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Story time

A Story of Love

Friday 20 August 2021
Live online
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton. Courtesy of the artist. © Del Kathryn Barton

What does love mean to you? Where do we find love? What does love look like?

Listen to the book A Story of Love (inspired by our Australian Love Stories exhibition) and create your own visual response afterwards.

We recommend bringing items to help you draw (pencil, marker, brush), build (paper, card, sticks) and stick (glue, tape) with! For children of all ages and abilities.

Made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

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Make a booking and the Gallery will email you details on how to connect with us using Zoom.

Other ways to book: Phone 02 6102 7070 or email bookings@npg.gov.au

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Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan

Australian Love stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)

Previous exhibition, 2021

Reconnect and reflect with our new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) as we explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester (detail), 1939  Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester (detail), 1939  Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester (detail), 1939  Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester (detail), 1939  Albert Tucker

Australian Love Stories online

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Lust and longing, drama and devotion, seduction and scandal! Delve into an enticing array of tales of the heart.

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