Past Community Programs

January - June 2009


Sunday Films

Big House Film Society presents monthly fi lm screenings exclusively for Big House and ACT M&G Members.
Cards must be shown at the door and memberships to both organisations can be purchased on the day.

For: Members of Big House Films and ACT M&G
Cost: Free
RSVP: 6207 3968

Big House Film Society presents:

Sunday 22 March › 1.00 – 5.00pm

Orders To Kill (1958) + Murder by Contract (1958)
What if the killer has a conscience?

Sunday 3 May › 1.00 – 5.00pm

Crime Wave (1952) + Blood On The Moon (1948)
Keeping your friends closer …

Sunday 31 May › 1.00 – 5.00pm

Summerfield (1977) + The Innocents (1961)
Ethereal mysteries – at home and abroad.

Sunday 28 June › 1.00 – 4.00pm

Godfather II (1974)
Second instalment of our 3 year trilogy commitment.

CMAG Staff Collections

Thursday 14 May › 12.30 – 2.00pm

An intriguing insight into the personal collections gathered and cherished by the CMAG staff. Discover who collects vintage soft drink bottles, who is passionate about Buddhist and Hindu art, who hunts for party tumblers and who can’t resist Papua New Guinean bilum bags. Join the CMAG collectors as they discuss their treasured possessions and the addictive world of collecting.

Cost: Free
RSVP: 6207 3968
Open Collection

Members’ Event: Members’ Preview
Mandy Martin: Paintings 1981-2008

Thursday 28 May > 6.00 – 8.00pm

Peter Haynes, Director, ACT Museums & Galleries, and curator of the exhibition leads a special preview tour of this survey exhibition of works from 1981 to 2008 by renowned artist, Mandy Martin.

For: Members and their guests
Cost: Free, includes light refreshments
RSVP: 6207 3968, by Tues 26 May for catering purposes
Gallery 2/3

Sound of SOM

Tuesday 19 May › 12.30 - 1.30pm

Students and staff from the ANU School of Music present a lunchtime recital of Chamber Music comprising differing Ensembles from the School.

Cost: Gold coin donation
RSVP: 6207 3968
Gallery 1


Wednesday 3 June › 1.00 – 2.00pm

Peter Haynes, Director, ACT Museums and Galleries and curator of the exhibition, discusses Mandy Martin: Paintings 1981-2008. In association with ANU School of Art.

Cost: Free
CMAG Theatrette

LOVER COVER: David Kilby’s LP Record Covers

Wednesday 24 June > 12.30 - 1.30pm

You may not have thought about it much before but record covers, front and back, are a social document. Join David Kilby, ABC radio presenter and avid record collector, as he takes an amusing but affectionate look at his collection and discusses the changing styles of record covers since the 1930s. Discover how a functional casing can be an interesting and sometimes novel reflection of the times.

Cost: Free
RSVP: 6207 3968 (limited seating)
Open Collection

Ocean to Outback: A Sunburnt Country
School Holiday Program

Thursday 16 April > 10.00am – 12.30pm (6 to 8 years)

Explore the sweeping plains, ragged mountains and far horizons of the Australian landscape, past, present, and future. What will our landscape look like in 100 years? Create your own future landscape using a variety of 2D and 3D materials.

For: Children aged 6 to 8 years
Cost: $15 (ACT M&G Members $12). Prepayment is required to confirm your booking.
Bookings and payment: 6207 3968, by Tues 14 April
CMAG Studio

Ocean to Outback: Floortalk Series

A series of floortalks focusing on particular works in the National Gallery of Australia’s travelling exhibition, Ocean to Outback: Australian Landscape Painting 1850-1950.

Thursday 26 February › 12.30-1.00pm

Gallery 2/3

Ron Radford, Director, National Gallery of Australia and Curator of Ocean to Outback, discusses selected works from the exhibition.

Peter Haynes, Director, ACT Museums & Galleries, examines interpretations of the Monaro landscape, focussing on Elioth Gruner’s Murrumbidgee Ranges, Canberra 1934 and Eric Thake’s Kosciusko and the Murray Flats at Towong 1932.


Thursday 26 March › 12.30-1.00pm

Gallery 2/3

Mark Van Veen, Assistant Director: Curatorial & Exhibitions, ACT Museums & Galleries, discusses Arthur Streeton’s artist’s camp via Sirius Cove 1895 and Sydney Harbour: A Souvenir c.1897.

Deborah Clark, Curator of Visual Arts, explores A Sunday Afternoon c.1886 by Tom Roberts.

Thursday 7 May › 12.30-1.00pm
Gallery 2/3

Peter Haynes, Director, ACT Museums & Galleries, discusses Sidney’s Nolan’s Ku-ring-gai Chase 1948, Inland Australia 1950 and Burke at Cooper’s Creek 1950.

Deborah Clark, Curator of Visual Arts, explores Arthur Boyd’s Boat Builders, Eden 1948.

Cost: Free
RSVP: 6207 3968


Indigenous Women’s Film Festival: Women of the Sun

In celebration of International Women’s Day CMAG and the ACT Office for Women present Women of the Sun. This remarkable four-part drama series, made in 1981, tells the story of four Aboriginal women. The first story is set in the 1820s, the second in the 1890s, the third in the 1930s and the fourth in the 1980s. In 2006 a further episode, Women of the Sun: 25 Years Later, was made. The series had a tremendous impact, bringing the story of Aboriginal women – in their own language – to a national audience for the first time. Women of the Sun won nine national and international awards including the United Nations Media Peace Prize and two Australian Writer’s Guild Awards. A great chance to relive this amazing achievement in Australian film, in association with Women’s History Month.

Wednesday 11 March › 5.30 – 8.30pm

Alinta: The Flame (Episode 1) + Maydina: The Shadow (Episode 2)

Wednesday 18 March › 5.30 – 8.30pm

Nerida Anderson (Episode 3) + Lo-Arna (Episode 4)

Wednesday 25 March › 5.30 – 8.30pm

Women of the Sun: 25 Years Later

Cost: Free, includes after-work refreshments
RSVP: 6207 3968, for catering purposes
CMAG Theatrette

Further information including study guide


Moonlight Matinee

Sunday 8 February › 8.00 – 11.00pm
CMAG Courtyard

Join us for an outdoor film screening under the stars in the CMAG courtyard.
Big House Films and ACT M&G present:

Singin’ In The Rain (1952) + extras
Under the stars and behind the scenes of the Golden Age of Hollywood!
Complimentary light refreshments will be served from 8.00pm.

For: Members and their guests
Cost: Free
RSVP: Essential on 6207 3968, by Wed 28 Jan

Drawing Workshop

Saturday 7 February › 11.00am – 5.00pm

Sue Taylor leads a one-day workshop where students will develop technical and observational skills needed to draw the human figure. The workshop will begin by focusing on life drawing, followed by figure drawing (concentrating on portraiture).

For: Adults (suitable for all levels)
Cost: $80 (ACT M&G Members $70).
Prepayment required to confirm your booking.*
Cost includes all materials and afternoon tea. Please BYO lunch.
Bookings and payment: 6207 3968, by Tues 3 Feb

Members’ Event: Members’ Viewing

Ocean to Outback: Australian Landscape Painting 1850 - 1950

Thursday 19 February 6.00 – 8.00pm
Gallery 2/3

Come and join Peter Haynes, Director, ACT Museums & Galleries, for a tour of this exhibition which is part of the twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations of the National Gallery of Australia. All the paintings in the exhibition are from the National Collection of art and some are on public display for the first time.

For: Members and their guests
Cost: $20, includes a catalogue and light refreshments.
Prepayment required to confirm your booking.*
Bookings and payment: 6207 3968, by Tues 17 Feb

Lunchtime Landscapes:

Landscape Painting for Absolute Beginners

Wednesdays 18, 25 February & 4, 11 March 12.30 – 1.30pm
CMAG Studio

The first in our series of beginner workshops in 2009
Become a landscape painter in four lunchtimes! This workshop is ideal for those who feel inspired by landscape painting, yet have no previous experience in painting or the visual arts. Facilitated by CMAG Education & Public Programs Officer, Amelia Zaraftis, participants will tour the Ocean to Outback exhibition, explore colour theory, create sketches, and experiment with acrylic paints. At the end of the program you will have an original artwork for your home or office.

For: Adult beginners
Cost: $55 (ACT M&G Members $50) for four week workshop.
Prepayment required to confirm your booking.*
All materials provided
Bookings and payment: 6207 3968, by Wed 11 Feb

A Troubled Landscape: Climate Change and Australian Identity

Wednesday 25 February 4.30 – 7.30pm
CMAG Theatrette

In conjunction with the National Gallery of Australia’s travelling exhibition Ocean to Outback: Australian Landscape Painting 1850 – 1950. A thought provoking forum exploring Australians’ relationship with our landscape and how this is changing through the effects of climate change, rural land use and urban development. Participants include Mandy Martin, Artist; Libby Robin, author of How a Continent Created a Nation; and Peter Andrews, Grazier (as seen on ABC’s Australian Story). Chaired by Peter Haynes, Director, ACT Museums & Galleries. Tea/coffee on arrival from 4.30pm, the forum will commence at 5.00pm and will conclude with an exhibition viewing and refreshments.

Cost: $15 ($12 ACT M&G/NGA Members), includes refreshments.
Prepayment is required to confirm your booking.*
Bookings and payment: 6207 3968, by Sun 22 Feb

CMAG Children’s Trail

Drop into CMAG any time, and go exploring our collection with our Children’s Trail. Pick up a booklet and pencil from the front desk and you’re ready to go. A great way to introduce your children to museums.

For: Families with 4 to 8 year olds.
Cost: Free
NB: Parental supervision required

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