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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

Sunday 1 May – Tuesday 31 May 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.

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 closes 17 July

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 until Thu 26 May

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

Bookings available
Transcendence, Tobias Cole
Transcendence, Tobias Cole
Transcendence, Tobias Cole
Transcendence, Tobias Cole

Voices of London

12:00pm, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, Sun 1 May

Taking inspiration from market seller’s calls, Tobias Cole and his ensemble, Transcendence, create a soundscape that evokes the energy, chaos, excitement and charm of London’s West End.

Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage

Virtual highlights tour

London Calling

12:30pm, Tue 3 May
Live online

Hello operator, this is London calling. One minute, I’ll put you through. Join us like a telephonist to eavesdrop on conversations about collection works that have London ties.

Bookings required
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland

Film screening

Alice in Wonderland

3:00pm, Sun 8 May

After watching a scurrying rabbit in a waistcoat, Alice, a young and curious girl, follows him down his hole to Wonderland, and meets an array of anthropomorphic creatures who defy logic and reason. G (1951), Directed by Clyde Geronimi.

Bookings required
Rhythm Syndicate
Rhythm Syndicate
Rhythm Syndicate
Rhythm Syndicate

Rhythm Syndicate

1:30pm, Sun 8 May

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Rhythm Syndicate’s musical offering of high energy jazz classics.

Rosie Batty
Rosie Batty
Rosie Batty
Rosie Batty

Virtual highlights tour

Magnificent Mums

12:30pm, Tue 10 May
Live online

With Mother’s Day in mind, join us as we join you from our Women Make History collection hang.

Bookings required
Cashews
Cashews
Cashews
Cashews

Drawn in

The Cashews

1:00pm, Sun 15 May

Draw while listening to Canberra duo, the Cashews.

Ed Sheeran, 2016 Colin Davidson
Ed Sheeran, 2016 Colin Davidson
Ed Sheeran, 2016 Colin Davidson
Ed Sheeran, 2016 Colin Davidson

In conversation

Colin Davidson

12:30pm, Mon 16 May
Live online

Join us from wherever you are as Belfast-based artist, Colin Davidson talks about the fortuitous happenstances that led to him painting a range of famous faces (from Brad Pitt to the Queen, and everyone in between!)

Bookings required
Turia Pitt
Turia Pitt
Turia Pitt
Turia Pitt

Virtual highlights tour

All Access

12:30pm, Tue 17 May
Live online

Join us for a closer look into how three portraits from our collection depict diverse Australians and their different accessibility requirements. We'll be celebrating their art and impact on greater society.

Bookings required
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis

Postponed: In Conversation with Helen Ennis

Changing spaces: Portraiture and photography in Shakespeare to Winehouse

2:00pm, Sat 21 May
Onsite and live online

Join Australian photography curator, historian and writer, Helen Ennis for a conversation about photographers challenging the conventions of personal and public space in their portraits.

Bookings closed
Anna May Wong, 1929 Dorothy Wilding
Anna May Wong, 1929 Dorothy Wilding
Anna May Wong, 1929 Dorothy Wilding
Anna May Wong, 1929 Dorothy Wilding

Virtual highlights tour

Head, Shoulders, Knees and… shawls

12:30pm, Tue 24 May
Live online

Let’s discuss what is happening in and out of the image in a fun investigation discovering portraiture tropes from 1929 onwards.

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 25 May until Fri 27 May

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

Bookings required
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes

Reconciliation week tours

11:15am, Fri 27 May until Fri 3 Jun

To celebrate Reconciliation week, our free highlights tours will reflect on Australia’s history of challenges and change, and the people who drove us forward.

Bookings available
Wenten Rubuntja
Wenten Rubuntja
Wenten Rubuntja
Wenten Rubuntja

Virtual highlights tour

Be Brave. Make Change.

12:30pm, Tue 31 May
Live online

Join Associate Curator, Rebecca Ray and Curator, Collection & Research, Joanna Gilmour as they explore First Nations activists in our collection, celebrating their continual culture, identity, strength and resilience.

Bookings required

More events

Wednesday 1 June – Friday 1 July 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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