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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.

Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours


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.

Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours


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


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 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.


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 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 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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


Teenage Art Club 2019

16 March 2019, 10.30am

For ages 13+

A series of monthly workshops for teenagers to explore and nurture their creativity. Looking at different artworks in the collection each month, we will gain inspiration through discussion shared ideas and techniques, then create our own individual work.

Futher workshop themes will be added during the year.


Drawing from the figure 2019

10 April 2019, 6.30pm

Led by artist Siena White, this workshop will explore the fundamental techniques of life drawing and is aimed at developed observational skills. You will draw directly from a life model, who will be semi-clothed and posed in dialogue with sculptures in the Gallery. All materials provided.

Siena White, is a practicing artist who was the 2014 recipient of the Robert Le Gay Brereton Memorial Prize, Art Gallery of NSW.


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


Join us as we follow the alluring Scheherazade in telling some of the magnificent stories of the Near East in order to entertain, beguile and inspire. The Near East, more usually called the Middle East today, is a region that many associate with either its ancient archaeological past or its contemporary reputation for conflict and insecurity. However, beyond these Western preoccupations about the region, and our own orientalist and romantic fantasies, lies a rich and complex world with many stories to tell.

Over six weeks we travel the lands of the Near East, from Egypt and Arabia, to the Silk Roads and Indian Ocean, and explore some of the great artistic and religious themes that have animated these lands for centuries. Travelling back and forward in time, we will linger in the world of medieval Classical Islam, the time of the 1001 Nights, Harun al-Rashid, and Sinbad the Sailor; an era of magnificent architecture, sublime poetry, rich mysticism, and 1001 untold stories.

21/06/2019 The melancholic pleasure of ruins
5/07/2019 Earthly paradises
12/07/2019 Of poets and mystics
19/07/2019 Frankincense routes
26/07/2019 Silken roads
2/08/2019 Lost enlightenment?

*Please note - The first lecture will now take place on 21 not 28 June as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


Join us as we follow the alluring Scheherazade in telling some of the magnificent stories of the Near East in order to entertain, beguile and inspire. The Near East, more usually called the Middle East today, is a region that many associate with either its ancient archaeological past or its contemporary reputation for conflict and insecurity. However, beyond these Western preoccupations about the region, and our own orientalist and romantic fantasies, lies a rich and complex world with many stories to tell.
Over six weeks we travel the lands of the Near East, from Egypt and Arabia, to the Silk Roads and Indian Ocean, and explore some of the great artistic and religious themes that have animated these lands for centuries. Travelling back and forward in time, we will linger in the world of medieval Classical Islam, the time of the 1001 Nights, Harun al-Rashid, and Sinbad the Sailor; an era of magnificent architecture, sublime poetry, rich mysticism, and 1001 untold stories.

22/06/2019 The melancholic pleasure of ruins
6/07/2019 Earthly paradises
13/07/2019 Of poets and mystics
20/07/2019 Frankincense routes
27/07/2019 Silken roads
3/08/2019 Lost enlightenment?

*Please note - The first lecture will now take place on 22 June not 29 June as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.


Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


Art for starters 2019

06 July 2019, 2.00pm

An introduction to European art history

Art for Starters is an introductory overview of European art history, from the classical to the contemporary. Focusing on major epochs of European history, the course considers how art is shaped by different cultural and historical contexts. The scope of the course is limited to key examples of painting, sculpture and architecture in the Western World, to provide a starting point for a deeper exploration of the visual arts, not only in Europe but also in the wider world beyond.

6/07/2019 Mapping European art & pagan beginnings – the world of Ancient Greece and Rome
13/07/2019 Medieval Christendom
20/07/2019 The Renaissance – rediscovering Greek and Roman antiquity
10/08/2019 The expanding world - 1600 to 1800
17/08/2019 19th century – revolution, romance and nationalism
24/08/2019 20th century – modernity and beyond & ways of looking at art

Note: Liz Gibson is no longer able to present this course as previously advertised. Lorraine Kypiotis, Education Outreach Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in art history and theory at the National Art School, Sydney, will present the course in Liz’s absence. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.


