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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.


School holiday workshop: Origami New Year – Lunar Year of the Pig - CANCELLED

27 January 2019, 10.30am

Family workshop

Let’s celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Pig with Origami expert Michael Clonaris. Under Michael’s expert guidance, you will learn to make a special origami pig sculpture to bring good luck for the year. This fun collaborative workshop is designed for children and their grown ups to work together. You will make a range of origami sculptures in a variety of different animals using traditional origami paper.

The workshop is suitable for children aged 7 years and up with a parent or guardian.

All children must be accompanied by an adult (included in ticket price).


Booking is Closed


How do we tell the story of what it is to be human? It’s a question that every age and every culture has addressed. And where better for an artist to begin such an exploration than with the human figure itself.

From the imprint of a hand in the earliest cave paintings to 21st century digital modelling, the depictions of ourselves, our loved ones, our enemies, our gods and goddesses, are arguably the most eloquent illustration of the human condition.

In 2019, the Society’s Art Appreciation lecture series will study how we look at ourselves and in what ways. With the nude we embody physical beauty and human frailty: the ancient Greeks, Rubens, Lucian Freud. The portrait reveals personality and power: Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Picasso. Social revolution, political upheaval and protest all find expression in the human form.

Over 36 weeks, in lectures by 31 distinguished curators and art historians, Being human: the figure in art, will wrestle with one of the greatest challenges for an artist. How to show us as we are – and who we are.


Term 1 - 12 lectures
Subscription pass will be posted with lecture dates

30-Jan Multiple art histories and their depiction of the figure – Pacific and beyond
6-Feb The human hand and the art of the caves
13-Feb Classical Greek sculpture: between idea and experience
20-Feb Absence and presence: visualising the Resurrection of Christ
27-Feb A Buddha for every age
6-Mar The hedgehog saint and the walking dead: escaping the plague in Renaissance Italy
13-Mar The human body and Renaissance architecture: the works of Alberti, Michelangelo and Palladio
20-Mar The shock of the nude: sex, love and marriage in the Renaissance
27-Mar Bernini: figurative love, from body to spirit
3-Apr Rubens: flesh and fury
10-Apr From where we stand: the positioning of Aboriginal people in photography
1-May Leonardo: mind, body and soul


Join Catherine Hickson as she re-tunes your vital senses and responses though observation and analysis of objects and works of art. In this workshop, we will focus on awakening your observational skills. Looking at and discussing popular works in the collection, Catherine will open avenues of enquiring, leading to a fun drawing activity inspired by the works.




How do we tell the story of what it is to be human? It’s a question that every age and every culture has addressed. And where better for an artist to begin such an exploration than with the human figure itself.

From the imprint of a hand in the earliest cave paintings to 21st century digital modelling, the depictions of ourselves, our loved ones, our enemies, our gods and goddesses, are arguably the most eloquent illustration of the human condition.

In 2019, the Society’s Art Appreciation lecture series will study how we look at ourselves and in what ways. With the nude we embody physical beauty and human frailty: the ancient Greeks, Rubens, Lucian Freud. The portrait reveals personality and power: Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Picasso. Social revolution, political upheaval and protest all find expression in the human form.

Over 36 weeks, in lectures by 31 distinguished curators and art historians, Being human: the figure in art, will wrestle with one of the greatest challenges for an artist. How to show us as we are – and who we are.


Term 1 - 12 lectures
Subscription pass will be posted with lecture dates

31-Jan Multiple art histories and their depiction of the figure – Pacific and beyond
7-Feb The human hand and the art of the caves
14-Feb Classical Greek sculpture: between idea and experience
21-Feb Absence and presence: visualising the Resurrection of Christ
28-Feb A Buddha for every age
7-Mar The hedgehog saint and the walking dead: escaping the plague in Renaissance Italy
14-Mar The human body and Renaissance architecture: the works of Alberti, Michelangelo and Palladio
21-Mar The shock of the nude: sex, love and marriage in the Renaissance
28-Mar Bernini: figurative love, from body to spirit
4-Apr Rubens: flesh and fury
11-Apr From where we stand: the positioning of Aboriginal people in photography
2-May Leonardo: mind, body and soul


After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'Brett Whiteley: drawing is everything'.

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



An introduction to bookbinding

Design and create a unique artist’s journal. It can be a travel diary, photo album, sketch or notebook. Using a simple binding technique, Jean Kropper will show you effective ways to personalise your journal to suit your needs.

Choose a cover from the range of leather and suede provided, then build your journal using a selection of papers provided (white cartridge paper). You can bring a couple A3 sheets of your own gift wrap, coloured or patterned paper to personalise your book.

Jean will guide you through the process of planning your journal, cutting the covers, folding the papers accurately, piercing sections and binding it all together. All tools and equipment supplied.

Jean Kropper has worked in fine art, graphic design and in paper engineering in the USA and Australia and has taught hand bookbinding, papermaking, and 3D paper art in the USA, Canada and throughout Australia.

No experience necessary.

If you would prefer to use synthetic leather for your project, let us know when booking.



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.

Throughout history, many artists have documented their journeys, made notes and tested out ideas in their small sketchbooks. A fun and personal way to enhance a trip, or just your everyday experiences.

Starting with a theme of interiors, you will experiment with water based pens and watercolour using line and wash plus the use of words, to enhance your drawings.
Sheila will show examples of her sketchbooks and then demonstrate the use of materials before embarking on your own sketchbook pages.
Visual material of a variety of interiors will be provided.

Bring a watercolour sketchbook (A5 or smaller is ideal). All other materials provided. Reference images will be available to use on the day. You are welcome to bring your own travel snaps or magazine/books, etc.

Sheila Posner is a practising artist who works in a variety of media. For the past 6 years she has been travelling the world as an art instructor on cruise ships.


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.

Throughout history, many artists have documented their journeys, made notes and tested out ideas in their small sketchbooks. A fun and personal way to enhance a trip, or just your everyday experiences.

Starting with a theme of interiors, you will experiment with water based pens and watercolour using line and wash plus the use of words, to enhance your drawings.
Sheila will show examples of her sketchbooks and then demonstrate the use of materials before embarking on your own sketchbook pages.
Visual material of a variety of interiors will be provided.

Bring a watercolour sketchbook (A5 or smaller is ideal). All other materials provided. Reference images will be available to use on the day. You are welcome to bring your own travel snaps or magazine/books, etc.

Sheila Posner is a practising artist who works in a variety of media. For the past 6 years she has been travelling the world as an art instructor on cruise ships.


We are delighted to announce a new format for our free members viewings commencing with the exhibition, 'Heaven and earth in Chinese art: treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei'.

For the first time, members will have free access to the exhibition for an entire day. The free members viewing will be held on Sunday 3 February, 9am–5pm, with last entry at 4.30pm.

Members gain exclusive access to the exhibition between 9–10am before the general-public. Members can also opt to come later and enjoy the show throughout the day.

Please note that due to the size of the exhibition space, there may be waiting periods for entry. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

The viewing is free for members of the Art Gallery Society of NSW only.

You must bring your membership card for entry. Please ensure your membership is current or renew your membership now to attend the viewing as membership cards will be checked on entry. Bookings are not required.



Lunar New Year celebration

Come along to our first meetup of 2019 and celebrate Lunar New Year at the Gallery. The festivities begin at 6pm with a traditional lion dance in the Entrance Court. Following the dance, we will meet at the entrance to the exhibition 'Chinese Bible' where we will hear from Yin Cao, the Gallery’s curator of Chinese art and Dr Gene Sherman AM, Founder and Director, Sherman Centre for Culture & Ideas (SCCI) and campaign donor for Sydney Modern – as they discuss collecting, conservation and exhibition of this significant artwork.

