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After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age

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


With Siena White

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.


For members and guests

After coffee, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age: masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum'.

10am Meet for coffee in the members lounge
10.30am Tour starts from the members lounge


Summer concert: Brett Brown

21 January 2018, 6.30pm

To sleep perchance to dream

Following the sell-out success of 'Postcards' in the 2017 Resonate series, award-winning Australian actor and baritone Brett Brown returns to the Art Gallery of NSW to premiere his classical-cabaret 'To sleep perchance to dream'. He will once again be accompanied by pianist Glenn Amer and violinist Judy Hellmers.

Dream with Brett through the mysteries of the night from the sublime to the surreal. See visions of Vivaldi’s vengeance, spectres of Saint-Saens’ spirits and treasures of Tchaikovsky’s trances.

Brett is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, and has performed with Opera Australia, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe and in plays and musicals in London’s West End and theatre festivals around the world.

Doors open 6.30pm
Concert starts 7.00pm
*Note - there is no exhibition viewing with this concert

The concert will feature cabaret seating. Please advise of any seating preferences or groups when booking.



For members and guests

After coffee, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age: masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum'.

10am Meet for coffee in the members lounge
10.30am Tour starts from the members lounge


Behind the scenes: Artbank

24 January 2018, 3.30pm

Visit one of the largest collections of contemporary Australian art

Go behind the scenes of Artbank, home to one of the largest collections of contemporary Australian art in the world, including works by some of the finest Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists working in the last four decades.

Hear from the Artbank curatorial team during a private tour of the 2018 NSW Visual Artist Fellowship Exhibition and be inspired by the work of the visual artists featured within.


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.



Term 1 - 12 lectures
Subscription pass will be posted with lecture dates
Proudly sponsored by RESIMAC


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.


Art Club kicks off the New Year by celebrating The Chinese Year of the Dog. To generate some good luck vibes we will be making a dog sculpture from clay


Art Club kicks off the New Year by celebrating The Chinese Year of the Dog. To generate some good luck vibes we will be making a dog sculpture from clay


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.


Kids Club kicks off the New Year by celebrating The Chinese Year of the Dog. To generate some good luck vibes we will be making a dog sculpture from clay


Kids Club kicks off the New Year by celebrating The Chinese Year of the Dog. To generate some good luck vibes we will be making a dog sculpture from clay



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.


Art Club kicks off the New Year by celebrating The Chinese Year of the Dog. To generate some good luck vibes we will be making a dog sculpture from clay


Art Club kicks off the New Year by celebrating The Chinese Year of the Dog. To generate some good luck vibes we will be making a dog sculpture from clay


Art Club kicks off the New Year by celebrating The Chinese Year of the Dog. To generate some good luck vibes we will be making a dog sculpture from clay


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.



Kids Club kicks off the New Year by celebrating The Chinese Year of the Dog. To generate some good luck vibes we will be making a dog sculpture from clay


Kids Club kicks off the New Year by celebrating The Chinese Year of the Dog. To generate some good luck vibes we will be making a dog sculpture from clay




Henry Lawson

10 February 2018, 1.00pm

Paul Brunton discusses Australia’s most famous writer

Emeritus Curator of the State Library of NSW Paul Brunton presents this fascinating talk on the celebrated Australian writer Henry Lawson, using the Gallery’s portrait by John Longstaff as his starting point.


With Siena White

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.




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.



Explore basic shapes and forms using the humble pencil. Discover the versatility of graphite in both pencil and stick form. We will start with a variety of different marks to build up a drawing vocabulary. Break down complex forms into simple shapes. By applying your increasing sensitivity to line, tone, texture and composition, we build both skills and confidence, while searching for ways to interpret our subject.


Explore basic shapes and forms using the humble pencil. Discover the versatility of graphite in both pencil and stick form. We will start with a variety of different marks to build up a drawing vocabulary. Break down complex forms into simple shapes. By applying your increasing sensitivity to line, tone, texture and composition, we build both skills and confidence, while searching for ways to interpret our subject.


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


Resonate 2018 - 1. Omega Ensemble

18 February 2018, 6.30pm

The Omega Ensemble presents the Australian premiere of New Zealand composer, Ben Hoadley’s chamber opera Miss Brill. From the short story by Katherine Mansfield, with a libretto by Craig Brush, the opera reveals a day in the life of a lonely spinster, Miss Brill, living in a seaside town in provincial France in the 1920s, her love of music and fragile determination to remain optimistic despite the harshness of the world around her. Along with music by Glinka and Beethoven this will be a memorable night of varied musical styles.

