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

What's on

Thursday 25 April – Tuesday 30 April 2024

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.

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