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

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

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours


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

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

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Renaissance Tours


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Drawing from sculpture 2019

13 February 2019, 6.30pm

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

All materials provided


Absolute beginners 2019: Friday series

15 February 2019, 1.00pm

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

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

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


Absolute beginners 2019: Saturday series

16 February 2019, 1.00pm

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

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

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


Resonate 2019

17 February 2019, 6.30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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


Gallery Express 2019

20 February 2019, 9.30am

A bus tour of selected commercial galleries

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

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

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

Bookings essential.


Art essentials 2019

23 February 2019, 10.30am

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

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


Drawing fundamentals 2019 - March

06 March 2019, 1.00pm

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

All materials provided.


Teenage Art Club 2019

16 March 2019, 10.30am

For ages 13+

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

Futher workshop themes will be added during the year.


Drawing from the figure 2019

10 April 2019, 6.30pm

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

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


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

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

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

All materials provided.


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

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


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

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


The Masterclass workshop series

12 May 2019, 10.30am

Advance your practice with an acclaimed artist

The Masterclass Workshop Series provides an exciting opportunity to learn about the creative practices of past winners and finalists from the prestigious Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes. Designed for the more experienced artist, these workshops will enable you to further develop your skills and experiment with practices under the expertise of these highly regarded artists.

Morning tea provided. Bring your own lunch or purchase at the Gallery.

These workshops are designed for people with drawing and painting experience wishing to extend their skills and practice. They are not suitable for beginners. A full list of required materials will be supplied upon booking or emailed upon request. Basic supplies such as pencils and paper provided.




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

All materials provided.

*Please note - this workshop will now be held on Wednesday, 19 June not 12 June as previously advertise. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.


Gallery Express 2019 - June

19 June 2019, 9.30am

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


New Members tour 2019 - June

19 June 2019, 5.15pm

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

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

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


Join Katy Preston from the Gallery’s Exhibitions team who will share her insider knowledge on the Packing Room; the infamous transfer point for artists entering their works each year in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes.



Join us as we follow the alluring Scheherazade in telling some of the magnificent stories of the Near East in order to entertain, beguile and inspire. The Near East, more usually called the Middle East today, is a region that many associate with either its ancient archaeological past or its contemporary reputation for conflict and insecurity. However, beyond these Western preoccupations about the region, and our own orientalist and romantic fantasies, lies a rich and complex world with many stories to tell.

Over six weeks we travel the lands of the Near East, from Egypt and Arabia, to the Silk Roads and Indian Ocean, and explore some of the great artistic and religious themes that have animated these lands for centuries. Travelling back and forward in time, we will linger in the world of medieval Classical Islam, the time of the 1001 Nights, Harun al-Rashid, and Sinbad the Sailor; an era of magnificent architecture, sublime poetry, rich mysticism, and 1001 untold stories.

21/06/2019 The melancholic pleasure of ruins
5/07/2019 Earthly paradises
12/07/2019 Of poets and mystics
19/07/2019 Frankincense routes
26/07/2019 Silken roads
2/08/2019 Lost enlightenment?

*Please note - The first lecture will now take place on 21 not 28 June as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.

Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


The Middle East is the Cradle of Civilisation, and as such, its lands are strewn with the monumental and crumbling ruins of antiquity. Although silent, these mysterious edifices of the past have attracted folklore, myth, the attention of philosophers and poets, and – according to some – djinns and spirits, for millennia. This week we explore the place ruins and the past hold in the arts, poetry, and religious traditions of the Middle East.

*Please note - This lecture will now take place on 21 June not 28 June as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.


