Member events

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

Some events are exclusive to members; for others, members receive a discounted rate.

Bookings are required for most events, and can be made online, by phone or in person.

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

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  • Armchair travel: Eternal Design – contemporary Japanese art and architecture

    With Kathryn Hunyor

    Saturday 24 August 2019, 10.30am

    Centenary Auditorium | Duration 1 hour | Charges apply

    Image: Yayoi Kusama Yellow Pumpkin 1994 Naoshima Island, Japan. Photo: Gunta Podina / Alamy Stock Photo.

  • Art for starters: An introduction to European art history

    With Lorraine Kypiotis

    Saturdays 6, 13, 20 July and 10, 17, 24 August 2019, 2pm

    Centenary Auditorium | Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes | Charges apply

    Image: Edouard Detaille Vive L’Empereur! 1891 (detail) Art Gallery of New South Wales collection

  • Coffee tour: Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2019

    For members and guests

    Tuesdays 28 May, 25 June, 30 July, 27 August 2019, 10am

    Members lounge | Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes | Charges apply

  • Drawing fundamentals

    With Christine Simpson

    Wednesdays 7 to 28 August 2019, 1pm

    Members lounge | Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

  • Stripping the armour

    Uncovering visual culture in the Medici court

    Saturday 31 August 2019, 10am

    Domain Theatre | Duration 6 hours, 30 minutes | Free, bookings required

    Image: Agnolo Bronzino Cosimo I de’Medici in armour 1540s (detail)

  • Young Members: Walking tour

    Explore East Sydney

    Saturday 31 August 2019, 1pm

    Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: photo by Gitte Weise

  • Young Professionals: Meetup

    Discover modern Australian art

    Wednesday 4 September 2019, 6pm

    20th & 21st c Australian art | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image credit: Penny Clay

  • Queens of antiquity

    Powerful women of the ancient world

    Fridays 30 August and 6 September 2019, 10.30am

    Domain Theatre | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Sir Edward John Poynter The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon 1890 (detail)

  • Drawing from painting

    With Siena White

    Various Wednesdays 6.30pm
    See listing for details

    Members lounge | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

  • Bus tour: 2019 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair

    Exclusive preview

    Thursday 12 September 2019, 12pm

    Front of the Gallery | Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Ben Quilty exhibition at Jan Murphy Gallery booth, Sydney Contemporary 2017.

  • Nora Heysen: artistic pioneer

    A special in-conversation

    Wednesday 18 September 2019, 11am

    Centenary Auditorium | Duration 1 hour | Charges apply

    Image: Nora Heysen Self portrait 1932 (detail) Gift of Howard Hinton 1932 © Lou Klepac

  • Invoking the divine

    Figures in Asian art

    Saturdays 7, 14, 21 September 2019, 10.30am

    Centenary Auditorium | Duration 1 hour | Charges apply

    Image: Padmapani circa 13th century (detail) Art Gallery of New South Wales. Purchased with funds from the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation, the Art Gallery Society of NSW Collection Circle, the Asian Benefactors’ Fund and with the assistance of Sam & Sue Chisholm, Neilson Foundation, Geoff & Vicki Ainsworth, Maurice Cashmere, Clitheroe Foundation, Rowena Danziger AM & Ken Coles AM, Sandra Forbes & Robert Farrar, Brian France AM & Philippa France, Roslyn & Alex Hunyor, Ann & Warwick Johnson, Mary Eugene Tancred, Ray Wilson OAM in memory of James Agapitos OAM 2010.

  • Printmaking workshop

    With Andrew Totman

    Sunday 22 September 2019, 10.30am

    Members lounge | Duration 5 hours, 30 minutes | Charges apply

    Image: Andrew Totman Rose Tattoo

  • The art of Chinese calligraphy II

    With Xueyi Bai

    Wednesdays 4 to 25 September 2019, 2pm

    Members lounge | Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes | Charges apply

    Image: courtesy Xueyi Bai

  • Whiteley Art Bus - September tours

    Enjoy an afternoon of Whiteley this spring

    Fridays & Sundays
    6 September – 29 September 2019, 1.30pm

    Duration 3 hours, 30 minutes | Charges apply

    Image: Brett Whiteley Alchemy 1972—73 (detail) oil and mixed media on wood, 205.8 × 1617 cm. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased by the New South Wales State Government 1994, transferred to the Gallery 1998 © Wendy Whiteley

