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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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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Tuesday 8 December 2020 – Friday 9 December 2022

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