Drawing fundamentals 2019 - August

07 August 2019, 1.00pm

Join artist and arts educator Christine Simpson for this series of 4 drawing classes for beginners. Christine will guide you through four stimulating and informative sessions investigating a variety of fundamental techniques. Whether you are beginning your drawing journey, or wishing to brush up on your drawing skills, Christine will guide each participant forward to find this a rewarding, hands on experience.

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

Wed 7 Aug Perspective and relationships
Wed 14 Aug Bottles and still life
Wed 21 Aug Planes, ellipses and depth
Wed 28 Aug forms and negative space


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

14/08/2019 Embedding the figure: war art, games and virtual reality
21/08/2019 The women that shaped Picasso’s nudes
28/08/2019 Life classes: drawing the nude in Australia
4/09/2019 Matter and light: a human being, abstract expressionism and architecture
11/09/2019 Returning your gaze: the male nude in Australian art 1880–1980
18/09/2019 More than human: supernatural bodies in Japanese art
25/09/2019 Courting controversy: the figure and its audiences
16/10/2019 Feeling from afar: touch, tactility and the photographic image
23/10/2019 Gordon Bennett: the body politic
30/10/2019 Superhuman: realism in the modern age
6/11/2019 Being (post)human: bodies in the digital age
13/11/2019 The performing body: artist as subject




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

15/08/2019 Embedding the figure: war art, games and virtual reality
22/08/2019 The women that shaped Picasso’s nudes
29/08/2019 Life classes: drawing the nude in Australia
5/09/2019 Matter and light: a human being, abstract expressionism and architecture
12/09/2019 Returning your gaze: the male nude in Australian art 1880–1980
19/09/2019 More than human: supernatural bodies in Japanese art
26/09/2019 Courting controversy: the figure and its audiences
17/10/2019 Feeling from afar: touch, tactility and the photographic image
24/10/2019 Gordon Bennett: the body politic
31/10/2019 Superhuman: realism in the modern age
7/11/2019 Being (post)human: bodies in the digital age
14/11/2019 The performing body: artist as subject




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


New Members tour 2019 - August

21 August 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



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.


For centuries Japanese artists have blended the traditional with the modern to create timeless, artistic expressions. Join Kathryn Hunyor on a journey from Niigata to Naoshima to see how artists and architects are employing contemporary techniques founded in traditional philosophies to create eternal designs.


The revolutionary fervour of the 19th century spilled over into the 20th century. Coupled with giant leaps in technology, it paved the way for some of the most radical changes ever witnessed in the way art was created and viewed. As the pace of life sped-up in the 20th century, so did the birth of new art styles, and a proliferation of new media. Discover the meaning of art terms like cubism, expressionism, surrealism, pop art and conceptual art. Conclude the series with a focus on ways of looking at art.


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


Teenage Art Club 2019: Clay portraits

25 August 2019, 10.30am

Inspired by the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, this month we study the portrait. Explore your own unique features, and different facial expressions and make a self-portrait clay bust. We’ll make some preliminary sketches from a mirror, before digging our hands into the clay.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2019.

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


*Note: This lecture will now take place on 28 August, not 31 July as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.



*Note: This lecture will now take place on 29 August, not 1 August as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.


Queens of antiquity

30 August 2019, 10.30am

Women’s power has simultaneously aroused and repelled men since antiquity. Join archaeologist Iain Shearer in this special double-lecture series for an exploration of some of the most legendary and beguiling women of the ancient world.

Cleopatra Ptolemy, Cleopatra Selene, Zenobia of Palmyra, The Queen of Sheba and Hatshepsut of Egypt will feature in these fascinating lectures referencing the Gallery’s collection and delivered in Iain’s inimitable, engaging style.

Friday 30 August - Cleopatra Ptolemy, Cleopatra Selene and Zenobia of Palmyra
Friday 6 September - The Queen of Sheba and Hatshepsut of Egypt


This lecture examines the lives of three visionary female leaders through art and culture. Zenobia of Palmyra, Cleopatra VII (last of the Ptolemies of Egypt), Cleopatra Selene (Queen of Mauretania and Numidia and daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony). With the odds against them, these women shaped history and our modern world.

