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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.

Onsite at the Gallery

Saturday 2 July 2022Sunday 2 July 2023

Onsite at the Gallery

Saturday 2 July 2022 – Sunday 2 July 2023

Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019

Collection display galleries

Exhibition open every day

The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia.

William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor

Shakespeare to Winehouse

Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Exhibition closes 17 July

From Shakespeare to Winehouse, Darwin to Dickens, the Beatles, Brontë sisters and Beckham, the National Portrait Gallery London holds the world’s most extensive collection of portraits.

Bookings required
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)

Collection Highlights Tour

11:15am, Daily until Sat 31 Dec

Take a 30 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

Bookings available
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford

Darling Portrait Prize 2022

Exhibition closes 9 October

The Darling Portrait Prize is a national prize for Australian portrait painting honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015). The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

Bookings required
Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam
Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam
Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam
Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Exhibition closes 9 October

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Bookings required
Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize finalists
Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize finalists
Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize finalists
Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize finalists

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2022

Exhibition closes 9 October

Little Darlings is for primary and secondary students, with four separate categories across Kindergarten to Year 12. Responding to the theme ‘identity’, students painted, drew, photographed, printed or combined all of these to make their portrait.

Bookings required
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

The National Portrait Prizes 2022

Exhibition closes 9 October

Experience the very best new portrait paintings and photographs from across Australia.

Bookings required
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis

In Conversation with Helen Ennis

Changing spaces: Portraiture and photography

2:00pm, Sat 2 Jul
Onsite and live online

Join Australian photography curator, historian and writer, Helen Ennis for a conversation about photographers challenging the conventions of personal and public space in their portraits.

Bookings required
The Most Wuthering Heights Day ever
The Most Wuthering Heights Day ever
The Most Wuthering Heights Day ever
The Most Wuthering Heights Day ever

Outdoor Performance

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

10:30am, Sat 2 Jul

Calling on Canberra Cathies! Help celebrate Canberra’s sixth The Most Wuthering Heights Day ever and our special exhibition, Shakespeare to Winehouse, featuring a beautiful portrait of the Brontë sisters.

Beatrix Potter, 1938 Delmar Banner
Beatrix Potter, 1938 Delmar Banner
Beatrix Potter, 1938 Delmar Banner
Beatrix Potter, 1938 Delmar Banner

Family space

Play Plot

10:00am, Sat 2 Jul until Sun 17 Jul

This school holidays, remember to hop (like Peter Rabbit) into our play plot! Inspired by Beatrix Potter’s portrait in our special exhibition, Shakespeare to Winehouse.

Portrait Play activities in the gallery
Portrait Play activities in the gallery
Portrait Play activities in the gallery
Portrait Play activities in the gallery

Portrait play

10:30am, Mon 4 Jul until Fri 8 Jul

Are you aged between 4 and 8 years old? Why not join us in the galleries to explore portraits through drawing and creative activity?

Bookings required
Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing
Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing
Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing
Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing

Story time

Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country

10:30am, 1:30pm, Wed 6 Jul

Come and celebrate NAIDOC week with a reading of Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, followed by some colourful and playful activities.

Bookings required
Traditional weaving workshop
Traditional weaving workshop
Traditional weaving workshop
Traditional weaving workshop

Traditional weaving workshop walk-up

11:00am, Sat 9 Jul

Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples this NAIDOC week and join Ronnie Jordan a Kalkadoon Pitta Pitta woman, who will share her traditional ecological knowledge with you.

Portrait Play activities in the gallery
Portrait Play activities in the gallery
Portrait Play activities in the gallery
Portrait Play activities in the gallery

Portrait play

10:30am, Mon 11 Jul until Fri 15 Jul

Are you aged between 4 and 8 years old? Why not join us in the galleries to explore portraits through drawing and creative activity?

Bookings required
Patricia 'Bambi' Tuckwell (Shmith)
Patricia 'Bambi' Tuckwell (Shmith)
Patricia 'Bambi' Tuckwell (Shmith)
Patricia 'Bambi' Tuckwell (Shmith)

Relaxed mornings

9:00am, Sun 17 Jul

Explore the main collection before our usual opening hours. We welcome anyone of any age who would benefit from a more relaxed gallery experience. We’ll have low sensory spaces, quiet areas and a creative activity for families to enjoy together.

Bookings required
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Introducing the National Portrait Prizes 2022

In conversation with Sandra Bruce and Rebecca Ray

2:00pm, Sat 23 Jul
Onsite and live online

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection & Exhibitions, and Rebecca Ray, Associate Curator, as they explore some of their favourite portraits in our exciting new exhibitions.

Bookings required
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman

Little Faces

Winter 2022

10:30am, Wed 27 Jul until Fri 29 Jul

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
No-knit neurons
No-knit neurons
No-knit neurons
No-knit neurons

No-knit neurons

Drop-In Workshop

10:30am, 1:30pm, Sat 30 Jul

Fire up your brain and fingers this winter and make a no-knit neuron! Artists Pat Pillai and Rita Pearce of Neural Knitworks – craft a healthy brain will help you discover connections between art and brain health.

Winter festival
Winter festival
Winter festival
Winter festival

Winter festival

Warm up and chill out

10:00am, Sun 7 Aug

Celebrate the change in the seasons, the joy of art and coming together as a community in the warmth of the National Portrait Gallery!

Tactile selves
Tactile selves
Tactile selves
Tactile selves

Tactile Selves Workshop

Professional Learning program for teachers

3:30pm, Fri 12 Aug

Boost your creativity and build a toolkit of practical strategies to develop positive creative learning experiences for your students.

Bookings required
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.

Drawn in

Pop Up Choir

1:00pm, Sun 14 Aug

Draw while listening to the Pop Up Choir, singing songs that will leave your toes tapping and heart full.

Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman

Audio described tour

1:00pm, Wed 17 Aug

Join us in the Gallery as we explore the collection with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Sighted companions and guide dogs are more than welcome.

Bookings required
The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness Matt Ottley
The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness Matt Ottley
The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness Matt Ottley
The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness Matt Ottley

Professional Learning Program for teachers and museum educators

The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness

4:00pm, Thu 18 Aug

Join award winning writer, illustrator, musician and composer Matt Ottley for an intimate conversation focussed on his latest ground-breaking work, The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness, about one boy’s journey into mental illness.

Bookings required
Matt Ottley, 2019 Jana Vodesil-Baruffi
Matt Ottley, 2019 Jana Vodesil-Baruffi
Matt Ottley, 2019 Jana Vodesil-Baruffi
Matt Ottley, 2019 Jana Vodesil-Baruffi

Screening and Q&A with Matt Ottley

The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness (MA 15+)

2:00pm, Sun 21 Aug

Join award winning writer, illustrator, musician and composer Matt Ottley for an intimate conversation focussed on his latest ground-breaking work, The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness, about one boy’s journey into mental illness.

Bookings required
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman

Little Faces

Winter 2022

10:30am, Wed 24 Aug until Fri 26 Aug

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Lynden Bassett
Lynden Bassett
Lynden Bassett
Lynden Bassett

Drawn in

Lynden Bassett

1:00pm, Sun 18 Sep

Draw while listening to a gentle sound work based on mandolin and electronics with sound artist Lynden Bassett.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

WHO ARE YOU

Australian portraiture

Exhibition opens 1 October

Featuring more than two-hundred works by Australian artists, the exhibition explores our inner worlds and outer selves, as well as issues of sociability, intimacy, isolation, celebrity and ordinariness.

More events

Monday 3 July 2023 – Tuesday 2 July 2024

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