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Art After Hours uncovers hidden treasures

Wednesday 2 April 2014 until 10pm

A night of golden experiences

Seen by over 1.7 million people worldwide, Afghanistan: hidden treasures from the National Museum, Kabul offers a rare opportunity to discover the surprising, untold cultural history of Afghanistan.

With its priceless artefacts, some thousands of years old, this exhibition is a testament to the bravery of the Afghani people. It serves as a valuable reminder of the importance in preserving cultural heritage.

Join us on 2 April 2014 as Art After Hours uncovers hidden treasures and celebrate these people, their stories and the historic threads that connect us all.

With a free drop-in kite-making workshop, contemporary Afghan beats and a pop-up tea bar, this special Art After Hours event will provide a taste of the extraordinarily rich culture of Afghanistan, kicking off a month-long Art After Hours program inspired by the exhibition.

For Art After Hours, the entire Gallery will be open until 10pm with a wide array of entertainment, food and drinks on offer. Don’t forget there is a courtesy bus running every 15 minutes throughout the evening, dropping at various transport hubs in the city.

Program highlights

2-for-1 tickets to Afghanistan: hidden treasures will be available at the Gallery from 5pm on the night.

6.30pm – This celebrity event sees designer and author Claudia Chan Shaw discuss jewellery through the ages with one of Australia’s most knowledgeable dealers and collectors of antique jewellery, Anne Schofield.

7-9.30pm – Led by kite makers from Sydney’s Afghan community, drop into this free workshop and learn the traditional skills of Afghan kite making. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Materials will be provided.

7.30pm – Classical music maestro Ustad Sarshar joins his sons Yama and Ali for a unique musical collaboration. Hear the sitar, tabla, dholak, rubab, tambur, harmonium and flute in an exciting fusion of old and new.

And for all you snap-happy gallery-goers, there will be golden goodies up for grabs. Instagram the artwork you treasure most in our collection for your chance to win a Hidden treasures prize pack.

Full program

Art After Hours is kindly supported by Gallery members.


Media contact

Lisa Catt
Tel 02 9225 1791
Mob 0431 509 978

Susanne Briggs
Tel 02 9225 1791
Mob 0412 268 320