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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.

Virtual programs

Friday 22 January 2021 – Sunday 22 January 2023

Explore the collection from the comfort of you loungeroom. Join us for free, interactive, virtual collection tours. Examine portraits in depth with Gallery Educators delivered via Zoom, and chat, comment and ask questions just like the IRL experience. Videos of selected previous events are available too.

Wed 27 January

Story time online

Magic Beach

10:30am

Join us on online for a reading of Alison Lester’s Magic Beach followed by a chance to create your own visual response with items at home.

Free. Bookings required
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Story time online

Magic Beach

Wed 27 Jan
10:30am AEDT
Bookings required
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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
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Virtual highlights tour

Not just cricket

Tue 2 Feb
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
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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
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Virtual highlights tour

The masked sitter

Tue 9 Feb
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Self portrait, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Self portrait, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Self portrait, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Self portrait, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Fri 12 February

Deconstructed for diversity

In Conversation with Anne Zahalka: virtual event

12:30pm

Photo-media artist Anne Zahalka has been exhibiting since the early 80s. Join us (and Anne!) as we look at a few of her works in the collection and chat about her principles and practice.

Free. Bookings required
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Deconstructed for diversity

In Conversation with Anne Zahalka: virtual event

Fri 12 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 virtual tour reflecting on how people with a disability have been represented in portraiture, join us online as we look at works from the collection and contemplate inclusivity with a focus on the artists.

Free. Bookings required
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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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Jiawei Shen, 2006 Greg Weight
Jiawei Shen, 2006 Greg Weight
Jiawei Shen, 2006 Greg Weight
Jiawei Shen, 2006 Greg Weight
Fri 19 February

The Weighting game

In Conversation with Greg Weight: virtual event

12:30pm

Can you believe there are over 100 portraits by photographer Greg Weight in the collection?! Join us as we talk all things portraiture with the prolific photographer himself.

Free. Bookings required
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The Weighting game

In Conversation with Greg Weight: virtual event

Fri 19 Feb
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
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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
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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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Bogong Cluster
Physically distant, socially connected, 2020 Jonathan Jones
Bogong Cluster
Physically distant, socially connected, 2020 Jonathan Jones
Bogong Cluster
Physically distant, socially connected, 2020 Jonathan Jones
Bogong Cluster
Physically distant, socially connected, 2020 Jonathan Jones
Fri 26 February

In Conversation virtual event

Bogong Cluster: ask an expert

12:30pm

Join us as we ask the experts about the Bogongs, their migration, their role in our ecosystem, and much more.

Free. Bookings required
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In Conversation virtual event

Bogong Cluster: ask an expert

Fri 26 Feb
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Study for John Bell as King Lear, 1998-2001 Nicholas Harding
Study for John Bell as King Lear, 1998-2001 Nicholas Harding
Study for John Bell as King Lear, 1998-2001 Nicholas Harding
Study for John Bell as King Lear, 1998-2001 Nicholas Harding
Sat 27 February

Focus on the face with Nicholas Harding

Virtual drawing workshop

2:00pm

Join us from wherever you are for an intimate, online drawing workshop with British-Australian artist Nicholas Harding.

Free. Bookings required
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Focus on the face with Nicholas Harding

Virtual drawing workshop

Sat 27 Feb
2:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Geo Face Distributor prototype version 1, 2009 James Angus
Geo Face Distributor prototype version 1, 2009 James Angus
Geo Face Distributor prototype version 1, 2009 James Angus
Geo Face Distributor prototype version 1, 2009 James Angus
Tue 2 March

Virtual highlights tour

The human experiment

12:30pm

Seeing faces in random information, physical distancing and the human heart – take an intriguing three dimensional trip through the gallery.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Virtual highlights tour

The human experiment

Tue 2 Mar
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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Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981 Jenny Watson
Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981 Jenny Watson
Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981 Jenny Watson
Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981 Jenny Watson
Fri 12 March

In Conversation virtual event

Rock Chick: Lindy Morrison

12:30pm

Lindy Morrison has played in her share of bands over the years. From jazz to pop to punk, she’s been an ever-present force in Australian music.

Free. Bookings required
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In Conversation virtual event

Rock Chick: Lindy Morrison

Fri 12 Mar
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
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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
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Virtual highlights tour

Style and substance: fashionistas in the Gallery

Tue 16 Mar
12:30pm AEDT
Bookings required
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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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The story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker
The story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker
The story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker
The story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker
Wed 14 April

Story time online

The story of Rosy Dock

3:00pm

Follow the wind and desert sands into the wilderness. Can’t come to us? Join us online for a reading of Jeannie Baker’s The story of Rosy Dock and then create your own visual response with items at home.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Story time online

The story of Rosy Dock

Wed 14 Apr
3:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Sir George Grey, c. 1845 Theresa Walker
Sir George Grey, c. 1845 Theresa Walker
Sir George Grey, c. 1845 Theresa Walker
Sir George Grey, c. 1845 Theresa Walker
Sat 1 May

Chiselled features

Virtual sculpture workshop

2:00pm

Join artist Ellis Hutch from wherever you are for a hands-on workshop with a nod to the ancient art of relief carving.

Free. Bookings required
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Chiselled features

Virtual sculpture workshop

Sat 1 May
2:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
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Monday 23 January 2023 – Wednesday 22 January 2025

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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.