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Saturday 15 February 2020 – Sunday 14 February 2021

Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Closes 9 March

Primed

Some Prime Ministers

Seventeen of Australia’s thirty prime ministers to date are represented in the contrasting sizes, moods and mediums of these portraits.

FREE

Primed

Some Prime Ministers

Exhibition closes 9 March
FREE
Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
Gallery two entrance
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. Visitors to the Gallery can follow the development of portraiture from oil painting to digital media.

FREE

Collection display galleries

Exhibition open every day
FREE
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Closes 16 February

Eye to eye

Eye to Eye is a summer Portrait Gallery Collection remix arranged by degree of eye contact – from turned away with eyes closed all the way through to right-back-at-you – as we explore artists’ and subjects’ choices around the direction of the gaze.

FREE

Eye to eye

Exhibition closes 16 February
FREE
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen
Opens 6 March

Darling Portrait Prize

The Darling Prize is a new annual prize for Australian portrait painters, painting Australian sitters. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

Darling Portrait Prize

Exhibition opens 6 March
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
Opens 6 March

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. The winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Exhibition opens 6 March
Opens 6 March

The National Portrait Prizes

Experience the very best new portrait paintings and photographs from across Australia.

The National Portrait Prizes

Exhibition opens 6 March
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Opens 13 March

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe

Shirley Purdie

Using ochres collected on her country in Western Australia’s East Kimberley, Shirley Purdie’s self-portrait is a kaleidoscope of traditional Gija stories and Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) passed down to her.

FREE

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe

Shirley Purdie

Exhibition opens 13 March
FREE
Venetia, Lady Digby, circa 1633-1634 (detail) by Sir Anthony van Dyck
Venetia, Lady Digby, circa 1633-1634 (detail) by Sir Anthony van Dyck
Venetia, Lady Digby, circa 1633-1634 (detail) by Sir Anthony van Dyck
Venetia, Lady Digby, circa 1633-1634 (detail) by Sir Anthony van Dyck
Opens 20 June

Love Stories

From the National Portrait Gallery, London

Portraits of some of the world’s best-known couples from the sixteenth century through to the present day – from John Donne, King Charles II and his mistress Barbara Palmer, Venetia Digby, Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas, to John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and David and Victoria Beckham.

Love Stories

From the National Portrait Gallery, London

Exhibition opens 20 June
Daily event, until Tue 26 May

Collection highlights tour

11:30am

Take a 45 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

Free.
FREE
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Collection highlights tour

Daily event until Tue 26 May
11:30am
FREE
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Self portrait with Spots and Veins, 2003 Chris O'Doherty
Self portrait with Spots and Veins, 2003 Chris O'Doherty
Self portrait with Spots and Veins, 2003 Chris O'Doherty
Self portrait with Spots and Veins, 2003 Chris O'Doherty
Daily event, until Sun 16 February

PortraitAu filters

10:00am

Put yourself in the picture with an Instagram filter created for @PortraitAu by artist Jess Herrington.

Free.
FREE
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PortraitAu filters

Daily event until Sun 16 Feb
10:00am
FREE
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Angry Anderson, 2006 Sally Robinson
Angry Anderson, 2006 Sally Robinson
Angry Anderson, 2006 Sally Robinson
Angry Anderson, 2006 Sally Robinson
Sat 14 December
until Sun 16 February

Eye to Eye slow looking tour

2:30pm

Take a 45 minute guided tour of the exhibition.

Free.
FREE
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Eye to Eye slow looking tour

Sat 14 Dec until Sun 16 Feb
2:30pm
FREE
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Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Sun 16 February

Slow afternoons

2:00pm

Responding to the curatorial design of Eye to Eye, which encourages viewers to slow down and spend time looking, our learning facilitators are offering a slow looking and drawing programs in the exhibition.

Free.
FREE
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Slow afternoons

Sun 16 Feb
2:00pm
FREE
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Sun 23 February

Drawn in

Sebastian Field

1:00pm

Draw while listening to music. All materials provided; for all ages and abilities.

Free.
FREE
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Drawn in

Sebastian Field

Sun 23 Feb
1:00pm
FREE
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Ningali Lawford-Wolf, 1996 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence
Ningali Lawford-Wolf, 1996 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence
Ningali Lawford-Wolf, 1996 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence
Ningali Lawford-Wolf, 1996 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence
Sun 23 February

中文导览: 本馆历史背景与精选馆藏

Highlights tour in Mandarin

3:00pm

本馆邀约 刘沁洁 (Chin-Jie Melodie Liu) 以中文为您导览,介绍本馆历史背景,还带您观赏馆内精心挑选过的肖像画作品。

Free.
FREE
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中文导览: 本馆历史背景与精选馆藏

Highlights tour in Mandarin

Sun 23 Feb
3:00pm
FREE
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Jess Herrington video: 17 seconds
Jess Herrington video: 17 seconds
Jess Herrington video: 17 seconds
Jess Herrington video: 17 seconds
Sat 29 February

Digital Creator

1:00pm

Explore virtual identities by making a simple augmented reality experience in this Digital Creator workshop led by artist Jess Herrington.

