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What's on

Saturday 15 February 2020 – Tuesday 15 February 2022

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.

Darling Portrait Prize

Exhibition opens 6 March
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.

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
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
Opens 6 June

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

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.

Bookings required

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Shirley Purdie

Exhibition opens 6 June
Bookings required
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
Opens 5 September

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 opens 5 September
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
Opens 10 October

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 opens 10 October
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
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 AEDT
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 AEDT
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 AEDT
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 AEDT
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 AEDT
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 AEDT
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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 AEDT
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 AEDT
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 AEDT
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 AEDT
FREE
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Rory, 2019 Michael Murchie
Rory, 2019 Michael Murchie
Rory, 2019 Michael Murchie
Rory, 2019 Michael Murchie
Wed 18 March

Live video tour

2:30pm

Come on a live video tour of the National Portrait Gallery’s exciting new exhibition of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Live video tour

Wed 18 Mar
2:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Beauty by Bri Lee
Beauty by Bri Lee
Beauty by Bri Lee
Beauty by Bri Lee
Wed 18 March

Cancelled: Talking about identity

6:00pm

Join Australian writer Bri Lee (author of the powerful Eggshell Skull) in discussion with author and journalist Caroline Baum about Lee’s new book, Beauty.

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Cancelled: Talking about identity

Wed 18 Mar
6:00pm AEDT
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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 AEDT
FREE
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Daily event, from Sat 6 June 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 from Sat 6 Jun until Sun 28 Feb
10:00am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal), 2019 Brenda L Croft
Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal), 2019 Brenda L Croft
Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal), 2019 Brenda L Croft
Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal), 2019 Brenda L Croft
Wed 24 June

Matilda – Naabami

Thou shall/will see me/us (Ngambri/Ngunnawal/Wiradjuri peoples)

12:30pm

Brenda L Croft (Gurindji/Malngin/Mudburra peoples) talks with Ngambri/Ngunnawal/Wiradjuri elder, Dr Matilda House, about her photographic portrait.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Matilda – Naabami

Thou shall/will see me/us (Ngambri/Ngunnawal/Wiradjuri peoples)

Wed 24 Jun
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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David Chalmers, 2011 Nick Mourtzakis
David Chalmers, 2011 Nick Mourtzakis
David Chalmers, 2011 Nick Mourtzakis
David Chalmers, 2011 Nick Mourtzakis
Tue 21 July

Virtual collection tour

It’s all in your head

12:30pm

Massage your grey matter with a peek inside the mind and brain as we look at portraits about consciousness, neurotechnology and dementia.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

It’s all in your head

Tue 21 Jul
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
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
Tue 28 July

Virtual collection tour

Fierce Femmes

12:30pm

Stand tall and be intrigued and inspired by the achievements of some remarkable women from the collection who exude strength, ambition and creativity.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Fierce Femmes

Tue 28 Jul
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Post-show blues, 2019 Liam Nunan
Post-show blues, 2019 Liam Nunan
Post-show blues, 2019 Liam Nunan
Post-show blues, 2019 Liam Nunan
Fri 31 July

Post-show blues

12:30pm

Darling Prize finalist Liam Nunan and actor Guy Simon discuss the portrait, their friendship and the intensity of the acting life.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Post-show blues

Fri 31 Jul
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Mrs Woods and ‘Ere, 2013 Karla Dickens
Mrs Woods and ‘Ere, 2013 Karla Dickens
Mrs Woods and ‘Ere, 2013 Karla Dickens
Mrs Woods and ‘Ere, 2013 Karla Dickens
Tue 4 August

Virtual collection tour

Our complex stories

12:30pm

Join us for stories of humour, love, sadness and hope as we explore portraits of our history, identity and the complexities of what it means to be Australian.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Our complex stories

Tue 4 Aug
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Tue 11 August

Virtual collection tour

Unguarded moments

12:30pm

Take a breath and enter a quieter state as we explore portraits where the sitter appears to drift off, lower their guard and give more away.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Unguarded moments

Tue 11 Aug
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Wed 12 August

Virtual exhibition tour

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

2:00pm

Join us for a live and interactive video tour through the Shirley Purdie exhibition, Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual exhibition tour

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Wed 12 Aug
2:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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

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
10:00am AEDT
FREE
O
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton
Tue 18 August

Virtual collection tour

The river wild

12:30pm

Grab your paddles and join us on an adventure as we look at three artworks that inspired and recorded the roots of Australia’s environmental movement.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

The river wild

Tue 18 Aug
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM and Anthea da Silva
Sat 22 August

Dynamic drawing

Livestreamed portrait drawing class

2:30pm

Join Darling Portrait Prize winner Anthea da Silva as she shares her passion for life drawing and portraiture and experiments with a range of drawing and painting styles.

Free.
FREE
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Dynamic drawing

Livestreamed portrait drawing class

Sat 22 Aug
2:30pm AEDT
FREE
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George and Jemima Billet with family, c. 1852 C.H.T. Costantini
George and Jemima Billet with family, c. 1852 C.H.T. Costantini
George and Jemima Billet with family, c. 1852 C.H.T. Costantini
George and Jemima Billet with family, c. 1852 C.H.T. Costantini
Tue 25 August

Virtual collection tour

Intention and convention

12:30pm

Get all Sherlock Holmes and discover how artists accidentally (or on purpose) reveal their own character and world when they’re creating a portrait.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Intention and convention

Tue 25 Aug
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
Sun 30 August

Storytime

‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan

11:00am

There’s nothing quite like Storytime! Snuggle up with your favourite small person and join us for a live-streamed reading of Shaun Tan’s ‘The Lost Thing.’

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Storytime

‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan

Sun 30 Aug
11:00am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
F
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Carlotta, Kings Cross (Les Girls), 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Carlotta, Kings Cross (Les Girls), 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Carlotta, Kings Cross (Les Girls), 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Carlotta, Kings Cross (Les Girls), 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Tue 1 September

Virtual collection tour

We can be queeroes

12:30pm

It’s like Oxford St online! Join us for an exploration of gender, performance and queerness as we take a look at three provocative, and sometimes transgressive, Australian icons.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

We can be queeroes

Tue 1 Sep
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Fri 4 September

Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

10:00am; 12:00pm; 2:00pm; 3:30pm

Be the first to view our new exhibition. Join members of our team for a special tour and see the people, places and sounds that defined Australian pub rock in the 70s and 80s.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

Fri 4 Sep
10:00am; 12:00pm; 2:00pm; 3:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Fri 4 September

Roam from Home

Virtual tour

12:30pm

Learning Facilitator Carolyn Eccles will take us on a gentle wander through the National Portrait Gallery's collection, as we re-examine the meanings of the word 'home' and how we define ourselves in the places and contexts that we find it in.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Roam from Home

Virtual tour

Fri 4 Sep
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Tue 8 September

Virtual collection tour

Musical resonance

12:30pm

Music and art share many attributes – line, rhythm, dynamics, mood and storytelling, to name a few. This tour will explore some portraits that link these two art forms.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Musical resonance

Tue 8 Sep
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Tue 8 September

Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

9:00am

Be the first to view our new exhibition. Join members of our team for a special tour and see the people, places and sounds that defined Australian pub rock in the 70s and 80s.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
C

Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

Tue 8 Sep
9:00am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
C
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews
Wed 9 September

Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

9:00am

Be the first to view our new exhibition. Join members of our team for a special tour and see the people, places and sounds that defined Australian pub rock in the 70s and 80s.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
C

Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

Wed 9 Sep
9:00am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Thu 10 September

Roam from Home

Virtual tour

12:30pm

Learning Facilitator Carolyn Eccles will take us on a gentle wander through the National Portrait Gallery's collection, as we re-examine the meanings of the word 'home' and how we define ourselves in the places and contexts that we find it in.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Roam from Home

