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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

Sunday 29 November 2020 – Tuesday 29 November 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.

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
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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
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Virtual collection tour

Furry faces

Tue 8 Dec
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
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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
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Gloria Petyarre, 2005 R. Ian Lloyd
Gloria Petyarre, 2005 R. Ian Lloyd
Gloria Petyarre, 2005 R. Ian Lloyd
Gloria Petyarre, 2005 R. Ian Lloyd
Tue 15 December

Virtual collection tour

Materiality and meaning

12:30pm

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

Free. Bookings required
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Virtual collection tour

Materiality and meaning

Tue 15 Dec
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
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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

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
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Little Faces

Summer series: virtual program

Wed 16 Dec
10:30am 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 17 December

Little Faces

Summer 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

Summer series: virtual program

Thu 17 Dec
9:30am 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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Ellyse Perry, 2018 Stuart Miller
Ellyse Perry, 2018 Stuart Miller
Ellyse Perry, 2018 Stuart Miller
Ellyse Perry, 2018 Stuart Miller
Tue 2 February

Virtual highlights tour

Not just cricket

12:30pm

Prepare to be bowled over as we celebrate our Australian summer with a look at some of our cricketing heroes. From the sun-baked to the quirky, both batters and bowlers, you’ll be hit for six.

Free. Bookings required
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Virtual highlights tour

Not just cricket

Tue 2 Feb
12:30pm 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
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Virtual highlights tour

The masked sitter

Tue 9 Feb
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
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Self portrait, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Self portrait, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Self portrait, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Self portrait, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Fri 12 February

Deconstructed for diversity

In Conversation with Anne Zahalka: virtual event

12:30pm

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.

Free. Bookings required
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Deconstructed for diversity

In Conversation with Anne Zahalka: virtual event

Fri 12 Feb
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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12 Untitled Self Portraits (Set 3), 1990 Mike Parr, John Loane
12 Untitled Self Portraits (Set 3), 1990 Mike Parr, John Loane
12 Untitled Self Portraits (Set 3), 1990 Mike Parr, John Loane
12 Untitled Self Portraits (Set 3), 1990 Mike Parr, John Loane
Tue 16 February

Virtual highlights tour

Disability in the frame: Part two

12:30pm

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

Free. Bookings required
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Virtual highlights tour

Disability in the frame: Part two

Tue 16 Feb
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
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Jiawei Shen, 2006 Greg Weight
Jiawei Shen, 2006 Greg Weight
Jiawei Shen, 2006 Greg Weight
Jiawei Shen, 2006 Greg Weight
Fri 19 February

The Weighting game

In Conversation with Greg Weight: virtual event

12:30pm

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.

Free. Bookings required
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The Weighting game

In Conversation with Greg Weight: virtual event

Fri 19 Feb
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
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Norman Lindsay, 1921 Harold Cazneaux
Norman Lindsay, 1921 Harold Cazneaux
Norman Lindsay, 1921 Harold Cazneaux
Norman Lindsay, 1921 Harold Cazneaux
Tue 23 February

Virtual highlights tour

A little bundle of piffle

12:30pm

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

Free. Bookings required
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Virtual highlights tour

A little bundle of piffle

Tue 23 Feb
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Study for John Bell as King Lear, 1998-2001 Nicholas Harding
Study for John Bell as King Lear, 1998-2001 Nicholas Harding
Study for John Bell as King Lear, 1998-2001 Nicholas Harding
Study for John Bell as King Lear, 1998-2001 Nicholas Harding
Sat 27 February

Focus on the face with Nicholas Harding

Virtual drawing workshop

2:00pm

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

Free. Bookings required
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Focus on the face with Nicholas Harding

Virtual drawing workshop

Sat 27 Feb
2:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
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Aldo Giurgola, 2005 Mandy Martin
Aldo Giurgola, 2005 Mandy Martin
Aldo Giurgola, 2005 Mandy Martin
Aldo Giurgola, 2005 Mandy Martin
Tue 9 March

Virtual highlights tour

Road to Canberra

12:30pm

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

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual highlights tour

Road to Canberra

Tue 9 Mar
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Adut Akech with baby sister Akoul, 2018 (printed 2020) Charles Dennington
Adut Akech with baby sister Akoul, 2018 (printed 2020) Charles Dennington
Adut Akech with baby sister Akoul, 2018 (printed 2020) Charles Dennington
Adut Akech with baby sister Akoul, 2018 (printed 2020) Charles Dennington
Tue 16 March

Virtual highlights tour

Style and substance: fashionistas in the Gallery

12:30pm

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. 

Free. Bookings required
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Virtual highlights tour

Style and substance: fashionistas in the Gallery

Tue 16 Mar
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
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Kay Cottee, 1993 Pamela Thalben-Ball
Kay Cottee, 1993 Pamela Thalben-Ball
Kay Cottee, 1993 Pamela Thalben-Ball
Kay Cottee, 1993 Pamela Thalben-Ball
Tue 23 March

Virtual highlights tour

Wild earth

12:30pm

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

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual highlights tour

Wild earth

Tue 23 Mar
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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More events

Wednesday 30 November 2022 – Friday 29 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.