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Admission to the permanent collection is free. Admission charges apply to special exhibitions. Children 16 years and under are free.
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top image: Otagaki Rengetsu 'Numerous years pass by, incense container [kogo] glazed stoneware, incised calligraphy 1870 Museum DKM/Stifung DKM, Duisburg, Germany Part of the Black robe, white mist exhibition
Events and exhibitions
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View the full calendar of events online at nga.gov.au/Calendar
Otagaki Rengetsu, Lotus Moon, was a Japanese Buddhist nun whose tragic life inspired extraordinary creativity.
One of a small number of prominent female artists of 19th-century Japan, Rengetsu was a poet, calligrapher, potter and painter whose work reflects the beauty of the imperfect and unconventional.
18 September 12.45pm
Join Melanie Eastburn, curator of the exhibition, in an introduction to Black robe white mist. Free event
East Asian Gallery
Introduction to Japanese calligraphy
22 September 10.30 am – 2.30 pm
Kyoko Millar, calligraphy teacher, looks at calligraphy in the Black robe, white mist exhibition, followed by a practical workshop $60; $50 members/concession (includes materials) Bookings essential
Rooftop Lounge (meet in Gallery Foyer)
Members event: 'Tour and tea'
29 September 3 pm
Join Melanie Eastburn, curator of Black robe, white mist, for a tour, followed by a demonstration on the Japanese way of tea and a tatami tea service. $15 members and their guests Bookings essential
Project Gallery and Members' Lounge (meet in Gallery Foyer)
George Lambert (1873–1930) was one of Australia’s most brilliant, witty and influential artists. The exhibtion George Lambert retrospective: heroes and icons is the most comprehensive showing of Lambert’s work for over fifty years
Exhibition opening hours extended to 6 pm on Saturday 15 September
Lecture: 'Love etcetera'
15 September 6pm
Robert Dessaix, author of Twilight of love: travels with Turgenev, reflects on the varieties of love touched upon in the literature of George W Lambert's life and paintings. Bookings essential
(free entry to lecture, ticket required for exhibition entry) James O Fairfax Theatre
Special access tour
15 September 9.30 am
Private viewing for carers with volunteer guides In collaboration with Carers ACT.
Bookings essential for complimentary ticket phone 02 6296 9900
Exhibition Galleries (meet in Gallery Foyer)
Members: Early morning viewing
16 September 8.30am
Come in early and avoid the crowds for a last chance to view George W Lambert retrospective Bookings essential (exhibition ticket required) open to members and their guests. Exhibition Galleries
daily until 16 September 2–4 pm
Celebrate the life and times of George W. Lambert with a stylish high tea. Guests can select from a range of gourmet teas and enjoy a variety of baked delights, savoury treats, local organic orange juice and champagne.
Bookings available on +61 2 6240 6666
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Members: 'An afternoon with the blue god'
15 September 2.30 pm
The story of the blue-faced god, Krishna, is still depicted by artists in India today. Voluntary guides who recently studied in India look at Krishna images in the Indian Gallery and the Collection Study Room. Wearing traditional costume, the guides will then host a Raj style high tea in the Rooftop Lounge Bookings essential $18 members and their guests (includes a glass of sparkling wine)
'Big draw: drawing on the move'
16 September 11 am - 2 pm
Come and draw the distinctive architecture and inspirational works of art in the Gallery. A national drawing event held in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery and Drawing Australia. Free event
20 September 12.45 pm
Join Roy Marchant for a discussion of George Baldessin's Pear, version 2 1973. To coincide with Floriade: Aussie icons, myths & legends
This event is subject to weather conditions. Free event
'Rendezvous with art'
24 September 10 am
Come and visit the Gallery and learn about works of art on display. Guests are invited to enjoy tea, coffee and cake in the Members' Lounge before joining voluntary guides for a discussion on three works of art. Bookings essential $8; $7 members/concession Members' Lounge and Galleries (meet in Gallery Foyer)
Floortalk series: Australian art
25 September 12.45 pm
Anna Gray, Head of Australian Art, discusses Arthur Streeton's Golden summer, Eaglemont 1889. To coincide with Floriade: Aussie icons, myths & legends
Australian art galleries. Free event
(image above) Arthur Streeton 'Golden summer, Eaglemont' 1889 oil on canvas Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
International Day of Peace
21 September 12.45 pm
Father Bob Maguire, Catholic priest and social commentator for Triple J, discusses Christ crucified, an 18th-century Indian ivory sculpture. This event is in support of the Father Bob Maguire Foundation. Asian Art Galleries. Free event
detail: Goa 'Christ crucified' 18th century ivory Collection of the National Gallery of Australia
The National Gallery of Australia is delighted to unveil the recently acquired Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri painting Warlugulong 1977. This highly significant work of art was acquired for $2.4 million as part of the 25th Anniversary Gifts Program and is one of several major acquisitions celebrating the National Gallery of Australia’s 25th Anniversary.
More information on the National Gallery of Australia's 25th Anniversary Gifts can be found at nga.gov.au/25
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri 'Warlugulong' 1977 synthetic polymer paint on canvas Collection of the National Gallery of Australia Purchased with the generous assistance of Roslynne Bracher and the Paspaley Family, David Coe and Michelle Coe, Charles Curran and Eva Curran