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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

Friday 7 December 2018 – Monday 7 December 2020

Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
Open every day

Collection display galleries

The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia. Visitors to the Gallery can follow the development of portraiture from oil painting to digital media.

FREE

Collection display galleries

Exhibition open every day
FREE
Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead
Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead
Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead
Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead
Closes 22 April

Electric!

Portraits that pop!

Celebrate the Gallery’s 20th birthday summer with Electric! Portraits that pop! The collection exhibition features a mix of bright, bold and colourful paintings, prints and photographs, and buoyant video portraits.

Electric!

Portraits that pop!

Exhibition closes 22 April
Portrait of Li Cunxin, 2017–2018 (detail) by Jun Chen
Portrait of Li Cunxin, 2017–2018 (detail) by Jun Chen
Portrait of Li Cunxin, 2017–2018 (detail) by Jun Chen
Portrait of Li Cunxin, 2017–2018 (detail) by Jun Chen
Closes 10 February

20/20

Celebrating twenty years with twenty new portrait commissions

20/20 showcases the dynamic suite of new portraits commissioned to celebrate the National Portrait Gallery’s 20th year. Leaders and individualists invited by the Gallery were matched with unique artists to create distinctive contemporary portraits.

20/20

Celebrating twenty years with twenty new portrait commissions

Exhibition closes 10 February
Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Closes 22 April

Carte-o-mania!

Drawn from the NPG’s burgeoning collection of cartes de visite, Carte-o-mania! celebrates the wit, style and substance of the pocket-sized portraits that were taken and collected like crazy in post-goldrush Australia.

Carte-o-mania!

Exhibition closes 22 April
Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg
Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg
Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg
Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg
Opens 23 February

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

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 2019

Exhibition opens 23 February
Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Opens 14 September

The Look

Featuring striking photographic portraits of contemporary figures from the National Portrait Gallery collection, The Look is an aesthetic treat with a lashing of je ne sais quoi.

The Look

Exhibition opens 14 September
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Opens 14 September

Primed

Some Prime Ministers

Seventeen of Australia’s thirty prime ministers to date are represented in the contrasting sizes, moods and mediums of these portraits.

FREE

Primed

Some Prime Ministers

Exhibition opens 14 September
FREE
Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
Open every day

Collection display galleries

The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia. Visitors to the Gallery can follow the development of portraiture from oil painting to digital media.

FREE

Collection display galleries

Exhibition open every day
FREE
Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson
Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson
Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson
Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson
Opens 11 October

Women in Vogue

Celebrating Sixty Years in Australia

This exhibition showcases sixty years of the Vogue Australia archive together with a special tribute to some remarkable Australian women who have featured in the pages of Vogue, and includes iconic portraits of Kylie Minogue and Elle Macpherson, among others.

Women in Vogue

Celebrating Sixty Years in Australia

Exhibition opens 11 October
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Opens 14 December

Eye to eye

Eye to Eye is a summer Portrait Gallery Collection remix arranged by degree of eye contact – from turned away with eyes closed all the way through to right-back-at-you – as we explore artists’ and subjects’ choices around the direction of the gaze.

FREE

Eye to eye

Exhibition opens 14 December
FREE
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen
Opens 6 March

Darling Portrait Prize

The Darling Prize is a new annual prize for Australian portrait painters, painting Australian sitters. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

Darling Portrait Prize

Exhibition opens 6 March
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
Opens 6 March

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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. The winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Exhibition opens 6 March
Opens 6 March

The National Portrait Prizes

Experience the very best new portrait paintings and photographs from across Australia.

The National Portrait Prizes

Exhibition opens 6 March
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Opens 13 March

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe

Shirley Purdie

Using ochres collected on her country in Western Australia’s East Kimberley, Shirley Purdie’s self-portrait is a kaleidoscope of traditional Gija stories and Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) passed down to her.

FREE

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe

Shirley Purdie

Exhibition opens 13 March
FREE
Venetia, Lady Digby, circa 1633-1634 (detail) by Sir Anthony van Dyck
Venetia, Lady Digby, circa 1633-1634 (detail) by Sir Anthony van Dyck
Venetia, Lady Digby, circa 1633-1634 (detail) by Sir Anthony van Dyck
Venetia, Lady Digby, circa 1633-1634 (detail) by Sir Anthony van Dyck
Opens 20 June

Love Stories

From the National Portrait Gallery, London

Portraits of some of the world’s best-known couples from the sixteenth century through to the present day – from John Donne, King Charles II and his mistress Barbara Palmer, Venetia Digby, Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas, to John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and David and Victoria Beckham.

Love Stories

From the National Portrait Gallery, London

Exhibition opens 20 June
Daily event, until Mon 24 December

Collection highlights tour

11:30am

Take a 45 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

Free.
FREE
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Collection highlights tour

Daily event until Mon 24 Dec
11:30am
FREE
T
Daily event, until Mon 24 December

Headhunt!

Explore, connect, create.

10:00am

A brand new interactive iPad app for kids aged 7-15 (and their adults!)

Free.
FREE
F

Headhunt!

Explore, connect, create.

Daily event until Mon 24 Dec
10:00am
FREE
F
Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman
Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman
Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman
Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman
Daily event, until Sun 10 February

20/20 tour

2:30pm

Take a 30 minute guided tour of the exhibition.

Free.
FREE
T

20/20 tour

Daily event until Sun 10 Feb
2:30pm
FREE
T
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Fri 7 December

Little faces

Summer series

9:30am

Little children and their carer join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Little faces

Summer series

Fri 7 Dec
9:30am
Bookings required
F
Sat 8 December

Evensong

4:00pm

Featuring the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Free.
FREE
P

Evensong

Sat 8 Dec
4:00pm
FREE
P
Sun 9 December

Evensong

4:00pm

Featuring the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Free.
FREE
P

Evensong

Sun 9 Dec
4:00pm
FREE
P
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Sun 9 December

Gallery tours in Mandarin

中文导览: 本馆历史背景与精选馆藏

3:00pm

本馆邀约刘安蓁(Annette An-Jen Liu)以中文为您导览,介绍本馆历史背景,还带您观赏馆内精心挑选过的肖像画作品。

Free.
FREE
T

Gallery tours in Mandarin

中文导览: 本馆历史背景与精选馆藏

Sun 9 Dec
3:00pm
FREE
T
Tobias Cole
Tobias Cole
Tobias Cole
Tobias Cole
Sun 16 December

Transcendence

11:00am

Tobias Cole leads a celebration of singing, featuring children from Turner Trebles, Canberra Children’s Choir, Lyneham High Voices and Vocal Fry.

Free.
FREE
P

Transcendence

Sun 16 Dec
11:00am
FREE
P
I Progetti Chamber Choir
I Progetti Chamber Choir
I Progetti Chamber Choir
I Progetti Chamber Choir
Sun 16 December

Walking in the Air

3:30pm

I Progetti Chamber Choir, with Dr Anthony Smith, presents Walking in the Air. Although partly Advent-themed, this concert celebrates the spirituality inherent in all humanity regardless of creed.

Free.
FREE
P

Walking in the Air

Sun 16 Dec
3:30pm
FREE
P
Igitur Nos
Igitur Nos
Igitur Nos
Igitur Nos
Wed 19 December

Igitur Nos

12:30pm

Let your spirits soar with Christmas carols by chamber choir Igitur Nos.

Free.
FREE
P

Igitur Nos

Wed 19 Dec
12:30pm
FREE
P
Sat 22 December
until Sun 3 February

Family Space

Face Lab

11:00am

Free activities inspired by 20/20 for families to enjoy together.

Free.
FREE
F

Family Space

Face Lab

Sat 22 Dec until Sun 3 Feb
11:00am
FREE
F
Wed 26 December

Drawn in

Humbug

1:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
D
F

Drawn in

Humbug

Wed 26 Dec
1:00pm
FREE
D
F
Daily event, from Wed 26 December until Mon 22 April

Collection highlights tour

11:30am

Take a 45 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

Free.
FREE
T

Collection highlights tour

Daily event from Wed 26 Dec until Mon 22 Apr
11:30am
FREE
T
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between
27 December and 1 February

Portrait Play

Who are you?

10:30am

Explore portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries. For children aged 4 to 8 to share with family and friends.

Bookings required
F

Portrait Play

Who are you?

