Skip to main content

We’re thrilled to welcome you back to the Gallery! Please see what we need you to do first.

Menu

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 1 November – Saturday 30 November 2019

Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Closes 9 February

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 closes 9 February
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Closes 9 March

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 closes 9 March
Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
Closes 23 March

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 closes 23 March
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
Closes 24 November

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 closes 24 November
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, until Sun 24 November

Women in Vogue tour

2:30pm

Exhibition ticket requried.

Free.
FREE
T

Women in Vogue tour

Daily event until Sun 24 Nov
2:30pm
FREE
T
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
F

Spring Festival

Find your (re)purpose

Sun 3 Nov
11:00am
FREE
F
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
C

Art in the Park

Fri 8 Nov
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
C
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
C

Circle of Friends Spring Soirée

Tue 26 Nov
6:00pm
Bookings required
C

More events

Sunday 1 December – Monday 30 December 2019

Related information

The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery

The Gallery

Explore portraiture and come face to face with Australian identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity.

Plan your visit

Timed ticketing, location, accessibility and amenities

Support your Portrait Gallery

We depend on your support to keep creating our programs, exhibitions, publications and building the amazing portrait collection!

Café and shop

The café is open 9:00am-2:00pm weekdays and 9:00am-3:00pm on the weekend. The shop is open 10:00am to 5:00pm every day.

We would like to thank our partners.
© National Portrait Gallery 2020
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia


Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

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.