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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 22 November – Tuesday 22 December 2020

Entry tickets

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.

Bookings available
© 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
Douglas Frew Waterhouse
Douglas Frew Waterhouse
Douglas Frew Waterhouse
Douglas Frew Waterhouse

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
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra

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
Gill Hicks
Gill Hicks
Gill Hicks
Gill Hicks

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
Nora Heysen with her dog sitting outside her home, Hunters Hill, Sydney
Nora Heysen with her dog sitting outside her home, Hunters Hill, Sydney
Nora Heysen with her dog sitting outside her home, Hunters Hill, Sydney
Nora Heysen with her dog sitting outside her home, Hunters Hill, Sydney

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
Gloria Petyarre
Gloria Petyarre
Gloria Petyarre
Gloria Petyarre

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
Glenn Murcutt
Glenn Murcutt
Glenn Murcutt
Glenn Murcutt

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.

Glenn Murcutt
Glenn Murcutt
Glenn Murcutt
Glenn Murcutt

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
Chrissy Amphlett
Chrissy Amphlett
Chrissy Amphlett
Chrissy Amphlett

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
Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection

Collection Highlights Tour

11:30am, Daily

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

More events

Wednesday 23 December 2020 – Friday 22 January 2021

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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.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency