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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.

Talks and lectures

Monday 27 January 2020 – Thursday 27 January 2022

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
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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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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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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
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Matilda – Naabami

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

Wed 24 Jun
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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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
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Post-show blues

Fri 31 Jul
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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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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Pub Rock access all (virtual) areas

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 11 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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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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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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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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Friday 28 January 2022 – Monday 29 January 2024

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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.