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12 lectures

29/01/2020 Love, sex and death: Reading life through the art museum
5/02/2020 Orpheus and Ishtar: death defying desire
12/02/2020 The family tree stops here darling: the art of David McDiarmid and David Wojnarowicz
19/02/2020 Death and the regeneration of life – bodily themes and imagery in Yolngu art
26/02/2020 Oscar Wilde and the green carnation: sex, queer desire and the decadence
4/03/2020 Sexy Shanghai calendar girls and the artists who painted them
11/03/2020 Between apocalypse and redemption: German modernism 1903–33
18/03/2020 George W Lambert: exposed
25/03/2020 Annibale Carracci and The loves of the gods: myth, marriage and mischief
1/04/2020 Artemisia Gentileschi: approaching her art and her life
8/04/2020 The lonesome death of the artist
29/04/2020 Baroque tombs and memoria


Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours


Love, sex and death: Wednesday series

29 January 2020, 6.00pm

The constant companions of art

Whilst Oscar Wilde once stated that ‘Life imitates art far more than art imitates life’, the course in 2020 will look at how love, sex and death, and artists’ obsessions with these, underpin much of the art that has been produced for millennia.

The theme will provide new information about some artists who we thought we knew but whose skills and output were sometimes driven by other desires. We also look at why some artists died lonely and under-appreciated whilst others had celebrated careers, grand funerals and elaborate tombs.

Over 37 weeks lectures by 37 distinguished speakers – some of this country’s most revered art historians and curators – will explore and reveal the constant companions of art.



12 lectures

30/01/2020 Love, sex and death: Reading life through the art museum
6/02/2020 Orpheus and Ishtar: death defying desire
13/02/2020 The family tree stops here darling: the art of David McDiarmid and David Wojnarowicz
20/02/2020 Death and the regeneration of life – bodily themes and imagery in Yolngu art
27/02/2020 Oscar Wilde and the green carnation: sex, queer desire and the decadence
5/03/2020 Sexy Shanghai calendar girls and the artists who painted them
12/03/2020 Between apocalypse and redemption: German modernism 1903–33
19/03/2020 George W Lambert: exposed
26/03/2020 Annibale Carracci and The loves of the gods: myth, marriage and mischief
2/04/2020 Artemisia Gentileschi: approaching her art and her life
9/04/2020 The lonesome death of the artist
30/04/2020 Baroque tombs and memoria

Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours


Love, sex and death: Thursday series

30 January 2020, 1.00pm

The constant companions of art

Whilst Oscar Wilde once stated that ‘Life imitates art far more than art imitates life’, the course in 2020 will look at how love, sex and death, and artists’ obsessions with these, underpin much of the art that has been produced for millennia.

The theme will provide new information about some artists who we thought we knew but whose skills and output were sometimes driven by other desires. We also look at why some artists died lonely and under-appreciated whilst others had celebrated careers, grand funerals and elaborate tombs. Over 37 weeks lectures by 37 distinguished speakers – some of this country’s most revered art historians and curators – will explore and reveal the constant companions of art.


Drawing fundamentals - February 2020

05 February 2020, 1.00pm

Join artist and arts educator Christine Simpson for this series of four drawing classes exploring a variety of fundamental techniques for beginners. 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 recommend booking all four classes, it is not essential, as each lesson will focus on a different technique.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.




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

Dietary requirements contact 9225 1878 or bookings@artgallerysociety.org.au by Wednesday 29 January.



Young Professionals Meetup 2020

05 February 2020, 6.00pm

Hear from arts professionals, catch up with friends and enjoy a bespoke cocktail from Manly Spirits.


Join us during Art After Hours for our first meetup of the year. Hear the story behind the Gallery’s blockbuster summer exhibition, 'Japan supernatural', from Curator Melanie Eastburn in conversation with Assistant Curator, Yuki Kawakami. Catch up with friends and enjoy a bespoke cocktail from Manly Spirits. A fantastic evening, not to be missed!

Proudly sponsored by Manly Spirits.

*Please note a change of venue to the Modern Australian Galleries, Entrance level AGNSW from the previously advertised Restaurant Function space.



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 on Sundays.

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 on Sundays.

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 on Sundays.

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


Referencing 2020 Chinese New Year of the Rat we create a small clay rodent. We practise some hand building techniques using white earthenware clay.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


Referencing 2020 Chinese New Year of the Rat we create a small clay rodent. We practise some hand building techniques using white earthenware clay.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



Referencing 2020 Chinese New Year of the Rat we create a small clay rodent. We practise some hand building techniques using white earthenware clay.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



Our Kids Club monthly workshops aim to familiarise your children with the Art Gallery of NSW, 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 on Sundays.

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Our Kids Club monthly workshops aim to familiarise your children with the Art Gallery of NSW, 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 on Sundays.

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Our Kids Club monthly workshops aim to familiarise your children with the Art Gallery of NSW, 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 on Sundays.

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Resonate 2020

09 February 2020, 6.30pm

Concert series

The Art Gallery Society of New South Wales is thrilled to present the 2020 season of Resonate.

After a sold-out program in 2019, we invite you to experience what is fast becoming one of the most popular concert series in town. With its extraordinary blend of music and art, a concert in the glorious surrounds of the Art Gallery of New South Wales is an unforgettable experience, unmatched anywhere in Sydney.

