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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.


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


Art appreciation lecture series 2018

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

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

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



For children aged 9-13

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

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

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


For children aged 9-13 years

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

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

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


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.



The frontier spirit 2018

17 February 2018,

Join art historian and art appreciation course lecturer Jaime Tsai, in this continuation of her exploration of American artists. Great American painters Kay Sage and Helen Frankenthaler were post-war trailblazers, consolidating European influences such as psychoanalysis and surrealism into a uniquely American visual language that favoured architectural and landscape motifs. Often overshadowed by their partners and male counterparts, this series will highlight the visionary contributions of Sage to surrealism and Frankenthaler to Colour Field abstraction.


Resonate 2018

18 February 2018, 6.30pm

Concert series

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

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

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

Doors open 6.30pm.
Concerts start 7.30pm.

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


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

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


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

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


Gallery Express 2018

21 February 2018, 10.00am

A bus tour of selected commercial galleries

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

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

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


Gallery Express 2018 - February tour

21 February 2018, 10.00am

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



New Members tour - February

22 February 2018, 2.30pm

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

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

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




Armchair travel: Persian paradox

24 February 2018, 10.30am

With Christopher Allen

From Tehran in the north to Isfahan and Yazd in the centre and Shiraz in the south, explore the extraordinary historical, archaeological and cultural legacy of ancient Persia in modern Iran.


Art essentials 2018

24 February 2018, 10.30am

Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

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

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



Art essentials 2018 - Graphite

24 February 2018, 10.30am

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


Join us on Sunday 25 February for an exclusive free viewing of 'The lady and the unicorn'.

Drinks and light refreshments can be purchased for the evening viewings.

5.15pm Doors open
5.30pm Curator Jackie Dunn will give an overview of The lady and the unicorn
5.40pm Exhibitions open for viewing
8.40pm Last entry into exhibition
9pm Close

Note: Due to display restrictions, the maximum number of visitors allowed in the space at one time is 75. We anticipate queues and have therefore extended the evening to 9pm (last entry 8.40pm).

No bookings are required. Simply come along with your current membership card and enjoy.


With Sheila Posner

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

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

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

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


The travel sketchbook - morning workshop

25 February 2018, 10.30am

With Sheila Posner

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

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

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

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




Embark on a journey through America’s South West and discover some of the world’s greatest collections of modern and contemporary art, sculpture and design. Ron Ramsey will share his knowledge of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe plus the remarkable architecture and traditional and modern art throughout this region.


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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




Armchair Travel: Iberian Mosaic

10 March 2018, 10.30am

Discover a fascinating mosaic of art, architecture, history and regional cultures on the Iberian Peninsula. Travel from Portugal’s rugged Atlantic coast to Spain’s misty northern shores on the Bay of Biscay. Revel in extraordinary cultural delights, ranging from Lisbon’s magnificent 16th century architecture to Bilbao’s renowned Guggenheim Museum, home of outstanding contemporary art.


On the occasion of the Kimberley Foundation Australia’s 20th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the death of renowned rock art researcher Grahame Walsh, Maria Myers AC, Kimberley Foundation Australia Chairman, will tell the story of how the relatively unknown historic treasure that is Kimberley rock art has become the focus of major research by Australia’s leading archaeologists and scientists. Working with Aboriginal communities and researchers from universities across Australia and the world, Kimberley Foundation Australia is pioneering rock art research in this country.


John McBride: Integrating man and nature: art spaces of Northern Japan

Northern Japan is dotted with "Minka", immense, sturdy Japanese farm houses. Minka are symbols of a thousand year struggle by farmers surviving in the heaviest snowfall area in the world. With depopulation many Minka have fallen vacant. Echigo-Tsumari has handed many Minka to world renown artists, creating major installations evocative of rural renewal. Further North, Ainu artists in Hokkaido refer to Ainu connections with nature and worship of animistic symbols. Non-Northern peoples artists have reacted to Hokkaido's vast spaces making use of its caldera lakes and volcanic backdrops. One famous Japanese-American artist has even "sculpted the earth". Journey through this area of world quality art installations.

