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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

Wednesday 5 October 2022 – Saturday 5 October 2024

Explore the collection from the comfort of you loungeroom. Join us for free, interactive, virtual collection tours. Examine portraits in depth with Gallery Educators delivered via Zoom, and chat, comment and ask questions just like the IRL experience. Videos of selected previous events are available too.

Big Fella Rain
Big Fella Rain
Big Fella Rain
Big Fella Rain

Story time online

Big Fella Rain

10:30am, Thu 6 Oct
Live online

Big Fella Rain is a celebration of the transition from dry season to wet season in a country that is like no other place in the world.

Bookings required
Man with two lives, 2021 Caroline Zilinsky
Man with two lives, 2021 Caroline Zilinsky
Man with two lives, 2021 Caroline Zilinsky
Man with two lives, 2021 Caroline Zilinsky

Walking a fine line

Line drawing with Caroline Zilinsky

10:30am, Sat 8 Oct
Live online

Join Darling Portrait Prize 2022 finalist Caroline Zilinsky in a deep dive into drawing, focussing on the importance of line in creating a portrait.

Bookings required
Annette Kellerman
Annette Kellerman
Annette Kellerman
Annette Kellerman

Virtual Highlights Tour

Once Upon A Time

12:30pm, Tue 11 Oct
Live online

Take a journey with us as we uncover princesses, mermaids, and magicians of the movie screen in the enchanted forests of the gallery collection.

Bookings required
Jessie with doll, 1897 Hugh Ramsay
Jessie with doll, 1897 Hugh Ramsay
Jessie with doll, 1897 Hugh Ramsay
Jessie with doll, 1897 Hugh Ramsay

Virtual Highlights Tour

Back in the Day

12:30pm, Tue 18 Oct
Live online

What stands out as a childhood memory for you? What advice would you give your younger self knowing what you know now?

Bookings required
Portrait of some rocks, 1948 Lloyd Rees AC CMG
Portrait of some rocks, 1948 Lloyd Rees AC CMG
Portrait of some rocks, 1948 Lloyd Rees AC CMG
Portrait of some rocks, 1948 Lloyd Rees AC CMG

Virtual Highlights Tour

Face off

12:30pm, Tue 25 Oct
Live online

Does an artwork need to have a face in it to be considered a portrait? Spoiler alert, no! Join us as we unpack what really is – or isn’t - important for a portrait, featuring works from WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture.

Bookings required
Terry Snow and China
Terry Snow and China
Terry Snow and China
Terry Snow and China

Virtual Highlights Tour

With a little help from my friends

12:30pm, Tue 1 Nov
Live online

Friends are the family you choose! Join Circle of Friends Coordinator Tazmin Kip and explore some of our favourite portraits of best mates, chums and bffs from our collection.

Bookings required
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra

Virtual Highlights Tour

Take a seat

12:30pm, Tue 15 Nov
Live online

Pull up a chair or kick back on your sofa! Join us as we lounge with some seated sitters in the collection (see what we did there?).

Bookings required
Nest, 2006 Patricia Piccinini
Nest, 2006 Patricia Piccinini
Nest, 2006 Patricia Piccinini
Nest, 2006 Patricia Piccinini

Virtual Highlights Tour

Surprise me!

12:30pm, Tue 22 Nov
Live online

Here at the NPG, we love surprises. Come along with us as we are delighted, enraptured and puzzled by some of the more ‘out of the box’ portraits in WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture.

Bookings required
Ned Kelly death mask
Ned Kelly death mask
Ned Kelly death mask
Ned Kelly death mask

Virtual Highlights Tour

Ned’s Heads

12:30pm, Tue 29 Nov
Live online

Join us to discuss Ned Kelly - the man and the myth. Exploring a small selection of portraits of the famous bushranger we will mount our interpretive saddles and ride off into the portraits.

Bookings required
Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy
Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy
Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy
Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy

Virtual Highlights Tour

Celebrate!

12:30pm, Tue 6 Dec
Live online

With the holiday season fast upon us let us get in the festive spirit with portraits that Celebrate! Join us for a dash of joy, a sprinkle of fun and a measure of merry.

Bookings required
Do you want to meet your Grandma?
Do you want to meet your Grandma?
Do you want to meet your Grandma?
Do you want to meet your Grandma?

Story time

Do you want to meet your Grandma?

10:30am, Tue 17 Jan
Live online

Listen online to a lively reading of Do you want to meet your grandma? by author SV Middleby, then create your own visual response with materials found around the house.

Bookings required
Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011
Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011
Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011
Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011

Workshop – TextaQueen

We don’t need another hero

1:00pm, Sun 22 Jan
Live online

Join us online for a vibrant workshop with artist TextaQueen! Discover more about their art practice before grabbing your own Textas and creating a movie-inspired poster about fighting oppression. Right on!

Bookings required
Minna Gilligan
Minna Gilligan
Minna Gilligan
Minna Gilligan

Workshop - Minna Gilligan

Collage and colour

1:30pm, Sat 25 Feb
Live online

Join us online with artist Minna Gilligan for a creative workshop exploring the story telling powers of colour and collage.

Bookings required

More events

Sunday 6 October 2024 – Wednesday 7 October 2026
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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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