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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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Saturday 28 January – Thursday 23 February 2023

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
Marion Borgelt
Marion Borgelt
Marion Borgelt
Marion Borgelt

Time and Line

In Gallery Seven

Exhibition closes 19 February

Encompassing the 1820s to the 2020s, Time and Line showcases the depth and extent of our drawing collection.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

The work of art

In Galleries Eight and Nine

Exhibition closes 23 May

It takes a village to raise a creative! Get an insight into the often-unseen work and supporters needed for the arts to thrive. The work of art documents the creative process, evoke states of creativity and inspiration, and shows us clues about the subject’s own work from the way artists portray them.

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.

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman

At ease

In Gallery One

Exhibition closes 27 August

Enjoy, sit back, and relax with some of our favourites from the Gallery’s collection, where they find themselves expertly – and comfortably – captured by their artists.

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
Origami heart
Origami heart
Origami heart
Origami heart

Art Cart – WorldPride

Heart. Pride. Identity.

10:00am, Sat 4 Feb until Sun 5 Mar

Pop on your colourful kit and join us in the Gallery to celebrate WorldPride. Reflect on your identity and make a colourful flag or fold an origami pocket heart. This is a free activity for families, friends, anyone and everyone!

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
Warwick Thornton
Warwick Thornton
Warwick Thornton
Warwick Thornton

Virtual Highlights Tour

See the sea

12:30pm, Tue 14 Feb
Live online

Already longing to be back at the beach, swimming in the swell or riding a wave? Grab your sunscreen and join us to look at some of our favourite portraits of fellow sea lovers.

Bookings required

Screening

Creative Couples – Will and Garrett

10:00am, Fri 17 Feb until Sun 5 Mar

What makes creative couples tick? These short videos reveal an intimate portrait of the Huxleys, a unique couple whose romantic and creative lives intersect with chemistry, hard work, tension and magic.

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

More events

Friday 24 February – Wednesday 22 March 2023
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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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