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Feb 6

Curator's tour

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Behind the Scenes:Tyler Graphics at work | Tours

Join Emilie Owens for a tour of the exhibition Behind the scenes: Tyler Graphics at work.

Venue: Orde Poynton Gallery
Price : Free

Feb 9

The science of optics: the history of art

6:00pm

Permanent collection | Talks and lectures

US Professor of Optical Sciences and Physics at the University of Arizona, Charles Falco discusses his collaboration with world renowned artist, David Hockney and their unravelling of the optical secrets of paintings by van Eyck, Bellini and Caravaggio.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free

Feb 13

A close look at paintings by Tom Roberts

2:00pm

Tom Roberts | Talks and lectures

Tom Roberts' large-scale narrative paintings have become part of Australian visual culture. Simon Elliott, Assistant Director, Curatorial and Education Services, examines the often overlooked details to reveal this artist's great mastery.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free

Feb 13

Descriptive tour of Tom Roberts

2:30pm – 3:30pm

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Tom Roberts | Assisted

Tour of Tom Roberts for people who are blind or with low vision.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Feb 14

Auslan sign-interpreted tour of Tom Roberts

2:30pm – 3:30pm

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Tom Roberts | Assisted

Access viewing of Tom Roberts for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Feb 16

Art appreciation for carers

10:15am – 11:15am

Tom Roberts | Assisted

Viewing of Tom Roberts for carers.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)
Booking: Call Carers ACT (02) 6296 9900

Feb 17

Curator's conversation

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Talks and lectures

Take a closer look at celebrated Australian artist Tom Roberts, with exhibition curator Dr Anna Gray and the ABC's Virginia Haussegger, journalist, author and media commentator.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members

Feb 18

Quintessential: Tom's trivia

6:00pm

Tom Roberts | Members

Booked Out

Enjoy a night of trivia about contemporary Australian culture, inspired by Madame Pfund. She was a patron of Tom Roberts, established a private girls and championed the culture of her time.

Feb 19

Tom Roberts curator's dinner

6:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Members

Join exhibition curator Anna Gray for an exclusive introduction and viewing of Tom Roberts followed by a three-course dinner and entertainment in Gandel Hall.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $185 NGA members, $200 guests

Feb 20

Curator's tour

2:00pm – 3:00pm

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The last temptation | Tours

Join Deborah Hart, Senior Curator, Australian Painting and Sculpture post 1920, for a unique perspective on The last temptation: the art of Ken + Julia Yonetani.

Venue: NGA Contemporary
Price : Free

Feb 24

Artists abroad

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Talks and lectures

Explore European influences in Roberts' art and the phenomenon of Australian artists travelling abroad with Roger Benjamin, Professor of Art History, University of Sydney, Dr Emma Kindred, Assistant Curator, Australian Art, NGA and Alison Inglis, Associate Professor, Art History, University of Melbourne.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members

Feb 25

Assisted tour of Tom Roberts

9:00am – 10:30am

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Tom Roberts | Assisted

Access viewing of Tom Roberts for people with a disability and their carers.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Feb 25

Curator's tour

12:45pm

The world is beautiful | Tours

Join Dr Shaune Lakin, Senior Curator, Photography, and Anne O'Hehir, Curator, Photography, for a walkthrough of The world is beautiful, an exhibition of photographs from the Gallery's permanent collection.

Venue: Project Gallery
Price : Free

Feb 27

Sol LeWitt: Arcs and Tangents

2:00pm

Permanent collection | Talks and lectures

Come along to a talk by Janet Passehl, Curator of the LeWitt collection, when she will provide a behind the scenes look at Sol LeWitt's life and practice.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free

Feb 27

Hanging Rock: Tom Roberts music concert

7:00pm – 8:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Performances

The Griffyn Ensemble's Michael Sollis curates music and poetry evoking the beauty of the Australian landscape. Features the world premiere of Sollis' Hanging Rock Cello Sonata.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $45, $40 members/concession, $25 under 30, $10 children under 16

Feb 28

Sculpture Garden Sunday

10:30am – 2:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family (all ages)

Creative fun and entertainment with artist-run workshops and installations. Bring a picnic to share under the trees. More info

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free

Feb 28

Hanging Rock: Tom Roberts music concert

2:00pm – 3:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Performances

The Griffyn Ensemble's Michael Sollis curates music and poetry evoking the beauty of the Australian landscape. Features the world premiere of Sollis' Hanging Rock Cello Sonata.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $45, $40 members/concession, $25 under 30, $10 children under 16

Mar 2

Roberts and the land

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Talks and lectures

Tom Roberts captured the unique beauty and harshness of Australia's landscape. Join Don Watson, best-selling author of The Bush: travels in the heart of Australia, Professor Tim Bonyhady, cultural historian and environmental lawyer and Genevieve Jacobs, 666 ABC presenter, for a conversation about the romance and reality of the land.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members

Mar 3

Quintessential: Giggles in the garden

6:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Members

Inspired by George Selth Coppin, a comedian and theatre performer, enjoy a night of giggles in the garden presented in partnership with the Canberra Comedy Festival.

Venue: Sculpture Garden Restaurant
Price : $25 NGA Members, $30 Guests, complimentary drink on arrival, paid bar

Mar 4

Art and dementia: Friday with a friend

10:30am – 11:30am

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Permanent collection | Assisted

Join an engaging tour of works of art from the collection designed to connect participants in a shared intellectual activity through personal insights, interpretation, art history and memories.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)
Booking: (02) 6240 6632 or email access@nga.gov.au

Mar 5

Meet the maker: Elliot Bastianon

11:00am

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| Members

Go behind the scenes for an artist talk and workshop tour with Elliot Bastianon, Canberra-based furniture maker.

Venue: Offsite
Price : $7 NGA members only

Mar 6

Alleged dances: Australian String Quartet National Tour 2016

2:00pm

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Permanent collection | Performances

In Alleged dances the ASQ performs Beethoven's op 18 no 6 and, with guest percussionist Claire Edwards, works by Matthew Hindson, John Adams and Robert Schumann.

Venue: Gandel Hall
Price : $75, $60 concession, $55 members, $30 under 30

Mar 9

Roberts today

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Talks and lectures

Our panel examines the powerful story of Australian identity told in the art of Tom Roberts. Featuring Dianne Jones, photo-media artist, Katina Davidson, 2015 Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Fellow, Tony Bennett, Research Professor in Social and Cultural Theory, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, and Simeran Maxwell, Assistant Curator, Tom Roberts, NGA. Auslan sign interpreted.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members

Mar 16

Michael Cathcart and friends

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Talks and lectures

Join ABC RN's Books and Arts presenter Michael Cathcart for a conversation on the art and life of Tom Roberts, with special guest speakers to be announced soon.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members

Mar 17

Quintessential: 9 by 5

6:00pm

Tom Roberts | Members

Booked Out

Inspired by Mrs L Abrahams and the iconic 9 x 5 paintings, join us for our own 9 x 5: engage with 5 contemporary artists for 9 minutes each.

Mar 23

Conversations on Tom Roberts

6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Tom Roberts | Talks and lectures

Conversations between a lively mix of authors, broadcasters, artists, curators, historians and cultural commentators, exploring the art, life and times of Tom Roberts.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members

Apr 1

Mystery tour

5:30pm

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Permanent collection | Members

Looking for something contemporary? Why not take a chance and join us for a mystery tour and cocktail.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $25 NGA members only