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


Join us as we follow the alluring Scheherazade in telling some of the magnificent stories of the Near East in order to entertain, beguile and inspire. The Near East, more usually called the Middle East today, is a region that many associate with either its ancient archaeological past or its contemporary reputation for conflict and insecurity. However, beyond these Western preoccupations about the region, and our own orientalist and romantic fantasies, lies a rich and complex world with many stories to tell.
Over six weeks we travel the lands of the Near East, from Egypt and Arabia, to the Silk Roads and Indian Ocean, and explore some of the great artistic and religious themes that have animated these lands for centuries. Travelling back and forward in time, we will linger in the world of medieval Classical Islam, the time of the 1001 Nights, Harun al-Rashid, and Sinbad the Sailor; an era of magnificent architecture, sublime poetry, rich mysticism, and 1001 untold stories.

22/06/2019 The melancholic pleasure of ruins
6/07/2019 Earthly paradises
13/07/2019 Of poets and mystics
20/07/2019 Frankincense routes
27/07/2019 Silken roads
3/08/2019 Lost enlightenment?

*Please note - The first lecture will now take place on 22 June not 29 June as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.


Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia


The Middle East is the Cradle of Civilisation, and as such, its lands are strewn with the monumental and crumbling ruins of antiquity. Although silent, these mysterious edifices of the past have attracted folklore, myth, the attention of philosophers and poets, and – according to some – djinns and spirits, for millennia. This week we explore the place ruins and the past hold in the arts, poetry, and religious traditions of the Middle East.

*Please note - This lecture will now take place on 22 June not 29 June as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.


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


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


Alla Prima

Robert Malherbe works directly from sight and real time; a technique that contributes to his vigorous, and often rapid mark-making. He is a multiple Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize finalist and a current finalist in the 2019 Wynne Prize.

In this masterclass workshop featuring a live model, Robert will guide participants through the painting technique of alla prima or wet-on-wet, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint. Used predominantly in oil painting, this technique requires a fast way of working. Robert will encourage participants to look at and to think of the live model in terms of movement (dramatic composition) and physical weight (how gravity affects the form). There will be opportunity during the day for one-on-one discussion and assistance.

The Masterclass Workshop Series provides an exciting opportunity to learn about the creative practices of past winners and finalists from the prestigious Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes. Designed for the more experienced artist, these workshops will enable you to further develop your skills and experiment with practices under the expertise of these highly regarded artists.

Morning tea provided. Bring your own lunch or purchase at the Gallery.

These workshops are designed for people with drawing and painting experience wishing to extend their skills and practice. They are not suitable for beginners. A full list of required materials will be supplied upon booking or emailed upon request. Basic supplies such as pencils and paper provided. For this workshop, materials used will be oil paint.




After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2019.

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


Visit the National Gallery of Australia

Travel with us to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra to enjoy 'Monet: Impression Sunrise'. This is an unmissable opportunity to see an exclusive exhibition that brings together works from the impressionist master and other significant artists to examine the founding of an art movement — a defining moment in art history.

Featuring Claude Monet’s seminal painting Impression, 'Soleil levant' (Impression, Sunrise) 1872, from which Impressionism takes its name, this exclusive exhibition brings together works from the Impressionist master and other significant artists to examine the founding of an art movement—a defining moment in art history.

'Impression, Soleil levant', which rarely leaves the museum walls in Paris, will be on display along with some forty impressionist and related paintings from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, the Tate, and Australian and New Zealand collections.

Morning tea at the Courtyard Café in Berrima, exhibition entry and guided tour are included. There will be time to explore the NGA’s other collections at your leisure.

Lunch is not included. You are welcome to bring your own or buy at the gallery café in your own time.




Art essentials 2019: Monoprinting

29 June 2019, 10.30am

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


Join the Young Members for a walking tour of The Rocks incorporating guided tours of the colourful work of 2019 Sulman Prize finalist Ken Done at his flagship Australian Gallery, and the 2019 Archibald and 2019 Wynne Prize 'rejects' at the annual Salon des Refusés at S.H. Ervin Gallery.

Ticket price includes Salon des Refusés exhibition entry.


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

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



After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of 'The essential Duchamp'.

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



The Archibald Prize: In conversation

Join our July Meetup as we continue to explore the Archibald Prize. Join previous Archibald Prize finalists in conversation as we delve in to their practice, inspiration and what makes them tick. Mingle with other young professionals and artists and enjoy bespoke cocktails by Manly Spirits.

Drinks and light refreshments provided.



The sacred garden situated amid desert wastes is perhaps the oldest story ever told. As a theme, it goes back to the ancient Sumerians. It recurs in the mythic stories of the Old Testament, ancient Babylon, and the Islamic world. From the Persian 'charbagh', to the Garden of Eden, and to the sublime architecture of the mosque, the intersection of water, gardens and desert has been central to Middle Eastern spiritual and artistic traditions. This talk follows this motif from the ancient world through to the great architecture of Classical Islam



The sacred garden situated amid desert wastes is perhaps the oldest story ever told. As a theme, it goes back to the ancient Sumerians. It recurs in the mythic stories of the Old Testament, ancient Babylon, and the Islamic world. From the Persian 'charbagh', to the Garden of Eden, and to the sublime architecture of the mosque, the intersection of water, gardens and desert has been central to Middle Eastern spiritual and artistic traditions. This talk follows this motif from the ancient world through to the great architecture of Classical Islam.


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


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


Art for starters 2019

06 July 2019, 2.00pm

An introduction to European art history

Art for Starters is an introductory overview of European art history, from the classical to the contemporary. Focusing on major epochs of European history, the course considers how art is shaped by different cultural and historical contexts. The scope of the course is limited to key examples of painting, sculpture and architecture in the Western World, to provide a starting point for a deeper exploration of the visual arts, not only in Europe but also in the wider world beyond.

6/07/2019 Mapping European art & pagan beginnings – the world of Ancient Greece and Rome
13/07/2019 Medieval Christendom
20/07/2019 The Renaissance – rediscovering Greek and Roman antiquity
10/08/2019 The expanding world - 1600 to 1800
17/08/2019 19th century – revolution, romance and nationalism
24/08/2019 20th century – modernity and beyond & ways of looking at art


Locate icons of European art within an historical timeline, from ancient Greece to the beginning of the 21st century. Travel through time back to ancient Greece and Rome and explore the roots of classicism in art. Discover why emperors, popes, princes and autocrats have enthusiastically embraced various versions of this ubiquitous style in order to amplify their power and prestige.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Create your own cartoon characters

Kick off the school holidays with this fun and interactive workshop led by popular cartoonist and artist Philip Aspden. Together you will discuss what types of imaginary animals might be found in the Art Gallery, where they might live, and what they might look like. In this fun workshop Phillip will demonstrate some cartooning techniques to help you create your own imaginary animals and characters, then you will create a little storybook of your own. What story will you tell?

For ages 5 + with adult
*Ticket is per child (price includes adult companion)
*When selecting number of tickets only enter the number of children attending


School holiday workshop: Merry masks

09 July 2019, 10.30am

For ages 5-9 years old

Create a colourful and crazy mask to hide in, to show off or to decorate your wall. We will look at faces and designs in the Collection for inspiration. Create a character with expression, or make it amazingly abstract. Using coloured markers and watercolours with collage materials.

For ages 5-9 years old (children only)


Drawing from the figure 2019: July

10 July 2019, 6.30pm

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

All materials provided.


For ages 5 + with an adult

Join us for this family workshop where kids and adults get crafty together. Expert origami artist, Midori Furze will teach you step by step how to make a beautiful and colourful origami flower. Origami is a fun activity for the whole family. You will turn colourful flat sheets of paper into 3D objects that are interesting and exciting. Origami is great for helping kids develop hand-eye coordination and mental concentration. There are also benefits for adults. Challenging new habits help adults to make their minds steadily sharper and stronger. So, let’s start folding! No experience necessary.