  • Jazz at the Gallery

    James Morrison

    Sunday 29 September 2019, 6.30pm

    Entrance court | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: James Morrison

  • School holiday workshop: A picture says a thousand words

    For ages 5-12 years with an adult

    Tuesday 1 & 8 October 2019, 10.30am

    Members lounge | Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes | Charges apply

  • School holiday workshop: Watery worlds

    For ages 5-12 years with an adult

    Wednesday 2 & 9 October 2019, 10.30am

    Members lounge | Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes | Charges apply

  • Peter Griffen weekend studio workshop

    Abstract Landscape

    Friday 11 October 2019, 11am - 1pm
    Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October 2019, 9.30am - 4pm

    Charges apply

    Image: courtesy Peter Griffen

  • Drawing from the figure 2019

    With Siena White

    Various Wednesdays 6.30pm
    See listing for details

    Members lounge | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

  • Art for starters

    Cracking contemporary art

    Saturday 19 October 2019, 2pm

    Centenary Auditorium | Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes | Charges apply

    Pablo Picasso Nude in a rocking chair 1956 © Pablo Picasso/Succession Pablo Picasso. Licensed by Copyright Agency.

  • Iran and Israel: art, culture and politics

    With Christopher Allen and Jane Hutcheon

    Saturday 26 October 2019, 10.30am

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

    Image: Old town of Jaffa and Tel Aviv city, Israel

  • Teenage Art Club 2019

    For ages 13+

    Various dates in 2019
    10.30am
    See listing for detail

    Members lounge | Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes | Charges apply

  • Whiteley Art Bus - October tours

    Enjoy an afternoon of Whiteley this spring

    Fridays & Sundays
    4 October – 27 October 2019, 1.30pm

    Duration 3 hours, 30 minutes | Charges apply

    Image: Brett Whiteley Alchemy 1972—73 (detail) oil and mixed media on wood, 205.8 × 1617 cm. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased by the New South Wales State Government 1994, transferred to the Gallery 1998 © Wendy Whiteley

  • Family workshop: Grandparents day

    Celebrate National Grandparents Day

    Sunday 27 October 2019, 2.30pm

    Members lounge | Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes | Charges apply

  • Day tour: Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2019

    Visit Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre

    Wednesday 30 October 2019, 10am

    Front of the Gallery | Duration 5 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Julia Flanagan Everything there was 2019 (detail)

  • Resonate 2019

    Concert series

    Various dates in 2019, 6.30pm
    See listing for details

    Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes | Charges apply

    Image: Greta Bradman

  • Art appreciation lecture series 2019

    Being human: The figure in art

    Various Wednesdays 6pm and Thursdays 1pm
    30 January – 14 November 2019
    See listing for details

    Domain Theatre | Duration 1 hour | Charges apply

    Image: Charles Meere Australian beach pattern 1940 (detail) © Charles Meere Estate/Copyright Agency 2018

  • Absolute beginners 2019

    Monthly workshops

    Various Fridays and Saturdays in 2019, 1pm
    See listing for details

    Members lounge | Duration 3 hours | Charges apply

    Image: photo by Felicity Jenkins

  • Art essentials 2019

    Monthly classes workshops

    Various Saturdays in 2019, 10.30am
    See listing for details

    Members lounge | Charges apply

  • The art of architecture: Directions in gallery design

    With Anthony Burke

    Various Fridays and Saturdays 10.30am
    11 October to 30 November 2019
    See listing for dates

    Domain Theatre | Duration 2 hours | Charges apply

    Image: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA. Photo: Anders Toft / Pixabay

  • Gallery Express 2019

    A bus tour of selected commercial galleries

    Various Wednesdays in 2019
    See listing for details

    Front of the Gallery | Duration 3 hours, 30 minutes | Charges apply

  • Art Club 2019

    For children aged 9–13

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

    Members lounge | Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes | Charges apply

  • Kids Club 2019

    For children aged 5–8

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

    Members lounge | Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes | Charges apply

    Image: photo by Jenni Carter

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