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

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

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours


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

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

Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours


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

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

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Drawing from sculpture 2019

13 February 2019, 6.30pm

Drawing from sculpture is a centuries-old learning method for artists. Explore the human form by completing studies of the wonderful classical sculptures in the Gallery's collection with Siena White. Siena will teach you methods to break down the figure to basic shapes, before completing a more detailed study.

All materials provided


Absolute beginners 2019: Friday series

15 February 2019, 1.00pm

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

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

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


Absolute beginners 2019: Saturday series

16 February 2019, 1.00pm

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

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

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


Resonate 2019

17 February 2019, 6.30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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


Gallery Express 2019

20 February 2019, 9.30am

A bus tour of selected commercial galleries

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

View the latest exhibitions, with tours conducted by gallery owners and artists. Morning tea will be available in the Gallery from 9.30am prior to the bus departure. The bus will depart promptly at 10am.

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

Bookings essential.


Art essentials 2019

23 February 2019, 10.30am

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

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


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


In these six lectures, Iain Shearer will examine 6 different desires: Lust, Dignity, Power, Curiosity, Peace and War. Each lecture is illustrated by ancient treasures from across the world: the stories of the objects, the people who made them, covet them, and what they symbolised in the past – and why people still desire them today.

1-Mar Lust
8-Mar Dignity
15-Mar Power
22-Mar Curiosity
5-Apr Peace
12-Apr War



In these six lectures, Iain Shearer will examine 6 different desires: Lust, Dignity, Power, Curiosity, Peace and War. Each lecture is illustrated by ancient treasures from across the world: the stories of the objects, the people who made them, covet them, and what they symbolised in the past – and why people still desire them today.

2-Mar Lust
9-Mar Dignity
16-Mar Power
23-Mar Curiosity
6-Apr Peace
13-Apr War


Drawing fundamentals 2019 - March

06 March 2019, 1.00pm

Join artist and art educator Christine Simpson for this series of 4 drawing classes for beginners. Christine will guide you through four stimulating and informative sessions investigating a variety of fundamental techniques. Whether you are beginning your drawing journey, or wishing to brush up on your drawing skills, Christine will guide each participant forward to find this a rewarding, hands on experience. While we suggest booking all four classes, it is not essential, as each lesson will focus on a different technique.

All materials provided.


Teenage Art Club 2019

16 March 2019, 10.30am

For ages 13+

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

Futher workshop themes will be added during the year.


The Artist speaks: In conversation

17 March 2019, 11.00am

Inspirations from Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize winners and finalists

Join us for this fascinating new series of in conversation talks and gain insight into the creative practices of past winners and finalists from the prestigious Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes. Six artists over five weeks will share their experience with the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes and discuss how being selected has influenced their artistic journey and their future direction. Jane Hutcheon, TV presenter and foreign correspondent and Claudia Chan Shaw, designer, author and presenter will facilitate these insightful conversations revealing just what inspires these artists to create such extraordinary works of art.

Sun 17 March – Jonathan Dalton and James Drinkwater in conversation with Jane Hutcheon
Sun 24 March – Nicholas Harding in conversation with Jane Hutcheon
Sun 7 April – Paul Newton in conversation with Claudia Chan Shaw
Sun 14 April – Wendy Sharpe in conversation with Claudia Chan Shaw
Sun 5 May – Del Kathryn Barton in conversation with Jane Hutcheon


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.


American travel afternoon

23 March 2019, 2.00pm

Enjoy an afternoon of American museums, mansions and masterpieces as Ron Ramsey takes you on a journey through New York State’s Hudson Valley, and the rich art collections of Boston and Massachusetts.

Claudia Chan Shaw will then turn up the heat and explore Cuba and Miami! Cuba – a destination almost frozen in time – yet home to vibrant contemporary art and infectious music while Miami basks in a neon glow of pastel art deco buildings, street art and high-end art fairs.

Join Claudia and Ron for a fascinating look beneath the surface, at how art, architecture and history is wonderfully intertwined.


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

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


Textile artist and designer Margaret Daszkiewicz will teach you how to embroider three dimensional roses that can be used to embellish garments, bags or any textile. You will be provided with a pattern, fabric, thread and embroidery hoop and instructions on how to do a French knot, bullion stitch, cast on stitch, stem stitch and fishbone stitch and then apply them to create roses and leaves. This is an ideal workshop for anyone with basic experience in hand embroidery and would like to explore working with texture and dimension.



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

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

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial


The artist speaks: Nicholas Harding

24 March 2019, 11.00am

In conversation with Jane Hutcheon

Nicholas Harding has had a long-standing relationship with the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes having been awarded the Archibald Prize in 2001 and the People’s Choice Award in 2005. Join Jane and Nicholas as they discuss his career, his influences and what fascinates him about this prestigious award having been a finalist in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes numerous times.




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.



Art essentials 2019: Charcoal

30 March 2019, 10.30am

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


This month we will explore the work of emerging contemporary Australian artists at Carriageworks; one of three cultural venues showcasing 'The National 2019: New Australian Art'. Gitte Weise will guide participants through the work of artists such as Tony Albert, Cherine Fahd and Sean Rafferty.


Funky felting workshop 2019 - March

31 March 2019, 10.30am

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 will 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.

Bring a notebook, an apron, and an old towel. Please wear closed shoes. All other materials supplied.




Explore 'The National: New Australian Art' & 'ART EXPRESS'

Join the Young Professionals as we embark on two tours of concurrent Gallery exhibitions. From 5:30pm enjoy a curator led tour of 'The National: New Australian Art' with curator Isobel Parker Philip, and at 7pm we will explore the 'ART EXPRESS' exhibition with curator Louise Halpin. We will break for a refreshment in between the tours at the café on lower level 1.

There will be a short break between the tours to have a drink. Drinks are at your own expense at the café.







Christian heavens in a Chinese earth

04 April 2019, 10.30am

Wu Li, Giuseppe Castiglione and Christian painters in the Qing court

Known in China as Lang Shining (郎世宁), Giuseppe Castiglione worked as a painter for the Qing court between 1715 and 1766, painting the three great emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong. A Catholic missionary and Jesuit brother, Castiglione brought his own perceptions of heaven and earth to bear in his works, now housed in the collections of the National Palace Museum, Taipei and Musée Guimet in Paris.

Writer, academic and expert in Chinese art and culture, Jeremy Clarke will discuss the cultural exchange between east and west during the Jesuit missions of the 17th and 18th centuries, drawing upon the work of Lang Shining, Wu Li and other China-based Jesuit missionary artists. Discover how cultures collided and melded, and how Christian missionaries absorbed elements of their new home in the Chinese kingdom into their art and worldview.


“You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today”
~ Marvin Gaye 'What’s Going' On 1970

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


“You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today”
~ Marvin Gaye 'What’s Going On' 1970

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The artist speaks: Paul Newton

07 April 2019, 11.00am

In conversation with Claudia Chan Shaw

Paul Newton, twelve times Archibald finalist and twice Packing Room Prize winner and People’s Choice Award winner in the 2001 competition, is a well-known Australian portrait artist. Join Paul and Claudia as they discuss his career, his love of portraiture, the connection between subject and artist and the stories behind his subjects.


Sotheby’s and Deutscher and Hackett

Join us for a special preview at two of Sydney’s leading auction houses - Sotheby’s and Deutscher and Hackett. Damian Hackett, Executive Director of Deutscher and Hackett and Sotheby’s chairman, Geoffrey Smith will share their extensive knowledge on the secondary art market, plus tell you everything you need to know about collecting and buying art from an auction house.

Be one of the first to view significant artworks included in two 'Important Australian and International Art Auctions' – a rare treat!




Drawing from the figure 2019

10 April 2019, 6.30pm

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

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




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


"And someday one will say, one of the men to come
Steering his oar-swept ship across the wine-dark sea
'there's the mound of a man who died in the old days,
one of the brave whom glorious Hector killed.'
So they will say, someday, and my fame will never die."
~ Hector, The Iliad Book 7

“I was under the dryer when the telegram came:
'Private John C. Miller was shot down in Vietnam'
Through my tears I read: “'No more information at this time
He's missin' in action somewhere on the Delta Line.”
~ Martha Reeves & the Vandellas I Should Be Proud 1970

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


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


"And someday one will say, one of the men to come
Steering his oar-swept ship across the wine-dark sea
'there's the mound of a man who died in the old days,
one of the brave whom glorious Hector killed.'
So they will say, someday, and my fame will never die."
~ Hector, The Iliad Book 7

“I was under the dryer when the telegram came:
'Private John C. Miller was shot down in Vietnam'
Through my tears I read: “'No more information at this time
He's missin' in action somewhere on the Delta Line.”
~ Martha Reeves & the Vandellas I Should Be Proud 1970

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


Members only viewing

To celebrate the life of Sister Wendy Beckett, beloved art historian and accidental TV phenomenon, join us for a free and members-only screening of two episodes of her landmark 'Grand Tour' series. Members can now revisit Sister Wendy’s journey to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the Louvre in Paris and be reminded of her deep knowledge and passion for art.


Join guide Gitte Weise as we explore the galleries in the vibrant suburb of Waterloo. Explore the work of exciting contemporary artists as we visit Artbank, Darren Knight Gallery and May Space Gallery.

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


The artist speaks: Wendy Sharpe

14 April 2019, 11.00am

With Claudia Chan Shaw

Wendy Sharpe, winner of the Archibald Prize in 1996 and winner of the Sulman Prize in 1986, is no stranger to this prestigious prize. She is one of Australia’s most awarded artists and has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize six times and in the Sulman Prize fourteen times. Join Claudia and Wendy as they discuss her career influences, highlights and successes.


For children 5-8 years

We will explore the Gallery Collection looking for patterns within the artworks. Find inspiration in many different places and then we’ll design a pattern of our own on a terracotta platter to take home and enjoy. For children 5-8 years.



For children 5-8 years

We will explore the Gallery Collection looking for patterns within the artworks. Find inspiration in many different places and then we’ll design a pattern of our own on a terracotta platter to take home and enjoy.

For children 5-8 years.


Gallery Express 2019 - April

17 April 2019, 9.30am

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


New Members tour 2019 - April

24 April 2019, 5.15pm

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

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

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


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


Join us for our free members viewing day of 'The essential Duchamp' on Sunday 28 April between 9am–5pm, with last entry at 4.30pm. All current members will have free access to the exhibition for the entire day.

Exclusive access to the exhibition will be held between 9–10am before the general-public, or you can opt to come later and enjoy the show throughout the day.

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

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


Discover the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy from a modern master – Xueyi Bai. In this workshop, Xueyi will demonstrate a variety of styles, giving you a fundamental introduction to traditional brushwork. You will learn the traditional methods of holding the brush and how to control ink flow on special rice paper. From there, you’ll practice some strokes and learn to write simple Chinese characters.

All materials provided. Suitable for beginners.



Resonate 2019: Monsieur Camembert

28 April 2019, 6.30pm

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial



Calligraphy is traditionally said to be like meditation, quieting the heart and calming the mind by moving its Qi or energy in rhythm with the movement of the brush. Modern master, Xueyi Bai will teach you how to use the special tools of Chinese calligraphy: a soft Chinese brush, rice paper, ink stick and ink stone, to create delicate strokes and harmonious Chinese characters.

You will learn the basic movements of dots and strokes on rice paper, and will ultimately be guided to arrange these strokes into balanced, elegant characters. At the end of the course, you will have meaningful works of your own to take home and the technique and appreciation to make Chinese calligraphy an everyday skill that is a pleasure to perform, and delight to view.

May 1 - Basic principles
May 8 - The turning stroke
May 15 - The falling strokes
May 29 - Eternity

All materials provided.


We begin with an introduction to the historical development of Chinese calligraphy, the four tools for writing, and the eight basic strokes. You will learn the rules of stroke and character order for writing Chinese being guided as to how to hold the brush correctly and learn three basic strokes - dot, horizontal and vertical, and use them to write the character for jade.



Genomic studies suggest that Aboriginal Australians are the descendants of people that left Africa more than 60,000 years ago, with archaeological evidence of occupation of the Kimberley extending back more than 50 millennia. The region boasts some of world’s oldest-surviving rock art and Aboriginal languages but many fundamental questions remain, such as when, how rapidly and by which routes these pioneers spread through Indonesia and arrived in the Kimberley, and how they responded to the challenges and opportunities of the new environments encountered on their journey.

In this lecture, Distinguished Professor Bert Roberts will explore what we know about these Kimberley trailblazers and their contemporaries to the north (Indonesia) and east (Arnhem Land), and how the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH), with which the KFA has close links, aims to answer these questions and transform our understanding of the entangled human and environmental history of these three regions.

Tea/coffee served at conclusion of lecture.



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


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


Journey to Algeria

04 May 2019, 10.30am

Algeria is an endlessly fascinating country with an ancient past. Join us as we explore the power, purpose and profession of the French Orientalists with Alex McKay, Associate Professor and former research fellow and lecturer in history at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University) in examining the personal motives of great Orientalist painters such as Eugène Delacroix and Jean-Léon Gérôme. Dr Julian Droogan, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University will illustrate how this once lush and green province was the breadbasket for the Roman Empire. Today, its deserts and Mediterranean coast hold magnificent traces of Phoenician, Berber, Roman and Arab civilisation. Come and uncover the secrets of the Sahara.


