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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  • James Drinkwater artist talk and Jonathon Dalton exhibition viewing

    At Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary

    Thursday 30 June 2016, 6pm

    Free, bookings required

    Duration 2 hours | Free, bookings required

    Image: James Drinkwater. Photo: Alexander McIntyre

  • Ann Thomson and contemporaries

    A special evening at the National Art School

    Tuesday 5 July 2016, 6pm

    Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Ann Thomson Yellow sound (detail), Wynne Prize 1998 winner. Courtesy the artist and Defiance Gallery, Newtown

  • Clay Club: inspired by Tang

    School holiday activity for teenagers

    Wednesday 6 July 2016, 10.30am

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

    Image: Tomb guardian 618–50s (detail), Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology

  • Family workshop: Bags of colour

    School holiday activity for children aged 5-8

    Friday 8 July 2016, 10.30am

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

    Image: courtesy Trixi Symonds

  • You say you want a revolution

    A Learning Curve lecture series with Dr Christopher Hartney

    Various Fridays 10.30am and Saturdays 11am
    11 March - 9 July 2016
    See listing for dates

    Domain Theatre | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Emanuel Leutze Washington crossing the Delaware 1851 (detail), oil on canvas, 378.5 × 647.7 cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bridgeman Images

  • An evening with the Archibald

    Celebrity, champagne and canapes

    Sunday 10 July 2016, 6pm

    Entrance court | Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes | Charges apply

    Image: Adam Alcorn Alice Fraser (detail), Archibald Prize 2015 finalist

  • Family workshop: Mexican fiesta

    School holiday activity for children aged 5-8

    Friday 15 July 2016, 10.30am & 1.30pm

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

    Image: courtesy Michelle Lackenby

  • Art and away

    Visit Campbelltown Arts Centre and Parramatta Artists Studios

    Saturday 16 July 2016, 9am

    Front of the Gallery | Duration 8 hours | Charges apply

    Image: John Peart Scrimmage 1972 (detail), Campbelltown Arts Centre collection

  • Armchair travel: Moscow and St Petersburg

    With Kenneth Park

    Saturday 16 July 2016, 10.30am

    Centenary Auditorium | Duration 1 hour | Charges apply

    Image: St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

  • Refashioned upcycled jewellery workshop

    With Pat Pillai

    Sunday 17 July 2016, 1pm

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

    Image: courtesy Pat Pillai

  • Free viewing for members

    Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2016

    Sunday 17 July 2016, 5.15pm
    Monday 18 July 2016, 10am

    Major exhibition gallery | Free

    Image: Rebecca Hastings She left us at Ikea and went off to find herself (detail), Sulman Prize 2015 finalist

  • Seeing art historically today: where we are and ways to go

    Talk by Professor Terry Smith

    Wednesday 20 July 2016, 7.15pm

    Free, bookings required

    Domain Theatre | Duration 1 hour | Free, bookings required

    Image: Terry Smith in Moscow, 2015. Photo: Denis Sinyakov

  • An introduction to studying the figure

    Workshop with Siena White

    Wednesday 20 July 2016 6.30pm

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

    Image: John Gibson RA Narcissus post 1829 (detail)

  • Armchair travel: India - A tale of two cities

    With Joyce Morgan

    Saturday 23 July 2016, 11.30am

    Centenary Auditorium | Duration 1 hour | Charges apply

    Image: Man Sagar Lake, Jaipur

  • The art and culture of Japanese tattooing

    With Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

    Saturday 23 July 2016, 2pm

    Domain Theatre | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Master Horisumi (Kian Forreal). Photo: Logan Frost

  • Unwrapping art: next steps

    With Jonathan Cooper

    Saturdays 2pm
    25 June - 23 July 2016

    Centenary Auditorium | Duration 1 hour | Charges apply

    image: John Olsen The woman 1990 (detail) © John Olsen. Licensed by Viscopy, Australia

  • Jazz at the Gallery

    James Morrison Quintet

    Sunday 24 July 2016, 7pm

    Entrance court | Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

    Image: James Morrison

  • Socially engaged art

    Talk by Penny Ryan

    Wednesday 27 July 2016, 6.30pm

    Centenary Auditorium | Duration 1 hour | Charges apply

    Image: Penny Ryan

  • Film screening and talk: The wolf in Australian art

    A look at the life and art of Danila Vassilieff

    Saturday 30 July 2016, 2pm

    Domain Theatre | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Danila Vassilieff Fitzroy street scene (1937) (detail) © Heide Museum of Modern Art