"From Zenobia, Queen of the East, to Aurelian Augustus. None save yourself has ever demanded by letter what you now demand. Whatever must be accomplished in matters of war must be done by valour alone. You demand my surrender as though you were not aware that Cleopatra preferred to die a Queen rather than remain alive, however high her rank.”
‘Historia Augusta’ ‘Life of Aurelian’ Verse 28 c. late 4th century AD


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.


Discover the fascinating history of the 16th century Medici court through the visual culture of renaissance Florence. Bringing together leading scholars, this one-day symposium will focus on the art, power and politics surrounding the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I de’Medici.

The symposium will present exciting new research on the portrait by Agnolo Bronzino, 'Cosimo I de’Medici in armour' (1540s), a significant painting held in the Gallery’s collection. With recent analysis undergone at the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne, further details are to be revealed on the underlying portrait beneath the surface of this painting.

Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the birth of Cosimo I de’Medici, the symposium features speakers Dr Sefy Hendler (Tel Aviv University), Dr Paula Dredge (head of paintings conservation at the Art Gallery of New South Wales), Dr Natalie Tomas (Monash University), Dr Nicholas Baker (Macquarie University), Dr John Gagne (Sydney University) and Dr Robert Brennan (Sydney University).

The symposium is presented in partnership with Macquarie University and the Power Institute Foundation for Art and Visual Culture.

The exclusive members early-release offer is now booked out. Further tickets will be made available when it goes on sale to the public on Tuesday 11 June via Qtix.


Join artist Anthony Hodgkinson as he leads the Young Members on a walking tour of East Sydney. Anthony will share his knowledge on the Sydney emerging arts scene with visits to exhibitions at Gallery 9 and Stack Projects.

For those that wish to continue the conversation, we will head to a local pub nearby following the tour (not included in the ticket price).



The art of Chinese calligraphy II 2019

04 September 2019, 2.00pm

In this series of workshops you will refine your technique of the eight basic strokes and understanding of structure and balance as you discover how the basic strokes change to harmonise with each other and the surrounding space. Using this, you will complete a formal composition of Laozi’s proverb 'The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step'.

At the end of the course, you will produce meaningful works of your own and the technique and appreciation to make Chinese calligraphy an everyday skill that is a pleasure to perform, and delight to view.

Both experienced students and absolute beginners are welcome.


Start with a demonstration of the eight basic strokes in a variety of characters. Observe how they change according to their surroundings, and how this affects the work’s rhythm and balance. You will be guided to improve your brush control over different pressures, thicknesses and shapes. Then, you will learn variations of the horizontal stroke’s length and taper, and apply them to two characters – upright and king.

Beginners will be introduced to the history, tools and strokes of Chinese calligraphy. You will be guided to hold the brush correctly and learn three basic strokes – dot, horizontal and vertical, and use them to write the character for jade.


Discover modern Australian art

Join Lucie Reeves-Smith, Contemporary Art Specialist for our September Meetup. Lucie will share her art historical and commercial knowledge of her favourite artworks in the modern Australian collection. Mingle with other young professionals and enjoy bespoke cocktails by Manly Spirits.

Drinks and light refreshments provided.




Join Iain Shearer as he examines the lives of two historically significant women: Pharaoh Hatshepsut and Belqis, Queen of Sheba. Hatshepsut’s successors tried and failed to expunge her legacy from Egyptian history. Did Belqis exist beyond the pages of the Old Testament? Her influence on art and culture is as powerful as her legend.

"Now my heart turns this way and that, as I think what the people will say. Those who see my monuments in years to come, and who shall speak of what I have done."
Words of Hatshepsut on one of her obelisks at the temple of Karnak erected c. 1473 -1458 BC


Whiteley Art Bus

06 September 2019, 1.30pm

Join us on Friday and Sunday afternoons in spring for a triple-treat of Whiteley experiences linked conveniently by shuttle bus.

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program.The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au


Whiteley Art Bus - 6 September

06 September 2019, 1.30pm

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program.* The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au


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.


