What's on

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


Mar 1

Curator's talk

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Tyler Graphics at work | Talks and Lectures

Julia Greenstreet, Assistant Curator, International Prints, talks about the art and life of American Abstract Expressionist Joan Mitchell.

Venue: International galleries
Price : Free

Mar 2

Conversations on Tom Roberts

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Book now

Tom Roberts | Talks and Lectures Roberts and the land

Join Don Watson, best-selling author of The bush: travels in the heart of Australia, Tim Bonyhady, cultural historian and one of Australia's foremost environmental lawyers and Genevieve Jacobs, 666 ABC's Canberra Mornings presenter, for a conversation about the romance and reality of the land, and its importance in shaping Australia's image of itself.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members (includes exhibition entry after the talk)

Mar 3

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

The last temptation | Talks and Lectures

Discover the science behind Ken + Julia Yonetani's salt sculpture, The last supper with the artists and scientist, Professor Ben Gawne .

Venue: NGA Contemporary
Price : Free

Mar 3

Quintessential: Giggles in the garden

6:00pm

Book now

Tom Roberts | Members

Inspired by George Selth Coppin, a comedian and theatre performer, enjoy a night of giggles in the garden presented in partnership with the Canberra Comedy Festival.

Venue: Sculpture Garden Restaurant
Price : $25 NGA Members, $30 Guests, complimentary drink on arrival, paid bar

Mar 4

Art and dementia

10:30am – 11:30am

Book now

| Assisted Friday with a friend

Join an engaging tour of 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)
Booking: (02) 6240 6632 or email access@nga.gov.au

Mar 4

Experience Enlighten at NGA

6:00pm – 10:00pm

Special event | Highlights

Experience Enlighten at the NGA's two great locations. See exciting contemporary art by Japanese and Australian artists Ken + Julia Yonetani at NGA Contemporary by the lake, then head up to Parkes Place to view the Yonetanis' stunning projections.

Venue: NGA Contemporary by the lake and Parkes Place
Price : Free

Mar 5

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Mar 5

Meet the maker: Elliot Bastianon

11:00am

Book now

| Members

Go behind the scenes for an artist talk and workshop tour with Elliot Bastianon, Canberra-based furniture maker.

Venue: Offsite
Price : $7 NGA members only

Mar 5

Experience Enlighten at NGA

6:00pm – 10:00pm

Special event | Highlights

Experience Enlighten at the NGA's two great locations. See exciting contemporary art by Japanese and Australian artists Ken + Julia Yonetani at NGA Contemporary by the lake, then head up to Parkes Place to view the Yonetanis' stunning projections.

Venue: NGA Contemporary by the lake and Parkes Place
Price : Free

Mar 5

Take part in The last temptation

7:30pm – 9:00pm

Special event | Performances

Take part in a unique sensory experience by feasting on an elaborate 25-metre sugar banquet created by artists Ken + Julia Yonetani. The last temptation is a metaphor for the impact of human consumption on our environment- it will be a beautiful and thought-provoking experience.

Venue: NGA Contemporary
Price : Free

Mar 6

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Mar 6

Alleged dances

2:00pm

Book now

Special event | Performances Australian String Quartet national tour 2016

The Australian String Quartet performs Beethoven's op 18 no 6, a breakthrough work, and with guest percussionist Claire Edwards a new commission by Matthew Hindson, the work of American minimalist John Adams, and the luscious first quartet of Robert Schumann.

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

Mar 8

Out of the box: Conservation talk series

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Book now

| Talks and Lectures

Beata Tworek-Matuszkiewicz, Senior Objects Conservator, explains the methods and materials used to create and preserve paintings on bark held in our Indigenous collections. From harvesting of the bark through to display in an art gallery, all aspects of the production, manufacture, display and preservation of these unique works will be revealed.

Venue: Collection Study Room
Price : Free (bookings essential)

Mar 9

Conversations on Tom Roberts

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Book now

Tom Roberts | Talks and Lectures Roberts today

Our panel examines the powerful story of Australian identity told in the art of Tom Roberts. Featuring Dianne Jones, photo-media artist, Katina Davidson, 2015 Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Fellow, Tony Bennett, Research Professor in Social and Cultural Theory, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, and Simeran Maxwell, Assistant Curator, Tom Roberts, NGA. Auslan sign interpreted.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members

Mar 10

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Black | Talks and Lectures

Dr Shaune Lakin, Senior Curator, Photography, discusses the new collection-based focus display Black.

