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Explore representations of destructive and seductive women in mythology, looking at Bertram Mackennal’s Circe (1893) and John Longstaff’s The Sirens (1892) in the NGV’s 20th Century Australian art gallery.

Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.


Angela Hesson

Dr Angela Hesson is Curator of Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). She has curated numerous exhibitions, including Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art (2019) and Love: Art of Emotion 1400-1800 (2017). Prior to her appointm... Read more

Vidya Makan

Perhaps best known for her recent critically acclaimed performance as ‘Dot/Marie’ in Sunday In The Park With George (Watch This), Vidya Makan is no stranger to theatre. She is a composer, singer, actor and musician, living in Melbourne, Australia, dedicated to changing the scope of the ‘co... Read more

Roj Amedi

Roj Amedi is senior human rights campaigner at GetUp! and a writer and editor based in Naarm/Melbourne. Roj’s editorial experience has spanned across art, culture and design, editing publications such as Acclaim Magazine and Neue Luxury. She has also written for The Saturday Paper, SBS, Vault, Swa... Read more

Nayuka Gorrie

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunnai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta essayist and screenwriter.


NGV Australia, Federation Square

The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, Federation Square

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