginning of the 1st millennium AD and each fundamentally linked Christianity to “ethnic identity” for many of the peoples of the Caucasus; a phenomenon still very much alive and well in 2018.


Likened to Alice’s Rabbit Hole, Ken Unsworth’s studio has been known to display all sorts of artistic ephemera - from theatrical, operatic and performance based installations to gravity defying and illusory sculptures.

Join the Young Members and expect the unexpected as we venture behind the scenes to the studio of one of Australia’s most iconic artists.

Drinks and light refreshments provided.




The Still Life has been a classic genre throughout art history. For this workshop we will create our own modern still life using contemporary food and objects. Bring in one of your favourite foods, and a fun object you’d like to draw, and together we will compose a lively still life to draw.
Using graphite and coloured pencil, we will focus on colour and tone, shadow and light.


Bus Tour: Manly Art Gallery

29 August 2018, 10.00am

John Russell and Belle Île: Euan Macleod and Luke Sciberras

After several years spent in the art circles of Montparnasse, John Russell and his Italian wife Marianna Mattiocco retreated to the island of Belle Île off the coast of Brittany, where he would realise some of his best paintings in the island’s dramatic coastlines and rough seas. Last year, artists and friends Euan Macleod and Luke Sciberras travelled to Belle Île together to pay homage to Russell and look anew at the landscape that the Australian-expat captured so vividly.

This exclusive tour brings together the work of these three Antipodean artists. Begin the day at the Art Gallery of NSW with a guided tour of 'John Russell: Australia’s French impressionist' before travelling by bus to Manly Art Gallery and Museum where Euan Macleod will be there to talk about the experience of making the works in their joint exhibition 'Belle Île: Euan Macleod and Luke Sciberras'.




Unlike Christianity and Islam, Judaism is the one Abrahamic religion to have rarely proselytised neighbouring peoples. Yet during the 8th-9th centuries AD, a predominately Turkic-speaking people, living on the southern steppes of modern Russia, apparently converted to Judaism - possibly to play off the Christian Byzantines and the Muslim Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates. But this polyglot Khazar state was by no means the first impact by Judaism and Jewish people on the cultural and political stage of Inner Eurasia.

This lecture will examine the 2500-year long history of the Jewish people in the region, from China to the Volga. Using the long-hidden medieval documents of Jewish communities in Afghanistan, the resilient and long-lived Jewish community of Bukhara, and the surprising love-affair of modern China for Jewish culture, we will explore this sadly vanishing kingdom of Central Asia.


With insects as our subject matter, we will create a detailed and delicate drypoint etching


With insects as our subject matter, we will create a detailed and delicate drypoint etching


We will look at paintings with houses and buildings and then make a cozy and sleepy night-time city scape


We will look at paintings with houses and buildings and then make a cozy and sleepy night-time city scape


We will look at paintings with houses and buildings and then make a cozy and sleepy night-time city scape


Unlike Christianity and Islam, Judaism is the one Abrahamic religion to have rarely proselytised neighbouring peoples. Yet during the 8th-9th centuries AD, a predominately Turkic-speaking people, living on the southern steppes of modern Russia, apparently converted to Judaism - possibly to play off the Christian Byzantines and the Muslim Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates. But this polyglot Khazar state was by no means the first impact by Judaism and Jewish people on the cultural and political stage of Inner Eurasia.

This lecture will examine the 2500-year long history of the Jewish people in the region, from China to the Volga. Using the long-hidden medieval documents of Jewish communities in Afghanistan, the resilient and long-lived Jewish community of Bukhara, and the surprising love-affair of modern China for Jewish culture, we will explore this sadly vanishing kingdom of Central Asia.


With insects as our subject matter, we will create a detailed and delicate drypoint etching


With insects as our subject matter, we will create a detailed and delicate drypoint etching


With insects as our subject matter, we will create a detailed and delicate drypoint etching


We will look at paintings with houses and buildings and then make a cozy and sleepy night-time city scape



We will look at paintings with houses and buildings and then make a cozy and sleepy night-time city scape


After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018', focusing on highlights in the Archibald plus selected key works in the Wynne and Sulman.

