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Art appreciation lecture series 2018

The hidden language of art: symbol and allusion

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

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

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


Art appreciation lecture series 2018

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

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

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


For children aged 9-13

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

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

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


For children aged 9-13 years

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

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

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


For children aged 5–8

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

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

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


For children aged 5–8

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

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

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


For children aged 5–8

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

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

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


For children aged 9-13

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

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

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


For children aged 9-13

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

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

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


For children aged 9-13

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

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

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


For children aged 5–8

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

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

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


For children aged 5–8

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

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

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


For children aged 5–8

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

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

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


Absolute beginners 2018 - Friday series

16 February 2018, 1.00pm

These one-day workshops are the place to learn new skills, brush up on old ones, try new materials and approaches, and experiment and explore in a friendly, supportive environment. Complete novices are welcome as well as those with some art experience.

Focusing on building basic, practical artmaking skills, this is the most comprehensive beginners program around. Each month students learn techniques specific to a medium, while also studying how other artists have used the medium in the past.



These one-day workshops are the place to learn new skills, brush up on old ones, try new materials and approaches, and experiment and explore in a friendly, supportive environment. Complete novices are welcome as well as those with some art experience.

Focusing on building basic, practical artmaking skills, this is the most comprehensive beginners program around. Each month students learn techniques specific to a medium, while also studying how other artists have used the medium in the past.



Resonate 2018

18 February 2018, 6.30pm

Concert series

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

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

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

Doors open 6.30pm.
Concerts start 7.30pm.

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


Gallery Express 2018

21 February 2018, 10.00am

A bus tour of selected commercial galleries

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

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

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


Art essentials 2018

24 February 2018, 10.30am

Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

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

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



Teenage Art Club

18 March 2018, 10.30am

A new series of monthly classes for young artists to explore and nurture their creativity. Looking at different artworks in the collection each month, we will gain inspiration through discussion, share ideas and techniques, then create our own individual work. With Art Club teacher Karen O’Connor, this is an ideal follow up for kids who have completed our Art Club program. Open to all teenagers aged 13 +.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell Australia


12 lectures



The French decorative arts

15 June 2018, 10.30am

From Versailles to the Belle Époque

This series of 3 lectures presented by Anne Harbers will look at the Decorative Arts and style of France, emerging from the medieval era of the 'Lady & the Unicorn' Tapestries, through the 17th and 18th century style of Versailles to the neoclassic styles of the Directoire and Empire to the Impressionist era of Art Nouveau during the Belle Epoque.

We will consider textiles, including gobelins, silks, and indiennes, porcelains including Saint-Cloud, Chantilly, Vincennes, Sèvres and Limoges, crystal such as Baccarat, silver from the designs of silversmith Thomas Germain including the Portuguese Royal Service, furniture and design.

Friday's:
15 June – the Luxe of Versailles and Paris: from King Louise XIV to King Louis XVI
22 June – Josephine Bonaparte: the style-maker of Napoleon I and the Empire era
29 June – Art nouveau from Paris to Provence


Gallery Express 2018 - June tour

20 June 2018, 10.00am

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



New Members tour - June

21 June 2018, 2.30pm

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

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

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



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


Morocco World Art Tour reunion

22 June 2018, 12.30pm

Collective Menu plus a drink on arrival. Additional drinks and gratuity not included.
Dietary requirements contact 9225 1878 or bookings@artgallerysociety.org.au by Monday, 18 June.




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


Resonate 2018 - 4. Alexander Boyd

24 June 2018, 6.30pm

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

This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services


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


Russia World Art Tour Reunion

27 June 2018, 12.30pm

Collective Menu plus a drink on arrival. Additional drinks and gratuity not included.
Dietary requirements contact 9225 1878 or bookings@artgallerysociety.org.au by Friday 22 June.




We wish to extend a special Collection Circle invitation to you in gratitude for your generosity and support.
The Gallery's storage facility holds almost 90 per cent of the Collection at any one time and this is a rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes visit, as it is not open to the general public.