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


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


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


Composers often find inspiration for their compositions in the world around them, whether it is the land, the air or the sea. In this series, Andy Bromberger explores how these elements have been treated by composers over time, revealing and emphasising the importance of knowing a composers inspiration when appreciating a work.

4 May - Land
11 May - Air
18 May- Sea


Land, air and sea: Land

04 May 2019, 10.30am

Composers often find inspiration for their music in the natural world, including the ‘Land’ in which we inhabit, although many interpret it in different ways. Some see it as the ‘Earth’, some as a specific land mass, while others find inspiration from the myriad of Flora and Fauna that inhabits the ‘Land'.


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


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


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


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


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


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


In conversation with Jane Hutcheon

Del Kathryn Barton, winner of the Archibald Prize in 2008 and 2013 and finalist in the Archibald Prize five times, has experienced this prize from both sides having been painted by Marc Etherington in 2015. Join Del and Jane has they discuss her career, her inspiration and the secret to entering a prize-winning portrait.



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

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


Drawing from sculpture 2019 - May

08 May 2019, 6.30pm

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

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

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

All materials provided.


Following a revision of basic techniques, you will learn the turning stroke and use it to write the character for middle.



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

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


Land, air and sea: Air

11 May 2019, 10.30am

Interestingly, music inspired by the ‘Air’, or the world above the Earth, was mostly written in the 20th and 21st centuries. In this period there are many pieces written about the cosmos, the planets and space. Earlier compositions we associate with these elements like Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata are not the official titles but nicknames coming about often after the composer’s death.



Beginning with an introductory discussion with Wendy, the class will arrange personal objects brought from home into a still life arrangement creating the subject matter for the day. Wendy will spend time demonstrating her own methods of painting, exploring beginnings, ideas on composition, how to approach the subject, lighting and shadows, colour mixing and paint application. Under Wendy’s guidance the class will work on their own still life, with opportunity throughout the day for one on one discussion and assistance.

Tailored for experienced artists, this workshop is not recommended for beginners. A full materials list will be provided at the time of booking.



Gallery Express 2019 - May

15 May 2019, 9.30am

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


Following a revision of the previous weeks, you will learn the left and right falling strokes, which are curved. You will be guided to develop your sense of balance as you write the character for person.


Young Members: Conservation tour

15 May 2019, 5.00pm

Have you ever strolled the Grand Courts and wondered how traditional artworks appear so bright and full of colour? Learn how the effects of the elements can be destructive to works of art and how the Gallery conservators work to prepare them for public display.




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


500 years: The legacy of da Vinci

18 May 2019, 10.30am

May 2, 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death in Amboise, France. To celebrate the brilliance of one of history’s most formidable creative geniuses, join four inspiring lecturers over two hours as they discuss the life and legacies of Leonardo.

In partnership with Istituto Italiano di Cultura

$45 member/ $55 non-member
Domain Theatre


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


Land, air and sea: Sea

18 May 2019, 10.30am

The classical music world is full of compositions inspired by oceans, lakes and streams both specific and general. Many of these pieces have wonderful stories behind their titles. It is interesting to explore the different techniques composers use to evoke water in their music and discover how this has changed over the centuries.


Join us for our free members viewing day of the 'Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes' 2019 on Sunday 19 May between 9am–5pm, with last entry at 4.30pm. All current members will have free access to the exhibition for the entire day.

Exclusive access to the exhibition will be held between 9–10am before the general-public, or you can opt to come later and enjoy the show throughout the day.

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

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


Theatrical Realism vs Photorealism
The topic of the workshop will be a yellow themed still life of lemons. Jonathan will guide the class step by step by demonstrating his process through each stage on a 40×40cm painting which he has already begun. The painting will depict four lemons, which will clearly illustrate each lemon at a different stage of painting. The day will be spent following Jonathan’s expert guidance at each step including what makes a good photograph and how to work from one; sketching the photograph onto the medium; colour mixing; demonstration of painting over the first layer; final details and glazing and varnishing do’s and dont’s.


Drawing inspiration from Margaret Preston’s studies of Australian native plants, you will learn to crochet a beautiful and individual Monstera Deliciosa leaf. Under the expert guidance of contemporary textile artist Margaret Daszkiewicz, you will learn some traditional and modern crochet techniques. Margaret will show you how to read and understand a crochet chart so you can start making your own leaf and flower that can be transformed into a brooch or any other decorative embellishment.

