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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

Tuesday 1 August – Thursday 31 August 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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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 1 August

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 1 Aug
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
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Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Tue 1 August

New friends

11:00am

Have you joined the Circle of Friends in the past months? You are invited to meet the Membership Coordinator and join an introductory tour of the Gallery.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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New friends

Tue 1 Aug
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
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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 2 August

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 2 Aug
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
Thu 3 August

Little faces

Winter series

9:30am

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

Thu 3 Aug
9:30am
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
Fri 4 August

Little faces

Winter series

9:30am

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

Fri 4 Aug
9:30am
Bookings required
F
Sun 6 August

Winter Festival

10:00am

Celebrate Canberra’s winter season at the Portrait Gallery’s annual Winter Festival.

Free.
FREE
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Winter Festival

Sun 6 Aug
10:00am
FREE
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Sat 12 August

Evensong

4:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
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Evensong

Sat 12 Aug
4:00pm
FREE
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Sun 13 August

Evensong

4:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
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Evensong

Sun 13 Aug
4:00pm
FREE
P
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Tue 15 August

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 15 Aug
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
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Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton, 2016 Evert Ploeg
Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton, 2016 Evert Ploeg
Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton, 2016 Evert Ploeg
Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton, 2016 Evert Ploeg
Thu 17 August

Portrait encounter

Derek Denton by Evert Ploeg

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

Derek Denton by Evert Ploeg

Thu 17 Aug
1:00pm
Bookings required
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Kath Walker, Aboriginal Poet, 1965 Clif Peir
Kath Walker, Aboriginal Poet, 1965 Clif Peir
Kath Walker, Aboriginal Poet, 1965 Clif Peir
Kath Walker, Aboriginal Poet, 1965 Clif Peir
Sun 20 August

Poetic Portraits

A workshop with Sarah Rice

10:00am

Join poet and scholar Sarah Rice for a special masterclass on poetry as portraiture. ‘Poetic Portraits’ will examine notions of identity, the self and other, truth and illusion, memory and memorial.

Bookings required
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Poetic Portraits

A workshop with Sarah Rice

Sun 20 Aug
10:00am
Bookings required
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Thu 24 August

Archibald Prize bus trip 2017

Circle of friends

7:00am

Join us on a fabulous day trip to the Art Gallery of NSW, with everything taken care of for you! View the Archibald, Wynn and Sulman prizes.

Bookings required
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Archibald Prize bus trip 2017

Circle of friends

Thu 24 Aug
7:00am
Bookings required
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Fri 25 August
until Sun 27 August

Canberra Writers Festival

Power, Politics, Passion

10:00am

The Portrait Gallery is one of the host venues for this festival, which attracts book lovers, readers and writers from around the nation.

Bookings required

Canberra Writers Festival

Power, Politics, Passion

Fri 25 Aug until Sun 27 Aug
10:00am
Bookings required
Sun 27 August

Drawn in

Carl St Jacques, viola

1:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
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Drawn in

Carl St Jacques, viola

Sun 27 Aug
1:00pm
FREE
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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
Thu 31 August

Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Forgotten

6:30pm

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

Bookings required
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Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Forgotten

Thu 31 Aug
6:30pm
Bookings required
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Friday 1 September – Sunday 1 October 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.