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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
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.

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 closes 22 October

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.

Muffin man by John Dempsey
Muffin man by John Dempsey
Muffin man by John Dempsey
Muffin man by John Dempsey

Dempsey's people revealed

2:00pm, Sun 2 Jul

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.

Portrait Play

11:00am, Mon 3 Jul

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

Bookings required
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton

Little faces

Winter series

9:30am, 10:30am, Tue 4 Jul

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

Portrait Play

11:00am, Tue 4 Jul

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

Bookings required
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton

Little faces

Winter series

9:30am, 10:30am, Wed 5 Jul

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

Portrait Play

11:00am, Wed 5 Jul

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

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

Dempsey’s people preview

Circle of Friends

2:00pm, Thu 6 Jul

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

Bookings required

Portrait Play

11:00am, Thu 6 Jul

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

11:00am, Fri 7 Jul

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

11:00am, Mon 10 Jul

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

11:00am, Tue 11 Jul

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

11:00am, Wed 12 Jul

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

Bookings required

Story time

10:30am, 2:00pm, Thu 13 Jul

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

Bookings required

Portrait Play

11:00am, Thu 13 Jul

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

11:00am, Fri 14 Jul

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

Bookings required

Evensong

4:00pm, Sat 15 Jul

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

Moana, PG (2016)

3:00pm, Sat 15 Jul

Ron Clements and John Musker (directors) 103 mins

Evensong

4:00pm, Sun 16 Jul

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

Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery

Art and dementia

11:00am, Tue 18 Jul

Interactive tour for people living with dementia and their carer.

Bookings required
Tracey Moffatt
Tracey Moffatt
Tracey Moffatt
Tracey Moffatt

Portrait encounter

Tracey Moffatt by Greg Weight

1:00pm, Thu 20 Jul

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

Bookings required
Transition by Hannah Quinlivan
Transition by Hannah Quinlivan
Transition by Hannah Quinlivan
Transition by Hannah Quinlivan

Transition

5:00pm, Fri 21 Jul

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.

Drawn in

Humbug Celtic Band

1:00pm, Sun 23 Jul

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

More events

Monday 31 July – Tuesday 29 August 2017
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