Art Gallery of New South Wales

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One of Australia's leading art museums. Over a million visitors enjoy the Gallery's collections of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art each year. Located within beautiful parklands overlooking Sydney Harbour and only 15 minutes walk from the city centre.

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Tours for tots 2015 : Myths and Legends

28th May

$20

Art essentials 2015 - Still life in watercolour

29th May

A beautiful and popular medium, watercolour is loved by artists for its lovely fluid transparency, fresh colour and immediacy. Using a range of different...

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Still life in watercolour

29th May

A beautiful and popular medium, watercolour is loved by artists for its lovely fluid transparency, fresh colour and immediacy. Using a range of different...

$78

Community access tour and workshop: Focus

29th May

This community access event is designed for people with specific needs, encouraging participants to express their own creativity. Explore some of the...

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Seven artists from the John Kaldor Family Collection

30th May

The John Kaldor Family Collection is renowned for its in-depth representations of some of the most influential artists of the 20th and 21st centuries....

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See you at the barricades

30th May

See you at the barricades calls attention to a ‘dissident aesthetic’ emerging in contemporary art. Increasingly, artists are adapting images of...

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Colourwheel

30th May

Bringing together some of the brightest works from the Art Gallery of NSW’s Australian and international collections, Colourwheel celebrates the playful...

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China: art deco to art now

30th May

Vibrant, exciting, and futuristic – words that describe 21st-century China can equally be applied to the city of Shanghai in the 1930s. This golden age of...

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Capturing 'the real'

30th May

Join multidisciplinary artist and 2014 Archibald Prize finalist Mike Barnard in this workshop which is a hands-on exploration of photography that will...

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Women in art lecture series

30th May

The story of women’s representation in the world of public galleries periodically headlines with a focus on the history of male leadership of State...

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Gallery Kids Sunday performance: Didgeridoo dance

31st May

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Discover drawing: The photograph and Australia

31st May

Be inspired by the exhibition The photograph and Australia and learn how to utilise black and white to create illusions of depth and tone. Jennifer...

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Rising stars from AIM's Woodwind and String Departments

31st May

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Armchair travel: Treasures of ancient Persia

6th June

Few countries can boast of such an illustrious past and diversity of cultures as Iran. From Tehran, Zanjan and Tabriz in the north to Shiraz, Yazd and...

$20

Explore sculpture then meet the artworks

6th June

After briefly exploring the language of sculpture – including the effects of materials and technique, the balance between mass and space, and the role of...

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Resonate 2015 Concert series - Bass Extravaganza: Romance of the double bass

7th June

Join two of Australia’s most dynamic double bass players, Kees Boersma and Kirsty McCahon, as they explore the sonorous world of the instrument through...

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Wild strawberries

7th June

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Drop in and make: Oriental peacocks

7th June

Add colour and pattern to this oriental peacock and combine the pieces to bring it to life. Join us any time between 11am and 4pm. For children with their...

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The face

7th June

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Bass Extravaganza: Romance of the double bass

7th June

Join two of Australia’s most dynamic double bass players, Kees Boersma and Kirsty McCahon, as they explore the sonorous world of the instrument through...

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The virgin spring

8th June

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The silence

8th June

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Persona

8th June

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Cries and whispers

13th June

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Fanny and Alexander

14th June

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Rising stars from AIM's Vocal Department

14th June

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Absolute Beginners 2015 - Exploring the colour wheel

19th June

This is the perfect workshop for anyone who wants to work with colour in any medium. The colour wheel has been around for many years and, while its format...

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Exploring the colour wheel

19th June

This is the perfect workshop for anyone who wants to work with colour in any medium. The colour wheel has been around for many years and, while its format...

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Drop in and make: Oriental peacocks

21st June

Add colour and pattern to this oriental peacock and combine the pieces to bring it to life. Join us any time between 11am and 4pm. For children with their...

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Stitching off the page workshop

21st June

Join visual artist and maker Alex Falkiner as she guides you through a variety of techniques with needle and thread that will have you playing around the...

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Stephanie Cooper

21st June

A recital of French works from the early 20th century, including pieces by Ibert, Canteloube and Martinu. Think quirky, exciting and stunningly emotive.

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Alison Evan

21st June

A recital of French works from the early 20th century, including pieces by Ibert, Canteloube and Martinu. Think quirky, exciting and stunningly emotive.

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Tours for tots 2015 : Colour

25th June

$20

Art essentials 2015 - Pastels

26th June

An exciting and fun medium, pastels will appeal to anyone who loves drawing and colour. With their chalky texture and pure colour pigment, pastels are...

$78

The English cathedral city: Anthony Trollope and 'Barchester Towers'

27th June

One summer’s evening in Salisbury, Anthony Trollope (whose 200th birthday we celebrate in 2015) gazed at the cathedral and was inspired to write a novel...

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Colour wheel painting workshop

27th June

Inspired by the exhibition Colourwheel, join artist Dominique Hindmarsh as she shows you some simple ways to use colour to enhance your artworks. Using...

