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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

Friday 14 May 2021 – Sunday 14 May 2023

spaces between movement and stillness (detail), 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness (detail), 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness (detail), 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness (detail), 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock

In conversation

Hearts of glass

12:30pm, Fri 14 May
Live online

Join us as we talk to Harriet Schwarzrock about her creative practice, as well as the art and the science of her amazing new installation.

Bookings required

Virtual Highlights Tour

Profiling the silhouette

12:30pm, Tue 18 May
Live online

Join us for a sideways look at some shady silhouettes from the National Portrait Gallery collection.

Bookings required

Virtual Highlights Tour

So emotional

12:30pm, Tue 25 May
Live online

Take a look at some artists who move us emotionally as we explore a selection of portraits which highlight the expressive quality of their work.

Bookings required
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

In conversation

You didn’t hear it from me...

12:30pm, Sun 30 May
Live online

Join curator Penny Gist as she sneaks behind the frame, seeking the salacious scenarios of love and life in the Australian Love Stories exhibition.

Bookings required
The Movie Star David Gulpilil, 1985
The Movie Star David Gulpilil, 1985
The Movie Star David Gulpilil, 1985
The Movie Star David Gulpilil, 1985

Virtual highlights tour

Reconciliation Week – Take Action

12:30pm, Tue 1 Jun
Live online

Join us to celebrate Reconciliation Week with Dr Jilda Andrews taking a personal walk through some eclectic portraits in the collection.

Bookings required

Virtual highlights tour

In your head

12:30pm, Tue 8 Jun
Live online

What’s going on in your head when you view portraits? Join us for an interactive virtual tour of some of the works currently on display.

Bookings required
Neon hands
Neon hands
Neon hands
Neon hands

In conversation

Designing a love story

12:30pm, Fri 11 Jun
Live online

Join us for a behind-the-scenes exposé with the Australian Love Stories designer, Maria Mosquera, alongside our very own Exhibition Manager Sheridan Burnett, to find out how it all comes together.

Bookings required

Virtual highlights tour

Young talent time

12:30pm, Tue 15 Jun
Live online

Grab a front row seat and discover the incredible talents and fascinating stories behind some of the youngest and brightest stars in the National Portrait Gallery collection.

Bookings required
Graham Sylvester's crowd, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983 William Yang
Graham Sylvester's crowd, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983 William Yang
Graham Sylvester's crowd, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983 William Yang
Graham Sylvester's crowd, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983 William Yang

In conversation with William Yang

2:00pm, Sun 20 Jun
Live online

Join us from wherever you are to celebrate and reminisce with artist William Yang as he reflects on his joyous photographs of Australia's LGBTIQ+ community.

Bookings required
My Jack, 2011 Jenny Sages. Private collection. © Jenny Sages. Photo © AGNSW
My Jack, 2011 Jenny Sages. Private collection. © Jenny Sages. Photo © AGNSW
My Jack, 2011 Jenny Sages. Private collection. © Jenny Sages. Photo © AGNSW
My Jack, 2011 Jenny Sages. Private collection. © Jenny Sages. Photo © AGNSW

Virtual highlights tour

Australian Love Stories: Trace - Tales of loss, longing and the land

12:30pm, Tue 22 Jun
Live online

Relationships affect us, change us, and leave their mark on our skin and in our psyche. Join us as we trace roads travelled, places visited and time passing.

Bookings required

Virtual highlights tour

Ciao Ragazzi!

12:30pm, Tue 29 Jun
Live online

Missing travel? Let’s escape the cold, and holiday in Europe! Join us on a virtual cruise around Italy and some of the Italians in our collection.

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

Virtual highlights tour

NAIDOC Week

12:30pm, Tue 6 Jul
Live online

Come together and celebrate the rich history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Portrait Gallery collection.

Bookings required
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus

Story time

Can bears ski?

11:00am, Wed 7 Jul
Live online

Brrrrr, it is getting cold outside! Can’t come to us? Snuggle inside at home in your warmest knits and listen to the story of Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus.

Bookings required

Virtual highlights tour

NAIDOC – Heal Country!

12:30pm, Tue 20 Jul
Live online

Celebrate our First Nations Identity for NAIDOC with the National Portrait Gallery collection from the comfort of your own home.

Bookings required
Prime minister, 2018 Mike Bowers
Prime minister, 2018 Mike Bowers
Prime minister, 2018 Mike Bowers
Prime minister, 2018 Mike Bowers

Panel discussion

Living Memory

11:00am, 11:00am, Sat 31 Jul
Onsite and live online

Join us in the gallery or online for a dynamic panel discussion that interrogates some of the themes revealed in Living Memory.

Bookings required

More events

Monday 15 May 2023 – Wednesday 14 May 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.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency