Rejoice, art lovers! One of Australia’s largest cultural institutions, the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), offers you its exhibitions.
While their doors remain closed, the NGA is opening its online resources to Australian art lovers, knowledge seekers and future creatives so they can explore the joys of the gallery without leaving the comfort of their homes.
We may not be able to physically explore the wonders of the NGA, but with virtual exhibits, on-demand lectures, and in-home activities, the aesthetes among us are sure to find something to fill the time and ignite the passion.
Explore your own art from home
Led by some of Australia’s top artists and created in collaboration with the gallery’s learning team, Art from Home brings together the fun of art with the COVID security of home.
Using materials from around the house, choose from a range of downloadable activities that encourage art lovers to try their hand at creation. From building sculptures of horsemen like David Wallace to making toilet paper koalas with Know my name artist Karla Dickens, each project combines learning and creative fun.
Experience the exhibition like never before
From Art Nouveau to Pacific Arts, the National Gallery of Australia has an evolving collection that contains over 155,000 works of art, all available online. Log in to view digital displays of exhibits, including Know my name, part one Know my name, part one or take a virtual tour to see Australia’s largest collection of First Nations art in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Galleries.
For those who have always wanted to learn more about the works of the National Gallery, curatorial videos are also available online to help art lovers familiarize themselves with the exhibits. Project 1: Sarah Lucas is an iconic example – bringing together curator Peter Johnson’s insights on the exhibition and one of England’s most influential and sincere artists, it’s a look at the artist’s recent sculptural works and some of his first photographic works.
Enter Art Talk
Have you ever walked into the NGA and wondered how the staff perceive art? How does it make them feel, what special memories can it hold for them? Every Thursday, NGA staff and artists participate in Art Talk, sharing works of art that are valuable in their lives and inspire new ways of thinking about the world.
For those more interested in the art of building design, an archive of Contemporary Australian Architects Lecture Series is available, dating from 2011. Showcasing the latest work from renowned Australian architects, this is the perfect aperitif for the 2021 series, starting September 7th. With tickets available online, the public is invited to purchase a ticket to learn more about the design process, hear firsthand the passion of architects, and learn about some of the big issues in design and sustainability.
Hear art come to life
For those with a penchant for history, the NGA podcast series and audio tours of the exhibition will step back in time and change the way you perceive the influence of art on Australian culture.
Start with Tim Ross’ Constant immerse yourself in the formative power of art and its undeniable constant presence in life. To hear a new perspective, listen to James Gleeson interview 98 Australian artists at their studios in oral history collection, an important resource and insight into how art has influenced Australia over the years.
Lectures and visits to major exhibitions are also available on request, including the Botticelli to Van Gogh: masterpieces from the National Gallery in London conferences and visits which provides a deep dive into exhibition, European art and how to tackle the gender divide in art history.
Watch the world of the NGA come to life
All available on demand, connect with the world of NGA digitally.
To concern The Know my name conference celebrate all women as artists, activists, researchers, intellectuals and mentors, with speakers such as Professor Griselda Pollock, winner of the 2020 Holberg Prize for her contribution to feminism and the history of art; and a Worimi woman and Narrm / Melbourne-based educator, curator and scholar Genevieve Grieves.
The story of American artist Jackson Pollock’s last monumental abstract painting and how it became part of Australia’s emerging national art collection in 1973 is also available to stream. Jackson Pollock: Blue Poles explores the controversy of the NGA’s most famous painting, moving beyond the sensationalism of the world headlines of the time and studying how it has contributed immeasurably to Australia’s cultural heritage.
To learn more about First Nations artists Vernon Ah Kee, Julie Gough, Mabel Juli, Yvonne Koolmatrie and Ken Thaiday Sr, the This place: artist series is also available online. Stream the episodes for free and gain a new understanding of First Nations art.
Discover all this and much more on nga.gov.au.
FEATURED IMAGE: Sarah Lucas, TITTIPUSSIDAD, 2018, installation view, Project 1: Sarah Lucas, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2021 © the artist.