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Exhibition dates are subject to change. Please contact the Gallery before your visit. nga.gov.au/Exhibitions.
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Exhibitions and events
For event bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 2 6240 6504. Events are in the James O Fairfax Theatre unless otherwise advised. For the full events calendar nga.gov.au/Calendar
Sculpture Prize and exhibition 2005
until 9 October 2005
This year’s National Sculpture Prize exhibition is the largest and most diverse to date – featuring the work of 39 artists from around Australia. Artists include some of Australia’s leading sculptors and the exhibition surveys the range of contemporary sculptural practice.
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Friday 16 September12.45pm screening
'The Brothers Quay volume 1' VHS, 1984–86, 45 min. Stopframe animation using collage and models, in the James O Fairfax Theatre
Saturday 17 September 6pm members event
Art historian and author of 'Australian sculptor', Ken Scarlett, talks about sculpture parks in the Netherlands, USA, China and Australia. Followed by wine and canapés in the Members Lounge. Bookings essential
until 4 December 2005
Bringing together over 90 works, from the colonial period to the present Moist is a rare glimpse into the Gallery’s collection of Australian watercolours. While the title refers to the liquid nature of watercolour, the word ‘moist’ elicits images of an atmospheric, physical or emotional state of being.
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17 and 18 September performances
Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992) 'Catalogue of the Birds' Michael Kieran Harvey on piano; narrated by Dominic Harvey. Presented by MusicACT, ECMA and Pro Musica Inc. Bookings essential
Thursday 22 September 12.45pm artist's talk
eX de Medici talks about her work 'Blue (Bower/Bauer)' 19982000, in the Project Gallery
Sunday 9 October 10am member's event
Join members of the Artists Society of Canberra for a watercolour demonstration in the Sculpture Garden, followed by lunch in the Rooftop Lounge and a viewing of the exhibition. Bookings essential
the art of theatre
until 26 September 2005
Stage fright showcases works on paper and costumes from the Gallery’s collection of Australian Theatre Arts. Stage fright leads young children and their families on a voyage of discovery through mythology, fairytales, visionary worlds and fantasy characters through designs destined for the ballet, opera and the theatre stage.
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Sunday 18 September workshops
Make creative theatre costumes out of paper with Kate Shaw, Educator, Fashion, Art and Design, Canberra Institute of Technology. Bookings essential
Wednesday 21 September 6pm member's event
Artist Mirka Mora discusses her work in Stage fright and her career and life as an artist in Melbourne. Includes a viewing of the exhibition and wine and canapés in the Members Lounge. Bookings essential
Bill Viola: The Passions
until 6 November 2005
First 2000 tertiary students free
The Passions 2000–02 is a series of 12 works in which Viola examines the manifestations of emotions, through silence, extreme slow-motion, and psychologically-gripping depictions of the faces and bodies of his performers. The exhibition also includes Five angels for the Millennium 2001, an all-enveloping environment of sight and sound. Exhibition admission charges apply; 16 and under free.
This exhibition has been organised by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
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Viola by Night: Speaker series
Saturday 24 September 6pm
Introduction by Rhana Devenport, co-curator with the 2006 Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, and consultant to the Australian Centre of Asia-Pacific Art, both with the Queensland Art Gallery. Screening of Viola's I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like, 1986 Live entertainment by DJs Madrid & Gordon and VJ Yasemin Sabuncu. Bookings essential.
Chunky Move residency
28 September – 1 October
Melbourne-based dance company Chunky Move with Artistic Director Gideon Obarzanek will develop a new work at the Gallery, and present work-in-progress sessions. Bookings essential.
Friday 30 September 8pm
Bill Viola: Australian Art Orchestra perform Passion
Featuring compositions by Paul Grabowsky, Doug de Vries, Alister Spence, Niko Schaubles and John Rogers inspired by JS Bach’s The Passion according to St. Matthew. Featuring Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter. Supported by Doma Hotels and ABC Classic FM. Bookings essential.
Wednesday 12 October 8pm
Bill Viola: The actor's passion: an evening with John Bell
Join actor John Bell as he discusses the art of acting. Bookings essential
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Saturday 24 – Monday 26 September 10am–4pm daily
The Children’s Festival celebrates childhood, creativity and the arts. Activities will encourage young audiences to explore the world of visual arts.
Activities include meeting curators, finding out what conservators do, talking to education staff, making works of art, listening to fairy stories, taking a guided tour, or following your own trail to find out more about the fabulous national collection.
The Gallery presents fullscreen: explorations in digital media, a diverse program of speakers and artists from the cutting edge of digital art.
fullscreen 05 highlights interactive installations, video, photography, cinematic special effects, sound art and art for mobile platforms such as phones and palm pilots.
Saturday 24 September 2pm
muybridge to matrix Geoffrey Drake-Brockman, artist, and Ron Newman, Director, Sydney College of the Arts, explore photography, digital rendering and special effects. Bookings essential
the language of craft
11 November 2005 – 29 January 2006
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This exhibition will include the recent work of 65 leading international and Australian artists forging new expressions within the fields of glass, ceramics, textiles, furniture, jewellery and metalwork.
The work of those international artists most prominent and influential in these fields is seldom seen in Australia and this exhibition offers visitors an encounter with compelling objects that challenge our perceptions of design, function and the meaning of materials