Meet at the entrance to Lowy Gonski Gallery, where 'Chinese Bible' is exhibited following the lion dance at 6:15pm.

Join us following the talk in the Australian Galleries for drinks.


In October 1911, Henri Matisse made a historic journey to Moscow, to stay with his patron Sergei Shchukin, and advise him on the hanging of the radical works of modern art he had purchased in Paris. Rosamund will tell the story of this historic visit and its impact on the young Moscow avant-garde, discussing along the way how Shchukin fell in love with Matisse’s riotous paintings after infatuations with Monet and Gauguin, and how Matisse fell in love with Russian icons.




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.


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.


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 Pig. Let’s generate some good luck vibes and make a fun clay sculpture of a cute and chubby pig.


Armchair travel: The allure of Catalonia

09 February 2019, 10.30am

Join Art Gallery Society President, Brian Ladd and discover why Romanesque monasteries situated in remote Pyrenean mountain valleys and significant Gothic quarters in the cities of Girona, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, helped shape the distinctive Catalan character. The Catalonian culture has produced outstanding art and architecture across the ages.

This talk will explore the vibrant artistic heritage, including from the modern era, found in picturesque regions of north-eastern Spain and south-eastern France, where Catalan communities have existed for more a thousand years.


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 Pig. Let’s generate some good luck vibes and make a fun clay sculpture of a cute and chubby pig.


Kids Club kicks off the New Year by celebrating The Chinese Year of the Pig. Let’s generate some good luck vibes and make a fun clay sculpture of a cute and chubby pig.


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 Pig. Let’s generate some good luck vibes and make a fun clay sculpture of a cute and chubby pig.


Join guide Gitte Weise on the first walking tour of the year. Discover the various art galleries around the Marrickville area, showcasing an array of established and emerging artists.
This is a walking tour, which will go ahead in all weather conditions, so wear appropriate clothing and footwear.



Art Club kicks off the New Year by celebrating The Chinese Year of the Pig. Let’s generate some good luck vibes and make a fun clay sculpture of a cute and chubby pig.


Art Club kicks off the New Year by celebrating The Chinese Year of the Pig. Let’s generate some good luck vibes and make a fun clay sculpture of a cute and chubby pig.


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 Pig. Let’s generate some good luck vibes and make a fun clay sculpture of a cute and chubby pig.


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.


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.


Kids Club kicks off the New Year by celebrating The Chinese Year of the Pig. Let’s generate some good luck vibes and make a fun clay sculpture of a cute and chubby pig.


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.


Art Club kicks off the New Year by celebrating The Chinese Year of the Pig. Let’s generate some good luck vibes and make a fun clay sculpture of a cute and chubby pig.


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 Pig. Let’s generate some good luck vibes and make a fun clay sculpture of a cute and chubby pig.


Kids Club kicks off the New Year by celebrating The Chinese Year of the Pig. Let’s generate some good luck vibes and make a fun clay sculpture of a cute and chubby pig.


Join us for a screening of the film 'The Winter Palace and the Hermitage in 1917', created by the Hermitage Foundation UK to record the installation and display of an exhibition in the State Hermitage Museum, marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The Revolution marked the beginning of a new chapter for the palace, and the shift to a museum for the people. See the great baroque palace and historical footage from the revolutionary period, alongside key exhibits in the show. In the museum’s own words: ‘History was made here’.


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.


Travel with us to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra and enter a world of 'Love & Desire', through the stunning survey exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces from the Tate. 'Love & Desire' features 40 of the Tate’s best-loved works, including John Everett Millais’ Ophelia 1851–52, alongside 40 loans from other British and Australian collections. Rarely lent, most of these masterpieces have never been seen in Australia before and the exhibition represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Morning tea at the Courtyard Café in Berrima, exhibition entry and guided tour are included. There will be time to explore the NGA’s other collections at your leisure.

Lunch is not included. You are welcome to bring your own or buy at the gallery café in your own time.

Meet at the bus stop near the MCA at 7.45am for 8am departure. Returns 8.30pm to Museum of Contemporary Art.



Drawing from sculpture 2019 - February

13 February 2019, 6.30pm

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.


Includes canapes and drinks.
Please RSVP and book by Tuesday 5th Feb and include any dietary requirements



Drawing from sculpture 2019

13 February 2019, 6.30pm

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



In 1948 a brave curator inaugurated a new era for the Hermitage by rescuing the modern French art brought by Moscow merchants in Tsarist times and bringing some of the most daring canvases to Leningrad. Drawing on Russian sources, Rosamund Bartlett will discuss the fate of the Hermitage’s modern masters in the context of the museum’s turbulent history, beginning with Catherine the Great’s lust for art collecting in the 18th century and extending to the present day.



After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'Masters of modern art from the Hermitage'.

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


Absolute beginners 2019: Friday series

15 February 2019, 1.00pm

This series of workshops is designed for the absolute beginner to learn some fundamental art making skills. Focusing on building basic, practical skills, students learn techniques specific to a medium, while also studying how other artists have used the medium in the past. You will take home a finished artwork at the end of the class.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning and reinforcing basic art-making skills, this series will offer glimpses into artists’ ways of seeing and provide you with the practical knowledge to make new discoveries.

A friendly and supportive environment for beginners and those who would like to refresh the basics.


In this workshop you will be introduce you to mark making and basic drawing techniques. Experiment with the versatile qualities of pencils and graphite and experiment with tone, texture and composition. Learn to see and interpret simple objects to create a simple still life. This class is for beginners and those who would like to refresh the basics.


The Setouchi Triennale is a celebration of creativity of Japanese and international artists incorporating over 12 islands and two ports in the Seto Inland Sea. Join John McBride as he shares his in-depth knowledge on how the traditional culture of Japan still survives in these small villages, supported by this important international art event and the meaning behind these intriguing permanent art installations.


Absolute beginners 2019: Saturday series

16 February 2019, 1.00pm

This series of workshops is designed for the absolute beginner to learn some fundamental art making skills. Focusing on building basic, practical skills, students learn techniques specific to a medium, while also studying how other artists have used the medium in the past. You will take home a finished artwork at the end of the class.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning and reinforcing basic art-making skills, this series will offer glimpses into artists’ ways of seeing and provide you with the practical knowledge to make new discoveries.

A friendly and supportive environment for beginners and those who would like to refresh the basics.


Collective Menu plus a drink on arrival. Additional drinks and gratuity not included.
Dietary requirements contact 9225 1878 or bookings@artgallerysociety.org.au by Friday 8 February.


In this workshop you be will introduce you to mark making and basic drawing techniques. Experiment with the versatile qualities of pencils and graphite and experiment with tone, texture and composition. Learn to see and interpret simple objects to create a simple still life. This class is for beginners and those who would like to refresh the basics.


For Intermediate level bookbinders

Design and create a unique artist’s journal. It can be a travel diary, photo album, sketch or notebook. Using a simple binding technique, Jean Kropper will show you effective ways to personalise your journal to suit your needs.

Choose a cover from the range of leather and suede provided, then build your journal using the cartridge paper provided. If you prefer, you can bring your own specialty papers for inside your book, for example pastel, drawing or watercolour papers (A3 size). You can bring a couple A3 sheets of your own artworks, gift wrap, coloured or patterned paper to add character and an individual touch.

Jean will guide you through the process of planning your journal, cutting the covers, folding the papers accurately, piercing sections and binding it all together. All tools and equipment supplied.

Jean Kropper has worked in fine art, graphic design and in paper engineering in the USA and Australia and has taught hand bookbinding, papermaking, and 3D paper art in the USA, Canada and throughout Australia.