Venue: Project Gallery
Price : Free

Mar 10

Dr Sketchy's burlesque drawing

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Book now

Tom Roberts | Workshops (ages 18+)

Come and see what's under the bustle! Celebrate Tom Roberts in a unique way and draw glamorous models and performers from the colonial era in a fun, welcoming atmosphere. Pay bar and refreshments available.

Venue: Gandel Hall
Price : $30, $25 concession, $20 members (includes first drink, BYO materials welcome, some materials provided)

Mar 11

Enlighten

6:00pm – 10:00pm

Special event | Viewings

Experience Enlighten at the NGA's two great locations. See exciting contemporary art by Japanese and Australian artists Ken + Julia Yonetani at NGA Contemporary by the lake, then head up to Parkes Place to view the Yonetanis' stunning projections.

Venue: NGA Contemporary by the lake and Parkes Place
Price : Free

Mar 12

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

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

Mar 12

Enlighten

6:00pm – 10:00pm

Special event | Viewings

Experience Enlighten at the NGA's two great locations. See exciting contemporary art by Japanese and Australian artists Ken + Julia Yonetani at NGA Contemporary by the lake, then head up to Parkes Place to view the Yonetanis' stunning projections.

Venue: NGA Contemporary by the lake and Parkes Place

Mar 13

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Mar 15

Seniors Week tour of Tom Roberts

9:00am – 10:00am

Book now

Tom Roberts | Tours

Join a voluntary guide for a tour of the Tom Roberts exhibition.

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

Mar 15

Home, Sweet Home

11:00am – 12:30pm

Book now

Special event | Workshops Australian parlour music in the time of Tom Roberts

A singing workshop led by 'the inimitable Tobias Cole' (CityNews, December 2015), singer (Opera Australia) and one of Australia's leading choral directors.

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

Mar 16

Little look at ART

10:00am – 12:00pm

Book now

| 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

Mar 16

Conversations on Tom Roberts

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book now

Tom Roberts | Talks and Lectures Michael Cathcart and friends

Join Radio National's Books and Arts presenter and Tom Roberts fan Michael Cathcart for a conversation with eminent curator Daniel Thomas and author Humphrey McQueen and Dr Anna Gray.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members (includes exhibition entry)

Mar 17

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Asian art | Talks and Lectures

Bronwyn Campbell speaks about an Indian miniature painting in the collection.

Venue: Indian gallery
Price : Free

Mar 17

Quintessential: 9 x 5

6:00pm

Tom Roberts | Members

Booked Out

Inspired by Mrs L Abrahams and the iconic 9 x 5 paintings, join us in the Sculpture Garden Restaurant for our own 9 x 5: engage with 5 contemporary artists for 9 minutes each.

Mar 19

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Mar 19

Picture perfect: Dressing Tom Roberts' sitters

2:00pm

Tom Roberts | Talks and Lectures

Curators Dr Emma Kindred, Australian Art, NGA and Eleni Holloway, Australian War Memorial, discuss Victorian and Edwardian fashions in the art of Tom Roberts.

Venue: Temporary Exhibitions Gallery
Price : Exhibition ticket required

Mar 20

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Mar 20

Youth

2:00pm

| Screenings (Italy, 2015, 124 mins, MA15+)

Starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, Paolo Sorrentino's latest movie is a tender rendering of the experience of love and youthful shenanigans, with a little pinch of cynicism. Special screening for Seniors Week 2016

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Free

Mar 20

Drawsome

2:01pm – 3:30pm

Book now

| Workshops

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

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

Mar 23

Conversations on Tom Roberts

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book now

Tom Roberts | Talks and lectures

Conversations between a lively mix of authors, broadcasters, artists, curators, historians and cultural commentators, exploring the art, life and times of Tom Roberts.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $25, $22.50 concession, $20 members

Mar 24

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Australian art | Talks and Lectures

eX de Medici and Gloria Grady discuss their collaboration on Shotgun wedding.

Venue: Australian galleries
Price : Free

Mar 25

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Mar 26

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Mar 27

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Mar 28

Create Space

10:00am – 3:00pm

| Kids and family (all ages, children to be accompanied)

Creative workshops in gallery spaces - it's free, fun, changes regularly and, best of all, you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Venue: check location at the main desk
Price : Free

Mar 31

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Australian art | Talks and Lectures

Join Katie Russell for a discussion about the creative partnership between Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner

Venue: Collection Study Room
Price : Free