Bookings required
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Digital Creator

Sat 29 Feb
1:00pm
Bookings required
W
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Tue 3 March

Little Faces

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
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Little Faces

Tue 3 Mar
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
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Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Friends in the Gallery
Tue 3 March

New friends

Autumn 2020

11:00am

Have you joined the Circle of Friends in the past months? Meet our Membership Coordinator and join an introductory tour of the Gallery.

Free.
FREE
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New friends

Autumn 2020

Tue 3 Mar
11:00am
FREE
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Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Wed 4 March

Little Faces

9:30am; 10:30am

Little children and their parent/carer are invited to join a Learning Facilitator for playful activities. There will be singing, movement and drawing.

Bookings required
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Little Faces

Wed 4 Mar
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
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Fri 6 March

Exclusive Friends Preview

DPP/NPPP 2020

9:00am
Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Exclusive Friends Preview

DPP/NPPP 2020

Fri 6 Mar
9:00am
Bookings required
FREE
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NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
NPPP 2020 Who will win?
Sat 14 March

National Photographic Portrait Prize Forum

11:00am

Join for us a discussion about this year’s NPPP 2020 exhibition and exploring powerful storytelling in photographic portraiture.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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National Photographic Portrait Prize Forum

Sat 14 Mar
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
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Sun 5 April

Self-story

1:00pm

Explore the potential of the self-portrait with Kate Beynon, Daring Prize finalist, considering both physical and conceptual notions of identity.

Bookings required
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Self-story

Sun 5 Apr
1:00pm
Bookings required
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Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Tue 7 April

Little Faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little Faces is designed for babies and toddlers in the care of their grown up to play, sing along, and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
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Little Faces

Autumn series

Tue 7 Apr
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Wed 8 April

Little Faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little Faces is designed for babies and toddlers in the care of their grown up to play, sing along, and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
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Little Faces

Autumn series

Wed 8 Apr
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Tue 14 April
until Fri 17 April

Portrait play

Head and Hands, Make and Play

10:30am

Join us to explore the portraits through creative activities focussed on how we express through our heads and hands.

Bookings required
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Portrait play

Head and Hands, Make and Play

Tue 14 Apr until Fri 17 Apr
10:30am
Bookings required
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Tue 21 April
until Fri 24 April

Portrait play

Head and Hands, Make and Play

10:30am

Join us to explore the portraits through creative activities focussed on how we express through our heads and hands.

Bookings required
F

Portrait play

Head and Hands, Make and Play

Tue 21 Apr until Fri 24 Apr
10:30am
Bookings required
F
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
Wed 22 April

Story time

10:30am

Listen to the story The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan and create your own visual response.

Bookings required
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Story time

Wed 22 Apr
10:30am
Bookings required
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Sun 26 April

Dynamic Drawing

1:00pm

Experiment with a range of drawing and painting styles with Darling Prize finalist Anthea da Silva.

Bookings required
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Dynamic Drawing

Sun 26 Apr
1:00pm
Bookings required
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Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Tue 5 May

Little Faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little Faces is designed for babies and toddlers in the care of their grown up to play, sing along, and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
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Little Faces

Autumn series

Tue 5 May
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Wed 6 May

Little Faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little Faces is designed for babies and toddlers in the care of their grown up to play, sing along, and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Autumn series

Wed 6 May
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Thu 7 May

Little Faces

Autumn series

9:30am; 10:30am

Little Faces is designed for babies and toddlers in the care of their grown up to play, sing along, and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
F

Little Faces

Autumn series

Thu 7 May
9:30am; 10:30am
Bookings required
F
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngaginbe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Fri 8 May

Little Faces

Autumn series

9:30am

Little Faces is designed for babies and toddlers in the care of their grown up to play, sing along, and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
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Little Faces

Autumn series

Fri 8 May
9:30am
Bookings required
F
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg
Wed 27 May

Reconciliation week digital tour

11:30am; 2:30pm

Join us live online for a virtual tour of our galleries, from the comfort of your own home or from anywhere across Australia.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Reconciliation week digital tour

Wed 27 May
11:30am; 2:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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Daily event, from Thu 4 June until Thu 24 December

Collection highlights tour

11:30am

Take a 45 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

Free.
FREE
T

Collection highlights tour

Daily event from Thu 4 Jun until Thu 24 Dec
11:30am
FREE
T

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Monday 15 February 2021 – Tuesday 15 February 2022

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