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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 1 March – Monday 28 March 2022

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

Exhibition open every day

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

Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)

Collection Highlights Tour

11:15am, 2:15pm, Daily until Fri 11 Mar

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

Bookings available
Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner
Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner
Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner
Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner

Virtual highlights tour

Daredevil drivers

12:30pm, Tue 1 Mar
Live online

Do you feel the need … the need for speed? Well, click in your seatbelt and join us at pole position for a high-octane adventure to meet some of Australia’s most daredevil drivers!

Bookings required
The Bold Festival
The Bold Festival
The Bold Festival
The Bold Festival

The Bold Festival

Goddess

3:00pm, Fri 4 Mar
Onsite and live online

Stretch up and join us in the Gallery for a series of short performances by some of Australia's leading performing artists.

Bookings required
Michael Hutchence
Michael Hutchence
Michael Hutchence
Michael Hutchence

Virtual highlights tour

Polly wants a cracker photo

12:30pm, Tue 8 Mar
Live online

Join us online as we explore photographic portraits by Polly Borland. Explore her unique artist eye by deeply looking at four fellow ex-pats who ventured to England for bigger and brighter things.

Bookings required
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor

Shakespeare to Winehouse

Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Exhibition opens 12 March

From Shakespeare to Winehouse, Darwin to Dickens, the Beatles, Brontë sisters and Beckham, the National Portrait Gallery London holds the world’s most extensive collection of portraits.

Bookings required
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)

Collection Highlights Tour

11:15am, Daily from Sat 12 Mar until Thu 26 May

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

Bookings available
Professor Terence Tao
Professor Terence Tao
Professor Terence Tao
Professor Terence Tao

Virtual highlights tour

A Pi in your face

12:30pm, Tue 15 Mar
Live online

Join us from wherever you are as we celebrate International Pi Day (3/14 … get it?!), oh but a day late because it was cooling on the windowsill.

Bookings required
Self portrait, c. 1770–75  by Angelica Kauffmann
Self portrait, c. 1770–75  by Angelica Kauffmann
Self portrait, c. 1770–75  by Angelica Kauffmann
Self portrait, c. 1770–75  by Angelica Kauffmann

In Conversation with Jo Gilmour

Shakespeare to Winehouse

12:30pm, Thu 17 Mar
Live online

The thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to: six centuries, seven stories, 500 years of British history.

Bookings required
The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë), c. 1834 Patrick Branwell Brontë
The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë), c. 1834 Patrick Branwell Brontë
The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë), c. 1834 Patrick Branwell Brontë
The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë), c. 1834 Patrick Branwell Brontë

Virtual highlights tour

Paper dreams

12:30pm, Tue 22 Mar
Live online

Join us online as we explore some remarkable stories from, Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Bookings required
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily

Little faces

10:30am, Wed 23 Mar until Fri 25 Mar

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

Bookings required
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Drawn in

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1:00pm, Sun 27 Mar

Draw while listening to nonbinarycode – two unique humans who grew up on a diet of grunge, punk and stadium rock.

Untitled#15 (Kylie Minogue performs at Tour of Duty concert at Dili Stadium, East Timor, 21 December 1999)
Untitled#15 (Kylie Minogue performs at Tour of Duty concert at Dili Stadium, East Timor, 21 December 1999)
Untitled#15 (Kylie Minogue performs at Tour of Duty concert at Dili Stadium, East Timor, 21 December 1999)
Untitled#15 (Kylie Minogue performs at Tour of Duty concert at Dili Stadium, East Timor, 21 December 1999)

Professional training

Voice Training Workshop

4:00pm, Mon 28 Mar

Join NIDA-trained actor and teacher, Karen Vickery, Director of Access and Learning, for a workshop full of tips and exercises to protect your most important asset: your voice!

Bookings required

More events

Tuesday 29 March – Monday 25 April 2022
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