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National Gallery Spring Calendar

National Gallery of Australia Spring Calendar

Sydney Long: the Spirit of the land

August 17 – November 11, 2012

Tickets: $15, Concession $12, Members $10

Sydney Long (1871–1955) is Australia’s foremost Art Nouveau painter and one of our major Symbolists. He created haunting scenes of the Australian landscape with decorative, poetic, musical qualities. His Art Nouveau works are like reveries, an escape from the everyday. He broke new ground by populating the Australian bush with the sinuous, graceful forms of nymphs and fauns, trees and birds, seeking in this way to convey its weird mystery. Long also painted many delightful landscapes and cityscapes in Australia and Britain in which, working with soft muted colours, he used his own sensuous and elegant approach. He was a leading painter-etcher of the 1920s and 1930s.

Guided tours daily at 11.00 am meet at information desk
at main entrance



Sydney Long: the Spirit of the land

Tuesday August 21, 12.45pm

Anna Gray, Head of Australian Art and curator of the exhibition, gives an overview of the exhibition.

Free (exhibition ticket required) | Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Fancy free: dancing figures and the art of Sydney Long

Thursday September 6, 12.45pm

Dr Michelle Potter, dance historian, looks at movements encouraging free, expressive dancing and how they are
reflected in the art of Sydney Long.

Free | Small Theatre

Director’s view

Thursday September 13, 12.45pm

Ron Radford, Director, discusses Sydney Long’s iconic Flamingoes c1907.

Free (after exhibition ticket) | Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Curator’s dinner

Friday September 14, 6pm

Anna Gray, curator of the exhibition and Head of Australian Art, discusses Sydney Long: the Spirit of the land, followed by an exclusive viewing and a three-course dinner in Gandel Hall.

$150 members, $160 guests | bookings essential | Gandel Hall

Long’s Sydney

Thursday September 20, 12.45 pm

Emma Kindred, Assistant Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings, discusses Sydney Long’s images of the harbour city.

Free (after exhibition ticket) | Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Piping as though he would never grow old

Thursday October 4, 12.45 pm

Anna Gray, curator of the exhibition, discusses Long’s development from his early poetic impressionism to the overt symbolism in his Art Nouveau paintings.

Free (after exhibition ticket) | Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Morning tea

Wednesday October 10, 10.15 am

Anna Gray, curator of the exhibition, provides a tour for members and guests, followed by morning tea.

$25 members, $35 guests | bookings essential 

Sydney Long’s art and life

Saturday October 13, 2pm

Anna Gray, curator of the exhibition, in conversation with Virginia Haussegger, ABC TV news presenter, journalist and author.

Free | James O Fairfax Theatre

The spirit of Art Nouveau: decorative arts and design in Australia around 1900

Thursday October 18, 12.45 pm

Christopher Menz, Acting Director, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, discusses the profound influence of Art Nouveau on Australian decorative arts and design around 1900.

Free | Small Theatre

Sydney Long: early efforts

Tuesday October 30, 12.45 pm

Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings, discusses Sydney Long’s very early prints featured in the exhibition.

Free (after exhibition ticket) | Temporary Exhibitions Gallery


Tales for the very young

Ages 3–5, to be accompanied

Tuesday November 6, 10.30–11.30 am

Margie Kevin, Gallery educator, leads this activity-based tour with stories about the people and places featured in the works in the exhibition.

$7, $5 child members (free for accompanying adults) 

bookings essential | meet in main foyer


Sydney Long, the ‘poet’s painter’

Saturday September 29, 2pm

Local poets Charlotte Clutterbuck, John Foulcher, Susan Hampton and Hal Judge celebrate the ‘poet’s painter’
with readings from poems by Long’s contemporaries, including Longfellow, Tennyson and Brennan.

Free | Small Theatre

Lyrical Long

Sunday October 28, 2.30–4pm

Duo Merindah, comprising flautist Teresa Rabe and guitarist Minh Le Hoang, performs music inspired by Long’s work.

Free | Temporary Exhibitions Gallery



DVD, 1968, 131 mins, PG
Sunday September 16, 2pm

A biography of Isadora Duncan, the 1920s dancer who forever changed people's ideas of ballet, Directed by Karel Veisz, starring Vanessa Redgrave.

Free | James O Fairfax Theatre

Playing Beatie Bow

35 mm, 1986, PG, 93 mins
Sunday September 30, 2pm

Abigail Kirk travels back in time to 1873 while playing the game Beatie Bow. Film permission courtesy of SAFC and Endemol Worldwide Distribution. Print courtesy National Film and Sound Archive.

Free | James O Fairfax Theatre


35mm, 1993, MA, 98 mins

Sunday October 21, 2pm

A young minister and his wife visit a painter in the Blue Mountains to dissuade him from exhibiting a blasphemous work. Two freethinking models distract them from their task. Written and directed by John Duigan and starring Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Sam Neil, Elle McPherson, Kate Fisher and Portia de Rossi. Print courtesy National Film and Sound Archive

Free | James O Fairfax Theatre


Ex libris: screenprinting workshop

ages 13+

Saturday September 15, 10.30–12.30 pm

Choose from a range of designs and print your own ex libris (bookplate) using screenprinting techniques.

$30, $25 members/concession (includes materials)

bookings essential | Megalo Print Studio + Gallery

Art Nouveau off the street: glass-making workshop

all ages 8+, no experience necessary

Saturday October 27, 11am-1pm, and repeated 2pm-4pm.

Be guided by a glass artist to create your very own Art Nouveau glass panel inspired by Long’s paintings.

$130, $120 members/concession (includes materials)

places limited, bookings essential | Canberra Glassworks


Private viewing for carers

Thursday August 30, 10.30 am

Led by voluntary guides in collaboration with Carers ACT.

Free | bookings through Carers ACT (02) 6296 9900

meet in main foyer

For special-access, sign-interpreted and descriptive tours

Free | bookings essential (02) 6240 6519

or email access@nga.gov.au

Assisted tour for people with disabilities

Thursday September 20, 10.30 am

Special-access viewing for people with disabilities and their carers.

terpreted tour

Sunday November 4, 2.30 pm

Auslan sign-interpreted tour of the exhibition.

Descriptive tour

Saturday November 10, 2.30 pm

Led by voluntary guides for people who are blind or have low vision.

Program and exhibition dates are subject to change. All information is correct as of August 17. Check events closer to the date at nga.gov.au/WhatsOn or telephone (02) 6240 6502. Open 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily