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Art appreciation lecture series 2018

The hidden language of art: symbol and allusion

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

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

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


Art appreciation lecture series 2018

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

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

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


For children aged 9-13

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

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

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


For children aged 9-13 years

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

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

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


For children aged 5–8

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

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

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


For children aged 5–8

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

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

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


For children aged 5–8

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

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

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


For children aged 9-13

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

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

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


For children aged 9-13

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

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

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


For children aged 9-13

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

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

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


For children aged 5–8

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

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

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


For children aged 5–8

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

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

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


For children aged 5–8

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

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

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


Absolute beginners 2018 - Friday series

16 February 2018, 1.00pm

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

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



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

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



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 available from 9.30am prior to the bus departure at the Entrance level of the Gallery. 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.



Art essentials 2018

24 February 2018, 10.30am

Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

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

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



Teenage Art Club

18 March 2018, 10.30am

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell Australia


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


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

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




Chinese calligraphy is traditionally said to be like meditation, quieting the heart and calming the mind by moving its Qi or energy in rhythm with the movement of the brush.

Learn the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy from modern master Xueyi Bai as she takes you through the basic movements of dots and strokes into balanced, elegant characters, using the special tools of calligraphy – a soft Chinese brush, rice paper, ink stick and ink stone.

Beginners will be taken through basic skills such as holding the brush and simple movements, while experienced participants will develop confident, smooth brush control, and explore the role of white space and different stroke textures in balanced composition. You will create whole works of your own, from auspicious characters to proverbs.

The classes are suitable for all levels of experience.

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


Australian Classics - Friday series

05 October 2018, 10.30am

'It was all Australia to me …’ – Rudyard Kipling

What makes a novel or story essentially ‘Australian’? Is it merely the setting, and should that setting be urban, or rural? Or is there something in the tone which makes a book typically Australian? Why do some novels and stories continue to resonate with succeeding generations of Australians? Which books have become Aussie classics, and why?

Literary lecturer and writer Susannah Fullerton discusses three works that have been popular and which have lasted. She looks at how Australia shaped their authors and how those authors shaped Australia, and analyses what it is that makes them good or great works of literature.

5 October - Henry Lawson and 'The Drover’s Wife'
12 October - Ethel Turner and 'Seven Little Australians'
9 November - Miles Franklin and 'My Brilliant Career'

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


Australian Classics - Saturday series

06 October 2018, 10.30am

'It was all Australia to me …’ – Rudyard Kipling

What makes a novel or story essentially ‘Australian’? Is it merely the setting, and should that setting be urban, or rural? Or is there something in the tone which makes a book typically Australian? Why do some novels and stories continue to resonate with succeeding generations of Australians? Which books have become Aussie classics, and why?

Literary lecturer and writer Susannah Fullerton discusses three works that have been popular and which have lasted. She looks at how Australia shaped their authors and how those authors shaped Australia, and analyses what it is that makes them good or great works of literature.

6 October - Henry Lawson and 'The Drover’s Wife'
13 October - Ethel Turner and 'Seven Little Australians'
10 November - Miles Franklin and 'My Brilliant Career'

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


After almost two centuries of French influence in Russia, the first decades of the 20th century saw and heard the development of a visual and performance culture drawing upon the sights and sounds of native Russia. In this series we look at the collections of Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov, some of the artists they collected, performances and composers of the time and the Russian avant garde.

Saturday 20 October 2018
Shchukin, Morozov, and the Francophile foundations of Russian avant-garde art – Roger Benjamin
Gauguin, Cézanne, and Cézannism in Paris and Moscow – Roger Benjamin

Saturday 3 November 2018
Diaghilev, Stravinsky and the Ballets Russe – Lorraine Kypiotis
Russian Composers – Andy Bromberger

Saturday 24 November 2018
St Petersburg: the city and its monuments - Peter Kohane
The exhibition: 'Masters of modern art from the Hermitage' – Peter Raissis




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


Art essentials 2018 - Watercolour II

27 October 2018, 10.30am

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


Family workshop: Grandparents day

28 October 2018, 1.30pm

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

Workshop includes a mini afternoon tea.

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell Australia


Jazz at the Gallery: James Morrison

28 October 2018, 6.30pm

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

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

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

Proudly presented by Pat Corrigan and Aurecon.


