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Picasso celebrity events

For Picasso: masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris

Celebrity speakers and performers connect with diverse aspects of Picasso’s life and long career: his Spanish heritage, war imagery and peace activism, innovation and the idea of artistic ‘genius’, and his adopted home of France.

Image: John Bell

Wednesdays 6.30pm
16 November 2011 – 21 March 2012
(except 21 & 28 December, 22 February)


Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court

Related exhibition: Picasso: masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso

John Bell, director, Bell Shakespeare

Will in the world: Shakespeare today
John Bell talks about the pervasive influence of Shakespeare within the arts.


Wednesday 16 November 2011 6:30pm – 7pm

Mr Percival, vocal artist

Drawing with sound
Using loops and sound effects in his performance, Mr Percival transforms his voice into an amazing polyphonic instrument.


Wednesday 23 November 2011 6:30pm – 7pm

Edmund Capon, director, in conversation with Richard Glover

Edmund Capon speaks on securing one of the most significant exhibitions in his time at the Gallery.
Interpreted into Auslan. To reserve seating close to the interpreter, please phone 02 9225 1647 or email
sign language


Wednesday 30 November 2011 6:30pm – 7pm

Richard Gill, conductor and and music director, Victorian Opera

The importance of arts education in the life of a child
Richard Gill talks on the necessity of arts literacy in creating an imaginative nation.


Wednesday 7 December 2011 6:30pm – 7pm

Monsieur Camembert

Performance by this three-time ARIA Award winning, five-piece Gypsy fusion band.


Wednesday 14 December 2011 6:30pm – 7pm

Reg Mombassa, artist and musician

Reg Mombassa (aka Chris O’Doherty) is known both for his rock band Mental as Anything, his iconic drawings and paintings as well as his t-shirt and poster designs for Mambo Graphics. Tonight he talks about his approach to art, the importance of drawing and the influence of Picasso.


Wednesday 4 January 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Rafael Bonachela, artistic director, Sydney Dance Company

The art of dance and the influence of heritage
Rafael Bonachela discusses the art of dance and the Spanish and French cultures that inspire him.


Wednesday 11 January 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Ben Quilty, artist in conversation with journalist Scott Bevan

The role of the artist at war
Archibald Prize-winning artist Ben Quilty talks about his recently-completed commission as the Australian War Memorial’s Official War Artist in Afghanistan.


Wednesday 18 January 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Four interesting young polemics

Four short talks, in a Pecha Kucha style, on topics related to Picasso, the arts, celebrity and society.
Genevieve Fricker, comedian and broadcaster
Oliver Watts, artist and director of Chalk Horse Gallery
Jaime Tsai, historian and lecturer
Senthorun Raj, writer and political activist


Wednesday 25 January 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Sam Leach, artist

Picasso: 17th century art and 20th century science
Sam Leach, winner of the Archibald and Wynne Prizes in 2010


Wednesday 1 February 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Stuart Rees, director, Sydney Peace Foundation

Pablo Picasso, Noam Chomsky and friends: inspiration for peace
Stuart Rees will speak on the inspiration of Picasso as a lifelong advocate of peace.


Wednesday 8 February 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Natalia Ortiz, director, Spanish Film Festival

Natalia Ortiz discusses the influence of early cinema in Picasso’s cubism


Wednesday 15 February 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Marty Murphy, comedian, writer and filmmaker

I love Picasso but I wouldn’t want to marry him
Comedian Marty Murphy re-imagines the life and art of Pablo Picasso.


Wednesday 29 February 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Federal Member for Wentworth

Malcolm Turnbull, shadow minister for communications and broadband, talks about the need for a technologically-advanced future for Australia.


Wednesday 7 March 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Tony Bilson, chef and restaurateur

Celebrated Sydney chef and restaurateur Tony Bilson reflects on a career in food and a love of art.


Wednesday 14 March 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Diana Reyes Flamenco company

The Diana Reyes Flamenco company specialises in – and is recognised for – its high standard of dance and music in the art of ‘pure flamenco’. Join Australia’s foremost flamenco dancer/choreographer, Diana Reyes, and her company for a powerful and passionate performance.


Wednesday 21 March 2012 6:30pm – 7pm