Olivia Meehan: Scenes in and around the capital: mapping the ancient city of Kyoto

Folding screen paintings representing views of Kyoto and its suburbs are known as Rakuchū rakugaizu 洛中洛外図屏風 referring to the depiction of scenes ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ the capital. Throughout sixteenth and seventeenth century Japan, these large and detailed genre paintings were popular; they visualised festivals, townspeople, temples and monuments. In this talk we will look at examples of these panoramic scenes and also consider the role of the folding screen in the early modern Japanese interior setting.


Weekend workshop: Solar plate etching

10 March 2018, 10.30am

Create a stunning portfolio of vibrant colour etchings in this hands-on two-day workshop. Seraphina Martin will demonstrate and teach practical techniques used in solar plate etching. Using the sun and water instead of acids and solvents, solar plate etching is a quick, simple and safe alternative to traditional etching.

Transform your stencils, drawings, collages and/or photographs into unique colour prints.

All materials and class notes provided. Bring your own drawings and reference materials to create the images you will print. Bring your lunch too, or buy at the Gallery cafe.


Led by 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.


New Members tour - March

14 March 2018, 5.15pm

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

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

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




Join one of our guides for a brief introduction to 'The lady and the unicorn' exhibition, focusing on providing exhibition layout and historical context before directing visitors to self-explore through the ‘six senses’. After your experience with one of the world’s greatest treasures, your volunteer guide will be available for questions and discussion before leading you through the contemporary bestiary

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



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


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


Peter Griffen weekend painting workshop - March workshop

17 March 2018, Weekend time - 9.30am

At the artist's studio

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

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

On Friday at 11am, meet Peter in the members lounge at the Gallery with a discussion and tour of 'Unpainting', an exhibition of abstract painting which includes works by Daniel Buren, Morris Louis, Judy Millar, Dona Nelson, Sigmar Polke and Robert Rauschenberg. 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.


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 +.


In this workshop will design and paint a small still life of a succulent in a vase, using acrylic painting on board.


Membership, events and business

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

The event is free but attendance numbers are required for catering so please book ahead by booking online, calling 9225 1878 or email bookings@artgallerysociety.org.au

We look forward to seeing you there.



Gallery Express 2018 - March tour

21 March 2018, 10.00am

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



With Dr Anna Gray

Curator of the National Gallery of Australia’s current exhibition 'Arthur Streeton: the art of war', Dr Anna Gray discusses the Heidelberg impressionist’s role as official war artist during WWI.

Streeton’s contribution to the Australian war effort was significant. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in London from 1915-1917 before leaving for the Western Front as an official war artist in May 1918. Streeton visited regions in France where the Australian army had been successful against the enemy depicting images of war machinery stranded in the landscape and scenes of operations headquarters, dressing stations and field hospitals.



Art essentials 2018 - Charcoal

24 March 2018, 10.30am

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


Discover the Biennale of Sydney at Carriageworks

2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the Biennale of Sydney and its 21st edition, with works being exhibited in various venues around the city.

Join Gitte Weise as we visit Carriageworks in Darlington which will be displaying artists from around the globe, such as Laurent Grasso from France, Trinh Thu Nguyen from Vietnam, Michael Stevenson from New Zealand/Germany, Marco Fuinato and George Tjungurrayi from Australia to name a few.

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


Introduction to watercolour workshop

25 March 2018, 1.00pm

Watercolour can be tricky to master. Designed for the beginner, this workshop is an ideal start for anyone wishing to explore this popular medium. In this workshop you will be shown simple exercises in colour selection, colour mixing and application, which will result in beautiful transparent washes that give your image luminosity and depth. Using a simple still life as your subject, Andrew Antoniou will demonstrate methods to compose your painting and discuss the best ways to use your materials and tools.

All materials supplied, bring an apron.


Resonate 2018 - 2. Bandaluzia

25 March 2018, 6.30pm

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

This event will be held in the Entrance court.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services



Travel Draw winners announcement

28 March 2018, 6.15pm

For Gallery members and their guests

Join us for the announcement of the winners for this year’s Travel Draw.

Drinks and canapés will be served during the afternoon.

The annual Travel Draw is exclusive to Gallery members and offers great prizes in recognition of members’ commitment to the Gallery as well as helping to put art on the Gallery walls.