10.00am Meet for coffee in the members lounge (lower level 3)
10.30am Tour starts from the members lounge


Drawing fundamentals 2018 September

05 September 2018, 1.00pm

Join artist and arts educator Christine Simpson for this series of drawing classes. Christine will guide you through four stimulating and informative sessions investigating the development of hatching, grading and erasing as we draw various folded and draped inspirations throughout the gallery space. Whether you are beginning your drawing journey, or wishing to brush up on your drawing skills, Christine will guide each participant forward to find this a rewarding, hands on experience.

While we suggest booking all four classes, it is not essential, as each lesson focuses on a different technique. All materials provided.

5 Sept: Folded Surfaces II
12 Sept: Drapery and Folding to Reveal Form II
19 Sept: Developing Form using Various Drawing and Erasure Techniques II
26 Sept: Forms, Ellipses and Negative Spaces II








Join us on the first Wednesday of the month at the Gallery for our Young Members meetup. Explore the Gallery collection and share ideas with fellow art lovers over a drink, while enjoying the entertainment of Art After Hours.

This month, we are joined by Lisa Catt, Assistant Curator, International Art for a talk and tour on the Gallery’s current exhibition, ‘Spacemakers and roomshakers’.

Meet at the long tables outside the café on lower level 1.

The event is free but booking is required.






Design and create a unique artist’s journal using a simple binding technique with Jean Kropper. Jean will guide you through the process of planning your journal, cutting covers, folding papers accurately, piercing sections and binding. Selecting a cover from a range of leather and suede, you will build a journal using a selection of papers provided. You may bring your own specialty papers to include in your book.

All tools and equipment supplied. Art journals can be A5 or A4. A list of optional materials is given when registering. If you would prefer to use synthetic leather for your project, please advise when booking.

No experience necessary.



Enjoy a full day exploring the many facets of portrait drawing with popular artist and teacher Margaret Ackland. Margaret will share her insights and techniques of successful portrait drawing in this inspiring drawing workshop. The class begins in the old courts of the Gallery where students will draw directly from classical works on display. In the afternoon, you will draw from a live model.

Drawing materials and paper provided. You are welcome to bring your own materials if you prefer. Please note, only graphite is permitted in the gallery spaces.
This workshop is designed for students with drawing experience to further develop observational and drawing skills.

Margaret Ackland is represented in a range of national collections including Artbank, the Holmes a Court Collection and Deakin University. She won the Portia Geach Portrait Prize in 1988 and has been four times an Archibald finalist.


After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'John Russell: Australia’s French impressionist'.

10.00am Meet for coffee in the members lounge (lower level 3)
10.30am Tour starts from the members lounge


Drawing from sculpture is a centuries-old learning method for artists.

Explore the human form by completing studies of the wonderful classical sculptures in the Gallery's collection with Siena White.

Siena will teach you methods to break down the figure to basic shapes, before completing a more detailed study.

All materials provided.





Join Claudia Chan Shaw as she shares stories from her Australian Chinese family. From the Gold Rush, to the cosmopolitan metropolis of Shanghai in the 1930s; the struggles during China’s Cultural Revolution, to the world of high fashion from Sydney to New York. Claudia tells the stories of the women in her family and the legacies that come from determination and creativity.


Painting workshop: Looking at landscape

15 September 2018, 10.30am

In this workshop, Belynda Henry - 2016 Archibald Prize finalist and four-time Wynne Prize finalist - will share her approaches to painting the landscape.

Belynda will introduce you to simple gouache, watercolour and pastel techniques on paper, discuss compositions and colour combinations, and demonstrate simple ways to evoke colour, light and sense of place.

Using works in the Gallery's collection as a springboard for exploration and discussion, you'll experiment and interpret your own personal experience of landscape.

This workshop is designed for all levels of experience.

All materials provided. Please bring an apron. Lunch can be bought at the Gallery, or bring from home.


Peter Griffen weekend workshop - September 2018

15 September 2018, Weekend time - 9.30am

Join Peter Griffen in his studio for a weekend of hands-on experimental, abstract and semi-abstract painting.