Invoking the divine

07 September 2019, 10.30am

Figures in Asian Art

This lecture series seeks to unveil the iconography of the figure in Asian art. By discovering the underlaying forms, we will reveal new ways to understand and appreciate the relationship between the artist, the materials and representations of the figure in Asian art.

7 Sept - Michael Hill 'Asian sculpture uncovered'
14 Sept - Georgina Cole 'Buddhist sculpture in Ancient India'
21 Sept - Khadim Ali 'Drawing the figure in the miniature tradition'


Artist, material and representation

Michael Hill, head of art history at the National Art School and National Artistic Advisor to Sculpture by the Sea will focus on the sculptural and material qualities of the figure in Asian art in relation to the current exhibition 'Walking with gods'.


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.


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.


Whiteley Art Bus - 8 September

08 September 2019, 1.30pm

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program.* The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au



Led by Siena White, this workshop will explore the fundamental techniques of life drawing and is aimed at developing observational skills. Taking inspiration from works in the Collection, you will create figurative studies from paintings in the Old Courts. Siena will guide you through a series of fundamental exercises to help you see and understand the figure
Meet in the members’ lounge.

All materials provided.


Learn variations of the left down stroke’s length and posture, applying them to the characters for thousand, journey and sky.

Beginners will learn the turning stroke and use it to write the character for middle.



Bus tour: 2019 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair

12 September 2019, 12.00pm

Join us for an exclusive preview of the 2019 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, the largest and most diverse gathering of local and international galleries in Australia.

Held at the Carriageworks site, Sydney Contemporary features a massive display of contemporary and avant garde art. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to chat to artists, gallerists and fellow art lovers before opening night.

Ticket includes travel to and from Carriageworks and entry to the Fair.

Meet the bus at the Art Gallery of NSW steps (bus departs from and returns to the Art Gallery of NSW).

*Please note that this tour involves extensive walking and long periods of standing.




Whiteley Art Bus - 13 September

13 September 2019, 1.30pm

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program.* The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au


Georgina Cole, lecturer in art history and theory at the National Art School will consider the development of sculptural representations of the Buddha in the Mauryan and Kushan Empires from a symbolic and human perspective.


Whiteley Art Bus - 15 September

15 September 2019, 1.30pm

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program.* The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au



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


Nora Heysen: artistic pioneer

18 September 2019, 11.00am

Nora Heysen was the first woman to win the Archibald Prize and the first woman appointed as an official war artist. Join Anne-Louise Willoughby, author of 'Nora Heysen: A portrait', in conversation with Denise Mimmocchi, Senior Curator of Australian Art at AGNSW as they discuss the life of this remarkable artist with an all-consuming passion to draw and paint.

'Nora Heysen: A portrait' is the first biography written of the artist and will be available for purchase and signing in the Gallery shop at the conclusion of this event.


Learn variations of the right down stroke’s length and concavity, using them in the characters for foot and begin.

Beginners will learn the left and right down strokes, which are curved. You will be guided to develop your sense of balance as you write the character for person.



New Members tour 2019 - September

19 September 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


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


Whiteley Art Bus - 20 September

20 September 2019, 1.30pm

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program.* The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au



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.


Khadim Ali is an artist from the Hazara community in central Afghanistan and currently lives and works in Sydney. In this lecture, he will discuss the conventions of miniature painting, prohibitions around the representation of the figure in Islamic art and his contemporary practice.


Printmaking workshop

22 September 2019, 10.30am

Join leading Sydney printmaker Andrew Totman for this fun and practical exploration of printmaking techniques, in which you’ll learn a range of printing techniques including dry point and mono-print, with an emphasis on colour. Andy will help you create a small series of images drawn from your own sketches.

This class is open for both the novice and the more advanced student. Andrew will give individualised attention to help each student create accomplished and individual works.

All materials are provided, please bring an apron.




Whiteley Art Bus - 22 September

22 September 2019, 1.30pm

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program.* The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au



Complete a formal composition of a proverb by famous Chinese philosopher Laozi – 'the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step', using variation to create unity and balance.