The event is free but attendance numbers are required for catering so please book ahead by booking online or calling 9225 1878.





No longer to reign over us
Damien Freeman

The end of the War in 1918 brought with it the collapse of royal houses great and small, including those of the Romanov, Hapsburg, Ottoman and Hohenzollern dynasties. The crowned heads of Europe had presided over a glittering way of national life that came to an end with the passing of the entire monarchic and dynastic order of the Continent. This lecture explores aspects of the moment when this happened and what, if anything, was lost then.

1918: War poetry's momentous year
Susannah Fullerton

In 1918 Siegfried Sassoon was shot in the head but managed to survive. Wilfred Owen was not so lucky. He was killed at the front in the last week of World War I. The friendship between the two soldiers resulted in some of the greatest poetry to come out of the war. Susannah Fullerton discusses their friendship, their battle experiences and their memorable poems.


Repercussions and legacies a century on

The year 1918 was a tumultuous year with far-reaching consequences. With the US entry into World War I, this cataclysmic and brutal conflict finally came to a close - it’s aftermath transforming geographic, political, social and artistic boundaries, whose ramifications still affect us today.

That extraordinary year saw death and destruction on a vast scale, European monarchies topple, political upheaval and a ‘flu pandemic that spread across the world killing multiple millions. Yet, out of all this turmoil came new ideas, new ways of seeing and new ways of expressing the difficulty and splendour of what it is to be human.

'1918: The world in transition' features ten experts in their fields who will bring to life this explosive year through politics, literature, music, fashion and painting to illuminate the repercussions and legacies that have come down to us a century later.


Tony Albert’s practice interrogates contemporary legacies of colonialism, often through imagery and materials from his vast collections of Aboriginalia – a term Albert coined to describe kitsch artefacts and souvenirs portraying Aboriginality in a stereotypical and racist way. In this conversation, Tony and Daniel will reflect on how their respective collections of kitsch reflect the politics, nostalgia and revisionism typical of a desire to collect things from the past.


No longer to reign over us
Damien Freeman

The end of the War in 1918 brought with it the collapse of royal houses great and small, including those of the Romanov, Hapsburg, Ottoman and Hohenzollern dynasties. The crowned heads of Europe had presided over a glittering way of national life that came to an end with the passing of the entire monarchic and dynastic order of the Continent. This lecture explores aspects of the moment when this happened and what, if anything, was lost then.

1918: War poetry's momentous year
Susannah Fullerton

In 1918 Siegfried Sassoon was shot in the head but managed to survive. Wilfred Owen was not so lucky. He was killed at the front in the last week of World War I. The friendship between the two soldiers resulted in some of the greatest poetry to come out of the war. Susannah Fullerton discusses their friendship, their battle experiences and their memorable poems.


The year 1918 was a tumultuous year with far-reaching consequences. With the US entry into World War I, this cataclysmic and brutal conflict finally came to a close - it’s aftermath transforming geographic, political, social and artistic boundaries, whose ramifications still affect us today.

That extraordinary year saw death and destruction on a vast scale, European monarchies topple, political upheaval and a ‘flu pandemic that spread across the world killing multiple millions. Yet, out of all this turmoil came new ideas, new ways of seeing and new ways of expressing the difficulty and splendour of what it is to be human.

'1918: The world in transition' features ten experts in their fields who will bring to life this explosive year through politics, literature, music, fashion and painting to illuminate the repercussions and legacies that have come down to us a century later.


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


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


Call collect with Daniel Mudie Cunningham and friends

In this series of conversations with artists, Daniel Mudie Cunningham dials up what it means to collect and what collections say about the personalities who amass them. An avid collector himself, Daniel confesses to an ambivalent relationship to accumulation. Heeding his childhood advice from his Nan that "you can't take it with you" after you die, Daniel's experience fluctuates from periods of manic collecting followed by riddance.

This conversational series will reflect on how personal collections impact on artist's practices. Each week a different artist will chat with Daniel about their experience as artists whose work plunders from collected troves of found sources, to pick apart the human impulse to hoard and what that means for the management of stuff.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

All materials provided.




Claude Debussy’s musical legacy
Andy Bromberger

Debussy died in 1918 at the age of 55, leaving a huge legacy. He was the father of musical modernism, often being labelled an ‘impressionist’ composer which he hated, preferring the term ‘symbolism’ from the literature in which he found inspiration. His investigation into harmony, texture, colour, form and feeling led the way for other composers to head into the 20th century with a new way of looking at the musical world.

Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele: Love, death and destiny
Lorraine Kypiotis

In February 1918, Gustav Klimt, the influential leader of the Vienna Secession, died suddenly of a stroke. By the end of October, Egon Schiele, half his age, followed him into death, a victim of the Spanish Influenza. Schiele, who was viewed as Klimt's successor, and the older artist, were seminal in the development of Viennese Modernism.


Claude Debussy’s musical legacy
Andy Bromberger

Debussy died in 1918 at the age of 55, leaving a huge legacy. He was the father of musical modernism, often being labelled an ‘impressionist’ composer which he hated, preferring the term ‘symbolism’ from the literature in which he found inspiration. His investigation into harmony, texture, colour, form and feeling led the way for other composers to head into the 20th century with a new way of looking at the musical world.

Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele: Love, death and destiny
Lorraine Kypiotis

In February 1918, Gustav Klimt, the influential leader of the Vienna Secession, died suddenly of a stroke. By the end of October, Egon Schiele, half his age, followed him into death, a victim of the Spanish Influenza. Schiele, who was viewed as Klimt's successor, and the older artist, were seminal in the development of Viennese Modernism.


For ages 5 – 8yrs

Take some time out these holidays to look at the works of the Australian Modernists. Create a colourful modernist design onto a clock face to take home and hang. All materials and mechanised clock hands included. For ages 5 – 8yrs.


Join one of our guides for a brief introduction to 'The lady and the unicorn' exhibition, focusing on providing exhibition layout and historical context before directing visitors to self-explore through the ‘six senses’. After your experience with one of the world’s greatest treasures, your volunteer guide will be available for questions and discussion before leading you through the contemporary bestiary

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


For ages 9 – 12yrs

Take some time out these holidays to look at the works of the Australian Modernists. Create a colourful modernist design onto a clock face to take home and hang. All materials and mechanised clock hands included. For ages 9 – 12yrs.


Conservation talk: 'Henry VIII'

18 April 2018, 6.00pm

Gallery conservator, Simon Ives, talks about his restoration of the Gallery’s portrait of 'Henry VIII', c.1540, purchased by the Gallery in 1961. The portrait has been the subject of a major conservation research and restoration project and will finally be returned to display for the first time in over fifty years during the 2018 Archibald Prize. It will be presented along with a ground breaking virtual reality interactive which will enable visitors to explore the analytical data including hi resolution elemental maps which reveal the secrets of the paintings mysterious genesis.


Gallery Express 2018 - April tour

18 April 2018, 10.00am

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


'The Planets', the Devil and a Hungarian
Andy Bromberger

In the final year of World War 1, three composers premiered works of enormous power in three very different parts of the Western World. Gustav Holst’s 'The Planets' was performed at Queen’s Hall London; Igor Stravinsky’s 'L’Histoire du Soldat' in Lausanne and Bela Bartok’s 'String Quartet no. 2' in Budapest. Each of these pieces had aspects which were novel to the composer’s usual style and were all publicly praised. By looking at these compositions, how and why they were written, we can understand the musical direction in which theses composers were heading.

Beyond the Little Black Dress
Claudia Chan Shaw

In 1918, Gabrielle Coco Chanel invented the concept of the modern boutique when she opened her couture house at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris. Fashion is what’s in vogue, the latest trend, à la mode, the up to the minute. Fashion is ever changing. Yet 100 years on, the designs and ideas created by Coco Chanel are just as relevant today. We have Chanel to thank for popularising the Little Black Dress, championing pants for women, costume jewellery and creating the first designer branded fragrance. In the same year, Cartier introduced its signature Tank watch. This lecture looks at the legacies left by Chanel and her peers, proving that, as Chanel once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same”.


