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What's on

Friday 24 January 2020 – Monday 24 January 2022

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
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.

Bookings required
FREE

Darling Portrait Prize

Exhibition opens 6 March
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
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.

Bookings required
FREE

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Exhibition opens 6 March
Bookings required
FREE
Opens 6 March

The National Portrait Prizes

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

FREE

The National Portrait Prizes

Exhibition opens 6 March
FREE
© 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
FREE

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Shirley Purdie

Exhibition opens 6 June
Bookings required
FREE
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
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
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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
T
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
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

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
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
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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
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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
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Slow afternoons

Sun 16 Feb
2:00pm
FREE
T
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Sun 23 February

Drawn in

Cancelled

1:00pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our musical talent isn’t able to perform for this Sunday’s Drawn In program.

Free.
FREE
D

Drawn in

Cancelled

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
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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.

W

Digital Creator

Sat 29 Feb
1:00pm
W
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Tue 3 March

New friends

Autumn 2020

11:00am

Have you joined the Circle of Friends in the past months? Meet our Membership Coordinator and join an introductory tour of the Gallery.

Free.
FREE
C

New friends

Autumn 2020

Tue 3 Mar
11:00am
FREE
C
Fri 6 March

Exclusive Friends Preview

DPP/NPPP 2020

9:00am
Free. Bookings required
FREE
C

Exclusive Friends Preview

DPP/NPPP 2020

Fri 6 Mar
9:00am
Bookings required
FREE
C
Thu 12 March

Love, Kindness, Decency

Canberra Symphony Orchestra Australian Series

6:30pm

The performance explores music as a powerful, healing response to pain. Directed by Kirsten Williams, the CSO Chamber Orchestra will premiere two work by rising Australian composers.

Bookings required
P

Love, Kindness, Decency

Canberra Symphony Orchestra Australian Series

Thu 12 Mar
6:30pm
Bookings required
P
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
Sat 14 March

Cancelled: National Photographic Portrait Prize Forum

11:00am

Join for us a discussion about this year’s NPPP 2020 exhibition and exploring powerful storytelling in photographic portraiture.

Free.
FREE
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Cancelled: National Photographic Portrait Prize Forum

Sat 14 Mar
11:00am
FREE
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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
T
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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Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Tue 28 April
until Thu 31 December

The Amazing Face

A 14-day dive into portraiture

10:00am

An educational and fun 14-day adults’ introduction to portraiture.

Free.
FREE
O

The Amazing Face

A 14-day dive into portraiture

Tue 28 Apr until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am
FREE
O
Sat 6 June
until Thu 31 December

Timed ticketing

10:00am

All visitors must pre-book for one of the hourly sessions that are available daily. Each session will have a limited number of people allowed.

Free. Bookings required
FREE

Timed ticketing

Sat 6 Jun until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am
Bookings required
FREE
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 24 June

Matilda – Naabami

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

12:30pm

Brenda L Croft (Gurindji/Malngin/Mudburra peoples) talks with Ngambri/Ngunnawal/Wiradjuri elder, Dr Matilda House, about her photographic portrait.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Matilda – Naabami

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

Wed 24 Jun
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
L
David Chalmers, 2011 Nick Mourtzakis
David Chalmers, 2011 Nick Mourtzakis
David Chalmers, 2011 Nick Mourtzakis
David Chalmers, 2011 Nick Mourtzakis
Tue 21 July

Virtual collection tour

It’s all in your head

12:30pm

Massage your grey matter with a peek inside the mind and brain as we look at portraits about consciousness, neurotechnology and dementia.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

It’s all in your head

Tue 21 Jul
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
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 28 July

Virtual collection tour

Fierce Femmes

12:30pm

Stand tall and be intrigued and inspired by the achievements of some remarkable women from the collection who exude strength, ambition and creativity.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Fierce Femmes

Tue 28 Jul
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
Post-show blues, 2019 Liam Nunan
Post-show blues, 2019 Liam Nunan
Post-show blues, 2019 Liam Nunan
Post-show blues, 2019 Liam Nunan
Fri 31 July

Post-show blues

12:30pm

Darling Prize finalist Liam Nunan and actor Guy Simon discuss the portrait, their friendship and the intensity of the acting life.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Post-show blues

Fri 31 Jul
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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Mrs Woods and ‘Ere, 2013 Karla Dickens
Mrs Woods and ‘Ere, 2013 Karla Dickens
Mrs Woods and ‘Ere, 2013 Karla Dickens
Mrs Woods and ‘Ere, 2013 Karla Dickens
Tue 4 August

Virtual collection tour

Our complex stories

12:30pm

Join us for stories of humour, love, sadness and hope as we explore portraits of our history, identity and the complexities of what it means to be Australian.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Our complex stories

Tue 4 Aug
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Tue 11 August

Virtual collection tour

Unguarded moments

12:30pm

Take a breath and enter a quieter state as we explore portraits where the sitter appears to drift off, lower their guard and give more away.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
T

Virtual collection tour

Unguarded moments

Tue 11 Aug
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
Wed 12 August

Virtual exhibition tour

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

2:00pm

Join us for a live and interactive video tour through the Shirley Purdie exhibition, Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
T

Virtual exhibition tour

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Wed 12 Aug
2:00pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
Fri 14 August
until Thu 31 December

Australian Love Stories

An amorous online adventure

10:00am

Lust and longing, drama and devotion, seduction and scandal! Delve into an enticing array of tales of the heart.

