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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.

Family space: Move it!

Daily from Saturday 26 December 2020 until Sunday 31 January 2021
10:00am – 5:00pm AEDT

Limber up, crouch down,
swagger and swirl.
Giggle, smile, scream and frown.

Be inspired by poses and expressions from the Portrait Gallery’s collection.

A space for families to mimic, reflect and explore. For all ages and abilities.

Made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

Silhouettes drawn from the collection works

1Cathy Freeman, 1999 Kerrie Lester. © Kerrie Lester/Copyright Agency, 2020. 2Master Johnny Day, Australian Champion Pedestrian, c. 1866 an unknown artist. 3MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846 Samuel Metford. 4Billy Hughes, n.d. Will Dyson. 5Practising the Minuet (Miss Hilda Spong), 1893 Tom Roberts. 6Ian Thorpe, 2002 James Houston. © James Houston.

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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
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
10:00am

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

Portrait Stories app

Explore the collecton

Daily event
10:00am
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Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

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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.