On Friday at 11am, meet Peter in the members lounge at the Gallery with a discussion and tour of 'Playback Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2018'. This will finish at about 1pm.

On Saturday and Sunday, the workshop times at Peter's and Denise Lithgow's Leichhardt studio are 9.30am – 4pm. Morning tea, prepared on the premises, will be served, followed later by a gourmet lunch with wine.

Acrylic paint, brushes and acid-free cartridge paper are supplied. Bring your own brushes, paper and other materials to paint on (eg canvas) if you wish. Aprons are available or bring your own.


Why is light cast upon the sorrowful? Brahms’ Motet Op.74 opens with this question. And the answer unfolds during the rest of the program. Dwelling on emotions of sadness and longing, composers – particularly the so-called Romantics – have produced music that is at the same time movingly beautiful and uplifting. Between love songs by Monteverdi and Ravel’s luscious Chansons, the program includes Elgar’s ethereal choral arrangement of Nimrod (Enigma Variations) and Barber’s haunting vocal version of the Adagio for Strings. Founded in 2007 by organ virtuoso, Douglas Lawrence, the Australian Chamber Choir has toured in Australia and internationally to great acclaim.

This event will be held in the Grand courts.

6.30pm- Doors & exhibition viewing; 7.15pm - Concert

Note – this concert will now be starting at 7.15pm not 7.30pm as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services



Gallery Express 2018 - September tour

19 September 2018, 10.00am

Bus leaves at 10.00am, please allow time for early arrival
Includes tea & coffee
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues


New Members tour - September

19 September 2018, 5.15pm

To help you to make the best use of your membership and learn more about the Gallery, we would like to invite you to our new members’ welcome evening.

Hear from Art Gallery Society Executive Director Ron Ramsey before heading off on a guided tour of the Gallery's collection. After the tour join for a drink and a chat.

5:15pm – Welcome
5:30pm – Tour (approx. 45 mins)
6:15pm - Return for drink and chat



Elena Taylor, will examine the history of John Russell in the context of well-known Australian expatriates such as Tom Roberts, E. Phillips Fox, John Longstaff and Iso Rae in London and Paris during the 1880’s and how these relationships played a part in the globalisation of Impressionism during this period.

Elena Taylor is the Senior Curator of the University of New South Wales Art Collection and was the former Curator of Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, where she curated numerous exhibitions including 'Australian Impressionists in France: 1885–1915' (2013) and 'Brave New World: Australia 1930s'.



The annual Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship has assisted the careers of some of Australia’s most celebrated artists. The studio will play host to the young members and previous recipients of the scholarship, James Drinkwater, Mitch Cairns and Lucy O’Doherty as we celebrate 20 years since the scholarship was awarded. Artists will share with us the impact this prestigious art award has had on their artistic careers.


This month we explore the diverse qualities of ink. A favourite medium for artists throughout the ages, particularly throughout Asian art. Discover the incredible beauty and eloquence that ink can convey. Ink also lends itself to experimental techniques which will broaden your artistic language. You will be challenged and delighted at your results.


Many of the great names of modern art worked in the South of France - Picasso, Leger, Matisse, Renoir, Chagall, Bonnard, Van Gogh, Cezanne. Everywhere you look, there are places that have been painted by these artists, and a plethora of museums and studios. Many were attracted to the sparkling water and scenic villages with its relaxed and informal atmosphere. A sense of art community drew more artists into the area. Join Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis as they discuss this magical inspirational place.

Tea and coffee provided in the interval.


This month we explore the diverse qualities of ink. A favourite medium for artists throughout the ages, particularly throughout Asian art. Discover the incredible beauty and eloquence that ink can convey. Ink also lends itself to experimental techniques which will broaden your artistic language. You will be challenged and delighted at your results.


In this new series, journalists will select a favourite artwork from the Gallery’s collection. Discover how their experiences, travels and adventures around the world have shaped their outlook and how this perspective relates to their chosen artwork. Opening the series are two well renowned and highly respected Journalists - Joyce Morgan and Geraldine Doogue. Join us for this fascinating insight into art, travel and more.


