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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

Friday 24 January – Friday 31 January 2020

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
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Closes 16 February

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 closes 16 February
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, 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 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
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Natalie Imbruglia, 1999 Polly Borland
Natalie Imbruglia, 1999 Polly Borland
Natalie Imbruglia, 1999 Polly Borland
Natalie Imbruglia, 1999 Polly Borland
Daily event, 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 until Sun 2 Feb
11:00am
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

More events

Saturday 1 February – Saturday 8 February 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.