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Ensemble music from AIM's Classical Department

28th June

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The art of drawing from nature

28th June

Sketch and draw your own botanical illustrations with artist Mirra Whale, a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize with her portrait of Tom Uren. Come spend...

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Tours for tots 2015 : Colour

30th June

$20

Rosemary Laing

11th July

Rosemary Laing is one of the most influential artists of her generation. Transportation explores her sustained interest in the nature of place and...

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Industrial England: Elizabeth Gaskell and 'North and south'

11th July

The cotton-milling cities of the north of England were grimy, unhealthy places, where workers led short and dreadful lives. Elizabeth Gaskell, wife of a...

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Rising stars from AIM's Piano Department

12th July

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Tinalley string quartet: To thine own self be true

12th July

Tinalley’s fresh and youthful approach to the great classics of chamber music has brought them a string of international awards and acclaim in concert...

$50

Discover drawing: Matisse and the moderns

18th July

Be inspired to colour your world with Matisse and the moderns in this two-day workshop. Open a tin of colour pencils and learn a range of fresh techniques...

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England at war: Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas and their war poems

18th July

Winston Churchill once described WWII as Britain’s ‘finest hour’, but for many war poets, the first and second world wars were times of horror, mud and...

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Facing Off Drawing Workshop

18th July

Come along to a playful session of portrait sketching with multidisciplinary artist and 2014 Archibald Prize finalist Mike Barnard, focusing on the...

$38

Angus McPherson

19th July

Including early 20th-century works by Paul de Wailly and Graham Cohen, this music is full of contrast as it flits between expressive melodies and more...

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Stephanie Cooper

19th July

Including early 20th-century works by Paul de Wailly and Graham Cohen, this music is full of contrast as it flits between expressive melodies and more...

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Emma Hunt

19th July

Including early 20th-century works by Paul de Wailly and Graham Cohen, this music is full of contrast as it flits between expressive melodies and more...

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AIM trio

26th July

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Rising stars from AIM's Vocal Department

9th August

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Facing Off Drawing Workshop

16th August

Come along to a playful session of portrait sketching with multidisciplinary artist and 2014 Archibald Prize finalist Mike Barnard, focusing on the...

$38

Natalyaa Bing

16th August

This unusual trio of instruments creates a rich blend of sound, featuring music from a variety of eras, including classical period works by Marcardante...

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Rob Harris (viola), Lilija Sile (voice) and Irina Klamka (piano)

30th August

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Hans-Dieter Michatz (recorder), Elizabeth Jones (piano) and special guest

13th September

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Facing Off Drawing Workshop

13th September

Come along to a playful session of portrait sketching with multidisciplinary artist and 2014 Archibald Prize finalist Mike Barnard, focusing on the...

$38

Emma Lefroy

20th September

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Rising stars from AIM's Woodwind Department

27th September

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Sean Moloney (flute) and Kate Moloney (harp)

11th October

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Guitar Trek: Family of guitars

11th October

Join us as the Young Members pop up at Resonate to present Australia’s great guitar quartet, Guitar Trek, who have delighted audiences around the world...

$50

Discover drawing: The fundamentals of drawing volume and form

17th October

An in-depth two-day weekend workshop to learn how to create volume and three dimensions in your drawing, whilst taking a closer look at some of the...

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The Greats

24th October

The Greats traces the development of Western painting over five centuries from the Renaissance to Impressionism. Drawn from the collection of the National...

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Even younger stars

25th October

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Postgraduate recital series

8th November

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David Malouf and Jean-Bernard Marie: Words and music

22nd November

This is the second special occasion on which Jean-Bernard Marie and David Malouf unite their work from their separate but not entirely disconnected areas:...

$50

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Past events

Tours for tots 2015 : Myths and Legends

26th May

$20

Geometric design workshop

24th May

Burn, paint and create your own graphic geometric designs to customise wooden coasters, trivets and centrepieces in this fun, creative workshop. Amanda...

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Colour drawing workshop

24th May

Join us for a wonderful day of inspired drawing with popular artist and teacher Annie Herron. In this art class, Annie will focus on colour and colour...

$100

Peter Griffen workshops 2015: Watercolour abstractions using acrylic

22nd May

Transparent layers of acrylic paint will be used to create glowing watercolour effects. Unlike traditional watercolour techniques, corrections will be...

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Women in art lecture series

23rd May

Artist Elvis Richardson discusses her artistic practice which is grounded in a feminist approach, as well as her findings on gender representation in the...

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Armchair travel: Another bite of the Big Apple

23rd May

Join Jonathan Biggins for an armchair adventure to the Big Apple! New York is the most dynamic and exciting metropolis in the world, bursting with energy...

$20

Absolute Beginners 2015 - Ink

22nd May

Explore the wonderful and diverse qualities of ink – a favourite medium for artists throughout the ages, in particular, in Asian art. Discover the...

