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Sep 1

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

NGA curator Sally Foster presents A new model: Russian Futurist books.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 7

Contemporary Architects Speaker Series

6:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

In partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects (ACT Chapter)

Architect James Russell engages with subtropical conditions, taking the idea of a breathing building to a new level.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 NGA members/Institute members, $15 students

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Sep 8

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Diane Arbus: American portraits | Talks and lectures

Chelsea Hopper presents Outrageously deceptive: performing for camera in the works of Diane Arbus.

Venue: Contemporary Asian art gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 13

Out of the box

12:45pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Join us behind the scenes to explore themes and view selected works in the Collection Study Room. Limited places.

Venue: Collection Study Room
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 14

Contemporary Architects Speaker Series

6:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

In partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects (ACT Chapter)

Blainey North & Associates specialise in architecture, interior architecture and design of luxury environments for five star hotels, exclusive residences and bespoke commercial and retail projects in Australia and abroad.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 NGA members/Institute members, $15 students

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Sep 15

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

International art | Talks and Lectures

Get some culture, with time to spare. Drop into weekly talks, tours or art-making - all in under half an hour.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 17

The Minotaur and the Mirror

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Presence, performance and representation in Mike Parr

Professor Edward Scheer, Director of Research, School of the Arts and Media, University of NSW discusses Mike Parr's practice with particular focus on Parr's 'retrospective' works such as Asylum: Entry by Mirror Only at Dark Mofo in June 2016.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 21

Contemporary Architects Speaker Series

6:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

In partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects (ACT Chapter)

Cumulus Studio, a multi-award winning architecture and design practice, investigates ideas in a collaborative environment with an understanding that great ideas are developed through sharing and working with others.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 NGA members/Institute members, $15 students

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Sep 22

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Peta Jane Blessing, archivist, Research Library and Archives, discusses Mike Parr's extensive archive, gifted to the NGA's Research Library in 2012.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 24

Ritual and extreme actions: Performance art and its context

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Dr Anne Marsh, Professorial Research Fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, discusses performance art in Australia and Internationally with a focus on ritual practice and extreme body actions.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Sep 28

Contemporary Architects Speaker Series

6:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

In partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects (ACT Chapter)

Architect Richard Kirk has expertise in architecture, urban design, interiors and environmentally sustainable design. Studios in Brisbane, Shanghai, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur service projects in Australia and Asia.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 NGA members/Institute members, $15 students

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Sep 29

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Get some culture, with time to spare. Drop into weekly talks, tours or art-making - all in under half an hour.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 1

Re-visiting the age of Angkor

9:30am – 4:30pm

Asian art | Talks and Lectures

Lectures draw attention to three remarkable Cambodian sculptures on loan from the National Museum of Cambodia and highlight new discoveries.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $110, $95 NGA members/TAASA members/concession

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Oct 6

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

NGA curator Robert Bell with a focus on flowers, design and nature.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 11

Out of the box

12:45pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Join us behind the scenes to explore themes and view selected works in the Collection Study Room.

Venue: Collection Study Room
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 13

Art for lunch

12:45pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Get some culture, with time to spare. Drop into weekly talks, tours or art-making - all in under half an hour.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 15

Alphabet/Haemorrhage Libretto

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

A new arrangement of Alphabet/Haemorrhage Libretto composed Dr Alexander Hunter, Lecturer, ANU School of Music. First written by Mike Parr in 1992 the libretto must be rearranged each time it is performed. Supported by Canberra School of Music.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 20

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Sue Cramer, Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art, discusses the concept of Inhibodress and the role and importance it has played in Mike Parr's practice.

Venue: Temporary Exhibitions Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 22

Reproduction Zero

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax, Curator, Australia Prints and Drawings, discusses the role of drawing within Parr's practice.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 26

From the chocolate box to Jackson Pollock

6:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

Sarah Cove, Conservator and founder of the Constable Research Project, discusses John Constable's diverse painting methods revealing a 'Jackson Pollock of the 1830s'. Supported by Centre for European Studies, ANU.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Oct 29

Curator's tour

3:00pm

Artists of the Great War | Talks and Lectures

Join David Hansen, curator of the exhibition, for a tour of Artists of the Great War.

Venue: Australian Galleries
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 3

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Artists of the Great War | Talks and Lectures

Get some culture, with time to spare. Drop into weekly talks, tours or art-making - all in under half an hour.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 3

ANU Art Forum: Will Dyson, Australia's radical genius

6:00pm

Artists of the Great War | Talks and Lectures

Lecture by historian and biographer Ross McMullin, who has written extensively about Australia's involvement in the First World War. His book Will Dyson: Australia's Radical Genius was shortlisted for the National Biography Award.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 5

Reading for the End of Time

10:30am

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Mike Parr undertakes a durational performance based on Roland Barthes' Camera Lucida.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 8

NGA Book club

10:30am

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Join Claudia Hyles for an engaging discussion that explores literary themes around the visual arts. This season's book is The Sun King by Nancy Mitford.

Venue: NGA Shop
Price : $18, $15 NGA members

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Nov 8

Out of the box

12:45pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Join us behind the scenes to explore themes and view selected works in the Collection Study Room.

Venue: Collection Study Room
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 10

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Artists of the Great War | Talks and Lectures

Get some culture, with time to spare. Drop into weekly talks, tours or art-making - all in under half an hour.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 17

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Get some culture, with time to spare. Drop into weekly talks, tours or art-making sessions - all in under half an hour.

Venue: check at main desk
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 24

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Contemporary Asian art | Talks and Lectures

Attitude and agitation: Ramesh Nitihiyendran's Mud men with Jaklyn Babington.

Venue: Contemporary art gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Dec 1

AAANZ Conference keynote lecture: How has the work of art changed in the 21st century?

6:00pm

Special event | Talks and Lectures

Melissa Chiu, Director of the Hirshhorn Museum, curator and author addresses some of the major changes facing the presentation of art today: shifting museum priorities, demographic shifts in visitors and most of all, how art is created and produced.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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