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Love, sex and death: Wednesday series

29 January 2020, 6.00pm

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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.


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12 lectures

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


Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours


Love, sex and death: Thursday series

30 January 2020, 1.00pm

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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.


Select event name to view all events in Term 1

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


Young Professionals Meetup 2020

05 February 2020, 6.00pm

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


Drawing fundamentals - February 2020

05 February 2020, 1.00pm

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Resonate 2020

09 February 2020, 6.30pm

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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.


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

Kids Club runs one weekend every month on Sundays.

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Kids Club runs one weekend every month on Sundays.

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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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 on Sundays.

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


Select event name to view all events in this series

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

Kids Club runs one weekend every month on Sundays.

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Select event name to view all events in this series

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

Art Club runs one weekend every month on Sundays.

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


Select event name to view all events in this series

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

Art Club runs one weekend every month on Sundays.

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


Absolute beginners 2020

14 February 2020, 1.00pm

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Art essentials 2020

16 February 2020, 10.30am

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

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.



Gallery Express 2020

19 February 2020, 9.30am

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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.


New Members tour 2020

27 February 2020,

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 tours.

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



New Members tour 2020 - February

27 February 2020, 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 Domain Foyer for for refreshments


Japanese Decorative Arts

28 February 2020, 10.30am

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

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


Danger and beauty combined

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


Young Members: Studio tour - Alex Seton

28 February 2020, 6.00pm

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

*Note - this event was originally scheduled for Friday, 21 February


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

Tea/coffee will be served in the interval.


The art of calligraphy

04 March 2020, 2.00pm

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

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.




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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Celebrate International Women’s Day

Join us during Art After Hours to celebrate International Women’s Day. Hear from the impressive women involved in the 'Dora Ohlfsen and the facade commission exhibition', curator Jackie Dunn and artists Julie Rrap and Caroline Rothwell, as they chat about their recent proposals for the Gallery’s front façade and the story behind the empty panel above the front doors of the Art Gallery of NSW.

See the exhibition, catch up with friends and enjoy a bespoke cocktail from Manly Spirits. A fantastic evening, not to be missed!

Proudly sponsored by Manly Spirits.




Famous styles and makers

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


Join artist and master printmaker Andy Totman for this weekend workshop exploring woodblock printing. Ideal for anyone wishing to explore this beautiful traditional technique, the program is suitable for the novice as well as the more experienced printmaker looking to develop their skills.

The workshop offers a full weekend of technical process.

On day 1, Andy will demonstrate step by step cutting and printing techniques. Time will be spent designing your own image, allowing you to work with your imagination and communicate your own personal story.

On Day 2, participants will be engaged in the printing process.

Examples of some vibrant ukiyo-e woodblock prints are on display in the 'Japan Supernatural exhibition' (tickets to the exhibition are not included).

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Tea and coffee served at the conclusion of the lecture.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Drawing from Sculpture 2020

11 March 2020, 6.30pm

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Led by artist Siena White, this workshop will explore fundamental techniques of life drawing.

Develop your observational skills by studying sculptural works in the Gallery’s collection then proceed to learn methods to break down the figure into basic shapes, before completing a more detailed study.

Participants meet in the Members Lounge and proceed to the drawing session in the Gallery space.

All materials provided.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Drawing from sculpture 2020 - March

11 March 2020, 6.30pm

Led by artist Siena White, this workshop will explore fundamental techniques of life drawing.

Develop your observational skills by studying sculptural works in the Gallery’s collection then proceed to learn methods to break down the figure into basic shapes, before completing a more detailed study.

Participants meet in the Members Lounge and proceed to the drawing session in the Gallery space.

All materials provided.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.



Celebrating Beethoven

12 March 2020, 10.30am

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This year we celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday. He lived in an incredibly tumultuous time, with prevailing political events and changing social norms affecting him both personally and musically. Join Andy Bromberger as she demonstrates how Beethoven completely changed the landscape of Western music.

