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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 24 February – Wednesday 24 March 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.

FREE

Pub Rock

Your backstage pass to 70s and 80s sounds and scenes

Exhibition closes 14 March
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
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
Closes 1 August

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 closes 1 August
FREE
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Opens 20 March

Australian Love Stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)

Reconnect and reflect with our new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) as we explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

Bookings required

Australian Love Stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)

Exhibition opens 20 March
Bookings required
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

Please pre-book for one of the daily sessions. Each day will have a limited number of people allowed.

Free.
FREE

Entry tickets

Daily event until Wed 31 Mar
10:00am
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
O
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
E
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
T
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
T
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
V
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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
V
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Focus on the face with Nicholas Harding

Virtual drawing workshop

Sat 27 Feb
2:00pm
FREE
V
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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

Off the wall

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

Off the wall

Tue 2 Mar
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Doctor Stovepipe at Gorman House. Photo by Adam Thomas.
Doctor Stovepipe at Gorman House. Photo by Adam Thomas.
Doctor Stovepipe at Gorman House. Photo by Adam Thomas.
Doctor Stovepipe at Gorman House. Photo by Adam Thomas.
Sun 7 March

Drawn in

Doctor Stovepipe

1:00pm

Draw while listening to music. Be swept away in the moment and let colour become your instruments, line become your melody and create your own visual composition.

Free.
FREE
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Drawn in

Doctor Stovepipe

Sun 7 Mar
1:00pm
FREE
H
W
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
V
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Virtual highlights tour

Road to Canberra

Tue 9 Mar
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter
Wed 10 March

15 minutes of frame international

Wellington, Edinburgh, Canberra

7:00pm

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

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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15 minutes of frame international

Wellington, Edinburgh, Canberra

Wed 10 Mar
7:00pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
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The Go-Betweens, London, c.1986 Warwick Orme
The Go-Betweens, London, c.1986 Warwick Orme
The Go-Betweens, London, c.1986 Warwick Orme
The Go-Betweens, London, c.1986 Warwick Orme
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
FREE
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In Conversation virtual event

Rock Chick: Lindy Morrison

Fri 12 Mar
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
L
V
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
FREE
V
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Virtual highlights tour

Style and substance: fashionistas in the Gallery

Tue 16 Mar
12:30pm
Bookings required
FREE
V
T
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Daily event, from Sat 20 March until Sun 1 August

Australian Loves Stories tour

2:30pm

Is love all you really need? If so, what kind of love? Join us for an exhilarating look at love in all its guises – from lust and longing, drama and devotion, to seduction and scandal.

T

Australian Loves Stories tour

Daily event from Sat 20 Mar until Sun 1 Aug
2:30pm
T
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
Bookings required
FREE
V
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More events

Thursday 25 March – Thursday 22 April 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.