Skip to main content

Timed ticketing is in place to safely manage visits to the Gallery, so please book ahead.

Menu

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 – Friday 30 June 2017

Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 Gary Grealy
Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 Gary Grealy
Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 Gary Grealy
Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 Gary Grealy
Closes 18 June

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

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.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Exhibition closes 18 June
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
Opens 29 June

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 opens 29 June
Currents, 2016 by Natalie Ord
Currents, 2016 by Natalie Ord
Currents, 2016 by Natalie Ord
Currents, 2016 by Natalie Ord
Daily event, until Sun 18 June

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 highlights

2:30pm
Free.
FREE
T

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 highlights

Daily event until Sun 18 Jun
2:30pm
FREE
T
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, 1975 Mervyn Bishop
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, 1975 Mervyn Bishop
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, 1975 Mervyn Bishop
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, 1975 Mervyn Bishop
Sat 27 May
until Sat 3 June

National Reconciliation Week highlights

11:30am

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

Free.
FREE
T

National Reconciliation Week highlights

Sat 27 May until Sat 3 Jun
11:30am
FREE
T
Thu 1 June

Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Musical Portraits

6:30pm

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
P

Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Musical Portraits

Thu 1 Jun
6:30pm
Bookings required
P
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 6 June

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

Tue 6 Jun
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
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 7 June

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 7 Jun
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Sun 11 June

Drawn in

Carlos Perez, classical guitar

1:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
D

Drawn in

Carlos Perez, classical guitar

Sun 11 Jun
1:00pm
FREE
D
Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor
Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor
Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor
Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor
Thu 15 June

Portrait encounter

A selection of portraits by Rick Amor

1:00pm
Bookings required
G

Portrait encounter

A selection of portraits by Rick Amor

Thu 15 Jun
1:00pm
Bookings required
G
Images courtesy Tim Bauer
Images courtesy Tim Bauer
Images courtesy Tim Bauer
Images courtesy Tim Bauer
Sat 17 June

Dark Light, See what I see

Making portraits and being nosey

1:00pm

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
W

Dark Light, See what I see

Making portraits and being nosey

Sat 17 Jun
1:00pm
Bookings required
W
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Tue 20 June

Art and dementia

11:00am

Interactive tour for people living with dementia and their carer.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
T

Art and dementia

Tue 20 Jun
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
T
Sat 24 June

Winter warming with works for woodwinds

2:30pm

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

Free.
FREE
P

Winter warming with works for woodwinds

Sat 24 Jun
2:30pm
FREE
P
Sat 24 June

Evensong

4:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
P

Evensong

Sat 24 Jun
4:00pm
FREE
P
Sat 24 June

Bill Cunningham New York, PG (2010)

3:00pm

Richard Press (director) 90 mins

Free.
FREE
S

Bill Cunningham New York, PG (2010)

Sat 24 Jun
3:00pm
FREE
S
Sun 25 June

Evensong

4:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
P

Evensong

Sun 25 Jun
4:00pm
FREE
P
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
T

Dempsey’s people highlights

Fri 30 Jun until Sun 22 Oct
2:30pm
FREE
T

More events

Saturday 1 July – Sunday 30 July 2017

Related information

The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery

The Gallery

Explore portraiture and come face to face with Australian identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity.

Plan your visit

Timed ticketing, location, accessibility and amenities

Support your Portrait Gallery

We depend on your support to keep creating our programs, exhibitions, publications and building the amazing portrait collection!

Café and shop

The café is open 9:00am-3:30pm every day. The shop is open 10:00am to 5:00pm every day.

We would like to thank our partners.
© National Portrait Gallery 2020
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

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.