We would like to invite you to a tour on Friday 29 June.

10am: storage facility tour
12pm: storage facility tour
2pm: storage facility tour

Please include your preferred tour time in the online submission.

RSVP is essential for all tours and closes on 20 June. These invitations are valid for two people.
Please note, due to the popularity of these tours and their limited capacity, places fill quickly and we recommend booking as early as possible.

The tour will run for approximately 1 hour and light refreshments will be provided.

The tour is located at the Lilyfield Storage Facility, 91 Canal Road (enter from Lilyfield road), Lilyfield. We are unable to provide transportation from the Gallery, so please make your own way to the event.


The Gallery's storage facility holds almost 90 per cent of the Collection at any one time and this is a rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes visit, as it is not open to the general public.

The tour will run for approximately 1 hour. Light refreshments will be provided.


The Gallery's storage facility holds almost 90 per cent of the Collection at any one time and this is a rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes visit, as it is not open to the general public.

The tour will run for approximately 1 hour. Light refreshments will be provided.



The Gallery's storage facility holds almost 90 per cent of the Collection at any one time and this is a rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes visit, as it is not open to the general public.

The tour will run for approximately 1 hour. Light refreshments will be provided.


Over the past century, cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results across the globe. This war against culture is not over - it's been steadily increasing. In Syria and Iraq, the ‘cradle of civilization’, millennia of culture are being destroyed. The push to protect, salvage and rebuild has moved in step with the destruction. Based on the book of the same name by Robert Bevan, 'The destruction of memory' tells the whole story - looking not just at the ongoing actions of Daesh (ISIS) and at other contemporary situations, but revealing the decisions of the past that allowed the issue to remain hidden in the shadows for so many years.

In this joint event with the Historic Houses Association of Australia, Australian director of the film, Tim Slade, will hold a Q & A session after the film.





Art essentials 2018 - Pastel

30 June 2018, 10.30am

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


Join us once a month as guide Gitte Weise takes a small group of Young Members on walking tours to differing art precincts in and around Sydney’s vibrant suburbs. We'll finish at a local pub to relax and continue the conversation over a drink.


We visit Potts Point galleries showcasing an array of established and emerging artists. Discover the works at Alaska Projects, Fine Arts Sydney, Stacks Projects, Kings X Project, Industrial Bling and Yuill Crowley Gallery. We'll finish at a local pub to relax and continue the conversation over a drink.

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Young Queen Victoria and the arts

03 July 2018, 2.00pm

With Karin Fernald

Taught from childhood by artists including Edward Lear, Queen Victoria painted and sketched throughout her life. She loved the ballet and sketched the famous dancer Marie Taglioni, and worshiped Giulia Grisi one the greatest singers of her day. Later, with visible enjoyment, the Queen would sketch children, landscapes and dogs. In this special lecture Karin Fernald will illustrate and dramatize a young Queen Victoria and her love of the arts.

Karin Fernald is an actor, writer and speaker known for her entertaining lectures on celebrated writers, correspondents and diarists from the 18th to early 20th centuries, mainly connected with the arts. Karin has performed and lectured in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Europe and Cape Town. She is here at the invitation of the Jane Austen Society of Australia.



After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018', focusing on highlights in the Archibald plus selected key works in the Wynne and Sulman.

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



Discover the fascinating and turbulent histories of the Catalan and Cathar peoples, whose ancient cultures straddle the eastern Pyrenees Mountains in picturesque regions of south-east France and north-east Spain. From Toulouse to Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands, explore Romanesque architecture, including remote mountain abbeys and churches; spectacular citadels and soaring Gothic cathedrals. And enjoy the outstanding legacy of Catalan art and architecture, presented by Brian Ladd.


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


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


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


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


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


The influence of France: Film

07 July 2018, 11.00am

Sally Jackson, Curator Film from the National Film and Sound Archive examines the influence of French cinematographer Marius Sestier on the development of Australia’s film industry. Sestier, an employee of the frères Lumière, opened Australia’s very first cinema and shot many of the country’s first films, including Melbourne Cup 1896 – one of Australia’s oldest surviving films.

