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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

Thursday 4 April 2024 – Saturday 4 April 2026

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.

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
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
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
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
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
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

More events

Sunday 5 April 2026 – Tuesday 4 April 2028
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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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