Beginners will bring together all eight basic strokes into one Chinese character – eternity, a traditional milestone for the beginner calligrapher.



Whiteley Art Bus - 27 September

27 September 2019, 1.30pm

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program.* The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au


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.


Jazz at the Gallery 2019: James Morrison

29 September 2019, 6.30pm

Don’t miss an outstanding night of jazz at the Gallery with the brilliant James Morrison Quintet! After a busy year performing around the world and in Australia, James returns to the stage to entertain and show he is a virtuoso in every sense of the word.

Seating will be allocated table seating (tables of 10) based on the dated booked. We recommend group booking if you would like to sit with friends. Drinks and finger sandwiches be provided at your table (included in the price of your ticket).

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

Proudly presented by Pat Corrigan and Aurecon.


This month we will explore portraits and the idea of the self portrait. How would you best describe yourself? How would you like others to see you? Looking at ourselves in a mirror and through our smart phones, we will create a self portrait. Be expressive as you can and show us your best side!

Bring your phone, ipod or ipad if you have one.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


Whiteley Art Bus - 29 September

29 September 2019, 1.30pm

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program.* The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au


For ages 5-12 years with an adult

Everyone loves a good story. Together we will invent characters and themes to create a fun and imaginary world. Experiment with watercolour techniques, drawing and collage and we will create a world of our own imagination telling our special tale.

All materials provided.

For ages 5-12 years with an adult.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



For ages 5-12 years with an adult

Taking inspiration from works in the exhibition In one drop of water, let’s look at water and the creatures who live in water. We will add plants and flowers and the shapes of the ocean to create a fun watery themed clay frieze.

For ages 5-12 years with an adult.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



Whiteley Art Bus - 4 October

04 October 2019, 1.30pm

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program.* The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au


Crochet workshop: Maple leaf

05 October 2019, 10.30am

Make your own crochet maple leaves! Maple trees have been a popular subject of Japanese art, poetry, and literature for thousands of years. Many classic Japanese works of art and poems are about the maple tree or the falling maple leaves.

Contemporary textile artist Margaret Daszkiewicz will teach traditional and modern crochet techniques to create beautiful individual maple leaves, which can be made into a key ring, brooch or a decorative embellishment.

The workshop is designed for everyone with basic knowledge of crochet techniques and stitches such as chain stitch, single and double crochet. You will be shown how to read and understand a crochet chart so you can start making your own leaf and flower that can be transformed into a brooch or any other
embellishment.

Knowledge of basic crochet required. Bring your own crochet hook (between 2mm and 3mm preferred).
Thread and patterns provided.



Whiteley Art Bus - 6 October

06 October 2019, 1.30pm

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program.* The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au


For ages 5-12 years with an adult

Everyone loves a good story. Together we will invent characters and themes to create a fun and imaginary world. Experiment with watercolour techniques, drawing and collage and we will create a world of our own imagination telling our special tale.

All materials provided.

For ages 5-12 years with an adult.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


For ages 5-12 years with an adult

Taking inspiration from works in the exhibition In one drop of water, let’s look at water and the creatures who live in water. We will add plants and flowers and the shapes of the ocean to create a fun watery themed clay frieze.

For ages 5-12 years with an adult.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


Explore the beautiful, challenging and complex role of architecture in shaping our experience of art today in The Art of Architecture. Wander through the galleries of the world; big and small, famous and not-so-famous, as we explore their design challenges, stories and spaces from the perspective of the architect.

Through a selection of some of the most important and (in)famous gallery projects of the last 25 years, this series will critically examine the inspiration and issues behind the gallery designs of the worlds’ leading architects including Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano, SANAA and Zaha Hadid. Journey into local and international galleries and museums including Mona, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Sydney Modern Project.

For a detailed, critical and surprising journey through the projects themselves and new perspectives on the complex nature of contemporary art and its environment, join us in a candid and inspiring look at what makes a place for art today.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia

11/10/2019 The emergence of the modern gallery: how did we get here?
25/10/2019 Scales of ambition: the rise (and fall) of the ‘star-chitects’
1/11/2019 Staging the encounter: the demands of art
8/11/2019 Building in place: architecture and the gallery in time
22/11/2019 Architecture and presence: the special case of Japanese design and the gallery
29/11/2019 Tomorrow’s galleries today – and what they can tell us



From the Sir John Soane Museum in London to the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, architects have continually challenged our expectations of what a gallery might be and the place of art in our cultural and civic imagination. This lecture explores the intimate relationship of art and architecture through significant galleries over the last century, introducing key architectural terms and the events and personalities in architecture that have been so influential in shaping the form of the gallery as we know it today.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


Whiteley Art Bus - 11 October

11 October 2019, 1.30pm

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program.* The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au


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?


Peter Griffen weekend studio workshop 2019 - October workshop

12 October 2019, Weekend workshop time - 9.30am

Abstract landscape

Join Peter Griffen in his vibrant studio for a weekend of hands-on painting and drawing. Enjoy the freedom to experiment, take risks and free up your painting and drawing. Peter will encourage you to push the boundaries of your imagination and painting in a free form abstract or semi abstract way. Peter will demonstrate a variety of techniques to experiment with – impasto, watercolour washes, glazing, scraping, collaging, scribbling, and dripping.

Referencing exhibitions in the Gallery, such as – 'Wirrimanu - art from Balgo', and works by John Olsen, Ian Fairweather and Fred Williams, Peter will discuss various approaches to tackling the broad theme of the landscape.

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

Morning tea will and a gourmet lunch with wine will be provided.

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.


Explore the beautiful, challenging and complex role of architecture in shaping our experience of art today in The Art of Architecture. Wander through the galleries of the world; big and small, famous and not-so-famous, as we explore their design challenges, stories and spaces from the perspective of the architect.

Through a selection of some of the most important and (in)famous gallery projects of the last 25 years, this series will critically examine the inspiration and issues behind the gallery designs of the worlds’ leading architects including Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano, SANAA and Zaha Hadid. Journey into local and international galleries and museums including Mona, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Sydney Modern Project.

For a detailed, critical and surprising journey through the projects themselves and new perspectives on the complex nature of contemporary art and its environment, join us in a candid and inspiring look at what makes a place for art today.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia

12/10/2019 The emergence of the modern gallery: how did we get here?
26/10/2019 Scales of ambition: the rise (and fall) of the ‘star-chitects’
2/11/2019 Staging the encounter: the demands of art
9/11/2019 Building in place: architecture and the gallery in time
23/11/2019 Architecture and presence: the special case of Japanese design and the gallery
30/11/2019 Tomorrow’s galleries today – and what they can tell us



From the Sir John Soane Museum in London to the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, architects have continually challenged our expectations of what a gallery might be and the place of art in our cultural and civic imagination. This lecture explores the intimate relationship of art and architecture through significant galleries over the last century, introducing key architectural terms and the events and personalities in architecture that have been so influential in shaping the form of the gallery as we know it today.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


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.


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?


Whiteley Art Bus - 13 October

13 October 2019, 1.30pm

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program.* The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au



Led by artist Siena White, this workshop will explore the fundamental techniques of life drawing and is aimed at developing observational skills. You will draw directly from a life model, who will be semi-clothed and posed in dialogue with sculptures in the Gallery.

All materials provided.



Gallery Express 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.


Whiteley Art Bus - 18 October

18 October 2019, 1.30pm

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program.* The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au


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.


Ireland World Art Tour reunion

19 October 2019, 12.30pm

Collective Sharing Menu. Tea/coffee is included. All other wine and drinks need be arranged as a group on the day.

Dietary requirements contact 9225 1878 or bookings@artgallerysociety.org.au by Monday, 14 October.


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.

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 small watercolour sketchbook, A5 or smaller is ideal. All other materials supplied.



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.

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 small watercolour sketchbook, A5 or smaller is ideal. All other materials supplied.




