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Mar 29

Assisted tour of Versailles

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Versailles | Assisted

For people with a disability and their carers.

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

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Mar 29

Farewell, my queen

7:00pm

Versailles | Screenings

(2012, France, 100 mins, 18+, English subtitles)

A look at the relationship between Marie-Antoinette and one of her readers during the first days of the French Revolution. A film by Benoit Jacquot

Venue: Palace Electric Cinema, New Acton

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Mar 30

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Versailles tapestries with Beatrice Thompson.

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

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Apr 1

Louis legacy, Salut! Baroque concert

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Versailles | Performances

Salut! Baroque celebrates the extraordinary legacy of Louis XIV during his 72-year reign, performing music by Couperin, Rameau, Rebel, Charpentier, Monteclair, Marais, Dornel, Lalande and Lully.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $45, $42 concession, $40 NGA members, $25 under 30

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Apr 3

stART with art

10:30am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

A morning of exploration and creative fun with art and music. Enjoy art activities inspired by our national collection and an interactive tour for young children, followed by 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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Apr 5

Tales from the palace

10:30am – 11:30am

Versailles | Kids and family

(special early childhood session, children to be accompanied)

Join our storyteller in NGA Play for tales inspired by works of art from Versailles.

Venue: NGA Play
Price : Free (no bookings required)

Apr 6

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Australian Art | Talks and Lectures

Big words - the art and language of Rose Nolan's practice with Lara Nichols.

Venue: Australian art galleries
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Apr 6

Exclusive viewing of Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

5:30pm

Versailles | Members

Drop by for a glass of champagne and an exclusive viewing of the exhibition.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $40 NGA members, $50 guests

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Apr 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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Bookings: (02) 6240 6632 or email access@nga.gov.au

Apr 8

Versailles’ Petit Trianon: A queen’s retreat

11:00am

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Simeran Maxwell, NGA Assistant Curator of International Paintings and Sculpture, speaks about Marie-Antoinette’s obsession with pastoral life at the Petit Trianon.

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

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Apr 8

The fall of the house of Versailles

2:00pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Join Roland Peelman, Canberra International Music Festival Director, for a talk and mini-recital of JL Dussek’s The sufferings of the Queen of France, depicting Marie-Antoinette’s imprisonment and execution in 1793.

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

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Apr 10

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Enjoy refreshments in the NGA café 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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Apr 11

Creative meditation for children

10:30am – 11:00am

Asian art | Kids and family

(ages 5 –7, to be accompanied)

Spending quiet time in the presence of evocative works of art inspires children and their sense of wonder and delight in the world. 

Price : $7, $5 child members

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Apr 11

Creative meditation for children

11:30am – 12:15pm

Asian art | Kids and family

(ages 8–12)

Spending quiet time in the presence of evocative works of art inspires children and their sense of wonder and delight in the world. 

Price : $7, $5 child members

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Apr 11

Out of the box: The prints and drawings of French-American sculptor, Louise Bourgeois

12:45pm – 1:45pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Join Sally Foster, Curator, International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books for a special viewing of works on paper by Louise Bourgeois.

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

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Apr 12

Tales from the palace

10:30am – 11:30pm

Versailles | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Join our storyteller in NGA Play for tales of wonder and adventure inspired by works of art in the Versailles exhibition. Watch our social media for extra pop-up dates.

Venue: NGA Play
Price : Free (no bookings required)

Apr 13

Art for lunch: Madame de Pompadour

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Versailles | Talks and Lectures

Adriane Boag speaks about Louis XV's mistress Madame de Pompadour.

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

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Apr 18

ASI: Art Scene Investigation: All that glitters is not gold

10:30am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 7+)

A puzzle wrapped in a mystery and topped with secrets. Join our detectives on a new investigation.

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

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Apr 18

Art appreciation for carers

10:31am

Permanent collection | Assisted

In partnership with Carers ACT.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential) call 1800 052 222

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Apr 19

Little look at ART

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Kids and family

(ages 0-1 and parents/carers)

Join an NGA 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 NGA members/concession

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Apr 19

Tales from the palace

10:30am – 11:30pm

Versailles | Kids and family

(all ages, children to be accompanied)

Join our storyteller in NGA Play for tales of wonder and adventure inspired by works of art in the Versailles exhibition. Watch our social media for extra pop-up dates.

