What's on

Book Online or tel 02 6240 6701 (Mon–Fri) or via the NGA front desk


Aug 4

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Surrealism, Max Ernst and tribal art with Pamela Walker.

Venue: venue TBC
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 5

Art and dementia: Friday with a friend

10:30am – 11:30am

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. Call (02) 6240 6632 or Email for more info.

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

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Aug 6

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: Check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 6

Descriptive tour

2:30pm

Australian art | Assisted

A tour of Australian Art for people who are blind or with low vision. Email for more info.

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

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Aug 7

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: Check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 7

How to look at paint

2:30pm

Australian art | Assisted

An Auslan sign-interpreted tour of Australian Art for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Email for more info.

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

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Aug 8

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the NGA cafe before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 members/concession

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Aug 9

Out of the box

12:45pm

| Talks and Lectures

Australian Prints and Drawings curator Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax explores how artists have experimented with cartographic imagery. These alternative maps can provide external orientation, reveal hidden relationships, or lead us off the beaten path.

Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 11

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Indigenous art | Talks and Lectures

Derek O'Connor talks about Dutch American abstract expressionist artist, Willem de Kooning.

Venue: venue TBC
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 11

Book launch

6:00pm

NGA shop event | Book launch

Dominic Smith talks about his new book, The last painting of Sara de Vos currently on the New York Times bestseller list, which tells of a painting linking a 17th century Dutch painter with a modern day art historian and sometime forger.

Venue: NGA Shop
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Aug 12

stART with art

10:30am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 2-5)

Enjoy creative art activities inspired by our national collection, join Gallery educators on an interactive art tour for young children, and finish with an art-inspired live music concert.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12 child, $10 child members, includes materials (free for accompanying adults)

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Aug 12

Mystery tour

5:30pm

Permanent collection | Members

A Members's event. Take a chance and join us for a cocktail followed by a tour into the unknown.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $30 members, $35 guests

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Aug 13

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: Check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 13

Artist talk

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Mike Parr discusses his artistic practice, spanning over 40 years.

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

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Aug 14

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 16

Art appreciation for carers

10:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

In partnership with Carers ACT. Participants must be registered with Carers ACT. To register, please call 1800 052 222.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free,booking required

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Aug 17

Little look at ART

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

Join a voluntary guide for an informal tour of the Gallery for parents and carers with babies (ages 0-1), followed by coffee and muffins.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 members/concession

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Aug 17

NGA Book Club

10:30am

NGA shop event | Talks and Lectures

Join Claudia Hyles for an engaging discussion that explores literary themes around the visual arts. This season's book is The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith.

Venue: meet in the NGA shop
Price : $15 members, $18 guests

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Aug 18

Art for lunch

12:45pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

An insight into working with Mike Parr over the course of his 30-year career with Roger Butler.

Venue: Collection Study Room
Price : Free

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Aug 20

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 20

Meet the maker

11:00am

Australian art | Members

Be inspired by the daily rituals of Canberra-based sculptor and designer, Dan Lorrimer, in his studio in Mitchell for a one-hour artist talk and studio tour.

Venue: Off site
Price : $15 NGA members only

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Aug 20

Curator's tour

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Talks and Lectures

Elspeth Pitt, curator of Mike Parr: Foreign Looking, gives a tour of the exhibition.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free

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Aug 21

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 21

Drawsome

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Permanent collection | Workshops

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Using iPads, explore the unique possibilities of digital drawing, inspired by works of art in the national collection

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $8 per person

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Aug 23

Tales for the very young

10:30am – 11:30pm

Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time | Kids and family

(ages 3-5, to be accompanied)

Join Margie Kevin, Gallery educator, for an interactive story-based experience inside the Fiona Hall exhibition.

Venue: meet at the information desk
Price : $7, $5 child members (free for accompanying adults)

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Aug 25

Coffee with the curator

9:30am

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Members

Join Roger Butler, Senior Curator of Australian Prints, Drawings & Illustrated Books, and Assistant Curator Elspeth Pitt, for coffee and cake in the Members Lounge, followed by a tour of Mike Parr: Foreign Looking exhibition.

Venue: venue TBC
Price : $20 NGA members only

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Aug 25

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Learn about Southeast Asian Buddhist art with Emily Stewart.

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

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Aug 27

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 28

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Enjoy drop-in creative activities in gallery spaces inspired by works of art on display. Talk to our staff for more information.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

Aug 29

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the NGA cafe before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 members/concession

Book now