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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.

Afternoon poetry

Sunday 23 May 2021

Join Australian Poetry Slam Champion CJ Bowerbird and some of Canberra’s best spoken-word artists, Eleanor Malbon and Audrey McCormick for an afternoon of poetry, participation and love. Take part in a crowd sourced poem and start warming up your vocals - this will be an open mic event where you can share your own words on love in all its forms.

CJ Bowerbird is the 2012 Australian Poetry Slam Champion and a two-time TEDxCanberra performer. In 2018, he released Beyond This Blue, a recording of the show he created with the Downfall Choir for the 2017 National Folk Festival. He combines words and clumsy movement as part of the Sound & Fury Ensemble.

Eleanor Malbon has performed poetry in festivals and events throughout Australia including the You Are Here festival and Crack Theatre festival. Her poems have been published nationally by Cordite, Grapple Publishing, Express Media and internationally by New River Press. Her words have a distinctly ecological flavour.

Audrey McCormick began performing at That Poetry Thing at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra nearly two years ago, although she has been writing poetry for more than half her life. She was a national finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam. Her poems draw on a combination of the hilarious, and at times daunting, experiences of growing up.

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Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan

Australian Love stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)

Current exhibition

from Saturday 20 March

Reconnect and reflect with our new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) as we explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

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The Amazing Face

A 14-day dive into portraiture

Always available

An educational and fun 14-day adults’ introduction to portraiture.

Entry tickets

Every day

We’re taking daily bookings as part of our COVID-19 Safety Plan. This is to make sure you have a safe and memorable visit without things getting too squishy.

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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.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency