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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

Monday 1 May – Wednesday 31 May 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

Half the sky

The sound of the sexual revolution

2:00pm, Wed 3 May

The award-winning ‘Ensemble Offspring’ crashes through the glass ceiling with an all-female composer event, featuring music by CIMF 2017 Composer-in- Residence Chen Yi, Kaija Saariaho, Mary Finsterer and others.

Bookings available
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton

Collection in focus: Brook Andrew

Exhibition opens 8 May

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

Little faces
Little faces
Little faces
Little faces

Little Faces

Autumn Series

9:30am, 10:30am, Tue 9 May

Little children and their parent or carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required
Little faces
Little faces
Little faces
Little faces

Little Faces

Autumn Series

9:30am, 10:30am, Wed 10 May

Little children and their parent or carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required
Little faces
Little faces
Little faces
Little faces

Little Faces

Autumn Series

9:30am, 10:30am, Thu 11 May

Little children and their parent or carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required
Little faces
Little faces
Little faces
Little faces

Little Faces

Autumn Series

9:30am, Fri 12 May

Little children and their parent or carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required

Evensong

4:00pm, Sat 13 May

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

Light Between Oceans, M (2016)

2:30pm, Sun 14 May

Directed by Derek Cianfrance

Evensong

4:00pm, Sun 14 May

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 16 May

Interactive tour for people living with dementia and their carer.

Bookings required
Registration
Registration
Registration
Registration

Upstairs, downstairs

10:00am, 2:00pm, Thu 18 May

Celebrate International Museum Day and go behind the scenes of the Gallery to explore how exhibitions are planned and delivered, both upstairs in the public spaces and downstairs in the Registration area.

Bookings required
John Waters
John Waters
John Waters
John Waters

Masterclass with George Fetting

10:30am, Sat 20 May

Improve your photography technique and create innovative photographic portraits in a hands on workshop directed by George Fetting, one of the NPPP 2017 judges.

Bookings required
Woureddy [Wurati], an Aboriginal Chief of Van Diemen's Land
Woureddy [Wurati], an Aboriginal Chief of Van Diemen's Land
Woureddy [Wurati], an Aboriginal Chief of Van Diemen's Land
Woureddy [Wurati], an Aboriginal Chief of Van Diemen's Land

Portrait encounter

Woureddy and Trucaninny

1:00pm, Thu 25 May

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

Bookings required
Streeton Trio
Streeton Trio
Streeton Trio
Streeton Trio

Streeton Trio recital

6:00pm, Sat 27 May

The Streeton Trio will perform piano trios by Felix Mendelssohn and Bedrich Smetana.

Bookings required
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.

Drawn in

Luminescence Chambers Singers

1:00pm, Sun 28 May

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

More events

Thursday 1 June – Saturday 1 July 2017

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