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What's on

Tuesday 27 October 2020 – Thursday 27 October 2022

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Every day

We’re taking daily bookings as part of our COVID-19 Safety Plan. This is to make sure you have a safe and memorable visit without things getting too squishy.

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© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Shirley Purdie

Exhibition closes 29 November

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.

Ticketed entry
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

Pub Rock

Your backstage pass to 70s and 80s sounds and scenes

Exhibition closes 14 March

Celebrate the people, places and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on our nation’s identity.

Ticketed entry
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019

Collection display galleries

Open every day

The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia.

Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky

Before hand

The private life of a portrait

Exhibition closes 14 February

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.

Ticketed entry

Virtual collection tour

Celebrating the Sydney Olympics 2000

12:30pm, Tue 27 Oct
Live online

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

Bookings required

Swipe Right

Love in the digital age: virtual event

6:30pm, Thu 29 Oct
Live online

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?

Bookings required

Allsorts

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm, Fri 30 Oct
Live online

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

Bookings required

Icons

SpringOUT virtual tour

12:30pm, Tue 3 Nov
Live online

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

Bookings required

Before hand: The Private Life of a Portrait

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm, Fri 6 Nov
Live online

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

Bookings required

Virtual collection tour

NAIDOC

12:30pm, Tue 10 Nov
Live online

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

Bookings required
Reclaimed youth, 2019 Sanjeev Singh
Reclaimed youth, 2019 Sanjeev Singh
Reclaimed youth, 2019 Sanjeev Singh
Reclaimed youth, 2019 Sanjeev Singh

Reclaimed

In Conversation: virtual event

12:30pm, Fri 13 Nov
Live online

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.

Bookings required

Reflected

SpringOUT virtual tour

12:30pm, Tue 17 Nov
Live online
Bookings required
Karen Quinlan AM and Kim Sajet
Karen Quinlan AM and Kim Sajet
Karen Quinlan AM and Kim Sajet
Karen Quinlan AM and Kim Sajet

15 minutes of frame

International portrait galleries

9:00am, Wed 18 Nov
Live online

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

Bookings required

Little Faces

Spring series: virtual program

9:30am, Thu 19 Nov until Fri 20 Nov
Live online

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

Bookings required
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

Coming out of the archives

In Conversation: virtual event

12:30pm, Fri 20 Nov
Live online

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

Bookings required

Watercolour demonstration with Cherry Hood

Virtual event: demonstration

11:30am, Sat 21 Nov
Live online

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

Bookings required

Watercolour workshop with Cherry Hood

Virtual event: workshop

2:00pm, Sat 21 Nov
Live online

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

Bookings required

Virtual collection tour

Beyond the Beaker

12:30pm, Tue 24 Nov
Live online

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

Bookings required

Frank and Margel Hinder

In Conversation: virtual event

12:30pm, Fri 27 Nov
Live online

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.

Bookings required
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder

I Progetti

Miracles From Times of Plague

1:30pm, Sat 28 Nov

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.

Bookings required

Virtual collection tour

Disability in the frame

12:30pm, Tue 1 Dec
Live online

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.

Bookings required

Virtual collection tour

Furry faces

12:30pm, Tue 8 Dec
Live online

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

Bookings required

In their own words

In Conversation: virtual event

12:30pm, Fri 11 Dec
Live online

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.

Bookings required

Virtual collection tour

Materiality and meaning

12:30pm, Tue 15 Dec
Live online

Ever wondered how an artist’s choice of materials and technique can reveal their unique perspective?

Bookings required

Little Faces

Summer series: virtual program

10:30am, Wed 16 Dec
Live online

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

Bookings required
Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen
Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen
Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen
Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen

Bogong Cluster

Socially connected, physically distant

Daily throughout the Gallery

In these uncertain times, with physical gatherings restricted, we can all still recall major events such as the bogong moth migration, and remain connected to each other through nature.

Little Faces

Summer series: virtual program

9:30am, Thu 17 Dec
Live online

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

Bookings required

Pub Rock Highlights Tour

2:30pm, Daily from Sat 19 Dec until Sun 14 Mar

Take a 30 minute tour of the exhibition.

Bookings available
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder

I Progetti

New Day

1:30pm, Sat 19 Dec

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.

Bookings required

Collection Highlights Tour

11:30am, Daily from Sat 19 Dec until Fri 30 Jul

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

Bookings available

Evensong

4:00pm, Sat 19 Dec

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

Bookings required

Evensong

4:00pm, Sun 20 Dec

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

Bookings required
Silhouettes
Silhouettes
Silhouettes
Silhouettes

Family space: Move it!

10:00am, Daily from Sat 26 Dec until Sun 31 Jan

A space for families to mimic, reflect and explore. For all ages and abilities.

Story time

Magic Beach

10:30am, 2:00pm, Wed 6 Jan

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

Bookings required

Relaxed mornings

9:00am, Sun 17 Jan

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

Bookings required

My place

Dance performance

11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, Thu 21 Jan until Sun 24 Jan

QL2 Director Ruth Osborne, working in close collaboration with seven recent tertiary dance graduates, brings you a performance that will move through the three themes to explore creative spaces, connection to landscape and their collective story.

Story time online

Magic Beach

10:30am, Wed 27 Jan
Live online

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.

Bookings required

15 Minutes of Frame

with NPG London, Scotland and Australia: virtual event

8:00pm, Thu 28 Jan

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

Bookings available
Image supplied by Endangered Heritage
Image supplied by Endangered Heritage
Image supplied by Endangered Heritage
Image supplied by Endangered Heritage

Conservation crash course

2:00pm, Sat 30 Jan

Join us as we chat with specialists (and no doubt patient humans) from Endangered Heritage to hear about the curious processes involved in restoring and conserving art objects.

Bookings required

Virtual highlights tour

Not just cricket

12:30pm, Tue 2 Feb
Live online

You’d be forgiven for thinking that summer was all about cricket, so prepare to be bowled over as we celebrate our warmest season with a look at a variety of portraits from the most sun-baked to the cool and quirky.

Bookings required

Pub Rock: Trivia

An IRL event

6:30pm, Thu 4 Feb

Think you know your Aussie pub rock? Then join us in the Gallery for a night of music mayhem!

Bookings available

Virtual highlights tour

The masked sitter

12:30pm, Tue 9 Feb
Live online

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

Bookings required

Deconstructed for diversity

In Conversation with Anne Zahalka: virtual event

12:30pm, Fri 12 Feb
Live online

Photo-media artist Anne Zahalka has been exhibiting since the early 80s. Join us (and Anne!) as we look at a few of her works in the collection and chat about her principles and practice.

Bookings required

Portrait table lunch

Evert Ploeg and eX de Medici

12:00pm, Fri 12 Feb

Join Penny Grist, Curator Exhibitions in conversation with Evert Ploeg and eX de Medici, two of Australia’s best-loved artist.

Bookings required
spaces between movement and stillness
spaces between movement and stillness
spaces between movement and stillness
spaces between movement and stillness

Harriet Schwarzrock

spaces between movement and stillness

Exhibition opens 13 February

Harriet Schwarzrock’s new work explores notions of emotional processes and their physical manifestations.

Virtual highlights tour

Disability in the frame: Part two

12:30pm, Tue 16 Feb
Live online

Following on from our popular virtual tour reflecting on how people with a disability have been represented in portraiture, join us online as we look at works from the collection and contemplate inclusivity with a focus on the artists.

Bookings required

The Weighting game

In Conversation with Greg Weight: virtual event

12:30pm, Fri 19 Feb
Live online

Can you believe there are over 100 portraits by photographer Greg Weight in the collection?! Join us as we talk all things portraiture with the prolific photographer himself.

Bookings required

Virtual highlights tour

A little bundle of piffle

12:30pm, Tue 23 Feb
Live online

Celebrate Norman Lindsay’s birthday with us as we explore the life and world behind the creator of this Australian children’s classic.

Bookings required
Bogong Cluster
Bogong Cluster
Bogong Cluster
Bogong Cluster

In Conversation virtual event

Bogong Cluster: ask an expert

12:30pm, Fri 26 Feb
Live online

Join us as we ask the experts about the Bogongs, their migration, their role in our ecosystem, and much more.

Bookings required

Focus on the face with Nicholas Harding

IRL drawing workshop

10:30am, Sat 27 Feb

Join us in the Gallery for an intimate drawing workshop with British-Australian artist Nicholas Harding.

