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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.

Virtual programs

Saturday 24 October 2020 – Monday 24 October 2022

Explore the collection from the comfort of you loungeroom. Join us for free, interactive, virtual collection tours. Examine portraits in depth with Gallery Educators delivered via Zoom, and chat, comment and ask questions just like the IRL experience.

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
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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
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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
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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
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Icons

SpringOUT virtual tour

Tue 3 Nov
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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
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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
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Little Faces

Spring series: virtual program

Thu 19 Nov until Fri 20 Nov
9:30am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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
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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
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Watercolour workshop with Cherry Hood

Virtual event: workshop

Sat 21 Nov
2:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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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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
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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
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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
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Little Faces

Summer series: virtual program

Wed 16 Dec until Thu 17 Dec
10:30am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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
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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
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Tuesday 25 October 2022 – Thursday 24 October 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.