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Talks and lectures

Friday 24 June 2022Monday 24 June 2024

Talks and lectures

Friday 24 June 2022 – Monday 24 June 2024

Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen
Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen
Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen
Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen

Repainting History

In conversation with Jennifer Higgie

12:30pm, Thu 30 Jun
Live online

Join us from wherever you are for our Curator, Joanna Gilmour in conversation with Jennifer Higgie, author of ‘The Mirror and the Palette: Rebellion, Revolution, and Resilience, Five Hundred Years of Women’s Self Portraits’.

Bookings required
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis

In Conversation with Helen Ennis

Changing spaces: Portraiture and photography

2:00pm, Sat 2 Jul
Onsite and live online

Join Australian photography curator, historian and writer, Helen Ennis for a conversation about photographers challenging the conventions of personal and public space in their portraits.

Bookings required
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Introducing the National Portrait Prizes 2022

In conversation with Sandra Bruce and Rebecca Ray

2:00pm, Sat 23 Jul
Live online

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection & Exhibitions, and Rebecca Ray, Associate Curator, as they explore some of their favourite portraits in our exciting new exhibitions.

Bookings required
Adut, The Studio Series, 2015 Atong Atem
Adut, The Studio Series, 2015 Atong Atem
Adut, The Studio Series, 2015 Atong Atem
Adut, The Studio Series, 2015 Atong Atem

In conversation

Who are you?

2:00pm, Thu 13 Oct
Onsite and live online

Join us online or onsite for an intriguing insight into the WHO ARE YOU: Australian portraiture themes with the curators.

Bookings required
Portrait of Patricia Piccinini
Portrait of Patricia Piccinini
Portrait of Patricia Piccinini
Portrait of Patricia Piccinini

Circle of Friends Spotlight Series

March

10:15am, Wed 1 Mar

Our Social Media and Content Coordinator, Georgina, will be taking a look at Patricia Piccinini by Allissa Oughtred.

Bookings required
Lady [Hannah] Lloyd Jones
Lady [Hannah] Lloyd Jones
Lady [Hannah] Lloyd Jones
Lady [Hannah] Lloyd Jones

Circle of Friends Lecture Series

March

2:00pm, Wed 15 Mar

Starting off 2023 with a bang is Curator, Collection and Research, Joanna Gilmour, who'll be taking you on a deep dive into portraits by painter, Judy Cassab.

Bookings required
Stephen Page, 2021 Daniel Boud
Stephen Page, 2021 Daniel Boud
Stephen Page, 2021 Daniel Boud
Stephen Page, 2021 Daniel Boud

Andrew Sayers Memorial Lecture – CLANSHIP

Stephen Page AO, former Artistic Director of Bangarra

6:00pm, Thu 27 Apr

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Stephen Page AO, former Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre and descendent of the Ngugi/Nunukul people of the Quandamooka Nation and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh Nation from South East Queensland.

Bookings required
Nell standing in her workshop next to a cross legged sculpture
Nell standing in her workshop next to a cross legged sculpture
Nell standing in her workshop next to a cross legged sculpture
Nell standing in her workshop next to a cross legged sculpture

Artist Talk

Nell

1:00pm, Sat 20 May

Artist Nell will be visiting us to chat about her work in Portrait23: Identity.

Bookings required
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel

In Conversation

Pub Rock

11:00am, Thu 25 May
Live online

Fluff your mullet, squeeze into your jeans and join our Director Collection and Exhibitions Sandra Bruce, musician and producer Paul Greene, and musician George Bishop of El Horses fame for a local beer garden chat about this loud and sweaty exhibition.

Bookings required
Tamara Dean
Tamara Dean
Tamara Dean
Tamara Dean

Panel discussion

A judge’s eye

10:30am, Sat 17 Jun

Join us in the Gallery to hear from the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023 judges Tamara Dean, Daniel Boetker-Smith, and our very own Joanna Gilmour, as they discuss the artworks and themes in this year’s Prize.

Bookings required

More events

Tuesday 25 June 2024 – Friday 26 June 2026
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