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(clockwise from top left) Beanies by Ernabella artists Angkuna Kulyuru, Tjunkaya Tapaya, Tjangala Ungakini, Alison (Milyika) Carrol and Dora Haggie, 2004. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

ISSUE 124 | July 2009 | Flickr Twitter Delicious Facebook nga.gov.au/whatson

July is action-packed at the NGA with NAIDOC Week and Knitta Please festival events, yarn-bombing and guerrilla knitting from Knitta Please, and the usual raft of free talks, creative inspiration and kids activities. Get your diary out and scroll down for a taste of what’s to come this month or click through to the website to access rich arts content, including a new–look Kenneth Tyler Collection website—our comprehensive 20th–century American prints resource.

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NAIDOC Week
nga.gov.au/naidoc
Sunday 5 – Sunday 12 July 2009

The theme for National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee Week this year is �Honouring our elders, nurturing our youth� and, to celebrate, the National Gallery of Australia is hosting a week of community events. Associated events coincide with Knitta Please.


image: Ramingining Artists The Aboriginal Memorial 1987�88 National Gallery of Australia
Ramingining Artists The Aboriginal Memorial 1987–88 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia
Purchased with the assistance of funds from National Gallery admission charges and commissioned in 1987
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(top)(clockwise from top left) Beanies by Ernabella artists Angkuna Kulyuru, Tjunkaya Tapaya, Tjangala Ungakini, Alison (Milyika) Carrol and Dora Haggie, 2004
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
part of Knitta Please

Beanie workshops
Tuesday 7 July 1.00 pm
Wednesday 8 July 10.30 am
Thursday 9 July 10.30 am
Friday 10 July 10.30 am
Saturday 11 July 10.30 am

Learn how to crochet mukata (beanies) and see traditional Anangu spinning while sharing stories and bush tucker with Pitjantjatjara women around a campfire.
$80 (includes materials and morning tea with kangaroo tail, damper and tea) | book now | Sculpture Garden Restaurant and Beanie Tent

Children�s storytelling
members
Wednesday 8 July 10.30 am

A special NAIDOC Week event for children who are members of the Gallery. Learn how to hunt animals with storyteller Larry Brandy, who shows and explains artefacts used by the Wiradjuri nation.
$5 per child member | places limited, book now | nga cafe (meet in Gallery foyer)

NAIDOC Week conservation tour
Thursday 9 July 3.30 pm
members

Join Cathy Collins and Sarah McHugh, objects conservators, for a close look at conservation work being done on The Aboriginal Memorial and other works, followed by a glass of sparkling wine in the Members Lounge.
$10 members and their guests | book now | Orde Poynton Gallery and Members Lounge

Screening: Samson and Delilah
2009, MA, 101 mins
Thursday 9 July 6.00 pm
The touching story of two young teenagers in a community in the central desert. Directed by Warwick Thornton and winner of the Camera D�or for best first film at Cannes.
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre

Where�s your beanie been?
Saturday 11 July 2.00 pm
Gay Epstein, Chair of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival, and senior women from Ernabella give an illustrated talk about the history of the Beanie Festival and the concept of relaxed reconciliation through the making of beanies.
$15 (includes tea and biscuit) | book now |
James O Fairfax Theatre

image: The Tocad�ro�s gilded bronze allegorical muse Spring (Le Printemps) 1937 by Paul Niclausse, with a knitted leg warmer courtesy of Knitta Please in Paris, 2007 Photograph: Magda Sayeg

The Tocad�ro�s gilded bronze allegorical muse Spring (Le Printemps) 1937 by Paul Niclausse, with a knitted leg warmer courtesy of Knitta Please in Paris, 2007
Photograph: Magda Sayeg
part of Knitta Please

Knitta Please: a festival of events
Event calendar | Event photos
Sunday 5 – Sunday 12 July 2009

To celebrate the final week of Soft sculpture, The National Gallery of Australia will be holding Knitta Please, a festival of events from 5 to 12 July. Founded in 2005 in Austin, Texas, Knitta Please is a tag crew of knitters who turned their frustration with their half-finished knitting projects into a phenomenon sweeping across the world.

Jenny Christmann 20 woollen books 1977-78 National Gallery of Australia Canberra Gift of the Philip Morris Arts Grant 1982Jenny Christmann
20 woollen books 1977-78 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of Dr Stephen Zador in memory of Patricia Zador 1999
part of Soft sculpture

Artist talk
Sunday 5 July 2.00 pm
Magda Sayeg, Knitta Please founder and yarn-bomber, discusses the curious convergence of knitting and graffiti, exploring the social implication of street art in our urban environment.
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre

Yarn-bombing and guerrilla knitting in the Sculpture Garden
Monday 6 July 10.00 am
Come and watch the transformation of the Gallery�s Sculpture Garden with colourful knitted objects as Magda Sayeg, founder of Knitta Please, tags everyday items. Event photos
Free | Sculpture Garden

Stitching up the NGA
Tuesday 7 July – Sunday 12 July
Witness the Gallery be transformed with knitting. Held over four days, Magda Sayeg, founder of Knitta Please, and Sydney artist Denise Litchfield transform the front entrance of the Gallery. Knitters are invited to help create squares of knitting for the coverings. Get involved
Free | Gallery entrance

Stitch ’n’ bitch at the Parlour Wine Room
Wednesday 8 July 6.00 pm
Picking up on the current London trend and book of the same name, this event will bring together knitters for a relaxed evening of clicking and conversation. Please bring your unfinished knitting projects and join us for this Knitta Please event.
$30; $25 members (includes nibbles and complimentary glass of wine) | book now | Parlour Wine Room, NewActon

Children�s knitting workshop
Thursday 9 July 10.30 am
for ages 5+

Children are invited to attend a finger–knitting workshop taught by Knitta Please founder Magda Sayeg.
Free (materials supplied) | Small Theatre

image: Christopher Langton Sugar the pill 1995/2009 Collection of the artist

Christopher Langton Sugar the pill 1995/2009 (detail)
Collection of the artist
part of Soft sculpture

Soft sculpture
nga.gov.au/softsculpture
24 April � 12 July 2009

It’s the last days of Soft sculpture so make sure you don’t miss out on this striking exhibition which is making so many people smile—and think. Here’s what some people had to say when leaving visitor comments:

"It made our 4–year–old son gasp in awe and made us parents re–appreciate the ever changing world of art again."
Nathalie Brady rates the exhibition as Very Impressive

"You do not often see sculptures of this kind, it is interesting to find artworks which challenge the conventions of art in this way."
Kate Allman rates the exhibition as Impressive

Rosslynd Piggott High bed 1998 National Gallery of Australia Canberra Purchased 2000Rosslynd Piggott High bed 1998
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2000
part of Soft sculpture

Artist talk
Thursday 2 July 12.45 pm
Artist Nell discusses her work The perfect drip 1999 in the exhibition Soft sculpture.
Free | Exhibition Galleries

Fashion parade
Thursday 2 July 5.00 pm
members

Swish your way through Soft sculpture with voluntary guides. Then marvel at the designs of cutting–edge Australian and New Zealand fashion designers, accompanied by the sounds of local DJ Bucky (Soft Tigers). Followed by light refreshments. Presented in collaboration with the Department of the Exterior.
$40 members and their guests| book now | Exhibition Galleries and Sculpture Garden Restaurant

Sculpture: old and new, soft and hard
Saturday 4 July 2.00 pm
Artists, curators, conservators and art historians discuss the radical changes in sculpture from the 1960s to the present, from innovative techniques and new materials to politics and social change. This forum is held in conjunction with the exhibitions Soft sculpture and Reinventions. Topics include: assemblage, recycling and poetic licence; inherent vice and ephemeral materials; the impact of humour, play and popular culture.
Free | James O Fairfax Theatre

Squishy sculpture
Wednesday 8 July 10.30 am & 2.00 pm
for ages 9–12

Join artist Teffany Thiedeman to carve your own sculpture out of foam, inspired by the works in the exhibition Soft sculpture.
$20; $15 members (includes materials) | book now | Small Theatre

image: Rosalie Gascoigne Triptych 1976 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 1976 Copyright Rosalie Gascoigne. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

Rosalie Gascoigne Triptych 1976
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1976
© Rosalie Gascoigne, licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
part of Reinventions

Reinventions
nga.gov.au/reinventions
16 May � 13 September 2009 | Project Gallery

Winter warmers art club II
Sunday 19 July 3.00 pm
Join Cathy Collins, Objects Conservator, for a talk on the conservation work carried out on works in preparation for the exhibition Reinventions.
$10; free for members | book now | Project Gallery and Members Lounge

