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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

Tuesday 27 July 2021 – Thursday 27 July 2023

Entry tickets

Currently closed

We’re taking daily bookings as part of our COVID-19 Safety Plan. This is to make sure you have a safe and memorable visit without things getting too squishy.

Bookings available
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019

Collection display galleries

Currently closed

The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia.

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

Bogong Cluster

Socially connected, physically distant

Currently closed

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.

Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection

Collection Highlights Tour

Currently closed

Take a 30 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

Bookings available
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

Australian Loves Stories tour

2:30pm, Daily until Sun 1 Aug

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.

Bookings available
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan

Australian Love stories

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

Exhibition closes 1 August

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
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy

Portrait play takeaway

Currently closed

Become an adventurer and make a gadget to help you on your journey around the Gallery! Explore the portraits on display through close looking and creative activity.

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
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin

Little Faces

August sessions cancelled

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

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

Exclusive preview

Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021

3:30pm, Fri 30 Jul

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection and Exhibitions, for an exclusive preview to the exhibition.

Bookings closed
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

Living Memory Tours

National Photographic Portrait Prize

Currently closed

Join us in the Gallery to as we share the stories behind the photographs, and explore how the artists have captured a year like no other.

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
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley

Living Memory

National Photographic Portrait Prize

Currently closed

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

© Forough Yavari
© Forough Yavari
© Forough Yavari
© Forough Yavari

Fine art portraiture: from concept to execution

with Forough Yavari

To be rescheduled

Join award-winning photographer Forough Yavari on a journey to learn how to create intricate, gallery-style fine art portraits from scratch.

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
The Thames Bank Booty Band
The Thames Bank Booty Band
The Thames Bank Booty Band
The Thames Bank Booty Band

Drawn in

The Thames Bank Booty Band

1:00pm, Sun 8 Aug

Draw while listening to the Thames Bank Booty Band with their range of Persian and Kurdish folk, Classical oboe and Tuscan songs.

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
Professor John Shine
Professor John Shine
Professor John Shine
Professor John Shine

Virtual Highlights tour

National Science Week

12:30pm, Tue 17 Aug
Live online

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

Bookings required
Vali Myers
Vali Myers
Vali Myers
Vali Myers

Virtual Highlights Tour

The Masked Sitter

12:30pm, Thu 19 Aug
Live online

Can a portrait ever capture the genuine essence of a person, or it’s simply what they want you to see? Join us as we ponder ‘masks versus the real McCoy!’

Bookings required
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton

Story time

A Story of Love

3:30pm, Fri 20 Aug
Live online

What does love mean to you? Where do we find love? What does love look like?

Bookings required

Evensong

To be rescheduled

Be uplifted by the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble directed by Tobias Cole (in the magnificent acoustics of the Gordon Darling Hall).

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman

Virtual Highlights tour

Is a Close up Personal?

12:30pm, Tue 24 Aug
Live online

Do portraits created in close up provoke an intimate insight into the sitters life and personality? Join us as we look at works in our collection that may be a window to their soul.

Bookings required
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin

Little Faces

August sessions cancelled

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Story time

The Best Worst Day Ever

3:30pm, Fri 27 Aug
Live online

Have you ever had a bad day? Turn that frown upside down and listen to the story of ‘The Best Worst Day Ever’ by Sophy Henn.

Bookings required
Kevin at Midnight, 2020 James J. Robinson
Kevin at Midnight, 2020 James J. Robinson
Kevin at Midnight, 2020 James J. Robinson
Kevin at Midnight, 2020 James J. Robinson

Living Memory panel discussion

12:30pm, Sat 28 Aug
Live online

Join us from wherever you are for a lively panel discussion about lockdown experiences across Australia, illustrated through some of the portraits in our exhibition Living Memory – National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021.

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

Virtual Highlights tour

Oh my word!

12:30pm, 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
Self portrait with Bottlebrush
Self portrait with Bottlebrush
Self portrait with Bottlebrush
Self portrait with Bottlebrush

Virtual highlights tour

Mirror in the frame

12:30pm, Tue 7 Sep
Live online

Mirror mirror on the wall, why is a mirror in the portrait at all? Join us as we interrogate this timeless question.

Bookings required
Looking to Pounce: Portrait Drawing
Looking to Pounce: Portrait Drawing
Looking to Pounce: Portrait Drawing
Looking to Pounce: Portrait Drawing

Looking to Pounce: Portrait Drawing

2:00pm, Sat 11 Sep
Live online

Join us from wherever you are for this free online drawing workshop with a unique focus on ways of looking and engaging with drawing as a process rather than the creation of a finished product.

Bookings required
Dr John Yu
Dr John Yu
Dr John Yu
Dr John Yu

Virtual highlights tour

BYO tour

12:30pm, Tue 14 Sep
Live online

Looking for a way to connect during lockdown? Why not conduct your own tour of the NPG for your friends and family?

