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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

Wednesday 19 June 2024 – Friday 19 June 2026

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.

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 closes 15 September

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

Selected days 11:15am, 1:15pm, 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
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.

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
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.

Nick Chenery
Nick Chenery
Nick Chenery
Nick Chenery

Drawn in

Nick Chenery

1:00pm, Sun 7 Jul

Draw while listening to live music by Nick Chenery as he plays an assortment of 80s pop and country blues, refreshed by his studies in jazz and folk.

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
Jasmine Seymour
Jasmine Seymour
Jasmine Seymour
Jasmine Seymour

Story Time

Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines

10:30am, Tue 9 Jul

Celebrate NAIDOC week with a lively reading of Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines, written by Jasmine Seymour.

Bookings required
Jasmine Seymour
Jasmine Seymour
Jasmine Seymour
Jasmine Seymour

Story Time

Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines

10:30am, Wed 10 Jul

Celebrate NAIDOC week with a lively reading of Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines, written by Jasmine Seymour.

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
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
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
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.

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.

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

Saturday 20 June 2026 – Monday 19 June 2028
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