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


'The Planets', the Devil and a Hungarian
Andy Bromberger

In the final year of World War 1, three composers premiered works of enormous power in three very different parts of the Western World. Gustav Holst’s 'The Planets' was performed at Queen’s Hall London; Igor Stravinsky’s 'L’Histoire du Soldat' in Lausanne and Bela Bartok’s 'String Quartet no. 2' in Budapest. Each of these pieces had aspects which were novel to the composer’s usual style and were all publicly praised. By looking at these compositions, how and why they were written, we can understand the musical direction in which theses composers were heading.

Beyond the Little Black Dress
Claudia Chan Shaw

In 1918, Gabrielle Coco Chanel invented the concept of the modern boutique when she opened her couture house at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris. Fashion is what’s in vogue, the latest trend, à la mode, the up to the minute. Fashion is ever changing. Yet 100 years on, the designs and ideas created by Coco Chanel are just as relevant today. We have Chanel to thank for popularising the Little Black Dress, championing pants for women, costume jewellery and creating the first designer branded fragrance. In the same year, Cartier introduced its signature Tank watch. This lecture looks at the legacies left by Chanel and her peers, proving that, as Chanel once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same”.


Sean Rafferty uses processes of collecting, mapping and archiving to search for meanings in the ways that places and ideas are represented. One of his ongoing collections, ‘Cartonography’, is comprised of Australian fruit cartons, which are archived, catalogued and mapped as source material for his installation practice. In this conversation, Daniel and Sean explore their passion for Australiana and how it acts as an important aspect of their art practices.



Watercolour is a popular and attractive painting medium, but can be tricky to master. In this workshop you will be shown simple exercises in colour selection, colour mixing and application which will result in beautiful transparent washes which will give your image luminosity and depth. Using a simple still life as your subject, Andrew will demonstrate, methods to compose your painting, discuss the best ways to use your material and tools including paper, brushes and other drawing mediums.

All materials supplied, please feel free to bring your own watercolours if you prefer. Bring an apron and your lunch, or buy it in the café.


Gumnut Babies and Puddin’ Thieves: Bush adventure stories for children
Dr Robin Morrow AM

Join us as we take a fresh look at 'Snugglepot and Cuddlepie' by May Gibbs and 'The Magic Pudding' by Norman Lindsay, both first published in 1918 and now considered classics of Australian literature. Both creators melded pictures and words to tell their tales. We shall examine similarities and differences between the books and their attitudes to the bush; look at them as products of their time; and find ways they are like and unlike the books published for children today.

War and peace – and Billy Hughes
Anne Henderson

Australia’s temperamental prime minister Billy Hughes was a great survivor of Australian politics, who dominated the politics of the Great War Down Under. While it was Labor’s Andrew Fisher who announced that Australia would join with Britain in WWI, it was Billy Hughes who inherited the leadership soon after. Hughes was expelled from the Labor Party in 1917 after pushing for a conscription plebiscite in 1916 – but he was eventually forced to form a “Win-the-War” Party. Hughes resigned in 1918, but was later reinstated. This lecture will discuss why Hughes was such a dominant figure in WWI, and in the peace that followed, along with the various roles Hughes played in Australian politics over half a century.


Gumnut Babies and Puddin’ Thieves: Bush adventure stories for children
Dr Robin Morrow AM

Join us as we take a fresh look at 'Snugglepot and Cuddlepie' by May Gibbs and 'The Magic Pudding' by Norman Lindsay, both first published in 1918 and now considered classics of Australian literature. Both creators melded pictures and words to tell their tales. We shall examine similarities and differences between the books and their attitudes to the bush; look at them as products of their time; and find ways they are like and unlike the books published for children today.

War and peace – and Billy Hughes
Anne Henderson

Australia’s temperamental prime minister Billy Hughes was a great survivor of Australian politics, who dominated the politics of the Great War Down Under. While it was Labor’s Andrew Fisher who announced that Australia would join with Britain in WWI, it was Billy Hughes who inherited the leadership soon after. Hughes was expelled from the Labor Party in 1917 after pushing for a conscription plebiscite in 1916 – but he was eventually forced to form a “Win-the-War” Party. Hughes resigned in 1918, but was later reinstated. This lecture will discuss why Hughes was such a dominant figure in WWI, and in the peace that followed, along with the various roles Hughes played in Australian politics over half a century.


