Until mid-October, stepping inside NGV Australia is like stepping back in time, with Aussie art from the '30s, the '90s and by Indigenous artists in the spotlight. The gallery doesn't just want to highlight creativity from eras gone by, however — it wants to pair its Brave New World, Every Brilliant Eye and Past Legacy: Present Tense showcases with everything art lovers need to know about appreciating the exhibitions' key works.
On Sundays at 1pm between September 17 and October 8, Illuminating Australian Art will teach art aficionados two important things: how artists make their masterpieces, and how audiences approach and interpret them. The weekly sessions will step through movements from modernism onwards, using artworks in the NGV's Australian collection, and combining lectures on crucial themes and ideas with floortalks throughout the gallery.
Featuring artists, lecturers, and NGV educators and exhibition curators, the series kicks off with a class on 'Becoming Modern', before stepping through topics such as the ways bodies are represented in Australian art, the relationship between consumerist cultures and appreciating art, and perspectives on Indigenous art. Lock one into your diary for an informative Sunday, or book into all four to truly expand your creative horizons.
Image: Thomas Dallas Watson.