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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.

Tours

Thursday 2 July 2020 – Saturday 2 July 2022

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
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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
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Virtual collection tour

Fierce Femmes

Tue 28 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
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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
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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
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Virtual exhibition tour

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Wed 12 Aug
2:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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
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Virtual collection tour

The river wild

Tue 18 Aug
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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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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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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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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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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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
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Virtual collection tour

When adventure calls

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

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 Feb
2:30pm 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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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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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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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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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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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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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.