  • Coffee tour: Archibald Prize 2016

    For members and guests

    Tuesday 26 July & Saturday 13 August 2016, 10.30am

    Ticketing and information desk | Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes | Charges apply

    Image: Andrew Sayers Portrait of Tim Bonyhady (detail), Archibald Prize 2015 finalist

  • Melodies of colour workshop

    With Celia Gullett

    Sunday 14 August 2016, 10am

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

    Image: Frank Hinder In the tram (Study for Tram kaleidoscope) 1939 (detail) © Estate of Frank Hinder

  • Drawn to life

    Workshop with Siena White

    Wednesday 17 August 2016, 6.30pm

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

    Image: John Gibson RA Venus 1850 (detail)

  • Joined lives, separate studios

    With Juliet Holmes a Court

    Saturday 20 August 2016, 10.30am

    Domain Theatre | Duration 1 hour | Charges apply

    Image: Vasily Kandinsky Study for 'Painting with white border’ 1913 (detail) © Vasily Kandinsky/ADAGP. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

  • Funky felting workshop

    With Denise Lithgow

    Sunday 19 June, 21 August 2016, 10.30am

    Art Gallery Society (members lounge) | Duration 5 hours, 30 minutes | Charges apply

    Image: courtesy Denise Lithgow

  • Drawing for expression: Drawing from news

    With Juliet Holmes a Court

    Sunday 28 August 2016, 10am

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

    Image: courtesy Juliet Holmes a Court

  • Archibald 2016 lunch

    At the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

    Wednesday 31 August 2016, 12pm

    Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Jason Benjamin I sat by the river. I waited by the road, Archibald Prize 2015 finalist

  • Peter Griffen workshops 2016

    Weekend painting workshops at the artist's studio

    Various Fridays-Sundays in 2016
    See listing for details

    Charges apply

  • Face off

    Portrait drawing with Mike Barnard

    Sunday 24 July 2016, 1pm
    Sunday 25 September 2016, 1pm

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

    Image: courtesy Mike Barnard

  • Drawing the collection 2016

    With Jennifer Keeler-Milne

    Various weekends in 2016, 10am - 4pm
    See listing for dates

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

    Image: Jennifer Keeler-Milne

  • Workshops: Keeping it contemporary

    With Karen O’Connor

    Various Saturdays in 2016, 10.30am
    See listing for details

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

    Image: courtesy Karen O’Connor

  • All you need is love

    Love and literature with Susannah Fullerton

    Various Fridays 10.30am and Saturdays 11am
    22 July - 12 November 2016
    See listing for dates

    Domain Theatre | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Lord Frederic Leighton Wedded 1882 (detail)

  • Art appreciation lecture series 2016

    Collectors and collections

    Various Wednesdays 6pm and Thursdays 1pm
    27 January - 17 November 2016
    See listing for dates

    Domain Theatre | Duration 1 hour | Charges apply

    Image: Jan Brueghel and PP Rubens The sense of sight 1617 (detail), Prado, Madrid, Spain. Bridgeman Images

  • Absolute beginners 2016

    Monthly classes with Brenda Tye

    Various Fridays and Saturdays in 2016, 1pm
    See listing for dates

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

  • Resonate 2016

    Concert series

    Various dates in 2016, 7pm

    Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Australian Haydn Ensemble, courtesy the artists

  • Art essentials 2016

    With Brenda Tye

    Various Fridays in 2016, 10.30am
    See listing for details

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

  • Gallery Express 2016

    A bus tour for members only of selected commercial galleries

    Various Wednesdays and Thursdays in 2016
    See listing for details

    Front of the Gallery | Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

  • Art Club 2016

    For children aged 9-13

    Various Saturdays and Sundays in 2016
    10.30am, 1pm and 3pm
    See listing for details

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

  • Kids Club 2016

    For children aged 5–8

    Various Saturdays and Sundays in 2016
    10.30am, 1pm, 3pm
    See listing for details

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