Whiteley Art Bus - 20 October

20 October 2019, 1.30pm

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program.* The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au


Note: Zara Stanhope replaces Anneke Jaspers for this lecture


Note: Zara Stanhope replaces Anneke Jaspers for this lecture


The competition for audience and attention over the last 25 years has driven the emergence of the largest and most spectacular gallery projects ever built. Commissioning ‘star-chitects’ and borrowing tactics from shopping malls and airports, galleries from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to the Tate Modern have adapted to a new landscape of art tourism, big business and Instagram. But how big is too big? What is gained and lost in this race for scale? What is a ‘star-chitect’ anyway? This lecture presents a candid review of some the world’s largest and most recognisable gallery projects, and their architects as designers, media personalities and brands.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


Whiteley Art Bus - 25 October

25 October 2019, 1.30pm

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program. The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au


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.


Join art critic and historian Christopher Allen and TV presenter and former foreign correspondent Jane Hutcheon for a discussion on art, culture and politics and the influence of these factors in two fascinating countries – Iran and Israel. Christopher, focusing on Iran and the Silk Road, will explore the historical influence on Iran’s art and culture today while Jane will unravel the complex history of Israel and provide insight into the art and culture that remains today.


The competition for audience and attention over the last 25 years has driven the emergence of the largest and most spectacular gallery projects ever built. Commissioning ‘star-chitects’ and borrowing tactics from shopping malls and airports, galleries from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to the Tate Modern have adapted to a new landscape of art tourism, big business and Instagram. But how big is too big? What is gained and lost in this race for scale? What is a ‘star-chitect’ anyway? This lecture presents a candid review of some the world’s largest and most recognisable gallery projects, and their architects as designers, media personalities and brands.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


Young Members: Private collection tour

26 October 2019, 3.00pm

The Elliott Eyes Collection

Housed within a private residence in inner Sydney, the Elliott Eyes Collection comprises approximately 350 artworks by Australian, New Zealand, German, Belgium, American, South African and English artists. Join the Young Members for this exclusive opportunity to visit a diverse selection of privately owned art.

Light refreshments served. No large bags or photography allowed.


Family workshop: Grandparents day 2019

27 October 2019, 2.30pm

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

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.

For children aged 5+ with a Grandparent or Grand-friend.
*Ticket is per child (price includes adult companion)
*When selecting number of tickets only enter the number of children attending


Teenage Art Club 2019: Lino printing

27 October 2019, 10.30am

Using works in the Asian Gallery as inspiration, we will make small sketches from the works on display. From these sketches we will cut a lino tile and make a print. Focus will be on detail and composition. Colour can be added to the final print when dry.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


Whiteley Art Bus - 27 October

27 October 2019, 1.30pm

*Pre-bookings are essential for this program. The tour begins at the Members Desk of the Art Gallery of New South Wales entrance with a commentary on Whiteley works in the collection from our Gallery Hosts/Guides. Journey on to the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills for a welcome and overview plus free time to explore this unique space. Cap off the afternoon with a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay in all its spring glory. Tour concludes back at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Tour information

• Bookings close three days prior to each tour
• Tours commence and conclude at the Art Gallery of NSW
• Tours commence promptly at 1:30pm
• Bus departs in all weather conditions
• Wendy’s Secret Garden is established along a steep embankment. For accessibility information www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au


*Note lecture date change from previously advertised - 14 August to 30 October


Travel with us to Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre to see the latest innovations in art on paper. Since 2001 The Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award has been a significant national biennial exhibition that aims to elevate the status of works on paper while supporting and promoting artists working with this medium. With prize money totalling $26,000, this stunning exhibition showcases outstanding art created with, on or about paper.

Includes guided tour and a light lunch.



*Note lecture date change from previously advertised - 15 August to 31 October


Whether visiting the Mona Lisa at The Louvre Museum, a Turrell Skyspace in LA or Monet’s 'Waterlillies' at Chichu, the spaces in which we encounter art are critical in shaping our experience of it. Recognising the combination of environment, atmosphere, anticipation and audience, artists and curators continue to challenge the traditional space of the gallery in search of experience and impact. So how have architects responded? This lecture explores some of the extreme demands of contemporary art practice on gallery design, and the significance of architecture in creating our experience of art through spaces both singular and sublime.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


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.


