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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.

Exhibitions on

Monday 20 May 2019 – Thursday 20 May 2021

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
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.

Eye to eye

Exhibition opens 14 December
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
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
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
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.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Exhibition opens 6 March
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
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
Opens 6 June

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

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.

Bookings required

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Shirley Purdie

Exhibition opens 6 June
Bookings required
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews
Opens 5 September

Pub Rock

Your backstage pass to 70s and 80s sounds and scenes

Celebrate the people, places and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on our nation’s identity.

Bookings required
FREE

Pub Rock

Your backstage pass to 70s and 80s sounds and scenes

Exhibition opens 5 September
Bookings required
FREE
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
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.

FREE

Collection display galleries

Exhibition open every day
FREE
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Opens 10 October

Before hand

The private life of a portrait

Revealing the backstories behind the NPG collection, Before hand features interviews with artists and sitters as well as working drawings, scrapbooks, sketches and footage taken in artists’ studios and out on location.

Bookings required
FREE

Before hand

The private life of a portrait

Exhibition opens 10 October
Bookings required
FREE
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Opens 20 March

Australian Love Stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)

Reconnect and reflect with our new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) as we explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

Bookings required

Australian Love Stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)

Exhibition opens 20 March
Bookings required

More events

Friday 21 May 2021 – Monday 22 May 2023

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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.