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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Family activities

Tuesday 17 September 2019 – Friday 17 September 2021

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
F

Little Faces

Spring series

Tue 24 Sep
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 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
F
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
F

Art cart

Fashion it fierce & fancy

Sat 28 Sep until Sun 13 Oct
11:00am
FREE
F
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
F
Mon 7 October
until Fri 11 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 7 Oct until Fri 11 Oct
10:30am
F
Wed 9 October

Story Time

10:30am; 2:00pm

Listen to the story Picasso’s Trousers by Nicholas Allan and design and create your own visual response.

Bookings required
F

Story Time

Wed 9 Oct
10:30am; 2:00pm
Bookings required
F
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Tue 15 October

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 15 Oct
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 16 October

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 16 Oct
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
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
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 3 December

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 3 Dec
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
Wed 4 December

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 4 Dec
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 5 December

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 5 Dec
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
Fri 6 December

Little Faces

Summer 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

Summer series

Fri 6 Dec
9:30am
Bookings required
F
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
F

PortraitAu filters

Daily event from Sat 14 Dec until Sun 16 Feb
10:00am
FREE
F
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
Sun 30 August

Storytime

‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan

11:00am

There’s nothing quite like Storytime! Snuggle up with your favourite small person and join us for a live-streamed reading of Shaun Tan’s ‘The Lost Thing.’

Free. Bookings required
FREE
F
V

Storytime

‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan

Sun 30 Aug
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
F
V
Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (in her aeroplane, "My Little Ship II) an unknown artist
Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (in her aeroplane, "My Little Ship II) an unknown artist
Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (in her aeroplane, "My Little Ship II) an unknown artist
Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (in her aeroplane, "My Little Ship II) an unknown artist
Tue 29 September

Virtual collection tour

When adventure calls

12:30pm

Pack your snacks and get prepped for a highlights tour as we explore the idea of adventure! Along the way we’ll meet some amazing faces and journey to different times and places.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
V
T
F

Virtual collection tour

When adventure calls

Tue 29 Sep
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
T
F
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
Wed 30 September

Storytime

‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan

11:00am

There’s nothing quite like Storytime! Snuggle up with your favourite small person and join us for a live-streamed reading of Shaun Tan’s ‘The Lost Thing.’

Free. Bookings required
FREE
F
V

Storytime

‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan

Wed 30 Sep
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
F
V
Shirley Purdie, 2020
Shirley Purdie, 2020
Shirley Purdie, 2020
Shirley Purdie, 2020
Wed 7 October

Storytime

‘My Story, Ngaginybe Jarragbe’ by Shirley Purdie

12:00pm

Join us online for a bilingual reading of My Story, Ngaginybe Jarragbe by Shirley Purdie.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
V
F

Storytime

‘My Story, Ngaginybe Jarragbe’ by Shirley Purdie

Wed 7 Oct
12:00pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
F

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Saturday 18 September 2021 – Tuesday 19 September 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.