12-Mar - The test of deafness
26-Mar - Dealing with the aristocracy
2-Apr - Revolutionary influencer


How could Beethoven have written such fulfilling music without hearing it? What was the impact of Beethoven’s deafness on his music? The effects of going deaf on a composer of Beethoven’s stature were significant, including suicidal thoughts and difficult interpersonal relationships. Beethoven’s Conversation Books and Heiligenstadt Testament reveal his mechanisms for living with deafness and expressing despair.



Japanese Decorative Arts: The kimono

13 March 2020, 10.30am

The beauty of fabrics and the knot

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


Collecting 101

14 March 2020, 1.30pm

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Have you always wanted to collect art but have never been sure where to begin? Delve into the world of collecting in this informative talk series for aspiring and emerging art collectors. Learn how to navigate the art world from a range of gallerists, collectors, artists and curators while visiting a range of exciting Sydney galleries.

Talk 1: 14 March - The basics - Artereal Gallery, 747 Darling Street, Rozelle
Talk 2: 18 April - The artist’s perspective - Sullivan+Strumpf, 799 Elizabeth Street, Zetland
Talk 3: 23 May - The reward - COMA, First, Floor, 71/73 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst


Collecting 101: The basics

14 March 2020, 1.30pm

Join Rhianna Walcott, Associate Director of Artereal Gallery and art collector Lindsay Clement-Meehan as they demystify the contemporary art world and answer all the questions you’ve been too afraid to ask when it comes to collecting art. Covering all the basics, the discussion will explore a range of topics including purchasing your first artwork, buying art in person and online and interest-free payment plans.

Includes light refreshments.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell




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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Gallery Express 2020 - March

18 March 2020, 9.30am

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



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Symposium

Join us to celebrate the life and legacy of Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio 1483–1520) in a one-day symposium marking 500 years of his artistic genius and enduring creative influence.

Renowned Italian scholar, Professor Costantino D’Orazio, will deliver the keynote lecture, The fabulous Raphael, leading us through the villas, palaces, private papal apartments and secret loggias that are home to magnificent frescoes by the High Renaissance master.

Lectures by leading art historians Dr John Gagné, University of Sydney, and Dr Lisa Beaven, La Trobe University, will explore other facets of the master during this unmissable symposium.

Absorbing Raphael: The Renaissance artist’s early years
Dr John Gagné - Senior Lecturer in History and Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Centre at the University of Sydney.

The fabulous Raphael
Professor Costantino D’Orazio - leading art historian, curator and essayist. Senior Curator at MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome) and lecturer within the Master for Art Curators at Luiss University and Link Campus.

Desperately seeking Raphael: collecting Raphael paintings in seventeenth-century Italy
Dr Lisa Beaven - Senior Lecturer in Art and Visual Culture at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Italian refreshments will be served during intermission.

Proudly presented with our program partner Istituto Italiano di Cultura – Cultural Office of the Consulate General of Italy





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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Join us to celebrate the life and legacy of Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio 1483–1520) in a one-day symposium marking 500 years of his artistic genius and enduring creative influence.

Renowned Italian scholar, Professor Costantino D’Orazio, will deliver the keynote lecture, The fabulous Raphael, leading us through the villas, palaces, private papal apartments and secret loggias that are home to magnificent frescoes by the High Renaissance master.

Lectures by leading art historians Dr John Gagné, University of Sydney, and Dr Lisa Beaven, La Trobe University, will explore other facets of the master during this unmissable symposium.

Absorbing Raphael: The Renaissance artist’s early years
Dr John Gagné - Senior Lecturer in History and Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Centre at the University of Sydney.

The fabulous Raphael
Professor Costantino D’Orazio - leading art historian, curator and essayist. Senior Curator at MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome) and lecturer within the Master for Art Curators at Luiss University and Link Campus.

Desperately seeking Raphael: collecting Raphael paintings in seventeenth-century Italy
Dr Lisa Beaven - Senior Lecturer in Art and Visual Culture at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Italian refreshments will be served during intermission.

Proudly presented with our program partner Istituto Italiano di Cultura – Cultural Office of the Consulate General of Italy


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.


The art of calligraphy: Eternity

25 March 2020, 2.00pm

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.



