Imants Tillers 'Nature speaks: AU', 2002, synthetic polymer paint and gouache, Collection of Mr Len Watson.

Events and exhibitions

For event bookings email eventbookings@nga.gov.au or call +61 2 6240 6504. Events are in the James O Fairfax Theatre unless otherwise advised.

View the full calendar of events online at nga.gov.au/Calendar.

detail: Imants Tillers 'Izkliede' 1994 detail: Imants Tillers 'Izkliede' 1994 oilstick, gouache, synthetic polymer paint on 292 canvasboards. Collection of Gene and Brian Sherman.

Imants Tillers
one world many visions
until 16 October
nga.gov.au/Tillers
events

Sign interpreted tour
Sunday 6 August 2pm
Auslan sign-interpreted tour of the exhibition. Bookings essential for complimentary ticket. Phone +61 2 6240 6519. Meet in Gallery Foyer.

Artist's talk: Imants Tillers
Tuesday 15 August 12.45pm
Imants Tillers will discuss some key works in the exhibition from a personal point of view, focussing on his working methods and the significance of identity and place in his art. Exhibition ticket required. Exhibition Galleries.

detail: Michael Riley 'Darrell' 1989, gelatin silver photograph National Gallery of Australia © Michael Riley, Licensed by The Michael Riley Foundation and VISCOPY, Australia. detail: Michael Riley 'Darrell' 1989, gelatin silver photograph Collection of the National Gallery of Australia © Michael Riley, Licensed by The Michael Riley Foundation and VISCOPY, Australia.

 

Michael Riley
sights unseen

until 22 October
nga.gov.au/Riley
events

Screening: 'Quest for Country'
Friday 4 August 12.45pm

DVD, 1993, 23 min.

Floortalk: Ace Bourke
Thursday 17 August 12.45pm

Ace Bourke is a freelance curator specialising in contemporary Aboriginal art and colonial art. He was a friend of Michael Riley and presented many of his photographs between 1986 and 2004. Exhibition ticket required. Exhibition Galleries.

 

 

X-ray image of Alexandra Exter 'Sandwich man [L’homme sandwich]' 1926 Collection of the National Gallery of Australia X-ray image of Alexandra Exter 'Sandwich man [L’homme sandwich]' 1926 Collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Abracadabra
the magic in conservation

until 26 November
nga.gov.au/Abracadabra

Abracadabra is an overview of conservation techniques that reveal the mysteries hidden in works of art.

Children are able to use ultra-violet light, magnification, X-ray games and computer technology to see invisible drawing in paintings, discover hidden repairs in ceramics, and see the internal structures of costumes and puppets.

 

 

 

detail from the The Rajah quilt 1841 Collection of the National Gallery of Australia. Gift of Les Hollings and the Australian Textiles Fund 1989. detail from the The Rajah quilt 1841 Collection of the National Gallery of Australia. Gift of Les Hollings and the Australian Textiles Fund 1989.
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Unfolded:
'The Rajah quilt' on view

nga.gov.au/RajahQuilt
events

The Rajah quilt has captured the imagination of National Gallery of Australia visitors since its acquisition in 1989, and is the most frequently requested object for viewing in the Gallery’s Collection Study Room, however until now it has only been able to be shown folded in its box.

The Gallery’s textile conservators have advised that the quilt be made available for viewing only once a year, due to its size, fragility and the light-sensitive nature of its materials.

From 7–13 August 2006 The Rajah quilt will be on display, unfolded, for 1 hour per day, in the Gallery's Small Theatre. Its display will be supported with related lectures on the quilt’s history, construction and conservation.

Alan Peascod 'Jar' 1986 stoneware with dry glaze Collection of the National Gallery of Australia Alan Peascod 'Jar' 1986 stoneware with dry glaze Collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Opening this month

The Crafted Object
26 August – 10 December
nga.gov.au/CraftedObject

The crafted object 60s–80s brings together a wide range of Australian craft works from the national collection, many of which were acquired early in the Gallery’s history and have not been displayed for over a decade.

This exhibition focuses on the period from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, when a revival of studio craft practices opened up new possibilities for expression in the visual arts in Australia.

 

 

 

detail: Michael Riley 'Binni and Willurai [Kirkbright-Burney], 1990' 1990 gelatin silver photograph On loan from Linda Burney © Michael Riley, Licensed by The Michael Riley Foundation and VISCOPY, Australia.

detail: Michael Riley 'Binni and Willurai [Kirkbright-Burney], 1990' 1990 gelatin silver photograph On loan from Linda Burney © Michael Riley, Licensed by The Michael Riley Foundation and VISCOPY, Australia. Part of the Michael Riley: sights unseen exhibition.

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