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between
27 Dec and 1 Feb
10:30am
Bookings required
F
How the Birds Got Their Colours
How the Birds Got Their Colours
How the Birds Got Their Colours
How the Birds Got Their Colours
Wed 2 January

Story time

How the Birds Got Their Colours

10:30am; 2:00pm

Listen to the story How the Birds Got Their Colours by Mary Albert and Pamela Lofts, and create your own visual response.

Bookings required
F

Story time

How the Birds Got Their Colours

Wed 2 Jan
10:30am; 2:00pm
Bookings required
F
Sun 6 January

Wiradjuri Echoes

2:00pm

Wiradjuri Echoes share Aboriginal culture, storytelling through music and dance. Children are welcome to join the dancers and learn to dance to the didgeridoo.

Free.
FREE
P

Wiradjuri Echoes

Sun 6 Jan
2:00pm
FREE
P
Sat 12 January

Weaving Workshop

10:00am; 2:00pm

Join Vicki West - a Tasmanian Aboriginal sculptor, weaver and installation artist of the Trawlwoolway people - in exploring techniques of weaving.

Bookings required
W

Weaving Workshop

Sat 12 Jan
10:00am; 2:00pm
Bookings required
W
Sun 13 January

Weaving Workshop

10:00am

Join Vicki West - a Tasmanian Aboriginal sculptor, weaver and installation artist of the Trawlwoolway people - in exploring techniques of weaving.

Bookings required
W

Weaving Workshop

Sun 13 Jan
10:00am
Bookings required
W
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Sun 13 January

Gallery tours in Mandarin

中文导览: 本馆历史背景与精选馆藏

3:00pm

本馆邀约刘安蓁(Annette An-Jen Liu)以中文为您导览,介绍本馆历史背景,还带您观赏馆内精心挑选过的肖像画作品。

Free.
FREE
T

Gallery tours in Mandarin

中文导览: 本馆历史背景与精选馆藏

Sun 13 Jan
3:00pm
FREE
T
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Sun 20 January

The Sapphires (2012)

Directed by Wayne Blair

2:30pm

The story of four Indigenous Australian women who travelled to Vietnam in 1968 to sing during the war.

Free.
FREE
S

The Sapphires (2012)

Directed by Wayne Blair

Sun 20 Jan
2:30pm
FREE
S
How the Birds Got Their Colours
How the Birds Got Their Colours
How the Birds Got Their Colours
How the Birds Got Their Colours
Wed 30 January

Story time

How the Birds Got Their Colours

10:30am; 2:00pm

Listen to the story How the Birds Got Their Colours by Mary Albert and Pamela Lofts, and create your own visual response.

Bookings required
F

Story time

How the Birds Got Their Colours

Wed 30 Jan
10:30am; 2:00pm
Bookings required
F
Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 Imants Tillers
Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 Imants Tillers
Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 Imants Tillers
Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 Imants Tillers
Thu 31 January

My many faces

12:30pm

Join us for a painting workshop inspired by Study of Louis Nowra by Imants Tillers in the 20/20 exhibition.

Bookings required
W
F

My many faces

Thu 31 Jan
12:30pm
Bookings required
W
F
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Tue 5 February

Little faces

Summer series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their carer join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Little faces

Summer series

Tue 5 Feb
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Wed 6 February

Little faces

Summer series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their carer join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Little faces

Summer series

Wed 6 Feb
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Thu 7 February

Little faces

Summer series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their carer join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Little faces

Summer series

Thu 7 Feb
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Fri 8 February

Little faces

Summer series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their carer join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Little faces

Summer series

Fri 8 Feb
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Sat 9 February

Portrait painting with Andrew Bonneau

Two day workshop

10:30am

Led by 20/20 portrait artist Andrew Bonneau, this two-day workshop follows the process of painting a single portrait from life, focusing on accurate observation of the model and the analysis of light, form, tone and colour.

Bookings required
W

Portrait painting with Andrew Bonneau

Two day workshop

Sat 9 Feb
10:30am
Bookings required
W
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Sun 10 February

Portrait painting with Andrew Bonneau

Two day workshop

10:00am

Led by 20/20 portrait artist Andrew Bonneau, this two-day workshop follows the process of painting a single portrait from life, focusing on accurate observation of the model and the analysis of light, form, tone and colour.

Bookings required
W

Portrait painting with Andrew Bonneau

Two day workshop

Sun 10 Feb
10:00am
Bookings required
W
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Mon 11 February

Portrait painting with Andrew Bonneau

Two day workshop

10:30am

Led by 20/20 portrait artist Andrew Bonneau, this two-day workshop follows the process of painting a single portrait from life, focusing on accurate observation of the model and the analysis of light, form, tone and colour.

Bookings required
W

Portrait painting with Andrew Bonneau

Two day workshop

Mon 11 Feb
10:30am
Bookings required
W
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Tue 12 February

Portrait painting with Andrew Bonneau

Two day workshop

10:00am

Led by 20/20 portrait artist Andrew Bonneau, this two-day workshop follows the process of painting a single portrait from life, focusing on accurate observation of the model and the analysis of light, form, tone and colour.

Bookings required
W

Portrait painting with Andrew Bonneau

Two day workshop

Tue 12 Feb
10:00am
Bookings required
W
Sat 16 February

Evensong

4:00pm

Featuring the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Free.
FREE
P

Evensong

Sat 16 Feb
4:00pm
FREE
P
Sun 17 February

Evensong

4:00pm

Featuring the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Free.
FREE
P

Evensong

Sun 17 Feb
4:00pm
FREE
P
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Tue 19 February

Art and dementia

11:00am

Interactive tour for people living with dementia and their carer.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
T

Art and dementia

Tue 19 Feb
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
T
Jackie, 2018 by Katrin Koenning
Jackie, 2018 by Katrin Koenning
Jackie, 2018 by Katrin Koenning
Jackie, 2018 by Katrin Koenning
Sat 23 February

National Photographic Portrait Prize Forum

11:00am

Dr Christopher Chapman, NPG Senior Curator and NPPP judge leads an open discussion to explore different perspectives raised by the exhibition.

Free.
FREE
L

National Photographic Portrait Prize Forum

Sat 23 Feb
11:00am
FREE
L
Sun 24 February

Drawn in

Happy Axe

1:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
F
D

Drawn in

Happy Axe

Sun 24 Feb
1:00pm
FREE
F
D
Sat 2 March

Exploring art through Visual Thinking Strategies

10:30am

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is an inquiry-based approach to experiencing art through careful, close looking and questioning, empowering students to discuss art based on what they can see in an artwork. TQI 2019 ACT Accredited Program.

Bookings required
W

Exploring art through Visual Thinking Strategies

Sat 2 Mar
10:30am
Bookings required
W
Sat 2 March

Evensong

4:00pm

Featuring the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Free.
FREE
P

Evensong

Sat 2 Mar
4:00pm
FREE
P
Sun 3 March

Evensong

4:00pm

Featuring the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Free.
FREE
P

Evensong

Sun 3 Mar
4:00pm
FREE
P
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Tue 5 March

Little faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their carer join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Little faces

Autumn series

Tue 5 Mar
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Tue 5 March

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.
FREE
C

New friends

Tue 5 Mar
11:00am
FREE
C
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Wed 6 March

Little faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their carer join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Little faces

Autumn series

Wed 6 Mar
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Thu 7 March

Little faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their carer join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Little faces

Autumn series

Thu 7 Mar
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Fri 8 March

Little faces

Autumn series

9:30am

Little children and their carer join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Little faces

Autumn series

Fri 8 Mar
9:30am
Bookings required
F
Virginia Haussegger
Virginia Haussegger
Virginia Haussegger
Virginia Haussegger
Fri 8 March

Women, power and progress post #MeToo

6:00pm

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Virginia Haussegger, who will discuss her journey as journalist and women’s advocate. Followed by a Q&A session.

Bookings required
L

Women, power and progress post #MeToo

Fri 8 Mar
6:00pm
Bookings required
L
Sun 10 March

Gallery tours in Mandarin

中文导览: 本馆历史背景与精选馆藏

3:00pm

本馆邀约刘安蓁 (Annette An-Jen Liu) 以中文为您导览,介绍本馆历史背景,还带您观赏馆内精心挑选过的肖像画作品。

Free.
FREE
T

Gallery tours in Mandarin

中文导览: 本馆历史背景与精选馆藏

Sun 10 Mar
3:00pm
FREE
T
Troye Sivan, 2018 by James Brickwood
Troye Sivan, 2018 by James Brickwood
Troye Sivan, 2018 by James Brickwood
Troye Sivan, 2018 by James Brickwood
Thu 14 March

Canberra Symphony Orchestra Australia Series

6:30pm

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra presents The Power of One, the first of two concerts coinciding with Portrait Gallery exhibitions.

Bookings required
P

Canberra Symphony Orchestra Australia Series

Thu 14 Mar
6:30pm
Bookings required
P
Photo by Art Atelier from MIST choreographed by Stephanie Burridge
Photo by Art Atelier from MIST choreographed by Stephanie Burridge
Photo by Art Atelier from MIST choreographed by Stephanie Burridge
Photo by Art Atelier from MIST choreographed by Stephanie Burridge
Fri 15 March

The BOLD Festival

3:30pm

The Portrait Gallery is one of the venues for the BOLD Festival, which celebrates the legacy of dance in all cultures and is a platform for the work of older practising artists.

Free.
FREE
P

The BOLD Festival

Fri 15 Mar
3:30pm
FREE
P
Sat 16 March

Exploring art through Visual Thinking Strategies

10:30am

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is an inquiry-based approach to experiencing art through careful, close looking and questioning, empowering students to discuss art based on what they can see in an artwork. TQI 2019 ACT Accredited Program.

Bookings required
W

Exploring art through Visual Thinking Strategies

Sat 16 Mar
10:30am
Bookings required
W
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Tue 19 March

Art and dementia

11:00am

Interactive tour for people living with dementia and their carer.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
T

Art and dementia

Tue 19 Mar
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
T
Victor Rufus (guitar) and Elise Walsh (vocal & flute)
Victor Rufus (guitar) and Elise Walsh (vocal & flute)
Victor Rufus (guitar) and Elise Walsh (vocal & flute)
Victor Rufus (guitar) and Elise Walsh (vocal & flute)
Sun 24 March

Drawn in

Bella Groove duo

1:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
D
F

Drawn in

Bella Groove duo

Sun 24 Mar
1:00pm
FREE
D
F
Dr Gerard Vaughan AM image courtesy of NGA
Dr Gerard Vaughan AM image courtesy of NGA
Dr Gerard Vaughan AM image courtesy of NGA
Dr Gerard Vaughan AM image courtesy of NGA
Thu 28 March

Autumn dinner 2019

Dr Gerard Vaughan AM

6:30pm

Join us at the 2019 Circle of Friends Autumn Dinner with guest speaker art historian, and curator Dr Gerard Vaughan AM.

Bookings required
C

Autumn dinner 2019

Dr Gerard Vaughan AM

Thu 28 Mar
6:30pm
Bookings required
C
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
Sun 31 March

The Parting Glass

12:00pm

Journeys, farewells and loss, and partings both temporary and permanent. I Progetti Chamber Choir presents music from the Renaissance to the present day.

Free.
FREE
P

The Parting Glass

Sun 31 Mar
12:00pm
FREE
P
Mon 1 April
until Mon 22 April

Mirawarri art cart

11:00am

Free activities for families to enjoy together. Create a #deadlyselfie with ‘Mirawarri’, a Walpiri Indigenous selfie and digital image-making app developed by the Warnayaka Art Centre with Gretta Louw and Sneakaway Studio.

Free.
FREE
F

Mirawarri art cart

Mon 1 Apr until Mon 22 Apr
11:00am
FREE
F
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Tue 2 April

Little faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their carer join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Little faces

Autumn series

Tue 2 Apr
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Tue 2 April

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.
FREE
C

New friends

Tue 2 Apr
11:00am
FREE
C
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Wed 3 April

Little faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their carer join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Little faces

Autumn series

Wed 3 Apr
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Thu 4 April

Little faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their carer join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Little faces

Autumn series

Thu 4 Apr
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Fri 5 April

Little faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their carer join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Little faces

Autumn series

Fri 5 Apr
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Sat 6 April

Evensong

3:45pm

Featuring the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Free.
FREE
P

Evensong

Sat 6 Apr
3:45pm
FREE
P
Sat 6 April

Slow Art Day 2019

2:00pm

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission – to get more people to discover the joy of art. Take a long look at selected portraits in the collection and then meet to share your thoughts.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
T

Slow Art Day 2019

Sat 6 Apr
2:00pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
Sun 7 April

Evensong

4:00pm

Featuring the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Free.
FREE
P

Evensong

Sun 7 Apr
4:00pm
FREE
P
Fri 12 April

The Walls That Talk

4:00pm; 5:00pm

What would the Gallery’s portraits share if they could talk? The Walls That Talk is an alluring experience that explores the Gallery as both an art collection and collection of stories.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
P

The Walls That Talk

Fri 12 Apr
4:00pm; 5:00pm
Bookings required
FREE
P
Sat 13 April

The Walls That Talk

4:00pm; 5:00pm

What would the Gallery’s portraits share if they could talk? The Walls That Talk is an alluring experience that explores the Gallery as both an art collection and collection of stories.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
P

The Walls That Talk

Sat 13 Apr
4:00pm; 5:00pm
Bookings required
FREE
P
Sun 14 April

Gallery tours in Mandarin

中文导览: 本馆历史背景与精选馆藏

3:00pm

本馆邀约刘安蓁 (Annette An-Jen Liu) 以中文为您导览,介绍本馆历史背景,还带您观赏馆内精心挑选过的肖像画作品。

Free.
FREE
T

Gallery tours in Mandarin

中文导览: 本馆历史背景与精选馆藏

Sun 14 Apr
3:00pm
FREE
T
Sun 14 April

The Walls That Talk

4:00pm; 5:00pm

What would the Gallery’s portraits share if they could talk? The Walls That Talk is an alluring experience that explores the Gallery as both an art collection and collection of stories.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
P

The Walls That Talk

Sun 14 Apr
4:00pm; 5:00pm
Bookings required
FREE
P
Bart Willoughby, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie
Bart Willoughby, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie
Bart Willoughby, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie
Bart Willoughby, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie
Wed 17 April

Sonic storytelling

10:30am

Discover the Gallery’s portraits through an exploratory sound workshop, using unusual instruments and found objects. Suitable for children aged 8 – 12 years.

Bookings required
F
W

Sonic storytelling

Wed 17 Apr
10:30am
Bookings required
F
W
Wed 17 April

Story time

10:30am; 2:00pm

Listen to the story Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox, illustrated by Julie Vivas, and create your own visual response.

Bookings required
F

Story time

Wed 17 Apr
10:30am; 2:00pm
Bookings required
F
Carl St. Jacques
Carl St. Jacques
Carl St. Jacques
Carl St. Jacques
Sun 21 April

Drawn in

Carl St. Jacques on viola

1:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
D
F

Drawn in

Carl St. Jacques on viola

Sun 21 Apr
1:00pm
FREE
D
F
Prime Minister John Curtin and Treasurer Ben Chifley, ca 1945, 2011 by Peter Corlett OAM
Prime Minister John Curtin and Treasurer Ben Chifley, ca 1945, 2011 by Peter Corlett OAM
Prime Minister John Curtin and Treasurer Ben Chifley, ca 1945, 2011 by Peter Corlett OAM
Prime Minister John Curtin and Treasurer Ben Chifley, ca 1945, 2011 by Peter Corlett OAM
Sun 19 May

Outdoor portrait conversations

John Curtin and Ben Chifley by Peter Corlett

1:30pm

Meet for slow looking and sketching at selected public art portraits, facilitated by members of the National Portrait Gallery Access and Learning team.