For ages 5 + with an adult.
*Ticket is per child (price includes adult companion)
*When selecting number of tickets only enter the number of children attending


Mystic poetry can lead from the terrestrial to the half-glimpsed transcendent world beyond. For Sufi mystics the world dissolves into light, a process celebrated and cultivated through music and song. Persian poetry has elevated the self-annihilation of lamentation and the ecstasy of passion and love to a refined spiritual path. This week, we will explore some of the schools of poetic mysticism that exist in the Middle East, and the traditions of Hafez, Rumi, and the Sufi mystics.


Mystic poetry can lead from the terrestrial to the half-glimpsed transcendent world beyond. For Sufi mystics the world dissolves into light, a process celebrated and cultivated through music and song. Persian poetry has elevated the self-annihilation of lamentation and the ecstasy of passion and love to a refined spiritual path. This week, we will explore some of the schools of poetic mysticism that exist in the Middle East, and the traditions of Hafez, Rumi, and the Sufi mystics.


From the moment it became an accepted religion of the Roman Empire, Christianity quickly spread and ultimately infiltrated the entire European world. The Church became one of the greatest art patrons of all time. Enter the mystical world of medieval art and discover the meaning of art terms such as Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic.


Resonate 2019: Jane Rutter

14 July 2019, 6.30pm

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

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

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial


For ages 9+ with an adult

In this workshop kids and adults get crafty together. Expert origami artist, Midori Furze will teach you a variety of different folding techniques leading to a final sophisticated modular sculpture, something special to take home. Origami is a fun activity for the whole family. It’s not only fun, but also has many benefits according to experts. So, let’s get folding! No experience necessary.

For ages 9+ with an adult.
*Ticket is per child (price includes adult companion)
*When selecting number of tickets only enter the number of children attending


For children age 8+

Let’s have fun exploring our own different facial features and expressions. Study your unique qualities and create a portrait bust out of clay. Roll, squeeze twist to manipulate and fashion the clay. A fun activity where you will learn some sculpting skills.

For children ages 8 +
(children only)


Gallery Express 2019 - July

17 July 2019, 9.30am

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


The Middle East has long been associated with the desert in the Western imagination. This however ignores the great maritime currents that have flowed through the religion, commerce, exploration, and heroic tales of the Indian Ocean from time immemorial. From Nabbatean and Roman traders out to make their fortune, to the stories of the legendary Sinbad and Hamza, in this talk we sail the ancient frankincense routs and chart a lost maritime world that was one of the great cultural and artistic melting-pots of history.


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


The Middle East has long been associated with the desert in the Western imagination. This however ignores the great maritime currents that have flowed through the religion, commerce, exploration, and heroic tales of the Indian Ocean from time immemorial. From Nabbatean and Roman traders out to make their fortune, to the stories of the legendary Sinbad and Hamza, in this talk we sail the ancient frankincense routs and chart a lost maritime world that was one of the great cultural and artistic melting-pots of history.


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


The emergence of the city state in Italy and Protestantism in the north resulted in the weakening of the power of the Catholic church and a rise in secular patronage. No longer dwarfed by the divine, man became the centre of the universe, while the status of the artist was elevated beyond the anonymous artisan. Discover how artists looked to the words and images of pagan antiquity for inspiration.


Wood cut workshop

21 July 2019, 10.30am

This one-day, hands on workshop will teach you the basics of this ever popular wood-cut printing technique. Learn how to select the right wood, prepare a surface for carving, care for tools, carve your block and produce a print. The course will cover a one color print as well as and introduction of two plate and chine colle printing methods.





New Members tour 2019 - July

25 July 2019, 2.30pm

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

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

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


The fabled Silk Roads have linked the Mediterranean world with the Near East and far China for two thousand years. Traders and spies, artists and adventurers, rogues and missionaries all wandered the many routes spreading goods, arts, ideas, and faiths. This week, we will look at the unique art, the little known stories, and unforgettable characters that have contributed to the sagas of the Silk Road.