Virtual tour

Thu 10 Sep
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Chrissy Amphlett, Sydney, c.1988 Stuart Spence
Chrissy Amphlett, Sydney, c.1988 Stuart Spence
Chrissy Amphlett, Sydney, c.1988 Stuart Spence
Chrissy Amphlett, Sydney, c.1988 Stuart Spence
Fri 11 September

Pub Rock access all (virtual) areas

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

Crowd surf to get up front with curator Jo “Frock on” Gilmour and exhibition manager Sheridan “The Flame” Burnett as they take you backstage on Australia’s Pub Rock scene.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Pub Rock access all (virtual) areas

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 11 Sep
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Tammi Gissell
Tammi Gissell
Tammi Gissell
Tammi Gissell
Sun 13 September

Recognise

Three women, three cultures, one land

3:00pm; 4:00pm

Dancers Tammi Gissell, Natasha Lee Rogers and Emma Laverty join to present a performance of unity and celebration of culture on Ngunnawal land. Accompanied by violinist Michael Liu.

Free.
FREE
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Recognise

Three women, three cultures, one land

Sun 13 Sep
3:00pm; 4:00pm AEDT
FREE
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Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks
Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks
Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks
Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks
Tue 15 September

Virtual collection tour

Visible/Invisible

12:30pm

Layne Beachley, Jim Conway and Gurrumul Yunupingu’s portraits evoke both the visible and the invisible. Through the portraits and life experience of both subjects and artists in the collection, this tour will consider what is ‘invisible disability’.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Visible/Invisible

Tue 15 Sep
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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The Movie Star (David Gulpilil), 1985 Tracey Moffatt
The Movie Star (David Gulpilil), 1985 Tracey Moffatt
The Movie Star (David Gulpilil), 1985 Tracey Moffatt
The Movie Star (David Gulpilil), 1985 Tracey Moffatt
Tue 22 September

Virtual collection tour

Persona

12:30pm

The aspect of someone's character that is perceived by others is made richer when we consider that it also refers to a role or character inhabited by an actor. We look at three performing artists' portraits in three contrasting media.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Persona

Tue 22 Sep
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Fri 25 September

Canberra cool

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

Your backstage pass to sensational stories about Canberra’s Pub Rock scene with Chris Shakallis (Young Docteurs), Julia Ford (The Framed) and Fiona Edge (keeper of the ‘Pling archive)

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Canberra cool

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 25 Sep
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (in her aeroplane, "My Little Ship II) an unknown artist
Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (in her aeroplane, "My Little Ship II) an unknown artist
Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (in her aeroplane, "My Little Ship II) an unknown artist
Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (in her aeroplane, "My Little Ship II) an unknown artist
Tue 29 September

Virtual collection tour

When adventure calls

12:30pm

Pack your snacks and get prepped for a highlights tour as we explore the idea of adventure! Along the way we’ll meet some amazing faces and journey to different times and places.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

When adventure calls

Tue 29 Sep
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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 30 September

Storytime

‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan

11:00am

There’s nothing quite like Storytime! Snuggle up with your favourite small person and join us for a live-streamed reading of Shaun Tan’s ‘The Lost Thing.’

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Storytime

‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan

Wed 30 Sep
11:00am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
F
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Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily, 1993 Jenny Sages
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily, 1993 Jenny Sages
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily, 1993 Jenny Sages
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily, 1993 Jenny Sages
Tue 6 October

Virtual collection tour

This is my place: country

12:30pm

Explore the different ways people connect to the land and to each other.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

This is my place: country

Tue 6 Oct
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Shirley Purdie, 2020
Shirley Purdie, 2020
Shirley Purdie, 2020
Shirley Purdie, 2020
Wed 7 October

Storytime

‘My Story, Ngaginybe Jarragbe’ by Shirley Purdie

12:00pm

Join us online for a bilingual reading of My Story, Ngaginybe Jarragbe by Shirley Purdie.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Storytime

‘My Story, Ngaginybe Jarragbe’ by Shirley Purdie

Wed 7 Oct
12:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Angus Young, AC/DC, LA, 1978 Rennie Ellis
Angus Young, AC/DC, LA, 1978 Rennie Ellis
Angus Young, AC/DC, LA, 1978 Rennie Ellis
Angus Young, AC/DC, LA, 1978 Rennie Ellis
Thu 8 October

Pub Rock Trivia

7:00pm

Join us for a bout of FREE pub trivia – all online and live-streamed of course! There’ll be an hour of music mayhem and prizes to be won.

Free.
FREE
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Pub Rock Trivia

Thu 8 Oct
7:00pm AEDT
FREE
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The Lighthouse Keepers, ANU Union, Canberra, 1983. Juliet Ward (vocals), Greg Appel (guitar) 'pling
The Lighthouse Keepers, ANU Union, Canberra, 1983. Juliet Ward (vocals), Greg Appel (guitar) 'pling
The Lighthouse Keepers, ANU Union, Canberra, 1983. Juliet Ward (vocals), Greg Appel (guitar) 'pling
The Lighthouse Keepers, ANU Union, Canberra, 1983. Juliet Ward (vocals), Greg Appel (guitar) 'pling
Fri 9 October

Tales and time

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

It’s like an after party, but waaay after. Join Greg Appel (Lighthouse Keepers), Robina Gugler (co-writer of Head Full of Flames) and Fiona Edge (Keeper of the ‘Pling archive).

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Tales and time

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 9 Oct
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Kerry Lester, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Kerry Lester, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Kerry Lester, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Kerry Lester, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Tue 13 October

Virtual collection tour

This is my place: studio

12:30pm

A veritable treasure trove of extraordinary artists and their creative spaces.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

This is my place: studio

Tue 13 Oct
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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The Dance - David McAllister, 2016 Peter Brew-Bevan
The Dance - David McAllister, 2016 Peter Brew-Bevan
The Dance - David McAllister, 2016 Peter Brew-Bevan
The Dance - David McAllister, 2016 Peter Brew-Bevan
Fri 16 October

Private dancer

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

Assume ballet position one and join photographer Peter Brew Bevan – in conversation with Before hand exhibition curator, Penny Grist – as he provides insight into the private life of his portrait of dancer David McAllister.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Private dancer

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 16 Oct
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Don Dunstan, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick
Don Dunstan, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick
Don Dunstan, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick
Don Dunstan, 1992-93 (printed 2019) Robin Sellick
Tue 20 October

Virtual collection tour

This is my place: street

12:30pm

Celebrate the urban environment and our interaction with it.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

This is my place: street

Tue 20 Oct
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss, Cold Chisel 1980 Wendy McDougall
Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss, Cold Chisel 1980 Wendy McDougall
Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss, Cold Chisel 1980 Wendy McDougall
Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss, Cold Chisel 1980 Wendy McDougall
Fri 23 October

Squished and sweaty

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

Grab your press pass and hold it tight as we dive camera-first into the mosh pit! Photographers Wendy McDougall and Stuart Spence have captured the likes of INXS, Cold Chisel, Paul Kelly, Tim Freedman and many more.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Squished and sweaty

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 23 Oct
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird
Tue 27 October

Virtual collection tour

Celebrating the Sydney Olympics 2000

12:30pm

Remembering many of the exciting moments and extraordinary athletes of the Sydney Olympics.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Celebrating the Sydney Olympics 2000

Tue 27 Oct
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Thu 29 October

Swipe Right

Love in the digital age: virtual event

6:30pm

The internet and digital apps have opened up the world of courtship. But has digital dating made it easier to find our own Australian Love Story?

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Swipe Right

Love in the digital age: virtual event

Thu 29 Oct
6:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould
Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould
Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould
Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould
Fri 30 October

Allsorts

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

It takes all sorts to create a national portrait collection – good, bad and ugly; meek and powerful; famous and utterly obscure.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Allsorts

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 30 Oct
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
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
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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 AEDT
FREE
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Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan
Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan
Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan
Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan
Tue 3 November

Icons

SpringOUT virtual tour

12:30pm

Help us celebrate diversity and the LGBTIQ+ community with a virtual tour and meet some exceptional queer icons.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Icons

SpringOUT virtual tour

Tue 3 Nov
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio
Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio
Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio
Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio
Fri 6 November

Before hand: The Private Life of a Portrait

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

In this hybrid tour and making experience we will take you on a behind-the-scenes journey through the portraits and the exhibition.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Before hand: The Private Life of a Portrait

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 6 Nov
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Portrait of Jawoyn Elder, Margaret Katherine, 2015 John Gollings
Portrait of Jawoyn Elder, Margaret Katherine, 2015 John Gollings
Portrait of Jawoyn Elder, Margaret Katherine, 2015 John Gollings
Portrait of Jawoyn Elder, Margaret Katherine, 2015 John Gollings
Tue 10 November

Virtual collection tour

NAIDOC

12:30pm

Celebrate our First Nations Identity for NAIDOC with the National Portrait Gallery collection from the comfort of your own home.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

NAIDOC

Tue 10 Nov
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Reclaimed youth, 2019 Sanjeev Singh
Reclaimed youth, 2019 Sanjeev Singh
Reclaimed youth, 2019 Sanjeev Singh
Reclaimed youth, 2019 Sanjeev Singh
Fri 13 November

Reclaimed

In Conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

Join us for a conversation with NPPP 2020 finalist Sanjeev Singh and his subject Peter McEwan as we discuss the shameful history and ultimate triumph behind this striking portrait.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Reclaimed

In Conversation: virtual event

Fri 13 Nov
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Kylie Kwong, 2003 Simon Griffiths
Kylie Kwong, 2003 Simon Griffiths
Kylie Kwong, 2003 Simon Griffiths
Kylie Kwong, 2003 Simon Griffiths
Tue 17 November

Reflected

SpringOUT virtual tour

12:30pm
Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Reflected

SpringOUT virtual tour

Tue 17 Nov
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Karen Quinlan AM and Kim Sajet
Karen Quinlan AM and Kim Sajet
Karen Quinlan AM and Kim Sajet
Karen Quinlan AM and Kim Sajet
Wed 18 November

15 minutes of frame

International portrait galleries

9:00am

Delve into the lives, loves and labour of the world’s most prominent portrait galleries in this new international conversation series.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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15 minutes of frame

International portrait galleries

Wed 18 Nov
9:00am 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
Thu 19 November
until Fri 20 November

Little Faces

Spring series: virtual program

9:30am

We will explore faces inspired by portraits from the collection using movement and music.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Little Faces

Spring series: virtual program

Thu 19 Nov until Fri 20 Nov
9:30am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Max, Claudia, Jamie, Lex, Phil, Alice, Roy, John, Lady Paula Howard (lower left) and Lottie (lower right) at Jamie and Lex's wedding, Kew, Melbourne, c. 1970s Unknown artist
Max, Claudia, Jamie, Lex, Phil, Alice, Roy, John, Lady Paula Howard (lower left) and Lottie (lower right) at Jamie and Lex's wedding, Kew, Melbourne, c. 1970s Unknown artist
Max, Claudia, Jamie, Lex, Phil, Alice, Roy, John, Lady Paula Howard (lower left) and Lottie (lower right) at Jamie and Lex's wedding, Kew, Melbourne, c. 1970s Unknown artist
Max, Claudia, Jamie, Lex, Phil, Alice, Roy, John, Lady Paula Howard (lower left) and Lottie (lower right) at Jamie and Lex's wedding, Kew, Melbourne, c. 1970s Unknown artist
Fri 20 November

Coming out of the archives

In Conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

Celebrate the past as we chat all things love, intimacy and sex with Nick Henderson from the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Coming out of the archives

In Conversation: virtual event

Fri 20 Nov
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Simon Tedeschi unplugged, 2002 Cherry Hood
Simon Tedeschi unplugged, 2002 Cherry Hood
Simon Tedeschi unplugged, 2002 Cherry Hood
Simon Tedeschi unplugged, 2002 Cherry Hood
Sat 21 November

Watercolour demonstration with Cherry Hood

Virtual event: demonstration

11:30am

Artist Cherry Hood shows us her unique way of making large-scale watercolour portraits.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Watercolour demonstration with Cherry Hood

Virtual event: demonstration

Sat 21 Nov
11:30am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Sat 21 November

Watercolour workshop with Cherry Hood

Virtual event: workshop

2:00pm

Working from a photograph of your choice, Cherry Hood will share her tips to help you hone your watercolour skills.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Watercolour workshop with Cherry Hood

Virtual event: workshop

Sat 21 Nov
2:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003 Robyn Stacey
Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003 Robyn Stacey
Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003 Robyn Stacey
Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003 Robyn Stacey
Tue 24 November

Virtual collection tour

Beyond the Beaker

12:30pm

Join us for a virtual highlights tour that investigates the sometimes problematic portrayal of scientists in portraiture.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Beyond the Beaker

Tue 24 Nov
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder
Fri 27 November

Frank and Margel Hinder

In Conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection & Exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, as she explores the progressive and successful relationship of artists and couple Margel and Frank Hinder.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Frank and Margel Hinder

In Conversation: virtual event

Fri 27 Nov
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti Photo © Eva Schroeder
Sat 28 November

I Progetti

Miracles From Times of Plague

1:30pm

A selection of works composed during times of pandemics, epidemics, and highly contagious diseases that celebrate the beauty that can be created in, and despite, the darkest of times.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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I Progetti

Miracles From Times of Plague

Sat 28 Nov
1:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
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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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
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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
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Little Faces

Summer series: virtual program

Thu 17 Dec
9:30am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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 March

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 Mar
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
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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
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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
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Evensong

Sun 20 Dec
4:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Daily event, from 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!

Daily event from Sat 26 Dec until Sun 31 Jan
10:00am AEDT
FREE
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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
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Story time

Magic Beach

Wed 6 Jan
10:30am; 2:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
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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.
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My place

Dance performance

Thu 21 Jan until Sun 24 Jan
11:00am; 12:00pm; 1:30pm AEDT
FREE
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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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Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson
Thu 28 January

15 Minutes of Frame

with NPG London, Scotland and Australia: virtual event

8:00pm

Delve into the lives, loves and labour of the world’s most prominent portrait galleries in this international conversation series.

Free.
FREE
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15 Minutes of Frame

with NPG London, Scotland and Australia: virtual event

Thu 28 Jan
8:00pm AEDT
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

You’d be forgiven for thinking that summer was all about cricket, so prepare to be bowled over as we celebrate our warmest season with a look at a variety of portraits from the most sun-baked to the cool and quirky.

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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Study for commissioned portrait, "Equation of life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton", 2016 Evert Ploeg
Study for commissioned portrait, "Equation of life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton", 2016 Evert Ploeg
Study for commissioned portrait, "Equation of life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton", 2016 Evert Ploeg
Study for commissioned portrait, "Equation of life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton", 2016 Evert Ploeg
Fri 12 February

Portrait table lunch

Evert Ploeg and eX de Medici

12:00pm

Join Penny Grist, Curator Exhibitions in conversation with Evert Ploeg and eX de Medici, two of Australia’s best-loved artist.

Bookings required
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Portrait table lunch

Evert Ploeg and eX de Medici

Fri 12 Feb
12:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
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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
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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
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Focus on the face with Nicholas Harding

Virtual drawing workshop

Sat 27 Feb
2:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
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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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Wednesday 16 February 2022 – Saturday 17 February 2024

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