Free.
FREE
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Australian Love Stories

An amorous online adventure

Fri 14 Aug until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am
FREE
O
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Tue 18 August

Virtual collection tour

The river wild

12:30pm

Grab your paddles and join us on an adventure as we look at three artworks that inspired and recorded the roots of Australia’s environmental movement.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

The river wild

Tue 18 Aug
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Sat 22 August

Dynamic drawing

Livestreamed portrait drawing class

2:30pm

Join Darling Portrait Prize winner Anthea da Silva as she shares her passion for life drawing and portraiture and experiments with a range of drawing and painting styles.

Free.
FREE
D

Dynamic drawing

Livestreamed portrait drawing class

Sat 22 Aug
2:30pm
FREE
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George and Jemima Billet with family, c. 1852 C.H.T. Costantini
George and Jemima Billet with family, c. 1852 C.H.T. Costantini
George and Jemima Billet with family, c. 1852 C.H.T. Costantini
George and Jemima Billet with family, c. 1852 C.H.T. Costantini
Tue 25 August

Virtual collection tour

Intention and convention

12:30pm

Get all Sherlock Holmes and discover how artists accidentally (or on purpose) reveal their own character and world when they’re creating a portrait.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Intention and convention

Tue 25 Aug
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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
Carlotta, Kings Cross (Les Girls), 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Carlotta, Kings Cross (Les Girls), 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Carlotta, Kings Cross (Les Girls), 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Carlotta, Kings Cross (Les Girls), 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Tue 1 September

Virtual collection tour

We can be queeroes

12:30pm

It’s like Oxford St online! Join us for an exploration of gender, performance and queerness as we take a look at three provocative, and sometimes transgressive, Australian icons.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
V
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Virtual collection tour

We can be queeroes

Tue 1 Sep
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Fri 4 September

Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

10:00am; 12:00pm; 2:00pm; 3:30pm

Be the first to view our new exhibition. Join members of our team for a special tour and see the people, places and sounds that defined Australian pub rock in the 70s and 80s.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

Fri 4 Sep
10:00am; 12:00pm; 2:00pm; 3:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
C
Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Fri 4 September

Roam from Home

Virtual tour

12:30pm

Learning Facilitator Carolyn Eccles will take us on a gentle wander through the National Portrait Gallery's collection, as we re-examine the meanings of the word 'home' and how we define ourselves in the places and contexts that we find it in.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
V
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Roam from Home

Virtual tour

Fri 4 Sep
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Tue 8 September

Virtual collection tour

Musical resonance

12:30pm

Music and art share many attributes – line, rhythm, dynamics, mood and storytelling, to name a few. This tour will explore some portraits that link these two art forms.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Musical resonance

Tue 8 Sep
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
T
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Tue 8 September

Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

9:00am

Be the first to view our new exhibition. Join members of our team for a special tour and see the people, places and sounds that defined Australian pub rock in the 70s and 80s.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
C

Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

Tue 8 Sep
9:00am
Bookings required
FREE
C
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Wed 9 September

Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

9:00am

Be the first to view our new exhibition. Join members of our team for a special tour and see the people, places and sounds that defined Australian pub rock in the 70s and 80s.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
C

Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

Wed 9 Sep
9:00am
Bookings required
FREE
C
Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Thu 10 September

Roam from Home

Virtual tour

12:30pm

Learning Facilitator Carolyn Eccles will take us on a gentle wander through the National Portrait Gallery's collection, as we re-examine the meanings of the word 'home' and how we define ourselves in the places and contexts that we find it in.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
V
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Roam from Home

Virtual tour

Thu 10 Sep
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
T
Chrissy Amphlett, Sydney, c.1988 Stuart Spence
Chrissy Amphlett, Sydney, c.1988 Stuart Spence
Chrissy Amphlett, Sydney, c.1988 Stuart Spence
Chrissy Amphlett, Sydney, c.1988 Stuart Spence
Fri 11 September

Pub Rock access all (virtual) areas

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

Crowd surf to get up front with curator Jo “Frock on” Gilmour and exhibition manager Sheridan “The Flame” Burnett as they take you backstage on Australia’s Pub Rock scene.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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T
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Pub Rock access all (virtual) areas

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 11 Sep
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Tammi Gissell
Tammi Gissell
Tammi Gissell
Tammi Gissell
Sun 13 September

Recognise

Three women, three cultures, one land

3:00pm; 4:00pm

Dancers Tammi Gissell, Natasha Lee Rogers and Emma Laverty join to present a performance of unity and celebration of culture on Ngunnawal land. Accompanied by violinist Michael Liu.