Venue: NGA Play
Price : Free (no bookings required)

Apr 20

Art explorer: Creatures of the garden

10:30am – 4:00pm

Versailles | Kids and family

(ages 7+)

Create creatures in clay inspired by the animal sculptures in the gardens at Versailles.

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

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Apr 20

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Frank Stella | Talks and Lectures

Collage and reuse in Frank Stella's prints with Alice Desmond.

Venue: Orde Poynton Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Apr 23

Balinese dance performance

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Asian art | Performances

Dancers from Bali perform traditional dances with live music from a Balinese Gamelan orchestra. Presented with support from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia

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

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Apr 23

Balinese dance performance

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Asian art | Performances

Dancers from Bali perform traditional dances with live music from a Balinese Gamelan orchestra. Presented with support from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia

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

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Apr 24

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Enjoy refreshments in the NGA café 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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Apr 25

Australian civilian women’s poetry of the Great War

11:00am – 12:00pm

Artists of the Great War | Performances

Anzac Day

A poetry recital by the Australian National University Theatre Society and floor talk. The unspoken bereavement and conflicting moral sentiments felt by women at this time are an important part of our history.

Venue: Australian galleries
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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Apr 25

A very long engagement (Un long dimanche de fiançailles)

2:15pm

Artists of the Great War | Screenings

(2004, France, 143 min, MA 15+, English subtitles)

Anzac Day screening: A young woman’s relentless search for her fiancé, who disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, starring Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel and Jodie Foster.

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

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Apr 27

Art for lunch: Australia’s first war artist

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Artists of the Great War | Talks and Lectures

David Hansen, Associate Professor, Australian National University and curator of the Artists of the Great War exhibition, discusses the life and work of Will Dyson.

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

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Apr 29

Oh! What a lovely war

2:15pm

Artists of the Great War | Screenings

(1969, UK, 144 mins, G)

The working-class Smiths change their initially sunny views on the First World War after the three boys of the family witness the harsh reality of trench warfare. Directed by Richard Attenborough, starring Laurence Olivier, John Mills and Maggie Smith.

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

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Apr 30

Stalin’s piano (world premiere)

2:00pm

Special event | Performances

Canberra International Music Festival 2017

Barbara Blackman’s Festival Blessing. Robert Davidson’s new work takes us into the heart of the conflict between state and individual, featuring pianist Sonya Lifschitz. Followed by a discussion with NGA Curator Deborah Hart, composer Robert Davidson and

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Bookings essential

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May 1

Music in the Turrell Skyspace

5:10pm – 5:30pm

Special event | Performances

Experience Canberra’s sunset in the transformative James Turrell Skyspace, with the sounds of a new commissioned piece for double bass by Benjamin Drury played by Rohan Dasika. 10-minute performances during the dusk light show.

Venue: Australian Garden
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 2

Music in the Turrell Skyspace

5:10pm – 5:30pm

Special event | Performances

Experience Canberra’s sunset in the transformative James Turrell Skyspace, with the sounds of a new commissioned piece for double bass by Benjamin Drury played by Rohan Dasika. 10-minute performances during the dusk light show.

Venue: Australian Garden
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 3

Music in the Turrell Skyspace

5:10pm – 5:30pm

Special event | Performances

Experience Canberra’s sunset in the transformative James Turrell Skyspace, with the sounds of a new commissioned piece for double bass by Benjamin Drury played by Rohan Dasika. 10-minute performances during the dusk light show.

Venue: Australian Garden
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 4

Music and art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Special event | Performances

A snapshot of 20th-century Russia introduced by Roland Peelman, CIMF Artistic Director, with music by Prokofiev, Gubaidulina and Stravinsky performed by Darryl Poulsen and Alexander Yau, who appears by arrangement with the Theme and Variations Foundation.

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

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May 4

Music in the Turrell Skyspace

5:10pm – 5:30pm

Special event | Performances

Experience Canberra’s sunset in the transformative James Turrell Skyspace, with the sounds of a new commissioned piece for double bass by Benjamin Drury played by Rohan Dasika. 10-minute performances during the dusk light show.