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Watercolour abstractions using acrylic

22nd May

Transparent layers of acrylic paint will be used to create glowing watercolour effects. Unlike traditional watercolour techniques, corrections will be...

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Gallipoli Gelibolu symposium

22nd May

On Sunday 25 April 1915, Anzac troops began landing on the Turkish coast at Gallipoli (Turkish name, Gelibolu) in what has become a defining campaign of...

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Empire mourning: the Patcham Chattri and the architecture of imperial ambivalence

21st May

As part of the symposium, keynote speaker Timothy Barringer will present a lecture at the University of Sydney on Thursday 21 May, in which he will...

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Emma Hunt

17th May

A clarinet trio performs a repertoire from the classical period – arrangements of Mozart, Divertimentos and trios by Bouffil – with a smattering of the...

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Drawing with thread workshop

17th May

Join visual artist and maker Alex Falkiner to learn a range of mark-making techniques using needle and thread. Working with fabric and stitch, you’ll have...

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Sculpture in a day - Workshop

17th May

This practical workshop will be held in the studios of the Tom Bass Sculpture School in Erskineville. All tools and materials provided. Please wear flat,...

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Women in art lecture series

16th May

Emily McDaniel discusses the artistic practices of south eastern Indigenous women artists. Emily McDaniel is a curator and artist from the Kalari Clan of...

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What’s it all about?

16th May

In this lecture we will examine some myths and half-truths about art, such as 'To properly appreciate art you need to know its historical background’ or...

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Printing and collage workshop

16th May

Join artist and educator Libby Lloyd for this creative workshop inspired by Matisse and the moderns. The exhibition displays the Gallery’s recent...

$38

Rugged England: William Wordsworth and his landscape poetry

16th May

Wordsworth, leader of the Romantic poets, revolutionised our way of seeing the natural world. In Tintern Abbey and Ode on the intimations of immortality,...

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Armchair travel: Islands of Hesperia

16th May

From the ancient Greek city of Marseille to the beautiful islands of Corsica and Sardinia, discover an enchanting but unfamiliar corner of the...

$20

Alchemy-pop

21st March

When he sees a painter he admires, he meets his work head on, and paints through the middle of it.’ - Lee Krasner, 1965 Brett Whiteley’s most ambitious...

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The influence of Van Gogh

14th May

Compared to his relatively slow-growing popularity in France, and even slower in Britain and America, Vincent van Gogh was idolised in Germany from the...

$15

Indian art now

13th May

$20

Sculpture in a day - Tour and discussion

13th May

Meet with Wendy Black at the Art Gallery of NSW to discuss the structure of the workshop and spend time looking at, drawing and photographing your...

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Create shapes with your hands

10th May

Join ceramic artist Alexandra Standen as she focuses on the relationship between your hands and the clay. In this creative workshop, Alexandra will help...

$38

Even younger stars

10th May

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Gallery Kids Sunday performance: InterACTive art

21st March

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Women in art lecture series

9th May

Australia’s Women’s Art Movement (WAM) began with a cascade of activity in the mid-1970s. Groups formed in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra to...

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Make a scene workshop

9th May

The exhibition Conversations through the Asian collections brings ancient and contemporary art works together to explore the similarities and differences...

$38

The rolling English road: Henry Fielding and 'The history of Tom Jones'

9th May

Tom Jones is a bastard and a foundling and in Fielding’s great novel he sets off to travel the roads of England and have adventures. This, one of the...

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Steve Smyth

6th May

Steve Smyth’s debut album Exits was released last year to widespread critical acclaim. His songs, from the rollicking kind to the tender, have been...

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Public versus private collections

6th May

How institutions collect and the rise of private collections museums. Speakers to be advised.

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Performance and Indian art

6th May

$20

Collectors talks: Public versus private collections

6th May

Why collect art? Hear from artists, curators and collectors all about their art collections. What got them started, how they collect and what attracts...

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Drop in and make: Decorative dioramas

3rd May

Be inspired by the art of John Coburn and add colour and pattern to this decorative diorama. Join us any time between 11am and 4pm. For children with...

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Kids Club: Awesome autumn

2nd May

What a wonderful time of year! Autumn is a season rich with colours and shapes. This month we will concentrate on autumn colours and create a cool and...

$28

Art Club: Sweet and sour

2nd May

Let’s have fun looking at food! Choose your favourite types and explore shape, colour and line to create a delicious composition using collage techniques....

$28

Tours for tots 2015 : Dress ups

30th April

$20

Photographing the Raj

29th April

$20

Tours for tots 2015 : Dress ups

28th April

$20

Dark to light drawing workshop

26th April

Join multidisciplinary artist Mike Barnard, a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize, for this hands-on exploration of the Gallery’s exhibition Mad through...

$38

Collection stories: Nicole and Chico Monks

23rd April

Visit Nicole and Chico Monks at home to take a tour of their collection of contemporary and Aboriginal works. Over nibbles and a drink, hear what sparked...