New Members tour 2020 - March

25 March 2020, 5.15pm

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

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

5:15pm – Welcome
5:30pm – Tour (approx. 45 mins)
6:15pm - Return to the Domain Foyer for refreshments



Beethoven lived in a time when one’s social class indicated one’s place in society. But even with his revolutionary views fuelled by the French Revolution of 1789 and the rise of Napoleon, Beethoven knew that to succeed, one needed the support (both financially and socially) of the upper classes.


The Jazz Age was a paradigm-shifting decade of femininity, glamour and excess. New female empowerment and booming prosperity propelled fashion to hedonistic heights. As we embark on the new twenties, join Charlotte Smith - curator, stylist and author as she looks at outrageously fabulous fashion, fascinating social trivia and designers whose visions continue to influence how we dress today.


Explore the exhibition on Cockatoo Island

Join the Young Members as we journey across Sydney Harbour to Cockatoo Island for a guided tour of 'NIRIN: Biennale of Sydney'.

The Biennale presents dynamic contemporary art from around the globe with exhibitions that ignite and surprise people, sparking dialogue, cultivating connections and inspiring action through meaningful arts experiences.

Bringing together artists, makers, scientists, academics and thinkers, this tour will delve into the creative projects and the themes of NIRIN on Cockatoo Island.

This is a walking tour, which will go ahead in all weather conditions, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Travel to and from the island is not included in the ticket price and is at the expense of the ticket holder.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Enjoy a morning of adventure as we explore the fascinating and mysterious regions of Peru and Central Asia. Julian Droogan will begin by tracing the origin and development of the cities of the ancient Andes – their art, textiles, religion and use of sacred landscapes. Iain Shearer will then transport you from Samarkand to Kyrgyzstan meeting prophets and merchants, spies and courtesans, Kings and Queens and attempt to unpick the bejewelled golden knot at the centre of the ancient Silk Road.

Tea and coffee will be served at intermission.





Throughout his life, Beethoven wrote music which he knew people of his time would neither be able to play nor understand; once stating that a composition was not for ‘now’ but for future generations. In the Romantic period, Beethoven was the composer others aspired to emulate. While some tried to copy his musical style, others saw his revolutionary thinking as a licence to move in a new musical direction.


Fashion was central to the new art of the French Impressionists. 19th century Paris, the capital of fashion, with its boulevards and department stores, the new medium of photography, the great expansion of fashion magazines and everyday advertising transformed the artistic output of Manet, Caillebotte, Renoir, Cassatt and Monet. As museums expanded, critics argued that fashion could learn from paintings and aspire to art’s status. How did this lead to a revolution in fashion design and the need for the 'haute couture' system?

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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Fashion today is a form of popular aesthetics. No-one can avoid contemporary art or fashion in everyday life: look at the handbags around you. How did we arrive at these blurred art and fashion worlds?

Join us as we explore the creative entanglement between art and fashion from the French Impressionists to the present day with a veritable roll-call of icons including Murakami, Dali, Chanel, Vuitton, Warhol and Yves Saint Laurent.

Addressing artists, designers, editors, photographers, stylists and film makers, we will uncover the affinity and divergence of art and fashion.

Sometimes harmonious, sometimes divisive, what happens when directional art and fashion collide?

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia.

3-Apr - Impressionism and 19th century fashion: new artistic practice
17-Apr - From the futurists to ‘Coco’ Chanel: Oppositional art and 1920s fashion
1-May - Fashion and surrealism: Magic and media in the 1930s
8-May - Warhol, Kusama and Yves Saint Laurent: Fashion and Pop in the 1960's
15-May - Merging art and fashion: 1980s fashion formats
22-May - Extreme fashion and visual art



Fashion was central to the new art of the French Impressionists. 19th century Paris, the capital of fashion, with its boulevards and department stores, the new medium of photography, the great expansion of fashion magazines and everyday advertising transformed the artistic output of Manet, Caillebotte, Renoir, Cassatt and Monet. As museums expanded, critics argued that fashion could learn from paintings and aspire to art’s status. How did this lead to a revolution in fashion design and the need for the 'haute couture' system?