Bookings required
G
D

Outdoor portrait conversations

John Curtin and Ben Chifley by Peter Corlett

Sun 19 May
1:30pm
Bookings required
G
D
Mon 20 May

Hyperconnected virtual tour

11:30am; 2:30pm

Join us virtually on a live highlights tour, from the comfort of your own home. Ask questions, see the collection, and hear some of the stories behind the portraits.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
T

Hyperconnected virtual tour

Mon 20 May
11:30am; 2:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
Winter Festival 2017 at NPG
Winter Festival 2017 at NPG
Winter Festival 2017 at NPG
Winter Festival 2017 at NPG
Thu 13 June

Little faces at the NMA

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. Over winter, we will visit the National Museum of Australia and look at Minyma Punu Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters Tree Women), by the Tjampi Desert Weavers. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little faces at the NMA

Thu 13 Jun
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Winter Festival 2017 at NPG
Winter Festival 2017 at NPG
Winter Festival 2017 at NPG
Winter Festival 2017 at NPG
Fri 14 June

Little faces at the NMA

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. Over winter, we will visit the National Museum of Australia and look at Minyma Punu Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters Tree Women), by the Tjampi Desert Weavers. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little faces at the NMA

Fri 14 Jun
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Alfred Deakin, A Life in Three Phases, 2010 by Martin Moore
Alfred Deakin, A Life in Three Phases, 2010 by Martin Moore
Alfred Deakin, A Life in Three Phases, 2010 by Martin Moore
Alfred Deakin, A Life in Three Phases, 2010 by Martin Moore
Sun 16 June

Outdoor portrait conversations

Alfred Deakin by Martin Moore

1:30pm

Meet for slow looking and sketching at selected public art portraits, facilitated by members of the National Portrait Gallery Access and Learning team.

Bookings required
G
D

Outdoor portrait conversations

Alfred Deakin by Martin Moore

Sun 16 Jun
1:30pm
Bookings required
G
D
Portrait of Manning Clark at Wapengo NSW, 1972 Arthur Boyd
Portrait of Manning Clark at Wapengo NSW, 1972 Arthur Boyd
Portrait of Manning Clark at Wapengo NSW, 1972 Arthur Boyd
Portrait of Manning Clark at Wapengo NSW, 1972 Arthur Boyd
Sat 22 June

At home with Manning Clark

2:30pm

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to collaborate with Manning Clark House to present an afternoon at the home of Manning and Dymphna Clark.

Bookings required

At home with Manning Clark

Sat 22 Jun
2:30pm
Bookings required
Wed 26 June

Professional Development for teachers and museum educators

3:30pm

NAIDOC week celebrations, 2019 - Celebrating and responding to lived experiences of our First Peoples through portraiture.

Bookings required

Professional Development for teachers and museum educators

Wed 26 Jun
3:30pm
Bookings required
Thu 27 June

Hyperconnected virtual tour

11:30am; 2:30pm

Join us virtually on a live highlights tour, from the comfort of your own home. Ask questions, see the collection, and hear some of the stories behind the portraits.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
T

Hyperconnected virtual tour

Thu 27 Jun
11:30am; 2:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
Karen Quinlan AM, Director, National Portrait Gallery
Karen Quinlan AM, Director, National Portrait Gallery
Karen Quinlan AM, Director, National Portrait Gallery
Karen Quinlan AM, Director, National Portrait Gallery
Fri 28 June

Andrew Sayers Memorial Lecture

A Face to the Future: the third decade

6:00pm

New Director Karen Quinlan will expand upon her vision for the Gallery and talk about the institution’s next decade, its third.

Bookings required
L

Andrew Sayers Memorial Lecture

A Face to the Future: the third decade

Fri 28 Jun
6:00pm
Bookings required
L
Wed 3 July

Professional Development for teachers and museum educators

3:30am

NAIDOC week celebrations, 2019 - Celebrating and responding to lived experiences of our First Peoples through portraiture.

Bookings required

Professional Development for teachers and museum educators

Wed 3 Jul
3:30am
Bookings required
Winter Festival 2017 at NPG
Winter Festival 2017 at NPG
Winter Festival 2017 at NPG
Winter Festival 2017 at NPG
Thu 4 July

Little faces at the NMA

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. Over winter, we will visit the National Museum of Australia and look at Minyma Punu Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters Tree Women), by the Tjampi Desert Weavers. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little faces at the NMA

Thu 4 Jul
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Winter Festival 2017 at NPG
Winter Festival 2017 at NPG
Winter Festival 2017 at NPG
Winter Festival 2017 at NPG
Fri 5 July

Little faces at the NMA

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. Over winter, we will visit the National Museum of Australia and look at Minyma Punu Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters Tree Women), by the Tjampi Desert Weavers. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little faces at the NMA

Fri 5 Jul
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Thu 11 July

Story time at OPH

10:30am

Rug up and join us for a pop-up story time at Old Parliament House. Listen to the story My Tree and Me by Jo Witek and create your own visual response.

Bookings required
F

Story time at OPH

Thu 11 Jul
10:30am
Bookings required
F
Mal Meninga, 2009 by Cathy Weiszmann
Mal Meninga, 2009 by Cathy Weiszmann
Mal Meninga, 2009 by Cathy Weiszmann
Mal Meninga, 2009 by Cathy Weiszmann
Sun 21 July

Outdoor portrait conversations

Mal Meninga by Cathy Weiszmann

1:30pm

Meet for slow looking and sketching at selected public art portraits, facilitated by members of the National Portrait Gallery Access and Learning team.

Bookings required
G
D

Outdoor portrait conversations

Mal Meninga by Cathy Weiszmann

Sun 21 Jul
1:30pm
Bookings required
G
D
Fri 26 July

Hyperconnected virtual tour

11:30am; 2:30pm

Join us virtually on a live highlights tour, from the comfort of your own home. Ask questions, see the collection, and hear some of the stories behind the portraits.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
T

Hyperconnected virtual tour

Fri 26 Jul
11:30am; 2:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
Thu 8 August

Archibald Prize day trip 2019

7:00am

Join us on a fabulous day trip to the Art Gallery of NSW, where everything is taken care of for you. View the Archibald, Wynn & Sulman prizes and take the tour

Bookings required
C

Archibald Prize day trip 2019

Thu 8 Aug
7:00am
Bookings required
C
Tue 13 August

Hyperconnected virtual tour

11:30am; 2:30pm

Join us virtually on a live highlights tour, from the comfort of your own home. Ask questions, see the collection, and hear some of the stories behind the portraits.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
T

Hyperconnected virtual tour

Tue 13 Aug
11:30am; 2:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
Poet’s Corner, 2012 by Cathy Weiszmann
Poet’s Corner, 2012 by Cathy Weiszmann
Poet’s Corner, 2012 by Cathy Weiszmann
Poet’s Corner, 2012 by Cathy Weiszmann
Sun 18 August

Outdoor portrait conversations

Poet’s Corner by Cathy Weiszmann

1:30pm

Meet for slow looking and sketching at selected public art portraits, facilitated by members of the National Portrait Gallery Access and Learning team.

Bookings required
G
D

Outdoor portrait conversations

Poet’s Corner by Cathy Weiszmann

Sun 18 Aug
1:30pm
Bookings required
G
D
Thu 12 September

Hyperconnected virtual tour

11:30am; 2:30pm

Join us virtually on a live highlights tour, from the comfort of your own home. Ask questions, see the collection, and hear some of the stories behind the portraits.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
T

Hyperconnected virtual tour

Thu 12 Sep
11:30am; 2:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
Daily event, from Sat 14 September until Tue 26 May

Collection highlights tour

11:30am

Take a 45 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

Free.
FREE
T

Collection highlights tour

Daily event from Sat 14 Sep until Tue 26 May
11:30am
FREE
T
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Sat 14 September
until Sun 15 September

Reopening celebration!

10:00am

Come and join us for a weekend of celebratory activity as we throw open our doors after some cosmetic surgery!

Free.
FREE
F
D

Reopening celebration!

Sat 14 Sep until Sun 15 Sep
10:00am
FREE
F
D
Tobias Cole
Tobias Cole
Tobias Cole
Tobias Cole
Sat 21 September

Transcendence

3:00pm

Marking International Day of Peace, Tobias Cole leads a celebration of singing, featuring children and young adults from Turner Trebles, Canberra Children’s Choir, Lyneham High Voices, Vocal Fry and ANU Chamber Choir.

Free.
FREE
P

Transcendence

Sat 21 Sep
3:00pm
FREE
P
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Tue 24 September

Little Faces

Spring series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Spring series

Tue 24 Sep
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Wed 25 September

Little Faces

Spring series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Spring series

Wed 25 Sep
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Sat 28 September
until Sun 13 October

Art cart

Fashion it fierce & fancy

11:00am

Fun, free activities for families, inspired by fashion from the NPG collection.