This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services


Issues of gender and sexual identity are an intrinsic aspect of every age and culture. Art is often the arena in which such issues are articulated, debated and challenged. In this guided tour, artist and curator Dr David Sequeira highlights a range of gay and lesbian themes raised by some of the world’s most important artists and art movements.

Ticket includes entry to the exhibition 'Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium'.


Issues of gender and sexual identity are an intrinsic aspect of every age and culture. Art is often the arena in which such issues are articulated, debated and challenged. In this guided tour, artist and curator Dr David Sequeira highlights a range of gay and lesbian themes raised by some of the world’s most important artists and art movements.

Ticket includes entry to the exhibition 'Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium'.


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.


Gallery Express 2018 - February tour

21 February 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




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.



Art essentials 2018 - Graphite

24 February 2018, 10.30am

Explore the versatility of the humble pencil. Experiment with a wide range of mark making possibilities using pencils and graphite sticks and add creative diversity to your drawing practice. We will exploit mark making, texture and pattern while playing around with composition, structure and rhythm. A fun day to play and experiment.


With Sheila Posner

In this workshop, seasoned traveller and artist Sheila Posner will introduce you to the concept of the travel sketchbook as a fun and spontaneous way of recording images and experiences.

Starting with a theme of interiors, you will experiment with water-based pens and watercolour, using line, wash and words to enhance your drawings.

Sheila will show examples of her sketchbooks then demonstrate the use of materials before you embark on your own sketchbook pages.

Bring a watercolour sketchbook (A5 or smaller is ideal). All other materials and references provided.


The travel sketchbook - morning workshop

25 February 2018, 10.30am

With Sheila Posner

In this workshop, seasoned traveller and artist Sheila Posner will introduce you to the concept of the travel sketchbook as a fun and spontaneous way of recording images and experiences.

Starting with a theme of interiors, you will experiment with water-based pens and watercolour, using line, wash and words to enhance your drawings.

Sheila will show examples of her sketchbooks then demonstrate the use of materials before you embark on your own sketchbook pages.

Bring a watercolour sketchbook (A5 or smaller is ideal). All other materials and references provided.




Using scratch-foam we will create a detailed design based on the intricate shapes of a pomegranate and print it on a tote bag


Using scratch-foam we will create a detailed design based on the intricate shapes of a pomegranate and print it on a tote bag.


Let’s dive deep into the ocean and create a wild and washy watery under world scene.


Let’s dive deep into the ocean and create a wild and washy watery under world scene.


Let’s dive deep into the ocean and create a wild and washy watery under world scene


Using scratch-foam we will create a detailed design based on the intricate shapes of a pomegranate and print it on a tote bag.


Using scratch-foam we will create a detailed design based on the intricate shapes of a pomegranate and print it on a tote bag.


Using scratch-foam we will create a detailed design based on the intricate shapes of a pomegranate and print it on a tote bag.


Let’s dive deep into the ocean and create a wild and washy watery under world scene.


Let’s dive deep into the ocean and create a wild and washy watery under world scene.


Let’s dive deep into the ocean and create a wild and washy watery under world scene






This month we continue to explore and experiment with graphite. We will work on simple exercises to build up your vocabulary of mark making, paying attention to line, tone, texture and composition. Build on skills and confidence while searching for ways to interpret our subject. A great class to learn some important drawing fundamentals. While this is a continuation of last month’s lesson, it is also a stand alone class and not essential to book into both.


This month we continue to explore and experiment with graphite. We will work on simple exercises to build up your vocabulary of mark making, paying attention to line, tone, texture and composition. Build on skills and confidence while searching for ways to interpret our subject. A great class to learn some important drawing fundamentals. While this is a continuation of last month’s lesson, it is also a stand alone class and not essential to book into both.