Bookings required

Focus on the face with Nicholas Harding

Virtual drawing workshop

2:00pm, Sat 27 Feb
Live online

Join us from wherever you are for an intimate, online drawing workshop with British-Australian artist Nicholas Harding.

Bookings closed
Geo Face Distributor prototype version 1, 2009 James Angus
Geo Face Distributor prototype version 1, 2009 James Angus
Geo Face Distributor prototype version 1, 2009 James Angus
Geo Face Distributor prototype version 1, 2009 James Angus

Virtual highlights tour

Off the wall

12:30pm, Tue 2 Mar
Live online

Seeing faces in random information, physical distancing and the human heart – take an intriguing three dimensional trip through the gallery.

Bookings required
Doctor Stovepipe at Gorman House. Photo by Adam Thomas.
Doctor Stovepipe at Gorman House. Photo by Adam Thomas.
Doctor Stovepipe at Gorman House. Photo by Adam Thomas.
Doctor Stovepipe at Gorman House. Photo by Adam Thomas.

Drawn in

Doctor Stovepipe

1:00pm, Sun 7 Mar

Draw while listening to music. Be swept away in the moment and let colour become your instruments, line become your melody and create your own visual composition.

Ticketed entry

Virtual highlights tour

Road to Canberra

12:30pm, Tue 9 Mar
Live online

Discover some of the artists, architects, and activists who have travelled far and wide and yet call Canberra home.

Bookings required

15 minutes of frame international

Wellington, Edinburgh, Canberra

7:00pm, Wed 10 Mar
Live online

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

Bookings required
The Go-Betweens, London, c.1986 Warwick Orme
The Go-Betweens, London, c.1986 Warwick Orme
The Go-Betweens, London, c.1986 Warwick Orme
The Go-Betweens, London, c.1986 Warwick Orme

In Conversation virtual event

Rock Chick: Lindy Morrison

12:30pm, Fri 12 Mar
Live online

Lindy Morrison has played in her share of bands over the years. From jazz to pop to punk, she’s been an ever-present force in Australian music.

Bookings required

Virtual highlights tour

Style and substance: fashionistas in the Gallery

12:30pm, Tue 16 Mar
Live online

Join us on the red carpet to meet some of Australia’s fashion stars, known not just for striking poses, but also for their striking stories. 

Bookings required
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis

Australian Loves Stories tour

2:30pm, Daily from Sat 20 Mar until Sun 1 Aug

Is love all you really need? If so, what kind of love? Join us for an exhilarating look at love in all its guises – from lust and longing, drama and devotion, to seduction and scandal.

Bookings available
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan

Australian Love stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)

Exhibition opens 20 March

Reconnect and reflect with our new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) as we explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

Bookings required

Virtual highlights tour

Wild earth

12:30pm, Tue 23 Mar
Live online

Join us as we navigate through portraits of those who’ve explored, adventured and endured the challenges of traversing on and off our planet.

Bookings required
CJ Bowerbird
CJ Bowerbird
CJ Bowerbird
CJ Bowerbird

Postponed: Poetry slam

Late night love stories

5:00pm, Fri 26 Mar

We’re sorry to breaks hearts, but forces outside of our control mean we’ve had to postpone the Poetry slam: all the languages of love event.

Bookings closed

Evensong

4:00pm, Sat 27 Mar until Sun 28 Mar

Be uplifted by the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Ticketed entry

Virtual Highlights Tour

Australian Love Stories: artist communities

12:30pm, Tue 30 Mar
Live online

From Heide to the outback, take a closer look at some of the artist communities celebrated in our exciting new exhibition, Australian Love Stories.

Bookings required
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits

10:00am, Daily from Fri 2 Apr until Sun 11 Jul

To celebrate our Australian Love Stories exhibition, we’re making tokens of affection! Make pebble portraits of the special people in your life.

Paper Pocket Hearts
Paper Pocket Hearts
Paper Pocket Hearts
Paper Pocket Hearts

Paper Pocket Hearts

10:00am, Daily from Fri 2 Apr until Sun 18 Apr

Be inspired by our Australian Love Stories exhibition and fold your own origami pocket heart. Use it to keep a treasure in, make some more at home and decorate your room, or write someone you love a note and pop it inside!

Portrait play takeaway

10:00am, Daily from Fri 2 Apr until Tue 31 Aug

Become an adventurer and make a gadget to help you on your journey around the Gallery! Explore the portraits on display through close looking and creative activity.

