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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.

What's on

Thursday 1 June – Saturday 1 July 2017

Currents, 2016 by Natalie Ord
Currents, 2016 by Natalie Ord
Currents, 2016 by Natalie Ord
Currents, 2016 by Natalie Ord

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 highlights

2:30pm, Daily until Sun 18 Jun
Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay
Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay
Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay
Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Exhibition closes 18 June

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 available
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton

Collection in focus: Brook Andrew

Exhibition closes 27 August

Experience the artistic clout of Brook Andrew’s portraits of Marcia Langton AM and Anthony Mundine.

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari

National Reconciliation Week highlights

11:30am, Sat 27 May until Sat 3 Jun

Highlights tours of the Collection will focus on the stories of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Musical Portraits

6:30pm, Thu 1 Jun

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra presents the second of three concerts of cutting-edge classical Australian music that reflect the emotional, physical and abstract themes in our exhibitions.

Bookings required
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton

Little faces

Winter series

9:30am, 10:30am, Tue 6 Jun

The winter season of our favourite program for the littlest portrait people. Little children and their parent or carer join in playful activities in the galleries exploring faces, colour, sound, and movement.

Bookings required
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton

Little faces

Winter series

9:30am, 10:30am, Wed 7 Jun

The winter season of our favourite program for the littlest portrait people. Little children and their parent or carer join in playful activities in the galleries exploring faces, colour, sound, and movement.

Bookings required

Drawn in

Carlos Perez, classical guitar

1:00pm, Sun 11 Jun

Draw while listening to music. All materials provided; for all ages and abilities.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Portrait encounter

A selection of portraits by Rick Amor

1:00pm, Thu 15 Jun
Bookings required
Images courtesy Tim Bauer
Images courtesy Tim Bauer
Images courtesy Tim Bauer
Images courtesy Tim Bauer

Dark Light, See what I see

Making portraits and being nosey

1:00pm, Sat 17 Jun

Join Tim Bauer as he shares his 35 years of professional photography experience in this workshop that will feature demonstrations with Tungsten, flash and daylight.

Bookings required
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery

Art and dementia

11:00am, Tue 20 Jun

Interactive tour for people living with dementia and their carer.

Bookings required

Winter warming with works for woodwinds

2:30pm, Sat 24 Jun

The Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society paint musical portraits of treasured composers from the Renaissance and the present time.

Evensong

4:00pm, Sat 24 Jun

Choral music performed by the professional vocal ensemble, Clarion, led by Tobias Cole.

Bill Cunningham New York, PG (2010)

3:00pm, Sat 24 Jun

Richard Press (director) 90 mins

Evensong

4:00pm, Sun 25 Jun

Choral music performed by the professional vocal ensemble, Clarion, led by Tobias Cole.

Copeman, gardener, Great Yarmouth by John Dempsey
Copeman, gardener, Great Yarmouth by John Dempsey
Copeman, gardener, Great Yarmouth by John Dempsey
Copeman, gardener, Great Yarmouth by John Dempsey

Dempsey's people

A folio of British street portraits 1824–1844

Exhibition opens 29 June

Dempsey’s people: a folio of British street portraits 1824–1844 is the first exhibition to showcase the compelling watercolour images of English street people made by the itinerant English painter John Dempsey throughout the first half of the nineteenth century.

Bookings available
Match man, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Match man, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Match man, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Match man, Salisbury by John Dempsey

Dempsey’s people highlights

2:30pm, Fri 30 Jun until Sun 22 Oct

Daily 30 minute tours of the exhibition.

Press your letters

10:30am, 2:00pm, Sat 1 Jul

Join artist Caren Florance and discover the fascinating process of letterpress printing. Create a crazy calling card to impress your friends and family.

Bookings required
Selling watercress, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Selling watercress, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Selling watercress, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Selling watercress, Salisbury by John Dempsey

Family space

Dempsey street

11:00am, Sat 1 Jul until Sun 16 Jul

Free activities inspired by Dempsey’s people for families to enjoy together.

More events

Sunday 2 July – Tuesday 1 August 2017

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