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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 27 January – Saturday 27 February 2021

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
Closes 14 March

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 closes 14 March
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
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Closes 14 February

Before hand

The private life of a portrait

Revealing the backstories behind the NPG collection, Before hand features interviews with artists and sitters as well as working drawings, scrapbooks, sketches and footage taken in artists’ studios and out on location.

Bookings required

Before hand

The private life of a portrait

Exhibition closes 14 February
Bookings required
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
Opens 13 February

Harriet Schwarzrock

spaces between movement and stillness

Harriet Schwarzrock’s new work explores notions of emotional processes and their physical manifestations.

FREE

Harriet Schwarzrock

spaces between movement and stillness

Exhibition opens 13 February
FREE
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
FREE
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Daily event, until Wed 31 March

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 Wed 31 Mar
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
Daily event,

Australian Love Stories online

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 online

Daily event
10:00am
FREE
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Daily event,

Portrait Stories app

Explore the collecton

10:00am
Free.
FREE
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Portrait Stories app

Explore the collecton

Daily event
10:00am
FREE
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Daily event,

In their own words

Audio-guide

10:00am

In their own words is an audio-guide with a difference. We let the portraits of these remarkable Australians speak for themselves.

Free.
FREE
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In their own words

Audio-guide

Daily event
10:00am
FREE
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Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen
Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen
Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen
Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen
Daily event,

Bogong Cluster

Socially connected, physically distant

10:00am

In these uncertain times, with physical gatherings restricted, we can all still recall major events such as the bogong moth migration, and remain connected to each other through nature.

Free.
FREE
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Bogong Cluster

Socially connected, physically distant

Daily event
10:00am
FREE
A
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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, until Wed 26 May

Collection Highlights Tour

11:30am

Take a 30 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

Free.
FREE
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Collection Highlights Tour

Daily event until Wed 26 May
11:30am
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, until Sun 14 March

Pub Rock Highlights Tour

2:30pm

Take a 30 minute tour of the exhibition.

Free.
FREE
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Pub Rock Highlights Tour

Daily event until Sun 14 Mar
2:30pm
FREE
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Daily event, until Sun 31 January

Family space: Move it!

10:00am

A space for families to mimic, reflect and explore. For all ages and abilities.

Free.
FREE
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Family space: Move it!

Daily event until Sun 31 Jan
10:00am
FREE
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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
FREE
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Story time online

Magic Beach

Wed 27 Jan
10:30am
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
Thu 28 January

15 Minutes of Frame

with NPG London, Scotland and Australia: virtual event

8:00pm

Delve into the lives, loves and labour of the world’s most prominent portrait galleries in this international conversation series.

Free.
FREE
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15 Minutes of Frame

with NPG London, Scotland and Australia: virtual event

Thu 28 Jan
8:00pm
FREE
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Image supplied by Endangered Heritage
Image supplied by Endangered Heritage
Image supplied by Endangered Heritage
Image supplied by Endangered Heritage
Sat 30 January

Conservation crash course

2:00pm

Join us as we chat with specialists (and no doubt patient humans) from Endangered Heritage to hear about the curious processes involved in restoring and conserving art objects.

Bookings required
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Conservation crash course

Sat 30 Jan
2:00pm
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
FREE
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Virtual highlights tour

Not just cricket

Tue 2 Feb
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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Thu 4 February

Pub Rock: Trivia

An IRL event

6:30pm

Think you know your Aussie pub rock? Then join us in the Gallery for a night of music mayhem!

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Pub Rock: Trivia

An IRL event

Thu 4 Feb
6:30pm
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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
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
FREE
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Deconstructed for diversity

In Conversation with Anne Zahalka: virtual event

Fri 12 Feb
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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Study for commissioned portrait, "Equation of life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton", 2016 Evert Ploeg
Study for commissioned portrait, "Equation of life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton", 2016 Evert Ploeg
Study for commissioned portrait, "Equation of life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton", 2016 Evert Ploeg
Study for commissioned portrait, "Equation of life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton", 2016 Evert Ploeg
Fri 12 February

Portrait table lunch

Evert Ploeg and eX de Medici

12:00pm

Join Penny Grist, Curator Exhibitions in conversation with Evert Ploeg and eX de Medici, two of Australia’s best-loved artist.

Bookings required
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Portrait table lunch

Evert Ploeg and eX de Medici

Fri 12 Feb
12:00pm
Bookings required
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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
FREE
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Virtual highlights tour

Disability in the frame: Part two

Tue 16 Feb
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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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
FREE
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The Weighting game

In Conversation with Greg Weight: virtual event

Fri 19 Feb
12:30pm
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
Bookings required
FREE
V
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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
FREE
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In Conversation virtual event

Bogong Cluster: ask an expert

Fri 26 Feb
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
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Robert Drewe (in the swell), 2006 Nicholas Harding
Robert Drewe (in the swell), 2006 Nicholas Harding
Robert Drewe (in the swell), 2006 Nicholas Harding
Robert Drewe (in the swell), 2006 Nicholas Harding
Sat 27 February

Focus on the face with Nicholas Harding

IRL drawing workshop

10:30am

Join us in the Gallery for an intimate drawing workshop with British-Australian artist Nicholas Harding.

Bookings required
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Focus on the face with Nicholas Harding

IRL drawing workshop

Sat 27 Feb
10:30am
Bookings required
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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.
FREE
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Focus on the face with Nicholas Harding

Virtual drawing workshop

Sat 27 Feb
2:00pm
FREE
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Sunday 28 February – Wednesday 31 March 2021

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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.