Note: The start time for this lecture series is now 11am not 10.30am as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.


Australian impressionist John Russell was strongly influenced by the time he spent in France, most notably by the dramatic landscapes of the French Island of Belle Ile and his friendship with Claude Monet.

Join us for an exploration of France as ‘influencer’ of creativity in Australia with presentations from Kirstie Clements, Damien Pignolet and Sally Jackson as they discuss fashion, food and film over three weeks in July.

Note: The start time for this lecture series is now 11am not 10.30am as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.


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


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


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


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


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


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


School holiday activity for children aged 5-8

Looking at portraits in the Collection and taking inspiration from the 'Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018' exhibition, we will make portraits of our own on a linen tea towel. Have fun exploring different facial features and expressions. Draw a self portrait, a portrait of your family, or maybe a cute pet portrait. Take home to use in the kitchen, or keep it as a family heirloom. A funky functional art piece.

All materials provided.

Led by Dot Kolentsis, this collaborative workshop is designed for children aged 5 to 8 with an adult.



School holiday activity for children aged 9+ with an adult

Finding inspiration in portraits in the Gallery, we will spend time drawing each other, ourselves in a mirror, paying attention to individual details and expressive qualities of our faces. Using a variety of materials and techniques, we will create some fun and surprising portraits of each other.

All materials supplied.

Led by Dot Kolentsis, this collaborative workshop is designed for children aged 9+ with an adult.


School holiday activity for children aged 9+ with an adult

Finding inspiration in portraits in the Gallery, we will spend time drawing each other, ourselves in a mirror, paying attention to individual details and expressive qualities of our faces. Using a variety of materials and techniques, we will create some fun and surprising portraits of each other.

All materials supplied.

Led by Dot Kolentsis, this collaborative workshop is designed for children aged 9+ with an adult.


With Simon Ives and Dr Andrew Yip

Join Gallery conservator, Simon Ives and Dr Andrew Yip from the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research for this fascinating discussion on the restoration of the Gallery’s portrait of 'Henry VIII', c.1540. Using Virtual Reality masks, travel back in time to the artist’s workshop and explore first hand hi-resolution imagery that uncovers the secrets of the painting’s political and social history.

The portrait has been the subject of a major conservation and restoration project, having recently been returned to display for first time in over fifty years during the 'Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018'.



Concert: Soirée Française!

14 July 2018, 6.30pm

Bastille Day party

Celebrate with us on the most important date in the French calendar with a very special evening at the Gallery. Enjoy a delicious French inspired menu while being entertained by the fun and sophisticated 6 piece band – Baby et Lulu. Dance the night away with your friends and make it a night not to be missed.

The evening will include champagne reception, three course dinner and drinks and entertainment.

The dress code for the evening is French or semi formal.

Seating will be in cabaret style tables of 10 people. Please advise of any seating requests for groups and dietary requirements to 9225 1878 or bookings@artgallerysociety.org.au by Monday 9 July.


The influence of France: Fashion

14 July 2018, 11.00am

Paris has always been the considered the epicentre of the fashion world, and designers such as Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Coco Chanel have had immense global reach throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, influencing generations of Australian women.

Kirstie Clements, former editor in chief of Vogue Australia examines the relationship between the traditional couture house, the ready to wear catwalks and the new commercial realities of fashion, and asks if Paris still ranks as the most fashionable city on earth.

Note: The start time for this lecture series is now 11am not 10.30am as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.


Let’s celebrate all things French on Bastille Day, with this French themed still life watercolour workshop. Watercolour is a popular and attractive painting medium which can be used for quick sketches or more detailed studies.

In this workshop you will work on simple exercises in colour selection, colour mixing and application which will result in beautiful transparent washes which will give your image luminosity and depth.

Please bring something French-inspired to be included in the still life arrangement. Art materials are supplied, however you may bring in your own watercolours if you prefer. Bring an apron and your lunch, or buy it in the café.


