Talks, tours & events

9 to 5

Sat 9 Mar | 4.00pm

Screen icons Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton star in this office satire that celebrates the power of female friendship. Judy, Violet and Doralee couldn’t be more different from each other, but they’ve all got one thing in common — their boss. Barely getting by, with all taking and no giving, the three women decide to unite, kidnap their boss and take over the running of the office themselves. As relevant today as it was when it was first released, 9 to 5 is ripe for revisiting.

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Artist Talk: Karin Ruggaber

Sat 9 Mar | 2.00pm

Karin Ruggaber will talk about her recent explorations into weather, thunderstorms, making sculpture, figuration and expression. Her practice centres on our experiences, our imagination and fantasies around materials. In her work, Ruggaber investigates processes and larger ordering systems, through exploring the instinctual and haptic knowledge embedded in our interactions with them.

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sun 10 Mar | 2.00pm & 4.30pm

Featuring Oscar-nominated performances from both Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats) Lee Israel who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sun 10 Mar | 2.00pm & 4.30pm

Featuring Oscar-nominated performances from both Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats) Lee Israel who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.

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If Beale Street Could Talk

Sat 16 Mar | 4.30pm

Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins brings his highly anticipated next feature to the screen, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s stunning novel, If Beale Street Could Talk. In early 1970’s Harlem, Tish, a nineteen-year old girl, is in love with a young sculptor, Fonny, the father of her unborn child. When Fonny is falsely accused of rape and imprisoned, Tish and their families race to clear his name before the baby is born. A story about love persisting in the face of racial oppression and injustice, Jenkins brings together a talented young cast which includes Stephan James (Selma) as Fonny and newcomer Kiki Layne as Tish.

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Art Store Tour

Sun 17 Mar | 12.00 noon

Guided by one of our knowledgeable gallery team, you will learn about the story of Towner’s impressive art collection, from the original Victorian bequest to recent acquisitions of works by contemporary artists.

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If Beale Street Could Talk

Sun 17 Mar | 4.30pm

Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins brings his highly anticipated next feature to the screen, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s stunning novel, If Beale Street Could Talk. In early 1970’s Harlem, Tish, a nineteen-year old girl, is in love with a young sculptor, Fonny, the father of her unborn child. When Fonny is falsely accused of rape and imprisoned, Tish and their families race to clear his name before the baby is born. A story about love persisting in the face of racial oppression and injustice, Jenkins brings together a talented young cast which includes Stephan James (Selma) as Fonny and newcomer Kiki Layne as Tish.

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If Beale Street Could Talk

Thu 21 Mar | 4.30pm & 7.00pm

Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins brings his highly anticipated next feature to the screen, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s stunning novel, If Beale Street Could Talk. In early 1970’s Harlem, Tish, a nineteen-year old girl, is in love with a young sculptor, Fonny, the father of her unborn child. When Fonny is falsely accused of rape and imprisoned, Tish and their families race to clear his name before the baby is born. A story about love persisting in the face of racial oppression and injustice, Jenkins brings together a talented young cast which includes Stephan James (Selma) as Fonny and newcomer Kiki Layne as Tish.

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Maiden

Sat 23 Mar | 2.00pm

Maiden is the inspirational story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. Tracy’s dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up: she remortgaged her home and bought a secondhand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line.

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Green Book

Sat 23 Mar | 4.30pm

Set in America in 1962, Green Book tells the heart-warming true story of Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a working-class Italian-American bouncer who takes on a job as a chauffeur for Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a highly-educated African-American classical pianist. The mismatched pair embark on a two-month tour of concert venues in the racially charged deep south and discover they’re on the road to a meaningful and unique friendship.

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