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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.

Live online

Tuesday 28 March 2023 – Friday 28 March 2025

Explore the collection from the comfort of you loungeroom. Join us for free, interactive, virtual collection tours. Examine portraits in depth with Gallery Educators delivered via Zoom, and chat, comment and ask questions just like the IRL experience. Videos of selected previous events are available too.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Virtual Highlight Tour

Evelyn, Stella & Nora

12:30pm, Tue 14 May
Live online

Join curator Dr Emma Kindred as she explores self-portraiture through the eyes of Evelyn Chapman, Stella Bowen (who would have celebrated her 131st birthday this Thursday) and Nora Heysen.

Bookings required
Marilyn, Marlene and Kelvin Kong
Marilyn, Marlene and Kelvin Kong
Marilyn, Marlene and Kelvin Kong
Marilyn, Marlene and Kelvin Kong

Virtual Highlight Tour

Love Cultural Diversity

12:30pm, Tue 21 May
Live online

Love the world we are in with portraits from the collection that celebrate the message behind World Day for Cultural Diversity.

Bookings required
Lowitja O'Donoghue
Lowitja O'Donoghue
Lowitja O'Donoghue
Lowitja O'Donoghue

Virtual Highlight Tour

Now More Than Ever

12:30pm, Tue 28 May
Live online

Join us as we take a special tour around the gallery spaces and explore the theme of National Reconciliation Week 2024: Now More than Ever.

Bookings required
Peter Allen
Peter Allen
Peter Allen
Peter Allen

Virtual Highlight Tour

Pride in Portraiture

12:30pm, Tue 4 Jun
Live online

Art has been central to self-expression for thousands of generations. Join us this week as we celebrate the start of Pride Month by exploring LGBTQIA+ identities and stories from the Gallery’s collection.

Bookings required
Caroline Jones
Caroline Jones
Caroline Jones
Caroline Jones

Virtual Highlight Tour

Outfit Of The Day

12:30pm, Tue 11 Jun
Live online

The social media hashtag #OOTD, or ’Outfit Of The Day’, is a celebration of clothing as a daily form of self-expression.

Bookings required
Marjorie Jackson
Marjorie Jackson
Marjorie Jackson
Marjorie Jackson

Virtual Highlight Tour

Come Fly with Me

12:30pm, Tue 18 Jun
Live online

Grab your press pass and keep your boarding pass handy as we check in with three press portraits from the collection, all taken at an airport.

Bookings required
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

Virtual Highlight Tour

Curator's introduction: National Photographic Portrait Prize 2024

12:30pm, Tue 25 Jun
Live online

Join curator Magda Keaney on a tour of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2024.

Bookings required
Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) and Lowitja O’Donoghue at the opening of the inaugural National Aboriginal Conference, Canberra
Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) and Lowitja O’Donoghue at the opening of the inaugural National Aboriginal Conference, Canberra
Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) and Lowitja O’Donoghue at the opening of the inaugural National Aboriginal Conference, Canberra
Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) and Lowitja O’Donoghue at the opening of the inaugural National Aboriginal Conference, Canberra

Virtual Highlight Tour

Keep the Fire Burning

12:30pm, Tue 2 Jul
Live online

Celebrate the contributions, achievements and enduring strength of First Nations people represented in the National Portrait Collection.

Bookings required

Virtual Highlight Tour

Curator's introduction: Darling Portrait Prize

12:30pm, Tue 9 Jul
Live online

Join curator Dr Emma Kindred on a virtual tour of the Darling Portrait Prize, where she will examine the approaches and techniques used by artists to capture their sitters.

Bookings required
Fred Hollows
Fred Hollows
Fred Hollows
Fred Hollows

Virtual Highlight Tour

The Good Doctor

12:30pm, Tue 16 Jul
Live online

Join us as we take a deep dive into the achievements and remarkable lives of eminent medical researchers and doctors in the collection.

Bookings required
The National Portrait Gallery building
The National Portrait Gallery building
The National Portrait Gallery building
The National Portrait Gallery building

Virtual Highlight Tour

Staff Favourites

12:30pm, Tue 23 Jul
Live online

Join us as our team share some of their favourite portraits that are currently on view in the Gallery.

Bookings required
Herb and Flan
Herb and Flan
Herb and Flan
Herb and Flan

Virtual Highlight Tour

What’s in a story?

12:30pm, Tue 30 Jul
Live online

In this program, we explore portraits of renowned Australian authors and how artists have represented them.

Bookings required

More events

Saturday 29 March 2025 – Tuesday 30 March 2027
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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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