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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

Friday 12 August – Wednesday 31 August 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.

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 Fri 30 Sep

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

Bookings available
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford

Darling Portrait Prize 2022

Exhibition closes 9 October

The Darling Portrait Prize is a biennial 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 closes 9 October

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 closes 9 October

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 closes 9 October

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

Bookings required
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell

The National Portrait Prizes 2022 Tour

2:15pm, Mon 18 Jul until Sun 9 Oct

Join us in the Gallery as we share the stories behind the photographs and paintings in the National Photographic Portrait Prize, Darling Portrait Prize and Little Darlings.

Bookings available
Tactile selves
Tactile selves
Tactile selves
Tactile selves

Tactile Selves Workshop

Professional Learning program for teachers

3:30pm, Fri 12 Aug

Boost your creativity and build a toolkit of practical strategies to develop positive creative learning experiences for your students.

Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell

Looking at the NPPP22

12:30pm, Mon 15 Aug
Live online

An opportunity to take it slow, come together as a community, engaging with art and each other.

Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist

Virtual Highlights Tour

Penny Sackett’s Science Week

12:30pm, Tue 16 Aug
Live online

Join Professor Penny Sackett (That’s right! One of our very own, esteemed sitters!) as she discusses all things science and portraits as we celebrate National Science Week.

Bookings required
Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman

Audio described tour

1:00pm, Wed 17 Aug

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
Keenan, 2021 Emma Pegrum
Keenan, 2021 Emma Pegrum
Keenan, 2021 Emma Pegrum
Keenan, 2021 Emma Pegrum

Looking at the NPPP22

12:30pm, Mon 22 Aug
Live online

An opportunity to take it slow, come together as a community, engaging with art and each other.

Bookings required
Une Femme Amoureuse, Self portrait as Mireille Mathieu, 2022 Yvette Coppersmith
Une Femme Amoureuse, Self portrait as Mireille Mathieu, 2022 Yvette Coppersmith
Une Femme Amoureuse, Self portrait as Mireille Mathieu, 2022 Yvette Coppersmith
Une Femme Amoureuse, Self portrait as Mireille Mathieu, 2022 Yvette Coppersmith

Virtual Highlights Tour

Eye on the Prize

12:30pm, Tue 23 Aug
Live online

Think you know better than the judges? Join in on the debate as we weigh up the complexities of a judged art prize while looking at the Darling Portrait Prize finalists.

Bookings required
Little faces
Little faces
Little faces
Little faces

Little Faces

Winter 2022

10:30am, Wed 24 Aug until Fri 26 Aug

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

Bookings required
Mr. Zee, 2021 Luke Ray
Mr. Zee, 2021 Luke Ray
Mr. Zee, 2021 Luke Ray
Mr. Zee, 2021 Luke Ray

Looking at the NPPP22

12:30pm, Mon 29 Aug
Live online

An opportunity to take it slow, come together as a community, engaging with art and each other.

Bookings required
The hoodie, 2021 Jacob Nash
The hoodie, 2021 Jacob Nash
The hoodie, 2021 Jacob Nash
The hoodie, 2021 Jacob Nash

Virtual Highlights Tour

Power and Pride

12:30pm, Tue 30 Aug
Live online

Join us as we take just three powerful portraits from the fabulous National Photograph Portrait Prize and celebrate First Nations photographers and their sitters.

Bookings required

More events

Thursday 1 September – Tuesday 20 September 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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