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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 8 December – Tuesday 15 December 2020

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

Before hand

The private life of a portrait

Exhibition closes 14 February
Bookings required
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Daily event,

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
10:00am
FREE
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Daily event, until Wed 31 March

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 Wed 31 Mar
10:00am
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,

Australian Love Stories online

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 online

Daily event
10:00am
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
FREE
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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
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
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
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
Bookings required
FREE
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More events

Wednesday 16 December – Wednesday 23 December 2020

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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.