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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 30 May 2023 – Friday 30 May 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.

blood/memory: Brenda & Christopher I (Gurindji/Malngin/Mudburra; Mara/Nandi/Njarrindjerri/Ritharrngu; Anglo-Australian/Chinese/German/Irish/Scot) 2021, 2022 Brenda L Croft, Prue Hazelgrove (Photographic Assistant)
blood/memory: Brenda & Christopher I (Gurindji/Malngin/Mudburra; Mara/Nandi/Njarrindjerri/Ritharrngu; Anglo-Australian/Chinese/German/Irish/Scot) 2021, 2022 Brenda L Croft, Prue Hazelgrove (Photographic Assistant)
blood/memory: Brenda & Christopher I (Gurindji/Malngin/Mudburra; Mara/Nandi/Njarrindjerri/Ritharrngu; Anglo-Australian/Chinese/German/Irish/Scot) 2021, 2022 Brenda L Croft, Prue Hazelgrove (Photographic Assistant)
blood/memory: Brenda & Christopher I (Gurindji/Malngin/Mudburra; Mara/Nandi/Njarrindjerri/Ritharrngu; Anglo-Australian/Chinese/German/Irish/Scot) 2021, 2022 Brenda L Croft, Prue Hazelgrove (Photographic Assistant)

Virtual Highlight Tour

Returning our gaze

12:30pm, Tue 19 Sep
Live online

Our National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023 series ends with Brenda L Croft in conversation with our Learning Manager, Krysia Kitch.

Bookings required
Margaret Fulton
Margaret Fulton
Margaret Fulton
Margaret Fulton

Virtual Highlight Tour

Back in Time for a Dinner Party

12:30pm, Tue 26 Sep
Live online

Dig out your Woman’s Weekly Dinner Party Cookbook, sit down with an after-dinner mint and enjoy this week’s tour.

Bookings required
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown

Virtual Highlight Tour

Floral Portraits

12:30pm, Tue 3 Oct
Live online

Take your antihistamines and join us as we flounce into spring by looking at floral patterns in a bunch of portraits. Try not to sneeze!

Bookings required
The Chalk Rainbow by Deborah Kelly and Gwynneth Jones
The Chalk Rainbow by Deborah Kelly and Gwynneth Jones
The Chalk Rainbow by Deborah Kelly and Gwynneth Jones
The Chalk Rainbow by Deborah Kelly and Gwynneth Jones

Story Time Online

The Chalk Rainbow

11:00am, Wed 4 Oct
Live online

Celebrate difference and diversity by listening to a reading of The Chalk Rainbow by Deborah Kelly and Gwynneth Jones. After hearing this story about Zane who has Autism, you’ll have the chance to make a colourful creative response.

Bookings required
Kerry Walker
Kerry Walker
Kerry Walker
Kerry Walker

Virtual Highlight Tour

NPG X NFSA

12:30pm, Tue 10 Oct
Live online

Join the National Film and Sound Archives’ Programs and Visitor Experience Manager, Travis Green, as he chats about Australian actor Kerry Walker, her impact on the industry, and why he loves her portrait.

Bookings required
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Women in photography

2:00pm, Fridays between
13 Oct and 27 Oct
Live online

Join us and our NGA friends over three sessions and take a deep dive into six leading Australian women photographers. Register via DART.

Bookings required
Leisel Jones
Leisel Jones
Leisel Jones
Leisel Jones

Virtual Highlight Tour

Frocked Up

12:30pm, Tue 17 Oct
Live online

Pop on your finest and join us for Virtual Highlights Couture as we try on three artworks from our current collection hang, Frocked up.

Bookings required
Natalie Wilson by Anna Kucera
Natalie Wilson by Anna Kucera
Natalie Wilson by Anna Kucera
Natalie Wilson by Anna Kucera

Virtual Highlight Tour

Curator’s Intro – Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize

12:30pm, Tue 24 Oct
Live online

Join Natalie Wilson, curator of Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize and Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of NSW, for a peek into some of the portraits and themes in the exhibition.

Bookings required
Vincent Namatjira OAM Studio self-portrait 2018
Vincent Namatjira OAM Studio self-portrait 2018
Vincent Namatjira OAM Studio self-portrait 2018
Vincent Namatjira OAM Studio self-portrait 2018

Archie 100: Online Workshop

Classroom Learner Year 3–6

2:00pm, Thu 26 Oct
Live online

Bring us and Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize to your classroom with this virtual excursion.

Bookings required
Self portrait with gladioli
Self portrait with gladioli
Self portrait with gladioli
Self portrait with gladioli

Virtual Highlight Tour

Oh George

12:30pm, Tue 31 Oct
Live online

Join our Senior Curator Joanna Gilmour as she explores the life of celebrated portraitist George Lambert. You’ll be glad(ioli) you did.

Bookings required
Vincent Namatjira OAM Studio self-portrait 2018
Vincent Namatjira OAM Studio self-portrait 2018
Vincent Namatjira OAM Studio self-portrait 2018
Vincent Namatjira OAM Studio self-portrait 2018

Archie 100: Online Workshop

Classroom Learner Year 3–6

2:00pm, Thu 2 Nov
Live online

Bring us and Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize to your classroom with this virtual excursion.

Bookings required
The Huxleys
The Huxleys
The Huxleys
The Huxleys

Virtual Highlight Tour

The Huxleys In Conversation

12:30pm, Tue 7 Nov
Live online

From wigs to glitter, video art to Pompeiian marriage portraits, The Huxleys do it all.

Bookings required
Grace Crowley Portrait in grey 1933
Grace Crowley Portrait in grey 1933
Grace Crowley Portrait in grey 1933
Grace Crowley Portrait in grey 1933

Archie 100: Online Workshop

Homebased Learner Year 3–6

2:00pm, Thu 9 Nov
Live online

Bring us and Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize to your classroom with this virtual excursion.

Bookings required
Vincent Namatjira OAM Studio self-portrait 2018
Vincent Namatjira OAM Studio self-portrait 2018
Vincent Namatjira OAM Studio self-portrait 2018
Vincent Namatjira OAM Studio self-portrait 2018

Archie 100: Online Workshop

Classroom Learner Year 3–6

2:00pm, Thu 16 Nov
Live online

Bring us and Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize to your classroom with this virtual excursion.

Bookings required
Vincent Namatjira OAM Studio self-portrait 2018
Vincent Namatjira OAM Studio self-portrait 2018
Vincent Namatjira OAM Studio self-portrait 2018
Vincent Namatjira OAM Studio self-portrait 2018

Archie 100: Online Workshop

Classroom Learner Year 3–6

2:00pm, Thu 23 Nov
Live online

Bring us and Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize to your classroom with this virtual excursion.

Bookings required
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman

Virtual Highlight Tour

Friendship

12:30pm, Tue 28 Nov
Live online

Grab your BFF and hang out with us as we take a look at artworks exploring friendship.

Bookings required
Collection display in Gallery One, August 2022
Collection display in Gallery One, August 2022
Collection display in Gallery One, August 2022
Collection display in Gallery One, August 2022

Virtual Highlight Tour

Surprise me!

12:30pm, Tue 5 Dec
Live online

Join three of our Access and Learning team for a lively portrait discussion where they’ve chosen an artwork to surprise each other.

Bookings required

More events

Saturday 31 May 2025 – Tuesday 1 June 2027
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