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Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly 1946

 

AGWA Curator Melissa Harpley

 

  Sidney Nolan's

  Ned Kelly series

  11 August – 12 November 2018 | FREE

  AUSTRALIAN

  COORDINATING CURATOR MELISSA HARPLEY,

  HISTORICAL + MODERN ART

 

AGWA celebrates free-thinkers, boundary-pushers and ground-breakers in the second half of 2018 through three contrasting exhibitions - Rebels, Radicals and Pathfinders

 

Ned Kelly seen through Sidney Nolan’s rebel masterpiece series, explores themes of identity, individuality, a strong sense of place and vivid brushwork, which have cemented this series of outlaw Ned Kelly in Australia’s psyche of national identity.

AGWA focusses on the Australian iconic rebel Ned Kelly as immortalised in Sidney Nolan’s celebrated series of 26 works from the 1940s. This must see series is on short-term loan from the National Gallery of Australia. The show offers a rare opportunity to view this renowned sequence depicting the story of the fabled bush outlaw Kelly, demonstrating Nolan’s characteristic bold and expressive sense of landscape and vivid storytelling.

From 1946-47, Nolan developed an original and starkly simplified image of Ned Kelly, which quickly became a national symbol—part of the shared iconography of Australia. The NGA acquired its first Ned Kelly work from the series in 1972, Death of Sergeant Kennedy at Stringybark Creek 1946. In 1977, Sunday Reed donated to the NGA 25 of the 27 paintings from Nolan’s first exhibited Kelly series. Together, these 26 paintings provide a masterclass on Australian art history and the development of a new figuration and landscape painting in Australian art, with enamel-like surfaces on board.

Curated by Dr Deborah Hart Head of Australian Art, NGA

 

Sidney Nolan Steve Hart dressed as a girl 1947 from the Ned Kelly series 1946-1947  Sidney Nolan The trial 1947 from the Ned Kelly series 1946-1947

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH EY – PRICIPAL EXHIBITION SPONSOR

 

 

EVENTS & PROGRAMS

REBELS, RADICALS AND PATHFINDERS LECTURE SERIES
Once a month for 3 months

$18 | $15 Members (Members Season Pass $30)
Delve into Australia’s long love of the anti-authoritarian, explorer psyche with this 3-part lecture series.

Rebels | Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly series

SOLD OUT
10.30-11.30am, Saturday 11 August

Join NGA Head of Australian Art, Deborah Hart, for a discussion about the Sidney Nolan masterpieces and the iconic Australian rebel Ned Kelly upon the commencement of the Ned Kelly series exhibiting at AGWA. Facilitated by AGWA Curator of Historical and Modern Art Melissa Harpley.

Radicals | Biomess
10.30-11.30am, Saturday 15 September

Pathfinders | spaced 3: north by southeast
10.30-11.30am, Saturday 20 October

 

REBELS | CURATOR TOUR: NED KELLY & AGWA HISTORICAL

SOLD OUT
6-7.30pm, Thursday 20 September

$35 | $25 Members
Join AGWA Curator Melissa Harpley on an exclusive after-hours tour of this wonderful exhibition.

 

REBELS | MEET ME IN THE MEMBERS LOUNGE: NED KELLY
10-11.30am, Friday 5 October | FREE (Members Only)
AGWA Members meet in the members lounge for morning tea and guided tour of the Ned Kelly series and AGWA Historical exhibition.

 

FOR FAMILIES | FREE

Rebels, Radicals and Pathfinders for Children and Families
10am-5pm, 2 July – 21 September (closed Tuesdays)


Calling all risk-takers, change-makers, disrupters and visionaries! Visit the Imagination Room during opening hours and create an imaginative mask to reveal your wildest, bravest, most radical self.
Bring Ned Kelly’s adventures to life through children’s labels and guided tours of the Sidney Nolan series.

Imaginative Mask Making Workshop for Families
2-4pm, Thursday 5 July
Join AGWA Artist Educator Lilly Blue for a free family workshop suitable for all ages.

Ned Kelly Guided Tours

11am-12pm, Wednesdays
1-2pm, Fridays & Saturdays

Bring your whole family in during the school holidays and explore the Ned Kelly series from a fresh perspective with a Gallery Guide. Join a tour of the acclaimed Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly series to find out about the rebel in our Rebels, Radicals and Pathfinders series of exhibitions.

ARTBUBS

Rebels, Radicals and Pathfinders

10.30am-12pm, Wednesday 19 September
$15 (ticket includes tour and morning tea)
Tickets available from 24 August

For many artists the purpose of their art is not to represent reality but to make us look at and think about the world we live in differently. This tour will help you to look closely at the work of artists who have intentionally pushed the accepted boundaries of art.

 

GUIDED TOURS | FREE
There is nothing like a personal interaction to spark the imagination.

tour of the acclaimed Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly series to find out about the rebel in our Rebels, Radicals and Pathfinders series of exhibitions.

Ned Kelly Guided Tours

11am, Wednesdays
1pm, Fridays & Saturdays

AGWA Historical Tours
1pm, Thursdays

 

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The West Australian

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See Saw magazine

Weekend Notes

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Principal Exhibition Sponsor

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Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly series – A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition.

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program and by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program.

The National Gallery of Australia is an Australian Government Agency.

 


Sidney Nolan
Ned Kelly 1946
from the Ned Kelly series 1946 – 1947
enamel paint on composition board
90.80 x 121.50 cm
Gift of Sunday Reed 1977

National Gallery of Australia

Sidney Nolan
Steve Hart dressed as a girl 1947
from the Ned Kelly series 1946 – 1947
enamel paint on composition board
90.60 x 121.10 cm
Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
National Gallery of Australia


Sidney Nolan
The trial 1947
from the Ned Kelly series 1946 – 1947
enamel paint on composition board
90.70 x 121.20 cm
Gift of Sunday Reed 1977

National Gallery of Australia


 




 

 


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