The fabled Silk Roads have linked the Mediterranean world with the Near East and far China for two thousand years. Traders and spies, artists and adventurers, rogues and missionaries all wandered the many routes spreading goods, arts, ideas, and faiths. This week, we will look at the unique art, the little known stories, and unforgettable characters that have contributed to the sagas of the Silk Road.


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


Looking at the urban landscapes of Jeffrey Smart, we will create a painting emulating Smart’s characteristic style. Smart’s vision of the urban landscape formed one of the most distinctive bodies of work in late 20th-century Australian art. Bring an image of a street scene or cityscape to use as the basis of your painting.



After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2019.

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




The Middle East and Central Asia have been centres of literature, science, learning, and philosophy since the invention of writing, if not before. During the medieval era of Classic Islam the Near East saw its most recent flowing, with philosophers and mystics investigating and debating the nature of reality and meaning of human existence. In this talk we will dive into the thoughts and lives of some of these great thinkers, and see how their ideas built the foundations of our modern world.


The Middle East and Central Asia have been centres of literature, science, learning, and philosophy since the invention of writing, if not before. During the medieval era of Classic Islam the Near East saw its most recent flowing, with philosophers and mystics investigating and debating the nature of reality and meaning of human existence. In this talk we will dive into the thoughts and lives of some of these great thinkers, and see how their ideas built the foundations of our modern world.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of The essential Duchamp.

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



Drawing fundamentals 2019 - August

07 August 2019, 1.00pm

Join artist and arts educator Christine Simpson for this series of 4 drawing classes for beginners. Christine will guide you through four stimulating and informative sessions investigating a variety of fundamental techniques. Whether you are beginning your drawing journey, or wishing to brush up on your drawing skills, Christine will guide each participant forward to find this a rewarding, hands on experience.

While we suggest booking all four classes, it is not essential, as each lesson will focus on a different technique. All materials provided.

Wed 7 Aug Perspective and relationships
Wed 14 Aug Bottles and still life
Wed 21 Aug Planes, ellipses and depth
Wed 28 Aug forms and negative space




From the 15th century, European nations began to expand their territory to the far flung reaches of the globe. Paralleling the geographic expansion was an expansion in thinking with subsequent scientific discoveries, religious upheavals and the emergence of the idea of “enlightenment”. Examine how these trends were reflected in the dynamic artistic styles of the time – Baroque and Rococo. Learn how to recognize these styles.


Peter Griffen weekend studio workshop 2019 - August workshop

10 August 2019, Weekend workshop time - 9.30am

Working with water

Join Peter Griffen in his vibrant studio for a weekend of hands-on painting and drawing. Enjoy the freedom to experiment, take risks and free up your painting and drawing. Peter will encourage you to push the boundaries of your imagination and painting in a free form abstract or semi abstract way.

Working on the theme of water, and referencing works from the exhibition 'In one drop of water', students will explore the significance of poetry, symbols and images of water in art. Work with chance and let the mind flow with the instinctive thoughts that will be associated with the concept of the theme.

Diversion and distraction will be encouraged allowing each participant to pursue their own unique image making at their own pace. The theme of ‘water” may be a starting point leading to landscape, surrealism or conceptual art.

On Friday at 11am, meet Peter in the members lounge at the Gallery with a discussion and tour of 'In one drop of water'. This will finish at about 1pm. At 9.30am on Saturday and Sunday meet at Peter’s Leichhardt studio.

Morning tea, prepared on the premises, will be served, followed later by a gourmet lunch with wine.

Acrylic paint, brushes and acid-free cartridge paper are supplied. Bring your own brushes, paper and other materials to paint on (eg canvas) if you wish. Aprons are available or bring your own.




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


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

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


Drawing from sculpture 2019 - August

14 August 2019, 6.30pm

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

All materials provided.



