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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

Wednesday 5 August – Monday 31 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 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
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Tue 28 April
until Thu 31 December

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

Tue 28 Apr until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am
FREE
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Sat 6 June
until Thu 31 December

Timed ticketing

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

Timed ticketing

Sat 6 Jun until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am
Bookings required
FREE
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
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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
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
Fri 14 August
until Thu 31 December

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

Fri 14 Aug until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am
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
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.
FREE
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Dynamic drawing

Livestreamed portrait drawing class

Sat 22 Aug
2:30pm
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
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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
Bookings required
FREE
F
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More events

Tuesday 1 September – Sunday 27 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.