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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 2 June 2020 – Thursday 2 June 2022

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Closes 27 September

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 closes 27 September
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
Closes 27 September

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 closes 27 September
Bookings required
FREE
Closes 27 September

The National Portrait Prizes

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

FREE

The National Portrait Prizes

Exhibition closes 27 September
FREE
© 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
FREE

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Shirley Purdie

Exhibition opens 6 June
Bookings required
FREE
Sat 6 June
until Thu 31 December

Timed ticketing

10:00am

All visitors must pre-book for one of the hourly sessions that are available daily. Each session will have a maximum of 100 people allowed.

Free. Bookings required
FREE

Timed ticketing

Sat 6 Jun until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am
Bookings required
FREE
Quickly, before it's gone, 2019 Elizabeth Looker
Quickly, before it's gone, 2019 Elizabeth Looker
Quickly, before it's gone, 2019 Elizabeth Looker
Quickly, before it's gone, 2019 Elizabeth Looker
Tue 23 June
until Sun 27 September

National Portrait Prizes highlights tour

11:15am; 2:15pm

Take a 30 minute tour of the exhibition.

Free.
FREE
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National Portrait Prizes highlights tour

Tue 23 Jun until Sun 27 Sep
11:15am; 2:15pm
FREE
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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
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

Join us from wherever you are for a 30 minute tour of the portrait collection and catch up with some of your favourites while they’re taking a break from the limelight!

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

It’s all in your head

Tue 21 Jul
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
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

Join us from wherever you are for a 30 minute tour of the portrait collection and catch up with some of your favourites while they’re taking a break from the limelight!

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Fierce Femmes

Tue 28 Jul
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
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 complicated stories

12:30pm

Join us from wherever you are for a 30 minute tour of the portrait collection and catch up with some of your favourites while they’re taking a break from the limelight!

Free. Bookings required
FREE
T

Virtual collection tour

Our complicated stories

Tue 4 Aug
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving), 2011 Nicholas Harding
Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving), 2011 Nicholas Harding
Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving), 2011 Nicholas Harding
Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving), 2011 Nicholas Harding
Tue 11 August

Virtual collection tour

Unguarded moments

12:30pm

Join us from wherever you are for a 30 minute tour of the portrait collection and catch up with some of your favourites while they’re taking a break from the limelight!

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

Unguarded moments

Tue 11 Aug
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
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. Bookings required
FREE
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Dynamic drawing

Livestreamed portrait drawing class

Sat 22 Aug
2:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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Friday 3 June 2022 – Sunday 2 June 2024

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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.