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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/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

Feeling Nervous with Heather B Swann.

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 (no booking required)

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 27

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Asian art | Talks and Lectures

A cheeky look at Play201301 and its S&M focus with Emma Straney.

Venue: check at main desk
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 (no booking required)

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

Colonial Galleries | Talks and Lectures

Representation, Contestation and Aboriginal Identity with Franchesca Cubillo and Emma Kindred.

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

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Nov 11

Art for lunch

12:45pm

Artists of the Great War | Talks and Lectures

To celebrate Remembrance Day, students from Art History, ANU, present short talks on the works of art in the exhibition which addresses wartime propaganda, front line experience and remembrance.

Venue: Artists of the Great War exhibition
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Nov 17

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Asian art | Talks and Lectures

Social life of baskets: status, ritual and identities in Borneo. Professor Bernard Sellato Research Director of the Centre Asie du Sud-Est, Paris, visiting expert on Dayak material culture. With the support of the Australian National University.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
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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Commences Mar 17 - Mar 18

Enchanted Isles, Fatal Shores: Living Versailles

9:00am

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

A two day conference exploring the lives of the past people, objects and the living culture of Versailles today. Coincides with the major exhibition Versailles: Treasures from the Palace. More info