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image: Emile Bernard Madeleine in the Bois d'Amour 1888 (detail) Mus�e d'Orsay, Paris 
� RMN (Mus�e d�Orsay) / Herv� Lewandowski

4 December 2009 – 18 April 2010


There's been lots of talk of queues with this record-breaking exhibition, but also lots of talk about how it's worth the wait. The National Gallery is endeavouring to make the wait to see these masterpieces more manageable with Twitter queue updates, a coffee cart, and free water and newspaper on the weekends, courtesy of The Canberra Times.
And it's still shorter than a flight to Paris!

Currently the best time to visit is from Tuesday to Thursday around 2:00 pm.
Weekends have been busy all day.
Fridays and Saturdays open until 9:00 pm.

 Image: Emile Bernard Madeleine in the Bois d'Amour 1888 (detail) Musée d'Orsay, Paris
© RMN (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski. Part of Masterpieces from Paris

ISSUE 133 | April 2010 | Twitter Facebook Flickr Delicious nga.gov.au/socialmedia

Image: Samuel BerthodSamuel Berthod

Musique Impressionniste  
Tuesday 30 March 7:30 pm 
$20, $10 members/concession | bookings essential James O Fairfax Theatre

In collaboration with the Embassy of France, the Gallery presents a concert of works by Australian and French composers, played by international artist Samuel Berthod (clarinet) and Evgeny Ukhanov (piano)

Event highlights
NB: For a full listing of events please go to the calendar
nga.gov.au/calendar

image: Jack Bell Camp dog 2005 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 2007

Jack Bell Camp dog 2005 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 2007 Part of Emerging Elders

Ngukurr artists  
Tuesday 6 April 12:45 pm 
Free | Entrance level galleries and James O Fairfax Theatre

Cath Bowdler, Director, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, and curator of Colour country: art from Roper River, presents an illustrated lecture on the works of Ngukurr artists Willie Gudabi, Ginger Riley, Djambu Barra Barra and others.

image: Sidney Nolan The defence of Aaron Sherritt 1946 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of Sunday Reed 1977 Sidney Nolan The defence of Aaron Sherritt 1946 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of Sunday Reed 1977

Draw and explore: Ned and Nolan 
for ages 5–8, parents/carers welcome
Wednesday 7 April 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
repeated 2:00–3:00 pm

$15, $12 members/concession (includes materials) | bookings essential | Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly series gallery and Sculpture Garden (meet in Gallery foyer)

Discover Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly paintings with Gallery educator Jo Krabman. Wear a Kelly helmet to explore the Sculpture Garden and draw fellow bushrangers.


Tales for the very young
 
for ages 4–6, to be accompanied
Thursday 8 April 10:30–11:30 am
$7, $5 members/concession | bookings essential | meet in Gallery foyer

Margie Kevin, Gallery educator, leads an activity-based tour with stories about the land and its people.


Connecting with art: a creative collage workshop
 
for ages 7+, suitable for adults and children
Thursday 15 April 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
$30, $25 members/concession | Small Theatre (meet in Gallery foyer)

Join Nasser Palangi, Canberra-based Persian–Australian artist, to learn several practical collage techniques and create your own two- or three-dimensional work of art.

image: Barbara Campbell The Midday Movie and the History of Australian Painting 1997
University Art Gallery, University of SydneyBarbara Campbell The Midday Movie and the History of Australian Painting 1997
University Art Gallery, University of Sydney. Basket courtesy of Paul Saint. Photo: Tracey Schramm.


Slow Art 2010
  
Saturday 17 April 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Free | registration required (02) 6240 6524 | throughout the Gallery and Gallery Cafe

On average, a visitor spends only 8 seconds looking at an individual work of art. Following on from the Slow Food movement, Slow Art Day 2010 encourages a contemplative approach to art and is celebrated in galleries throughout the world. Spend time looking at works of art, then join the group for a lively discussion over lunch. Participants are to purchase their own lunch.


The midday movie and the history of Australian painting
  
Thursday 29 April 12:00–2:00 pm
Free | Australian galleries

Performance artist Barbara Campbell provides a unique interpretation of the Gallery’s Australian art displays to the accompaniment of the midday movie.

image: John Chamberlain Le mol� 1971 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 1973

John Chamberlain Le molé 1971 (detail) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 1973. © John Chamberlain, Licensed by ARS, New York and VISCOPY, Australia. Part of Shimmer

Shimmer
19 February – 30 May 2010 | Childrens Gallery

image: Detail of drawing of Mark di Suvero’s ‘Ik ook’ 1971–72 by 11-year-olds Adam and DrewSculpture Garden Sunday
14 March 2010
See more photos on Flickr

Shimmer examines the many ways artists have employed colour, pattern, line and materials to give their work a special energy in the eye of the viewer.

Trick of the light 
for ages 8–12
Tuesday 13 April 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
repeated 2:00 – 4:00 pm

$25, $20 members/ concession (includes materials) | bookings essential | Small Theatre (meet in Gallery foyer)

Be inspired to create amazing optical illusions and entrancing patterns with artist Teffany Thiedeman, using drawing and coloured paper cut-outs.

Pattern of plenty 
for ages 8–12
Tuesday 20 April 10:30 am – 12:30 pm repeated 2:00 – 4:00 pm
$25, $20 members/concession (includes materials) | bookings essential | Small Theatre (meet in Gallery foyer)

image: Peter Behrens Electric kettle 1910 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2008Peter Behrens Electric kettle 1910 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2008

Join Holly Edworthy, Gallery educator and art therapist, to look for patterns in the exhibition and participate in a drawing workshop exploring patterns in fabric and objects.

Super shiny sculpture 
for ages 8–12
Thursday 22 April 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
repeated 2:00 - 4.00 pm

$25, $20 members/concession | bookings essential | Small Theatre (meet in Gallery foyer)

Combine a variety of reflective materials with your imagination to make your own super shiny sculptures with arts educator Lucy Quinn.

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