Free.
FREE
F

Art cart

Fashion it fierce & fancy

Sat 28 Sep until Sun 13 Oct
11:00am
FREE
F
Mon 30 September
until Fri 4 October

Portrait play

Portrait Detective

10:30am

Become a Portrait Detective and join us to explore the portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

F

Portrait play

Portrait Detective

Mon 30 Sep until Fri 4 Oct
10:30am
F
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Tue 1 October

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
C

New friends

Tue 1 Oct
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
C
Paul Capsis, 2004 Esther Erlich
Paul Capsis, 2004 Esther Erlich
Paul Capsis, 2004 Esther Erlich
Paul Capsis, 2004 Esther Erlich
Fri 4 October

After Dark with Paul Capsis

8:00pm

Join us for an evening of cabaret with the extraordinary Paul Capsis at this 18+ event. Check out The Look afterhours, as well as the general collection, while music drifts through the galleries, then grab a beverage and enjoy the show.

P

After Dark with Paul Capsis

Fri 4 Oct
8:00pm
P
Uncertain Terrains, 2019 by Hannah Quinlivan
Uncertain Terrains, 2019 by Hannah Quinlivan
Uncertain Terrains, 2019 by Hannah Quinlivan
Uncertain Terrains, 2019 by Hannah Quinlivan
Fri 4 October
until Sun 13 October

Hannah Quinlivan

10:00am

Hannah Quinlivan's latest artwork fresh from Sydney Contemporary.

Free.
FREE

Hannah Quinlivan

Fri 4 Oct until Sun 13 Oct
10:00am
FREE
Sat 5 October
until Sun 6 October

Evensong

4:00pm

Featuring the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Free.
FREE
P

Evensong

Sat 5 Oct until Sun 6 Oct
4:00pm
FREE
P
Mon 7 October
until Fri 11 October

Portrait play

Portrait Detective

10:30am

Become a Portrait Detective and join us to explore the portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

F

Portrait play

Portrait Detective

Mon 7 Oct until Fri 11 Oct
10:30am
F
Tue 8 October

Hyperconnected virtual tour

11:30am; 2:30pm

Join us virtually on a live highlights tour, from the comfort of your own home. Ask questions, see the collection, and hear some of the stories behind the portraits.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
T

Hyperconnected virtual tour

Tue 8 Oct
11:30am; 2:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson
Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson
Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson
Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson
Tue 8 October

Exclusive Evening Preview

Women in Vogue

6:00pm

As a special welcome back to the Gallery for our members, we invite you to join us for an introduction from Karen Quinlan, exclusive viewing and a celebratory drink.

Free.
FREE
C

Exclusive Evening Preview

Women in Vogue

Tue 8 Oct
6:00pm
FREE
C
Wed 9 October

Story Time

10:30am; 2:00pm

Listen to the story Picasso’s Trousers by Nicholas Allan and design and create your own visual response.

Bookings required
F

Story Time

Wed 9 Oct
10:30am; 2:00pm
Bookings required
F
Seamless Image by Lorna Sim
Seamless Image by Lorna Sim
Seamless Image by Lorna Sim
Seamless Image by Lorna Sim
Fri 11 October

Seamless

5:30pm; 6:30pm

Celebrating fashion as important expressive medium, the Australian Dance Party challenge the conveyor belt industry driven by economics, advertising and disposability, to contemplate a different kind of ‘vogue’

Free.
FREE
P

Seamless

Fri 11 Oct
5:30pm; 6:30pm
FREE
P
Aphir by Isabella Connelley
Aphir by Isabella Connelley
Aphir by Isabella Connelley
Aphir by Isabella Connelley
Fri 11 October

Fashionably Late @ NPG

5:00pm

We are keeping our doors open late for a sassy spring soirée. Featuring Aphir, Peach Lane and The Australian Dance Party.

Free.
FREE

Fashionably Late @ NPG

Fri 11 Oct
5:00pm
FREE
Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson
Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson
Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson
Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson
Daily event, from Fri 11 October until Sun 24 November

Women in Vogue tour

2:30pm

Exhibition ticket requried.

Free.
FREE
T

Women in Vogue tour

Daily event from Fri 11 Oct until Sun 24 Nov
2:30pm
FREE
T
Seamless Image by Lorna Sim
Seamless Image by Lorna Sim
Seamless Image by Lorna Sim
Seamless Image by Lorna Sim
Sat 12 October
until Sun 13 October

Seamless

12:00pm; 2:00pm

Celebrating fashion as important expressive medium, the Australian Dance Party challenge the conveyor belt industry driven by economics, advertising and disposability, to contemplate a different kind of ‘vogue’

Free.
FREE
P

Seamless

Sat 12 Oct until Sun 13 Oct
12:00pm; 2:00pm
FREE
P
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Tue 15 October

Little Faces

Spring series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Spring series

Tue 15 Oct
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Wed 16 October

Little Faces

Spring series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Spring series

Wed 16 Oct
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Mia Sorlie
Mia Sorlie
Mia Sorlie
Mia Sorlie
Fri 18 October

Fashionably Late @ NPG

5:00pm

We are keeping our doors open late for a sassy spring soirée. Featuring Mia Sorlie and Dana spinning the decks.

Free.
FREE

Fashionably Late @ NPG

Fri 18 Oct
5:00pm
FREE
Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam
Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam
Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam
Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam
Sat 19 October

Poetry on the Move

Mani Rao and Alvin Pang in conversation

10:30am

Poets in residence, featuring readings commissioned for the festival, followed by a broad-ranging discussion touching on poetic journeys, influences, inspirations and ideas.

Free.
FREE
L

Poetry on the Move

Mani Rao and Alvin Pang in conversation

Sat 19 Oct
10:30am
FREE
L
Sun 20 October

Luminescence Children’s Choir

3:00pm

A recital of joyous and uplifting music from Canberra-based musicians aged 10 to 17.

Free.
FREE
P

Luminescence Children’s Choir

Sun 20 Oct
3:00pm
FREE
P
Professor A D Hope, Canberra, 1963 (printed 2000) David Moore
Professor A D Hope, Canberra, 1963 (printed 2000) David Moore
Professor A D Hope, Canberra, 1963 (printed 2000) David Moore
Professor A D Hope, Canberra, 1963 (printed 2000) David Moore
Sun 20 October

Poetry on the Move

Kei Miller and Tricia Dearborn in conversation

10:30am

Poets in residence, featuring readings commissioned for the festival, followed by a broad-ranging discussion touching on poetic journeys, influences, inspirations and ideas.

Free.
FREE
L

Poetry on the Move

Kei Miller and Tricia Dearborn in conversation

Sun 20 Oct
10:30am
FREE
L
Kim Yang by Kelly McInnes
Kim Yang by Kelly McInnes
Kim Yang by Kelly McInnes
Kim Yang by Kelly McInnes
Fri 25 October

Fashionably Late @ NPG

5:00pm

We are keeping our doors open late for a sassy spring soirée. Featuring Hope Wilkins, Adriana+Bianca and Kim Yang.

Free.
FREE

Fashionably Late @ NPG

Fri 25 Oct
5:00pm
FREE
Sat 26 October

Out and Loud

2:00pm

Four LGBTIQ+ choirs from across Australasia will perform throughout the afternoon in the beautiful acoustics of the Gordon Darling Hall.

Free.
FREE
P

Out and Loud

Sat 26 Oct
2:00pm
FREE
P
Charlotte Smith
Charlotte Smith
Charlotte Smith
Charlotte Smith
Sun 27 October

Distinguished dressers

1:30pm

The fabulous Charlotte Smith, owner of The Darnell Collection and author of One Enchanted Evening, Dreaming of Dior and Dreaming of Chanel, shares her love of vintage fashion.

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Distinguished dressers

Sun 27 Oct
1:30pm
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Don Burrows at work, 1998 Barry Walsh
Don Burrows at work, 1998 Barry Walsh
Don Burrows at work, 1998 Barry Walsh
Don Burrows at work, 1998 Barry Walsh
Thu 31 October

Canberra Symphony Orchestra Australia Series

6:30pm

Led by Oboist Diana Doherty, this concert showcases the finest new wind music Australia has to offer, culminating in a collaborative performance for oboe and the sound of waterfalls played through your smartphone.

Bookings required
P

Canberra Symphony Orchestra Australia Series

Thu 31 Oct
6:30pm
Bookings required
P
Shoeb Ahmad
Shoeb Ahmad
Shoeb Ahmad
Shoeb Ahmad
Fri 1 November

Fashionably Late @ NPG

5:00pm

We are keeping our doors open late for a sassy spring soirée. Featuring Neko Pink, LIV LI and Shoeb Ahmad.

Free.
FREE

Fashionably Late @ NPG

Fri 1 Nov
5:00pm
FREE
Sun 3 November

Spring Festival

Find your (re)purpose

11:00am

Get all sock ‘n’ soul at our free Spring Festival. Balinese puppeteers, The Super Funky Artists, will lead a creative workshop using recycled materials. There will be performance, music, tours and lots of fun activities throughout the day to inspire imagination.

Free.
FREE
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Spring Festival

Find your (re)purpose

Sun 3 Nov
11:00am
FREE
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Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Tue 5 November

Little Faces

Spring series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Spring series

Tue 5 Nov
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Wed 6 November

Little Faces

Spring series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Spring series

Wed 6 Nov
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Thu 7 November

Little Faces

Spring series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Spring series

Thu 7 Nov
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Fri 8 November

Little Faces

Spring series

9:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Spring series

Fri 8 Nov
9:30am
Bookings required
F
Rhoda Roberts, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie
Rhoda Roberts, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie
Rhoda Roberts, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie
Rhoda Roberts, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie
Fri 8 November

Art in the Park

11:00am

Explore Commonwealth Park on a guided walking tour and discover the history and special importance of works of art located in the gardens.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Art in the Park

Fri 8 Nov
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
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Sat 9 November
until Sun 10 November

Evensong

4:00pm

Featuring the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Free.
FREE
P

Evensong

Sat 9 Nov until Sun 10 Nov
4:00pm
FREE
P
Fri 22 November

Undercurrent Design Market

5:00pm

The Undercurrent Design Market is on again! This popular weekend showcases an array of contemporary, leading edge Australian-made design treats and just in time for Christmas.

Free.
FREE

Undercurrent Design Market

Fri 22 Nov
5:00pm
FREE
Sat 23 November
until Sun 24 November

Undercurrent Design Market

10:00am

The Undercurrent Design Market is on again! This popular weekend showcases an array of contemporary, leading edge Australian-made design treats and just in time for Christmas.

Free.
FREE

Undercurrent Design Market

Sat 23 Nov until Sun 24 Nov
10:00am
FREE
Mon 25 November
until Tue 26 November

Visual Thinking Strategies

Beginner practicum

10:00am

The Beginner Practicum focuses on developing VTS facilitation skills through presentation of the basic theoretical tenets of VTS and opportunities to practice with group coaching.

Bookings required

Visual Thinking Strategies

Beginner practicum

Mon 25 Nov until Tue 26 Nov
10:00am
Bookings required
Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Tue 26 November

Circle of Friends Spring Soirée

6:00pm

Spring in for conversation, drinks and canapés with Director Karen Quinlan and guest speaker, avid gardener and visionary artist, Bill Henson.

Bookings required
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Circle of Friends Spring Soirée

Tue 26 Nov
6:00pm
Bookings required
C
The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith, 1973 Eric Smith
The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith, 1973 Eric Smith
The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith, 1973 Eric Smith
The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith, 1973 Eric Smith
Sun 1 December

The Meeting Place Conference

11:30am; 2:30pm

The National Portrait Gallery is proud to host part of Meeting Place 2019, Australia's leading forum on arts, culture and disability.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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The Meeting Place Conference

Sun 1 Dec
11:30am; 2:30pm
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
Tue 3 December

Little Faces

Summer series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Summer series

Tue 3 Dec
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith, 1973 Eric Smith
The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith, 1973 Eric Smith
The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith, 1973 Eric Smith
The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith, 1973 Eric Smith
Tue 3 December

The Meeting Place Conference

1:00pm; 1:00pm; 1:00pm

The National Portrait Gallery is proud to host part of Meeting Place 2019, Australia's leading forum on arts, culture and disability.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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The Meeting Place Conference

Tue 3 Dec
1:00pm; 1:00pm; 1:00pm
Bookings required
FREE
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Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Tue 3 December

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
C

New friends

Tue 3 Dec
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
C
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 4 December

Little Faces

Summer series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Summer series

Wed 4 Dec
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 5 December

Little Faces

Summer series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Summer series

Thu 5 Dec
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
Fri 6 December

Little Faces

Summer series

9:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Summer series

Fri 6 Dec
9:30am
Bookings required
F
Self portrait with Spots and Veins, 2003 Chris O'Doherty
Self portrait with Spots and Veins, 2003 Chris O'Doherty
Self portrait with Spots and Veins, 2003 Chris O'Doherty
Self portrait with Spots and Veins, 2003 Chris O'Doherty
Daily event, from Sat 14 December until Sun 16 February

PortraitAu filters

10:00am

Put yourself in the picture with an Instagram filter created for @PortraitAu by artist Jess Herrington.

Free.
FREE
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PortraitAu filters

Daily event from Sat 14 Dec until Sun 16 Feb
10:00am
FREE
F
Angry Anderson, 2006 Sally Robinson
Angry Anderson, 2006 Sally Robinson
Angry Anderson, 2006 Sally Robinson
Angry Anderson, 2006 Sally Robinson
Sat 14 December
until Sun 16 February

Eye to Eye slow looking tour

2:30pm

Take a 45 minute guided tour of the exhibition.

Free.
FREE
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Eye to Eye slow looking tour

Sat 14 Dec until Sun 16 Feb
2:30pm
FREE
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Igitur Nos
Igitur Nos
Igitur Nos
Igitur Nos
Wed 18 December

Igitur Nos

12:30pm

Let your spirits soar with Christmas carols by chamber choir Igitur Nos.

Free.
FREE
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Igitur Nos

Wed 18 Dec
12:30pm
FREE
P
Sat 21 December

Evensong

4:00pm

Featuring the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Free.
FREE
P

Evensong

Sat 21 Dec
4:00pm
FREE
P
Sun 22 December

Evensong

4:00pm

Featuring the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Free.
FREE
P

Evensong

Sun 22 Dec
4:00pm
FREE
P
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
Sun 22 December

Progetti

1:30pm

I Progetti Chamber Choir’s trademark Christmas selection of tunes beautiful yet little-known, interspersed with more familiar seasonal works.

Free.
FREE
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Progetti

Sun 22 Dec
1:30pm
FREE
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Natalie Imbruglia, 1999 Polly Borland
Natalie Imbruglia, 1999 Polly Borland
Natalie Imbruglia, 1999 Polly Borland
Natalie Imbruglia, 1999 Polly Borland
Daily event, from Thu 26 December until Sun 2 February

Family Space

Looking at you, looking at me

11:00am

Free activities inspired by the exhibition Eye to Eye for families to enjoy together.