Nell’s multidisciplinary art practice melds spiritual traditions with the inherent histories and magic of materials. Her great love of Rock ‘n’ Roll and small joys manifest in artworks that are everyday meditations on what is means to stay familiar with the certainty of your own mortality. In this spirited conversation, Daniel and Nell rave over their mutual pop fandom and how it informs obsessive collecting practices that become incorporated into artmaking.


Art essentials 2018 - Colour wheel

28 April 2018, 10.30am

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


Teenage Art Club: Fancy footwear

29 April 2018, 10.30am

Looking at a variety of footwear, fancy or plain, let’s invent some fun designs and make some shoe sculptures using clay.


Join one of our guides for a brief introduction to 'The lady and the unicorn' exhibition, focusing on providing exhibition layout and historical context before directing visitors to self-explore through the ‘six senses’. After your experience with one of the world’s greatest treasures, your volunteer guide will be available for questions and discussion before leading you through the contemporary bestiary

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




Villers-Bretonneux and Australia's artists at war
Dr Anthea Gunn

The fighting at Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918 saw Australians play a key role in the end of the Germans' spring offensive, crucial to changing the direction of the war and the Allies victory. Since December 1916 leading Australian artists were deployed as official war artists to create works in the field and were commissioned to create large history paintings. This lecture will explore how this collection was created and intended to be displayed in Australia's national war memorial museum.

The meaning of sedition
Dr David Smith

The Sedition Act of 1918 is one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in American history, though it enjoyed widespread support at the time. It extended the Espionage Act of 1917 to outlaw “disloyal, profane, scurrilous or abusive” language about the US government, flag and armed forces. Hundreds of people were prosecuted under the Sedition and Espionage Acts, including Germans, Socialists, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. As the end of the Great War developed into one of the most violent and turbulent periods of American political history, the Sedition Act led to a ferocious, high-stakes debate about free speech with important long-term consequences. The years of the Sedition Act give us valuable insights into how tenuous freedom can be in democracies.


Villers-Bretonneux and Australia's artists at war
Dr Anthea Gunn

The fighting at Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918 saw Australians play a key role in the end of the Germans' spring offensive, crucial to changing the direction of the war and the Allies victory. Since December 1916 leading Australian artists were deployed as official war artists to create works in the field and were commissioned to create large history paintings. This lecture will explore how this collection was created and intended to be displayed in Australia's national war memorial museum.

The meaning of sedition
Dr David Smith

The Sedition Act of 1918 is one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in American history, though it enjoyed widespread support at the time. It extended the Espionage Act of 1917 to outlaw “disloyal, profane, scurrilous or abusive” language about the US government, flag and armed forces. Hundreds of people were prosecuted under the Sedition and Espionage Acts, including Germans, Socialists, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. As the end of the Great War developed into one of the most violent and turbulent periods of American political history, the Sedition Act led to a ferocious, high-stakes debate about free speech with important long-term consequences. The years of the Sedition Act give us valuable insights into how tenuous freedom can be in democracies.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



12 lectures




Cherine Fahd is an artist whose photographic work explores portraiture, concealment and the performance of identity. In this conversation, Daniel and Cherine unpack their shared fixation for found photographs and how amateur snapshots from eBay or personal images from their respective family archives is an ongoing inspiration and research methodology for their image making.


Funky felting workshop

12 May 2018, 10.30am

With Denise Lithgow

Design and create a unique sculptural vessel using pure merino wool in this inspiring one-day creative workshop.

Textile artist Denise Lithgow will guide you through the process of making and moulding felt into innovative forms and shapes. You’ll learn how to form shapes and translate these into three-dimensional non-functional vessels. You’ll have the opportunity to explore works from the Gallery’s collection, or you can bring your own photos for inspiration.

Suitable for beginners to experienced felters. No drawing skills required.


Gallery Express 2018 - May tour

16 May 2018, 10.00am

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




Beloved comrades: How two extraordinary women changed the fate of Europe
Dr Christopher Hartney

Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) and Fanny Kaplan (1890-1918) took on the male-dominated world of socialist politics in Europe and made incredible contributions to their turbulent times. Luxemburg added to the theories of Marxism and educated a whole new generation of political leaders in Germany, while Kaplan sought by any means to bring change to feudal Russia. In 1918 Kaplan made the first assassination attempt on the life of Vladimir Lenin, badly injuring him. Their deep commitment resulted in their executions - only a few months apart. In this presentation, we consider their amazing lives, tragic deaths, and the extraordinary legacy they left behind.

