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Courtesy Matthew Seed - The Horse Photographer

Spirited: behind-the-scenes tour

Wednesday 3 September 2014, 9:00am to 11:00am

Book early to secure your spot for an exclusive peek at the installation of the new exhibition Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story, before it opens to the public. Enjoy a personalised curator-led walk through the gallery, then relax in our Friends Lounge to enjoy a very spirited morning tea. Numbers are strictly limited to 30 so please book early!

Cost: $25 Museum Friends
Book online through the Eventbrite website

Pseudo Echo and Absolutely 80s

Pseudo Echo and Absolutely 80s concert

Saturday 6 September 2014, 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Reverb: Telling Australia’s music history one song at a time

Reverb will rocket you back to the 80s with a star-studded line-up that can't be missed!

Join us as influential electro-rockers Pseudo Echo take the stage with Absolutely 80s pop idols Brian Mannix (Uncanny X-Men), Scott Carne (Kids In The Kitchen) and David Sterry (Real Life).

Cost: $45 general admission,  $40 concession, $35 Museum Friends
Book online through the Eventbrite website

More information on the Pseudo Echo and Absolutely 80s concert

A colour photograph of a woman and a girl.

Get messy with Grandma or Grandpa

Wednesday 10 September 2014, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Art and craft activities especially for preschool-aged children and their grandparents.

Cost: $10 family, $5 full members, full concession members free. Includes refreshments.
Bookings essential by email or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
Friends Lounge

Travels in time concert

Wednesday 10 September 2014, 10:30am to 11:30am

A special concert performance celebrating our Object Stories project

Join us as we explore special objects from around the country through story and song, delightfully interwoven with music performed by Alice Cottee's 'Dollface'.  A warm welcome is extended to people living with dementia and their families.

Cost: $10, $8 Friends
Book online through the Eventbrite website
or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours)

More on Object Stories, a collaboration between the National Museum, ABC Open and Radio National.

Art at the Museum: Moving dreams

Wednesday 17 September 2014, 10:30am to 12:00pm

Access program (adults)

What's your favourite way to travel? Design your own magical mode of transport, inspired by the large objects in the Hall, and Spirited: Australia's Horse Story

Cost: $10 per person, $5 Museum Friends (full members)
Bookings essential by email or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours)

Spirited lecture series

Thursday 18 September 2014, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Martha Sear - The making of Spirited: Australia's Horse Story

This free lecture series offers insights into the stories behind the exhibition Spirited: Australia's Horse Story. In the first of the series senior curator Martha Sear outlines how the People and the Environment team at the National Museum of Australia developed this exhibition.

Book online through the Eventbrite website
Visions Theatre

Alex Sloan

Landmark women: Alex Sloan

Friday 26 September 2014, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Museum Friends program

Alex Sloan has been a journalist and broadcaster with the ABC for 25 years. She has worked for ABC Rural, Radio National and most recently, 666 ABC Canberra. Alex is known for her warm and engaging interview style and has won respect for firm but fair questioning across the Drive, Weekends, Mornings and now Afternoons programs at 666.

Cost: $10 non-members and Essentials, $5 full members, full concession members free. Includes refreshments.
Bookings essential by email or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
Visions Theatre and Friends Lounge

Horse and cowboy bush toy,
Tristan Young.

Discovery Space: horse toys and big spirit

Tuesday 30 September 2014, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Horse toys

Children have always loved horse toys. Inspired by the large metal horse sculptures and small bush toys in the Spirited exhibition, children can use wire and other materials to make a miniature horse toy to take home.

Big Spirit sculpture

Working with sculptors Andy Townsend and Suzie Bleach, children can help to create a dynamic life-size horse sculpture. Similar to their large work Adrift in the Museum's Main Hall, this horse will evolve over the course of the program as children stuff, lash, bind and tie a range of materials to its framework. Watch Big Spirit come to life!

Drop-in activities, no bookings necessary
Weekdays 30 September to 10 October
10am - 1pm, The Hall
Entry by donation

Drawing of 4 emus with an Aboriginal man throwing a spear at them with two trees in the background

Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century

Tuesday 30 September 2014, 1:00pm to 5:00pm

A symposium celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century by Andrew Sayers AM.

Many good books are published about Australian art, but few change the way we see and understand it. When Andrew Sayers’ Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century appeared in September 1994, it did just that. This symposium will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Andrew’s book – exploring its impact, and deepening and extending our understanding of its field. 

Speakers include Professor Tim Bonyhady, Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy, Carol Cooper, Dr David Hansen, Professor Nicholas Thomas, Dr Philip Jones, Dr Melinda Hinkson, Jonathan Jones and Andrew Sayers.

From 1pm – 5pm, followed by a reception
Bookings essential. Book online through the Eventbrite website or phone (02) 6208 5021
Visions Theatre 

Please note that seating is strictly limited at this event.

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