Online and distance groups
Can't make it to Canberra? Let the National Portrait Gallery come to you! Our Virtual Excursions connect the Gallery to classrooms and community groups from all over Australia and beyond. Wherever you are, you can participate in live, fully-interactive learning programs and virtual excursions aligned with the Australian Curriculum. All our programs encourage participants to explore new ideas, ways of seeing and to respond creatively, in order to understand and appreciate Australian history, people and art.
The Virtual Excursions project is made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.
How does it work?
Virtual Excursions are 60-minute learning programs where your group has access to a Gallery Learning Facilitator via videoconferencing.
You can connect with your:
- Videoconferencing system – e.g. Polycom, Tandberg or similar;
- Classroom PC or Mac with connected webcam and microphone;
- Mobile device(s) – e.g. iPads, Android tablets.
Once you’ve made a booking, the Gallery will email you more information with instructions on how to connect.
Bookings & contacts
To make a booking, please go to the bookings page and choose Virtual Excursions from the program list and please state the program name in the 'Special requirements' field.
We welcome any general enquiries, or discussions regarding specific content for programs. Please contact the Digital Learning Coordinator Alana Sivell (02) 6102 7060.
Browse the list of Virtual Excursions on offer below.
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017
Photography (Years 7 to 10)
What makes a captivating photographic portrait? Examine a range of historic photographic portraits in our collection through to contemporary works featured in the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017. Examine the photographers’ approaches and learn some techniques to take your portrait photos to the next level!
ATSI achievements and activism
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies (Years 4 to 6)
How have artists captured Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in portraits? Explore different techniques used by artists and learn about the people in the portraits – their achievements, roles, stories of activism and connection with country.
Portrait of Australian Society
Civics and citizenship (Years 7 to 10)
How do we participate in this diverse and interconnected world? Reflect on your own civic responsibilities and discover the lives of individuals through their portraits and how they have contributed to Australia’s evolving identity.