Bookings required
Living Memory exhibition behind the scenes
Living Memory exhibition behind the scenes
Living Memory exhibition behind the scenes
Living Memory exhibition behind the scenes

Ask a Curator Day

All day, Wed 15 Sep 2021

Curious about a particular curiosity in the collection? Want to know more about what happens behind-the-scenes? Ask a Curator Day is your chance to find out!

Richard Roxburgh
Richard Roxburgh
Richard Roxburgh
Richard Roxburgh

In conversation

You choose the story!

12:30pm, Thu 16 Sep
Live online

In the very strange land where portraiture meets Choose Your Own Adventure meets Six Degrees of Separation meets Australian Idol, there you will find our Curator, Exhibitions; Penny Grist.

Bookings required
Kitiya Palaskas flower workshop
Kitiya Palaskas flower workshop
Kitiya Palaskas flower workshop
Kitiya Palaskas flower workshop

Bring on spring!

Kitiya Palaskas workshop

3:30pm, Fri 17 Sep
Live online

Create a flower using crafty materials in this hands-on online workshop, hosted by craft-based designer Kitiya Palaskas. It may not smell like roses, but will be everlasting!

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 20 Sep
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
Betty Churcher
Betty Churcher
Betty Churcher
Betty Churcher

Virtual highlights tour

Say, cheeeese!

12:30pm, Tue 21 Sep
Live online

Want to put a smile on your dial? Candid, genuine, warm, and joyous, these delightful smiles are sure to lift your spirits and brighten your day!

Bookings required
Martin Sharp
Martin Sharp
Martin Sharp
Martin Sharp

In conversation

Another pic on the wall

12:30pm, Thu 23 Sep
Live online

During National Week of Deaf People and on the International Day of Sign Languages, please join us for an Auslan interpreted program with Director Collections & Exhibitions, Sandra Bruce.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 27 Sep
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
Jim Conway
Jim Conway
Jim Conway
Jim Conway

Virtual highlights tour

Don't look back

12:30pm, Tue 28 Sep
Live online

The eyes have it! If the eyes are the windows to the soul, what can we find in a portrait where the eyes are closed?

Bookings required

Story time

The Best Worst Day Ever

11:00am, Wed 29 Sep
Live online

Have you ever had a bad day? Turn that frown upside down and listen to the story of ‘The Best Worst Day Ever’ by Sophy Henn.

Bookings required
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville during the install of Express Yourself
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville during the install of Express Yourself
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville during the install of Express Yourself
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville during the install of Express Yourself

In conversation

There and back again

12:30pm, Thu 30 Sep
Live online

Louise Cummins, our Travelling Exhibitions Coordinator will regale you with tales of journeys across the nation; from moving movie stars to Bathurst to baring all in Broken Hill.

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

Critters from coast to country

3:30pm, Fri 1 Oct
Live online

Discover some of the wonderful creatures that live in Australia and on our portraits. Birds, fish, marsupials, amphibians, snakes, lizards – we’ve got them all.

Bookings required
Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema
Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema
Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema
Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema

Capturing a global mood

National Portrait Galleries In Conversation

7:00pm, Tue 5 Oct
Live online

The power of the photograph and how the exhibitions Hold Still/Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize reflect identity and our shared human experiences at this unique point in history.

Bookings required
Study for portrait of Helen Garner
Study for portrait of Helen Garner
Study for portrait of Helen Garner
Study for portrait of Helen Garner

Virtual highlights tour

The starting line

12:30pm, Tue 5 Oct
Live online

Hey presto, it's done! Making a portrait is rarely so easy. Join us as we look at initial sketches of works in the collection, and get an insight into the creative process.

Bookings required
Mem Fox
Mem Fox
Mem Fox
Mem Fox

Story time

Possum Magic with Mem Fox

3:30pm, Fri 8 Oct
Live online

Looking to go on an adventure across Australia? Tune in for a reading of  the treasured classic, ‘Possum Magic’ read by Mem Fox.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 11 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

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
A Covid kind of day, 2020 Marzena Wasikowska
A Covid kind of day, 2020 Marzena Wasikowska
A Covid kind of day, 2020 Marzena Wasikowska
A Covid kind of day, 2020 Marzena Wasikowska

Studio visit

Marzena Wasikowska

To be rescheduled

Join us for a visit to the studio of Living Memory finalist, Marzena Wasikowska, where she will generously share aspects of her photographic practice.

Bookings closed

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
Mr Tim
Mr Tim
Mr Tim
Mr Tim

Drawn in

Celebrate Children’s Week with Mr Tim

To be rescheduled

Draw while listening to Mr Tim, he will excite and delight with his combination of rock, folk, funk, a touch of country and what can only be described as hypnotic Transylvanian polka.

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

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

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

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
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin

Little faces

10:30am, Wed 24 Nov until Fri 26 Nov

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

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
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa

Portrait Photography - How to Pose Everyday People

with Grace Costa: Photographic Artist

1:00pm, Sat 15 Jan

Join photographer Grace Costa in the Gallery as she shares practical portrait-posing skills for beginner or mid-career photographers.

Bookings required

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Friday 28 July 2023 – Sunday 27 July 2025

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