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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

Thursday 1 October – Saturday 31 October 2020

© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
Closes 24 December

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 closes 24 December
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
Closes 14 February

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 closes 14 February
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
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
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
O

Australian Love Stories

An amorous online adventure

Fri 14 Aug until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am
FREE
O
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
V
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Virtual collection tour

This is my place: country

Tue 6 Oct
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
T
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
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
V

Pub Rock Trivia

Thu 8 Oct
7:00pm
FREE
V
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
V
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Tales and time

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 9 Oct
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
L
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
V
T

Virtual collection tour

This is my place: studio

Tue 13 Oct
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
T
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
V
L

Private dancer

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 16 Oct
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
L
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
V
T

Virtual collection tour

This is my place: street

Tue 20 Oct
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
T
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
V
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Squished and sweaty

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 23 Oct
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
L

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Sunday 1 November – Monday 30 November 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.