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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 22 June 2021 – Thursday 22 June 2023

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
Soffritto di Lucio
Soffritto di Lucio
Soffritto di Lucio
Soffritto di Lucio

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

11:00am, 3:00pm, Thu 1 Jul
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
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily

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
Jimmy and Jane Barnes
Jimmy and Jane Barnes
Jimmy and Jane Barnes
Jimmy and Jane Barnes

Virtual highlights tour

Love is complicated

12:30pm, Tue 13 Jul
Live online

Love is complicated; from the tender, to the heart breaking and the hilarious. Join us as we pursue portraits that draw us together and force us apart.

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

Virtual highlights tour

NAIDOC – Heal Country!

12:30pm, Tue 20 Jul
Live online

Post-NAIDOC Week, keep embracing and celebrating the rich culture of our First Nations Australians from the comfort of your own home.

Bookings required
Frame from Self portrait, 2008 Bruce Petty
Frame from Self portrait, 2008 Bruce Petty
Frame from Self portrait, 2008 Bruce Petty
Frame from Self portrait, 2008 Bruce Petty

Virtual highlights tour

Portraits in portraits

12:30pm, Tue 27 Jul
Live online

What do we call a portrait within a portrait? A portrait portrait? Portrait²? Portraitception? Join us as we peer at works within works within the collection!

Bookings required
New Year's Eve 2019 Allison Marion
New Year's Eve 2019 Allison Marion
New Year's Eve 2019 Allison Marion
New Year's Eve 2019 Allison Marion

Panel discussion

Living Memory

2:00pm, 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
Kurt Fearnley
Kurt Fearnley
Kurt Fearnley
Kurt Fearnley

Virtual Highlights tour

Drip the light fantastic

12:30pm, Tue 3 Aug
Live online

Join us for this dripsnorter of a tour to look at works with drips! We’ll ask what makes a drip?, and what do drips bring to a portrait?

Bookings required
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images

Introducing Living Memory

In conversation

12:30pm, Sat 7 Aug
Onsite and live online

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection & Exhibitions, for a sneak peek at our exciting new exhibition, Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Bookings required
Self portrait (Hilda in the Chinoise hat)
Self portrait (Hilda in the Chinoise hat)
Self portrait (Hilda in the Chinoise hat)
Self portrait (Hilda in the Chinoise hat)

Virtual Highlights tour

La Belle Epoch

12:30pm, Tue 10 Aug
Live online

Join us as we go back to the intoxicating ‘beautiful age’ in Paris where Australian women artists enjoyed non-conventional surrounds and a new independence, firing up their artistic ambitions and bringing it all home.

Bookings required
Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E.
Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E.
Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E.
Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E.

Virtual Highlights tour

National Science Week

12:30pm, Tue 17 Aug
Live online

Get your white coat and safety googles on to celebrate National Science Week! This year’s school theme is Food: Different by Design.

Bookings required
Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Virtual Highlights tour

A thousand words

12:30pm, Tue 24 Aug
Live online

If a picture tells a thousand words, can a picture of an author tell us even more? What happens when our winning-wordsmiths are moved from page to canvas?

Bookings required
Study of Louis Nowra
Study of Louis Nowra
Study of Louis Nowra
Study of Louis Nowra

Virtual Highlights tour

Oh my word!

10:00am, Tue 31 Aug
Live online

Grab your specs and join us for a look at works with words. We’ll explore a range of portraits that use text in diverse ways, and discuss why artists might choose to add it.

Bookings required

More events

Friday 23 June 2023 – Sunday 22 June 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