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01 September 2018, 12.00am


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

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

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours


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

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

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Our 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 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.


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.


Gallery Express 2019

20 February 2019, 9.30am

A bus tour of selected commercial galleries

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

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

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

Bookings essential.


Art essentials 2019

23 February 2019, 10.30am

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

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


Teenage Art Club 2019

16 March 2019, 10.30am

For ages 13+

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

Futher workshop themes will be added during the year.


Drawing from the figure 2019

10 April 2019, 6.30pm

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

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


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

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




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

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


Whiteley Art Bus

06 September 2019, 1.30pm

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

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

Tour information

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


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

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia

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



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

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia

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



Who are the mischievous shapeshifters, fiendish imps and vengeful ghosts found in the various expressions of Japanese culture and why do they continue to haunt these worlds?

For centuries, these phenomenal beings – including yōkai and yūrei – have populated Japanese folklore, and the story of their transformation and popularisation has come to echo the ‘spirit’ of Japan. Held in association with the exhibition 'Japan supernatural' at the Art Gallery of NSW, this lecture series highlights key ideas related to the representation and history of the supernatural world in Japanese cultural practices, from art to film, literature, theatre and contemporary culture.

Tickets include two lectures per session and refreshments during intermission.

This program is presented in partnership with the Japan Foundation.

Gandel Philanthropy, principal patron and public programs patron, 'Japan supernatural'.

2/11/2019 Introducing the ghosts of Japan
9/11/2019 The spirits of Japan
16/11/2019 Contemporary monsters
23/11/2019 Fantastic fictions
30/11/2019 Supernatural screens *Please note this session will finish at 5pm.



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


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.


Phenomenal beings: Contemporary monsters

16 November 2019, 2.00pm

Ghosts of pasts and futures
Mikala Tai, director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Tracing exhibitions of contemporary Japanese art at the Art Gallery of NSW, this lecture examines the important role that art and culture has played in developing Australian-Japanese ties. From the ground-breaking exhibition 'The Hiroshima' panels in 1958 to 'Japan supernatural' in 2019, ghosts have been an artistic symbol used to examine the past and fantasise about the future. Their symbolic power has been uniquely Japanese, but also fundamentally humanist as they speak to the concerns and cravings of us all.

Ludic techno-spiritualism in Japan
Yuji Sone, senior lecturer, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University

This talk focuses on Japanese media artist Etsuko Ichihara, who creatively uses digital media and robotic technologies to explore Japanese traditional beliefs in the spirit and the supernatural in her recent works 'Digital shaman' project (2015), 'Namahage' in Tokyo (2017) and 'The festival of virtual currency offerings' (2019). Using the notion of ‘ludic techno-spiritualism’, I place Ichihara’s work in the larger context of cultural connections between spirituality, spiritualism, the supernatural and digital technologies, such as a recent cultural event in Japan involving a drone Buddha and a robot funeral.

This program is presented in partnership with the Japan Foundation


Spectacular forts (dzongs) and monasteries, as well as tranquil wayside temples, dominate the Bhutanese landscape. These distinctive buildings are a product of Bhutan's feudal history, its dramatic environment, and particularly its Buddhist faith. Join Alex McKay, Associate Professor and former research fellow and lecturer in history at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University) and learn how these diverse elements combine to produce an extraordinary architectural tradition that ornaments this unique culture.


Embroidery workshop: Cherry Blossom

17 November 2019, 10.30am

A cherry blossom, called sakura in Japan, is a symbolic flower of the spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life. The fully bloomed cherry blossoms are celebrating and welcoming a brand-new start, bursting with possibilities and optimism.
Textile artist and designer Margaret Daszkiewicz will teach you how to embroider cherry blossom 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 make a French knot, buttonhole, stem stitch and fishbone stitch and then apply them to create flowers 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.




Get creative

Join us for our final Young Professionals Meetup of 2019! Catch up with friends and enjoy a bespoke cocktail from Manly Spirits. Try your hand at drawing at this very special creative Meetup to celebrate the end of the year.

Materials generously provided by Faber-Castell.

Proudly sponsored by Manly Spirits.


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 Nouveau: Ahead of the curve

21 November 2019, 1.00pm

Popular in Europe and the United States from 1890 – 1910, Art Nouveau was a decorative style that influenced architecture, fine art, illustration, advertising, jewellery, glass and furniture design. It was a new style for the coming century, rejecting the dated, historic references of the past – a 'new art'.

While a rather short lived movement, Art Nouveau has left a lasting impression on design. Visitors to Paris continue to marvel at the graceful, organic iron and glass structures by Hector Guimard, at the entrance to the Paris metro underground. Or Victor Horta’s definitive examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Brussels with their abstracted vines, stained glass and mosaics. Join Claudia Chan Shaw for an intriguing look at this most elegant of design movements, celebrating the work of Alphonse Mucha, Louis Comfort Tiffany, René Lalique, Victor Horta, Hector Guimard and more.




