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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
Hall

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 bookings@nma.gov.au 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 bookings@nma.gov.au 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.

Free
Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
Visions Theatre

Landmark women

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

Museum Friends program

Now in its ninth year this popular program features prominent women, who live and work in Canberra, talking about their lives, work and passions.

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

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.

Free
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.

Discovery Space: horse toys and big spirit sculpture

Wednesday 1 October 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 toy horse 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 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 - 10 October
10am - 1pm, The Hall
Entry by donation

Discovery Space: horse toys and big spirit sculpture

Thursday 2 October 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 toy horse 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 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 - 10 October
10am - 1pm, The Hall
Entry by donation

Discovery Space: horse toys and big spirit sculpture

Friday 3 October 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 toy horse 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 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 - 10 October
10am - 1pm, The Hall
Entry by donation

New members welcome tour

Friday 3 October 2014, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Museum Friends program

An opportunity for new Museum Friends to meet staff, share a welcoming cup of tea in our members lounge and take a guided Museum Highlights tour of the Museum galleries.

Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
Meet in the Friends Lounge

 

Discovery Space: horse toys and big spirit sculpture

Tuesday 7 October 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 toy horse 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 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 - 10 October
10am - 1pm, The Hall
Entry by donation

Discovery Space: horse toys and big spirit sculpture

Wednesday 8 October 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 toy horse 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 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 - 10 October
10am - 1pm, The Hall
Entry by donation

Discovery Space: horse toys and big spirit sculpture

Thursday 9 October 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 toy horse 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 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 - 10 October
10am - 1pm, The Hall
Entry by donation

Discovery Space: horse toys and big spirit sculpture

Friday 10 October 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 toy horse 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 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 - 10 October
10am - 1pm, The Hall
Entry by donation

Warlpiri Drawings public lecture: Melinda Hinkson

Wednesday 15 October 2014, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Drawing Life: Warlpiri lines on a changing world

This public lecture is presented as a curatorial backstory to the exhibition Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future showing at the National Museum of Australia from August 2014 to May 2015.

Join anthropologist and curator Melinda Hinkson as she reflects on the process of introducing an important collection of crayon drawings, six decades after they were made, to the descendants of their makers. In what ways might the activity of drawing be understood as a vital space for cross-cultural interaction?

Free
Bookings essential. Book online through the Eventbrite website
Visions Theatre

More on Drawing Life: Warlpiri lines on a changing world

Spirited lecture series

Thursday 16 October 2014, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Jennifer Wilson and Karen Hood - Body and spirit: Australian horse welfare

This free lecture series offers insights into the stories behind the exhibition Spirited: Australia's Horse Story.

Body and spirit: Australian horse welfare is presented by National Museum curator Jennifer Wilson and Heavy Horse Heaven president Karen Hood.

Free
Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
Visions Theatre

Landmark women: Dr Sue Packer

Friday 17 October 2014, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Museum Friends program

Landmark women features prominent Canberra women talking about their lives, work and passions. Our October guest is Dr Sue Packer AM. Sue is a paediatrician and heads the Child at Risk Assessment Unit at Canberra Hospital, who is dedicated to improving the lives of children who have been abused or neglected. Sue was Canberra Citizen of the Year in 2013 and is also chairwoman of the Mr Fluffy Community and Expert Reference Group.

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

Conservation lab tour

Tuesday 21 October 2014, 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Museum Friends program

Head of Conservation Vicki Humphrey will conduct this special tour of the Mitchell repository. It is a great opportunity to see the Museum's behind-the-scenes work on collection and display objects at the Museum's Mitchell repository.

Cost: $5 Museum Friends. Refreshments included.
Bookings essential. Email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
90 Vicars Street, Mitchell

Art at the Museum: Message for a moment

Wednesday 5 November 2014, 10:30am to 12:00pm

Access program (adults)

What message do you have for the world? Inspired by Arthur Stace and his famous 'Eternity' message, we will use chalk and stencils to produce fleeting sidewalk art at the Museum.

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

A colour photograph of a woman and a girl.

Get messy with Grandma or Grandpa

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

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

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

Creation station

Wednesday 19 November 2014, 10:30am to 11:30am

Fun and exciting workshops combining art and music for preschoolers with or without a disability.

Cost: $5 per person
Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours)

Spirited lecture series

Thursday 20 November 2014, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Professor Paul McGreevy - Equitation science: understanding how horses think and learn

This free lecture series offers insights into the stories behind the exhibition Spirited: Australia's Horse Story.

Free
Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
Visions Theatre

Landmark women

Friday 21 November 2014, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Museum Friends program

Now in its ninth year this popular program features prominent women, who live and work in Canberra, talking about their lives, work and passions.

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

Spirited: curator tour

Monday 24 November 2014, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Museum Friends program

Join a special curator-led tour of the Spirited exhibition with a curator, followed by light refreshments in the Friends Lounge.

Cost: $10 full members, $15 essentials members. Includes refreshments.
Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
Meet in the Friends Lounge