Teenage Art Club: The selfie

23 September 2018, 10.30am

Looking at ourselves in a mirror and through our smart phones, we will create a fun take on the popular selfie!
Bring your phone, ipod or ipad if you have one.





Art essentials 2018 - Watercolour I

29 September 2018, 10.30am

A beautiful and popular medium, loved by artists for its lovely fluid transparency, fresh colour and immediacy. Using a range of different approaches, we will make bold and colourful still life studies of luscious fruit and vegetables. A wonderful day playing with colour shape and composition


Discover the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy from a modern master – Xueyi Bai. In this workshop, Xueyi will demonstrate a variety of styles, giving you a fundamental introduction to traditional brushwork. You will learn the traditional methods of holding the brush and how to control ink flow on special rice paper. From there, you’ll practice some strokes and learn to write simple Chinese characters.



The Wednesday lecture will now take place on 3 October, not 8 August as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.


Join us on the first Wednesday of the month at the Gallery for our Young Members meetup. Explore the Gallery collection and share ideas with fellow art lovers over a drink, while enjoying the entertainment of Art After Hours.

Meet at the long tables outside the café on lower level 2.



Young Members: Annual spring social

04 October 2018, 6.00pm

The Gallery’s Young Members are gathering once again for our annual spring social on the rooftop of East Village Hotel in Darlinghurst. Bring your friends and share ideas with fellow art lovers over a drink to celebrate the warmer weather and a wonderful year of art!

There’s no charge for the event, but you do have to buy your own drinks.





Resonate 2018 - 7. Emma Matthews

05 October 2018, 6.30pm

Australia’s pre-eminent soprano, Emma Matthews, accompanied by Kate Johnson, concludes the Resonate year with a sparkling concert of operatic jewels – with a touch of musical comedy thrown in! Featuring a stunning program by the masters of vocal writing, Emma will perform arias and art-songs by Faure, Schubert, Gounod, Bellini, Puccini, Strauss and many others, showcasing the versatility and beauty of her voice for which she is justly acclaimed. The perfect finale to our musical year.

This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services


For 10 years +

Learn some fundamental cartooning skills in this introductory workshop. Draw a range of fun cartoon faces, experiment with facial features to develop your own characters. The class will do some playful drawing exercises to gain skills and confidence. Visual inspiration will be provided.

Develop a character of your own to tell a story which will form a concertina book. You will be surprised what you can create! Beginners very welcome, no drawing experience needed. All materials provided.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell Australia


Let’s make a fun and meaningful self portraits with our pet or favourite animal, using ink and watercolour.


Let’s make a fun and meaningful self portraits with our pet or favourite animal, using ink and watercolour.


Let’s look at insects and small creatures and see how many we can draw on our page, using collage and pencils


Let’s look at insects and small creatures and see how many we can draw on our page, using collage and pencils


Let’s look at insects and small creatures and see how many we can draw on our page, using collage and pencils


Let’s make a fun and meaningful self portraits with our pet or favourite animal, using ink and watercolour.


Let’s make a fun and meaningful self portraits with our pet or favourite animal, using ink and watercolour.


Let’s make a fun and meaningful self portraits with our pet or favourite animal, using ink and watercolour.


Let’s look at insects and small creatures and see how many we can draw on our page, using collage and pencils


Let’s look at insects and small creatures and see how many we can draw on our page, using collage and pencils


Let’s look at insects and small creatures and see how many we can draw on our page, using collage and pencils


Join Origami artists Michael Clonaris and Midori Furze for this fun collaborative workshop designed for children and their grown ups. Working together, you will make a range of origami sculptures in a variety of different shapes. Animals, boats, gliders, and even a samurai helmet! Using traditional paper you will learn lots of great origami techniques and make a collection of colourful origami sculptures in different sizes and shapes to take home. All materials provided.

This collaborative workshop is designed for children aged 6+ with an adult.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell Australia


Join Origami artists Michael Clonaris and Midori Furze for this fun collaborative workshop designed for children and their grown ups. Working together, you will make a range of origami sculptures in a variety of different shapes. Animals, boats, gliders, and even a samurai helmet! Using traditional paper you will learn lots of great origami techniques and make a collection of colourful origami sculptures in different sizes and shapes to take home. All materials provided.