Young members evening
Thursday 23 July 5.30 pm
members

Miriam Kelly, Associate Curator, Australian Painting and Sculpture, discusses selected works from the exhibition Reinventions, followed by light refreshments and music.
$20; $10 members | book now | Project Gallery and Members Lounge

Artist talk
Thursday 30 July 12.45 pm
Colin Lanceley discusses his work Pianist, pianist where are you? 1964–65, featured in Reinventions.
Free | Project Gallery

Gallery events

Utagawa Kunisada I Two ladies 1850s National Gallery of Australia CanberraUtagawa Kunisada I Two ladies 1850s
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of Dr Stephen Zador in memory of Patricia Zador 1999
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Meditation and art:
Japanese and Chinese brush painting workshop

Saturday 4 July 10.00 am
Janet Twigg–Patterson, artist and teacher of Chinese brush painting, introduces the philosophy and meditation practice of Japanese and Chinese brush painting and the landscape painting techniques for rocks and mountains found in the strikingly early Meiji screen Wagtails by a rocky torrent by Mochizuki Gyokusen (1843 –1913) in the East Asian Gallery.
$110; $90 members (includes materials and morning tea) | book now | Small Theatre

Draw and explore:
claws and paws, wings and things

Tuesday 14 July 2.00pm
for ages 5–8

Join Margie Kevin and Fiona Massey in discovering and drawing animals in the works of art at the Gallery.
$12; $10 members (includes materials) | book now | meet in the Gallery foyer

Storytelling and drawing for the very young
Thursday 16 July 10.30 am
ages 3–5 to be accompanied

Come and enjoy stories told by Gallery educators Margie Kevin and Fiona Massy, and make your own drawings.
$7; $5 members (includes materials) | book now | meet in Gallery foyer

MRaharuhi Rukupo Figure from a house post (poutokomanawa) c 1800-1873 National Gallery of Australia CanberraRaharuhi Rukupo Figure from a house post (poutokomanawa)
c 1800-1873
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1981
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Mythical beings and magical spirits
Friday 17 July 10.30 am & 1.30 pm
for ages 8–12

Join artist Karina Edwards to learn about the concealed knowledge and hidden histories of the Pacific figures on display, and to create pastel drawings of your favourite objects.
$15; $12 members (includes materials) | book now | meet in Gallery foyer

Shopping for Lord Krishna
Tuesday 21 July 12.45 pm
Claudia Hyles, India aficionado, recently visited two Indian towns in pursuit of pichhavais (shrine hangings) and merchandise for the NGA Shop.
Free | Small Theatre

Make an impression
Saturday 25 July 10.30 am
for all ages, children to be accompanied

Experience the fun of drawing as a family and get to know the art at the Gallery with Penny Low, artist and Gallery Educator.
$5 (includes materials) | book now | meet in Gallery foyer

The Lake Sentani figures: lost in love
Tuesday 28 July 12.45 pm
Michael Gunn, Senior Curator, Pacific Art, speaks about the Lake Sentani figures from West Papua.
Free | Pacific gallery

Special assisted tour of Asian art
Wednesday 29 July 10.30 am
Tour and viewing for people with disabilities and their carers, led by voluntary guides.
Free | book now (02) 6240 6519 | meet in Gallery foyer

American Impressionism and Realism
members trip

Wednesday 29 July 10.30 am
members

Join us for a special trip to Brisbane to see American Impressionism and Realism: a landmark exhibition from the Met and other special events in collaboration with the Queensland Art Gallery. Further information on enquiry.
$710 individual members and their guests; $620 per person twin-share (includes flights, meals and accommodation) | book now (02) 6240 6519

 

image: Roy Lichtenstein Reflections on Crash 1990

Roy Lichtenstein Reflections on Crash 1990 (detail)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
©Roy Lichtenstein. Licensed by Lichtenstein, New York & VISCOPY, Australia
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20th Century American prints online
Coming soon ...

This July, watch out for the launch of a new look for the Kenneth Tyler Collection website. Containing over 7000 works, including editioned prints, proofs, screens, paperworks, illustrated books and multiples, the Kenneth Tyler Collection is the largest collection of post-WWII American printmaking held outside of the United States.

The Kenneth Tyler Collection website is dedicated to the documentation and research of the Collection, and provides digital access to rare archival film, sound and photographic material as well as artist biographies, exhibition catalogues and essays recounting an extraordinary story of artist/printer collaboration in America in the second half of the 20th century.

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