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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 1 September – Wednesday 30 September 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.

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 (detail) Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) 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
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Open every day

Collection display galleries

The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia.

FREE

Collection display galleries

Exhibition open every day
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 hourly sessions that are available daily. Each session 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
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
O
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
Bookings required
FREE
V
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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
Fri 4 September

Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

10:00am; 12:00pm; 2:00pm; 3:30pm

Be the first to view our new exhibition. Join members of our team for a special tour and see the people, places and sounds that defined Australian pub rock in the 70s and 80s.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

Fri 4 Sep
10:00am; 12:00pm; 2:00pm; 3:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
C
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
Bookings required
FREE
V
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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
Bookings required
FREE
V
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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
Tue 8 September

Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

9:00am

Be the first to view our new exhibition. Join members of our team for a special tour and see the people, places and sounds that defined Australian pub rock in the 70s and 80s.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
C

Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

Tue 8 Sep
9:00am
Bookings required
FREE
C
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
Wed 9 September

Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

9:00am

Be the first to view our new exhibition. Join members of our team for a special tour and see the people, places and sounds that defined Australian pub rock in the 70s and 80s.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
C

Circle of Friends preview

Pub Rock

Wed 9 Sep
9:00am
Bookings required
FREE
C
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
Bookings required
FREE
V
T
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
Bookings required
FREE
V
T
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Tammi Gissell
Tammi Gissell
Tammi Gissell
Tammi Gissell
Sun 13 September

Recognise

Three women, three cultures, one land

3:00pm; 4:00pm

Dancers Tammi Gissell, Natasha Lee Rogers and Emma Laverty join to present a performance of unity and celebration of culture on Ngunnawal land. Accompanied by violinist Michael Liu.

Free.
FREE
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Recognise

Three women, three cultures, one land

Sun 13 Sep
3:00pm; 4:00pm
FREE
P
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
Bookings required
FREE
V
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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
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Fri 25 September

Canberra cool

In conversation: virtual event

12:30pm

Your backstage pass to sensational stories about Canberra’s Pub Rock scene with Chris Shakallis (Young Docteurs), Julia Ford (The Framed) and Fiona Edge (keeper of the ‘Pling archive)

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Canberra cool

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 25 Sep
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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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
FREE
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Virtual collection tour

When adventure calls

Tue 29 Sep
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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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
Wed 30 September

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

Wed 30 Sep
11:00am
Bookings required
FREE
F
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Thursday 1 October – Friday 30 October 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.