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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.

Festival of the Face

Sunday 25 February

To celebrate our 20th birthday we are throwing a party for the whole family! Join us for a day of free fun, celebration, art making, magic… and cake!

Fashion favourite

Milliner extraordinaire Neil Grigg demonstrates his creative skills, devising quirky confections and dramatic statements in head apparel.

Customise your party hat

Draw inspiration from Neil Grigg and the Portrait Gallery collection to create a personalised party hat. Dare to be wild and whacky or stay sleek and stylish.

Birthday card

Help us celebrate by making a birthday card! What does the Portrait Gallery mean to you? What would you like it to look like in 20 years time? Create a card on A4 paper any way you like – cut, fold, colour and decorate. We will be collecting cards at the Information Desk over the Summer holidays or bring it in on the 25th of February. Any questions? Contact Alana, our Digital Learning Coordinator.

Birthday cake

Decorate our gorgeous giant five-tier cardboard birthday cake. Embellish the cake or make a portrait on a stick to add to the colourful tiers.

Art attack portraits 

Paint water portraits on the courtyard tiles with everyday buckets, mops, brushes and sponges. Watch your paintings evaporate in the sun and then create another. 

Portrait making with Cherry Hood

Award-winning artist Cherry Hood, demonstrates her masterful use of watercolour and portrait making techniques.

Quick, draw!

Model for a portrait and experiment with different drawing techniques; discover continuous line drawing, drawing upside down and learn to look differently at everyday objects.

Drawn In with Betty Alto

Draw to live music from alternative pop band Betty Alto. 

Nomad the Magician

Watch the mesmerising Nomad perform magic tricks in the Gallery.

Face painting

Choose a face painting design from B-Bizz-R Face & Body Painting, inspired by the Portrait Gallery collection of fascinating subjects and their animal companions.

Party games in the galleries

Join in quick games in the Gallery for groups of up to 15 people. Play musical statues, pass the portrait, and the memory game.

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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.