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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

Monday 30 November 2020 – Wednesday 30 November 2022

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
Closes 14 March

Pub Rock

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

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

Bookings required
FREE

Pub Rock

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

Exhibition closes 14 March
Bookings required
FREE
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Open every day

Collection display galleries

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

FREE

Collection display galleries

Exhibition open every day
FREE
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Closes 14 February

Before hand

The private life of a portrait

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.

Bookings required
FREE

Before hand

The private life of a portrait

Exhibition closes 14 February
Bookings required
FREE
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Opens 20 March

Australian Love Stories

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

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

Australian Love Stories

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

Exhibition opens 20 March
Bookings required
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
Opens 31 July

Living Memory

National Photographic Portrait Prize

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’.

FREE

Living Memory

National Photographic Portrait Prize

Exhibition opens 31 July
FREE
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Daily event, until Thu 31 December

The Amazing Face

A 14-day dive into portraiture

10:00am

An educational and fun 14-day adults’ introduction to portraiture.

Free.
FREE
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The Amazing Face

A 14-day dive into portraiture

Daily event until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am AEDT
FREE
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Daily event, until Sun 28 February

Entry tickets

10:00am

All visitors must pre-book for one of the daily sessions. Each day will have a limited number of people allowed.

Free. Bookings required
FREE

Entry tickets

Daily event until Sun 28 Feb
10:00am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
Daily event, until Thu 31 December

Australian Love Stories

An amorous online adventure

10:00am

Lust and longing, drama and devotion, seduction and scandal! Delve into an enticing array of tales of the heart.

Free.
FREE
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Australian Love Stories

An amorous online adventure

Daily event until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am AEDT
FREE
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Daily event,

Portrait Stories app

Explore the collecton

10:00am
Free.
FREE
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Portrait Stories app

Explore the collecton

Daily event
10:00am AEDT
FREE
A
Daily event,

In their own words

Audio-guide

10:00am

In their own words is an audio-guide with a difference. We let the portraits of these remarkable Australians speak for themselves.

Free.
FREE
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In their own words

Audio-guide

Daily event
10:00am AEDT
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
FREE
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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
FREE
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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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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
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Materiality and meaning

Tue 15 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

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
10:30am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Bogong Cluster
Physically distant, socially connected, 2020 Jonathan Jones
Bogong Cluster
Physically distant, socially connected, 2020 Jonathan Jones
Bogong Cluster
Physically distant, socially connected, 2020 Jonathan Jones
Bogong Cluster
Physically distant, socially connected, 2020 Jonathan Jones
Daily event,

Bogong Cluster

Socially connected, physically distant

10:00am

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.

Free.
FREE
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Bogong Cluster

Socially connected, physically distant

Daily event
10:00am AEDT
FREE
A
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
V
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Little Faces

Summer series: virtual program

Thu 17 Dec
9:30am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Self portrait in reflection, 1973 Lewis Morley
Self portrait in reflection, 1973 Lewis Morley
Self portrait in reflection, 1973 Lewis Morley
Self portrait in reflection, 1973 Lewis Morley
Daily event, from Sat 19 December until Sun 28 February

Collection Highlights Tour

11:30am

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

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Collection Highlights Tour

Daily event from Sat 19 Dec until Sun 28 Feb
11:30am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Chrissy Amphlett "Temperamental", 1989 Ivan Durrant
Chrissy Amphlett "Temperamental", 1989 Ivan Durrant
Chrissy Amphlett "Temperamental", 1989 Ivan Durrant
Chrissy Amphlett "Temperamental", 1989 Ivan Durrant
Daily event, from Sat 19 December until Sun 14 February

Pub Rock Highlights Tour

2:30pm

Take a 30 minute tour of the exhibition.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Pub Rock Highlights Tour

Daily event from Sat 19 Dec until Sun 14 Feb
2:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Sat 19 December

Evensong

4:00pm

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

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Evensong

Sat 19 Dec
4:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
P
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
Sat 19 December

I Progetti

New Day

1:30pm

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.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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I Progetti

New Day

Sat 19 Dec
1:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
P
Sun 20 December

Evensong

4:00pm

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

Free. Bookings required
FREE
P

Evensong

Sun 20 Dec
4:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
P
Sat 26 December
until Sun 31 January

Family space: Move it!

10:00am

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

Free.
FREE
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Family space: Move it!

Sat 26 Dec until Sun 31 Jan
10:00am AEDT
FREE
F
Wed 6 January

Story time

Magic Beach

10:30am; 2:00pm

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

Bookings required
F

Story time

Magic Beach

Wed 6 Jan
10:30am; 2:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
F
Kate (Kate Grenville), 2012 Jenny Sages
Kate (Kate Grenville), 2012 Jenny Sages
Kate (Kate Grenville), 2012 Jenny Sages
Kate (Kate Grenville), 2012 Jenny Sages
Sun 17 January

Relaxed mornings

9:00am

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

Free. Bookings required
FREE

Relaxed mornings

Sun 17 Jan
9:00am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
Thu 21 January
until Sun 24 January

My place

Dance performance

11:00am; 12:00pm; 1:30pm

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.

Free.
FREE
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My place

Dance performance

Thu 21 Jan until Sun 24 Jan
11:00am; 12:00pm; 1:30pm AEDT
FREE
P
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
FREE
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Story time online

Magic Beach

Wed 27 Jan
10:30am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Image supplied by Endangered Heritage
Image supplied by Endangered Heritage
Image supplied by Endangered Heritage
Image supplied by Endangered Heritage
Sat 30 January

Conservation crash course

2:00pm

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
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Conservation crash course

Sat 30 Jan
2:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
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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
FREE
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Virtual highlights tour

Not just cricket

Tue 2 Feb
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Thu 4 February

Pub Rock: Trivia

An IRL event

6:30pm

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

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Pub Rock: Trivia

An IRL event

Thu 4 Feb
6:30pm AEDT
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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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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
FREE
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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
FREE
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Virtual highlights tour

Disability in the frame: Part two

Tue 16 Feb
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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
FREE
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The Weighting game

In Conversation with Greg Weight: virtual event

Fri 19 Feb
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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
FREE
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Virtual highlights tour

A little bundle of piffle

Tue 23 Feb
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
V
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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

IRL drawing workshop

10:30am

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

Bookings required
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Focus on the face with Nicholas Harding

IRL drawing workshop

Sat 27 Feb
10:30am AEDT
Bookings required
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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
FREE
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Focus on the face with Nicholas Harding

Virtual drawing workshop

Sat 27 Feb
2:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
V
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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
FREE
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Virtual highlights tour

Style and substance: fashionistas in the Gallery

Tue 16 Mar
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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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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.