Bookbinding experience is required for this workshop.

If you would prefer to use synthetic leather for your project, let us know when booking.


Geraldine Turner and Brian Castles-Onion will open the 2019 Resonate program with a collection of wonderful music from the 20th century American popular songbook. Songs from Turner’s vast career in musical theatre are intertwined with her amusing stories and anecdotes, whilst Castles-Onion shares stories from his stellar opera career. Composers from Cole Porter, Gershwin, Berlin, through to Sondheim, Weill, Lloyd Webber and Jacques Brel are celebrated in an intimate, evening of songs and reminiscences. Geraldine Turner was part of the very first Resonate program and is thrilled to return for our 20th anniversary.

The concert will be preceded by light refreshments and a private exhibition viewing.
Doors open at 6.30pm. Concert commences at 7.30pm.
This event will be held in the Entrance Court with cabaret style seating.

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial


Resonate 2019

17 February 2019, 6.30pm

The Art Gallery Society of NSW is thrilled to present the 20th anniversary season of Resonate, and we invite you to join in the celebrations.

Immerse yourself in the visual delights of the Art Gallery’s exhibition program before sitting down to experience some of the finest performers from Australia and overseas, while listening to the sublime music of the world’s greatest composers.

Resonate 2019 will feature a celebratory program of favourites, newly established artists and performers from the very first series.

To mark the occasion of Resonate’s 20th anniversary, we have a special evening of celebrations planned for our September concert. A night of Spring Elegance awaits you at the Gallery with a champagne reception and dinner by Chiswick while Emma Pask and band set the tone for a memorable night of music and dancing.

We would like to thank our Resonate Sponsors Drapac Financial for their support of this series and their generous support for the 20th anniversary celebrations.

We look forward to celebrating Resonate’s 20th birthday with you!


After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'Brett Whiteley: drawing is everything'.

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


Gallery Express 2019

20 February 2019, 9.30am

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 available in the Gallery from 9.30am prior to the bus departure. The bus will depart promptly at 10am.

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

Bookings essential.



Gallery Express 2019 - February

20 February 2019, 9.30am

9.30am - Tea & coffee (AGNSW)
10.00am - Bus departs from the front steps of the AGNSW
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues


New Members tour 2019 - February

20 February 2019, 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.

Be welcomed by the Art Gallery Society before heading off on a guided tour of the Gallery's collection.

5:15pm – Welcome
5:30pm – Tour (approx. 45 mins)
6:15pm - Return to Members Lounge for a drink



Puglia and the art of assimilation

21 February 2019, 10.30am

Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans, Swabians, French and Spaniards have all shaped the art and culture Puglia, one of the most fascinating and beautiful provinces of southern Italy. The region is known for its highly decorative Leccese Baroque style, which dominated art and architecture from the 16th to the 18th centuries. But the artistic heritage of this region is much richer and more diverse, as Steven Miller will guide you through time and landscape, from celebrated Greek Apulian vase paintings to the vibrant contemporary art scene in the coastal capital Bari.



Art essentials 2019

23 February 2019, 10.30am

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.


Looking at a variety of artists and their techniques, we will create a series of drawings utilising these techniques and exploring composition and interpretation, to broaden our approach and understanding of what drawing can be. This class is suitable for those with some drawing experience.

All materials provided.


Join Anne Harbers for a series of lectures focusing on Russian Decorative Arts – extending beyond the wonders of the House of Fabergé (1842 – 1918) to consider porcelain of the Imperial Porcelain Factory (established in 1744) as well as silver, glass, lacquer work, jewellery and hardstone. This story cannot be told without the role played by the Russian Royal family as well as the silversmiths and craftsmen to the Russian architects of the Art Nouveau. We consider how was Russian design influenced by the style-makers of Europe, and what was the role of great monarchs such as Catherine the Great on the arts?


Peter the Great and Catherine the Great and their Influence on the Russian Arts

The reign of Peter the Great (1682 - 1721) and later, that of Catherine the Great (1762-1796) brought different influences to the Russian decorative arts. Peter the Great travelled to the Netherlands to learn ship-building & clock-making, returning to set up a Kunstkamera of mainly natural history collecting but also funded for Russian artists to travel to Europe. Catherine the Great also encouraged the arts, using it to establish Russian cultural status in Europe, with the elegance and beauty of the Winter Palace, collecting porcelain, silver, jewellery, furniture and tapestries.



After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'Heaven and earth in Chinese Art: treasures from the National Palace Museum'.

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



'These violent delights have violent ends,
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder
Which as they kiss consume.'

Friar Lawrence in Shakespeare’s 'Romeo & Juliet' Act 2 6.9-11

Lust is arguably the most powerful - and dangerous - of all human desires. Lust for glory, sex, power, have driven people of the ancient and modern world to the deepest depths and loftiest heights of human achievement. Illustrated by treasures including Caravaggio’s ‘Salome’, the Warren Cup, Saint Hildegard of Bingen, and Ibn Battutta’s description of the Indian temples at Khajuraho, this lecture examines stories, depictions, and complexities of human lust.


'These violent delights have violent ends,
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder
Which as they kiss consume.'

Friar Lawrence in Shakespeare’s 'Romeo & Juliet' Act 2 6.9-11

Lust is arguably the most powerful - and dangerous - of all human desires. Lust for glory, sex, power, have driven people of the ancient and modern world to the deepest depths and loftiest heights of human achievement. Illustrated by treasures including Caravaggio’s ‘Salome’, the Warren Cup, Saint Hildegard of Bingen, and Ibn Battutta’s description of the Indian temples at Khajuraho, this lecture examines stories, depictions, and complexities of human lust.


Rosamund Bartlett discusses the pivotal role of the arts in the long journey to independence for Poland and the Baltics. Where Chopin became a beacon for Polish hopes, Sibelius inspired Finnish nationalism and Arvo Pärt fuelled Estonian dreams of liberation from Soviet oppression.


Join artist Sue Vesely for this inspiring and practical portrait drawing workshop for beginners. Sue will demonstrate fundamental techniques and guide you through a series of exercises to help you understand the structure of the human head and explore ways of seeing the head in three dimensions. Sue’s fun and innovative methods will give you a solid start in understanding portraiture and basic drawing.

This class is designed for the beginner. All materials provided.



Opulence and Beauty

The House of Fabergé (1842 – 1918) produced iconic items from jewellery to the renown imperial Easter Eggs associated with the last two tsars of Russia. These decorative objects are beyond beauty with incredible craftsmanship and stories closely associated with Tsar Nicholas II and his consort Alexandra Feodorovna, The custom of presenting the Easter Eggs commenced with his father, Alexander III, in 1885, and Nicholas II presented both his mother and his wife an Easter egg each year from 1895 to 1916. This lecture will look at many items from the House of Fabergé, and where to view them today.




'I never said, 'I want to be alone.' I only said, 'I want to be let alone! There is all the difference.'

Greta Garbo 1955

Dignity is the personal desire for honour and respect, bestowed by actions, words, and deeds, and corroborated – or not – by contemporary culture, or hand of history. Dignity in the pre-modern world was often depicted as courage in the face of personal violation. The contrast between dignified acceptance of an often-brutal fate proved inspirational for artists as varied as Michelangelo and his 'Pietà' to the Timurid court painters of 15th century Herat. This lecture illustrates dignity with treasures from across cultures, time, and space.


Energised Searching, Free Form Drawing and Painting

Join Peter Griffen in his studio for a weekend of hands-on painting and drawing. Enjoy the freedom to experiment, take risks and free up your painting and drawing. Inspired by the drawings of Brett Whiteley, the weekend will be spent engaged in creating abstract and semi-abstract drawings paintings and collages.