As Famous As The Moon
As Famous As The Moon
As Famous As The Moon
As Famous As The Moon

Drawn in

As Famous As The Moon

1:00pm, Sun 4 Apr

Draw while listening to music. Be swept away in the moment and let colour become your instruments, line become your melody and create your own visual composition.

Ticketed entry

Virtual Highlights Tour

Wading deep

12:30pm, Tue 6 Apr
Live online

Dip your toes in. Winter may be fast approaching, but bundle up and get ready to dive into our Collection to discover the different connections people have with water.

Bookings required

Slow Art Day

Lingering look

1:00pm, Sat 10 Apr

Rush in and slow down for Slow Art Day. This global event has a simple mission: help more people discover the joy of looking at and loving art.

Bookings required

Virtual Highlights Tour

Cat people

12:30pm, Tue 13 Apr
Live online

Hello cool cats! Join us as we make a beeline for the feline and explore works featuring furry faces (and their human friends/slaves).

Bookings required

Story time IRL

The story of Rosy Dock

10:30am, 1:00pm, Wed 14 Apr

Follow the wind and desert sands into the wilderness. Join us in the Gallery to listen to The story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker and then create your own visual response.

Bookings required
The story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker
The story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker
The story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker
The story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker

Story time online

The story of Rosy Dock

3:00pm, Wed 14 Apr
Live online

Follow the wind and desert sands into the wilderness. Can’t come to us? Join us online for a reading of Jeannie Baker’s The story of Rosy Dock and then create your own visual response with items at home.

Bookings required
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits workshop

Thursday 15 April and Thursday 1 July, 11:00am and 3:00pm
Live online

To celebrate our Australian Love Stories exhibition, we’re making tokens of affection! Make pebble portraits of the special people in your life or even somewhere you treasure.

Bookings required
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits workshop

Wednesday 30 June, 10:30am, 11:45am, 3:30pm

To celebrate our Australian Love Stories exhibition, we’re making tokens of affection! Make pebble portraits of the special people in your life or even somewhere you treasure

Bookings required

Relaxed mornings

9:00am, Sun 18 Apr

Explore the main collection before our usual opening hours. We welcome anyone of any age who would benefit from a more relaxed gallery experience.

Bookings required

In conversation

Meeting, making and missing

12:30pm, Sun 18 Apr
Live online

Celebrate the life, love and creative work of one of Australia’s artistic power couples in our Australian Love Stories exhibition: Rosemary Madigan and Robert Klippel.

Bookings required

Virtual Highlights Tour

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

12:30pm, Tue 20 Apr
Live online

Mirror as a noun: any reflecting surface. Person as a mirror... let’s reflect on that! Join us as we look into the faces of others who might show us something about ourselves.

Bookings required

Virtual Highlights Tour

ANZAC chat

12:30pm, Tue 27 Apr
Live online

Join us on a journey that talks to our national identity in times of war.

Bookings required

Introducing Australian Love Stories

In Conversation: virtual event

12:30pm, Fri 30 Apr
Live online

Join curators Joanna Gilmour & Sandra Bruce for a sneak peek at our exciting new exhibition.

Bookings required
Spooky Men’s Chorale
Spooky Men’s Chorale
Spooky Men’s Chorale
Spooky Men’s Chorale

Late night love stories

Words of affirmation: Spooky Men’s Chorale

5:00pm, Fri 30 Apr

Spooky Men’s Chorale singing words of affirmation.

Bookings required

Chiselled features

IRL sculpture workshop

10:30am, Sat 1 May

Join artist Ellis Hutch in the Gallery for a hands-on workshop with a nod to the ancient art of relief carving.

Bookings required

Chiselled features

Virtual sculpture workshop

2:00pm, Sat 1 May
Live online

Join artist Ellis Hutch from wherever you are for a hands-on workshop with a nod to the ancient art of relief carving.

Bookings required
Australian Dance Party, photo: Lorna Sim
Australian Dance Party, photo: Lorna Sim
Australian Dance Party, photo: Lorna Sim
Australian Dance Party, photo: Lorna Sim

Love dance

10:30am, Sun 2 May

Romance through dance! Ausdance ACT will be in the Gallery during Australian Dance Week to enhance your Australian Love Stories exhibition experience with pop-up performances that fill our spaces (and hearts) in surprising and delightful ways.