This collaborative workshop is designed for children aged 6+ with an adult.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell Australia


For 10 years +

Learn some fundamental cartooning skills in this introductory workshop. Draw a range of fun cartoon faces, experiment with facial features to develop your own characters. The class will do some playful drawing exercises to gain skills and confidence. Visual inspiration will be provided.

Develop a character of your own to tell a story which will form a concertina book. You will be surprised what you can create! Beginners very welcome, no drawing experience needed. All materials provided.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell Australia


After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'John Russell: Australia’s French impressionist'.

10.00am Meet for coffee in the members lounge (lower level 3)
10.30am Tour starts from the members lounge


Workshop: Creative origami

13 October 2018, 1.00pm

Origami experts Michael Clonaris and Midori Furze join forces for this creative origami workshop. From simple boxes to more complex designs, Michael and Midori will guide you step by step through many simple and intricate folds to create a myriad of treasures.
Using traditional paper discover the beauty of this ancient traditional craft. All materials provided.


Join us on Sunday 14 Oct for an exclusive viewing of the 'Masters of modern art from the Hermitage'.
Drinks and light refreshments can be purchased on the night.
5.15pm Doors open
5.30pm Curator’s talk
5.40pm Exhibition open for viewing
7.30pm Last access to exhibition
7.45pm Event concludes

This event is free but booking is required. Bring along your current membership card for entry.


Workshop: Floral embroidery – 3D Rose

14 October 2018, 10.30am

Textile artist and designer Margaret Daszkiewicz will teach how to embroider three dimensional roses that can be used to embellish garments, bags or any textile. You will be provided with a pattern, fabric, thread and embroidery hoop and instructions on how to do a French knot, bullion stitch, cast on stitch, stem stitch and fishbone stitch and then apply them to create roses and leaves. It’s an ideal workshop for anyone with basic experience in hand embroidery and would like to explore working with texture and dimension.

All materials provided


Led by artist Siena White, this workshop will explore the fundamental techniques of life drawing and is aimed at developed observational skills.

You will draw directly from a life model, who will be semi-clothed and posed in dialogue with sculptures in the Gallery.

All materials provided.


Gallery Express 2018 - October tour

17 October 2018, 10.00am

Bus leaves at 10.00am, please allow time for early arrival
Includes tea & coffee
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues




Construct your own painting working from a classic still life study. We will make thumb nail sketches while looking at composition and learning to see tonal relationships. You will learn about using different painting mediums and then create a simple still life in acrylic paint.


Construct your own painting working from a classic still life study. We will make thumb nail sketches while looking at composition and learning to see tonal relationships. You will learn about using different painting mediums and then create a simple still life in acrylic paint.




Come and explore the romantic manors, historic castles and spectacular landscapes of Ireland with Kenneth Park. Discover Ireland’s Gaelic culture and the history of art and architecture in this magnificent region and how cities such as Belfast are growing in confidence.


Art essentials 2018 - Watercolour II

27 October 2018, 10.30am

Continuing our watercolour journey, this class is an opportunity to continue the exploration of this colourful and seductive medium. You can work on themes explored in last month’s class, or start a new project. For those who did not attend the previous class, Brenda will take you through a range of techniques and a variety of different approaches using a still life study.


Family workshop: Grandparents day

28 October 2018, 1.30pm

Join us for a fun and creative afternoon workshop to celebrate National Grandparents Day. Kids team up with grandparents to create a collaborative artwork inspired by works in the collection.

Workshop includes a mini afternoon tea.

For children aged 5+ with a Grandparent or Grand-friend.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell Australia


Jazz at the Gallery: James Morrison

28 October 2018, 6.30pm

Back by popular demand, the James Morrison Quintet will return to the Gallery for an outstanding evening of jazz!

Cabaret style table seating of 10 will be in place for this concert, please advise of any seating preferences or groups when booking. Includes drinks and finger sandwiches on your table.

Doors open at 6.30pm. Concert commences at 7pm.

Proudly presented by Pat Corrigan and Aurecon.


