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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

What's on

Saturday 24 October 2020 – Sunday 24 October 2021

© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
Closes 29 November

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 29 November
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 March

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 March
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 14 February

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 14 February
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

Living Memory

National Photographic Portrait Prize

That’s a different name? Yep! Acknowledging how extraordinary 2020 has been, we've decided to mix it up a little and title the exhibition, ‘Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize’.

FREE

Living Memory

National Photographic Portrait Prize

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 AEDT
FREE
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Daily event, until Sun 28 February

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

Daily event until Sun 28 Feb
10:00am AEDT
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 AEDT
FREE
O
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 AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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 AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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 AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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 AEDT
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

Before hand: 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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Before hand: The Private Life of a Portrait

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 6 Nov
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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 AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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 AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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 AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Karen Quinlan AM and Kim Sajet
Karen Quinlan AM and Kim Sajet
Karen Quinlan AM and Kim Sajet
Karen Quinlan AM and Kim Sajet
Wed 18 November

15 minutes of frame

International portrait galleries

9:00am

Delve into the lives, loves and labour of the world’s most prominent portrait galleries in this new international conversation series.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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15 minutes of frame

International portrait galleries

Wed 18 Nov
9:00am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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
V
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Little Faces

Spring series: virtual program

Thu 19 Nov until Fri 20 Nov
9:30am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
V
F
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
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Coming out of the archives

In Conversation: virtual event

Fri 20 Nov
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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 AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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
V
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Watercolour workshop with Cherry Hood

Virtual event: workshop

Sat 21 Nov
2:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003 Robyn Stacey
Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003 Robyn Stacey
Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003 Robyn Stacey
Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003 Robyn Stacey
Tue 24 November

Virtual collection tour

Beyond the Beaker

12:30pm

Join us for a virtual highlights tour that investigates the sometimes problematic portrayal of scientists in portraiture.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Beyond the Beaker

Tue 24 Nov
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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 AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
Sat 28 November

I Progetti

Miracles From Times of Plague

1:30pm

A selection of works composed during times of pandemics, epidemics, and highly contagious diseases that celebrate the beauty that can be created in, and despite, the darkest of times.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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I Progetti

Miracles From Times of Plague

Sat 28 Nov
1:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
P
Gill Hicks, 2016 Tony Kearney
Gill Hicks, 2016 Tony Kearney
Gill Hicks, 2016 Tony Kearney
Gill Hicks, 2016 Tony Kearney
Tue 1 December

Virtual collection tour

Disability in the frame

12:30pm

Ahead of International Day of People with Disability, join us as we reflect on how people with disability have been represented in portraiture, how this has changed over time and what comes next.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Disability in the frame

Tue 1 Dec
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Nora Heysen with her dog sitting outside her home, Hunters Hill, Sydney, 2000 Sage
Nora Heysen with her dog sitting outside her home, Hunters Hill, Sydney, 2000 Sage
Nora Heysen with her dog sitting outside her home, Hunters Hill, Sydney, 2000 Sage
Nora Heysen with her dog sitting outside her home, Hunters Hill, Sydney, 2000 Sage
Tue 8 December

Virtual collection tour

Furry faces

12:30pm

Celebrate our four-legged family folk and join us for a furry tour of portraits with animals.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Furry faces

Tue 8 Dec
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Fri 11 December

In their own words

In Conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

Join curator Penny Grist in conversation with Karen Vickery, Director Access and Learning and Louise Maher, journalist and researcher as they discuss the project and share some fascinating stories from the App.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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In their own words

In Conversation: virtual event

Fri 11 Dec
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Glenn Murcutt, 1992 Ken Done
Glenn Murcutt, 1992 Ken Done
Glenn Murcutt, 1992 Ken Done
Glenn Murcutt, 1992 Ken Done
Wed 16 December
until Thu 17 December

Little Faces

Summer series: virtual program

10:30am

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

Free. Bookings required
FREE
V
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Little Faces

Summer series: virtual program

Wed 16 Dec until Thu 17 Dec
10:30am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Self portrait in reflection, 1973 Lewis Morley
Self portrait in reflection, 1973 Lewis Morley
Self portrait in reflection, 1973 Lewis Morley
Self portrait in reflection, 1973 Lewis Morley
Sat 19 December
until Sun 28 February

Collection Highlights Tour

11:30am

Take a 30 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Collection Highlights Tour

Sat 19 Dec until Sun 28 Feb
11:30am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
T
Chrissy Amphlett "Temperamental", 1989 Ivan Durrant
Chrissy Amphlett "Temperamental", 1989 Ivan Durrant
Chrissy Amphlett "Temperamental", 1989 Ivan Durrant
Chrissy Amphlett "Temperamental", 1989 Ivan Durrant
Daily event, from Sat 19 December until Sun 14 February

Pub Rock Highlights Tour

2:30pm

Take a 30 minute tour of the exhibition.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Pub Rock Highlights Tour

Daily event from Sat 19 Dec until Sun 14 Feb
2:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
T
Sat 19 December

Evensong

4:30pm

A Christmas themed concert featuring the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
P

Evensong

Sat 19 Dec
4:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
P
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
Sat 19 December

I Progetti

New Day

1:30pm

Progetti Chamber Choir invites you to share in this programme of Christmas music, and in the invocation of the dawning of a new day, where light and hope are reborn.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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I Progetti

New Day

Sat 19 Dec
1:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
P
Sun 20 December

Evensong

4:30pm

A Christmas themed concert featuring the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
P

Evensong

Sun 20 Dec
4:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
P
Wed 6 January

Story time

Magic Beach

10:30am

Listen to the story Magic Beach by Alison Lester and create your own visual response.

Bookings required
F

Story time

Magic Beach

Wed 6 Jan
10:30am AEDT
Bookings required
F
Kate (Kate Grenville), 2012 Jenny Sages
Kate (Kate Grenville), 2012 Jenny Sages
Kate (Kate Grenville), 2012 Jenny Sages
Kate (Kate Grenville), 2012 Jenny Sages
Sun 17 January

Relaxed mornings

9:00am

Explore the main collection during our ‘quiet hours’ sessions, suitable for anyone who prefers a quieter visitor experience.

Free. Bookings required
FREE

Relaxed mornings

Sun 17 Jan
9:00am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
Wed 27 January

Story time online

Magic Beach

10:30am

Join us on online for a reading of Alison Lester’s Magic Beach followed by a chance to create your own visual response with items at home.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Story time online

Magic Beach

Wed 27 Jan
10:30am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Ben Quilty, 2012 Andrew Quilty
Ben Quilty, 2012 Andrew Quilty
Ben Quilty, 2012 Andrew Quilty
Ben Quilty, 2012 Andrew Quilty
Tue 9 February

Virtual highlights tour

The masked sitter

12:30pm

Ben Quilty talks about portraiture as ‘a recording of a moment that reflects the sharing of a story.’

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual highlights tour

The masked sitter

Tue 9 Feb
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Monday 25 October 2021 – Tuesday 25 October 2022

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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.