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Current Exhibitions

Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award

Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award
22 August - 23 November 2014

The Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award is an annual event intended to extend traditional notions of portraiture and reflects the National Portrait Gallery's commitment to fostering emerging artists with an interest in contemporary technology. With the generous support of The Macquarie Group Foundation, the National Portrait Gallery is offering a $10,000 bursary to the artist judged to have made the most outstanding screen-based digital portrait. The Exhibition of the awardee and selected finalists will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery from 22 August to 23 November 2014.

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Arcadia: Sound of the sea

Arcadia: Sound of the sea
14 August - 19 October 2014

Arcadia is an exhibition of lyrical, richly-textured photographs by John Witzig, co-founder of Tracks magazine and founder of SeaNotes, with huge ink drawings by Nicholas Harding and psychedelic film footage by Albert Falzon. Imbued with a Romantic conception of the awesome and spiritually restorative force of the sea, it expresses the free-spirited, revolutionary character of a group of young and perfectly-formed Australian surfers in the early 1970s. Image: Arcadia (Wayne Lynch and Bob McTavish) 1969 (printed 2011) by John Witzig (detail).

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Coming Soon

Masters of modern Indonesian portraiture

Masters of modern Indonesian portraiture
13 September - 15 October

A major National Gallery of Indonesia initiative, Masters of modern Indonesian portraiture presents key modernist paintings and drawings along with a selection of contemporary works. This is the first time works from the National Gallery of Indonesia will travel to Australia, and importantly one of the rare times eminent modern artists from Indonesia will be shown in Australia. Image: Self portrait 1957 Sunarto P. R., Indonesia National Gallery

In the flesh

In the flesh
7 November 2014 - 9 March 2015

In the flesh is an enthralling and immersive experience of contemporary figurative art that explores the concept of humanness. The exhibition invites you to contemplate the nature of consciousness, self-awareness and emotional states through the works of ten Australian artists. Confronting the themes of nurture, vulnerability, self-possession, isolation, acceptance and intimacy, In the flesh dwells on the interface of the mind and the body. Image: Woman and child, 2010 Sam Jinks (detail)

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