Teenage Art Club: Contemporary collage

28 October 2018, 10.30am

Make a contemporary collage by building up your image using a combination of newspaper, coloured paper and pastels. Inspired by works in the collection, collect a variety of ideas and imagery to use in your own work.


After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'John Russell: Australia’s French impressionist'.

10.00am Meet for coffee in the members lounge (lower level 3)
10.30am Tour starts from the members lounge




With fun toys as our subject matter, we’ll make a fun and colourful painting on linen canvas board


With fun toys as our subject matter, we’ll make a fun and colourful painting on linen canvas board


Food is fun to eat, and fun to draw. Let’s create a smorgasbord of our favourite foods using pencils and watercolours


Food is fun to eat, and fun to draw. Let’s create a smorgasbord of our favourite foods using pencils and watercolours


Food is fun to eat, and fun to draw. Let’s create a smorgasbord of our favourite foods using pencils and watercolours


With fun toys as our subject matter, we’ll make a fun and colourful painting on linen canvas board


With fun toys as our subject matter, we’ll make a fun and colourful painting on linen canvas board


With fun toys as our subject matter, we’ll make a fun and colourful painting on linen canvas board


Food is fun to eat, and fun to draw. Let’s create a smorgasbord of our favourite foods using pencils and watercolours


Food is fun to eat, and fun to draw. Let’s create a smorgasbord of our favourite foods using pencils and watercolours


Food is fun to eat, and fun to draw. Let’s create a smorgasbord of our favourite foods using pencils and watercolours




Peter Griffen weekend workshop - November 2018

10 November 2018, Weekend time - 9.30am

Join Peter Griffen in his studio for a weekend of hands-on experimental, abstract and semi-abstract painting.

On Friday at 11am, meet Peter in the members lounge at the Gallery with a discussion and tour of 'Noŋgirrŋa Marawili: from my heart and mind', 'Melanesian art: redux', 'Tony Tuckson: the abstract sublime'. You are encouraged to sketch and/or take photographs to use as inspiration in the workshop. This will finish at about 1pm.

On Saturday and Sunday, the workshop times at Peter's and Denise Lithgow's Leichhardt studio are 9.30am – 4pm. Morning tea, prepared on the premises, will be served, followed later by a gourmet lunch with wine.

Acrylic paint, brushes and acid-free cartridge paper are supplied. Bring your own brushes, paper and other materials to paint on (eg canvas) if you wish. Aprons are available or bring your own.



Drawing from sculpture is a centuries-old learning method for artists.

Explore the human form by completing studies of the wonderful classical sculptures in the Gallery's collection with Siena White.

Siena will teach you methods to break down the figure to basic shapes, before completing a more detailed study.

All materials provided.




You will make your own design from a drawing of your choice and learn how to translate this into a black and white lino print series that can be hand coloured. You will be taught registration, plate preparation, how to safely and effectively cut the block. We will experiment using a range of papers, so that you can continue printing when you get home. Visual resources will be provided, but please bring some images of your own if you wish.


You will make your own design from a drawing of your choice and learn how to translate this into a black and white lino print series that can be hand coloured. You will be taught registration, plate preparation, how to safely and effectively cut the block. We will experiment using a range of papers, so that you can continue printing when you get home. Visual resources will be provided, but please bring some images of your own if you wish


Gallery Express 2018 - November tour

21 November 2018, 10.00am

Bus leaves at 10.00am, please allow time for early arrival
Includes tea & coffee
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues


*Please note that this lecture has been rescheduled from 2 May to 21 November


Art essentials 2018 - Ink

24 November 2018, 10.30am

Be inspired by a rich array of edible seafood ingredients. Construct a still life that defies its name and becomes a luscious, tempting exploration of life. Using black and coloured inks, brushes, nibs and bamboo pens, you will learn how to exploit ink’s fluid and atmospheric qualities to construct a still life designed to appeal to all the senses.


Gallery Express 2018 - December tour

05 December 2018, 10.00am

Bus leaves at 10.00am, please allow time for early arrival
Includes tea & coffee
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.


Decorate a ceramic platter with an intricate and colour design. Ideal for the festive season.