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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.

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Tuesday 29 November 2022 – Friday 29 November 2024

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, Daily 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 Sun 29 Jan

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

Bookings available
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
Rhythm Syndicate choir standing together on stage
Rhythm Syndicate choir standing together on stage
Rhythm Syndicate choir standing together on stage
Rhythm Syndicate choir standing together on stage

To the moon and back again in time for Christmas

Presented by Rhythm Syndicate

1:00pm, Sun 4 Dec

Join local jazz vocal group Rhythm Syndicate in the Gallery as they take you on an enchanting journey through some jazz, pop and Christmas greats of the music world.

Mike Parr
Mike Parr
Mike Parr
Mike Parr

MCA Artist’s Voice: Mike Parr (2006)

Film Screening

2:30pm, Sun 4 Dec

Join us in the gallery to discover more about Mike Parr’s broad interdisciplinary practice, and his thoughts on portraiture, self and expression.

Bookings available
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
Children doing activities at a table in the gallery
Children doing activities at a table in the gallery
Children doing activities at a table in the gallery
Children doing activities at a table in the gallery

Family space

Who am I?

10:00am, Sat 17 Dec until Mon 30 Jan

We have free creative activities for families to enjoy together inspired by WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture.

Bella Groove
Bella Groove
Bella Groove
Bella Groove

Drawn in

Bella Groove

1:00pm, Wed 28 Dec

Draw while listening to Bella Groove as they play an assortment of originals alongside familiar jazz and blues tunes.

Salar Ayoubi
Salar Ayoubi
Salar Ayoubi
Salar Ayoubi

Drawn in

Salar Ayoubi

1:00pm, Mon 2 Jan

Draw while listening to live music performed by Salar Ayoubi. Salar is an Iranian oud player, playing Persian and Kurdish songs.

Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play

Portrait Play

My favourite things

10:30am, Tue 3 Jan until Fri 27 Jan

Join us in the Gallery this school holidays and explore portraits of people with the things they love.

Bookings required
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman

Audio described tour

1:00pm, Wed 11 Jan

Join us in the Gallery as we explore WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

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, 1:00pm, Mon 16 Jan

Listen to a lively reading of Do you want to meet your grandma? by author SV Middleby, followed by some creative craft activities.

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
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

10:30am, Thu 19 Jan until Fri 20 Jan

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

Bookings required
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water

Culture Cruise

Presented by Australian Dance Party

10:30am, Sat 21 Jan

Travel via lake cruise on the stunning Lake Burley Griffin to Canberra's premiere cultural destinations: The National Portrait Gallery and The National Museum of Australia.

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
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water

Culture Cruise

Presented by Australian Dance Party

10:30am, Sat 28 Jan

Travel via lake cruise on the stunning Lake Burley Griffin to Canberra's premiere cultural destinations: The National Portrait Gallery and The National Museum of Australia.

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, 2:15pm, Daily from Mon 30 Jan until Thu 9 Mar

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

Bookings available
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water

Culture Cruise

Presented by Australian Dance Party

10:30am, Sat 4 Feb

Travel via lake cruise on the stunning Lake Burley Griffin to Canberra's premiere cultural destinations: The National Portrait Gallery and The National Museum of Australia.

Bookings required
Irina Baronova (handing on the baton)
Irina Baronova (handing on the baton)
Irina Baronova (handing on the baton)
Irina Baronova (handing on the baton)

Virtual Highlights Tour

Beyond the blackboard: Inspiring educators

12:30pm, Tue 7 Feb
Live online

After long summer holidays, we’re heading back to class to meet some inspiring educators and celebrate some teachers from the collection who changed our lives. Hat, drink bottle and lunch optional.

Bookings required
Aerial view of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ new SANAA-designed building, 2022
Aerial view of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ new SANAA-designed building, 2022
Aerial view of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ new SANAA-designed building, 2022
Aerial view of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ new SANAA-designed building, 2022

State-of-the-Art

Discover the art and architecture of Sydney Modern

7:00am, Thu 9 Feb

Join us for a day trip to see the transformation of the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW).

Bookings required
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman

Audio described tour

1:00pm, Fri 17 Feb

Join us in the Gallery as we explore our collection with audio descriptions for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Bookings required
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.

Drawn in

Pop Up Choir

1:00pm, Sun 19 Feb

Draw while listening to the Pop Up Choir, singing songs that will leave your toes tapping and heart full.

Ian Thorpe
Ian Thorpe
Ian Thorpe
Ian Thorpe

Virtual Highlights Tour

Nude dudes

12:30pm, Tue 21 Feb
Live online

Join us – clothed or with your camera off – as we discuss the queer history of nude dudes in art.

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 22 Feb until Fri 24 Feb

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

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

9:30am, Fri 24 Feb

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

Bookings required
Minna Gilligan
Minna Gilligan
Minna Gilligan
Minna Gilligan

Workshop - Minna Gilligan

Collage and colour

10:30am, Sat 25 Feb

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

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
Two people at a bench covered in sheets of paper in a room with a wooden floor and a large brown couch
Two people at a bench covered in sheets of paper in a room with a wooden floor and a large brown couch
Two people at a bench covered in sheets of paper in a room with a wooden floor and a large brown couch
Two people at a bench covered in sheets of paper in a room with a wooden floor and a large brown couch

Enlighten

Spirits Shapeshifting

8:00pm, Fri 3 Mar until Mon 13 Mar

Spirits Shapeshifting blends watercolour and digital animation to bring vibrant beings to life amid botanical dreamscapes, atmospheric skies and kaleidoscopic visions.

Ian Frazer
Ian Frazer
Ian Frazer
Ian Frazer

Virtual Highlights Tour

An opportunity taken

12:30pm, Tue 7 Mar
Live online

Join us as we celebrate science with a social conscious. We’ll be focusing on those in our collection who grabbed the opportunity to improve the quality of women’s health across the world.

Bookings required
Portrait23: Identity logo
Portrait23: Identity logo
Portrait23: Identity logo
Portrait23: Identity logo

Portrait23: Identity

Exhibition opens 10 March

Portraiture. Not as you know it. We invite you to stretch, push, resist and transcend portraiture’s conventional constraints.

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

12:15pm, Daily from Fri 10 Mar until Wed 31 May

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

Bookings available
Four works from Happy Australian, 2022 Vipoo Srivilasa
Four works from Happy Australian, 2022 Vipoo Srivilasa
Four works from Happy Australian, 2022 Vipoo Srivilasa
Four works from Happy Australian, 2022 Vipoo Srivilasa

Workshop

Handmade Eleganza Extravaganza Paper Doll with Vipoo Srivilasa!

2:00pm, Sat 11 Mar
Live online

Unleash your creative side and show the world your unique style with a handmade paper doll!

Bookings required
Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize
Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize
Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize
Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2023

Exhibition opens 25 March

Little Darlings is for primary and secondary students, with four separate categories across Kindergarten to Year 12. Responding to the theme ‘identity’, students painted, drew, photographed, printed or combined all of these to make their portrait.

Nine square images of previous winners of the National Photographic Portrait Prize
Nine square images of previous winners of the National Photographic Portrait Prize
Nine square images of previous winners of the National Photographic Portrait Prize
Nine square images of previous winners of the National Photographic Portrait Prize

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023

Exhibition opens 17 June

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. Entries are now open!

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Saturday 30 November 2024 – Tuesday 1 December 2026
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