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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

Saturday 2 March 2024 – Monday 2 March 2026

Maggie
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Maggie
Maggie

Collection Highlights Tour

Daily at 2:15pm

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
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.

Marea Gazzard
Marea Gazzard
Marea Gazzard
Marea Gazzard

The Iconoclasts

In Gallery Three

Open every day

Australian portraiture of the mid-twentieth century was rich with the influence of European modernism, exemplified by the work of artists including Arthur Boyd, Judy Cassab and Clifton Pugh.

An Afternoon (Aunty Jenny Munro at the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy)
An Afternoon (Aunty Jenny Munro at the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy)
An Afternoon (Aunty Jenny Munro at the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy)
An Afternoon (Aunty Jenny Munro at the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy)

This is my place

In Gallery Four

Open every day

We all have places where we feel at ease, a sense of belonging, of ownership, of relaxation, of self. Given the opportunity, portraitists love to place their sitters in an environment where they are most at home.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait: Myself and I

In Gallery Five

Open every day

Encompassing works created over the past 80 years, this selection of portraits from the Gallery’s collection celebrates inventiveness and diversity in approaches to self portraiture.

Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman

Frocked up

In Gallery Six

Open every day

The selection of works in Frocked up richly demonstrates the interconnectedness of costume and portraiture – and the many ways in which artists have employed the representation of dress to powerful, insightful effect.

Maggie
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie

Collection Highlights Tour

Daily at 2:15pm

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
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

Open every day

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
The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, 2014 Ralph Heimans AM
The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, 2014 Ralph Heimans AM
The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, 2014 Ralph Heimans AM
The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, 2014 Ralph Heimans AM

Portraits of Power: Ralph Heimans tour

11:00am, 1:00pm, Fri 15 Mar until Mon 27 May

Join our professional guides on this 45-minute deep dive into the work of Ralph Heimans, one of Australia’s preeminent portraitists.

Bookings required
Art Cart
Art Cart
Art Cart
Art Cart

Art Cart

The Doll's Gallery

10:00am, Thu 28 Mar until Sun 30 Jun

Adventure into a miniature world this autumn. Create your own paper doll inspired by portraits in our collection. Then make your own chair for your doll to have a rest in our mini-Gallery with portraits of people taking a seat!

Neil Perry
Neil Perry
Neil Perry
Neil Perry

Virtual Highlight Tour

Fishing for Portraits

12:30pm, Tue 2 Apr
Live online

Join us this week for a deep-dive into three portraits: a chef, a dancer, and a singer-songwriter. What’s the catch? Each portrait features fish!

Bookings required
Mīal
Mīal
Mīal
Mīal

April Spotlight Series

10:15am, Wed 3 Apr

For our April Spotlight, we welcome Emma Kindred, Curator, who will be looking at Archie Moore's conceptual self-portrait Mīal 2023.

Bookings required
Douglas Frew Waterhouse
Douglas Frew Waterhouse
Douglas Frew Waterhouse
Douglas Frew Waterhouse

Virtual Highlight Tour

Inspired by insects

12:30pm, Tue 9 Apr
Live online

Through a selection of portraits, discover fascinating stories detailing how insects have inspired breakthroughs in Western science and are part of First Nations cultural knowledge.

Bookings required
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Maggie
Maggie
Maggie

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 10 Apr

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
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie

Little Faces

10:30am, Thu 11 Apr

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
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie

Little Faces

9:30am, 10:30am, Fri 12 Apr

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
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie

Auslan-interpreted collection tour

11:15am, Sat 13 Apr

To celebrate Auslan Day, we invite you to join us on a 30-minute tour of the collection with Auslan interpretation.

Bookings required
Dame Judi Dench, 2018 Ralph Heimans AM
Dame Judi Dench, 2018 Ralph Heimans AM
Dame Judi Dench, 2018 Ralph Heimans AM
Dame Judi Dench, 2018 Ralph Heimans AM

Auslan-interpreted tour

Ralph Heimans

1:00pm, Sat 13 Apr

To celebrate Auslan Day, step into the captivating world of Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence. on a 45-minute tour with Auslan interpretation.

Bookings required
Hugo film poster
Hugo film poster
Hugo film poster
Hugo film poster

Hugo

Screening

1:00pm, Sun 14 Apr

Join us these school holidays for a screening of Hugo, which tells the story of a boy who lives alone in a Paris train station and embarks on a quest to solve a mystery.

Bookings required

Portrait Play

10:30am, Mon 15 Apr until Fri 26 Apr

Become an art detective these school holidays! Join us for Portrait Play to look for clues and get creative, as we investigate some curious portraits. What will we spy on our exploration of the galleries?