Explore different techniques and approaches to painting first hand, then take this inspiration to the studio for a full weekend of painting. Free form personal approaches will be encouraged using many and varied techniques, inventive brushwork, and collage All forms of experimentation, Intuition, self-expression will be encouraged.

On Friday at 11am, meet Peter in the members lounge at the Gallery with a discussion and tour of 'Brett Whiteley: drawing is everything'. This will finish at about 1pm. At 9.30am on Saturday and Sunday meet at Peter’s Leichhardt studio.

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.



We will create a happy colourful collage inspired by modernist art. Design your composition using geometric shapes and lines, coloured and patterned paper.


We will create a happy colourful collage inspired by modernist art. Design your composition using geometric shapes and lines, coloured and patterned paper.


We will create a happy colourful collage inspired by modernist art. Design your composition using geometric shapes and lines, coloured and patterned paper.


You will learn how to make your own ink by grinding an ink stick on stone, then create a still life painting exploring the various qualities of ink.


'I never said, 'I want to be alone.'I only said, 'I want to be let alone! There is all the difference.'
Greta Garbo 1955

Dignity is the personal desire for honour and respect, bestowed by actions, words, and deeds, and corroborated – or not – by contemporary culture, or hand of history. Dignity in the pre-modern world was often depicted as courage in the face of personal violation. The contrast between dignified acceptance of an often-brutal fate proved inspirational for artists as varied as Michelangelo and his 'Pietà' to the Timurid court painters of 15th century Herat. This lecture illustrates dignity with treasures from across cultures, time, and space.


You will learn how to make your own ink by grinding an ink stick on stone, then create a still life painting exploring the various qualities of ink.


You will learn how to make your own ink by grinding an ink stick on stone, then create a still life painting exploring the various qualities of ink.


You will learn how to make your own ink by grinding an ink stick on stone, then create a still life painting exploring the various qualities of ink.


We will create a happy colourful collage inspired by modernist art. Design your composition using geometric shapes and lines, coloured and patterned paper.


You will learn how to make your own ink by grinding an ink stick on stone, then create a still life painting exploring the various qualities of ink.


We will create a happy colourful collage inspired by modernist art. Design your composition using geometric shapes and lines, coloured and patterned paper.


We will create a happy colourful collage inspired by modernist art. Design your composition using geometric shapes and lines, coloured and patterned paper.


Art Nouveau to Russian Revival

Up until the Revolution in 1917, Russia joined the design style of Europe with Art Nouveau influencing architecture, glass, porcelain and other crafts. Following the revolution, many valuable items from the St Petersburg aristocrats were brought into collections such as the Hermitage. In the 1920s, items from the Shuvalov, Stroganov, Yusupov, Sheremetev and other palaces also joined the collections, giving us many wonderful items to view from the twentieth century collections. During this time Russian folk images were often used as a decorative theme, on porcelain and in other decorative arts.




'Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.'
Falsely attributed to Oscar Wilde

Human desire for power takes many forms: personal, political, sexual, military, and religious. In the nakedly hierarchical pre-modern world, depictions of power were typically commissioned by men to illustrate their triumph. Such depictions also – often unwittingly – reveal the power of humility, resistance, and acceptance. This lecture illustrates depictions of power with treasures from Bronze Age Sumer, to Rubens ceiling of the Banqueting House in the Palace of Whitehall: an ironic testament to the hubris of King Charles I of England, Scotland, and Ireland.


'Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.'
Falsely attributed to Oscar Wilde

Human desire for power takes many forms: personal, political, sexual, military, and religious. In the nakedly hierarchical pre-modern world, depictions of power were typically commissioned by men to illustrate their triumph. Such depictions also – often unwittingly – reveal the power of humility, resistance, and acceptance. This lecture illustrates depictions of power with treasures from Bronze Age Sumer, to Rubens ceiling of the Banqueting House in the Palace of Whitehall: an ironic testament to the hubris of King Charles I of England, Scotland, and Ireland.


Workshop: Drawing the landscape

17 March 2019, 10.30am

Join popular artist and teacher Juliet Holmes a Court for this landscape drawing workshop. Inspired by the works of Lloyd Rees and Brett Whiteley, you will explore different ways and techniques to capture the feeling of landscape as well as a sense of place. Reference images will be provided but you are invited also to bring your own landscape photos in black and white if you wish. Materials provided. Bring an apron.


After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'Heaven and earth in Chinese Art: treasures from the National Palace Museum'.

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



Gallery Express 2019 - March

20 March 2019, 9.30am

9.30am - Tea & coffee (AGNSW)
10.00am - Bus departs from the front steps of the AGNSW
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues


Gallery members are invited to come and hear about the year in review, and discuss the future, at the Art Gallery Society of NSW’s annual general meeting.

The event is free but attendance numbers are required for catering so please book ahead by phone, email or online.

We look forward to seeing you there.



New Members tour 2019 - March

21 March 2019, 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.

Be welcomed by the Art Gallery Society before heading off on a guided tour of the Gallery's collection.

2.30pm – Welcome
2.45pm – Tour (approx. 45 mins)
3.30pm – Return to Members Lounge


Continuing with the still life theme, enjoy the challenge of adding colour to your composition. With the same versatile qualities of lead pencil drawing, coloured pencils will add an extra challenge. Brenda will guide you through simple techniques to help you explore the range and versatility of colour pencils.


'An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it.'
'Archy and Mehitabel' by Don Marquis 1927

Curiosity, the desire for knowledge and insight, is a basic human desire. From our hominin ancestors creating fire on the African savannah, to Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, human desire to know our world has resulted in the creation of some of the most beautiful, insightful objects and buildings of the pre-modern world. This lecture is illustrated by stories including the Epic of Gilgamesh, the alchemy of John Dee and Isaac Newton, the glorious Mosque of Lotfallah, and haunting, 12-thousand-year-old Göbekli Tepe.


Continuing with the still life theme, enjoy the challenge of adding colour to your composition. With the same versatile qualities of lead pencil drawing, coloured pencils will add an extra challenge. You will be guided through simple techniques to help you explore the range and versatility of colour pencils.


'An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it.'
'Archy and Mehitabel' by Don Marquis 1927

Curiosity, the desire for knowledge and insight, is a basic human desire. From our hominin ancestors creating fire on the African savannah, to Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, human desire to know our world has resulted in the creation of some of the most beautiful, insightful objects and buildings of the pre-modern world. This lecture is illustrated by stories including the Epic of Gilgamesh, the alchemy of John Dee and Isaac Newton, the glorious Mosque of Lotfallah, and haunting, 12-thousand-year-old Göbekli Tepe.


Delight in a little night music by Beethoven, Haydn and the musicians of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Twelfth-century abbess, mystic, scientist and poet Hildegard of Bingen invokes the ‘celestial symphony’ in her plainchant 'Ave Generosa' – a song of praise to music and nature and the perfect way to begin a Resonate concert. Contemplate Beethoven’s string serenade, arranged by Principal Double Bass Kees Boersma. A party piece intended for a soirée ushering in dances and songs with a jaunty march. Experience Principal Cor Anglais Alexandre Oguey’s appropriation of Haydn’s 'Gypsy Rondo' piano trio in what promises to be a magical evening.

