Member events

With more than 400 events during the year, there’s something for everyone.

Some events are exclusive to members; for others, members pay a discounted price.

Bookings are required for most events, and can be made online or by phone, mail or in person.
Note: Tickets will not be held without prepayment.

Select an event to see details, including prices and booking details.

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  • Art Bus: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

    A curator-led tour of BINNS + VALAMANESH

    Saturday 6 September 2014, 12.30pm

    Front of the Gallery | Duration 5 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Hossein and Angela Valamanesh Guardian 2010, courtesy Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

  • Solar plate etching

    Workshop with Serephina Martin

    Wednesday 3 September 2014, 6pm
    Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 September 2014, 10.30am - 4pm

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Charges apply

    Image: Seraphina Martin Enchantment of the magnolia flower (detail)

  • Studio tour: Tony Albert, Natalya Hughes, Jason Wing

    Go behind the scenes with contemporary artists

    Saturday 13 September 2014, 1pm

    Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Jason Wing street art. Courtesy Libby Lloyd

  • Unwrapping art

    With Jonathan Cooper

    Saturdays 2pm
    2-23 August, 6-13 September 2014

    Centenary Auditorium | Duration 1 hour | Charges apply

  • Art Club: Royal reflections

    For members’ children aged 9–12

    Saturday 13, Sunday 14 September 2014
    10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Robert Peake the Elder Prince of Wales c1610, National Portrait Gallery, London

  • Kids Club: Birds, bees and flying trees

    For members’ children aged 5–8

    Saturday 13, Sunday 14 September 2014
    10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

  • Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize artists talk

    Hear from three of the 2014 finalists

    Wednesday 17 September 2014, 6.30pm

    Major exhibition gallery | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Tim Maguire Cate, take 1 / Cate, take 2 (detail), Archibald Prize 2014 finalist and Kate Beynon Sangeeta and Fuji, Archibald Prize 2014 finalist

  • Portrait printmaking: stamp your face

    Learn how to linocut your portrait

    Sunday 21 September 2014, 1pm

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

    Image courtesy Libby Lloyd

  • Armchair travel: Veneto and the Venice Biennale

    With Lorraine Kypiotis

    Saturday 27 September 2014, 10am

    Centenary Auditorium | Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes | Charges apply

    Image: Scenes from Venice

  • Face off

    Portrait drawing with Mike Barnard

    Sunday 27 July 2014, 1pm
    Sunday 17 August 2014, 1pm
    Saturday 27 September 2014, 1pm

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Mike Barnard Ian 2009 (detail)

  • Teenage drawing workshop: Drawing from paintings

    For 13-17 year olds

    Monday 29 September 2014, 10.30am

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: William Henry Margetson The sea hath its pearls 1897

  • Drawing workshop with Annie Herron

    Back by popular demand!

    Sunday 28 September 2014, 10am
    Wednesday 1 October 2014, 10am

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 6 hours | Charges apply

    Image courtesy Annie Herron

  • Art Bus: Campbelltown Arts Centre

    A curator-led tour of 'The List'

    Saturday 4 October 2014, 12.30pm

    Front of the Gallery | Duration 5 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Marvin Gaye Chetwynd live performance for The List, Campbelltown Arts Centre

  • Coffee tour of the collection

    Female artists in the Art Gallery of NSW

    Tuesday 7 October 2014, 10am

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes | Charges apply

  • Literary cities with Susannah Fullerton - Florence

    Take a literary journey through some of the great cities of the world with the classic books expert

    Thursday 9 October 2014, 10.30am

    Domain Theatre | Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes | Charges apply

    Image: courtesy Susannah Fullerton.

  • Q & Art

    Visions for the Gallery

    Saturday 11 October 2014, 10.30am

    Domain Theatre | Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

  • BLAK DOUGLAS: Studio and collection tour

    Artist studio and collection visit

    Saturday 11 October 2014, 1pm

    Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: courtesy BLAK DOUGLAS.

  • Art Club: In the manner of the masters

    For members’ children aged 9–12

    Saturday 11, Sunday 12 October 2014
    10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Samuel Palmer The lonely tower 1879 (detail)

  • Kids Club: Colour my world

    For members’ children aged 5–8

    Saturday 11, Sunday 12 October 2014
    10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

  • Jazz at the Gallery 2014

    Step in, sit back and ease into an evening of jazz

    Tuesdays 7pm
    30 September, 14 October 2014

    Entrance court | Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Monica Trapaga

  • Artisans in the Gardens

    An evening in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

    Wednesday 15 October 2014, 6pm

    Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Jan Howlin Cactus chair maquette. Photo: Anthony Browell

  • Book launch: Barry Pearce

    '100 Moments in Australian Painting'

    Friday 17 October 2014, 2pm

    Domain Theatre | Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes | Charges apply

    Image: Barry Pearce 100 Moments in Australian Painting, NewSouth Publishing in association with the Art Gallery of NSW, flexi jacket, $49.99. The cover features a detail from Sidney Nolan’s First-class marksman 1946 from the AGNSW collection, purchased with funds provided by the Gleeson O’Keefe Foundation 2010.

