Skip to main content

The National Portrait Gallery is temporarily closed to the public until further notice.

Menu

The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

2021 Annual Appeal

Championing contemporary photography for a new generation

Your support will help us expand our contemporary collection.

Make a donation

From brushstrokes to the lens, the National Portrait Gallery Collection presents insightful stories of the heart of Australia – who we are, our successes, our tribulations, and where we are going. Thanks to the generosity of our many donors, members and supporters, we have been able to continue growing this rich collection, for generations of Australians to come.

While our three thousand portraits span multiple artistic mediums, contemporary photography – comprising over half of our artworks – remains essential to capturing the inspiring narratives of present-day Australians.

Accordingly, this year the National Portrait Gallery warmly invites you to contribute to our contemporary photography fund, starting with the acquisition of Peter Brew-Bevan’s stunning images of three formidable women. It is a trio of strong and stylish photographs, in line with their exceptional subjects: Turia Pitt, Leisel Jones OAM and Ellie Cole OAM. We are thrilled at the opportunity to bring these portraits into the collection, and, with your help, we look forward to presenting more contemporary Australians through the art of photography, and bringing portraiture to a new generation.

Karen Quinlan AM, Director

Ellie Cole, 2016 (printed 2021) Peter Brew-Bevan
Ellie Cole, 2016 (printed 2021) Peter Brew-Bevan
Turia Pitt, 2017 (printed 2021) Peter Brew-Bevan
Turia Pitt, 2017 (printed 2021) Peter Brew-Bevan
Leisel Jones (detail), 2015 (printed 2021) Peter Brew-Bevan
Leisel Jones (detail), 2015 (printed 2021) Peter Brew-Bevan

Self-described as masterful, gritty and someone who never gives up, Turia Pitt is an author, athlete, and wellness coach. Read more

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest ever breaststroke competitors, Leisel Jones OAM is the first Australian swimmer to have competed at four Olympic Games. Read more

Victorian swimming champion Ellie Cole OAM was just two years old when she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in her right leg. Read more

Peter Brew-Bevan is a leading Australian portrait and fashion photographer. Read more

Video: Ellie Cole on the freedom of the pool and being photographed by Peter Brew-Bevan.

Make a donation

Contact us

If you would like talk further about supporting the 2021 Annual Appeal, please contact:

Rachel Hopkins
Philanthropy Executive
T: 02 6102 7049

Jenny Kich
Foundation Manager
T: 02 6102 7026

See portraits previously acquired with the assistance of the Circle of Friends.

Related information

The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance

The Gallery

Visit us, learn with us, support us or work with us! Here’s a range of information about planning your visit, our history and more!

The National Portrait Gallery building at night
The National Portrait Gallery building at night
The National Portrait Gallery building at night
The National Portrait Gallery building at night

Support your Portrait Gallery

We depend on your support to keep creating our programs, exhibitions, publications and building the amazing portrait collection!

Visiting the Gallery
Visiting the Gallery
Visiting the Gallery
Visiting the Gallery

Plan your visit

Timed ticketing, location, accessibility and amenities

© National Portrait Gallery 2021
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

This website comprises and contains copyrighted materials and works. Copyright in all materials and/or works comprising or contained within this website remains with the National Portrait Gallery and other copyright owners as specified.

The National Portrait Gallery respects the artistic and intellectual property rights of others. The use of images of works of art reproduced on this website and all other content may be restricted under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Requests for a reproduction of a work of art or other content can be made through a Reproduction request. For further information please contact NPG Copyright.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency