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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

Saturday 15 February – Sunday 15 March 2020

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.

Primed

Some Prime Ministers

Exhibition closes 9 March
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.

Eye to eye

Exhibition closes 16 February
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
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.

Bookings required
FREE

Darling Portrait Prize

Exhibition opens 6 March
Bookings required
FREE
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
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.

Bookings required
FREE

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Exhibition opens 6 March
Bookings required
FREE
Opens 6 March

The National Portrait Prizes

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

FREE

The National Portrait Prizes

Exhibition opens 6 March
FREE
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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Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Sun 23 February

Drawn in

Cancelled

1:00pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our musical talent isn’t able to perform for this Sunday’s Drawn In program.

Free.
FREE
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Drawn in

Cancelled

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.

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Digital Creator

Sat 29 Feb
1:00pm
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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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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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Thu 12 March

Love, Kindness, Decency

Canberra Symphony Orchestra Australian Series

6:30pm

The performance explores music as a powerful, healing response to pain. Directed by Kirsten Williams, the CSO Chamber Orchestra will premiere two work by rising Australian composers.

Bookings required
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Love, Kindness, Decency

Canberra Symphony Orchestra Australian Series

Thu 12 Mar
6:30pm
Bookings required
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The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
Sat 14 March

Cancelled: 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.
FREE
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Cancelled: National Photographic Portrait Prize Forum

Sat 14 Mar
11:00am
FREE
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Monday 16 March – Tuesday 14 April 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.