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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

Wednesday 17 April 2019

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.

Collection display galleries

Exhibition open every day
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
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
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
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

More events

Thursday 18 April 2019

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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.