Portrait drawing for beginners

15 July 2018, 10.30am

It’s Archibald season, and a great time to learn the fundamentals of portrait drawing. Join artist Sue Vesely for this inspiring and practical portrait drawing workshop for beginners. Sue will demonstrate fundamental techniques and guide you through a series of exercises to help you understand the structure of the human head and explore ways of seeing the head in three dimensions. Sue’s fun and innovative methods will give you a solid start in understanding portraiture and basic drawing. The class will spend time in the afternoon drawing from works in the collection.

This class is designed for the beginner.

All materials provided.



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.


Gallery Express 2018 - July tour

18 July 2018, 10.00am

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


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


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


The influence of France: Food

21 July 2018, 11.00am

French cuisine has long been considered by many as the most refined cuisine. Damien Pignolet, prominent chef and restaurateur traces its influence and its place as one of the many international cuisines that have shaped Australian dining over the decades. A driving force in the evolution of the Sydney dining scene himself, Damien will discuss what he calls ‘the revolution’ in Australian dining.

Note: The start time for this lecture series is now 11am not 10.30am as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.


Enjoy a full day exploring the many facets of portrait drawing with popular artist and teacher Margaret Ackland. Margaret will share her insights and techniques of successful portrait drawing in this inspiring drawing workshop. The class begins in the old courts of the Gallery where students will draw directly from classical works on display. In the afternoon, you will draw from a live model.

Drawing materials and paper provided. You are welcome to bring your own materials if you prefer. Please note, only graphite is permitted in the gallery spaces.
This workshop is designed for students with drawing experience to further develop observational and drawing skills.

Margaret Ackland is represented in a range of national collections including Artbank, the Holmes a Court Collection and Deakin University. She won the Portia Geach Portrait Prize in 1988 and has been four times an Archibald finalist.


Join us on Sunday 22 July for an exclusive viewing of the 'John Russell: Australia’s French impressionist'.

Drinks and light refreshments can be purchased on the night.
5.15pm Doors open
5.30pm Curator’s talk
5.40pm Exhibition open for viewing
7.30pm Last access to exhibition.

The event is free but booking is required. Bring along your current membership card for entry.


Join us on Monday 14 May for an exclusive viewing of the 'John Russell: Australia’s French Impressionist'.

This event is free but booking is required. Bring along your current membership card for entry.

Please note the new Monday viewing times.


Join Sydney artist Margaret Ackland for this inspiring workshop celebrating portraiture. The class will enjoy drawing from a live model within the old courts of the Gallery. A great opportunity to further develop your skills and techniques under Margaret’s expert guidance.

Drawing materials and paper provided. You are welcome to bring your own materials if you prefer. Please note, only graphite is permitted in the gallery spaces. This workshop is designed for students with drawing experience to further develop observational and drawing skills.

Margaret Ackland is represented in a range of national collections including Artbank, the Holmes a Court Collection and Deakin University. She won the Portia Geach Portrait Prize in 1988 and has been four times an Archibald finalist.




New Members tour - July

25 July 2018, 5.15pm

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

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

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




Art essentials 2018 - Try your hand

28 July 2018, 10.30am

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


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

This event will be held in the Entrance court.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services


We will look at how animals have been depicted in drawing and painting throughout art history and make drawings of animals using charcoal, concentrating on texture tone and expression.



After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018', focusing on highlights in the Archibald plus selected key works in the Wynne and Sulman.

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



Vanished Kingdoms - Friday series

03 August 2018, 10.30am

Learning Curve mini series

In arguably one of the finest cinema pairings of the 20th century, a 19-year-old Lauren Bacall - in her screen debut – enchants Harry, played by Humphrey Bogart, an older, hardened, cynical heavy-drinking boat captain in occupied Vichy France. Both Marie and Harry are lost and yearning for a vanished kingdom of peace and hope. In 2018, we live in an apparently Manichean world of ‘Bigly Winners’ and ‘Sad Losers’, a completion between cultures that can only win or lose. But how do we define the success of a society? Longevity? Impact on other cultures? Join archaeologist Iain Shearer as we explore some of the lesser known cultures of antiquity and their often-unrecognised impact on our modern world: we are all the heirs to Vanished Kingdoms.