Free.
FREE
F

Family Space

Looking at you, looking at me

Daily event from Thu 26 Dec until Sun 2 Feb
11:00am
FREE
F
As Famous As The Moon
As Famous As The Moon
As Famous As The Moon
As Famous As The Moon
Thu 26 December

Drawn in

As Famous As The Moon

1:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
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Drawn in

As Famous As The Moon

Thu 26 Dec
1:00pm
FREE
D
Fri 27 December

Portrait play

Portrait Investigator

10:30am

Become a PI - Portrait Investigator - and join us to explore the portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Portrait play

Portrait Investigator

Fri 27 Dec
10:30am
Bookings required
F
Mon 30 December
until Fri 3 January

Portrait play

Portrait Investigator

10:30am

Become a PI - Portrait Investigator - and join us to explore the portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Portrait play

Portrait Investigator

Mon 30 Dec until Fri 3 Jan
10:30am
Bookings required
F
Mon 6 January
until Fri 10 January

Portrait play

Portrait Investigator

10:30am

Become a PI - Portrait Investigator - and join us to explore the portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Portrait play

Portrait Investigator

Mon 6 Jan until Fri 10 Jan
10:30am
Bookings required
F
Wed 8 January

Story time

10:30am; 2:00pm

Listen to the story Thelma The Unicorn by Aaron Blabey and create your own visual response

Bookings required
F

Story time

Wed 8 Jan
10:30am; 2:00pm
Bookings required
F
Ningali Lawford-Wolf, 1996 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence
Ningali Lawford-Wolf, 1996 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence
Ningali Lawford-Wolf, 1996 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence
Ningali Lawford-Wolf, 1996 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence
Sun 12 January

中文导览: 本馆历史背景与精选馆藏

Highlights tour in Mandarin

3:00pm

本馆邀约 刘沁洁 (Chin-Jie Melodie Liu) 以中文为您导览,介绍本馆历史背景,还带您观赏馆内精心挑选过的肖像画作品。

Free.
FREE
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中文导览: 本馆历史背景与精选馆藏

Highlights tour in Mandarin

Sun 12 Jan
3:00pm
FREE
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Mon 13 January
until Fri 17 January

Portrait play

Portrait Investigator

10:30am

Become a PI - Portrait Investigator - and join us to explore the portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Portrait play

Portrait Investigator

Mon 13 Jan until Fri 17 Jan
10:30am
Bookings required
F
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Thu 16 January

Slow afternoons

2:00pm

Responding to the curatorial design of Eye to Eye, which encourages viewers to slow down and spend time looking, our learning facilitators are offering a slow looking and drawing programs in the exhibition.

Free.
FREE
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Slow afternoons

Thu 16 Jan
2:00pm
FREE
T
Dr John Yu, 2004 Ah Xian
Dr John Yu, 2004 Ah Xian
Dr John Yu, 2004 Ah Xian
Dr John Yu, 2004 Ah Xian
Sun 19 January

Relaxed mornings

9:00am

Explore the main collection during our ‘quiet hours’ sessions, suitable for anyone who prefers a quieter visitor experience.

Free.
FREE
F

Relaxed mornings

Sun 19 Jan
9:00am
FREE
F
Mon 20 January
until Fri 24 January

Portrait play

Portrait Investigator

10:30am

Become a PI - Portrait Investigator - and join us to explore the portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Portrait play

Portrait Investigator

Mon 20 Jan until Fri 24 Jan
10:30am
Bookings required
F
Mon 27 January
until Fri 31 January

Portrait play

Portrait Investigator

10:30am

Become a PI - Portrait Investigator - and join us to explore the portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required
F

Portrait play

Portrait Investigator

Mon 27 Jan until Fri 31 Jan
10:30am
Bookings required
F
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Tue 28 January

Scattering colour

1:00pm

Experiment with colour combinations, breaking up colour and making it do different things in this workshop inspired by colourful portraits in the Gallery. Suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years.

Bookings required
F

Scattering colour

Tue 28 Jan
1:00pm
Bookings required
F
Wed 29 January

Story time

10:30am; 2:00pm

Listen to the story Thelma The Unicorn by Aaron Blabey and create your own visual response

Bookings required
F

Story time

Wed 29 Jan
10:30am; 2:00pm
Bookings required
F
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin, 2017 Wendy Sharpe
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin, 2017 Wendy Sharpe
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin, 2017 Wendy Sharpe
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin, 2017 Wendy Sharpe
Sun 2 February

Wendy Sharpe

1:30pm

Join leading Australian artist Wendy Sharpe, as she discusses her interest in painting people, with particular reference to her bold, evocative portrait of Elena Kats-Chernin.

Bookings required
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Wendy Sharpe

Sun 2 Feb
1:30pm
Bookings required
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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 4 February

Little Faces

Summer series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Summer series

Tue 4 Feb
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Tue 4 February

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
C

New friends

Tue 4 Feb
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
C
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 February

Little Faces

Summer series

10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Summer series

Wed 5 Feb
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 6 February

Little Faces

Summer series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Summer series

Thu 6 Feb
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Natalie Imbruglia, 1999 Polly Borland
Natalie Imbruglia, 1999 Polly Borland
Natalie Imbruglia, 1999 Polly Borland
Natalie Imbruglia, 1999 Polly Borland
Thu 6 February

Eye to Eye

An interactive discussion

2:00pm

Have a long slow look at the new Eye to Eye exhibition, and join us for an exciting interactive discussion, quiz and Q&A with the curator and creative team.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
C

Eye to Eye

An interactive discussion

Thu 6 Feb
2:00pm
Bookings required
FREE
C
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
Thu 6 February
until Sun 10 May

National Portrait Prizes highlights tour

2:30pm

Take a 45 minute tour of the exhibition.

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National Portrait Prizes highlights tour

Thu 6 Feb until Sun 10 May
2:30pm
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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
Fri 7 February

Little Faces

Summer series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Summer series

Fri 7 Feb
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Adam (Adam Goodes), 2014 Alan Jones
Adam (Adam Goodes), 2014 Alan Jones
Adam (Adam Goodes), 2014 Alan Jones
Adam (Adam Goodes), 2014 Alan Jones
Sun 9 February

The Australian Dream (2019) MA15+

Screening

2:00pm

Feature documentary exploring themes of race, identity and belonging through the remarkable and inspirational story of AFL legend Adam Goodes.

Free.
FREE
S

The Australian Dream (2019) MA15+

Screening

Sun 9 Feb
2:00pm
FREE
S
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Sun 16 February

Slow afternoons

2:00pm

Responding to the curatorial design of Eye to Eye, which encourages viewers to slow down and spend time looking, our learning facilitators are offering a slow looking and drawing programs in the exhibition.

Free.
FREE
T

Slow afternoons

Sun 16 Feb
2:00pm
FREE
T
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Sun 23 February

Drawn in

Cancelled

1:00pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our musical talent isn’t able to perform for this Sunday’s Drawn In program.

Free.
FREE
D

Drawn in

Cancelled

Sun 23 Feb
1:00pm
FREE
D
Ningali Lawford-Wolf, 1996 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence
Ningali Lawford-Wolf, 1996 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence
Ningali Lawford-Wolf, 1996 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence
Ningali Lawford-Wolf, 1996 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence
Sun 23 February

中文导览: 本馆历史背景与精选馆藏

Highlights tour in Mandarin

3:00pm

本馆邀约 刘沁洁 (Chin-Jie Melodie Liu) 以中文为您导览,介绍本馆历史背景,还带您观赏馆内精心挑选过的肖像画作品。

Free.
FREE
T

中文导览: 本馆历史背景与精选馆藏

Highlights tour in Mandarin

Sun 23 Feb
3:00pm
FREE
T
Jess Herrington video: 17 seconds
Jess Herrington video: 17 seconds
Jess Herrington video: 17 seconds
Jess Herrington video: 17 seconds
Sat 29 February

Digital Creator

1:00pm

Explore virtual identities by making a simple augmented reality experience in this Digital Creator workshop led by artist Jess Herrington.

W

Digital Creator

Sat 29 Feb
1:00pm
W
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Tue 3 March

New friends

Autumn 2020

11:00am

Have you joined the Circle of Friends in the past months? Meet our Membership Coordinator and join an introductory tour of the Gallery.

Free.
FREE
C

New friends

Autumn 2020

Tue 3 Mar
11:00am
FREE
C
Fri 6 March

Exclusive Friends Preview

DPP/NPPP 2020

9:00am
Free. Bookings required
FREE
C

Exclusive Friends Preview

DPP/NPPP 2020

Fri 6 Mar
9:00am
Bookings required
FREE
C
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Thu 12 March

Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Australian Series

6:30pm

The first concert in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Australian Series presents the work of emerging and established Australian voices.

Bookings required
P

Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Australian Series

Thu 12 Mar
6:30pm
Bookings required
P
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
Sat 14 March

National Photographic Portrait Prize Forum

11:00am

Join for us a discussion about this year’s NPPP 2020 exhibition and exploring powerful storytelling in photographic portraiture.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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National Photographic Portrait Prize Forum

Sat 14 Mar
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
L
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
Sat 14 March

Crafting the iconic image

2:00pm

Renowned portrait photographer Gary Heery offers insights into creating an iconic image, developing works for exhibition, and navigating the interwoven worlds of art and commerce.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
W

Crafting the iconic image

Sat 14 Mar
2:00pm
Bookings required
FREE
W
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
Wed 18 March

Naabami

Thou shall/will see me/us – Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal/Wiradjuri peoples)

12:30pm

Ngunnawal/Wiradjuri elder, Dr Matilda House, about her photographic portrait.