You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton

Virtual Highlights Tour

A Celebration of Mothers

12:30pm, Tue 4 May
Live online

Join us from wherever you are to celebrate a Mother’s Day themed tour as we explore a rich diversity of maternal spirits in the collection  whether they’re mothers or not!

Bookings required
Jorge Bontes and Cicilia Kemezys
Jorge Bontes and Cicilia Kemezys
Jorge Bontes and Cicilia Kemezys
Jorge Bontes and Cicilia Kemezys

Drawn in

Jorge Bontes and Cicilia Kemezys

1:00pm, Sun 9 May

Draw while listening to music. Be swept away in the moment and let colour become your instruments, line become your melody and create your own visual composition.

Virtual Highlights Tour

National Portrait Gall...eerie

12:30pm, Tue 11 May
Live online

From the quirky and unsettling, to the slightly surreal. Join us for a walk on the eerie side as we explore some of the more unusual portraits in our collection.

Bookings required
spaces between movement and stillness (detail), 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness (detail), 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness (detail), 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness (detail), 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock

In conversation

Hearts of glass

12:30pm, Fri 14 May
Live online

Join us as we talk to Harriet Schwarzrock about her creative practice, as well as the art and the science of her amazing new installation.

Bookings required
Under Pressure (David Bowie Tribute), 2017 Will and Garrett Huxley
Under Pressure (David Bowie Tribute), 2017 Will and Garrett Huxley
Under Pressure (David Bowie Tribute), 2017 Will and Garrett Huxley
Under Pressure (David Bowie Tribute), 2017 Will and Garrett Huxley

Huxleys: extreme and unapologetic

Friyay 14 May 2021 7:00 – 11:00pm AEST

Join the Huxleys in the Gallery for a night of splendour, surrealism, silliness and sparkle. Be dazzled by/lose your mind over their inflatable sculptures, vocals, moves and colourful costumes.

Audio-described tour

Australian Love Stories

11:30am, Sun 16 May

Listen in and feel the love with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Bookings required

Virtual Highlights Tour

Profiling the silhouette

12:30pm, Tue 18 May
Live online

Join us for a sideways look at some shady silhouettes from the National Portrait Gallery collection.

Bookings required
Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan

Late night love stories

Love LOLs: Chris Ryan

5:00pm, Fri 21 May

Join comedian Chris Ryan as she hosts a night of ‘speed dating’ with a twist!

Bookings required
Just Romeo and Juliet
Just Romeo and Juliet
Just Romeo and Juliet
Just Romeo and Juliet

Just Romeo and Juliet!

11:00am, Sat 22 May

Originally by William Shakespeare, messed around with by Andy Griffiths, adapted by Joanna Erskine.

Bookings required
CJ Bowerbird
CJ Bowerbird
CJ Bowerbird
CJ Bowerbird

Afternoon poetry

1:00pm, Sun 23 May

Join Australian Poetry Slam Champion CJ Bowerbird and some of Canberra’s best spoken-word artists, Eleanor Malbon and Audrey McCormick for an afternoon of poetry, participation and love.

Virtual Highlights Tour

So emotional

12:30pm, Tue 25 May
Live online

Take a look at some artists who move us emotionally as we explore a selection of portraits which highlight the expressive quality of their work.

Bookings required

Little faces

10:30am, Wed 26 May

Little faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required

Reconciliation Week tours

11:30am, Wed 26 May until Thu 3 Jun

To celebrate Reconciliation Week, our highlights tours will focus on some remarkable, resilient and  inspirational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the collection.

Bookings available

Little faces

10:30am, Thu 27 May

Little faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required

Circle of Friends Autumn Dinner 2021

6:30pm, Thu 27 May

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Gill Hicks AM MBE will be our guest speaker for the Circle of Friends Autumn Dinner this year.

Bookings required

Little faces

10:30am, Fri 28 May

Little faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required

Writing the portrait

10:30am, 2:00pm, Sat 29 May

Join Wuilli Wuilli woman Lisa Fuller in the Gallery as she explores slow looking and how art can open up your writing.

Bookings required
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis

In conversation

You didn’t hear it from me...

12:30pm, Sun 30 May
Live online

Join curator Penny Gist as she sneaks behind the frame, seeking the salacious scenarios of love and life in the Australian Love Stories exhibition.

Bookings required
The Movie Star David Gulpilil, 1985
The Movie Star David Gulpilil, 1985
The Movie Star David Gulpilil, 1985
The Movie Star David Gulpilil, 1985

Virtual highlights tour

Reconciliation Week – Take Action

12:30pm, Tue 1 Jun
Live online

Join us to celebrate Reconciliation Week with Dr Jilda Andrews taking a personal walk through some eclectic portraits in the collection.

Bookings required
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio

Harriet Schwarzrock’s studio

10:30am, Sat 5 Jun

Join us for a visit to the hot-glass studio of artist Harriet Schwarzrock in Queanbeyan, NSW.

Bookings required

Drawn in

Bella Groove

1:00pm, Sun 6 Jun

Draw while listening to Bella Groove. Elisa Walsh (vocals & flute) and John Black (pianist) will play an assortment of originals and familiar jazz and blues tunes.

Virtual highlights tour

In your head

12:30pm, Tue 8 Jun
Live online

What’s going on in your head when you view portraits? Join us for an interactive virtual tour of some of the works currently on display.

Bookings required
Neon hands
Neon hands
Neon hands
Neon hands

In conversation

Designing a love story

12:30pm, Fri 11 Jun
Live online

Join us for a behind-the-scenes exposé with the Australian Love Stories designer, Maria Mosquera, alongside our very own Exhibition Manager Sheridan Burnett, to find out how it all comes together.

Bookings required

Virtual highlights tour

Young talent time

12:30pm, Tue 15 Jun
Live online

Grab a front row seat and discover the incredible talents and fascinating stories behind some of the youngest and brightest stars in the National Portrait Gallery collection.

Bookings required
Imperium, Civic Square 2020 Gold Dance performance
Imperium, Civic Square 2020 Gold Dance performance
Imperium, Civic Square 2020 Gold Dance performance
Imperium, Civic Square 2020 Gold Dance performance

Dance performance

GOLD: outrageous dancing seniors!

2:00pm, Sat 19 Jun

Canberra’s company of dancing elders, GOLD, will wow you with routines old and new.

Graham Sylvester's crowd, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983 William Yang
Graham Sylvester's crowd, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983 William Yang
Graham Sylvester's crowd, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983 William Yang
Graham Sylvester's crowd, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983 William Yang

In conversation with William Yang

2:00pm, Sun 20 Jun
Live online

Join us from wherever you are to celebrate and reminisce with artist William Yang as he reflects on his joyous photographs of Australia's LGBTIQ+ community.

Bookings required
Asian Lesbian and Gay Pride Group, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1993 William Yang
Asian Lesbian and Gay Pride Group, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1993 William Yang
Asian Lesbian and Gay Pride Group, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1993 William Yang
Asian Lesbian and Gay Pride Group, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1993 William Yang

In conversation with William Yang

Onsite

2:00pm, Sun 20 Jun

Join us in the Gallery to celebrate and reminisce with artist William Yang as he reflects on his joyous photographs of Australia’s LGBTIQ+ community and Mardi Gras from 1982 to 2018.

Bookings required
My Jack, 2011 Jenny Sages. Private collection. © Jenny Sages. Photo © AGNSW
My Jack, 2011 Jenny Sages. Private collection. © Jenny Sages. Photo © AGNSW
My Jack, 2011 Jenny Sages. Private collection. © Jenny Sages. Photo © AGNSW
My Jack, 2011 Jenny Sages. Private collection. © Jenny Sages. Photo © AGNSW

Virtual highlights tour

Australian Love Stories: Trace - Tales of loss, longing and the land

12:30pm, Tue 22 Jun
Live online

Relationships affect us, change us, and leave their mark on our skin and in our psyche. Join us as we trace roads travelled, places visited and time passing.

Bookings required

Little faces

10:30am, Wed 23 Jun

Little faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required

Little faces

10:30am, Thu 24 Jun

Little faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required

Little faces

10:30am, Fri 25 Jun

Little faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
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Red target icon
Red target icon
Red target icon

Family space

In my heart

10:00am, Sat 26 Jun until Sun 11 Jul

Love big and small. Free activities inspired by the exhibition Australian Love Stories for families to enjoy together.