The workshop is designed for anyone with basic knowledge of crochet techniques and stitches such as chain stitch, single and double crochet.

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


Members only viewing

To celebrate the life of Sister Wendy Beckett, beloved art historian and accidental TV phenomenon, join us for a free and members-only screening of two episodes of her landmark 'Grand Tour' series. Members can now revisit Sister Wendy’s journey to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the Louvre in Paris and be reminded of her deep knowledge and passion for art.




New Members tour 2019 - May

23 May 2019, 2.30pm

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

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

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


Art essentials 2019: Watercolour I

25 May 2019, 10.30am

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


Resonate 2019: Orava Quartet

26 May 2019, 6.30pm

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial


Using pencils and charcoal, in this workshop we will make some studies of landscape painting in the Collection and experiment with methods to personalise our landscape to create our own sense of place.





You will learn the final two strokes - rising and hook, and bring together all eight basic strokes into one Chinese character- eternity. Developing beauty in this character is a traditional milestone for the beginner calligrapher.



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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



Salvatore will talk about his practice and individual approach to the landscape, demonstrating his methods of painting. Using your own sketchbooks, the class will draw en plein air in the gardens adjacent to the Gallery. Salvatore will work with the group to select the scene, and the morning will then be spent working-up ideas from observational drawings. Participants will be encouraged to photograph the scene with their phones or ipads to record colours and shapes for use in the afternoon session. After lunch, the class will begin working-up a painting under Salvatore’s expert guidance, with opportunity during the day for one-on-one discussion and assistance.

Tailored for experienced artists, this workshop is not suitable for beginners. A full materials list will be provided at the time of booking.



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

All materials provided.



Textile artist and designer Margaret Daszkiewicz will teach you how to embroider three dimensional flowers that can be used to embellish garments, bags or any textile. You will be provided with a pattern, fabric, thread and embroidery hoop and instructions on how to do a French knot, picot stitch, lazy daisy, stem stitch and fishbone stitch and then apply them to create flowers, leaves and branches. This is an ideal workshop for anyone with basic experience in hand embroidery and would like to explore working with texture and dimension.


Paul will then demonstrate his own methods of painting oil portraits, discuss his palette and his approach to colour mixing for natural looking skin tones. There will be a focus on tonal values, lost and found edges and other techniques that are helpful when trying to achieve a realistic likeness of the live model. Consideration of the work of past masters such as Velasquez, Sargent and Whistler who used similar methods to great effect in their paintings will aid in this approach. There will be opportunity during the day for one on one discussion and assistance.

Tailored for experienced artists, this workshop is not recommended for beginners. A full materials list will be provided at the time of booking.



Gallery Express 2019 - June

19 June 2019, 9.30am

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



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


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


Ethiopia is a crucible of human civilisation. One of the very first kingdoms to adopt Christianity as its state religion in the 4th century AD, Ethiopia evolved a distinct religious and cultural tradition which gave rise to stunning works of architecture such as the Lalibela rock churches, hewn from solid rock, the 24-metre-tall Great Stela of Axum and the 17th century Castle of Gondar, the ‘Camelot of Africa’. Join Jane Hutcheon, TV presenter and former foreign correspondent as she uncovers not just the history but also the extraordinary landscape, wildlife and stories of this ancient land.





Art essentials 2019: Monoprinting

29 June 2019, 10.30am

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


Taking creative inspiration from influential and experimental artist Marcel Duchamp who began the Dada Movement in the early 20th century, we will explore the notion of the 'Ready-Made' in art and experiment with a combination of drawing, collage and photo media.

Please bring an image or photo of a man-made object to include in your final work.





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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Resonate 2019: Jane Rutter

14 July 2019, 6.30pm

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial


Gallery Express 2019 - July

17 July 2019, 9.30am

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


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


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




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




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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


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

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


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


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

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



Gallery Express 2019 - August

21 August 2019, 9.30am

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



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

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


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

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


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

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

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial




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




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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





Gallery Express 2019 - September

18 September 2019, 9.30am

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



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


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

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

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial


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




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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Gallery Express 2019 - October

16 October 2019, 9.30am

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



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


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




Art essentials 2019: Lino printing

26 October 2019, 10.30am

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial




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


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


Gallery Express 2019 - November

20 November 2019, 9.30am

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


Art essentials 2019: Watercolour II

23 November 2019, 10.30am

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


Gallery Express 2019 - December

04 December 2019, 9.30am

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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