Venue: Australian Garden
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 5

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)

Book now

Bookings: (02) 6240 6632 or email access@nga.gov.au

May 5

Music in the Turrell Skyspace

5:10pm – 5:30pm

Special event | Performances

Experience Canberra’s sunset in the transformative James Turrell Skyspace, with the sounds of a new commissioned piece for double bass by Benjamin Drury played by Rohan Dasika. 10-minute performances during the dusk light show.

Venue: Australian Garden
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 7

The art of speech: Australian rhetoric in music

2:00pm

Special event | Performances

Canberra International Music Festival 2017

Brisbane-based Topology and The Australian Voices combine forces in 'The Singing Politician', Robert Davidson’s settings of iconic speeches in Australian history, with powerful words, stirring music and brilliant choral work.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : Bookings essential

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May 8

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Enjoy refreshments in the NGA café 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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May 11

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Perspectives on guiding with NGA guides to celebrate Volunteer's Week.

Venue: throughout the Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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May 11

Art after hours: Frank Stella: The Kenneth Tyler Print Collection

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Frank Stella | Members

Join us for a glass of wine, followed by a tour of Frank Stella: The Kenneth Tyler Print Collection with NGA curator Jane Kinsman.

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

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May 16

Art appreciation for carers

10:30am

Permanent collection | Assisted

In partnership with Carers ACT.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : Free (bookings essential) call 1800 052 222

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May 17

Little look at ART

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | 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 NGA members/concession

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May 18

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

A focus on the East Asian collection.

Venue: throughout the Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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May 25

Art for lunch

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Permanent collection | Talks and Lectures

Freedom fighters with Mirah Lambert.

Venue: throughout the Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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May 26

Curator’s tour: NIAT III: Defying Empire

10:00am

NIAT 2017 | Tours

Indigenous recognition, rights and defiance in contemporary arts today. Curator Tina Baum introduces the new exhibition NIAT: Defying Empire.

Venue: Temporary Exhibitions Gallery
Price : Free (bookings essential)

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May 26

NIAT III Artist talks

11:30am – 4:00pm

NIAT 2017 | Talks and Lectures

Join artists from NIAT III as they discuss their work in relation to the 1967 Referendum and other significant periods of resistance within the Australian context.

Venue: Temporary Exhibitions Gallery
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 26

The 67 Referendum: In conversation

6:00pm – 8:30pm

NIAT 2017 | Talks and Lectures

Richard Bell, Dr Gary Foley and Judy Watson discuss and reflect the truths, powers, misnomers and setbacks throughout the span of the Referendum and up until now. Glass of wine on arrival included.

Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
Price : $20, $15 NGA members/concession

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May 27

NIAT III Artist talks

10:00am – 4:30pm

NIAT 2017 | Talks and Lectures

Join artists from NIAT III as they discuss their work in relation to the 1967 Referendum and other significant periods of resistance within the Australian context.

Venue: Temporary Exhibitions Gallery
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 27

Get your weave on

12:00pm – 3:30pm

NIAT 2017 | Workshops

Join the Yunggaire Weavers of Quandamooka (Stradbroke Island, QLD) for a drop-in weaving workshop during the opening weekend of NIAT III.

Venue: throughout the Gallery
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 28

Get your weave on

12:00pm – 3:30pm

NIAT 2017 | Workshops

Join the Yunggaire Weavers of Quandamooka (Stradbroke Island, QLD) for a drop-in weaving workshop during the opening weekend of NIAT III.

Venue: throughout the Gallery
Price : Free (no bookings required)

May 28

Migration: Australian String Quartet National Tour

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Special event | Performances

With guitarist Slava Grigoryan, the ASQ dissolves the boundaries between jazz and classical. The concert is crowned by Schubert’s heartfelt and lyrical G major String quartet.

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

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May 29

Rendezvous with art

10:00am – 12:00pm

Permanent collection | Tours

Enjoy refreshments in the NGA café 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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May 30

Tales for the very young

10:30am – 11:30am

Asian art | Kids and family

(ages 3-5, to be accompanied)

Join Margie Kevin, Gallery educator, for an interactive story-based experience in the Asian galleries.

Venue: meet at information desk
Price : $7, $5 child members, free for accompanying adults

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