The concert will be preceded by light refreshments and a private exhibition viewing.
Doors open at 6.30pm. Concert commences at 7.30pm.
This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial




Art essentials 2019: Charcoal

30 March 2019, 10.30am

This month we explore the velvety blacks and beautiful tonal qualities of charcoal. As a drawing medium it facilitates freedom of expression with its ability to cover large areas of paper quickly and broadly. Flexible as a medium, its shifting nature, allows for easy corrections and manipulation. We make a series of drawings using nature as our subject matter. We work with a range of toned papers and prepare surfaces that exploit the textural and expressive qualities unique to this medium (gesso, brown paper, tone, large, small).




'You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today

Marvin Gaye 'What’s Going' On 1970

People fortunate enough to be born or live in Western countries from late 20th to early 21st centuries, enjoy lives – despite modern media reports – that have never been less violent. Depictions of peace in our pre-modern world are especially extraordinary, illustrating a desire that seemed unobtainable when (masculine) power derived from prowess at war. From the Buddhist Bimaran Casket of Afghanistan, to medieval Armenian depictions of Noah on Ararat, this lecture illustrates the contradictions of peace in a world of war.


We will paint a fun and personal still life. Do you have a favourite toy, food or object? Bring it to the class and we’ll share our favourite things as the subjects of our special still life.


We will paint a fun and personal still life. Do you have a favourite toy, food or object? Bring it to the class and we’ll share our favourite things as the subjects of our special still life


We will make drawings of Australian natives using a combination of charcoal and paint on brown paper and newsprint.


We will paint a fun and personal still life. Do you have a favourite toy, food or object? Bring it to the class and we’ll share our favourite things as the subjects of our special still life.


'You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today'

Marvin Gaye 'What’s Going On' 1970

People fortunate enough to be born or live in Western countries from late 20th to early 21st centuries, enjoy lives – despite modern media reports – that have never been less violent. Depictions of peace in our pre-modern world are especially extraordinary, illustrating a desire that seemed unobtainable when (masculine) power derived from prowess at war. From the Buddhist Bimaran Casket of Afghanistan, to medieval Armenian depictions of Noah on Ararat, this lecture illustrates the contradictions of peace in a world of war.



We will make drawings of Australian natives using a combination of charcoal and paint on brown paper and newsprint.


We will make drawings of Australian natives using a combination of charcoal and paint on brown paper and newsprint.


We will make drawings of Australian natives using a combination of charcoal and paint on brown paper and newsprint.


We will paint a fun and personal still life. Do you have a favourite toy, food or object? Bring it to the class and we’ll share our favourite things as the subjects of our special still life.


We will make drawings of Australian natives using a combination of charcoal and paint on brown paper and newsprint.


We will paint a fun and personal still life. Do you have a favourite toy, food or object? Bring it to the class and we’ll share our favourite things as the subjects of our special still life.


We will paint a fun and personal still life. Do you have a favourite toy, food or object? Bring it to the class and we’ll share our favourite things as the subjects of our special still life.




'I was under the dryer when the telegram came:
'Private John C. Miller was shot down in Vietnam'
Through my tears I read: 'No more information at this time
He's missin' in action somewhere on the Delta Line.'

Martha Reeves & the Vandellas 'I Should Be Proud' 1970

This lecture illustrates the desire for organized violence with treasures including Assyrian reliefs, Graeco-Roman art, Aztec artefacts, and stories of medieval Western Crusaders in the world of Islam and Judaism.


Charcoal is a popular medium for many artists. Artists enjoy it’s versatile qualities and are able to create rich depths of tone and contrasts. Charcoal has the range to help you create sensitive and detailed drawings as well as daring and dramatic marks for more expressive gestural drawings. Experiment with charcoal’s many creative possibilities.


Charcoal is a popular medium for many artists. Artists enjoy it’s versatile qualities and are able to create rich depths of tone and contrasts. Charcoal has the range to help you create sensitive and detailed drawings as well as daring and dramatic marks for more expressive gestural drawings. Experiment with charcoal’s many creative possibilities.


'And someday one will say, one of the men to come
Steering his oar-swept ship across the wine-dark sea
'there's the mound of a man who died in the old days,
one of the brave whom glorious Hector killed.'
So they will say, someday, and my fame will never die.'

Hector, The Iliad Book 7

'I was under the dryer when the telegram came:
'Private John C. Miller was shot down in Vietnam'
Through my tears I read: 'No more information at this time
He's missin' in action somewhere on the Delta Line.'

Martha Reeves & the Vandellas 'I Should Be Proud' 1970

This lecture illustrates the desire for organized violence with treasures including Assyrian reliefs, Graeco-Roman art, Aztec artefacts, and stories of medieval Western Crusaders in the world of Islam and Judaism.


Gallery Express 2019 - April

17 April 2019, 9.30am

9.30am - Tea & coffee (AGNSW)
10.00am - Bus departs from the front steps of the AGNSW
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues s


Colour can be exciting and invigorating to use and to experience but as artists it can be a confusing subject to control and understand. In this workshop Brenda Tye will be introduce you to colour theory by isolating colour from the creative experience into a practical exercise. By painting your own complex colour wheel, you will learn how to mix colour, adjust colour values, see colour relationships and control colour. You will experience the subtleties of seeing colour in all its complexity, and begin to understand how it operates on a practical level, so that you can use it in any medium with confidence.


Resonate 2019: Monsieur Cambembert

28 April 2019, 6.30pm

With sensitivity, virtuosity and astonishing energy, Triple ARIA award-winning band Monsieur Camembert brilliantly weaves Gypsy music with other world music styles, to create a truly original and irresistibly potent blend. Or as The Age put it, 'a brazen and intoxicating blend of jazz, gypsy swing, Latin and East European influences.' Monsieur Camembert has received standing ovations around the globe, with acclaimed performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the International Leonard Cohen Festival. 'Simply the best Gypsy band in the land! They pick you up & carry you on a wave of energy, excitement & poignancy that never relents...the band play with such cohesion, energy and abandon that I experienced an emotion so foreign I barely recognised it: elation.' (John Shand, SMH).

The concert will be preceded by light refreshments and a private exhibition viewing.
Doors open at 6.30pm. Concert commences at 7.30pm.
This event will be held in the Entrance court with cabaret style seating.

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial




Create a picture story book. We’ll invent some fun tales about people and places we see in artworks around the Gallery and illustrate our book.


Studying the painting style of Grace Cossington Smith, we will make a colourful still life painting emulating her style and on wooden panels.


Create a picture story book. We’ll invent some fun tales about people and places we see in artworks around the Gallery and illustrate our book.


Create a picture story book. We’ll invent some fun tales about people and places we see in artworks around the Gallery and illustrate our book.


Studying the painting style of Grace Cossington Smith, we will make a colourful still life painting emulating her style and on wooden panels.


Studying the painting style of Grace Cossington Smith, we will make a colourful still life painting emulating her style and on wooden panels.


Studying the painting style of Grace Cossington Smith, we will make a colourful still life painting emulating her style and on wooden panels.


Create a picture story book. We’ll invent some fun tales about people and places we see in artworks around the Gallery and illustrate our book.


Studying the painting style of Grace Cossington Smith, we will make a colourful still life painting emulating her style and on wooden panels.


Create a picture story book. We’ll invent some fun tales about people and places we see in artworks around the Gallery and illustrate our book.


Create a picture story book. We’ll invent some fun tales about people and places we see in artworks around the Gallery and illustrate our book.