$38

Paintings of composite and other creatures

22nd April

$20

Slava Grigoriyan and Southern Cross Soloists: Bella España

19th April

An internationally successful ensemble based at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane, the Southern Cross Soloists have helped set the...

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Street art walking tour: Redfern

19th April

Street art or graffiti? Thing of beauty or nuisance? Join acclaimed artist Blak Douglas (aka Adam Hill) as he takes you through the finest street art in...

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Discovering landscape

17th April

Examining traditional and more contemporary approaches to landscape drawing, this month’s class will introduce different ways of seeing and interpreting...

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The art of drawing: School holiday performance

13th April

Be inspired by well-known children’s illustrator David Legge as he demonstrates different techniques for drawing animals. The art of drawing: School...

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The art of the book in Mughal India

15th April

$20

Mason Kimber artist talk

14th April

Mason Kimber is a talented painter who has been making quite the name for himself with his colourful abstract paintings. As well as being a finalist in...

$18

Studio visit: emerging artists

11th April

Visit a group of recently graduated, highly awarded emerging artists who have gotten together to set up a communal studio space to further their creative...

$28

Lively landscapes

10th April

Looking at traditional and more contemporary approaches to landscape drawing, this class will challenge you to experiment with a variety of different ways...

$78

Art essentials 2015 - Lively landscapes

10th April

Looking at traditional and more contemporary approaches to landscape drawing, this class will challenge you to experiment with a variety of different ways...

$78

Temple sculptures and Khajuraho

8th April

$20

The new world of art

1st April

Find out about collecting installation art, street art, performance art and digital media with artist and performer Julian Day, renowned collector Dr Dick...

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Lecture series: The photograph and Australia - Robyn Stacey, Martyn Jolly

29th March

Why we collect and how do we value the archive? Robyn Stacey Collections reflect the habits, thoughts and aspirations of a society. They tell us who we...

$35

Why we collect and how do we value the archive?

29th March

Collections reflect the habits, thoughts and aspirations of a society. They tell us who we are and where we have come from. This lecture focuses on the...

$35

Should art museums think of themselves as ‘collections’ or ‘archives’?

29th March

Photography has always been a numbers game, and the bigger the number the better. For instance, the awe we are expected to feel when we are told the...

$35

Auspicious symbols tour in Mandarin and Cantonese

19th March

Make an auspicious start to the Year of the Sheep. Join us in the Gallery, dressed in your brightly coloured New Year clothes, and discover the words and...

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The Spectrum Now 2015 Festival - Sonic Canvases

11th March

If paintings could sing, what would they sound like? In this specially created self-guided tour through the Art Gallery of NSW, art and music come...

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Aristocratic England: Alexander Pope and 'The rape of the lock'

28th March

In 1712 Alexander Pope published a mock-heroic satire which he hoped would heal a breach between two feuding titled families, caused when a young lord cut...

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The character of charcoal

27th March

Charcoal is a medium renowned for its versatility and rich depth of tone and contrasts, which can relate to any subject matter. With a simple still-life...

$78

Art essentials 2015 - The character of charcoal

27th March

A wonderful program of art projects, designed for both beginners and more experienced artists wanting to explore the many colours, textures and shapes...

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Tours for tots 2015 : Pattern

26th March

$20

Tours for tots 2015: Pattern

24th March

$20

Tours for tots 2015 : Pattern

24th March

$20

Free viewing for members: The photograph and Australia

22nd March

This is one of our special viewings when Gallery members have an opportunity to see our paying exhibitions for free. See a preview of the new exhibition...

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Free viewing for members

22nd March

This is one of our special viewings when Gallery members have an opportunity to see our paying exhibitions for free. See a preview of the new exhibition...

Free

Drop in and make: Marine mobiles

22nd March

Unleash the Kraken! Drop in and let the underwater world be your muse in this fun hands-on workshop for kids. Create a mobile of swirling sea creatures to...

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Both sides/now: Indigenous representation in photography in Australia

22nd March

This talk focuses on the role that Indigenous photographers have contributed towards challenging the representations of Indigenous people.

$35

Presence and Absence in Contemporary Australian Photographs

22nd March

The singular and problematic ability of photographs to capture how we see the world around us has been a powerful tool in Australia since the mid 19th...

$35

Lecture series: The photograph and Australia - Stephen Gilchrist / Julie Ewington

22nd March

Daguerreotypes, Stereotypes and Prototypes: Indigenous Portraiture in Australia Stephen Gilchrist The earliest studio portraits of Indigenous people in...

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Printmaking with Andrew Totman: Dry point and mono-print

22nd March

Join leading Sydney printmaker Andrew Totman for this fun and practical exploration of printmaking techniques, in which you’ll learn a range of printing...

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The Spectrum Now 2015 Festival - Drop In and Make Marine Mobiles

15th March

Releash the Kraken! Drop in and let the underwater world be your muse in this fun hands-on workshop for kids. Create a mobile of swirling sea creatures to...

