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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 14 July – Friday 14 August 2020

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.

Darling Portrait Prize

Exhibition closes 27 September
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.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Exhibition closes 27 September
Closes 27 September

The National Portrait Prizes

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

The National Portrait Prizes

Exhibition closes 27 September
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
Closes 29 November

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 closes 29 November
Bookings required
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, 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 until Sun 28 Feb
10:00am AEDT
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 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
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 AEDT
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 AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
T
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
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More events

Saturday 15 August – Tuesday 15 September 2020

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.