Bookings required
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory

Virtual Highlight Tour

3 degrees of stories

12:30pm, Tue 16 Apr
Live online

Join one of our Visitor Services Officers for a virtual walk through the Gallery. They’ll explore three portraits that only have a small degree of separation between them.

Bookings required
The Magic Brush
The Magic Brush
The Magic Brush
The Magic Brush

Story Time

The Magic Brush

10:30am, Wed 17 Apr

Join us for Story Time as we encounter a heartwarming exploration of love, family and calligraphy through a reading of Kat Yeh’s The Magic Brush.

Bookings required
Ryan Presley, 2022 photographed by Claire Letitia Reynolds for Artist Profile
Ryan Presley, 2022 photographed by Claire Letitia Reynolds for Artist Profile
Ryan Presley, 2022 photographed by Claire Letitia Reynolds for Artist Profile
Ryan Presley, 2022 photographed by Claire Letitia Reynolds for Artist Profile

Ryan Presley

In conversation

10:30am, Fri 19 Apr

Join Marri Ngarr artist Ryan Presley in conversation to celebrate the launch of the artist’s site-specific commission Paradise won.

Bookings required
Radical Restraint 
Justice Michael Kirby
Radical Restraint 
Justice Michael Kirby
Radical Restraint 
Justice Michael Kirby
Radical Restraint 
Justice Michael Kirby

Audio-described tour

Ralph Heimans

1:00pm, Sat 20 Apr

Join us as we explore the captivating world of Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence. with audio descriptions for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Bookings required
David Pereira
David Pereira
David Pereira
David Pereira

Drawn in

David Pereira

1:00pm, Sun 21 Apr

Draw while listening to live music by classical cellist, David Pereira, as he plays a mix of classical and free improvisation. Be swept away in the moment – with colour as your instrument and line your melody – as you create your own visual composition.

Ruth Park
Ruth Park
Ruth Park
Ruth Park

Virtual Highlight Tour

The books that we remember

12:30pm, Tue 23 Apr
Live online

Join us this World Book Day to explore portraits of some of Australia’s most cherished childhood picture book authors.

Bookings required
The Magic Brush
The Magic Brush
The Magic Brush
The Magic Brush

Story Time Online

The Magic Brush

11:00am, Wed 24 Apr
Live online

Join us for Story Time Online as we encounter a heartwarming exploration of love, family and calligraphy through a reading of Kat Yeh’s The Magic Brush.

Bookings required
HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, 2018 Ralph Heimans AM
HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, 2018 Ralph Heimans AM
HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, 2018 Ralph Heimans AM
HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, 2018 Ralph Heimans AM

Powerful Portraits: Queen Elizabeth I of England to Queen Mary of Denmark

2:00pm, Sun 28 Apr

In association with the exhibition, Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence. Associate Professor, Robert Wellington discusses the enduring connection of status with painted portraits.

Bookings required
Don Burrows at work
Don Burrows at work
Don Burrows at work
Don Burrows at work

Virtual Highlight Tour

In the groove

12:30pm, Tue 30 Apr
Live online

It's International Jazz Day! We're exploring creative concentration through portraits of musicians in the permanent collection.

Bookings required
Brolga: A Queer Koori Wonderland
Brolga: A Queer Koori Wonderland
Brolga: A Queer Koori Wonderland
Brolga: A Queer Koori Wonderland

Brolga

A Queer Koori Wonderland

6:30pm, Fri 3 May

Go find your costume box and get ready to shake your tail feathers at Brolga, this year’s iteration of the National Portrait Gallery’s 18+ late-night event!

Bookings required
Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection

Virtual Highlight Tour

On reflection

12:30pm, Tue 7 May
Live online

Join us today as we look at portraits that include reflections. We will explore the artists’ approaches and reflect on our own ideas.

Bookings required
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
Tomáš Kantor in Bell Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, 2023
Tomáš Kantor in Bell Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, 2023
Tomáš Kantor in Bell Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, 2023
Tomáš Kantor in Bell Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, 2023

A Performance of Portraiture

Ralph Heimans tour

5:30pm, Thu 16 May
Bookings required
Tomáš Kantor in Bell Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, 2023
Tomáš Kantor in Bell Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, 2023
Tomáš Kantor in Bell Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, 2023
Tomáš Kantor in Bell Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, 2023

A Performance of Portraiture

Ralph Heimans tour

5:30pm, Fri 17 May
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

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 (1921-2015). The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

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

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2024

Exhibition opens 22 June

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.

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