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Public Programs at the National Gallery of Australia – June 2011

By 8 June 2011 0

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To make a booking: eventbookings@nga.gov.au | (02) 6240 6528

Thursday 9 June 12.45 pm

The passion and poetry of football in painting

Artist Ivan Durrant discusses his paintings On the bench 2006 and Power 2007.

Free | Contemporary Australian gallery


Friday 10 June 10.00–11.00 am

Art and me

ages 2–4, to be accompanied

Join Gallery educators and voluntary guides on an interactive art tour of the Gallery for toddlers.

$12, $10 members/concession (includes materials) | bookings essential | meet at information desk


Tuesday 14 June 12.45 pm

Shooting the bubble

David Turnbull, Assistant Exhibitions Manager, unpacks his tool-kit for a behind-the-scenes tour of objects from the International galleries.

Free | Level 1 entrance


Wednesday 15 June 10.00 am

A little look at art

Join a voluntary guide for a tour of the Gallery for parents, babies and toddlers.

Followed by coffee and muffins.

$12, $10 members/concession | bookings essential | meet at information desk


Thursday 16 June 10.15 am

Members: Coffee with a curator

Christine Dixon, Senior Curator, discusses Francis Bacon’s Triptych 1970 in conjunction with the upcoming film screening of Bacon’s arena. Followed by coffee and cake.

$10 members, $20 guests | bookings essential | International galleries and Members Lounge (meet at information desk)


Thursday 30 June 12.45 pm

Australian female jewellers

Meredith Hinchliffe, arts advocate and writer, discusses four contemporary female jewellers and their work.

Free | Jewellery gallery


Saturday 18 June 2.00 pm

Australian design lecture, in association with the Gallery of Australian Design

Ramona Barry, curator of Australian chair design survey, in conversation with Dr Robert Bell, Senior Curator. Followed by a drinks reception and viewing of the exhibition at the Gallery of Australian Design.

Free | Small Theatre and Gallery of Australian Design


Sunday 19 June 2.00–11.15 am

Bacon’s arena

DVD, 2005, not rated, 95 mins

Join London-based, Emmy Award-winning director Adam Low for a special introduction and viewing of his documentary on the life of Francis Bacon.

$8, $5 members/concession | bookings essential | James O Fairfax Theatre


Tuesday 21 June 12.45–11.30 am

The strange world of Bernard Boles

Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax, Curator, discusses Bernard Boles—accountant by day, metaphysical painter by night—in relation to his 1945 gouache drawing Seaside Sunday.

Free | Australian Surrealism gallery


Thursday 23 June 12.45 pm

Jasper Johns’s Color numerals

Emilie Owens, Curatorial Assistant, discusses Jasper Johns’s series Color numerals 1969.

Free | International gallery


Saturday 25 June 6.15 am – 5.00 pm

Inuksuit by John Luther Adams for 9–99 percussionists

Percussionists from around the globe converge at the National Gallery of Australia to present the Australian premiere of Inuskuit by Alaskan composer John Luther Adams. Curated by Gary France, this free dawn concert is held in association with the Antarctica: Music, Sound and Cultural Connections Conference at the School of Music, Australian National University. The Street Cafe will be open from 6.00 am for hot drinks.

Free | Australian Garden


Monday 27 June 9.50–11.00 am

Rendezvous with art

Learn about works of art on display. Enjoy refreshments in the Members Lounge before joining voluntary guides to discuss selected works of art.

$12, $10 members/concession | bookings essential | Members Lounge and galleries (meet at information desk)


Tuesday 28 June 12.45 pm

Asian textile treasures series lecture 1

Robyn Maxwell, Senior Curator, speaks about a rare and intricate Indian textile created specifically for the royal Thai court in the 18th century.

Free | Southeast Asian gallery

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