Free.
FREE
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Recognise

Three women, three cultures, one land

Sun 13 Sep
3:00pm; 4:00pm
FREE
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Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks
Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks
Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks
Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks
Tue 15 September

Virtual collection tour

Visible/Invisible

12:30pm

Layne Beachley, Jim Conway and Gurrumul Yunupingu’s portraits evoke both the visible and the invisible. Through the portraits and life experience of both subjects and artists in the collection, this tour will consider what is ‘invisible disability’.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Visible/Invisible

Tue 15 Sep
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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The Movie Star (David Gulpilil), 1985 Tracey Moffatt
The Movie Star (David Gulpilil), 1985 Tracey Moffatt
The Movie Star (David Gulpilil), 1985 Tracey Moffatt
The Movie Star (David Gulpilil), 1985 Tracey Moffatt
Tue 22 September

Virtual collection tour

Persona

12:30pm

The aspect of someone's character that is perceived by others is made richer when we consider that it also refers to a role or character inhabited by an actor. We look at three performing artists' portraits in three contrasting media.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Persona

Tue 22 Sep
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Fri 25 September

Canberra cool

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

Your backstage pass to sensational stories about Canberra’s Pub Rock scene with Chris Shakallis (Young Docteurs), Julia Ford (The Framed) and Fiona Edge (keeper of the ‘Pling archive)

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Canberra cool

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 25 Sep
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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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
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Virtual collection tour

When adventure calls

Tue 29 Sep
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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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
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Storytime

‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan

Wed 30 Sep
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
F
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Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily, 1993 Jenny Sages
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily, 1993 Jenny Sages
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily, 1993 Jenny Sages
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily, 1993 Jenny Sages
Tue 6 October

Virtual collection tour

This is my place: country

12:30pm

Explore the different ways people connect to the land and to each other.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

This is my place: country

Tue 6 Oct
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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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
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Storytime

‘My Story, Ngaginybe Jarragbe’ by Shirley Purdie

Wed 7 Oct
12:00pm
Bookings required
FREE
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Angus Young, AC/DC, LA, 1978 Rennie Ellis
Angus Young, AC/DC, LA, 1978 Rennie Ellis
Angus Young, AC/DC, LA, 1978 Rennie Ellis
Angus Young, AC/DC, LA, 1978 Rennie Ellis
Thu 8 October

Pub Rock Trivia

7:00pm

Join us for a bout of FREE pub trivia – all online and live-streamed of course! There’ll be an hour of music mayhem and prizes to be won.

Free.
FREE
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Pub Rock Trivia

Thu 8 Oct
7:00pm
FREE
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The Lighthouse Keepers, ANU Union, Canberra, 1983. Juliet Ward (vocals), Greg Appel (guitar) 'pling
The Lighthouse Keepers, ANU Union, Canberra, 1983. Juliet Ward (vocals), Greg Appel (guitar) 'pling
The Lighthouse Keepers, ANU Union, Canberra, 1983. Juliet Ward (vocals), Greg Appel (guitar) 'pling
The Lighthouse Keepers, ANU Union, Canberra, 1983. Juliet Ward (vocals), Greg Appel (guitar) 'pling
Fri 9 October

Tales and time

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

It’s like an after party, but waaay after. Join Greg Appel (Lighthouse Keepers), Robina Gugler (co-writer of Head Full of Flames) and Fiona Edge (Keeper of the ‘Pling archive).

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Tales and time

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 9 Oct
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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Kerry Lester, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Kerry Lester, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Kerry Lester, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Kerry Lester, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Tue 13 October

Virtual collection tour

This is my place: studio

12:30pm

A veritable treasure trove of extraordinary artists and their creative spaces.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

This is my place: studio

Tue 13 Oct
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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The Dance - David McAllister, 2016 Peter Brew-Bevan
The Dance - David McAllister, 2016 Peter Brew-Bevan
The Dance - David McAllister, 2016 Peter Brew-Bevan
The Dance - David McAllister, 2016 Peter Brew-Bevan
Fri 16 October

Private dancer

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

Assume ballet position one and join photographer Peter Brew Bevan – in conversation with Before hand exhibition curator, Penny Grist – as he provides insight into the private life of his portrait of dancer David McAllister.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Private dancer

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 16 Oct
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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Don Dunstan, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick
Don Dunstan, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick
Don Dunstan, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick
Don Dunstan, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick
Tue 20 October

Virtual collection tour

This is my place: street

12:30pm

Celebrate the urban environment and our interaction with it.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

This is my place: street

Tue 20 Oct
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss, Cold Chisel 1980 Wendy McDougall
Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss, Cold Chisel 1980 Wendy McDougall
Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss, Cold Chisel 1980 Wendy McDougall
Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss, Cold Chisel 1980 Wendy McDougall
Fri 23 October

Squished and sweaty

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

Grab your press pass and hold it tight as we dive camera-first into the mosh pit! Photographers Wendy McDougall and Stuart Spence have captured the likes of INXS, Cold Chisel, Paul Kelly, Tim Freedman and many more.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Squished and sweaty

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 23 Oct
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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