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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

Sunday 18 October 2020 – Tuesday 18 October 2022

© 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
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Closes 21 March

Before hand

The private life of a portrait

Revealing the backstories behind the NPG collection, Before hand features interviews with artists and sitters as well as working drawings, scrapbooks, sketches and footage taken in artists’ studios and out on location.

Bookings required
FREE

Before hand

The private life of a portrait

Exhibition closes 21 March
Bookings required
FREE
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
Opens 31 July

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021

Living Memory

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.

FREE

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021

Living Memory

Exhibition opens 31 July
FREE
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Daily event, 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
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The Amazing Face

A 14-day dive into portraiture

Daily event until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am
FREE
O
Sat 6 June
until Thu 31 December

Entry tickets

10:00am

All visitors must pre-book for one of the daily sessions. Each day will have a limited number of people allowed.

Free. Bookings required
FREE

Entry tickets

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
Daily event, 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

Daily event until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am
FREE
O
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
V
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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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Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Tue 27 October

Virtual collection tour

Celebrating the Sydney Olympics 2000

12:30pm

Remembering many of the exciting moments and extraordinary athletes of the Sydney Olympics.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Celebrating the Sydney Olympics 2000

Tue 27 Oct
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Thu 29 October

Swipe Right

Love in the digital age: virtual event

6:30pm

The internet and digital apps have opened up the world of courtship. But has digital dating made it easier to find our own Australian Love Story?

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Swipe Right

Love in the digital age: virtual event

Thu 29 Oct
6:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould
Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould
Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould
Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould
Fri 30 October

Allsorts

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

It takes all sorts to create a national portrait collection – good, bad and ugly; meek and powerful; famous and utterly obscure.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Allsorts

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 30 Oct
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan
Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan
Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan
Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan
Tue 3 November

Icons

SpringOUT virtual tour

12:30pm

Help us celebrate diversity and the LGBTIQ+ community with a virtual tour and meet some exceptional queer icons.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Icons

SpringOUT virtual tour

Tue 3 Nov
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio
Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio
Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio
Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio
Fri 6 November

Beforehand: The Private Life of a Portrait

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

In this hybrid tour and making experience we will take you on a behind-the-scenes journey through the portraits and the exhibition.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Beforehand: The Private Life of a Portrait

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 6 Nov
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Portrait of Jawoyn Elder, Margaret Katherine, 2015 John Gollings
Portrait of Jawoyn Elder, Margaret Katherine, 2015 John Gollings
Portrait of Jawoyn Elder, Margaret Katherine, 2015 John Gollings
Portrait of Jawoyn Elder, Margaret Katherine, 2015 John Gollings
Tue 10 November

Virtual collection tour

NAIDOC

12:30pm

Celebrate our First Nations Identity for NAIDOC with the National Portrait Gallery collection from the comfort of your own home.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

NAIDOC

Tue 10 Nov
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Reclaimed youth, 2019 Sanjeev Singh
Reclaimed youth, 2019 Sanjeev Singh
Reclaimed youth, 2019 Sanjeev Singh
Reclaimed youth, 2019 Sanjeev Singh
Fri 13 November

Reclaimed

In Conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

Join us for a conversation with NPPP 2020 finalist Sanjeev Singh and his subject Peter McEwan as we discuss the shameful history and ultimate triumph behind this striking portrait.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Reclaimed

In Conversation: virtual event

Fri 13 Nov
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Kylie Kwong, 2003 Simon Griffiths
Kylie Kwong, 2003 Simon Griffiths
Kylie Kwong, 2003 Simon Griffiths
Kylie Kwong, 2003 Simon Griffiths
Tue 17 November

Reflected

SpringOUT virtual tour

12:30pm
Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Reflected

SpringOUT virtual tour

Tue 17 Nov
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Glenn Murcutt, 1992 Ken Done
Glenn Murcutt, 1992 Ken Done
Glenn Murcutt, 1992 Ken Done
Glenn Murcutt, 1992 Ken Done
Thu 19 November
until Fri 20 November

Little Faces

Spring series: virtual program

9:30am

We will explore faces inspired by portraits from the collection using movement and music.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Little Faces

Spring series: virtual program

Thu 19 Nov until Fri 20 Nov
9:30am
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Max, Claudia, Jamie, Lex, Phil, Alice, Roy, John, Lady Paula Howard (lower left) and Lottie (lower right) at Jamie and Lex's wedding, Kew, Melbourne, c. 1970s Unknown artist
Max, Claudia, Jamie, Lex, Phil, Alice, Roy, John, Lady Paula Howard (lower left) and Lottie (lower right) at Jamie and Lex's wedding, Kew, Melbourne, c. 1970s Unknown artist
Max, Claudia, Jamie, Lex, Phil, Alice, Roy, John, Lady Paula Howard (lower left) and Lottie (lower right) at Jamie and Lex's wedding, Kew, Melbourne, c. 1970s Unknown artist
Max, Claudia, Jamie, Lex, Phil, Alice, Roy, John, Lady Paula Howard (lower left) and Lottie (lower right) at Jamie and Lex's wedding, Kew, Melbourne, c. 1970s Unknown artist
Fri 20 November

Coming out of the archives

In Conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

Celebrate the past as we chat all things love, intimacy and sex with Nick Henderson from the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
V
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Coming out of the archives

In Conversation: virtual event

Fri 20 Nov
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Simon Tedeschi unplugged, 2002 Cherry Hood
Simon Tedeschi unplugged, 2002 Cherry Hood
Simon Tedeschi unplugged, 2002 Cherry Hood
Simon Tedeschi unplugged, 2002 Cherry Hood
Sat 21 November

Watercolour demonstration with Cherry Hood

Virtual event: demonstration

11:30am

Artist Cherry Hood shows us her unique way of making large-scale watercolour portraits.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Watercolour demonstration with Cherry Hood

Virtual event: demonstration

Sat 21 Nov
11:30am
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Simon Tedeschi unplugged, 2002 Cherry Hood
Simon Tedeschi unplugged, 2002 Cherry Hood
Simon Tedeschi unplugged, 2002 Cherry Hood
Simon Tedeschi unplugged, 2002 Cherry Hood
Sat 21 November

Watercolour workshop with Cherry Hood

Virtual event: workshop

2:00pm

Working from a photograph of your choice, Cherry Hood will share her tips to help you hone your watercolour skills.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Watercolour workshop with Cherry Hood

Virtual event: workshop

Sat 21 Nov
2:00pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder
Fri 27 November

Frank and Margel Hinder

In Conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection & Exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, as she explores the progressive and successful relationship of artists and couple Margel and Frank Hinder.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Frank and Margel Hinder

In Conversation: virtual event

Fri 27 Nov
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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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.