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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

Wednesday 1 June – Thursday 30 June 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
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
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard

Workshop

Wear, repair, repurpose

11:00am, Sat 4 Jun

Join Pure Pod founder, Kelli Donovan, and repurpose your own pair of jeans.

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 4 Jun until Sat 31 Dec

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

Bookings available
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

Film screening

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

3:00pm, Sun 5 Jun

The remarkable story of one of the true icons of our time, Vivienne Westwood. PG (2018), Directed by Lorna Tucker, 83min.

Bookings required
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard

Virtual Highlight Tour

Curator’s Curios

12:30pm, Tue 7 Jun
Live online

Come on a mystery tour to explore a few of Sandra Bruce’s (Director, Exhibitions & Collections) favourite British portraits in Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Bookings required
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist

World Oceans Day

Portraits of Australians who shaped the Marine Sciences

12:30pm, Wed 8 Jun
Live online

Come on a journey of exploration to celebrate World Oceans Day! Join artists Dr Sarah Kachovich, Megan Cope and Jiani Sheng in conversation with NPG Exhibitions Curator Penny Grist.

Bookings required
A Royal Hoopla
A Royal Hoopla
A Royal Hoopla
A Royal Hoopla

A Royal Hoopla

You’re invited to an outrageous party!

7:30pm, Fri 10 Jun

Calling all glam-punks, royal-rebels and glitzy-queens!

Bookings required
Uccellini Recorder Ensemble
Uccellini Recorder Ensemble
Uccellini Recorder Ensemble
Uccellini Recorder Ensemble

Drawn in

Uccellini Recorder Ensemble

1:00pm, Sun 12 Jun

Draw while listening to the Uccellini Recorder Ensemble.

The Queen
The Queen
The Queen
The Queen

Film screening

The Queen

3:00pm, Sun 12 Jun

Join us for our film series exploring themes, stories and lives celebrated in our special exhibition Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London.  

Bookings required
Frederick Burnaby, 1870 James Jacques Tissot
Frederick Burnaby, 1870 James Jacques Tissot
Frederick Burnaby, 1870 James Jacques Tissot
Frederick Burnaby, 1870 James Jacques Tissot

Virtual Highlights Tour

The Art of Dressing Up

12:30pm, Tue 14 Jun
Live online

Dive into the world of frills, feathers and fatigues as we discuss the importance of costume in Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Bookings required
The Capel Family, c. 1640 Cornelius Johnson
The Capel Family, c. 1640 Cornelius Johnson
The Capel Family, c. 1640 Cornelius Johnson
The Capel Family, c. 1640 Cornelius Johnson

Audio described tour

Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

1:00pm, Thu 16 Jun

Listen in on our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Join us in the Gallery as we explore artworks from our special exhibition, Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London with audio descriptions.

Bookings required
Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh), 1588 Unknown artist
Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh), 1588 Unknown artist
Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh), 1588 Unknown artist
Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh), 1588 Unknown artist

Virtual Highlights Tour

Dark demise

12:30pm, Tue 21 Jun
Live online

As we approach the end of our time with Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London, let’s get all spooky, light our candelabras and delve into the stories of those in the exhibition who met a gruesome, untimely end...

Bookings required
ACT Youth Orchestra
ACT Youth Orchestra
ACT Youth Orchestra
ACT Youth Orchestra

ACT Youth Orchestra

Best of British – from Walton to Winehouse, Finzi to Fab Four

6:00pm, Tue 21 Jun

Paying homage to musicians adorning our walls, the ACT Youth Orchestra will delight us with orchestral arrangements of Rehab by Amy Winehouse, Space Oddity by David Bowie, and some classics from the Beatles.

Bookings required
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman

Little Faces

Winter 2022

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

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

Bookings required
Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Exclusive Friends Preview

DPP/NPPP 2022

11:00am, 3:30pm, Thu 23 Jun

Join us for an exclusive preview of the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 for Friends.

Bookings required
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford

Darling Portrait Prize 2022

Exhibition opens 25 June

The Darling Portrait Prize is a national prize for Australian portrait painting honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015). The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

Bookings required
Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam
Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam
Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam
Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Exhibition opens 25 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.

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

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2022

Exhibition opens 25 June

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.

Bookings required
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

The National Portrait Prizes 2022

Exhibition opens 25 June

Experience the very best new portrait paintings and photographs from across Australia.

Bookings required
YGen to IGen Across Borders
YGen to IGen Across Borders
YGen to IGen Across Borders
YGen to IGen Across Borders

Dance performance

Connecting Stories: Generations

11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, Sat 25 Jun until Sun 26 Jun

A YGen to IGen Across Borders project by Newcastle’s Catapult Choreographic Hub, Canberra’s Australian Dance Party and QL2 Dance.

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

Virtual Highlights Tour

People in the portraits

12:30pm, Tue 28 Jun
Live online

Join us from wherever you are for a close look at a few of the stunning portraits in the brand new exhibition, Darling Portrait Prize 2022.

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

Unboxing the Bard

A Shakespeare to Winehouse Afternoon Tea

2:00pm, Wed 29 Jun

Join Joanna Gilmour, Sheridan Burnett and Penny Grist as they reveal the exclusive secrets behind bringing Shakespeare and his friends from London to Canberra.

Bookings required
Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen
Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen
Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen
Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen

Repainting History

In conversation with Jennifer Higgie

12:30pm, Thu 30 Jun
Live online

Join us from wherever you are for our Curator, Joanna Gilmour in conversation with Jennifer Higgie, author of ‘The Mirror and the Palette: Rebellion, Revolution, and Resilience, Five Hundred Years of Women’s Self Portraits’.

Bookings required

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