  • Discover drawing 2014

    With Jennifer Keeler-Milne

    Various weekends in 2014, 10am - 4pm
    See listing for dates

    Charges apply

    Function space | Duration 6 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Jennifer Keeler-Milne

  • Civilisation: creating new worlds

    A Learning Curve lecture series with Dr Christopher Hartney

    Various Fridays 10.30am, Saturdays 11am in 2014
    See listing for details

    Domain Theatre | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Palaeolithic bulls and other animals crowd calcite walls at Lascaux (detail). Photograph by Sisse Brimberg, National Geographic. Getty Images.

  • Costumed figure drawing

    Life model and drapery workshop

    Saturday 25 October 2014, 1pm

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

    Image: istock image

  • School holiday fun: Family art tours

    With Jonathan Cooper

    Wednesday 24 September, 1 October
    Saturday 25 October 2014, 2.30pm

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 1 hour | Charges apply

    Image: Yinka Shonibare, MBE Alien toy painting (detail) 2011 © Yinka Shonibare, MBE

  • Art Gallery Society general meeting

    Join us for a special announcement

    Monday 27 October 2014, 1pm

    Free

    Domain Theatre | Duration 1 hour | Free

  • Vive l’Empereur meets its maker

    Celebrating a new acquisition for the Gallery

    Monday 27 October 2014, 2pm

    Domain Theatre | Duration 1 hour | Charges apply

    Image: Edouard Detaille Vive L’Empereur 1891 (detail)

  • Literary cities with Susannah Fullerton - Dublin

    Take a literary journey through some of the great cities of the world with the classic books expert

    Thursday 30 October 2014, 10.30am

    Domain Theatre | Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes | Charges apply

    Image: istock image

  • Pop printing workshop

    Print like a pop artist

    Saturday 1 November 2014, 1pm

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

    Image: courtesy Libby Lloyd.

  • Creative drawing workshop

    Dynamic drawing

    Sunday 2 November 2014, 10.30am
    3 August cancelled

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 5 hours | Charges apply

    Image courtesy Andrew Antoniou

  • Free viewing for members

    Pop to popism

    Friday 31 October 2014, 1pm
    Sunday 2 November 2014, 5.15pm

    Free

    Major exhibition gallery | Duration 2 hours, 45 minutes | Free

    Image: Roy Lichtenstein Woman in bath 1963. Oil and magna on canvas 173.3 × 173.3cm Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

  • Peter Griffen workshops 2014

    Weekend painting workshops at the artist's studio

    Various Fridays-Sundays in 2014
    See listing for details

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image © Peter Griffen (detail)

  • Day tour: Sculpture in the vineyards

    A day of food, wine and art

    Saturday 8 November 2014, 7.45am

    Duration 11 hours, 45 minutes | Charges apply

  • Pop to popism

    Lecture series

    Sundays, 10.30am
    12 October - 9 November 2014

    Domain Theatre | Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes | Charges apply

    Image: Martin Sharp, Tim Lewis Still life: (Marilyn) 1973, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 117 × 91.5 cm. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1973 © Estate of Martin Sharp. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney © Tim Lewis

  • Special lecture: Love in India

    Jackie Menzies, emeritus curator Asian art

    Tuesday 11 November 2014, 1pm

    Domain Theatre | Duration 1 hour | Charges apply

    Image: Unknown Todi Ragini late Mughal c. 1720 – 1857, North India, bequest of Mr J. Kitto 1986.

  • Art appreciation lecture series 2014

    Realism to surrealism: European art and culture 1848-1936

    Various Wednesdays 6pm and Thursdays 1pm
    29 January - 13 November 2014
    See listing for dates

    Domain Theatre | Duration 1 hour | Charges apply

    Image: Paul Gauguin Te aa no areois (The Seed of the Areoi) 1892 (detail), oil on burlap, 92.1 × 72.1 cm, The William S Paley Collection SPC14.1990. Photo: The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence

  • Special lecture: Patrick McCaughey

    Discussing his latest publication 'Strange country' (2014)

    Thursday 13 November 2014, 1pm

    Domain Theatre | Duration 1 hour | Charges apply

    Image: courtesy Random House

  • Absolute beginners 2014

    Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

    Various Fridays and Saturdays in 2014, 1pm
    See listing for dates

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Absolute Beginners class in action

  • Resonate 2014

    Concert series

    Various dates in 2014, 7pm

    Entrance court | Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Joanna Huszcza. Photo: Joanna Gniady

  • Contempo hang: curators talk

    A members only event to celebrate Contempo acquisitions

    Wednesday 19 November 2014, 6.30pm

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 2 hours | Free, bookings required

    Image: courtesy Sophie Harrington

  • Gallery Express 2014

    A bus tour for members only of selected commercial galleries

    Various Wednesdays and Thursdays in 2014
    See listing for details

    Front of the Gallery | Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

  • Art essentials 2014

    With Brenda Tye

    Various Fridays in 2014, 10.30am–3.30pm
    See listing for details

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 5 hours | Charges apply

    Image: workshop tutor Brenda Tye

  • Pop painting workshop

    Let Howard Arkley inspire you to paint

    Saturday 22 November 2014, 1pm

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Howard Arkley Triple fronted (detail) 1987 © The Estate of Howard Arkley, Courtesy Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art

  • Introduction to soft sculpture

    Stitch your own pop inspired sculpture

    Sunday 23 November 2014, 1pm

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

    Image: courtesy Alex Falkiner