3 Aug - Sogdians, Tocharians, Kushans
24 Aug - Colchis, Lazica, Caucasian Iberia and Albania
31 Aug - Kazhars and the Jewish peoples of Central Asia

Includes lecture entry, lecture notes (if available), coffee during intermission

Series proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


Iranian-speaking peoples occupied much of Eurasia for nearly 2500 years; their states and kingdoms stretching from the steppes of modern Ukraine, to modern Mongolia. Steadily absorbed or displaced by predominately Turkic and Mongolic-speakers from the early 1st millennium AD, only Tajikistan remains an Iranian-speaking society in modern Central Asia.

This lecture will examine the great confederations and kingdoms of the Sogdians, Tocharians, and Kushans, instrumental in the connection of East and West, leaving behind a legacy of peculiar mummies unearthed in Chinese deserts, Greaco-Buddhist art in the mountains of Pakistan, and a pluralistic and tolerant culture that still echoes through Persian literature and art.


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


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


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


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


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


Vanished Kingdoms - Saturday series

04 August 2018, 10.30am

“You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve? You just put your lips together, and blow.”
Lauren Bacall as Marie "Slim" Browning in ‘To Have and Have Not’ 1944

In arguably one of the finest cinema pairings of the 20th century, a 19-year-old Lauren Bacall - in her screen debut – enchants Harry, played by Humphrey Bogart, an older, hardened, cynical heavy-drinking boat captain in occupied Vichy France. Both Marie and Harry are lost and yearning for a vanished kingdom of peace and hope. In 2018, we live in an apparently Manichean world of ‘Bigly Winners’ and ‘Sad Losers’, a completion between cultures that can only win or lose. But how do we define the success of a society? Longevity? Impact on other cultures?

Join archaeologist Iain Shearer as we explore some of the lesser known cultures of antiquity and their often-unrecognised impact on our modern world: we are all the heirs to Vanished Kingdoms.


4 Aug - Sogdians, Tocharians, Kushans
25 Aug - Colchis, Lazica, Caucasian Iberia and Albania
1 Sept - Kazhars and the Jewish peoples of Central Asia

Includes lecture entry, lecture notes (if available), coffee during intermission

Series proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


Iranian-speaking peoples occupied much of Eurasia for nearly 2500 years; their states and kingdoms stretching from the steppes of modern Ukraine, to modern Mongolia. Steadily absorbed or displaced by predominately Turkic and Mongolic-speakers from the early 1st millennium AD, only Tajikistan remains an Iranian-speaking society in modern Central Asia.

This lecture will examine the great confederations and kingdoms of the Sogdians, Tocharians, and Kushans, instrumental in the connection of East and West, leaving behind a legacy of peculiar mummies unearthed in Chinese deserts, Greaco-Buddhist art in the mountains of Pakistan, and a pluralistic and tolerant culture that still echoes through Persian literature and art.


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


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


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


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


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


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




Join art historian Dr Christopher Allen on a journey to the alluring Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Malta, with their wealth of art and archaeology from the Neolithic to the Baroque. Explore Sicily’s classical Greek and Roman theatres in Taormina and Syracuse, the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento and the Norman churches of Palermo and Monreale. Discover the riches of the tiny island of Malta, whose Neolithic temples still stand as some of the oldest religious structures on earth.


With Andrew Totman

Solar-plate printing is a non-toxic process using the sun to expose the plate. Join master printermaker Andrew Totman where you will cover drawing preparation, exposure, printing and the technical aspects and benefits of solar plates.

Bring one or two photocopies on transparencies to be used as the main image for the process.
Your images can be photocopied onto clear film transparencies – acetate, at any Officeworks. All other materials provided.
Please bring an old shirt or apron.