Gallery Express 2018 - March tour

21 March 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




Art essentials 2018 - Charcoal

24 March 2018, 10.30am

Charcoal is the perfect medium to explore depth and tone we make a tonal gradation scale and explore simple techniques useful to the medium. We look at the way other artists have used this medium before embarking on our own composition in response to the artists we have studied today


Resonate 2018 - 2. Bandaluzia

25 March 2018, 6.30pm

Bandaluzia is an acclaimed modern flamenco ensemble led by ARIA nominated guitarist, Damian Wright. Their powerful performances, unique sound and explosive displays of dazzling musicianship and virtuosity have made them a great success at festivals and theatres across Australia. Featuring dancer Jessica Statham, Ben Hauptmann on guitar and mandolin, and James Hauptmann on percussion, Bandaluzia are revered for their ability to mix elements of other genres into their performances, whether the rich harmonies of jazz, the exotic melodies of the Orient or the infectious rhythms of South America in an experience that ignites the senses with the grace of flamenco.

This event will be held in the Entrance court.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services






We will look at geometric abstraction and paint a colourful abstract painting on linen board.


We will look at geometric abstraction and paint a colourful abstract painting on linen board.


We’ll use coloured paper to make a menagerie of brightly coloured crazy animals


We’ll use coloured paper to make a menagerie of brightly coloured crazy animals


We’ll use coloured paper to make a menagerie of brightly coloured crazy animals


We will look at geometric abstraction and paint a colourful abstract painting on linen board.


We will look at geometric abstraction and paint a colourful abstract painting on linen board.


We will look at geometric abstraction and paint a colourful abstract painting on linen board.


We’ll use coloured paper to make a menagerie of brightly coloured crazy animals


We’ll use coloured paper to make a menagerie of brightly coloured crazy animals


We’ll use coloured paper to make a menagerie of brightly coloured crazy animals


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.




Gallery Express 2018 - April tour

18 April 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


Charcoal is a medium renowned for its versatility, rich depth of tone and contrasts. A popular medium used by many artists throughout history. Using simple still-life objects as subject matter, this workshop is an opportunity to learn fundamental properties of this versatile medium.



Art essentials 2018 - Colour wheel

28 April 2018, 10.30am

Colour is very seductive, but often tricky to manage. In this workshop you will learn some fundamentals of colour theory. We will make our own colourwheel- an important and practical tool to help manage and understand colour relationships. Learn to mix and adjust colours to assist in selecting appropriate palettes to create a variety moods in your works.




Surprise Mum with a unique gift of flowers. We will create a gorgeous bouquet of flowers by drawing your flower design into embossing foil


Surprise Mum with a unique gift of flowers. We will create a gorgeous bouquet of flowers by drawing your flower design into embossing foil


We will make a gorgeous garden of flowers using collage and crayon. Bring your garden to life by adding some bees and butterflies


We will make a gorgeous garden of flowers using collage and crayon. Bring your garden to life by adding some bees and butterflies


We will make a gorgeous garden of flowers using collage and crayon. Bring your garden to life by adding some bees and butterflies


Surprise Mum with a unique gift of flowers. We will create a gorgeous bouquet of flowers by drawing your flower design into embossing foil


Surprise Mum with a unique gift of flowers. We will create a gorgeous bouquet of flowers by drawing your flower design into embossing foil


Surprise Mum with a unique gift of flowers. We will create a gorgeous bouquet of flowers by drawing your flower design into embossing foil


We will make a gorgeous garden of flowers using collage and crayon. Bring your garden to life by adding some bees and butterflies


We will make a gorgeous garden of flowers using collage and crayon. Bring your garden to life by adding some bees and butterflies


We will make a gorgeous garden of flowers using collage and crayon. Bring your garden to life by adding some bees and butterflies



12 lectures




Gallery Express 2018 - May tour

16 May 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




An introduction to understanding and using colour. This is the perfect class if you’ve never painted before, love colour or just want to understand and experience how to mix and enjoy colour. Applicable to any medium that uses colour. In this class you will complete a basic colour wheel that takes approximately 2 hours to paint. This will equip you with skills to mix complex colours from the primaries, begin to understand how artists use colour, and see basic colour theory in action.


An introduction to understanding and using colour. This is the perfect class if you’ve never painted before, love colour or just want to understand and experience how to mix and enjoy colour. Applicable to any medium that uses colour. In this class you will complete a basic colour wheel that takes approximately 2 hours to paint. This will equip you with skills to mix complex colours from the primaries, begin to understand how artists use colour, and see basic colour theory in action.


