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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.

Talks and lectures

Sunday 22 November 2020 – Tuesday 22 November 2022

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

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
Simone Young
Simone Young
Simone Young
Simone Young

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
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

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
Jiawei Shen
Jiawei Shen
Jiawei Shen
Jiawei Shen

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
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
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton

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
Rosemary Madigan
Rosemary Madigan
Rosemary Madigan
Rosemary Madigan

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
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown

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
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
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
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
New Year's Eve 2019 Allison Marion
New Year's Eve 2019 Allison Marion
New Year's Eve 2019 Allison Marion
New Year's Eve 2019 Allison Marion

Panel discussion

Living Memory

2:00pm, Sat 31 Jul
Onsite and live online

Join us in the gallery or online for a dynamic panel discussion that interrogates some of the themes revealed in Living Memory.

Bookings required
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images

Introducing Living Memory

In conversation

12:30pm, Sat 7 Aug
Onsite and live online

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection & Exhibitions, for a sneak peek at our exciting new exhibition, Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Bookings required

More events

Wednesday 23 November 2022 – Friday 22 November 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.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency