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Sunday 8 December 2019 – Wednesday 8 December 2021

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.

FREE

The Look

Exhibition closes 9 February
FREE
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.

FREE

Primed

Some Prime Ministers

Exhibition closes 9 March
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
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
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,

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
11:30am
FREE
T
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
T
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
P
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
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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
T

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
T
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
T

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
L
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

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 5 Feb
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 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
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
Sun 23 February

Drawn in

Sebastian Field

1:00pm

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

Free.
FREE
D

Drawn in

Sebastian Field

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.

Bookings required
W

Digital Creator

Sat 29 Feb
1:00pm
Bookings required
W

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Thursday 9 December 2021 – Sunday 10 December 2023

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