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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.

Live online

Tuesday 2 March 2021 – Thursday 2 March 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.

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

highlights tour

Off the wall

12:30pm, Tue 2 Mar
Live online

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

Bookings required

highlights tour

Road to Canberra

12:30pm, Tue 9 Mar
Live online

Discover some of the artists, architects, and activists who have travelled far and wide and yet call Canberra home.

Bookings required

15 minutes of frame international

Wellington, Edinburgh, Canberra

7:00pm, Wed 10 Mar
Live online

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

Bookings required
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

In Conversation

Rock Chick: Lindy Morrison

12:30pm, Fri 12 Mar
Live online

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.

Bookings required

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Style and substance: fashionistas in the Gallery

12:30pm, Tue 16 Mar
Live online

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. 

Bookings required

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Wild earth

12:30pm, Tue 23 Mar
Live online

Join us as we navigate through portraits of those who’ve explored, adventured and endured the challenges of traversing on and off our planet.

Bookings required

Highlights Tour

Australian Love Stories: artist communities

12:30pm, Tue 30 Mar
Live online

From Heide to the outback, take a closer look at some of the artist communities celebrated in our exciting new exhibition, Australian Love Stories.

Bookings required

Highlights Tour

Wading deep

12:30pm, Tue 6 Apr
Live online

Dip your toes in. Winter may be fast approaching, but bundle up and get ready to dive into our Collection to discover the different connections people have with water.

Bookings required

Highlights Tour

Cat people

12:30pm, Tue 13 Apr
Live online

Hello cool cats! Join us as we make a beeline for the feline and explore works featuring furry faces (and their human friends/slaves).

Bookings required
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

Story time

The story of Rosy Dock

3:00pm, Wed 14 Apr
Live online

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.

Bookings required
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits workshop

Thursday 15 April and Thursday 1 July, 11:00am and 3:00pm
Live online

To celebrate our Australian Love Stories exhibition, we’re making tokens of affection! Make pebble portraits of the special people in your life or even somewhere you treasure.

Bookings required

In conversation

Meeting, making and missing

12:30pm, Sun 18 Apr
Live online

Celebrate the life, love and creative work of one of Australia’s artistic power couples in our Australian Love Stories exhibition: Rosemary Madigan and Robert Klippel.

Bookings required

Highlights Tour

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

12:30pm, Tue 20 Apr
Live online

Mirror as a noun: any reflecting surface. Person as a mirror... let’s reflect on that! Join us as we look into the faces of others who might show us something about ourselves.

Bookings required

Highlights Tour

ANZAC chat

12:30pm, Tue 27 Apr
Live online

Join us on a journey that talks to our national identity in times of war.

Bookings required

Introducing Australian Love Stories

In Conversation:

12:30pm, Fri 30 Apr
Live online

Join curators Joanna Gilmour & Sandra Bruce for a sneak peek at our exciting new exhibition.

Bookings required

Chiselled features

sculpture workshop

2:00pm, Sat 1 May
Live online

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

Bookings required
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits workshop

Thursday 15 April and Thursday 1 July, 11:00am and 3:00pm
Live online

To celebrate our Australian Love Stories exhibition, we’re making tokens of affection! Make pebble portraits of the special people in your life or even somewhere you treasure.

Bookings required

More events

Friday 3 March 2023 – Sunday 2 March 2025

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The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance

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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.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency