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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

Sunday 21 April 2024 – Tuesday 21 April 2026

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
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.

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 closes 12 May

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 closes 27 May

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!

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.

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
Her Majesty Mrs Brown
Her Majesty Mrs Brown
Her Majesty Mrs Brown
Her Majesty Mrs Brown

Her Majesty Mrs Brown

1:00pm, Sun 12 May

Join us this Mother’s Day for a screening of Her Majesty Mrs Brown featuring Judi Dench and Billy Connolly.

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
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 15 May

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
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

Join actor Tomáš Kantor for an immersive, theatrical journey through Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence.

Bookings required
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie

Little Faces

9:30am, 10:30am, Fri 17 May

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
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

Join actor Tomáš Kantor for an immersive, theatrical journey through Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence.

Bookings required
Bella Groove
Bella Groove
Bella Groove
Bella Groove

Drawn in

Bella Groove

1:00pm, Sun 19 May

Draw while listening to Bella Groove as they play a mix of lively, groovy tunes.

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
Bree Pickering
Bree Pickering
Bree Pickering
Bree Pickering

In Conversation with Director, Bree Pickering

11:00am, Wed 22 May

Join Bree Pickering, Director of the National Portrait Gallery in conversation as she reflects on her career, discusses her vision for the Gallery and shares a little bit about her first year as Director of the Gallery.

Bookings required
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 25 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.

Paradise won, 2024 Ryan Presley
Paradise won, 2024 Ryan Presley
Paradise won, 2024 Ryan Presley
Paradise won, 2024 Ryan Presley

Reconciliation Week Highlights Tours

11:15am, Mon 27 May until Mon 3 Jun

Join us in the Gallery this National Reconciliation Week for a 30-minute tour of the collection, as we explore and reflect on the stories of First Nations peoples.

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
Wik vs Queensland poster
Wik vs Queensland poster
Wik vs Queensland poster
Wik vs Queensland poster

Wik vs Queensland

Screening

2:30pm, Sun 2 Jun

This landmark feature documentary tracks the lead up to the 1996 High Court decision to grant native title to the Wik Peoples of Cape York, and the demonisation that followed at the hands of politicians and media.

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

Darling Portrait Prize 2024

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

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.

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

Wednesday 22 April 2026 – Friday 21 April 2028
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