Nudity runs free through the Art Gallery of NSW after-hours.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is getting nude, and not nude in some kind of metaphorical minimalist kind of way. Nude in the most literal sense of the word. The full frontal kind.

And really, is there any better way to celebrate summer that getting your kit off? Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night at the Art Gallery of NSW in January 2017 you can. Well, not really, thats all kinds of illegal. But you can go see the Art Gallery's celebration of nudity in their major summer after-hours program, Nude at Night.

Hinged around the Nude: Art from the Tate collection, Nude at Night is a free series of talks, live music, nude-themed film screenings, guided tours from local artists and thinkers, as well as nearly-nude drawing workshops (the best kind of workshop). In association with the Sydney Festival, our limber friends from the Sydney Dance Company will also be performing a work inspired by the exhibition.

The cornerstone exhibition Nude will display more than 100 iconic works by iconic artists such as Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud, Henri Matisse and Louise Bourgeois. After a night of admiring the human form, you're invited to wind down at the pop-up bar in the gallery forecourt.

Each Nude at Night will have a different theme. Wednesdays are all about talks, with prominent Australian writers taking to the stage to compose fictional backstories to the featured artworks. The lineup includes some top writers including Christos Tsiolkas, Linda Jaivin, Benjamin Law, Anita Heiss and Michael Leunig. Thursday nights take on a more philosophical edge, with thinkers from The School of Life gathering to discuss writing and theories behind the fluid concepts of nudity and nakedness. Topping off your week the best way possible is the 'Nearly Nude' drawing workshops on Friday nights, conveniently located in the pop-up bar every Friday eve in January.

Nude at Night kicks off Wednesday, January 4 and runs until Friday, January 27 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. For more information about nightly events, please visit the Nude at Night website.

Published on January 04, 2017 by Natalie Freeland

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