Immerse yourself in the visual delights of the Gallery’s exhibition program before sitting down to experience some of the finest performers from Australia and overseas. Resonate 2020 features an eclectic program of audience favourites, newly established artists, classical music, dance, chanson and poetry.

We would like to thank our Resonate sponsor Drapac Financial for their continued support of this series.


Australian singer and songwriter Gregg Arthur opens the series and makes his Resonate debut celebrating the music of Frank Sinatra and Count Basie. Together with John Morrison’s Swing City, Gregg will take you live to the Copa Room at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 1966, the scene of Sinatra’s first live recording featuring songs now considered Sinatra classics: 'Come Fly With Me', 'Angel Eyes', 'My Kind of Town', 'Fly Me to the Moon' and 'One For My Baby'. Featuring arrangements by Quincy Jones, this concert will have you tapping your toes to the very end.

The concert will be preceded by a private exhibition viewing, a glass of wine and a light refreshment. 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.





Absolute beginners 2020

14 February 2020, 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, you will learn techniques specific to a medium, while also studying how other artists have used the medium in the past. You take home a finished artwork at the end of the class.

This series will offer glimpses into artists’ ways of seeing and provide you with the practical knowledge to make new discoveries. Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning and reinforcing/refreshing basic art-making skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Armchair travel: Oku-Noto Triennale

15 February 2020, 10.30am

The Oku-Noto Triennale is one of Japan’s three art triennales, showcasing site-specific art installations across Japan’s secluded, yet sublime Noto Peninsula. Join Japan expert John McBride as he explores this festival of Japanese culture and artistic expression and gain an understanding of the historical significance of this picturesque region.


Setouchi Triennale World Art Tour reunion

15 February 2020, 12.30pm

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

Dietary requirements contact 9225 1878 or bookings@artgallerysociety.org.au by Monday, 10 February.




Art essentials 2020

16 February 2020, 10.30am

Using a variety of approaches, techniques, media and subject matter, Art Essentials workshops allow for experimentation as well as refreshing existing skills.

Workshops are structured to initially demonstrate materials and build confidence with a step-by-step process. As the day progresses, students are encouraged to broaden their approach to include a more personal interpretation of the subject, with assistance and guidance provided along the way.

Designed for those with some art experience, beginners are also welcome to join.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.



Using a variety of artists’ drawings, you will create a series of interpreted collages to explore compositional devices, interpretation and drawing techniques. You will then make a detailed copy of this collage that will introduce you to abstraction and the different ways drawing techniques can be controlled to further exploit rhythm, movement, tone and texture and heighten a myriad of creative possibilities.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Travel with us to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra to see the exhibition 'Matisse & Picasso'. Drawn from some 40 important international collections, 'Matisse & Picasso' shows how these two pioneers of Modern Art both shared the need to confront the challenges set by the paintings of Paul Cézanne and mined each other's work to enhance their own. The rivalry between Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso is one of the most important stories of modern art

The day includes morning tea at the Courtyard café in Berrima, exhibition entry and guided tour. There will be time to explore the NGA’s other collections at your leisure. Lunch is not included. You are welcome to bring your own or buy at the gallery café in your own time. There will be a short comfort stop on the return journey to Sydney. Meet 7.45 am - Museum of Contemporary Art for 8am departure. 8.30pm – Return Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art



Gallery Express 2020

19 February 2020, 9.30am

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 at 10am.

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


Gallery Express 2020 - February

19 February 2020, 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




Join us for a rare and spirited look into the lives of an ordinary family with extraordinary stories.

Presented by John Hockney, brother of influential British artist David Hockney, this talk will trace their diverse lives, revealing the hardships and successes as well as the complex relationships that are poignantly illustrated by paintings from David Hockney. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

John Hockney's new book, 'The Hockneys: never worry what the neighbours think', will be available for signing and purchase after the talk.

John Hockney is a storyteller by profession, a writer and a musician. He migrated to Australia in 1968 but has retained strong ties with his large family.


Young Members: Studio tour - Alex Seton

21 February 2020, 6.00pm

Join the Young Members for an evening behind the scenes of contemporary artist, Alex Seton’s Sydney studio and learn firsthand the process and evolution behind his incredible bodies of work.
Includes light refreshments.


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, drawings, collages or photographs into unique state of the art prints. Many colour variations will be demonstrated and applied as well as chine collee. Bring your own drawings and reference materials to create the images you will print. Alternatively, printed images will be available on the day, to assemble on the solar plate. Organic leaves, feathers and textures will be incorporated from the natural world.

All materials and class notes provided.

Bring your lunch, or buy at the Gallery cafe.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.



Coffee Tour: Japan Supernatural - February

25 February 2020, 10.00am

Join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'Japan Supernatural' an extraordinary exhibition revealing three centuries of folklore and fantasy in Japanese art.

After coffee in the Members Lounge, the volunteer guides will take you on a tour of the exhibition. The Guides will explain the artworks and artist behind the work that will bring the exhibition to a new understanding and appreciation.

Meet for coffee at 10.00am in the Members Lounge. Tour starts at 10.30am.





Japanese Decorative Arts

28 February 2020, 10.30am

Exquisite lacquerware, ceramics and fabrics

Delve into the beautiful and exquisite world of Japanese decorative arts in this series with popular presenter, Anne Harbers.

28 Feb Japanese lacquerware – Danger and beauty combined
6 Mar Japanese ceramics – Famous styles and makers
13 Mar The Kimono – The beauty of fabrics and the knot


Danger and beauty combined

Japanese lacquerware has been a traditional decorative art form for millennia. Made from the sap of the lacquer tree, it is poisonous until it dries and can only be handled by master craftsmen. This lecture will explore traditional Japanese lacquerwork as well as the development of lacquerware items as symbols of luxury for European taste.


Join archaeologist Iain Shearer as explores the rich heritage of the Mongols, from the rise of the dynasty of Genghis and their relationship with the extraordinary landscapes of Mongolia to the conquest of most of Eurasia.

Tea/coffee will be served in the interval.



The art of calligraphy March 2020

04 March 2020, 2.00pm

The ancient art of Chinese calligraphy is said to be like meditation; quieting the heart and calming the mind by moving its qi or energy in rhythm with the movement of the brush. Learn to control a soft brush on rice paper and use it to form bold yet delicate strokes that create harmonious and elegant Chinese characters. At the end of the course, you will have meaningful works of your own to take home & the technique & appreciation to make calligraphy an everyday skill that is a pleasure to perform, and delight to view.

This course is suitable for students of all levels. Experienced students will write a famous Chinese poem. Through this, you will refine your technique of the basic strokes and develop your aesthetic understanding of structure and balance.

4 March- Basic principles
11 March- Turning and down strokes
18 March- Rising and hook strokes
25 March- Eternity

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.




For beginners, Xueyi will introduce the historical development of Chinese calligraphy and guide you to use the special tools – a soft Chinese calligraphy brush, rice paper, ink stick and ink stone. You will learn three basic strokes - dot, horizontal and vertical, and use them to write the character for jade.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.



Famous styles and makers

Pottery and porcelain are among the oldest and popular forms of decorative art in Japan. Each of the 47 Japanese prefectures produce ceramics, with famous varieties including Imari ware, Mino ware and Seto ware. Learn about ceramics used in Japanese tea ceremony as well as ceramics exported to great demand to the palaces and grand houses of Europe in the 17th century.


With the rise of adventure and educational tourism, rock art provides a vital interface between deep time and contemporary Aboriginal values. Join Professor Jo McDonald, Director of the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management at UWA as she focuses on some of the partnerships between Aboriginal communities and researchers at the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management, UWA, and highlights some of the magnificent rock art of Australia’s north-west which is enabling these new understandings and economic opportunities.

Tea and coffee served at the conclusion of the lecture.



Following a revision of techniques from week 1, you will learn the turning stroke and left and right down strokes. You will be guided to develop your sense of balance as you write the character for middle and person.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.



Japanese Decorative Arts: The kimono

13 March 2020, 10.30am

The beauty of fabrics and the knot

The kimono is an enduring symbol of traditional Japanese culture and offers us a social history across the Heian, Edo and Meiji periods. Delve into Japan’s rich textile history and hear how the fabric, pattern, thread, print and colour of the kimono symbolised the social rank and refinement of the wearer. This lecture will also explore the development of the Obi – the sash worn with a kimono – as an artform in itself.


This month we are inspired by the food and utensils unique to Japan. We exploit the textures and colours of sushi and explore composition as we practise coloured pencil techniques of hatching and layering colours one on top of each other.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



This month we are inspired by the food and utensils unique to Japan. We exploit the textures and colours of sushi and explore composition as we practise coloured pencil techniques of hatching and layering colours one on top of each other.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



This month we are inspired by the food and utensils unique to Japan. We exploit the textures and colours of sushi and explore composition as we practise coloured pencil techniques of hatching and layering colours one on top of each other.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



Animals have always been a popular subject in art throughout history. Let’s continue the tradition and create a detailed composition of animals, exploring the variety of shapes sizes and textures in the animal world. We’ll find inspiration in the Gallery collection.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Animals have always been a popular subject in art throughout history. Let’s continue the tradition and create a detailed composition of animals, exploring the variety of shapes sizes and textures in the animal world. We’ll find inspiration in the Gallery collection.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Animals have always been a popular subject in art throughout history. Let’s continue the tradition and create a detailed composition of animals, exploring the variety of shapes sizes and textures in the animal world. We’ll find inspiration in the Gallery collection.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Gallery Express 2020 - March

18 March 2020, 9.30am

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



Following a revision of previous strokes, you will learn the final two strokes - rising and hook, and use them to write the character 'me'.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Acclaimed modern flamenco ensemble Bandaluzia, led by ARIA nominated Flamenco guitarist Damian Wright, present a spectacular new show that showcasing contemporary flamenco dance and music whilst displaying the essential characteristics of the flamenco tradition. Bandaluzia were a favourite in the 2018 Resonate program and are back by popular demand. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this incredible artform with some of Australia and Spain’s most revered flamenco artists.

The concert will be preceded by a private exhibition viewing, a glass of wine and a light refreshment. Doors open at 6.30pm. Concert commences at 7.30pm. This event will be held in the Domain Theatre.

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial.



In this workshop you will bring together all eight basic strokes into one Chinese character - 'eternity'. Developing beauty in this character is a traditional milestone for the beginner calligrapher. You will also learn the characters for prosperity and harmony.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.



The Jazz Age was a paradigm-shifting decade of femininity, glamour and excess. New female empowerment and booming prosperity propelled fashion to hedonistic heights. Charlotte Smith, curator, stylist, author and fashion event director will look at outrageously fabulous fashion, fascinating social trivia, designers whose design ethos continues to influence how we dress today, literature and the motorcar, as we delve into the wild extravagance of the decade.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.




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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Workshop: Funky felting - April 2020

05 April 2020, 10.30am

Design and create a colourful and unique sculptural vessel using pure merino wool in this inspiring one-day creative felting workshop. Textile artist Denise Lithgow will guide you through the process of making and moulding felt into innovative forms and shapes. You will learn how to form shapes and translate these into three-dimensional non-functional vessels. Take inspiration from works in the Gallery Collection, or you can bring your own photos to work from. Express your individuality through colour and shape to make a truly unique abstract sculptural piece which will be a beautiful talking point to enhance your home.

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

Please wear closed shoes. Bring a towel. All other materials provided.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

The event is free but attendance numbers are required for catering so please book ahead by phone - 02 9225 1878, email - bookings@artgallerysociety.org.au or online - below.

We look forward to seeing you there.



For ages 5+ years with an adult

In this workshop for families, kids and their grown-up work together to make a simple lantern. We will explore the Gallery in search of fun patterns to inspire our surface pattern. Using clay we will carefully shape our lantern, pierce holes and insert a candle. The lantern will be a lovely addition to your home to light up a corner.

For ages 5+ years with an adult.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.



Gallery Express 2020 - April

15 April 2020, 9.30am

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


Working with Ink is often very loose and experimental. By using bamboo pens and brushes we study a still life subject of a crustacean. Drawing with black ink and creating a wash we experiment with quick spontaneous lines and gestural strokes.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



Working with Ink is often very loose and experimental. By using bamboo pens and brushes we study a still life subject of a crustacean. Drawing with black ink and creating a wash we experiment with quick spontaneous lines and gestural strokes.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


Working with Ink is often very loose and experimental. By using bamboo pens and brushes we study a still life subject of a crustacean. Drawing with black ink and creating a wash we experiment with quick spontaneous lines and gestural strokes.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



Create an exciting and poetic artwork using the shapes of letters and numbers. Make a personal collage using the letters of your name, twist them around, cut them in half and disguise them and you will create a fun and abstract composition. Maybe you can include a secret message.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Create an exciting and poetic artwork using the shapes of letters and numbers. Make a personal collage using the letters of your name, twist them around, cut them in half and disguise them and you will create a fun and abstract composition. Maybe you can include a secret message.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Create an exciting and poetic artwork using the shapes of letters and numbers. Make a personal collage using the letters of your name, twist them around, cut them in half and disguise them and you will create a fun and abstract composition. Maybe you can include a secret message.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


In 2020 we celebrate Beethoven’s 250th anniversary and to honour this great composer and pianist, Alexander Boyd returns to the Resonate concert series with a beautiful program of Beethoven, Brahms and Book 2 of Debussy’s extraordinary Prelude. During this performance, Alexander will also premier his new composition 'The Bride Suite', written to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his grandfather, Australian artist Arthur Boyd. Appreciated for the sensitivity and integrity of his interpretations, pianist and composer Alexander Boyd enjoys an international career as both soloist and chamber musician.

The concert will be preceded by a private exhibition viewing, a glass of wine and a light refreshment. Doors open at 6.30pm. Concert commences at 7.30pm. This event will be held in the Entrance court.

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial.


Armchair travel: Turkey

23 April 2020, 10.30am

Immerse yourself in the ancient lands of Turkey – a nation rich in drama, history and imagination. Join journalist and former Middle-East correspondent Jane Hutcheon as we explore the very best of Turkey – from the historic and colourful city of Istanbul to the enchanting and cavernous landscape of Cappadocia.




12 lectures

6/05/2020 The spectre of sex and the dance of death
13/05/2020 Sacred and profane love: philosophical and erotic themes in Renaissance mythology
20/05/2020 Celestial navigation: lines of desire and the night sky
27/05/2020 Diego Rivera’s wife: intimacy and disclosure in the art of Frida Kahlo
3/06/2020 Love, sex and death: Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones: Ossuary art from Baroque to contemporary
10/06/2020 The seduction of the art market: the early heady days of Chinese contemporary art
17/06/2020 Love, life and sacrifice: the sculpture of Rayner Hoff and his school
24/06/2020 The artist as lover: 'Pygmalion and The Corinthian maid'
1/07/2020 Bodily (pre)occupations: mortality and transcendence in Asian art
22/07/2020 Love, sex and daeth: Vanitas: mortality and morality in 17th-century Dutch painting
29/07/2020 Love, sex and daeth: Et in Australia ego: the culture of death in colonial Australia
5/08/2020 Joy Hester: love, loss and redemption


Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours



12 lectures

7/05/2020 The spectre of sex and the dance of death
14/05/2020 Sacred and profane love: philosophical and erotic themes in Renaissance mythology
21/05/2020 Celestial navigation: lines of desire and the night sky
28/05/2020 Diego Rivera’s wife: intimacy and disclosure in the art of Frida Kahlo
4/06/2020 Love, sex and death: Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones: Ossuary art from Baroque to contemporary
11/06/2020 The seduction of the art market: the early heady days of Chinese contemporary art
18/06/2020 Love, life and sacrifice: the sculpture of Rayner Hoff and his school
25/06/2020 The artist as lover: 'Pygmalion and The Corinthian maid'
2/07/2020 Bodily (pre)occupations: mortality and transcendence in Asian art
23/07/2020 Love, sex and daeth: Vanitas: mortality and morality in 17th-century Dutch painting
30/07/2020 Love, sex and daeth: Et in Australia ego: the culture of death in colonial Australia
6/08/2020 Joy Hester: love, loss and redemption

Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours





Inspired by the artist Andy Warhol we use popular culture as inspiration and subject matter. The humble oil pastel was apparently invented by Picasso because he enjoyed using his children’s wax crayons so much! We use them for their direct and easy application of bright vibrant colours and utilise their ability to resist ink, to make a pop poster, referencing commercial confectionery packaging.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


Inspired by the artist Andy Warhol we use popular culture as inspiration and subject matter. The humble oil pastel was apparently invented by Picasso because he enjoyed using his children’s wax crayons so much! We use them for their direct and easy application of bright vibrant colours and utilise their ability to resist ink, to make a pop poster, referencing commercial confectionery packaging.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


Inspired by the artist Andy Warhol we use popular culture as inspiration and subject matter. The humble oil pastel was apparently invented by Picasso because he enjoyed using his children’s wax crayons so much! We use them for their direct and easy application of bright vibrant colours and utilise their ability to resist ink, to make a pop poster, referencing commercial confectionery packaging.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


From the kitchen to the drawing board. We will create a smart and tasty still life drawing of kitchen utensils. Bringing together an assortment of humble kitchen utensils we will study their interesting shapes to design a fun and intricate modernist still life. Inspired by still life in the Gallery, including the work of John Brack.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


From the kitchen to the drawing board. We will create a smart and tasty still life drawing of kitchen utensils. Bringing together an assortment of humble kitchen utensils we will study their interesting shapes to design a fun and intricate modernist still life. Inspired by still life in the Gallery, including the work of John Brack.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


From the kitchen to the drawing board. We will create a smart and tasty still life drawing of kitchen utensils. Bringing together an assortment of humble kitchen utensils we will study their interesting shapes to design a fun and intricate modernist still life. Inspired by still life in the Gallery, including the work of John Brack.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.



The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra, founded under the artistic direction of the late Richard Gill AO and now under the co-artistic direction of Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen, perform chamber works that share the same opus number. This stunning performance entitled 'Opus 38' will feature the Nonet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon and strings, composed by Louise Farrenc as well as the Trio for clarinet, cello and fortepiano, by Ludwig van Beethoven. Alongside the exceptional international and local musicians of the orchestra all of whom are specialists in historically-informed performance, this program features Netherlands-based Japanese fortepianist Keiko Shichijo.

The concert will be preceded by a private exhibition viewing, a glass of wine and a light refreshment. Doors open at 6.30pm. Concert commences at 7.30pm. This event will be held in the Entrance court.


Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial.


Gallery Express 2020 - May

20 May 2020, 9.30am

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




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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.








Gallery Express 2020 - June

17 June 2020, 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


Note: Deborah Beck replaces Denise Mimmocchi for this lecture


Note: Deborah Beck replaces Denise Mimmocchi for this lecture


In this class you will be introduced to painting with acrylics. You will learn about brushes, paint application and mediums. Starting with thumb nail sketches you will design your painting by choosing a considered composition. You will learn how to see tonal relationships, and colour mixing which will be applied to a small still life.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


In this class you will be introduced to painting with acrylics. You will learn about brushes, paint application and mediums. Starting with thumb nail sketches you will design your painting by choosing a considered composition. You will learn how to see tonal relationships, and colour mixing which will be applied to a small still life.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Charcoal is black and made from burnt sticks. Messy yet tactile, it has great versatility and is a popular drawing medium for the rich lines and shading it provides. It can also be successfully erased. Using a combination of pastel and charcoal, we experiment with gradation and erasing to study the internal bone structure of an animal skeleton.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



Charcoal is black and made from burnt sticks. Messy yet tactile, it has great versatility and is a popular drawing medium for the rich lines and shading it provides. It can also be successfully erased. Using a combination of pastel and charcoal, we experiment with gradation and erasing to study the internal bone structure of an animal skeleton.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


Charcoal is black and made from burnt sticks. Messy yet tactile, it has great versatility and is a popular drawing medium for the rich lines and shading it provides. It can also be successfully erased. Using a combination of pastel and charcoal, we experiment with gradation and erasing to study the internal bone structure of an animal skeleton.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



Inspired by portraits in the Gallery, we will create a series of miniature portraits. Painting on board, we will glaze our paintings to give them an antique look.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Inspired by portraits in the Gallery, we will create a series of miniature portraits. Painting on board, we will glaze our paintings to give them an antique look.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Inspired by portraits in the Gallery, we will create a series of miniature portraits. Painting on board, we will glaze our paintings to give them an antique look.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.




Dry point etchings allow for unique linear qualities, and the printed marks display a look and feel, found in no other medium. The scratchy build-up of marks enhance texture and will add an unexpected element to your drawings. Looking at master artists’ examples of both dry-points and drawings, you will firstly make copies in pencil to understand their structure and composition and practise hatching techniques required to build tone and value. Choose what you translate into your own mark-making to then produce your unique dry-point etching by using a printing press, and experimenting with chine-collé and unique-state proofs. Feel free to also bring along your own images to work with.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.




Sydney is renowned worldwide for its amazing harbour and city skyline. We can use the natural geographic forms unique to Sydney such as its harbour and surrounding landforms, its skyline or its historic and cultural landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge to inspire and celebrate our city. From the ferries, the Botanical Gardens, the Rocks to Luna Park, the subject matter is wide and varied for a dry point etching inspired by the city we live in.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


Sydney is renowned worldwide for its amazing harbour and city skyline. We can use the natural geographic forms unique to Sydney such as its harbour and surrounding landforms, its skyline or its historic and cultural landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge to inspire and celebrate our city. From the ferries, the Botanical Gardens, the Rocks to Luna Park, the subject matter is wide and varied for a dry point etching inspired by the city we live in.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



Sydney is renowned worldwide for its amazing harbour and city skyline. We can use the natural geographic forms unique to Sydney such as its harbour and surrounding landforms, its skyline or its historic and cultural landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge to inspire and celebrate our city. From the ferries, the Botanical Gardens, the Rocks to Luna Park, the subject matter is wide and varied for a dry point etching inspired by the city we live in.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



Inspired by the abstract sculptural work of Margel Hinder, we will explore form and space, shape and line, to make a unique abstract sculpture using wire and string.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Inspired by the abstract sculptural work of Margel Hinder, we will explore form and space, shape and line, to make a unique abstract sculpture using wire and string.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Inspired by the abstract sculptural work of Margel Hinder, we will explore form and space, shape and line, to make a unique abstract sculpture using wire and string.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


The sensational Geraldine Turner and Maestro Brian Castles-Onion return to the Resonate stage to perform the songs of the legendary Jacques Brel. Hear Australia’s finest cabaret performer in some of the repertoire she loves – including 'Ne me Quitte pas', 'Mon Enfance', 'The Middle Class', 'Song for Old Lovers', 'If We Only Have Love' and the breathtaking tour-de-force, 'Carousel'.

‘For a performer, there is nothing better. As you sing Brel, you can almost feel him standing in the middle of the song with you. You become the song with him. He gets under your skin. You never tire of the stories, the profound lyrics, the emotion, the humour and the pathos. They all touch the soul.’ - Geraldine Turner

The concert will be preceded by a private exhibition viewing, a glass of wine and a light refreshment. 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.


Gallery Express 2020 - July

15 July 2020, 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


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Note: Georgina Cole replaces Josephine Touma for this lecture


Note: Georgina Cole replaces Josephine Touma for this lecture


The reduction lino cut is a method of block printing in which each colour layer is taken from the same block. Looking at various prints made by Picasso, this class will explore the reduction method, often referred to as the ‘suicide method’. After you have designed your image, Brenda will guide you through this interesting process to produce your own unique set of coloured prints. You are also welcome to bring along your own images and ideas or draw inspiration from the extensive collection of books available in the Members Lounge.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.






We look at different marine creatures and their unique environmental habitats and consider the effect global warming is having on coral reefs. We then draw and create our own version of a unique aqua-terrarium environment on paper, to acknowledge and highlight the threatened coral reefs of Australia.

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We look at different marine creatures and their unique environmental habitats and consider the effect global warming is having on coral reefs. We then draw and create our own version of a unique aqua-terrarium environment on paper, to acknowledge and highlight the threatened coral reefs of Australia.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


We look at different marine creatures and their unique environmental habitats and consider the effect global warming is having on coral reefs. We then draw and create our own version of a unique aqua-terrarium environment on paper, to acknowledge and highlight the threatened coral reefs of Australia.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


Using oil pastel and ink resist, we will explore the shapes and colours of citrus. Make a modernist composition of delicious citrus fruits. We can exaggerate the shapes and colours to make our drawings really zing!

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Using oil pastel and ink resist, we will explore the shapes and colours of citrus. Make a modernist composition of delicious citrus fruits. We can exaggerate the shapes and colours to make our drawings really zing!

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Using oil pastel and ink resist, we will explore the shapes and colours of citrus. Make a modernist composition of delicious citrus fruits. We can exaggerate the shapes and colours to make our drawings really zing!

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.



13 lectures

13/08/2020 Mr Arthur Streeton and Miss Nora Clench: the protracted wooing of an independent Edwardian woman
20/08/2020 Love and death in the life and art of Eugene von Guérard
27/08/2020 Mystic eroticism and Bernini’s St Teresa
3/09/2020 Dangerous liaisons: the femme fatale in nineteenth-century British art
10/09/2020 Fragonard: the game of love
17/09/2020 Such is art: Sidney Nolan on love, sex, death and catharsis
24/09/2020 Stella Bowen revisited
15/10/2020 The tomb in architecture: from the Enlightenment to Carlo Scarpa
22/10/2020 Literature, love and nature: the French Romantics
29/10/2020 L’armour fou: Surrealism and love
5/11/2020 Love me, love my dog... inter-species affection and love in art
12/11/2020 Death by firing squad and what art can do about it
19/11/2020 Ending with the divine: late Matisse and the Chapel at Vence