Berlin 1918: And the destiny of Europe
Dr Christopher Hartney

In this lecture, Christopher Hartney reveals how the social, political, and artistic life of the Imperial Metropolis of Berlin coalesces into bloody street fighting that sees the establishment of the Weimar Republic, by way of a Spartacist uprising, and all of it in light of the overshadowing defeat of the Central Powers in the Great War. We will see how the art, actions, and hopes of Berliners in this crucial year sets themes and leaves legacies that will rock Europe for the rest of the century.


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


Beloved comrades: How two extraordinary women changed the fate of Europe
Dr Christopher Hartney

Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) and Fanny Kaplan (1890-1918) took on the male-dominated world of socialist politics in Europe and made incredible contributions to their turbulent times. Luxemburg added to the theories of Marxism and educated a whole new generation of political leaders in Germany, while Kaplan sought by any means to bring change to feudal Russia. In 1918 Kaplan made the first assassination attempt on the life of Vladimir Lenin, badly injuring him. Their deep commitment resulted in their executions - only a few months apart. In this presentation, we consider their amazing lives, tragic deaths, and the extraordinary legacy they left behind.

Berlin 1918: And the destiny of Europe
Dr Christopher Hartney

In this lecture, Christopher Hartney reveals how the social, political, and artistic life of the Imperial Metropolis of Berlin coalesces into bloody street fighting that sees the establishment of the Weimar Republic, by way of a Spartacist uprising, and all of it in light of the overshadowing defeat of the Central Powers in the Great War. We will see how the art, actions, and hopes of Berliners in this crucial year sets themes and leaves legacies that will rock Europe for the rest of the century.


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


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

This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services


We look at mandala motifs, design an image and then fluoro print it on a calico bag.




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


Watercolour is a popular and attractive painting medium, but can be tricky to master. In this workshop you will be shown simple exercises in colour selection, colour mixing and application which will result in beautiful transparent washes which will give your image luminosity and depth. Using a simple still life as your subject, Andrew will demonstrate, methods to compose your painting, discuss the best ways to use your material and tools including paper, brushes and other drawing mediums.

All materials supplied, please feel free to bring your own watercolours if you prefer. Bring an apron and your lunch, or buy it in the café.


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.




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

All materials provided.




Gallery Express 2018 - June tour

20 June 2018, 10.00am

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




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


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


Resonate 2018 - 4. Alexander Boyd

24 June 2018, 6.30pm

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

This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services


Inspired by the 'The lady and the unicorn' exhibition, we will design our own composition using motifs found in the tapestries on display. A myriad of animals fruits and flowers can be found in these intricate and delicate tapestries. Sketch out your magical story then paint it with watercolours.




Art essentials 2018 - Pastel

30 June 2018, 10.30am

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




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Gallery Express 2018 - July tour

18 July 2018, 10.00am

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


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


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




Art essentials 2018 - Try your hand

28 July 2018, 10.30am

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


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

This event will be held in the Entrance court.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services


Teenage Art Club: July

29 July 2018, 10.30am




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




Gallery Express 2018 - August tour

15 August 2018, 10.00am

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






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


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




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


Teenage Art Club: August

26 August 2018, 10.30am




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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






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

This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services


Gallery Express 2018 - September tour

19 September 2018, 10.00am

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




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


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


Teenage Art Club: September

23 September 2018, 10.30am




Art essentials 2018 - Watercolour I

29 September 2018, 10.30am

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


Resonate 2018 - 7. Emma Matthews

05 October 2018, 6.30pm

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

This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Gallery Express 2018 - October tour

17 October 2018, 10.00am

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




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


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




Art essentials 2018 - Watercolour II

27 October 2018, 10.30am

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


Teenage Art Club: October

28 October 2018, 10.30am




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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






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


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


Gallery Express 2018 - November tour

21 November 2018, 10.00am

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


Art essentials 2018 - Ink

24 November 2018, 10.30am

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


Gallery Express 2018 - December tour

05 December 2018, 10.00am

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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