Teenage Art Club: Contemporary collage

28 October 2018, 10.30am

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


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

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


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




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


Diaghilev, Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes
Lorraine Kypiotis

“Of all the wonders that the world had to offer, only art promised immortality” – Sergei Diaghilev. In the early 20th century, the impresario Diaghilev arrived in Paris with a troupe of dancers recruited from the imperial ballet of St Petersburg. The troupe, who became known as the Ballets Russes went on to conquer Paris and then the rest of Europe. The pieces that were performed were new and were set among magnificent designs by Leon Bakst and other artists.

Russian composers
Andy Bromberger

Russian composers Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), Sergei Prokofiev ( 1891-1953) and Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-43) left their homeland before or during the Russian Revolution. The impact these three inspirational composers had on musical life in both their native country, their adopted homes and the musical world in general is worthy of exploration.


Contemporary Art Curator Gitte Weise will reveal what’s new and cutting edge in Australia’s contemporary art scene. Cities such as Hobart are fast becoming renowned for their contemporary art collections and Gitte will share her knowledge of what makes contemporary artists and their works so fascinating and intriguing to art lovers around the world.

Following the lecture, join Gitte for a guided tour of her favourite Contemporary works currently on display in the Gallery.


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



On the first Wednesday of the month the Young Members meet at the Gallery for our Young Members meetup. This month we will explore the summer exhibition 'Masters of modern art from the Hermitage' with a guided tour, followed by drinks and conversation in the Members Lounge.

The cost for the event is free however you will need to purchase an exhibition ticket before arrival as this tour is taking place in a ticketed exhibition.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Gallery information desk Located at the Entrance Court.





This 1901 novel was sent to Henry Lawson by its author, Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin. He forwarded it to his own publishers in the UK and wrote a preface for it. He did not know that several characters had been based on the author’s own family. Indeed, the book’s publication embarrassed Miles Franklin so much she withdrew it from publication until after her death.

Clearly the work of a teenage girl, it is an odd, contradictory book – strongly feminist, and with fabulous portrayals of the hard life of the bush, yet with one of the most irritating heroines ever! She fails to have any career at all, let alone a brilliant one. Miles Franklin gave her name and money to an award that now fosters uniquely Australian literature – this lecture looks at what places her own first novel so firmly in that category.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


This 1901 novel was sent to Henry Lawson by its author, Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin. He forwarded it to his own publishers in the UK and wrote a preface for it. He did not know that several characters had been based on the author’s own family. Indeed, the book’s publication embarrassed Miles Franklin so much she withdrew it from publication until after her death.

Clearly the work of a teenage girl, it is an odd, contradictory book – strongly feminist, and with fabulous portrayals of the hard life of the bush, yet with one of the most irritating heroines ever! She fails to have any career at all, let alone a brilliant one. Miles Franklin gave her name and money to an award that now fosters uniquely Australian literature – this lecture looks at what places her own first novel so firmly in that category.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


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

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

No experience necessary.


Peter Griffen weekend workshop - November 2018

10 November 2018, Weekend time - 9.30am

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

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

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

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



This month we will visit a collection of galleries in the Woolloomooloo and Darlinghurst area, showcasing an array of established and emerging artists. Join Joey Hespe as we discover the works at Jerico Contemporary, Firstdraft, Conny Dietzschold and Liverpool Street gallery. We'll finish at a local pub to relax and continue the conversation over a drink.

This is a walking tour, which will go ahead in all weather conditions, so wear appropriate clothing and footwear.


Join us as we celebrate a wonderful year of art. This year’s party has a new format starting with a champagne reception and exhibition viewing of 'Masters of modern art from the Hermitage'. Dinner and dancing will follow so gather your friends and start organising your tables!

This year's event features a sit-down dinner and includes champagne reception, roving entrée, main meal, tea/coffee with petit fours.

Seating will be in cabaret style tables of 10 people.

Please advise of any seating requests for groups and dietary requirements to 9225 1878 or bookings@artgallerysociety.org.au by Monday 5 November.


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


Day tour: Sculpture in the Vineyards

13 November 2018, 7.45am

Sculpture in the Vineyards is an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition held in the stunning Wollombi Valley. The exhibition features an intriguing array of indoor and outdoor sculpture displayed in the cellar doors and grounds of exclusive boutique wineries.

Join us for this day tour where you will enjoy the latest in contemporary outdoor sculpture by talented Australian artists, lunch and wine tasting at local vineyards, time to wander through the picturesque landscape of the Wollombi Valley.

Tour includes morning tea, light lunch and guided tour. Suitable footwear for walking required. Please advise of any dietary requirements when booking.

Meet at the bus stop near MCA 140 George St, The Rocks at 7.45am for 8am departure. Return 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.




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


Origami workshop: Folded with love

17 November 2018, 10.30am

Join us for a fun and creative family morning where kids and adults get crafty with paper. Expert origami artist, Midori Furze will teach you how to make a special origami box and lid by connecting 16 sheets of origami paper without any glue. The box can be used to store treasures, or given as a gift.

For ages 9yrs to adult adult.


In this one day printmaking workshop, master printmaker, Andrew Totman will guide you through a non toxic process using hand held tools to scratch, carve and rub a unique image onto heavy card and or metal plates. Andrew will cover drawing preparation, dry point techniques, and colour printing.

Bring one or two source images to be used as the main image for the process or find inspiration from one of the works currently on exhibition from the collection. All other materials provided. Please bring an old shirt or apron.



Gallery Express 2018 - November tour

21 November 2018, 10.00am

9.30am - Tea & coffee (served at the Entrance level, 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 - November

21 November 2018, 5.15pm

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

Hear from Art Gallery Society Executive Director Ron Ramsey before heading off on a guided tour of the Gallery's collection.

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


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


Art essentials 2018 - Ink

24 November 2018, 10.30am

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


St Petersburg: the city and its monuments
Peter Kohane

This talk explores the architecture of St Petersburg: The origins of the city in 1703 with reference to the urban plan’s classical rigour. The three major streets, including Nevsky Prospekt, converging on the Admiralty Building and the significance of the Winter Palace (the Hermitage). We will consider the connection between St Petersburg and Helsinki, which pertained to a ceremonial path culminating in the latter’s classical urban centre. The break from tradition is identified in the most compelling architectural scheme associated with the revolution, namely Tatlin’s project for the Monument to the Third International (1919–20). This talk provides opportunities to reflect on similarities and differences between St Petersburg and Sydney.


The exhibition: 'Masters of modern art from the Hermitage'
Peter Raissis

Join AGNSW’s Curator of European Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Peter Raissis as he provides an overview of the exhibition 'Masters of modern art from the Hermitage' from a curatorial perspective and how this exhibition documents the seismic shifts that took place in European painting in the years after 1900 and encapsulates a defining moment in art history.



It’s the event of the year for our smallest members. A very special morning when our winners and finalists will be awarded their prizes. Come along and meet the judges, and enjoy some light refreshments. Fun for all families to celebrate, and see the great work created by our budding young artists.

Free to attend.



Special event: The art of Tuckson

30 November 2018, 12.15pm

Join us for lunch and the launch of 'Tony Tuckson', the much anticipated Art Gallery of New South Wales publication produced in conjunction with the exhibition 'Tuckson: the abstract sublime'.

Tony Tuckson’s story is a compelling one. Revered as Australia’s most significant abstract expressionist painter, his story is inextricably linked with that of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. From 1950 until his premature death in 1973 he served as an attendant, curator and finally deputy director. He remains best-known for his role in establishing the Aboriginal and Melanesian collections at AGNSW at a time when the art of these cultures was unappreciated in the art museum world.

To launch this book, David Marr, the celebrated journalist, author, political and social commentator – and family friend of the Tucksons – will be in conversation with authors Denise Mimmocchi, Senior Curator of Australian Art, Cara Pinchbeck, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, and Steven Miller, Head of the Gallery Research Library and Archive. They will discuss Tuckson’s multifaceted contribution to Australian cultural life as both artist and arts administrator.

Enjoy drinks and canapes on arrival, a seated lunch from Chiswick at the Gallery’s collective menu of seasonal shared plates with wine followed by tea/coffee and also receive your copy of the book 'Tony Tuckson'.

Please arrive at 12.15pm for 12.30pm seating

Dietary requirements must be made by Thurs 22 Nov, requests/changes cannot be made on the day.


Family Workshop: An origami Christmas

02 December 2018, 10.30am

Join us for a fun and creative family afternoon. Kids with their adult companion will work together to make a range of cards and ornaments to celebrate the festive season.

Michael Clonaris is an expert Origami artist and will teach you a range of easy through to more challenging origami folds to add charm and originality to your cards.




Gallery Express 2018 - December tour

05 December 2018, 10.00am

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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




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


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!


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


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




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




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



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





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






Resonate 2019: 4. 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 Mendelssohn.

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








Resonate 2019: 5. 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







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






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







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