Term 2 - 12 lectures
Subscription pass will be posted with lecture dates

8-May Gloriana’s frocks: Tudor and Stuart portraits
15-May Farewell to the wet nurse: images of childhood and family in Enlightenment France
22-May Beautiful bodies and perfect societies: Neo-classical fantasies
29-May Pretty Gentlemen: Macaroni men and the 18th century body revolution
5-Jun Gainsborough, Reynolds, and the art of rivalry
12-Jun Wreck: Géricault and the body in pieces
19-Jun Reading faces and figures in the 19th century: from caricature to phrenology
26-Jun The Edwardians: fair women and flamboyant men
3-Jul The wounded ideal: Cézanne’s Bathers
24-Jul Rodin’s abject and fragmented bodies
31-Jul Life classes: drawing the nude in Australia
7-Aug Liberated bodies: Surrealism and gender ambiguity




Term 2 - 12 lectures
Subscription pass will be posted with lecture dates

9-May Gloriana’s frocks: Tudor and Stuart portraits
16-May Farewell to the wet nurse: images of childhood and family in Enlightenment France
23-May Beautiful bodies and perfect societies: Neo-classical fantasies
30-May Pretty Gentlemen: Macaroni men and the 18th century body revolution
6-Jun Gainsborough, Reynolds, and the art of rivalry
13-Jun Wreck: Géricault and the body in pieces
20-Jun Reading faces and figures in the 19th century: from caricature to phrenology
27-Jun The Edwardians: fair women and flamboyant men
4-Jul The wounded ideal: Cézanne’s Bathers
25-Jul Rodin’s abject and fragmented bodies
1-Aug Life classes: drawing the nude in Australia
8-Aug Liberated bodies: Surrealism and gender ambiguity



Gallery Express 2019 - May

15 May 2019, 9.30am

9.30am - Tea & coffee (AGNSW)
10.00am - Bus departs from the front steps of the AGNSW
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues



This workshop introduces you to basic colour theory by isolating colour from the creative experience into a practical exercise. By painting your own complex colour wheel, you will learn how to mix colour, adjust colour values, see colour relationships and control colour. You will experience the subtleties of seeing colour in all its complexity, and begin to understand how it operates, so that you can use it in any medium with confidence.


This workshop introduces you to basic colour theory by isolating colour from the creative experience into a practical exercise. By painting your own complex colour wheel, you will learn how to mix colour, adjust colour values, see colour relationships and control colour. You will experience the subtleties of seeing colour in all its complexity, and begin to understand how it operates, so that you can use it in any medium with confidence.




Art essentials 2019: Watercolour I

25 May 2019, 10.30am

In this workshop, you will make bold and colourful studies in watercolour using a variety of methods and approaches. You will complete a series of simple exercises to warm up and get to know the medium, and then begin work on a more detailed study applying techniques learned. You will enjoy discovering the beautiful transparent qualities of watercolour.


Resonate 2019: Orava Quartet

26 May 2019, 6.30pm

The Orava Quartet has been hailed by Limelight magazine and The Australian as 'the most exciting young quartet on the block', 'world class', and 'the real deal'. Earning a reputation and devoted following for their thrilling performances, the Quartet bring their unique sound and breathtaking intensity to the classics of the string quartet canon. Selected by Deutsche Grammophon Australia for the label’s first ever recording release, Orava have performed throughout North America, the UAE, and Asia, working closely with the world-renowned Takács Quartet and winning top prizes at the 2013 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition. Since returning to Australia, the Quartet has made an impressive and rapid rise to national attention, performing at major festivals from BBC Proms to VIVID Sydney as well as the Melbourne, Canberra and Queensland Music Festivals. In this concert, the Orava Quartet inject their signature passion and vivacity to works by Haydn, Schulhoff and Brahms.

The concert will be preceded by light refreshments and a private exhibition viewing.
Doors open at 6.30pm. Concert commences at 7.30pm.
This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial




With inspiration from Indian miniatures we will design our own dry point etching to print.


What’s your favourite song? Do you like singing? We’ll look closely at musical instruments and invent a fun and musical artwork.


With inspiration from Indian miniatures we will design our own dry point etching to print.


What’s your favourite song? Do you like singing? We’ll look closely at musical instruments and invent a fun and musical artwork.


What’s your favourite song? Do you like singing? We’ll look closely at musical instruments and invent a fun and musical artwork.


What’s your favourite song? Do you like singing? We’ll look closely at musical instruments and invent a fun and musical artwork.


With inspiration from Indian miniatures we will design our own dry point etching to print.


With inspiration from Indian miniatures we will design our own dry point etching to print.


With inspiration from Indian miniatures we will design our own dry point etching to print.


What’s your favourite song? Do you like singing? We’ll look closely at musical instruments and invent a fun and musical artwork.


What’s your favourite song? Do you like singing? We’ll look closely at musical instruments and invent a fun and musical artwork.






Gallery Express 2019 - June

19 June 2019, 9.30am

9.30am - Tea & coffee (AGNSW)
10.00am - Bus departs from the front steps of the AGNSW
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues




In this class you will learn simple colour mixing and some different painting techniques. Starting with thumb nail sketches to work out a variety of composition ideas you will learn how to see tonal relationships which will be applied to a small still life composition.


In this class you will learn simple colour mixing and some different painting techniques. Starting with thumb nail sketches to work out a variety of composition ideas you will learn how to see tonal relationships which will be applied to a small still life composition.




Art essentials 2019: Monoprinting

29 June 2019, 10.30am

In this workshop we will use the monoprints of Degas as inspiration to explore this seductive and flexible technique. A unique painterly form of printmaking, the monoprint technique can produce effects that are capable of great subtlety and boldness, from deep tones and rich blacks to the palest of smudges. You will learn how to make a trace monoprint without a press and go onto making a series of black and white prints using both subtractive and additive approaches. Using this technique, you can produce one off unique state prints that lend themselves to exploring a series or theme in depth. We will be printing with an etching press using black printing ink onto a range of papers, painting with brushes and rags and exploring the use of textures with stencils.




With a combination of drawing and collage we will make a portrait of someone special, or a fun self portrait.


With a combination of drawing and collage we will make a portrait of someone special, or a fun self portrait.


Strike a pose in front of the mirror. How many different poses can you do? Wear your favourite outfit or come in disguise. We’ll create a sequence of fun self portraits.


Strike a pose in front of the mirror. How many different poses can you do? Wear your favourite outfit or come in disguise. We’ll create a sequence of fun self portraits.


Strike a pose in front of the mirror. How many different poses can you do? Wear your favourite outfit or come in disguise. We’ll create a sequence of fun self portraits.


Strike a pose in front of the mirror. How many different poses can you do? Wear your favourite outfit or come in disguise. We’ll create a sequence of fun self portraits.


Strike a pose in front of the mirror. How many different poses can you do? Wear your favourite outfit or come in disguise. We’ll create a sequence of fun self portraits.


With a combination of drawing and collage we will make a portrait of someone special, or a fun self portrait.


With a combination of drawing and collage we will make a portrait of someone special, or a fun self portrait.


With a combination of drawing and collage we will make a portrait of someone special, or a fun self portrait.


Strike a pose in front of the mirror. How many different poses can you do? Wear your favourite outfit or come in disguise. We’ll create a sequence of fun self portraits.


Resonate 2019: Jane Rutter

14 July 2019, 6.30pm

Internationally acclaimed flautist Jane Rutter returns to Resonate with a soirée of fabulous French cabaret, chansons and classical favourites. Accompanied by virtuoso accordionist and jazz pianist Marcello Maio, Jane will play six different flutes, including an 1887 Louis Lot (the Stradivarius of the flute). The Gallery’s Grand Court becomes a Parisian salon with pieces by Piaf, Aznavour, Poulenc, Claude Bolling, Michel Legrand, Debussy, Chopin, Mancini (Victor Victoria), Cole Porter & more. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the sensuality and brilliance of the legendary Jane Rutter playing in an intimate, ‘up-close and personal’ evening. Vive La France!

