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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

Wednesday 18 March – Thursday 16 April 2020

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
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Closes 26 July

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.

Bookings required
FREE

Darling Portrait Prize

Exhibition closes 26 July
Bookings required
FREE
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
Closes 26 July

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.

Bookings required
FREE

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Exhibition closes 26 July
Bookings required
FREE
Closes 26 July

The National Portrait Prizes

Experience the very best new portrait paintings and photographs from across Australia.

FREE

The National Portrait Prizes

Exhibition closes 26 July
FREE
Rory, 2019 Michael Murchie
Rory, 2019 Michael Murchie
Rory, 2019 Michael Murchie
Rory, 2019 Michael Murchie
Wed 18 March

Live video tour

2:30pm

Come on a live video tour of the National Portrait Gallery’s exciting new exhibition of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Live video tour

Wed 18 Mar
2:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal), 2019 Brenda L Croft
Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal), 2019 Brenda L Croft
Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal), 2019 Brenda L Croft
Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal), 2019 Brenda L Croft
Wed 18 March

Cancelled: Naabami

Thou shall/will see me/us – Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal/Wiradjuri peoples)

12:30pm

Ngunnawal/Wiradjuri elder, Dr Matilda House, talks about her photographic portrait by Brenda L Croft.

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Cancelled: Naabami

Thou shall/will see me/us – Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal/Wiradjuri peoples)

Wed 18 Mar
12:30pm
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Beauty by Bri Lee
Beauty by Bri Lee
Beauty by Bri Lee
Beauty by Bri Lee
Wed 18 March

Cancelled: Talking about identity

6:00pm

Join Australian writer Bri Lee (author of the powerful Eggshell Skull) in discussion with author and journalist Caroline Baum about Lee’s new book, Beauty.

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Cancelled: Talking about identity

Wed 18 Mar
6:00pm
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Friday 17 April – Saturday 16 May 2020

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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.