Alan Dodge, former director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, will share his passion and deep knowledge of Russia, with a focus on Russian art and culture of the late 19th and early 20th century, as a reflection of the dramatic shifts that occurred in politics and society. Discover how artists, musicians and writers broke with tradition and searched for a uniquely Russian expression of these turbulent times. Alan will consider composers such as Modest Mussorgsky, one of the 'mighty handful', Ilya Repin and other artists in the 'Wanderers' group as well as artists of the Russian Avant-garde, such as Kasimir Malevich.




Gallery Express 2018 - August tour

15 August 2018, 10.00am

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


Collective Menu plus a drink on arrival. Additional drinks and gratuity not included.
Dietary requirements contact 9225 1878 or bookings@artgallerysociety.org.au by Wednesday, 8 August.






Patron of the arts, Pat Corrigan generously opens his home for Young Members to view his private art collection. Enjoy hearing from this key figure in the art world on his passion for collecting and how it continues to grow. Refreshments served, no large bags or photography.

Refreshments served, no large bags or photography.


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


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


Funky felting workshop - August

19 August 2018, 10.30am

With Denise Lithgow

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

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

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


Emma Pask is one of Australia’s favourite jazz singers. Performing throughout Europe and Australia, Pask has sung with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, supported George Benson on his Australian tour and headlined the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland as well as performing in Ascona with Dan Barnett just last year.

For this special night, Emma will perform with the Dan Barnett Big Band for a fabulous night of live music at the Gallery. Dan has recently returned from successful tours in Cuba and France and the Dan Barnett big band is no stranger to the Gallery selling out each time it performs here.

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

The concert will feature cabaret seating. Please advise of any seating preferences or groups when booking.

Presented by Pat Corrigan and Aurecon


After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'John Russell: Australia’s French impressionist'.

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


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.




This lecture will examine the legacy in literature, religion, warfare, and art of a series of states and kingdoms which flourished in the Caucasus Mountains for nearly 1000 years. Colchis is probably best known as the location of the Golden Fleece captured by Jason and the Argonauts and the home of Medea. Yet it was also a society that laid many of the foundations for the historical and modern states of the Caucasus. Lazica, Caucasian Iberia and Albania all developed around the beginning of the 1st millennium AD and each fundamentally linked Christianity to “ethnic identity” for many of the peoples of the Caucasus; a phenomenon still very much alive and well in 2018.


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


This lecture will examine the legacy in literature, religion, warfare, and art of a series of states and kingdoms which flourished in the Caucasus Mountains for nearly 1000 years. Colchis is probably best known as the location of the Golden Fleece captured by Jason and the Argonauts and the home of Medea. Yet it was also a society that laid many of the foundations for the historical and modern states of the Caucasus. Lazica, Caucasian Iberia and Albania all developed around the beginning of the 1st millennium AD and each fundamentally linked Christianity to “ethnic identity” for many of the peoples of the Caucasus; a phenomenon still very much alive and well in 2018.


The Still Life has been a classic genre throughout art history. For this workshop we will create our own modern still life using contemporary food and objects. Bring in one of your favourite foods, and a fun object you’d like to draw, and together we will compose a lively still life to draw.
Using graphite and coloured pencil, we will focus on colour and tone, shadow and light.


Bus Tour: Manly Art Gallery

29 August 2018, 10.00am

John Russell and Belle Île: Euan Macleod and Luke Sciberras

After several years spent in the art circles of Montparnasse, John Russell and his Italian wife Marianna Mattiocco retreated to the island of Belle Île off the coast of Brittany, where he would realise some of his best paintings in the island’s dramatic coastlines and rough seas. Last year, artists and friends Euan Macleod and Luke Sciberras travelled to Belle Île together to pay homage to Russell and look anew at the landscape that the Australian-expat captured so vividly.

This exclusive tour brings together the work of these three Antipodean artists. Begin the day at the Art Gallery of NSW with a guided tour of 'John Russell: Australia’s French impressionist' before travelling by bus to Manly Art Gallery and Museum where Euan Macleod will be there to talk about the experience of making the works in their joint exhibition 'Belle Île: Euan Macleod and Luke Sciberras'.