Ildiko Kovacs: extraordinary colour - CANCELLED

21 November 2019, 11.00am

Ildiko Kovacs, contemporary Australian artist, diversified her art practice and began experimenting with using commercial paint rollers rather than traditional brushes. This technique resulted in the creation of a magnificent and singular body of work and as such, Kovacs was awarded the 2015 Bulgari Art Award at AGNSW. Join Sioux Garside, Curator of 'Ildiko Kovacs - the DNA of Colour' in conversation with Ildiko Kovacs as they offer insight and background into this important and singular contribution to contemporary Australian art. 'Ildiko Kovacs: The DNA of colour' will be available for purchase and signing in the Gallery Shop at the conclusion of this event.

Booking is Closed

New Members tour 2019 - November

21 November 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


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

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

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


Art essentials 2019: Watercolour II

23 November 2019, 10.30am

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


The Keir Collection

Explore the works in the Keir collection at the private residence of Phillip and Sarah Keir. Developed with an interest in conceptual forms, geographies and with an inclination toward text, notation and paper, the collection holds both large scale and domestic sized artworks.
Artists in the collection include Nina Canell, Simryn Gill, Samson Young and Agatha Gothe Snape.

No large bags or photography allowed.


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

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

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


Phenomenal beings: Fantastic fictions

23 November 2019, 2.00pm

Supernatural characters: defining identities through Japanese narratives
Mio Bryce, head of Japanese studies and senior lecturer, Department of International Studies Languages and Cultures, Macquarie University

What does the supernatural represent in Japan? Why do we still have mythical ‘others’ in a period dominated by advanced technology? Japanese popular culture in the Heisei period (1989-2019) is characterised by colourful, diverse forms of supernatural protagonists, much like the other yōkai-ridden periods Heian (794-1185) and Edo (1603-1868). The prevalence of, and interest in the supernatural may suggest a specific psyche and social ecology in these periods. Focussing on issues of precarious Japanese identities, I discuss the characterisation and transition of the supernatural from the Heian to Heisei using novels, manga and anime, such as the 'Tale of Genji' and 'Inuyasha'.

Nature, poems and spirits: the supernatural reality in Japanese arts
Chiaki Ajioka, art historian, writer and curator

The Japanese love of nature is inextricably linked to the country’s prevailing practice of poetry. In composing poems at official or private occasions, the poet would project his or her personal emotions onto specific descriptions of natural objects or phenomena. Many of these poems have been handed down from the eighth century to present day. This lecture introduces some of the ways poetic iconography was disseminated through the arts, revealing the inherent anthropomorphic view of nature in Japan and how certain images have been preserved as cultural memory.

This program is presented in partnership with the Japan Foundation


Come and celebrate with us as we toast the end of a wonderful year of art! Back by popular demand, 'The Glass Breakers' band from our Archibald Party are returning to the stage to entertain you once more so gather your friends and dance the night away. Discover the fascinating world of 'Japan supernatural' with an exclusive viewing of the summer exhibition – this extraordinary exhibition reveals three centuries of folklore and fantasy in Japanese art. Enjoy drinks and canapes throughout the evening.

There will be great prizes on offer including for best dressed, so start planning your outfits around our Japan Supernatural dress theme.


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

Dietary requirements contact 9225 1878 or bookings@artgallerysociety.org.au by Monday, 18 November.


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

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


Phenomenal beings: Supernatural screens

30 November 2019, 2.00pm

Coalescing forces: encounters with the spirit world in Japanese cinema
Kate Jinx, director of programming, Golden Age Cinema, in conversation with Simonne Goran, festival programmer, Japanese Film Festival

In this conversation, film curators Kate Jinx and Simonne Goran discuss the supernatural, spiritual and religeo-aesthetic concepts presented in Japanese film and anime. From folkloric belief systems to disembodied spirits of the digitised era, they draw on seminal works by Nobuo Nakagawa, Hayao Miyazaki and Mamuro Oshii among others to highlight the artistic insertion of these themes through a cinematic application of imagery and narrative. Looking at the ever-evolving, diverse landscape of Japanese spirituality from a Western context, this talk will focus predominantly on film and anime’s ability to form new meaning, experiences and associations that both entertain and invite contemplation.

Film screening: Spirited away
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki 2001 (Japan)
Starring Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki
125 mins Digital Colour Rated PG
Japanese with English subtitles

From Hayao Miyazaki, one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animated cinema, comes the Academy Award-winning masterpiece, 'Spirited away'. This beloved fantasy centres on a young girl named Chihiro who discovers a secret world of strange spirits, creatures and sorcery. When her parents are mysteriously transformed, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world.

This program is presented in partnership with the Japan Foundation

*Please note this session will finish at 5pm.


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

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


Coffee Tour: Japan Supernatural - December

03 December 2019, 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.


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


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

Dietary requirements contact 9225 1878 or bookings@artgallerysociety.org.au by Monday, 2 December.

*Note change from originally scheduled 15 November.


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.


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.


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.



Taskforce lunch 2019

14 December 2019, 11.45am

For dietary requirements contact 9225 1878 or bookings@artgallerysociety.org.au by Friday, 6 December


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

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



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

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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.






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.



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.










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 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.





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


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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

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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.


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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.








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

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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





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.













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.




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.