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Restoring the Parthenon

19th March

Takis Kozokos is a sculptor who works by hand with marble using traditional tools and techniques. As a sculptor-restorer who worked on the restoration of...

$25

Stephen Page on choreographing the past

18th March

Like the artists in the Embodiment exhibition, Stephen Page also gives new form to the past – through dance. Join him in a discussion of his recent work...

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Artist talk:R E A

18th March

Kamilaroi artist r e a works in photography, digital media, moving images and performance. Her enigmatic multimedia work Poles Apart resonates with the...

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The Spectrum Now 2015 Festival - Art After Hours

11th March

Join us at Art After Hours as we stay up late and delve into the art and ideas of Embodiment, an extraordinary exhibition featuring work by Aboriginal...

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A conversation in paint

15th March

Be influenced by Conversations through the Asian collections to have your own conversation with paint. See how old and new meet in this exhibition as...

$38

Drop in and make: Marine mobiles

15th March

Unleash the Kraken! Drop in and let the underwater world be your muse in this fun hands-on workshop for kids. Create a mobile of swirling sea creatures to...

TBA

Exemplary observers: 19th-century science and the advent of photography

15th March

This lecture examines the impact of photography in science during the Victorian era, including the significance of photographic portraiture for this...

$35

The call of the wild: wilderness photography and the sublime

15th March

In this lecture, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery curator Jon Addison explores the roots and development of what is now known as 'wilderness...

$35

Art Gallery Society AGM

14th March

Gallery members are invited to come and hear about the year in review, and discuss the future, at the Art Gallery Society of NSW’s 59th annual general...

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Learn to chine-collé

14th March

Have fun enhancing your prints with the chine-collé printmaking technique. Turn an image into your own electrifying print then add to it with collage...

$38

Royal England: Shakespeare and King Richard II

14th March

King Richard II ruled England from 1377 until he was deposed in 1399 by his cousin. A firm believer in royal prerogative, Richard cultivated a refined,...

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Armchair travel: A taste of Sri Lanka

14th March

Join Sri Lankan-born food lover Paul van Reyk to discover the depth of flavours and fragrances in a unique cuisine that reflects the diversity of Sri...

$20

Young Members AGM

11th March

Are you aged 18-40? Do you who want to connect with like-minded art lovers, flex your creative muscles and keep a finger on the pulse of Sydney’s art...

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Artist talk: Julie Gough

11th March

Julie Gough’s research and art practice involves uncovering and re-presenting subsumed and sometimes conflicting histories, often referring to her own and...

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Fashion Palette 2015 - The Art of Fashion

10th March

Fashion Palette is an annual celebration of classic and Australian emerging innovativedesigners. Launched in 2009 by Sonya Mefaddi, the event was designed...

$30.58

Sound and vision artists talk

10th March

Hear from artists working at the forefront of sound art and the exciting developments in this art form as part of the Sound and vision exhibition at...

$18

My fine feathered friends

8th March

Theatrical storytelling, song and music with Bronwyn Vaughan. Designed by Janet Clouston.

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Lecture series: The photograph and Australia

8th March

The photograph and Australia is the story of the interactions between people and country, and their representations in photography. The arrival of...

$35

Photography across cultures

8th March

Photographs of Australian Aboriginal people have often been understood solely as an expression of the white man’s gaze – and indeed, Indigenous...

$35

Art Club: Crazy canines

7th March

By referencing both kitsch and pop culture we create a canine sculpture from clay. Art Club is designed for children aged 9-12 years. These monthly...

$28

Kids Club: Eat your art out

7th March

Let’s go on a food hunt and see how many yummy foods we can find in the Gallery! We’ll create still-life pictures using pencils and watercolours. Kids...

$28

The art of the Russian north

7th March

When painter Wassily Kandinsky first travelled to isolated Russian villages north of the Dvina River in 1889, he felt he was entering a new world. His...

$25

Arthurian England: Tennyson and 'The Lady of Shallot'

7th March

King Arthur is a legendary British king whose story emerges from folklore and literary invention. Victorian poet Alfred Lord Tennyson had a lifelong...

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Acquisitions and the art of giving

5th March

The Gallery’s head curator of international art, Justin Paton, talks about the challenges and pleasures of acquiring art for the Gallery and the...

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Exhibition talk: Embodiment

4th March

Join Emily McDaniel, curator of Embodiment, in the exhibition to explore the works on display from Aboriginal artists Christian Thompson, Tony Albert,...

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For money or love

4th March

Getting started and getting the most from your art with artist Abdul Abdullah, Co-Director of Sullivan+Strumpf, Joanna Strumpf and Jordan Reed of...

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Travel Draw winners announcement

4th March

The annual travel draw is exclusive to Gallery members. It offers great prizes in recognition of members’ commitment to the Gallery and, above all, it...

