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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.


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

Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours





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.





Gallery Express 2020

19 February 2020, 9.30am

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

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

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


Gallery Express 2020 - February

19 February 2020, 9.30am

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



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.









Gallery Express 2020 - March

18 March 2020, 9.30am

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



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.








Gallery Express 2020 - April

15 April 2020, 9.30am

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


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


Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours


12 lectures

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

Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours





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

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


Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial.



Gallery Express 2020 - May

20 May 2020, 9.30am

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









Gallery Express 2020 - June

17 June 2020, 9.30am

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








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

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial.


Gallery Express 2020 - July

15 July 2020, 9.30am

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








13 lectures

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

Proudly sponsors by Renaissance Tours



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



Gallery Express 2020 - August

19 August 2020, 9.30am

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




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.









Gallery Express 2020 - September

16 September 2020, 9.30am

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






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.



Gallery Express 2020 - October

21 October 2020, 9.30am

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










Gallery Express 2020 - November

18 November 2020, 9.30am

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



Gallery Express 2020 - December

02 December 2020, 9.30am

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