The concert will be preceded by light refreshments and a private exhibition viewing.
Doors open at 6.30pm. Concert commences at 7.30pm.
This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial


Gallery Express 2019 - July

17 July 2019, 9.30am

9.30am - Tea & coffee (AGNSW)
10.00am - Bus departs from the front steps of the AGNSW
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues


This month we will learn some basic watercolour techniques, brush control and mark making. You will complete a colour chart before starting your own work. Brenda will assist by demonstrating various techniques. Building up confidence with a series of exercises, a playful fun approach is encouraged. Watercolour is a popular medium used extensively by artists for its fluid transparency and free flowing nature.


This month we will learn some basic watercolour techniques, brush control and mark making. You will complete a colour chart before starting your own work. Brenda will assist by demonstrating various techniques. Building up confidence with a series of exercises, a playful fun approach is encouraged. Watercolour is a popular medium used extensively by artists for its fluid transparency and free flowing nature.




Dry point etchings allow for unique linear qualities, and the printed marks have a feel and look to them, found in no other medium. The scratchy build up of marks enhance texture and add an unexpected element to your drawings. Working from still life subjects you will explore experimental drawing techniques that expand your creativity and approach to drawing. We then choose the ‘best’ ones to translate into drypoint etchings using a printing press to exploit the potential for working in a series capturing a unique response that will expand how you approach your subject.




Spots, stripes, fur or feathers. Looking at lots of animals we will have fun exploring their different forms and textures, then make our own amazing animal using pen and collage.


Let’s look closely at the wise owl and create a detailed portrait of this beautiful bird using coloured pencils.


Let’s look closely at the wise owl and create a detailed portrait of this beautiful bird using coloured pencils.


Spots, stripes, fur or feathers. Looking at lots of animals we will have fun exploring their different forms and textures, then make our own amazing animal using pen and collage.


Spots, stripes, fur or feathers. Looking at lots of animals we will have fun exploring their different forms and textures, then make our own amazing animal using pen and collage.


Let’s look closely at the wise owl and create a detailed portrait of this beautiful bird using coloured pencils.


Spots, stripes, fur or feathers. Looking at lots of animals we will have fun exploring their different forms and textures, then make our own amazing animal using pen and collage.


Spots, stripes, fur or feathers. Looking at lots of animals we will have fun exploring their different forms and textures, then make our own amazing animal using pen and collage.


Spots, stripes, fur or feathers. Looking at lots of animals we will have fun exploring their different forms and textures, then make our own amazing animal using pen and collage.


Let’s look closely at the wise owl and create a detailed portrait of this beautiful bird using coloured pencils.


Let’s look closely at the wise owl and create a detailed portrait of this beautiful bird using coloured pencils.





Term 3 - 12 lectures
Subscription pass will be posted with lecture dates

14-Aug Superhuman: realism in the modern age
21-Aug The women that shaped Picasso’s nudes
28-Aug Bacon and Freud: taking humanity to the limits
4-Sep Matter and light: a human being, abstract expressionism and architecture
11-Sep Returning your gaze: the male nude in Australian art 1880–1980
18-Sep More than human: supernatural bodies in Japanese art
25-Sep Courting controversy: the figure and its audiences
16-Oct Feeling from afar: touch, tactility and the photographic image
23-Oct Gordon Bennett: the body politic
30-Oct Embedding the figure: war art, games and virtual reality
6-Nov The performing body: artist as subject
13-Nov Being (post)human: bodies in the digital age


Term 3 - 12 lectures
Subscription pass will be posted with lecture dates

15-Aug Superhuman: realism in the modern age
22-Aug The women that shaped Picasso’s nudes
29-Aug Bacon and Freud: taking humanity to the limits
5-Sep Matter and light: a human being, abstract expressionism and architecture
12-Sep Returning your gaze: the male nude in Australian art 1880–1980
19-Sep More than human: supernatural bodies in Japanese art
26-Sep Courting controversy: the figure and its audiences
17-Oct Feeling from afar: touch, tactility and the photographic image
24-Oct Gordon Bennett: the body politic
31-Oct Embedding the figure: war art, games and virtual reality
7-Nov The performing body: artist as subject
14-Nov Being (post)human: bodies in the digital age



Gallery Express 2019 - August

21 August 2019, 9.30am

9.30am - Tea & coffee (AGNSW)
10.00am - Bus departs from the front steps of the AGNSW
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues




Following on from last month we continue our exploration of watercolour. Enjoy experimenting with simple exercises to build your confidence. Looking at examples of different artists approaches to the medium, Brenda will demonstrate glazing and layering techniques. You will complete an experimental composition inspired by both, new techniques and artists you have studied today.

While this class is a follow on from the July workshop, it is not a pre-requisite.


Following on from last month we continue our exploration of watercolour. Enjoy experimenting with simple exercises to build your confidence. Looking at examples of different artists approaches to the medium, Brenda will demonstrate glazing and layering techniques. You will complete an experimental composition inspired by both, new techniques and artists you have studied today.

While this class is a follow on from the July workshop, it is not a pre-requisite.


One of Australia’s favourite sopranos, Greta Bradman, and ARIA award-winning, internationally acclaimed pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska come together for an evening of sublime and uplifting songs from around the world. With music from Bradman’s latest album, 'Home', and Cislowska’s recordings of Sculthorpe and Kats-Chernin, this promises to be an evening of beauty and enchantment with two extraordinary women at the forefront of classical music. Fans of their programs on ABC Classic FM - 'Weekend Mornings' and 'Duet' – will relish this rare opportunity to see both performers sharing the stage in this stunning collaboration.

The concert will be preceded by light refreshments and a private exhibition viewing.
Doors open at 6.30pm. Concert commences at 7.30pm.
This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial




This month we will study the work of Grace Cossington-Smith, exploring her unique sense of colour and mark making. A skilled colourist, Cossington-Smith’s chief interest was colour, and the interplay between colour form and light. Brenda will demonstrate colour mixing and brush techniques using acrylic paint. Experimenting with Cossington-Smith’s techniques, you will compose your own painting.




It’s spring and we’ll look at the colours of nature, the shapes of flower petals and create an arrangement of flowers and interesting plants. Let’s include some insects too.


This month we will learn simple weaving techniques to create a colourful and fun wall hanging. Inspired by the colour wheel.


This month we will learn simple weaving techniques to create a colourful and fun wall hanging. Inspired by the colour wheel.


It’s spring and we’ll look at the colours of nature, the shapes of flower petals and create an arrangement of flowers and interesting plants. Let’s include some insects too.


It’s spring and we’ll look at the colours of nature, the shapes of flower petals and create an arrangement of flowers and interesting plants. Let’s include some insects too.


This month we will learn simple weaving techniques to create a colourful and fun wall hanging. Inspired by the colour wheel.


It’s spring and we’ll look at the colours of nature, the shapes of flower petals and create an arrangement of flowers and interesting plants. Let’s include some insects too.


It’s spring and we’ll look at the colours of nature, the shapes of flower petals and create an arrangement of flowers and interesting plants. Let’s include some insects too.


It’s spring and we’ll look at the colours of nature, the shapes of flower petals and create an arrangement of flowers and interesting plants. Let’s include some insects too.


This month we will learn simple weaving techniques to create a colourful and fun wall hanging. Inspired by the colour wheel.


This month we will learn simple weaving techniques to create a colourful and fun wall hanging. Inspired by the colour wheel.





Gallery Express 2019 - September

18 September 2019, 9.30am

9.30am - Tea & coffee (AGNSW)
10.00am - Bus departs from the front steps of the AGNSW
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues



Working in chalk pastel is the closest thing to painting with drawing. Pastel is a versatile medium with which you can draw, smudge, blend, rub back. The perfect medium for exploring colour and tonal qualities. Looking at how artists have used pastels, particularly the work of Degas, famous for his pastel drawings, we make studies of his technique and apply this technique to simple objects.