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


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

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


Elizabeth I: Outcast to Virgin Queen

15 August 2019, 10.30am

Elizabeth I survived plots and betrayals to become the most revered of the Tudor monarchs. Along the way, she cultivated her image as adeptly as a Hollywood star through portraits that helped shape her growing power and mythology. Join author Joyce Morgan as she unpicks the secrets behind the portraits.



The French Revolution and its aftermath set in motion profound changes. Napoleon’s notion of himself as a born-again Roman Emperor triggered a passion for all things associated with the ancient empire. See how the revolutionary spirit lived on throughout the century and manifested itself in a fresh swag of new styles as divergent as neo-classicism, romanticism, realism and finally impressionism. Find out how to tell the difference between all these so-called “isms”.


Funky felting workshop 2019 - August

18 August 2019, 10.30am

Design and create a unique sculptural vessel using pure merino wool in this inspiring one-day creative workshop. Textile artist Denise Lithgow will guide you through the process of making and moulding felt into innovative forms and shapes. You’ll learn how to form shapes and translate these into three-dimensional non-functional vessels. You’ll have the opportunity to explore works from the Gallery’s collection, or you can bring your own photos for inspiration.

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




Gallery Express 2019 - August

21 August 2019, 9.30am

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



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

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


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

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


The revolutionary fervour of the 19th century spilled over into the 20th century. Coupled with giant leaps in technology, it paved the way for some of the most radical changes ever witnessed in the way art was created and viewed. As the pace of life sped-up in the 20th century, so did the birth of new art styles, and a proliferation of new media. Discover the meaning of art terms like cubism, expressionism, surrealism, pop art and conceptual art. Conclude the series with a focus on ways of looking at art.


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

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

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial


Teenage Art Club 2019: Clay portraits

25 August 2019, 10.30am

Inspired by the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, this month we study the portrait. Explore your own unique features, and different facial expressions and make a self-portrait clay bust. We’ll make some preliminary sketches from a mirror, before digging our hands into the clay.

Suitable for ages 13+.


After coffee in the members lounge, join the volunteer guides for a tour of Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2019.

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





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


Discover the fascinating history of the 16th century Medici court through the visual culture of renaissance Florence. Bringing together leading scholars, this one-day symposium will focus on the art, power and politics surrounding the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I de’Medici.

The symposium will present exciting new research on the portrait by Agnolo Bronzino, 'Cosimo I de’Medici in armour' (1540s), a significant painting held in the Gallery’s collection. With recent analysis undergone at the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne, further details are to be revealed on the underlying portrait beneath the surface of this painting.

Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the birth of Cosimo I de’Medici, the symposium features speakers Dr Sefy Hendler (Tel Aviv University), Dr Paula Dredge (head of paintings conservation at the Art Gallery of New South Wales), Dr Natalie Tomas (Monash University), Dr Nicholas Baker (Macquarie University), Dr John Gagne (Sydney University) and Dr Robert Brennan (Sydney University).

The symposium is presented in partnership with Macquarie University and the Power Institute Foundation for Art and Visual Culture.

The exclusive members early-release offer is now booked out. Further tickets will be made available when it goes on sale to the public on Tuesday 11 June via Qtix.




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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





Gallery Express 2019 - September

18 September 2019, 9.30am

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



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


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

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

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial


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




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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Gallery Express 2019 - October

16 October 2019, 9.30am

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



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


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


Note: Zara Stanhope replaces Anneke Jaspers for this lecture


Note: Zara Stanhope replaces Anneke Jaspers for this lecture


Art essentials 2019: Lino printing

26 October 2019, 10.30am

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

Proudly sponsored by Drapac Financial




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


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


Gallery Express 2019 - November

20 November 2019, 9.30am

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


Art essentials 2019: Watercolour II

23 November 2019, 10.30am

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


Gallery Express 2019 - December

04 December 2019, 9.30am

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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