What's on

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


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 1

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 2

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create Space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 3

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create Space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 4

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by the much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 4

ASI: Art Scene Investigation

10:30am – 12:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Kids and family

(ages 7-12)

Does art have the power the change the way you think? Can it make you experience the world in unexpected ways? Join the Art Scene Investigation Squad on a mysterious journey looking at art that's designed to push your buttons.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $12, $10 child members (includes morning tea)

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Oct 5

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by the much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 6

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by the much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create Space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 6

Art explorer: Zine time

10:30am – 4:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Kids and family

(ages 8-12)

Zines are a fun and easy DIY publishing system. Experiment with typewriters, Dymo labels and other quirky materials and create your own zines using digital publishing aps. Bring your own morning tea and lunch.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $60, $55 child members (all materials and tools supplied)

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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 7

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 7

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.

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

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Oct 8

Descriptive tour

Diane Arbus: American portraits | Assisted

Tour of Diane Arbus: American portraits for people who are blind or with low vision.

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

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Oct 8

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 9

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 9

Auslan sign-interpreted tour

2:30pm

Diane Arbus: American portraits | Assisted

Tour of Diane Arbus: American portraits for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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

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Oct 10

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 NGA members/concession

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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 13

Mystery tour

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Permanent collection | Members

Dare to get grubby and join us for a cocktail followed by a mystery tour.

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

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Oct 14

stART with art

10:30am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 2-5, to be accompanied)

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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Oct 15

Palimpsest: Layers of meaning

10:00am – 12:30pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Workshops

Join Educator Penny Low for a workshop exploring Mike Parr's drawing practice using a live model. Create layers of drawings on transparent paper to form a composite image of the human face, using a range of materials.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
Price : $45, $40 NGA members/concession

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Oct 15

Create space

10:01am – 4:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

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 16

Create space

10:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Asian art | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

It's time to celebrate spring in the Sculpture Garden with creative activities inspired by our much-loved fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya. Create space is free for the whole family to enjoy.

Venue: Sculpture Garden
Price : Free (no booking required)

Oct 16

Australian String Quartet: Metamorphoses

2:00pm

Special event | Performances

The ASQ performs Mozart's String Quartet in F major K590, Ligeti's String Quartet no 1, Metamorphoses Nocturnes and Ravel's String Quartet in F major.

Venue: Gandel Hall
Price : $75, $60 concession, $55 NGA members, $30 under 30

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Oct 16

Drawsome

2:01pm – 3:30pm

Permanent collection | Workshops

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Explore the unique possibilities of digital drawing using iPads, inspired by the Gallery's works of art. iPads provided.

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

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Oct 18

Art appreciation for carers

10:30am

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Assisted

In partnership with Carers ACT.

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

Bookings: Please call 1800 052 222

Oct 19

Little look at ART

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 0-1 and parents/carers)

Join a voluntary guide for an informal tour of the Gallery for parents and carers with babies, followed by coffee and muffins.

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

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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 20

Art after hours

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Asian art | Members

Join us for a glass of wine, followed by a tour of the Asian Art permanent collection with Lucie Folan.

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

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Oct 22

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 at main desk
Price : Free (no booking required)

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 23

Big draw

10:00am – 2:30pm

Special event | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Join artist-facilitated workshops exploring different approaches to drawing.

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

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

Meet the maker

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Australian art | Members

A behind the scenes look at Canberra-based sculptor Heather B. Swann's practice in her studio for a one-hour artist talk and tour.

Venue: off site
Price : $15 NGA members only

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Oct 29

Telling Time

2:00pm

Mike Parr: Foreign Looking | Performances

Collaborative performance between artists Amala Groom and Frances Barrett. Echoing Mike Parr's longstanding interest in language and poetry, Amala will teach Frances phrases relating to time in the Wiradjuri language of central New South Wales.

Venue: Mike Parr Information Centre
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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Oct 31

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 NGA members/concession

Book now