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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

Saturday 1 July – Sunday 30 July 2017

Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Closes 27 August

Collection in focus: Brook Andrew

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

Collection in focus: Brook Andrew

Exhibition closes 27 August
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
Closes 22 October

Dempsey's people

A folio of British street portraits 1824–1844

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.

Dempsey's people

A folio of British street portraits 1824–1844

Exhibition closes 22 October
Match man, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Match man, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Match man, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Match man, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Fri 30 June
until Sun 22 October

Dempsey’s people highlights

2:30pm

Daily 30 minute tours of the exhibition.

Free.
FREE
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Dempsey’s people highlights

Fri 30 Jun until Sun 22 Oct
2:30pm
FREE
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Sat 1 July

Press your letters

10:30am; 2:00pm

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
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Press your letters

Sat 1 Jul
10:30am; 2:00pm
Bookings required
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Selling watercress, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Selling watercress, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Selling watercress, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Selling watercress, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Sat 1 July
until Sun 16 July

Family space

Dempsey street

11:00am

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

Free.
FREE
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Family space

Dempsey street

Sat 1 Jul until Sun 16 Jul
11:00am
FREE
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Muffin man by John Dempsey
Muffin man by John Dempsey
Muffin man by John Dempsey
Muffin man by John Dempsey
Sun 2 July

Dempsey's people revealed

2:00pm

Curator Dr David Hansen explores the lives and appearances of the poor of Regency Britain. Discover the new approach of John Dempsey, a journeyman portraitist working for culturally ambitious middle class patrons.

Free.
FREE
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Dempsey's people revealed

Sun 2 Jul
2:00pm
FREE
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Mon 3 July

Portrait Play

11:00am

Consider how our emotions are affected by colour, pose and shape by exploring portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required

Portrait Play

Mon 3 Jul
11:00am
Bookings required
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Tue 4 July

Little faces

Winter series

9:30am; 10:30am

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
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Little faces

Winter series

Tue 4 Jul
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
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Tue 4 July

Portrait Play

11:00am

Consider how our emotions are affected by colour, pose and shape by exploring portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required

Portrait Play

Tue 4 Jul
11:00am
Bookings required
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Wed 5 July

Little faces

Winter series

9:30am; 10:30am

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
F

Little faces

Winter series

Wed 5 Jul
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Wed 5 July

Portrait Play

11:00am

Consider how our emotions are affected by colour, pose and shape by exploring portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required

Portrait Play

Wed 5 Jul
11:00am
Bookings required
Match man, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Match man, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Match man, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Match man, Salisbury by John Dempsey
Thu 6 July

Dempsey’s people preview

Circle of Friends

2:00pm

Join Curator, Associate Professor David Hansen for an exclusive preview and introduction to this rare and historic exhibition.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Dempsey’s people preview

Circle of Friends

Thu 6 Jul
2:00pm
Bookings required
FREE
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Thu 6 July

Portrait Play

11:00am

Consider how our emotions are affected by colour, pose and shape by exploring portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required

Portrait Play

Thu 6 Jul
11:00am
Bookings required
Fri 7 July

Portrait Play

11:00am

Consider how our emotions are affected by colour, pose and shape by exploring portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required

Portrait Play

Fri 7 Jul
11:00am
Bookings required
Mon 10 July

Portrait Play

11:00am

Consider how our emotions are affected by colour, pose and shape by exploring portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required

Portrait Play

Mon 10 Jul
11:00am
Bookings required
Tue 11 July

Portrait Play

11:00am

Consider how our emotions are affected by colour, pose and shape by exploring portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required

Portrait Play

Tue 11 Jul
11:00am
Bookings required
Wed 12 July

Portrait Play

11:00am

Consider how our emotions are affected by colour, pose and shape by exploring portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required

Portrait Play

Wed 12 Jul
11:00am
Bookings required
Thu 13 July

Story time

10:30am; 2:00pm

Listen to the story Ish by Peter H Reynolds and create your own visual response.

Bookings required
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Story time

Thu 13 Jul
10:30am; 2:00pm
Bookings required
F
Thu 13 July

Portrait Play

11:00am

Consider how our emotions are affected by colour, pose and shape by exploring portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required

Portrait Play

Thu 13 Jul
11:00am
Bookings required
Fri 14 July

Portrait Play

11:00am

Consider how our emotions are affected by colour, pose and shape by exploring portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required

Portrait Play

Fri 14 Jul
11:00am
Bookings required
Sat 15 July

Evensong

4:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
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Evensong

Sat 15 Jul
4:00pm
FREE
P
Sat 15 July

Moana, PG (2016)

3:00pm

Ron Clements and John Musker (directors) 103 mins

Free.
FREE
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Moana, PG (2016)

Sat 15 Jul
3:00pm
FREE
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Sun 16 July

Evensong

4:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
P

Evensong

Sun 16 Jul
4:00pm
FREE
P
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Tue 18 July

Art and dementia

11:00am

Interactive tour for people living with dementia and their carer.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Art and dementia

Tue 18 Jul
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
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Tracey Moffatt, 1995 Greg Weight
Tracey Moffatt, 1995 Greg Weight
Tracey Moffatt, 1995 Greg Weight
Tracey Moffatt, 1995 Greg Weight
Thu 20 July

Portrait encounter

Tracey Moffatt by Greg Weight

1:00pm

Meet for conversation and sharing of ideas around selected portraits, facilitated by members of the National Portrait Gallery Access and Learning team.

Bookings required
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Portrait encounter

Tracey Moffatt by Greg Weight

Thu 20 Jul
1:00pm
Bookings required
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Transition by Hannah Quinlivan
Transition by Hannah Quinlivan
Transition by Hannah Quinlivan
Transition by Hannah Quinlivan
Fri 21 July

Transition

5:00pm

Transition is a new work by artist Hannah Quinlivan, in collaboration with vocalists Louise Keast and Shikara Ringdahl; contemporary dancer Rachael Hilton; and photo-media artist Alexandra Hobba.

Free.
FREE
P

Transition

Fri 21 Jul
5:00pm
FREE
P
Sun 23 July

Drawn in

Humbug Celtic Band

1:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
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Drawn in

Humbug Celtic Band

Sun 23 Jul
1:00pm
FREE
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More events

Monday 31 July – Tuesday 29 August 2017

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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.