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NGA January Newsletter

by | 5 Jan 2022 | NEWS, EVENTS, EXHIBITIONS, Blog post

AUSTRALIAN ART: STORYLINES

Open now

 

Multiple stories, different cultural traditions, and a range of art historical perspectives are woven together in this major new collection display.

Jeffrey Smart, North Sydney 1978, Collection of Will and Jane Vicars © The Estate of Jeffrey Smart

Exhibition

JEFFREY SMART

11 Dec 2021–15 May 2022

 

‘If a good painting comes off, it has a stillness, it has a perfection, and that’s as great as anything that a musician or a poet can do.’

Jeffrey Smart

Tuscan lunch, National Gallery Dining Room, Kamberri/Canberra 2021

Special Event

TUSCAN LUNCH

Fri, Sat & Sun, 11 Dec–30 Jan
11.30am & 1.30pm

Level up your Jeffrey Smart exhibition experience with a Tuscan-style lunch in the National Gallery’s dining room overlooking the lakeside Sculpture Garden.

 


Floating Skywhale hot air balloons over hills in Canberra

Touring Project

SKYWHALES: EVERY HEART SINGS

Sat 15 Jan, Maitland No 1 Sportsground, hosted by Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW

The Skywhales have flexed their fins for final checks before they continue on their national tour, thanks to the Principal Patronage of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, supported by Visions of Australia.

Ramingining artists, Djon Mundine, Bandjalung people, The Aboriginal Memorial, 1987-88, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, Purchased with the assistance of funds from National Gallery admission charges and commissioned in 1987

Special Event

IN CONVERSATION: THE ABORIGINAL MEMORIAL

 

Tue 25 Jan 2022, 7pm

Hear concept artist and curator of The Aboriginal Memorial, Djon Mundine OAM, Bandjalung people in conversation with Bruce Johnson McLean Wierdi, Birri-Gubba people, Barbara Jean Humphreys Assistant Director, First Nations Engagement.

8½ (1963), directed by Federico Fellini

At the Gallery, Sat 8 Jan, 2pm
Online, Fri 7 Jan, from 12pm

SATURDAY SCREENING

Catch the Italian comedy-drama 8½ (1963) directed by Federico Fellini. Presented with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

 

Jeffrey Smart, Playground (Children playing) 1951, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, Purchased with the assistance of James Agapitos OAM and Ray Wilson OAM 2007 © The Estate of Jeffrey Smart

Kids & Families

FAMILY DESK

Get creative with hands-on art making and pick up our Sculpture Garden Trail from the Family Desk on Level 1.

Kids and family activity, National Gallery, Kamberri/Canberra 2021

30 Jan 2022, 10am–2pm

ART TOGETHER:
JEFFREY SMART

Join us to co-create a large mural outside the Gallery inspired by Jeffrey Smart’s love of colours, shapes and patterns.

Photograph of two women standing by and gesturing to case with round objects
Online

ACCESS PROGRAMS

Connect with our free online access programs designed with and for people with disabilities.


Jeffrey Smart, Portrait of David Malouf 1980

Stories & Ideas

THE SITTERS

Online

Jeffrey Smart’s friends made cameos in several of his paintings. Hear from Smart’s famous sitters.

Installation view of Mrs N. Yunupiŋu, Gumatj people, Djulpan (Seven Sisters) (2020), purchased 2021, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra

Stories & Ideas

REMEMBERING MRS N. YUNUPIŊU

Online

A tribute to the innovative Yolŋu artist, whose work impacted many from her Yirrkala community and across the world.

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The National Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the Traditional Custodians of the Kamberri/Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.

Images:

Gordon Bennett, Notes to Basquiat (The Death of Irony), 2002, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, Purchased 2020. © The Estate of Gordon Bennett. John Citizen Arts Pty Ltd/Copyright Agency

Jeffrey Smart, North Sydney 1978, Collection of Will and Jane Vicars © The Estate of Jeffrey Smart

Tuscan lunch, National Gallery Dining Room, Kamberri/Canberra 2021

(from left) Patricia Piccinini, Skywhalepapa, 2019-2020, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, Commissioned with the assistance of The Balnaves Foundation 2019. Purchased 2020 with Skywhale, 2013, Gift of anonymous donor 2019 through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2020 at the National Arboretum, Kamberri/Canberra

Ramingining artists, Djon Mundine, Bandjalung people, The Aboriginal Memorial, 1987-88, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, Purchased with the assistance of funds from National Gallery admission charges and commissioned in 1987 with Djon Mundine OAM, Bandjalung people and Bruce Johnson McLean Wierdi, Birri-Gubba people, Barbara Jean Humphreys Assistant Director, First Nations Engagement

 (1963), directed by Federico Fellini

Jeffrey Smart, Playground (Children playing) 1951, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, Purchased with the assistance of James Agapitos OAM and Ray Wilson OAM 2007 © The Estate of Jeffrey Smart

Kids and family activity, National Gallery, Kamberri/Canberra 2021

Visitors with (from left) Thanakupi (Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher AO), Dhaynagwidh/Thaynakwith people, Guiree the fly fox, 1988, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, Purchased from Gallery admission charges 1989. © the estate of the artist, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd.; and Thanakupi (Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher AO), Dhaynagwidh/Thaynakwith people, Garth Eran and Evarth Eran, c 1988, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, Purchased from Gallery admission charges 1989. © the estate of the artist, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd.

 

Thanakupi (Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher AO), Dhaynagwidh/Thaynakwith people, Garth Eran and Evarth Eran, c 1988, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, Purchased from Gallery admission charges 1989. © the estate of the artist, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd.

Jeffrey Smart, Portrait of David Malouf 1980, The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Purchased 1983 © The Estate of Jeffrey Smart  Bicycle Thieves (1948), directed by Vittorio De Sica

Installation view of Mrs N. Yunupiŋu, Gumatj people, Djulpan (Seven Sisters) (2020), purchased 2021, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra

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