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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.

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Sunday 17 October 2021 – Tuesday 17 October 2023

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 18 Oct
Live online

Mindfulness Monday is an opportunity to come together as a community and practice looking, talking, listening, and engaging with art and each other.

Bookings required
The black coat: Lily Brett
The black coat: Lily Brett
The black coat: Lily Brett
The black coat: Lily Brett

Virtual highlights tour

Knowing me, knowing you

12:30pm, Tue 19 Oct
Live online

Convenient or muse? Artists often make portraits of people they love and live with. Join us to take a close up and personal look at works that capture the intimate and familiar relationship between artist and sitter.

Bookings required
Lucy Culliton
Lucy Culliton
Lucy Culliton
Lucy Culliton

In Conversation

Birds-eye view

12:30pm, Thu 21 Oct
Live online

Jump in the nest and join the brood as we celebrate National Bird Week! We’ll take a birds-eye view of the collection, and explore faces of folks with their feathered friends. BYO binoculars.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 25 Oct
Live online

Mindfulness Monday is an opportunity to come together as a community and practice looking, talking, listening, and engaging with art and each other.

Bookings required
Dan Sultan
Dan Sultan
Dan Sultan
Dan Sultan

Virtual highlights tour

The noisemakers

12:30pm, Tue 26 Oct
Live online

Portraiture is traditionally a silent, static medium, so how do we celebrate those who are known for making sound? Join us as we turn it up to eleven for an exploration of works featuring some well loved noisemakers.

Bookings required
Matilda (Ngambri)
Matilda (Ngambri)
Matilda (Ngambri)
Matilda (Ngambri)

In Conversation

Considering Representation

12:30pm, Thu 28 Oct
Live online

Join Associate Curator Rebecca Ray and Director Collection and Exhibitions Sandra Bruce for a conversation on the presence of First Nations people in portraiture today.

Bookings required
Mr Tim
Mr Tim
Mr Tim
Mr Tim

Drawn in with Mr Tim

3:30pm, Fri 29 Oct
Live online

Join us from wherever you are for a musical adventure with the fabulous Mr Tim! He will excite and delight our family audience with his combination of rock, folk, funk, a touch of country, and what can only be described as hypnotic Transylvanian polka.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 1 Nov
Live online

Mindfulness Monday is an opportunity to come together as a community and practice looking, talking, listening, and engaging with art and each other.

Bookings required
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Virtual highlights tour

Encroaching on all Man’s Privileges

12:30pm, Tue 2 Nov
Live online

Ditch your corset and join us as we celebrate the female artistic pioneers of the era as we look at portraits of women who forged their own paths.

Bookings required
Potters' Portrait Pot
Potters' Portrait Pot
Potters' Portrait Pot
Potters' Portrait Pot

Experiments with portraiture!

4:00pm, Thu 4 Nov
Live online

This interactive online session aims to equip primary teachers to work with portraiture in the classroom. Join us as we explore many ways of art making inspired by portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection.

Bookings required
Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver

In Conversation

MEL to LAX

12:30pm, Thu 4 Nov
Live online

Join us in first class as Exhibitions Curator, Penny Grist catches up with photographer John Tsiavis to reflect on his career and how his creative practice has changed during the global pandemic.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 8 Nov
Live online

Mindfulness Monday is an opportunity to come together as a community and practice looking, talking, listening, and engaging with art and each other.

Bookings required
Peace, the Man and Hope
Peace, the Man and Hope
Peace, the Man and Hope
Peace, the Man and Hope

Virtual highlights tour

Cut and paste

12:30pm, Tue 9 Nov
Live online

Collage! Join us as we piece together all the elements for an exploration of some of our more layered portraits in the collection.

Bookings required
Michelle Garnaut
Michelle Garnaut
Michelle Garnaut
Michelle Garnaut

In conversation

Tacon Portraits

12:30pm, Thu 11 Nov
Live online

Join Shanghai-based Australian photographer Dave Tacon in conversation with Exhibitions Curator, Penny Grist.

Bookings required
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)

Focus the fidgets

Mindfulness for children and families

4:00pm, Fri 12 Nov
Live online

Have you been feeling a bit ho hum lately? Fidgety one minute and a bit down the next?

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 15 Nov
Live online

Mindfulness Monday is an opportunity to come together as a community and practice looking, talking, listening, and engaging with art and each other.

Bookings required
Still image taken from Style Over Substance
Still image taken from Style Over Substance
Still image taken from Style Over Substance
Still image taken from Style Over Substance

Virtual highlights tour

Pride of the nation

12:30pm, Tue 16 Nov
Live online

To celebrate SpringOUT – Canberra’s very own pride festival – join us for a virtual tour hosted by queen of the local queer scene, Toni Kola!

Bookings required
Lucky Day, 2011 by Nikki Toole
Lucky Day, 2011 by Nikki Toole
Lucky Day, 2011 by Nikki Toole
Lucky Day, 2011 by Nikki Toole

In conversation

Paris pivot

12:30pm, Thu 18 Nov
Live online

Join us for the sliding-doors story of NPPP finalist Nikki Toole's relocation to Paris, and a wander through the incredible portrait projects she has created throughout her career.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 22 Nov
Live online

Mindfulness Monday is an opportunity to come together as a community and practice looking, talking, listening, and engaging with art and each other.

Bookings required
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix

Virtual highlights tour

The gang's all here

12:30pm, Tue 23 Nov
Live online

Elbows out and get in amongst the group portraits in the Living Memory exhibition with Curator Exhibitions Penny Grist.

Bookings required
Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne
Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne
Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne
Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne

In conversation

Ingvar Kenne

12:30pm, Thu 25 Nov
Live online

Join us for an In Conversation with photographer, director, and seven times Photographic Portrait Prize finalist Ingvar Kenne.

Bookings required
Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Story time – Fashionista

Reading with author, Maxine Beneba Clarke

4:00pm, Fri 26 Nov
Live online

How do you express with your dress? What do you share through your clothes and hair? We are excited to welcome poet, author and illustrator Maxine Beneba Clarke to read Fashionista to us.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 29 Nov
Live online

Mindfulness Monday is an opportunity to come together as a community and practice looking, talking, listening, and engaging with art and each other.

Bookings required
Kay Cottee
Kay Cottee
Kay Cottee
Kay Cottee

Virtual highlights tour

Women who make history

12:30pm, Tue 30 Nov
Live online

Join us and be inspired by the stories of some extraordinarily resilient women.

Bookings required
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman

In conversation

Six degrees of Hugh Jackman

12:30pm, Thu 2 Dec
Live online

If we start with world-famous actor Hugh Jackman and give over control to you, where will the chance meetings, delightful parallels, and forks in the road take us?

Bookings required
Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage

Virtual highlights tour

Baubles and bling

12:30pm, Tue 7 Dec
Live online

Get into some festive fun and frivolity as we check out the stories behind the bling and baubles worn by some of our most bespangled sitters.

Bookings required
Margaret Fulton
Margaret Fulton
Margaret Fulton
Margaret Fulton

Christmas Crafternoon

4:00pm, Fri 10 Dec
Live online

Grab your crafty ingredients and join us online to celebrate the festive time of year!

Bookings required
Cheryl Orsini
Cheryl Orsini
Cheryl Orsini
Cheryl Orsini

Dreaming with drawings, waltzing with words

Telling your story with Cheryl Orsini

2:00pm, Thu 20 Jan
Live online

Join us online for a magical workshop with illustrator and author, Cheryl Orsini, as she guides you to weave words and pictures to tell a story.

Bookings required
Dancing With Memories by Sally Yule
Dancing With Memories by Sally Yule
Dancing With Memories by Sally Yule
Dancing With Memories by Sally Yule

Story time

Dancing With Memories

11:30am, Fri 21 Jan
Live online

Make some moving memories with us! Dancing With Memories author Sally Yule will join us for a special reading of her book.

Bookings required

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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