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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

Monday 31 October – Monday 28 November 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.

Maria
Maria
Maria
Maria

WHO ARE YOU

Australian portraiture

Exhibition closes 29 January

Featuring 130 works across painting, film, photography, screen printing, sculpture, and then some – it explores our inner worlds, outer selves, intimacy, isolation, celebrity and more.

Maria
Maria
Maria
Maria

WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture tour

11:15am, Sat 1 Oct until Sun 29 Jan

Join us in the Gallery for this free 30-minute tour exploring the exciting new exhibition WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture.

Bookings available
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

2:15pm, Daily until Sat 31 Dec

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

Bookings available
Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto

Come alive 22

Fri 28, Sat 29, Mon 31 Oct, Tue 1, Wed 2 Nov 2:00–3:30pm AEST

Young people explore the stories in our cultural institutions as part of the COME ALIVE Festival of Museum Theatre.

Bookings required
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Friday Focus

Who Are You?

9:30am, Fri 4 Nov
Live online

Book your class in for a 15 minute session to learn more about some of the artworks on display in WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture.

Bookings required
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Friday Focus

Who Are You?

9:30am, Fri 11 Nov
Live online

Book your class in for a 15 minute session to learn more about some of the artworks on display in WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture.

Bookings required
Smith & Jones
Smith & Jones
Smith & Jones
Smith & Jones

Drawn in

Smith & Jones

1:00pm, Sun 13 Nov

Draw while listening to Smith & Jones, made up of keyboard player and vocalist Abby Smith, and guitarist and vocalist Sophie Jones.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Friday Focus

Who Are You?

9:30am, Fri 18 Nov
Live online

Book your class in for a 15 minute session to learn more about some of the artworks on display in WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture.

Bookings required
Corroboree, or Dance of the Natives of New South Wales
Corroboree, or Dance of the Natives of New South Wales
Corroboree, or Dance of the Natives of New South Wales
Corroboree, or Dance of the Natives of New South Wales

Audio described tour

1:00pm, Fri 18 Nov

Join us in the Gallery as we explore the collection with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Sighted companions and guide dogs are more than welcome.

Bookings required
Senator Bonner
Senator Bonner
Senator Bonner
Senator Bonner

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 23 Nov

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

Bookings required
Senator Bonner
Senator Bonner
Senator Bonner
Senator Bonner

Little Faces

10:30am, Thu 24 Nov

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

Bookings required
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Friday Focus

Who Are You?

9:30am, Fri 25 Nov
Live online

Book your class in for a 15 minute session to learn more about some of the artworks on display in WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture.

Bookings required
Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market

Undercurrent

5:00pm, Fri 25 Nov

It’s back baby! The Undercurrent Design Market showcases an array of contemporary, leading-edge, Australian-made design treats.

Senator Bonner
Senator Bonner
Senator Bonner
Senator Bonner

Little Faces

9:30am, 10:30am, Fri 25 Nov

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

Bookings required
Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market

Undercurrent

10:00am, Sat 26 Nov

It’s back baby! The Undercurrent Design Market showcases an array of contemporary, leading-edge, Australian-made design treats.

Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market

Undercurrent

10:00am, Sun 27 Nov

It’s back baby! The Undercurrent Design Market showcases an array of contemporary, leading-edge, Australian-made design treats.

More events

Tuesday 29 November – Tuesday 27 December 2022
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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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