Whether visiting the Mona Lisa at The Louvre Museum, a Turrell Skyspace in LA or Monet’s 'Waterlillies' at Chichu, the spaces in which we encounter art are critical in shaping our experience of it. Recognising the combination of environment, atmosphere, anticipation and audience, artists and curators continue to challenge the traditional space of the gallery in search of experience and impact. So how have architects responded? This lecture explores some of the extreme demands of contemporary art practice on gallery design, and the significance of architecture in creating our experience of art through spaces both singular and sublime.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


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.


Note: Justin Paton’s lecture ‘Being (post)human: bodies in the digital age’ will now take place on 6 November, not 13 November as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.


Note: Justin Paton’s lecture ‘Being (post)human: bodies in the digital age’ will now take place on 7 November, not 14 November as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.


From LACMA to the MoMA, the most recognisable galleries in the world present their incredible stories through architecture that has evolved over decades. By contrast, galleries like The Getty in LA, or MAXXI in Rome aim for the timelessness of culture by presenting a whole ‘world-at-once’ experience through a tightly controlled single architectural language.
This lecture will examine the complex roles of the contemporary gallery from archive and cultural chronicler to future-facing cultural producer, and the expression of these roles through architecture and our spatial experience of the gallery.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


From LACMA to the MoMA, the most recognisable galleries in the world present their incredible stories through architecture that has evolved over decades. By contrast, galleries like The Getty in LA, or MAXXI in Rome aim for the timelessness of culture by presenting a whole ‘world-at-once’ experience through a tightly controlled single architectural language. This lecture will examine the complex roles of the contemporary gallery from archive and cultural chronicler to future-facing cultural producer, and the expression of these roles through architecture and our spatial experience of the gallery.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


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


Note: Jackie Dunn’s lecture ‘ The performing body: artist as subject’ will now take place on 13 November, not 6 November as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.


Note: Jackie Dunn’s lecture ‘ The performing body: artist as subject’ will now take place on 14 November, not 7 November as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.


Collective Sharing Menu. Tea/coffee is included. All other wine and drinks need be arranged as a group on the day.

Dietary requirements contact 9225 1878 or bookings@artgallerysociety.org.au by Monday, 11 November.


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


This lecture takes a close look at recent Japanese gallery and museum design and its influence on a new generation of architects around the world. From Kanazawa’s 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art to the sublime Teshima Art Museum, discover the philosophies underpinning design and its translation into strategies for architecture and exhibition in Japan and its interpretation through a rising tide of new architectural stars. Explore the special case of Naoshima and the growing phenomenon of art and cultural regeneration.

*This lecture will commence with an update on the Sydney Modern Project delivered by Dr Michael Brand, Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


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.


This lecture takes a close look at recent Japanese gallery and museum design and its influence on a new generation of architects around the world. From Kanazawa’s 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art to the sublime Teshima Art Museum, discover the philosophies underpinning design and its translation into strategies for architecture and exhibition in Japan and its interpretation through a rising tide of new architectural stars. Explore the special case of Naoshima and the growing phenomenon of art and cultural regeneration.

*This lecture will commence with an update on the Sydney Modern Project delivered by Dr Michael Brand, Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


Preview designs on the drawing boards of famous and emerging architects from around the world, and what they promise for the galleries of tomorrow. From Helsinki to Sharjah, this lecture examines how new technologies, experiences and art forms are driving the next wave of gallery design for a new generation of audience. Exploring a range of ‘unbuilt’ projects, this thought-provoking preview of gallery design in the future tense explores how our gallery experiences will continue to develop. What might a ‘place for art’ entail in the future?

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


Preview designs on the drawing boards of famous and emerging architects from around the world, and what they promise for the galleries of tomorrow. From Helsinki to Sharjah, this lecture examines how new technologies, experiences and art forms are driving the next wave of gallery design for a new generation of audience. Exploring a range of ‘unbuilt’ projects, this thought-provoking preview of gallery design in the future tense explores how our gallery experiences will continue to develop. What might a ‘place for art’ entail in the future?

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


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


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.


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.


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.



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