ARIA-nominated baroque ensemble Latitude 37 make their Resonate debut with one of their renowned historically informed performances on baroque violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord. Early music enthusiasts Julia Fredersdorff, Laura Vaughan and Donald Nicholson are joined by Simon Martyn Ellis on theorbo and baritone David Greco to present a program of the music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as John Dowland, Henry Purcell and John Playford evocative of the first golden age of English music.

This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services




This month we draw our inspiration from the unique descriptive patterns found in nature. We use either an animal or plant form to base our design on and learn how to construct a multi coloured reduction lino print. This unique printing method was pioneered by Picasso. Discover why it’s sometimes referred to as the suicide print! You will learn how to design, cut and print your lino using at least three colours to make your own series or edition.




Looking at animals in Aboriginal Art, we will do some x-ray drawings , experiment with drawing and rubbing out using chalk pastels.


Looking at animals in Aboriginal Art, we will do some x-ray drawings , experiment with drawing and rubbing out using chalk pastels.


Happy, sad, angry or glad, will look at our facial features and expressions and make a busy composition of faces in a crowd.


Happy, sad, angry or glad, will look at our facial features and expressions and make a busy composition of faces in a crowd.


Happy, sad, angry or glad, will look at our facial features and expressions and make a busy composition of faces in a crowd.


Looking at animals in Aboriginal Art, we will do some x-ray drawings, experiment with drawing and rubbing out using chalk pastels.


Looking at animals in Aboriginal Art, we will do some x-ray drawings, experiment with drawing and rubbing out using chalk pastels.


Looking at animals in Aboriginal Art, we will do some x-ray drawings, experiment with drawing and rubbing out using chalk pastels.


Happy, sad, angry or glad, will look at our facial features and expressions and make a busy composition of faces in a crowd.


Happy, sad, angry or glad, will look at our facial features and expressions and make a busy composition of faces in a crowd.


Happy, sad, angry or glad, will look at our facial features and expressions and make a busy composition of faces in a crowd.






Gallery Express 2018 - June tour

20 June 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




A popular and fun, watercolour is a favourite among many artists for its fluidity and transparency. You will learn some basic techniques in brush control and mark making, complete a colour chart and learn about glazing. Experimentation is encouraged.


A popular and fun, watercolour is a favourite among many artists for its fluidity and transparency. You will learn some basic techniques in brush control and mark making, complete a colour chart and learn about glazing. Experimentation is encouraged.


Art essentials 2018 - Pastel

23 June 2018, 10.30am

An exciting and fun medium, pastels will appeal to anyone who loves drawing and colour. With their chalky texture and pure colour pigment, pastels are the perfect medium for exploring colour and bridging the gap between painting and drawing. Referencing the wonderful work of Edgar Degas, famous for his pastel drawings, we make studies of his technique and learn how both instructive and rewarding this medium can be.


Resonate 2018 - 4. Alexander Boyd

24 June 2018, 6.30pm

London-based Australian pianist Alexander Boyd returns to Resonate with a recital of piano greats, including Beethoven’s beautifully lyrical Sonata no.30 Op.109. Intended as ‘picture pieces… musical evocations of external visual stimuli’, Alexander will also perform a selection of Rachmaninov’s Etudes-Tableaux; and to commemorate the centenary of the death of Debussy, a selection from the poetic and mesmerising 24 Préludes. A very special concert of pianistic pleasure.

This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services






Twist and turn, manipulate and mould, have fun this month making a sculpture using wire. Inspiration from the Gallery’s collection will guide you to making a truly individual artwork.


Twist and turn, manipulate and mould, have fun this month making a sculpture using wire. Inspiration from the Gallery’s collection will guide you to making a truly individual artwork.


We’ll transform a row of bottles into an amazing colourful abstract design, using shades of green and a splash of red.


We’ll transform a row of bottles into an amazing colourful abstract design, using shades of green and a splash of red.


We’ll transform a row of bottles into an amazing colourful abstract design, using shades of green and a splash of red.


Twist and turn, manipulate and mould, have fun this month making a sculpture using wire. Inspiration from the Gallery’s collection will guide you to making a truly individual artwork.


Twist and turn, manipulate and mould, have fun this month making a sculpture using wire. Inspiration from the Gallery’s collection will guide you to making a truly individual artwork


Twist and turn, manipulate and mould, have fun this month making a sculpture using wire. Inspiration from the Gallery’s collection will guide you to making a truly individual artwork.