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Auspicious symbols tour in English

1st March

Join us in the Gallery, dressed in your brightly coloured New Year clothes, and discover the words and symbols that will bring good fortune, prosperity,...

Free

Facing Off Drawing Workshop

1st March

Come along to a playful session of portrait sketching with multidisciplinary artist and 2014 Archibald Prize finalist Mike Barnard, focusing on the...

$38

Bad Luck Blackie

1st March

Avery’s brilliant animation about a bulldog who sadistically torments a little white kitten, surely has one of the most surreal, inventive and insane...

TBA

Rocky Horror Picture Show

1st March

The film version of Richard O’Brien’s surreal send-up of science-fiction-horror flicks is set to an infectious rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack. Australian...

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Colour popping

28th February

Get involved in this painting workshop where you can get creative and be inspired by the current Pop to popism exhibition. Artist Dominique Hindmarsh will...

$38

Day tour: Drill Hall Gallery and Australian War Memorial

28th February

Join us on a day tour to Canberra to view Sydney artist Ann Thomson’s latest exhibition, Freehand – recent works by Ann Thomson at Drill Hall Gallery....

$110

Making your mark

27th February

Discover the versatility of simple pencil and graphite. Experiment with a wide range of mark-making possibilities to add creative diversity to your...

$78

Tours for tots 2015: Big and little things

26th February

$20

Men marching at night: the Surrealists and the void of war

26th February

Explores the work of Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Gustav Holst, Wilfred Owen, Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash, André Masson, Velimir...

$25

Holiday Sidewinder and TEES

25th February

Singer, songwriter and performer Holiday Sidewinder has been hailed as ‘completely demented, extremely brilliant’ (Pop Justice) and ‘thrillingly new’...

TBA

Art and architecture talk

25th February

Hear from award-winning architects William Smart from Smart Design Studio (White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale) and Isabelle Toland and Amelia Holliday of...

$15

Twilight Gallery Express 2015

25th February

Join us for two delightful summer evening tours of selected Sydney commercial galleries. Each evening we will visit different galleries, presenting some...

$50

Bad Luck Blackie

25th February

Avery’s brilliant animation about a bulldog who sadistically torments a little white kitten, surely has one of the most surreal, inventive and insane...

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

25th February

The film version of Richard O’Brien’s surreal send-up of science-fiction-horror flicks is set to an infectious rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack. Australian...

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Tours for tots 2015: Big and little things

24th February

$20

Gallery Kids Sunday performance

22nd February

Welcome to the Year of the Sheep! Come listen to Kiran Shah as she entertains you with tales from China, including how the years were named and other...

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Auslan-interpreted talk

22nd February

This month, we explore the drama of art – love, passion and grand stories – through a selection of works in the Gallery. No bookings required. Just meet...

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Auspicious symbols tour in English

22nd February

Join us in the Gallery, dressed in your brightly coloured New Year clothes, and discover the words and symbols that will bring good fortune, prosperity,...

Free

King-Size Canary

22nd February

A mangy cat on the verge of starvation finds a tiny canary and a bottle of Jumbo-Gro fertiliser, which gives him a brilliant idea. Heavily inspired by the...

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Boogie Nights

22nd February

Idealistic porn producer Jack Horner (Reynolds) who aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams (Wahlberg), a hot young...

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Exploring the basics: graphite

21st February

Learn to use graphite, both as a wet and dry medium. Explore the act of mark-making to build up your drawing vocabulary and learn to see simple shapes in...

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Armchair travel: Theatre in three acts

21st February

Join Jonathan Biggins for an introduction to the wellsprings of some of the greatest theatrical writing in the English language – London, Stratford and...

$20

Brett Whiteley Studio anniversary

21st February

In 1985, Brett Whiteley bought the site at 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills, where he worked and lived until his death in 1992. In February 1995, it was opened...

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From stalemate to revolt: agony in the garden

19th February

Explores the work of Christopher RW Nevinson, Guillaume Apollinaire, Carlp Carrà, Jean Cocteau, Fernand Léger, Sergei Prokofiev, Marcel Duchamp, George...

$25

Donny Benet

18th February

Since 2011, Donny Benet, aka The Touch, has won hearts, blown minds and made some of the most dancefloor-friendly music this side of the century. His...

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King-Size Canary

18th February

A mangy cat on the verge of starvation finds a tiny canary and a bottle of Jumbo-Gro fertiliser, which gives him a brilliant idea. Heavily inspired by the...

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Boogie Nights

18th February

Idealistic porn producer Jack Horner (Reynolds) who aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams (Wahlberg), a hot young...

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Pink Flamingos

18th February

Regarded as the most disgusting film ever made (for good reason), Pink flamingos is the story of Babs Johnson (Divine), the ‘filthiest person alive’, and...

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Artist talk: Ah Xian with Claudia Chan Shaw

15th February

Chinese-Australian artist Ah Xian’s still and serene figures may be modelled from ordinary people but they have an otherworldly presence. Strangely formed...

