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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

Thursday 16 September 2021 – Saturday 16 September 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
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.

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.

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.

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

Mondays in September, October and November 12:30pm–1:30pm AEST Starting 20 September
Live online

Join us and take it slow. Collaborate on the narrative and share ideas, connections and questions about portraits from the NPG.

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

Mondays in September, October and November 12:30pm–1:30pm AEST Starting 20 September
Live online

Join us and take it slow. Collaborate on the narrative and share ideas, connections and questions about portraits from the NPG.

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
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
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

Mondays in September, October and November 12:30pm–1:30pm AEST Starting 20 September
Live online

Join us and take it slow. Collaborate on the narrative and share ideas, connections and questions about portraits from the NPG.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

Mondays in September, October and November 12:30pm–1:30pm AEST Starting 20 September
Live online

Join us and take it slow. Collaborate on the narrative and share ideas, connections and questions about portraits from the NPG.

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

Mondays in September, October and November 12:30pm–1:30pm AEST Starting 20 September
Live online

Join us and take it slow. Collaborate on the narrative and share ideas, connections and questions about portraits from the NPG.

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

Mondays in September, October and November 12:30pm–1:30pm AEST Starting 20 September
Live online

Join us and take it slow. Collaborate on the narrative and share ideas, connections and questions about portraits from the NPG.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

Mondays in September, October and November 12:30pm–1:30pm AEST Starting 20 September
Live online

Join us and take it slow. Collaborate on the narrative and share ideas, connections and questions about portraits from the NPG.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

Mondays in September, October and November 12:30pm–1:30pm AEST Starting 20 September
Live online

Join us and take it slow. Collaborate on the narrative and share ideas, connections and questions about portraits from the NPG.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

Mondays in September, October and November 12:30pm–1:30pm AEST Starting 20 September
Live online

Join us and take it slow. Collaborate on the narrative and share ideas, connections and questions about portraits from the NPG.

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

Mondays in September, October and November 12:30pm–1:30pm AEST Starting 20 September
Live online

Join us and take it slow. Collaborate on the narrative and share ideas, connections and questions about portraits from the NPG.

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

More events

Sunday 17 September 2023 – Tuesday 16 September 2025

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