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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

Thursday 2 July 2020 – Saturday 2 July 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
Closes 24 December

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 closes 24 December
Bookings required
FREE
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
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
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
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
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

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
Bookings required
FREE
T
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
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
Bookings required
FREE
T
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
Bookings required
FREE
T
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
T

Virtual exhibition tour

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Wed 12 Aug
2:00pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
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
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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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
Bookings required
FREE
T
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
T

Virtual collection tour

We can be queeroes

Tue 1 Sep
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
T
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
Bookings required
FREE
T
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 Benchley, 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
Bookings required
FREE
T
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

10:00am

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
T

Virtual collection tour

Persona

Tue 22 Sep
10:00am
Bookings required
FREE
T

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Sunday 3 July 2022 – Tuesday 2 July 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.