13 lectures

12/08/2020 Mr Arthur Streeton and Miss Nora Clench: the protracted wooing of an independent Edwardian woman
19/08/2020 Love and death in the life and art of Eugene von Guérard
26/08/2020 Mystic eroticism and Bernini’s St Teresa
2/09/2020 Dangerous liaisons: the femme fatale in nineteenth-century British art
9/09/2020 Fragonard: the game of love
16/09/2020 Such is art: Sidney Nolan on love, sex, death and catharsis
23/09/2020 Stella Bowen revisited
14/10/2020 The tomb in architecture: from the Enlightenment to Carlo Scarpa
21/10/2020 Literature, love and nature: the French Romantics
28/10/2020 L’armour fou: Surrealism and love
4/11/2020 Love me, love my dog... inter-species affection and love in art
11/11/2020 Death by firing squad and what art can do about it
18/11/2020 Ending with the divine: late Matisse and the Chapel at Vence

Proudly sponsors by Renaissance Tours



Gallery Express 2020 - August

19 August 2020, 9.30am

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




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

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Live band, dancing and champagne High Tea

Step back in time to 1930’s London and relive the glamour of the famous tea dances held at Palm Court at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel. Join us for an elegant evening of dancing, dressing up and champagne high tea. The fabulous Dan Barnett and his six-piece band will set the tone with their classic 1920’s and 30’s repertoire. Members tell us how much they enjoy dancing at our events, so get ready to charleston, tango, waltz and foxtrot the evening away.

Dress code: Glamour

This evening will include a champagne high tea, dancing with a live band and a private exhibition viewing. Doors open at 5.45pm. This event will be held in the Entrance court with cabaret style seating.

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial.





This month we will study the work of Grace Cossington-Smith, exploring her unique sense of colour and mark-making. A skilled colourist, Cossington-Smith’s chief interest was colour, particularly the interplay between colour, form and light. In this class, Brenda will demonstrate colour-mixing and brush techniques using acrylic paint. You will experiment with Cossington-Smith’s techniques to construct your own painting using still-life objects.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.






Using clay we create a small sculpture of a head and shoulders. Using expression and facial characteristics, we sculpt an impression of our own self portrait.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


Using clay we create a small sculpture of a head and shoulders. Using expression and facial characteristics, we sculpt an impression of our own self portrait.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



Using clay we create a small sculpture of a head and shoulders. Using expression and facial characteristics, we sculpt an impression of our own self portrait.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



To celebrate the beginning of Spring, we study the shapes and colours of spring flowers to make a detailed and intricate floral design. Using chalk pastel and pens on brown paper, we will compose our flowers on a long scroll to display at home.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


To celebrate the beginning of Spring, we study the shapes and colours of spring flowers to make a detailed and intricate floral design. Using chalk pastel and pens on brown paper, we will compose our flowers on a long scroll to display at home.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


To celebrate the beginning of Spring, we study the shapes and colours of spring flowers to make a detailed and intricate floral design. Using chalk pastel and pens on brown paper, we will compose our flowers on a long scroll to display at home.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Gallery Express 2020 - September

16 September 2020, 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




Chalk pastel is a versatile medium with which you can draw, smudge, blend and 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.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Chalk pastel is a versatile medium with which you can draw, smudge, blend and 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.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.




Art essentials 2020: Watercolour

27 September 2020, 10.30am

Painting in watercolour can be difficult to master. It’s fluid nature can be hard to control and is often unpredictable. Learning to work with and exploit the behaviour 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 and introduce you to forgiving and flexible ways of working with it. The afternoon will be spent on your own choice of projects using the techniques you have been introduced to. This workshop is a great opportunity to really experiment, explore and enjoy the happy accidents we make while discovering the unique nature of watercolour.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


JUNO award-winning violinist Alexandre Da Costa makes his Resonate debut with his Stradivarius and a magnificent program of some of the best-loved opera fantasies and airs, from Bizet’s 'Carmen', Wagner’s 'Die Walküre', Prokofiev’s 'Romeo and Juliet' and Strauss’ 'Der Rosenkavalier'. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Alexandre has performed with the world’s leading orchestras from London, Berlin, Seville and Buenos Aires and this September he is joined by strings from Ensemble Apex. Da Costa’s career has seen him receive accolades such as the Virginia-Parker Prize, one of Canada’s highest cultural distinctions, the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award from the Canada Council for the Arts and first prize in the Pablo Sarasate International Violin competition.

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

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial.




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 and how to safely and effectively cut the block. We will experiment using a range of papers, so that you can continue printing at home. Visual resources will be provided, but please bring some images of your own if you wish.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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 and how to safely and effectively cut the block. We will experiment using a range of papers, so that you can continue printing at home. Visual resources will be provided, but please bring some images of your own if you wish.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


The burial traditions of both Egypt and Mexico are fascinating because they are so very different from Western approaches to remembering the dead.
We experiment with sculptural forms and ways to construct using paper, tape and plaster to make a 3 dimensional sculpture in the form of an animal head, either dead or alive, remembered or invented!

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



The burial traditions of both Egypt and Mexico are fascinating because they are so very different from Western approaches to remembering the dead.
We experiment with sculptural forms and ways to construct using paper, tape and plaster to make a 3 dimensional sculpture in the form of an animal head, either dead or alive, remembered or invented!

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


The burial traditions of both Egypt and Mexico are fascinating because they are so very different from Western approaches to remembering the dead.
We experiment with sculptural forms and ways to construct using paper, tape and plaster to make a 3 dimensional sculpture in the form of an animal head, either dead or alive, remembered or invented!

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


Looking at landscapes traditional and modern, we will create our own canvas landscape painting with watercolour. Inspired by artists in the collection including Arthur Streeton.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Looking at landscapes traditional and modern, we will create our own canvas landscape painting with watercolour. Inspired by artists in the collection including Arthur Streeton.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Looking at landscapes traditional and modern, we will create our own canvas landscape painting with watercolour. Inspired by artists in the collection including Arthur Streeton.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Enjoy an evening with Alfred Lord Tennyson’s epic poem 'Enoch Arden', set to music by German composer Richard Strauss. Published in 1864 when Tennyson was England’s poet laureate, 'Enoch Arden' is the story of a shipwrecked sailor who finds his way home after 10 years only to discover his beloved wife has married his best friend. Richard Strauss composed a score for the poem in 1897 and it was one of the composer’s biggest hits to date.

Join Australian theatre icon, John Bell AO OBE, as narrator, and internationally acclaimed pianist Simon Tedeschi as they revive the art of the melodrama, with its fundamental meeting of word and music, and bring their undisputed magic to this tragic, yet uplifting story of love, loss and sacrifice.

The concert will be preceded by a private exhibition viewing, a glass of wine and a light refreshment. 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.


Gallery Express 2020 - October

21 October 2020, 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








Succulents have interesting sculptural shapes and make an excellent choice as a still life subject. We will paint with acrylics focusing on mixing and blending the extensive range of greens found in nature.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



Succulents have interesting sculptural shapes and make an excellent choice as a still life subject. We will paint with acrylics focusing on mixing and blending the extensive range of greens found in nature.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



Succulents have interesting sculptural shapes and make an excellent choice as a still life subject. We will paint with acrylics focusing on mixing and blending the extensive range of greens found in nature.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



With the festive season upon us, let’s create a smorgasbord of fun drawings depicting our favourite foods. Make them as detailed and as colourful as you can. How many cupcakes can you fit on your page?

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


With the festive season upon us, let’s create a smorgasbord of fun drawings depicting our favourite foods. Make them as detailed and as colourful as you can. How many cupcakes can you fit on your page?

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


With the festive season upon us, let’s create a smorgasbord of fun drawings depicting our favourite foods. Make them as detailed and as colourful as you can. How many cupcakes can you fit on your page?

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.




Gallery Express 2020 - November

18 November 2020, 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 study and analyse drawings and paintings by Australian landscape artists. Working from photos and images, we will discuss some traditional strategies used to understand and construct a traditional landscape. We will learn how to see and simplify the landscape, by using viewing frames to make quick thumb nail sketches. You will choose some examples to make a series of small copies in lead and coloured pencil using a limited palette, in order to understand how other artists have applied some of these strategies and techniques to convey the landscape.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


We will study and analyse drawings and paintings by Australian landscape artists. Working from photos and images, we will discuss some traditional strategies used to understand and construct a traditional landscape. We will learn how to see and simplify the landscape, by using viewing frames to make quick thumb nail sketches. You will choose some examples to make a series of small copies in lead and coloured pencil using a limited palette, in order to understand how other artists have applied some of these strategies and techniques to convey the landscape.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Gallery Express 2020 - December

02 December 2020, 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


The mandala is a Sanskrit term that means circle. The circular design symbolises the idea that life is never ending and everything is connected. We explore the ideas and design format of the mandala, and using simple motifs from nature we design our own. Using printing foam we translate and print our designs on to fabric to remind us of our connection to nature.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


The mandala is a Sanskrit term that means circle. The circular design symbolises the idea that life is never ending and everything is connected. We explore the ideas and design format of the mandala, and using simple motifs from nature we design our own. Using printing foam we translate and print our designs on to fabric to remind us of our connection to nature.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


The mandala is a Sanskrit term that means circle. The circular design symbolises the idea that life is never ending and everything is connected. We explore the ideas and design format of the mandala, and using simple motifs from nature we design our own. Using printing foam we translate and print our designs on to fabric to remind us of our connection to nature.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


We look at the work of French artist Henri Matisse, whose art was filled with brilliant colour and dynamic energy. Matisse loved to paint, but later in life he was famous for creating amazing artworks made by cutting coloured paper. Inspired by Matisse’s joyous work, we will have some fun making our own cuts.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


We look at the work of French artist Henri Matisse, whose art was filled with brilliant colour and dynamic energy. Matisse loved to paint, but later in life he was famous for creating amazing artworks made by cutting coloured paper. Inspired by Matisse’s joyous work, we will have some fun making our own cuts.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


We look at the work of French artist Henri Matisse, whose art was filled with brilliant colour and dynamic energy. Matisse loved to paint, but later in life he was famous for creating amazing artworks made by cutting coloured paper. Inspired by Matisse’s joyous work, we will have some fun making our own cuts.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Membership card replacement fee

31 December 2020, 12.00am