To mark the occasion of Resonate’s 20th anniversary, we have a special celebration planned for our September concert. Emma Pask – one of Australia’s favourite jazz singers will set the tone for a wonderful night of music and dancing. Accompanied by a big band, Pask will perform timeless swing classics as well as upbeat Latin Grooves to keep you tapping your toes to the very end. A night of Spring Elegance awaits you with a champagne reception and dinner by Chiswick at the Gallery. We hope you and your friends can join us for an unmissable night of music and celebrations!

The concert will be preceded by a champagne reception and a private exhibition viewing.
Entrée buffet and set main course will be served throughout the concert.
Doors open at 6.30pm. Concert commences at 7.30pm.
This event will be held in the Entrance court with cabaret-style seating.

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial


Working in chalk pastel is the closest thing to painting with drawing. Pastel is a versatile medium with which you can draw, smudge, blend, rub back. The perfect medium for exploring colour and tonal qualities. Looking at how artists have used pastels, particularly the work of Degas, famous for his pastel drawings, we make studies of his technique and apply this technique to simple objects.




Matisse was inspired by pattern and colour in his painting practice. We look at some of his paintings for inspiration and subject matter. Working from still life and inspired by inventive mark making and creative compositions, we layer translucent washes, and work with a combination of different drawing tools to achieve colourful and dynamic responses to our still life subject.


We will build a mini city using cardboard and recycled materials. What kind of buildings will you include? Who will live in your town?



Using chalk pastel we will make a progressive sequence of sketches of apples being slowly eaten. Have fun munching on an apple while you draw.


We will build a mini city using cardboard and recycled materials. What kind of buildings will you include? Who will live in your town?


We will build a mini city using cardboard and recycled materials. What kind of buildings will you include? Who will live in your town?


Using chalk pastel we will make a progressive sequence of sketches of apples being slowly eaten. Have fun munching on an apple while you draw.


Using chalk pastel we will make a progressive sequence of sketches of apples being slowly eaten. Have fun munching on an apple while you draw.


We will build a mini city using cardboard and recycled materials. What kind of buildings will you include? Who will live in your town?


We will build a mini city using cardboard and recycled materials. What kind of buildings will you include? Who will live in your town?


We will build a mini city using cardboard and recycled materials. What kind of buildings will you include? Who will live in your town?


Using chalk pastel we will make a progressive sequence of sketches of apples being slowly eaten. Have fun munching on an apple while you draw.



Gallery Express 2019 - October

16 October 2019, 9.30am

9.30am - Tea & coffee (AGNSW)
10.00am - Bus departs from the front steps of the AGNSW
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues



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.




Art essentials 2019: Lino printing

26 October 2019, 10.30am

Looking at prints made by Picasso, particularly, the reduction method, often referred to as the “Suicide Method”, you will make a reductive colour lino print. A reduction print is when the final print develops all colours from the same block, cutting away with each colour. After you have designed your image, Brenda will show you the process, and you will create a unique set of coloured prints.




Let’s have fun making masks. Draw patterns, add colours, shapes and feathers. We’ll look for inspiration amongst the works in the gallery.


Let’s have fun making masks. Draw patterns, add colours, shapes and feathers. We’ll look for inspiration amongst the works in the gallery.


Let’s have fun making masks. Draw patterns, add colours, shapes and feathers. We’ll look for inspiration amongst the works in the gallery.


Create a design inspired by the shapes and textures of feathers. Transfer your drawing to scratch foam and we will make a print on a tote bag.


Create a design inspired by the shapes and textures of feathers. Transfer your drawing to scratch foam and we will make a print on a tote bag.


Create a design inspired by the shapes and textures of feathers. Transfer your drawing to scratch foam and we will make a print on a tote bag.


Create a design inspired by the shapes and textures of feathers. Transfer your drawing to scratch foam and we will make a print on a tote bag.


Create a design inspired by the shapes and textures of feathers. Transfer your drawing to scratch foam and we will make a print on a tote bag.


Let’s have fun making masks. Draw patterns, add colours, shapes and feathers. We’ll look for inspiration amongst the works in the gallery.


Let’s have fun making masks. Draw patterns, add colours, shapes and feathers. We’ll look for inspiration amongst the works in the gallery.


Let’s have fun making masks. Draw patterns, add colours, shapes and feathers. We’ll look for inspiration amongst the works in the gallery.




Art Gallery favourite, renowned pianist Simon Tedeschi celebrates Resonate’s 20th birthday with a performance that is sure to raise the roof! With jazz pianist, Kevin Hunt, it’s a case of two great pianists on two grand pianos, in a performance where the jazz and the classical duck and weave in a way that feels ‘just right’. Performing together throughout Australia for over a decade to acclaim and standing ovations, Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt return in 2019 with a program of irresistible classical and jazz works and new arrangements – the perfect finale to the Resonate year.

The concert will be preceded by light refreshments and a private exhibition viewing.
Doors open at 6.30pm. Concert commences at 7.30pm.
This event will be held in the Entrance court with cabaret style seating.

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial




Working from photos and images of landscape paintings in the collection, we will discuss strategies to understand and construct a traditional landscape. We learn how to see and simplify the landscape, by using viewing frames to make quick thumb nail sketches which will then be built up with ink and watercolour to create quick loose impressions.


Working from photos and images of landscape paintings in the collection, we will discuss strategies to understand and construct a traditional landscape. We learn how to see and simplify the landscape, by using viewing frames to make quick thumb nail sketches which will then be built up with ink and watercolour to create quick loose impressions.


Gallery Express 2019 - November

20 November 2019, 9.30am

9.30am - Tea & coffee (AGNSW)
10.00am - Bus departs from the front steps of the AGNSW
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues


Art essentials 2019: Watercolour II

23 November 2019, 10.30am

Painting in watercolour can be difficult to master. It’s fluid nature can be hard to control and often unpredictable. Learning to work with and exploit the behavior of watercolour is a rewarding challenge. Brenda will guide you through a series of exercises to help you achieve the luminous transparent qualities watercolour is known for. This workshop is a great opportunity to really experiment, explore and make happy accidents with colour.


Gallery Express 2019 - December

04 December 2019, 9.30am

9.30am - Tea & coffee (AGNSW)
10.00am - Bus departs from the front steps of the AGNSW
*Note - there may be some walking & climbing stairs at various venues


Enjoy some fun making pattern on paper and create a suite of cards and fun wrapping paper to use during the festive season.


Enjoy some fun making pattern on paper and create a suite of cards and fun wrapping paper to use during the festive season.


Enjoy some fun making pattern on paper and create a suite of cards and fun wrapping paper to use during the festive season.


We will make a festive decorative paper sculpture using origami techniques. Add your origami to the Christmas tree. A great activity to share with family.


We will make a festive decorative paper sculpture using origami techniques. Add your origami to the Christmas tree. A great activity to share with family.


Enjoy some fun making pattern on paper and create a suite of cards and fun wrapping paper to use during the festive season.


We will make a festive decorative paper sculpture using origami techniques. Add your origami to the Christmas tree. A great activity to share with family.


We will make a festive decorative paper sculpture using origami techniques. Add your origami to the Christmas tree. A great activity to share with family.


Enjoy some fun making pattern on paper and create a suite of cards and fun wrapping paper to use during the festive season.


We will make a festive decorative paper sculpture using origami techniques. Add your origami to the Christmas tree. A great activity to share with family.