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Select event name to view all events in this series

Fashion today is a form of popular aesthetics. No-one can avoid contemporary art or fashion in everyday life: look at the handbags around you. How did we arrive at these blurred art and fashion worlds?

Join us as we explore the creative entanglement between art and fashion from the French Impressionists to the present day with a veritable roll-call of icons including Murakami, Dali, Chanel, Vuitton, Warhol and Yves Saint Laurent.

Addressing artists, designers, editors, photographers, stylists and film makers, we will uncover the affinity and divergence of art and fashion.

Sometimes harmonious, sometimes divisive, what happens when directional art and fashion collide?

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia.

4-Apr - Impressionism and 19th century fashion: new artistic practice
18-Apr - From the futurists to ‘Coco’ Chanel: Oppositional art and 1920s fashion
2-May - Fashion and surrealism: Magic and media in the 1930s
9-May - Warhol, Kusama and Yves Saint Laurent: Fashion and Pop in the 1960's
16-May - Merging art and fashion: 1980s fashion formats
23-May - Extreme fashion and visual art



Workshop: Funky felting

05 April 2020, 10.30am

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

Textile artist Denise Lithgow will guide you through the process of making and moulding felt into innovative forms and shapes which can then be translated into three-dimensional non-functional vessels. Take inspiration from works in the AGNSW collection or bring your own photos to work from.

Join us for this fantastic opportunity to express your individuality through colour and shape and produce a truly unique abstract sculptural piece to enhance your living space.

Suitable for beginners and more experienced felters. No drawing skills required.

Please wear enclosed shoes and bring along an old but absorbent towel. All other materials provided.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Drawing from the figure 2020

08 April 2020, 6.30pm

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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 practising artist and the 2014 recipient of the Robert Le Gay Brereton Memorial Prize, Art Gallery of NSW.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.



Drawing from the figure 2020 - April

08 April 2020, 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 practising artist and the 2014 recipient of the Robert Le Gay Brereton Memorial Prize, Art Gallery of NSW.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

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

We look forward to seeing you there.



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


Cubist painters such as Picasso and Braque fractured the body. Their geometries were also adopted in clothing. 1920s French women’s fashion was marked by an engagement with work, sport and the artistic notion of repetition. The Italian Futurists proposed cancelling fashion altogether, suggesting neon ties for men, telegraphing bold colour combinations. Coco Chanel, friend of artist Jean Cocteau and lover of musician Stravinsky, transformed women’s fashion across the world. What did Picasso mean when he remarked, ‘Chanel is the woman with the most sense in Europe’?

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia.


Cubist painters such as Picasso and Braque fractured the body. Their geometries were also adopted in clothing. 1920s French women’s fashion was marked by an engagement with work, sport and the artistic notion of repetition. The Italian Futurists proposed cancelling fashion altogether, suggesting neon ties for men, telegraphing bold colour combinations. Coco Chanel, friend of artist Jean Cocteau and lover of musician Stravinsky, transformed women’s fashion across the world. What did Picasso mean when he remarked, ‘Chanel is the woman with the most sense in Europe’?

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia.


Join Ursula Sullivan, Gallery Director of Sullivan+Strumpf, and artists Glenn Barkley and Grant Stevens as they consider collecting art from the artists’ perspective. The discussion will cover topics including; supporting artists and the creative economy, the importance of art fairs and visiting artists’ studios.

Includes light refreshments.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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.


For ages 5+ years with an adult

In this workshop for families, kids and their grown-up work together to make a simple lantern. We will explore the Gallery in search of fun patterns to inspire our surface pattern. Using clay, we then carefully shape our lantern and pierce holes ready to insert a candle. At the end of the workshop, you get to take home your lovely lantern – a special feature to light up your room!

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


For ages 5+ years with an adult

In this workshop for families, kids and their grown-up work together to make a simple lantern. We will explore the Gallery in search of fun patterns to inspire our surface pattern. Using clay, we then carefully shape our lantern and pierce holes ready to insert a candle. At the end of the workshop, you get to take home your lovely lantern – a special feature to light up your room!