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Easy Rider

15th February

As a period souvenir of late 1960s America, Easy rider was the archetypal psychedelic road-trip. While the Hollywood establishment dismissed the rising...

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Drop in and make: Animals of the Chinese zodiac

15th February

What animal year are you? Find out about all 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac and make a set of collector cards. Join us any time between 11am and 4pm....

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Pink Narcissus

14th February

Shot mostly within the confines of director Bidgood’s tiny New York apartment on 8mm home-movie film, Pink narcissus was originally rumored to be the...

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Pumped-up kicks

14th February

Inspired by the Pop to popism exhibition and all things bright and beautiful, artist Dot Kolentsis guides you to transform your plain white shoes to pop...

$38

Easy Rider

11th February

As a period souvenir of late 1960s America, Easy rider was the archetypal psychedelic road-trip. While the Hollywood establishment dismissed the rising...

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Performance

8th February

Jagger, the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, stars in this bizarre film as Turner, a decadent rock musician who decides to switch identities with a...

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Chelsea Girls

7th February

A rare split-screen presentation of Warhol’s first commercially successful underground film. Chelsea girls offers an undeviating look into the whacked-out...

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Album

4th February

In this short self-portrait, Ubu Films co-founder Perry mines his archive of family photographs, home videos and exhibited 16mm film to fast-forward,...

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Ding A Ding Day

4th February

This assembly of home-movie footage, shot between 1961 and 1966, was made by artist and filmmaker Shead. Homegrown pop artist Martin Sharp and writer...

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De Da De Dum

4th February

Artist/poet/novelist/singer Pip Proud was being feted in the media as an underground superstar at the time this experimental documentary was made. The...

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David Perry

4th February

In this kinetic tribute to his Ubu Films collaborator Perry, Thoms combined tests and offcuts from early films with film fragments found on Perry’s...

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Performance

4th February

Jagger, the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, stars in this bizarre film as Turner, a decadent rock musician who decides to switch identities with a...

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Basquiat

1st February

An insider’s look at the hyped-up New York art world, told through the life story of Jean-Michel Basquiat. A black, 19-year-old graffiti artist who was...

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Fireworks

31st January

This astonishing film, made when Anger was 17, is a landmark of US underground cinema. In a dream, a young man, played by Anger, asks a sailor for a...

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Puce Moment

31st January

Evolving from an idea for a film emulating the opulent lifestyles of silent-era Hollywood, Puce moment features flapper-style gowns owned by Anger’s...

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Kustom Kar Kommandos

31st January

A customised car is buffed by a boy with a pink puff. This fragment from an unrealised work is also a ritual to the point of fetishism carried out by the...

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Scorpio Rising

31st January

Anger’s most influential film is a heady cocktail of startling juxtapositions – a bizarre and compelling comment on 20th-century America using a rock ‘n’...

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Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome

31st January

In this film, Anger introduces elements of transformation and ritual, depicting a party hosted by a magician with guests dressed as figures from...

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1980s : Electronic

28th January

Synthesisers and electronic drum kits provided the soundtrack of the 80s. Tonight Joseph Calderazzo and friends lead us back down the rabbit hole as they...

Free

Jim Dine, London

28th January

Blackwood’s film looks at one of the early American pop artists, Jim Dine. Made during Dine’s four-year stay in London, it shows him working on several...

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Basquiat

28th January

An insider’s look at the hyped-up New York art world, told through the life story of Jean-Michel Basquiat. A black, 19-year-old graffiti artist who was...

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Elvis: That’s The Way It Is

25th January

This brilliant 2001 re-edit of the 1970 Elvis Presley concert/documentary movie depicts the pop star returning to his roots as a live performer,...

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Far From Vietnam

24th January

Filmmakers from France’s new-wave era collaborated in this documentary essay, conceived as an outcry against the Vietnam War. The film includes segments...

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No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger

24th January

In defending his refusal to be conscripted into the Vietnam War, champion boxer Muhammed Ali defiantly declared: ‘No Vietcong ever called me a nigger, my...

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1970s : Rock 'n' roll

21st January

Our acoustic rock band covers the hits of the 70s with songs by Led Zeppelin, Free, Supertramp, The Rolling Stones and many more. Featuring singer Simon...

Free

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is

21st January

This brilliant 2001 re-edit of the 1970 Elvis Presley concert/documentary movie depicts the pop star returning to his roots as a live performer,...

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Full Metal Jacket

18th January

Kubrick’s return to filmmaking after a seven-year hiatus crystallises the experience of the Vietnam War by concentrating on a group of raw Marine...

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Crisis: Behind A Presidential Commitment

17th January

Considered among the landmark works of Direct Cinema, this gripping film was produced by the pioneer of modern documentary, Robert Drew. It portrays the...

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The Chair

17th January

This rare screening of a seminal early work of producer Robert Drew follows a crusading lawyer as he embarks on a campaign to save an African-American...

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1960s : Singing sixties

14th January

Let our songstresses ‘wow’ you tonight. The vocal delights of Natasha Stuart of the Tina Arena band, Mindi Jackson of the Rogue Traders and Evelyn Duprai...

Free

Love’s Presentation

14th January

In the first of a series of unconventional films about artists by Scott, we witness the creation of David Hockney’s famous Cavafy Etchings of 1967. To...

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Full Metal Jacket

14th January

Kubrick’s return to filmmaking after a seven-year hiatus crystallises the experience of the Vietnam War by concentrating on a group of raw Marine...

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JFK

11th January

Stone’s engrossing three-hour-plus examination of the assassination of President John F Kennedy seeks to disprove the contention that Lee Harvey Oswald...

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Cosmic Ray

10th January

Exploiting the spellbinding effect of old film footage, artist Conner ransacked documentaries, newsreels and instructional films, carefully editing the...

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Notes On The Circus

10th January

A filmmaker, poet and artist, Mekas has often been cited as the godfather of American avant-garde cinema. In Notes on a circus constant cutting to...

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Cine Blatz

10th January

An explosive, stop-frame experiment by the unsung pioneer of British experimental film, Cine blatz features cut-out animation invoking the rising tide of...

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Moonblack

10th January

This handmade ‘sensory experience’ by American film artist Tambellini is created without the use of a camera. Fascinated by the space age and the...

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1950s : Rockabilly

7th January

Rock 'n’ roll, swing and rockabilly dominated and defined the music of the 50s. A really swell trio join us featuring Joseph Calderazzo on guitar with...

Free

JFK

7th January

Stone’s engrossing three-hour-plus examination of the assassination of President John F Kennedy seeks to disprove the contention that Lee Harvey Oswald...

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Malcolm X

4th January

Lee’s most passionate film is also his greatest. In chronicling the life of the black activist Malcolm X from his Harlem gangster years to his 1965...

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The Sorcerer’S Apprentice

21st December

With music written by Paul Dukas, The sorcerer’s apprentice – part of Walt Disney’s 1940 hand-drawn animation masterpiece Fantasia – is Mickey Mouse’s...

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2001: A Space Odyssey

21st December

Kubrick’s most famous and influential film was an all-consuming experience that dazzled audiences upon release in 1968. It transformed science-fiction...

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The Sorcerer’S Apprentice

17th December

With music written by Paul Dukas, The sorcerer’s apprentice – part of Walt Disney’s 1940 hand-drawn animation masterpiece Fantasia – is Mickey Mouse’s...

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2001: A Space Odyssey

17th December

Kubrick’s most famous and influential film was an all-consuming experience that dazzled audiences upon release in 1968. It transformed science-fiction...

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Alphaville

14th December

The plot of Alphaville is pure sci-fi comic strip. At some time in the future, secret agent Lemmy Caution (Constantine) travels through intergalactic...

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Man And His World

13th December

A one-second explosion of a plastic head filled with milk is reversed, stretched to 50 seconds in length and overlaid with a split screen superimposition...

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Boobs A Lot

13th December

A lively succession of breasts are animated to the Fugs’ title hit. Filmmaker and hot-air balloonist Read’s notorious montage of photographs salvaged from...

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Moon Virility

13th December

In 1967 Ubu published a Hand-Made Films Manifesto – ‘Let no-one say they cannot afford to make a film’ – and later issued a Hand-Made Film Kit to...

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Bolero

13th December

A minimalist exercise described by Thoms as ‘observing the effect of movement on perception within the framework of Ravel’s music’, Bolero was entered...

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Tobias Icarus Age 4

13th December

In this intimate portrait of a son by a mother set to the boisterously pop Batman theme song, Weight’s voice-over narration provides a refreshingly honest...

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A Sketch On Abigayl’S Belly

13th December

Photographer and filmmaker Perry’s concise film-poem uses graphic matches (grapefruits, balloons and bubbles) to convey anxieties about fatherhood. Banned...

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Bluto

13th December

Thoms dedicated three months and a toolkit of pins, razor blades and scalpels to create the rich, abstract surface texture in Bluto. The result, according...

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Alphaville

10th December

The plot of Alphaville is pure sci-fi comic strip. At some time in the future, secret agent Lemmy Caution (Constantine) travels through intergalactic...

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Blow-Up

7th December

Antonioni’s first English-language film is a hypnotic and mystifying meditation on what is and is not real. On the surface, the story concerns a fashion...

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Blow-Up

3rd December

Antonioni’s first English-language film is a hypnotic and mystifying meditation on what is and is not real. On the surface, the story concerns a fashion...

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The Band Concert

30th November

The first Mickey Mouse animation produced in colour remains one of the most highly acclaimed of the Disney shorts. The story is about a small orchestra...

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Don’T Look Back

30th November

One of the pioneers of Direct Cinema – the observational filmmaking style which came to prominence in the early 1960s – Pennebaker is known for his...

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