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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.

Before hand: The Private Life of a Portrait

In conversation: virtual event

Friday 6 November 2020
Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio
Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio. © Narelle Autio

Join the Curator of Before hand: The Private Life of a Portrait, Penny Grist and educator Meredith Hughes for an intriguing and hands-on insight into the creative process behind portraiture. In this hybrid tour and making experience, Meredith and Penny will take you, in concept and practice, on a behind-the-scenes journey through the portraits and the exhibition.

You’ll need: a variety of recycled, printed, plain and coloured papers for drawing on, a pencil, a crayon / texta / charcoal, and scissors.

Join the Zoom webinar session by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89590708221

Or put the following details into your Zoom app/account - Webinar ID: 895 9070 8221

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Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky

Before hand

The private life of a portrait

Current exhibition

from Saturday 10 October 2020

Revealing the backstories behind the NPG collection, Before hand features interviews with artists and sitters as well as working drawings, scrapbooks, sketches and footage taken in artists’ studios and out on location.

Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley

The Amazing Face

A 14-day dive into portraiture

Daily event until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am

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

Entry tickets

Daily event until Sun 28 Feb
10:00am

All visitors must pre-book for one of the daily sessions. Each day will have a limited number of people allowed.

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

Australian Love Stories

An amorous online adventure

Daily event until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am

Lust and longing, drama and devotion, seduction and scandal! Delve into an enticing array of tales of the heart.

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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.