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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

What's on

Sunday 24 September 2023 – Wednesday 24 September 2025

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman

At ease

In Gallery One

Exhibition closes 3 December

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.

Self-nature is subtle and mysterious - Tree Woman / Woman Tree
Self-nature is subtle and mysterious - Tree Woman / Woman Tree
Self-nature is subtle and mysterious - Tree Woman / Woman Tree
Self-nature is subtle and mysterious - Tree Woman / Woman Tree

New acquisitions

In Gallery Two

Open every day

A collection display that showcases some recent major acquisitions including Nell and Julie Rrap.

Mary Chomley
Mary Chomley
Mary Chomley
Mary Chomley

The Cosmopolitans

In Gallery Two

Exhibition closes 8 February

Spanning the 1880s to the 1930s, this collection display celebrates the innovations in art – and life – introduced by the generation of Australians who travelled to London and Paris for experience and inspiration in the decades either side of 1900.

Self portrait, 2022 RJ Parker
Self portrait, 2022 RJ Parker
Self portrait, 2022 RJ Parker
Self portrait, 2022 RJ Parker

Gulgawarnigu

Thinking of something, someone

Exhibition closes 2 October

In partnership with Big hART we are proud to present Gulgawarnigu - Thinking of something, someone, a national presentation of digital artworks created from Ngarluma country leramagadu (Roebourne), in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Ruby (left view), 2022 Shea Kirk
Ruby (left view), 2022 Shea Kirk
Ruby (left view), 2022 Shea Kirk
Ruby (left view), 2022 Shea Kirk

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023

Exhibition closes 2 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 available
James, Rebecca and Sam Mapu
James, Rebecca and Sam Mapu
James, Rebecca and Sam Mapu
James, Rebecca and Sam Mapu

Time and light

In Gallery Seven

Exhibition closes 24 September

This sample of 56 photographs takes in some of the smallest photographs we own and some of the largest, some of the earliest and some of the most recent, as well as multiple photographic processes from daguerreotypes to digital media.

Tempe Manning Self-portrait 1939
Tempe Manning Self-portrait 1939
Tempe Manning Self-portrait 1939
Tempe Manning Self-portrait 1939

Archie 100

A Century of the Archibald Prize

Exhibition opens 20 October

This major exhibition celebrates 100 years of Australia’s oldest and most-loved portrait award and reflects upon the changing face of our nation.

Bookings available
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie

Maggie Beer

In Gallery One

Exhibition opens 7 December

Our most recent commission, the portrait of Maggie Beer by Del Kathryn Barton both combines a statuesque almost devotional likeness with a spell-binding and dream-like personalised symbology of the sitter.

Mīal 2022/2023 Archie Moore. On display in Gallery One, March 2024. Purchased 2023 © Archie Moore.
Mīal 2022/2023 Archie Moore. On display in Gallery One, March 2024. Purchased 2023 © Archie Moore.
Mīal 2022/2023 Archie Moore. On display in Gallery One, March 2024. Purchased 2023 © Archie Moore.
Mīal 2022/2023 Archie Moore. On display in Gallery One, March 2024. Purchased 2023 © Archie Moore.

Mīal by Archie Moore

In Gallery One

Exhibition opens 1 March

Archie Moore is a celebrated Kamilaroi and Bigambul artist whose practice is embedded in the politics of identity, racism and language systems. Mīal is a conceptual self portrait that counters expectations of what a self portrait should be.

HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006 Ralph Heimans AM
HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006 Ralph Heimans AM
HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006 Ralph Heimans AM
HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006 Ralph Heimans AM

Ralph Heimans

Portraiture. Power. Influence.

Exhibition opens 15 March

The exhibition will feature some of the most significant portraits in the artist’s career to date, from early major works such as his painting of HM Queen Mary of Denmark through to his most recent.

Bookings available
Paradise won, 2024 Ryan Presley
Paradise won, 2024 Ryan Presley
Paradise won, 2024 Ryan Presley
Paradise won, 2024 Ryan Presley

Ryan Presley: Paradise won

On view until May 2025

Marri Ngarr artist Ryan Presley's site-specific commission Paradise won is prominently positioned at the Gallery’s entrance. This ambitious new work invites conversations about the ongoing legacies of colonisation and celebrates First Nations survival and autonomy.

Twelve portraits of finalists for the Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2024
Twelve portraits of finalists for the Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2024
Twelve portraits of finalists for the Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2024
Twelve portraits of finalists for the Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2024

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2024

Exhibition opens 23 May

Launched at the National Portrait Gallery in 2022, the Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize is a competition for primary and secondary students, with four separate age categories across Kindergarten to Year 12.

Maggie
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie

Collection Highlights Tour

2:15pm, Daily from Sat 1 Jun until Sat 31 Aug

Join us in the Gallery for this free 30-minute tour of the collection, exploring portrait stories and the history of the building.

Bookings optional
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 19 Jun

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery

Little Faces

10:30am, Thu 20 Jun

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery

Little Faces

10:30am, Fri 21 Jun

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
William Nuttall with horses in field, 2023 Noel McKenna
William Nuttall with horses in field, 2023 Noel McKenna
William Nuttall with horses in field, 2023 Noel McKenna
William Nuttall with horses in field, 2023 Noel McKenna

Darling Portrait Prize 2024

Exhibition opens 22 June

The Darling Portrait Prize is a biennial national prize for Australian portrait painting honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG.

Bookings available
Alexis with moon, 2024 Amos Gebhardt
Alexis with moon, 2024 Amos Gebhardt
Alexis with moon, 2024 Amos Gebhardt
Alexis with moon, 2024 Amos Gebhardt

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2024

Exhibition opens 22 June

The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2024 celebrates established and emerging artistic talent from across the country.

Bookings available
Viewing Silent Strength by Wayne Quilliam from the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Viewing Silent Strength by Wayne Quilliam from the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Viewing Silent Strength by Wayne Quilliam from the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Viewing Silent Strength by Wayne Quilliam from the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

The Prizes Highlights Tour

11:15am, Wed 26 Jun until Sun 13 Oct

Join us on a 30-minute tour of this year's Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize to explore the links between portraiture and identity through diverse representations of Australians and Australian life.

Bookings available
Creative activities
Creative activities
Creative activities
Creative activities

Reach for the stars

A place to create

10:00am, Sat 29 Jun until Sun 21 Jul

Drop in to the Gallery these school holidays and enjoy free creative activities.

Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman

Olympic state of mind

In Gallery Three

Open every day

To mark the 2024 Paris Olympics, we are showcasing collection works that celebrate some of the exceptional athletes who have represented Australia at the Games over its long history.

Portrait Play
Portrait Play
Portrait Play
Portrait Play

Portrait Play

Picture your passion

10:30am, Mon 8 Jul until Fri 12 Jul

What do you love to do? Dance? Play soccer? Write? Sing? No matter what it is, everyone has something they love to do.

Bookings required
Araatika: Rise Up! poster
Araatika: Rise Up! poster
Araatika: Rise Up! poster
Araatika: Rise Up! poster

Araatika: Rise Up!

Screening

3:00pm, Sat 13 Jul

This NAIDOC week, join us for a screening of Araatika: Rise Up!

Bookings required
Bran Nue Dae
Bran Nue Dae
Bran Nue Dae
Bran Nue Dae

Bran Nue Dae

Screening

2:00pm, Sun 14 Jul

Celebrate NAIDOC week with a screening of Bran Nue Dae.

Bookings required
Portrait Play
Portrait Play
Portrait Play
Portrait Play

Portrait Play

Picture your passion

10:30am, Mon 15 Jul until Fri 19 Jul

What do you love to do? Dance? Play soccer? Write? Sing? No matter what it is, everyone has something they love to do.

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
Art Cart: Reach for the stars. Placing paper cutouts of athletes on a soccer wall scene
Art Cart: Reach for the stars. Placing paper cutouts of athletes on a soccer wall scene
Art Cart: Reach for the stars. Placing paper cutouts of athletes on a soccer wall scene
Art Cart: Reach for the stars. Placing paper cutouts of athletes on a soccer wall scene

Art Cart

Reach for the stars

10:00am–4:30pm daily from 22 July

Are you a star in the Olympics? Perhaps you are a swimming sensation or a triumph on the track. Maybe you are cheering from the stands or waving your country’s flag.

Sally Dawson
Sally Dawson
Sally Dawson
Sally Dawson

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
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 24 Jul

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery

Little Faces

10:30am, Thu 25 Jul

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery

Little Faces

9:30am, 10:30am, Fri 26 Jul

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

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
Benjamin Law: happy sad, 2019 Keith Burt
Benjamin Law: happy sad, 2019 Keith Burt
Benjamin Law: happy sad, 2019 Keith Burt
Benjamin Law: happy sad, 2019 Keith Burt

Andrew Sayers Memorial Lecture

Why Portraiture? Who gets to be painted and why?

6:00pm, Wed 31 Jul
Onsite and live online

Writer, broadcaster and cultural commentator Benjamin Law explores contemporary portraiture and the press.

Bookings required
Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth

Virtual Highlight Tour

Wrapt in Photography

12:30pm, Tue 6 Aug
Live online

Join us for a celebration of wintry weather through photographic portraits featuring subjects who are well rugged up against the cold.

Bookings required
Prizes tour
Prizes tour
Prizes tour
Prizes tour

Auslan-interpreted tour

The Prizes

11:15am, Sat 10 Aug

Join us on a 30-minute tour of this year's Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize with Auslan-interpretation.

Bookings required
Alexis with moon, 2024 Amos Gebhardt
Alexis with moon, 2024 Amos Gebhardt
Alexis with moon, 2024 Amos Gebhardt
Alexis with moon, 2024 Amos Gebhardt

Virtual Highlight Tour

Prose & Pose: Reading the Collection

12:30pm, Tue 13 Aug
Live online

Come, fellow bibliophiles! Join us to explore the intersection of literature and art, and delve into the lives and works of renowned authors immortalised in the National Portrait Gallery collection.

Bookings required
Adam Goodes
Adam Goodes
Adam Goodes
Adam Goodes

Virtual Highlight Tour

Shadow Speak

12:30pm, Tue 20 Aug
Live online

Join us today as we explore portraits from our collection that make masterful use of shadow and light to tell visual stories.

Bookings required
Those trees came back to me in my dreams
Those trees came back to me in my dreams
Those trees came back to me in my dreams
Those trees came back to me in my dreams

Joan Ross

Those trees came back to me in my dreams

Exhibition opens 24 August

The exhibition is a vibrant and dynamic exhibition by acclaimed contemporary artist Joan Ross. Transforming scenes from colonial artworks through a digital ‘cut and paste’ technique and her signature fluorescent yellow, Ross explores critical issues like climate change, greed and consumerism.

Those trees came back to me in my dreams
Those trees came back to me in my dreams
Those trees came back to me in my dreams
Those trees came back to me in my dreams

Opening event

Joan Ross: Those trees came back to me in my dreams

4:00pm, Sat 24 Aug

Join contemporary artist Joan Ross in conversation with Larrakia, Jingili, Anglo, Filipino Curator Coby Edgar and National Portrait Gallery Curator Dr Emma Kindred.

Bookings required
Children with paper butterflies
Children with paper butterflies
Children with paper butterflies
Children with paper butterflies

Art. Make. Create.

10:00am, Sun 25 Aug

Join us for our annual family day inspired by our vibrant and dynamic new exhibition, Joan Ross: Those trees came back to me in my dreams.

Wendy Whiteley
Wendy Whiteley
Wendy Whiteley
Wendy Whiteley

Virtual Highlight Tour

Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking

12:30pm, Tue 27 Aug
Live online

In the last week of winter, join us as we explore a bouquet of portraits that even Miranda Priestly would approve of, hand-picked to celebrate and welcome the season of spring.

Bookings required
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 28 Aug

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery

Little Faces

10:30am, Thu 29 Aug

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery
Little Faces with children in the gallery

Little Faces

9:30am, 10:30am, Fri 30 Aug

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! 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

Thursday 25 September 2025 – Sunday 26 September 2027
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