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Naabami

Thou shall/will see me/us – Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal/Wiradjuri peoples)

Wed 18 Mar
12:30pm
L
Beauty by Bri Lee
Beauty by Bri Lee
Beauty by Bri Lee
Beauty by Bri Lee
Wed 18 March

Talking about identity

6:00pm

Join Australian writer Bri Lee (author of the powerful Eggshell Skull) in discussion with author and journalist Caroline Baum about Lee’s new book, Beauty.

Bookings required
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Talking about identity

Wed 18 Mar
6:00pm
Bookings required
L
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
Sun 22 March

Cross country with identity

2:00pm

Join Penny Grist, NPG curator and NPPP judge in conversation with finalists Mike Bowers and Charles Tambiah.

Bookings required
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Cross country with identity

Sun 22 Mar
2:00pm
Bookings required
L
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Sat 28 March

Audio-described collection tour

11:30am

Take a 60 minute tour of the collection.

Free.
FREE
T

Audio-described collection tour

Sat 28 Mar
11:30am
FREE
T
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Sun 29 March

Drawn in

David Yardley – vocals and harp

1:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
D

Drawn in

David Yardley – vocals and harp

Sun 29 Mar
1:00pm
FREE
D
Sun 5 April

Self-story

1:00pm

Explore the potential of the self-portrait with Kate Beynon, Daring Prize finalist, considering both physical and conceptual notions of identity.

Bookings required
W

Self-story

Sun 5 Apr
1:00pm
Bookings required
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I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
Sun 5 April

Love Among The Ruins

1:30pm

I Progetti Chamber Choir presents a concert themed around the finding of hope in the depths of sorrow.

Free.
FREE
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Love Among The Ruins

Sun 5 Apr
1:30pm
FREE
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Portrait of Jawoyn Elder, Margaret Katherine, 2015 John Gollings
Portrait of Jawoyn Elder, Margaret Katherine, 2015 John Gollings
Portrait of Jawoyn Elder, Margaret Katherine, 2015 John Gollings
Portrait of Jawoyn Elder, Margaret Katherine, 2015 John Gollings
Sun 5 April

中文导览: 本馆历史背景与精选馆藏

Highlights tour in Mandarin

3:00pm
Free.
FREE
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中文导览: 本馆历史背景与精选馆藏

Highlights tour in Mandarin

Sun 5 Apr
3:00pm
FREE
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Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Tue 7 April

Little Faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little Faces is designed for babies and toddlers in the care of their grown up to play, sing along, and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
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Little Faces

Autumn series

Tue 7 Apr
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Wed 8 April

Little Faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little Faces is designed for babies and toddlers in the care of their grown up to play, sing along, and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
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Little Faces

Autumn series

Wed 8 Apr
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
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Fri 10 April
until Sun 26 April

Art Cart

Faces and places

11:00am

Free activities that explore ideas around self-portraits in the collection for families to enjoy together.

Free.
FREE
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Art Cart

Faces and places

Fri 10 Apr until Sun 26 Apr
11:00am
FREE
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Tue 14 April
until Fri 17 April

Portrait play

Head and Hands, Make and Play

10:30am

Join us to explore the portraits through creative activities focussed on how we express through our heads and hands.

Bookings required
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Portrait play

Head and Hands, Make and Play

Tue 14 Apr until Fri 17 Apr
10:30am
Bookings required
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Ludmilla Jordanova
Ludmilla Jordanova
Ludmilla Jordanova
Ludmilla Jordanova
Sun 19 April

Why portraits matter

2:00pm

In collaboration with the ANU Humanities Research Centre, the Portrait Gallery welcomes Ludmilla Jordanova, Professor of Visual Culture in the Department of History at Durham University, who will discuss the continuing importance of portraits and how we utilise them.

Bookings required
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Why portraits matter

Sun 19 Apr
2:00pm
Bookings required
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Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman
Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman
Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman
Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman
Sun 19 April

Relaxed mornings

9:00am

Explore the Portrait Gallery Collection during our ‘quiet hours’ sessions, suitable for anyone who prefers a quieter visitor experience.

Free.
FREE
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Relaxed mornings

Sun 19 Apr
9:00am
FREE
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Tue 21 April
until Fri 24 April

Portrait play

Head and Hands, Make and Play

10:30am

Join us to explore the portraits through creative activities focussed on how we express through our heads and hands.

Bookings required
F

Portrait play

Head and Hands, Make and Play

Tue 21 Apr until Fri 24 Apr
10:30am
Bookings required
F
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
Wed 22 April

Story time

10:30am

Listen to the story The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan and create your own visual response.

Bookings required
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Story time

Wed 22 Apr
10:30am
Bookings required
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Fri 24 April

Fun drawing workshop

1:00pm

Let’s draw! Be inspired by the many styles in the Darling prize; experiment with drawing and create a portrait of your own. Led by Darling prize finalist Anthea da Silva.

Bookings required
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Fun drawing workshop

Fri 24 Apr
1:00pm
Bookings required
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Sun 26 April

Dynamic Drawing

1:00pm

Experiment with a range of drawing and painting styles with Darling Prize finalist Anthea da Silva.

Bookings required
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Dynamic Drawing

Sun 26 Apr
1:00pm
Bookings required
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Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Tue 5 May

Little Faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little Faces is designed for babies and toddlers in the care of their grown up to play, sing along, and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Autumn series

Tue 5 May
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Wed 6 May

Little Faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little Faces is designed for babies and toddlers in the care of their grown up to play, sing along, and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Autumn series

Wed 6 May
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Thu 7 May

Little Faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little Faces is designed for babies and toddlers in the care of their grown up to play, sing along, and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Autumn series

Thu 7 May
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Fri 8 May

Little Faces

Autumn series

9:30am

Little Faces is designed for babies and toddlers in the care of their grown up to play, sing along, and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
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Little Faces

Autumn series

Fri 8 May
9:30am
Bookings required
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Sat 16 May
until Sun 17 May

Evensong

4:00pm

Featuring the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Free.
FREE
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Evensong

Sat 16 May until Sun 17 May
4:00pm
FREE
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Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Sun 17 May

Drawn in

Juanita Cucinotta – vocals and guitar

1:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
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Drawn in

Juanita Cucinotta – vocals and guitar

Sun 17 May
1:00pm
FREE
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Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Wed 27 May

Reconciliation week digital tour

11:30am; 2:30pm

Join us live online for a virtual tour of our galleries, from the comfort of your own home or from anywhere across Australia.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Reconciliation week digital tour

Wed 27 May
11:30am; 2:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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Eddie Mabo (after Mike Kelley's 'Booth's Puddle' 1985, from Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's profile) No.3, 1996 Gordon Bennett
Eddie Mabo (after Mike Kelley's 'Booth's Puddle' 1985, from Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's profile) No.3, 1996 Gordon Bennett
Eddie Mabo (after Mike Kelley's 'Booth's Puddle' 1985, from Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's profile) No.3, 1996 Gordon Bennett
Eddie Mabo (after Mike Kelley's 'Booth's Puddle' 1985, from Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's profile) No.3, 1996 Gordon Bennett
Wed 27 May
until Wed 3 June

Reconciliation week tours

11:30am

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

Free.
FREE
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Reconciliation week tours

Wed 27 May until Wed 3 Jun
11:30am
FREE
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Faith Bandler, study, 2006 Greg Warburton
Faith Bandler, study, 2006 Greg Warburton
Faith Bandler, study, 2006 Greg Warburton
Faith Bandler, study, 2006 Greg Warburton
Sun 31 May

Screenings from the Australian Biography series

2:30pm

Faith Bandler (1993) and Bill Harney (2001)

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Screenings from the Australian Biography series

Sun 31 May
2:30pm
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Daily event, from Thu 4 June until Thu 24 December

Collection highlights tour

11:30am

Take a 45 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

Free.
FREE
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Collection highlights tour

Daily event from Thu 4 Jun until Thu 24 Dec
11:30am
FREE
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More events

Tuesday 8 December 2020 – Friday 9 December 2022

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