Unlike Christianity and Islam, Judaism is the one Abrahamic religion to have rarely proselytised neighbouring peoples. Yet during the 8th-9th centuries AD, a predominately Turkic-speaking people, living on the southern steppes of modern Russia, apparently converted to Judaism - possibly to play off the Christian Byzantines and the Muslim Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates. But this polyglot Khazar state was by no means the first impact by Judaism and Jewish people on the cultural and political stage of Inner Eurasia.

This lecture will examine the 2500-year long history of the Jewish people in the region, from China to the Volga. Using the long-hidden medieval documents of Jewish communities in Afghanistan, the resilient and long-lived Jewish community of Bukhara, and the surprising love-affair of modern China for Jewish culture, we will explore this sadly vanishing kingdom of Central Asia.


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


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


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


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


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


Unlike Christianity and Islam, Judaism is the one Abrahamic religion to have rarely proselytised neighbouring peoples. Yet during the 8th-9th centuries AD, a predominately Turkic-speaking people, living on the southern steppes of modern Russia, apparently converted to Judaism - possibly to play off the Christian Byzantines and the Muslim Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates. But this polyglot Khazar state was by no means the first impact by Judaism and Jewish people on the cultural and political stage of Inner Eurasia.

This lecture will examine the 2500-year long history of the Jewish people in the region, from China to the Volga. Using the long-hidden medieval documents of Jewish communities in Afghanistan, the resilient and long-lived Jewish community of Bukhara, and the surprising love-affair of modern China for Jewish culture, we will explore this sadly vanishing kingdom of Central Asia.


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


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


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


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



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


After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018', focusing on highlights in the Archibald plus selected key works in the Wynne and Sulman.

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


Drawing fundamentals 2018 September

05 September 2018, 1.00pm

Join artist and arts educator Christine Simpson for this series of drawing classes. Christine will guide you through four stimulating and informative sessions investigating the development of hatching, grading and erasing as we draw various folded and draped inspirations throughout the gallery space. 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 focuses on a different technique. All materials provided.

5 Sept: Folded Surfaces II
12 Sept: Drapery and Folding to Reveal Form II
19 Sept: Developing Form using Various Drawing and Erasure Techniques II
26 Sept: Forms, Ellipses and Negative Spaces II









Enjoy a full day exploring the many facets of portrait drawing with popular artist and teacher Margaret Ackland. Margaret will share her insights and techniques of successful portrait drawing in this inspiring drawing workshop. The class begins in the old courts of the Gallery where students will draw directly from classical works on display. In the afternoon, you will draw from a live model.

Drawing materials and paper provided. You are welcome to bring your own materials if you prefer. Please note, only graphite is permitted in the gallery spaces.
This workshop is designed for students with drawing experience to further develop observational and drawing skills.

Margaret Ackland is represented in a range of national collections including Artbank, the Holmes a Court Collection and Deakin University. She won the Portia Geach Portrait Prize in 1988 and has been four times an Archibald finalist.


After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'John Russell: Australia’s French impressionist'.

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


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.





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

This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services



Gallery Express 2018 - September tour

19 September 2018, 10.00am

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




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


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


Teenage Art Club: September

23 September 2018, 10.30am





Art essentials 2018 - Watercolour I

29 September 2018, 10.30am

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


Resonate 2018 - 7. Emma Matthews

05 October 2018, 6.30pm

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

This event will be held in the Grand courts.

Proudly sponsored by AxiCorp Financial Services


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'John Russell: Australia’s French impressionist'.

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


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

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

All materials provided.


Gallery Express 2018 - October tour

17 October 2018, 10.00am

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




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


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




Art essentials 2018 - Watercolour II

27 October 2018, 10.30am

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


Teenage Art Club: October

28 October 2018, 10.30am




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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.




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


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


Gallery Express 2018 - November tour

21 November 2018, 10.00am

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


*Please note that this lecture has been rescheduled from 2 May to 21 November


Art essentials 2018 - Ink

24 November 2018, 10.30am

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


Gallery Express 2018 - December tour

05 December 2018, 10.00am

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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