You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton

Auslan interpreted tour

Australian Love Stories

2:30pm, Sun 27 Jun

Join us for an exhilarating look at love in all its guises.

Bookings required
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits workshop

Wednesday 30 June, 10:30am, 11:45am, 3:30pm

To celebrate our Australian Love Stories exhibition, we’re making tokens of affection! Make pebble portraits of the special people in your life or even somewhere you treasure

Bookings required
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits workshop

Thursday 15 April and Thursday 1 July, 11:00am and 3:00pm
Live online

To celebrate our Australian Love Stories exhibition, we’re making tokens of affection! Make pebble portraits of the special people in your life or even somewhere you treasure.

Bookings required
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio

Harriet Schwarzrock’s studio

10:30am, 12:30pm, Sat 3 Jul

Join us for a visit to the hot-glass studio of artist Harriet Schwarzrock in Queanbeyan, NSW.

Bookings required

Australian Love Stories: audio-described tour

11:30am, Sun 4 Jul

Listen in and feel the love with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Bookings required

Relaxed mornings

9:00am, Sun 4 Jul

Explore the main collection before our usual opening hours. We welcome anyone of any age who would benefit from a more relaxed gallery experience.

Bookings required
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus

Story time

Can bears ski?

10:30am, 1:00pm, Wed 7 Jul

Get cosy and join us in the Gallery to listen to the story of Can bears ski? and then create your own visual response. This program is Auslan interpreted.

Bookings required
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus

Story time

Can bears ski?

11:00am, Wed 7 Jul
Live online

Brrrrr, it is getting cold outside! Can’t come to us? Snuggle inside at home in your warmest knits and listen to the story of Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus.

Bookings required
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Drawn in

nonbinarycode

1:00pm, Sun 11 Jul

Draw while listening to nonbinarycode – two unique humans who grew up on a diet of grunge, punk and stadium rock.

I Progetti © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti © Eva Schroeder

I Progetti

A Dream of Spring

1:30pm, Sat 17 Jul

Get your druid on as the I Progetti Chamber Choir invites you to share in this programme of selected works celebrating the Winter Solstice.

Virtual highlights tour

NAIDOC – Heal Country!

12:30pm, Tue 20 Jul
Live online

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

Bookings required
WeiZen Ho Performance: A Kind of Divination - Red Threads, Red Chair, 2019 Photographer: Vsevelod Vlaskine
WeiZen Ho Performance: A Kind of Divination - Red Threads, Red Chair, 2019 Photographer: Vsevelod Vlaskine
WeiZen Ho Performance: A Kind of Divination - Red Threads, Red Chair, 2019 Photographer: Vsevelod Vlaskine
WeiZen Ho Performance: A Kind of Divination - Red Threads, Red Chair, 2019 Photographer: Vsevelod Vlaskine

Performance - Amulet Body

WeiZen Ho

11:30am, 1:00pm, Sat 24 Jul

In Amulet Body, artist WeiZen Ho enacts a communal ritual in the Gallery. Join her to create a collaborative work of actions and reflections which interpret the love language of physical touch, ultimately reminding us of our interconnectedness.

WeiZen Ho Performance: A Kind of Divination - Red Threads, Red Chair, 2019 Photographer: Vsevelod Vlaskine
WeiZen Ho Performance: A Kind of Divination - Red Threads, Red Chair, 2019 Photographer: Vsevelod Vlaskine
WeiZen Ho Performance: A Kind of Divination - Red Threads, Red Chair, 2019 Photographer: Vsevelod Vlaskine
WeiZen Ho Performance: A Kind of Divination - Red Threads, Red Chair, 2019 Photographer: Vsevelod Vlaskine

Performance - Amulet Body

WeiZen Ho

11:30am, Sun 25 Jul

In Amulet Body, artist WeiZen Ho enacts a communal ritual in the Gallery. Join her to create a collaborative work of actions and reflections which interpret the love language of physical touch, ultimately reminding us of our interconnectedness.

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 28 Jul until Sun 30 May

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
NPPP 2021 Who will win?

Living Memory

National Photographic Portrait Prize

Exhibition opens 31 July

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’.

Bookings required

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 25 Aug until Fri 27 Aug

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required

More events

Friday 28 October 2022 – Sunday 27 October 2024

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