We’ll transform a row of bottles into an amazing colourful abstract design, using shades of green and a splash of red.


We’ll transform a row of bottles into an amazing colourful abstract design, using shades of green and a splash of red.


We’ll transform a row of bottles into an amazing colourful abstract design, using shades of green and a splash of red.


Gallery Express 2018 - July tour

18 July 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


This month we continue our exploration into the wondrous qualities of watercolour. This class is an opportunity to build on techniques learnt in the June workshop. For newcomers, Brenda will explain and demonstrate basic watercolour techniques, brush control, mark making and simple glazing methods, set simple and practical exercises to get you on your way to experimenting with colour and composition.


This month we continue our exploration into the wondrous qualities of watercolour. This class is an opportunity to build on techniques learnt in the June workshop. For newcomers, Brenda will explain and demonstrate basic watercolour techniques, brush control, mark making and simple glazing methods, set simple and practical exercises to get you on your way to experimenting with colour and composition.




Art essentials 2018 - Try your hand

28 July 2018, 10.30am

Using copies of old master drawings and your own hands and/or feet, you will mould small sculptures from clay to use as models for your own hand/feet studies. By making a 3-D study, you will gain a deeper understand of the form and structure of the hand which will ultimately aid in your rendering of this, often tricky subject. Experiment mixing flesh tones and discover just how colourful skin really is. Bring a small box to take home your clay studies.


Two of Australia’s best-loved performers Simon Tedeschi and John Bell team up for this journey into the lives and art of two of the Romantic era’s most famous sons, John Keats and Franz Schubert. Interspersed between timeless works by Schubert – Die Winterreise, Ave Maria and many others, John Bell will recite the poetry of Keats – Bright Star, Ode to a Nightingale and La Belle Dame Sans Merci – each of the performers giving their thoughts on the brilliance, popularity and emotional intensity of the words and music of these two artistic giants.

This event will be held in the Entrance court.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services




Looking at works in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, we will weave a bowl using feather twine and wool. Enjoy the tactile quality of these materials and explore the different types of patterns you can create.


Looking at works in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, we will weave a bowl using feather twine and wool. Enjoy the tactile quality of these materials and explore the different types of patterns you can create.


Let’s make a futuristic sculpture, it could be a robot or, a spaceship to take us to the moon. Use your imagination and creative skills to make a fun sculpture out of paper and cardboard.


Let’s make a futuristic sculpture, it could be a robot or, a spaceship to take us to the moon. Use your imagination and creative skills to make a fun sculpture out of paper and cardboard.


Let’s make a futuristic sculpture, it could be a robot or, a spaceship to take us to the moon. Use your imagination and creative skills to make a fun sculpture out of paper and cardboard


Looking at works in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, we will weave a bowl using feather twine and wool. Enjoy the tactile quality of these materials and explore the different types of patterns you can create.


Looking at works in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, we will weave a bowl using feather twine and wool. Enjoy the tactile quality of these materials and explore the different types of patterns you can create.


Looking at works in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, we will weave a bowl using feather twine and wool. Enjoy the tactile quality of these materials and explore the different types of patterns you can create


Let’s make a futuristic sculpture, it could be a robot or, a spaceship to take us to the moon. Use your imagination and creative skills to make a fun sculpture out of paper and cardboard.


Let’s make a futuristic sculpture, it could be a robot or, a spaceship to take us to the moon. Use your imagination and creative skills to make a fun sculpture out of paper and cardboard.


Let’s make a futuristic sculpture, it could be a robot or, a spaceship to take us to the moon. Use your imagination and creative skills to make a fun sculpture out of paper and cardboard.




Gallery Express 2018 - August tour

15 August 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






Pastels appeal to our all senses. Their chalky texture, and pure colour pigment are held together with a minimum of binder medium and are the perfect medium for exploring both colour, and bridging the gap between painting and drawing. We draw from simple still life objects using a limited palette and then try expanding our colour palette, using a more personal response and a variety of drawing techniques


Pastels appeal to our all senses. Their chalky texture, and pure colour pigment are held together with a minimum of binder medium and are the perfect medium for exploring both colour, and bridging the gap between painting and drawing. We draw from simple still life objects using a limited palette and then try expanding our colour palette, using a more personal response and a variety of drawing techniques.




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.




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


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






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.

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




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.


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.




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


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


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


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.




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.




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






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


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.