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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

Tuesday 1 December 2020 – Friday 1 January 2021

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
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
O
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
O
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
A
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
V
T
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
V
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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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V
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
V
T

Virtual collection tour

Materiality and meaning

Tue 15 Dec
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
V
T
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
V
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Little Faces

Summer series: virtual program

Wed 16 Dec
10:30am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
V
F
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
A

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
F

Little Faces

Summer series: virtual program

Thu 17 Dec
9:30am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
V
F
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
T

Collection Highlights Tour

Daily event from Sat 19 Dec until Sun 28 Feb
11:30am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
T
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
T

Pub Rock Highlights Tour

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

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
P

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
F

Family space: Move it!

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

More events

Saturday 2 January – Tuesday 2 February 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.