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Armchair travel: Turkey

23 April 2020, 10.30am

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


Throughout history, many artists have documented their journeys, made notes and tested out ideas in small sketchbooks.

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 experiences and images.

Whether it’s an overseas trip, or just your daily commute to work, a sketch book is a wonderful way to pass the time.

Sheila will show examples of her own sketchbooks and demonstrate the use of materials (water-based pens) and watercolour wash techniques which can be used to produce a quick sketch on the go or create more detailed studies.

You will then embark on your own sketchbook pages, adding words and notations to enhance your drawings.

Please bring along a small watercolour sketchbook (A5 or smaller is ideal) available from any good art supplier. All other materials and visual references will be provided.

Sheila Posner is a practising artist who works in a variety of media. For the past 6 years she has travelled the world as an art instructor on cruise ships.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Throughout history, many artists have documented their journeys, made notes and tested out ideas in small sketchbooks.

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 experiences and images.

Whether it’s an overseas trip, or just your daily commute to work, a sketch book is a wonderful way to pass the time.

Sheila will show examples of her own sketchbooks and demonstrate the use of materials (water-based pens) and watercolour wash techniques which can be used to produce a quick sketch on the go or create more detailed studies.

You will then embark on your own sketchbook pages, adding words and notations to enhance your drawings.

Please bring along a small watercolour sketchbook (A5 or smaller is ideal) available from any good art supplier. All other materials and visual references will be provided.

Sheila Posner is a practising artist who works in a variety of media. For the past 6 years she has travelled the world as an art instructor on cruise ships.

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.




Elsa Schiaparelli’s sophisticated vision is the best-known form of Surrealism and fashion. Friend of Salvador Dali and Louis Aragon, she revolutionised women’s fashion, creating some of the most iconic 20th century collaborations of art and fashion. She played with trickery, illusion, and the ‘feminine masquerade’ to create enduring fashion icons. From gloves with claws to the famed lobster dress, 'Schiap’s' vision was copied around the world in 1930s fashion, film and advertising. See how her ‘self-staging’ fed into future art and fashion ‘performance’ and photography by artists including Meret Oppenheim, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman and K8Hardy.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia.


Elsa Schiaparelli’s sophisticated vision is the best-known form of Surrealism and fashion. Friend of Salvador Dali and Louis Aragon, she revolutionised women’s fashion, creating some of the most iconic 20th century collaborations of art and fashion. She played with trickery, illusion, and the ‘feminine masquerade’ to create enduring fashion icons. From gloves with claws to the famed lobster dress, 'Schiap’s' vision was copied around the world in 1930s fashion, film and advertising. See how her ‘self-staging’ fed into future art and fashion ‘performance’ and photography by artists including Meret Oppenheim, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman and K8Hardy.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia.



Select event name to view all events in Term 2

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


Select event name to view all events in Term 2

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



As the youthquake hit the 1960s, a new generation of fashion designers was ready. View space race looks by Pierre Cardin and Courrèges, the Mondrian inspiration of Yves Saint Laurent, to throwaway paper dresses and radical wardrobes designed by artists including Yayoi Kusama and Louise Bourgeois. Much of this was observed by Andy Warhol and his Factory, embracing fashion, performance art and film afresh to create new standards of beauty, style and luxury for the 1970s and early 1980s.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia.


As the youthquake hit the 1960s, a new generation of fashion designers was ready. View space race looks by Pierre Cardin and Courrèges, the Mondrian inspiration of Yves Saint Laurent, to throwaway paper dresses and radical wardrobes designed by artists including Yayoi Kusama and Louise Bourgeois. Much of this was observed by Andy Warhol and his Factory, embracing fashion, performance art and film afresh to create new standards of beauty, style and luxury for the 1970s and early 1980s.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia.




Art and fashion took on greater affinity in the 1980s. An Issey Miyake appeared on the cover of 'Art forum' in 1982 and the Metropolitan Museum of Art gave Yves Saint Laurent the first retrospective for a living couturier in 1983. From the streets came DIY culture, new music and looks. Stylists working for hybrid art-fashion magazines and MTV spread fashion globally. Intersecting icons Madonna and Keith Haring took fashion and art centre stage. Deconstruction influenced British punk, Vivienne Westwood and the disciplined Japanese. Fashion designers used new approaches drawn from the space of the art gallery to display and market their clothes. Fashion weeks took off around the world. Yet fashion in the museum was heavily criticised and the relationship remains unresolved.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia.


Art and fashion took on greater affinity in the 1980s. An Issey Miyake appeared on the cover of 'Art forum' in 1982 and the Metropolitan Museum of Art gave Yves Saint Laurent the first retrospective for a living couturier in 1983. From the streets came DIY culture, new music and looks. Stylists working for hybrid art-fashion magazines and MTV spread fashion globally. Intersecting icons Madonna and Keith Haring took fashion and art centre stage. Deconstruction influenced British punk, Vivienne Westwood and the disciplined Japanese. Fashion designers used new approaches drawn from the space of the art gallery to display and market their clothes. Fashion weeks took off around the world. Yet fashion in the museum was heavily criticised and the relationship remains unresolved.
Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia.


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.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



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



Fashion now needs the artists. Designer Marc Jacobs was supremely successful in rebranding older luxury goods through art-fashion collaborations that include Jürgen Teller, Cindy Sherman and Takashi Murakami. Tracey Emin worked with Longchamp, Alexander McQueen with Damien Hirst. Spectacular effects from fashion and film are the ‘new normal’ in the museum. Manolo Blahnik shoes are shown in the Wallace Collection, Victoria Beckham dresses are displayed next to Old Master paintings. Events including London ‘Masterpiece’ blur art, fashion and lifestyle. Do contemporary audiences even distinguish between formats such as art and fashion, and will art fashion pairings survive the ecological critiques of the hyper-digital age?

Attention fashionistas: make a fashion statement for the final lecture wearing your favourite catwalk-ready look.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Fashion now needs the artists. Designer Marc Jacobs was supremely successful in rebranding older luxury goods through art-fashion collaborations that include Jürgen Teller, Cindy Sherman and Takashi Murakami. Tracey Emin worked with Longchamp, Alexander McQueen with Damien Hirst. Spectacular effects from fashion and film are the ‘new normal’ in the museum. Manolo Blahnik shoes are shown in the Wallace Collection, Victoria Beckham dresses are displayed next to Old Master paintings. Events including London ‘Masterpiece’ blur art, fashion and lifestyle. Do contemporary audiences even distinguish between formats such as art and fashion, and will art fashion pairings survive the ecological critiques of the hyper-digital age?

Attention fashionistas: make a fashion statement for the final lecture wearing your favourite catwalk-ready look.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Collecting 101: The reward

23 May 2020, 1.30pm

Join a curator, art consultant and collector at COMA as they discuss the advantages of collecting works by emerging and mid-career artists. The discussion will explore the value of collecting conceptually strong works of art and the rewarding process of connecting with the ideas behind a work.

Includes light refreshments.








Gallery Express 2020 - June

17 June 2020, 9.30am

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


Note: Deborah Beck replaces Denise Mimmocchi for this lecture


Note: Deborah Beck replaces Denise Mimmocchi for this lecture


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell




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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.




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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


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.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



Gallery Express 2020 - July

15 July 2020, 9.30am

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


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Note: Georgina Cole replaces Josephine Touma for this lecture


Note: Georgina Cole replaces Josephine Touma for this lecture


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.






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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


Select event name to view all events in Term 3

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



Select event name to view all events in Term 3

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




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

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Live band, dancing and champagne High Tea

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

Dress code: Glamour

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

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial.





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

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Gallery Express 2020 - September

16 September 2020, 9.30am

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




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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.




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.


Art essentials 2020: Watercolour

27 September 2020, 10.30am

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


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.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.



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







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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.





Gallery Express 2020 - November

18 November 2020, 9.30am

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



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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


Gallery Express 2020 - December

02 December 2020, 9.30am

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


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell.


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


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

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell


Membership card replacement fee

31 December 2020, 12.00am