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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

Sunday 1 September – Tuesday 1 October 2019

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.

Primed

Some Prime Ministers

Exhibition opens 14 September
Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
Opens 14 September

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 opens 14 September
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
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Hyperconnected virtual tour

Thu 12 Sep
11:30am; 2:30pm
Bookings required
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
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
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Reopening celebration!

Sat 14 Sep until Sun 15 Sep
10:00am
FREE
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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
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Transcendence

Sat 21 Sep
3:00pm
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 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
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Little Faces

Spring series

Tue 24 Sep
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
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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
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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
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Art cart

Fashion it fierce & fancy

Sat 28 Sep until Sun 13 Oct
11:00am
FREE
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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
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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
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New friends

Tue 1 Oct
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
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More events

Wednesday 2 October – Friday 1 November 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.