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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

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

1 Cathy Freeman, 1999 Kerrie Lester. © Kerrie Lester/Copyright Agency, 2021. 2 Master Johnny Day, Australian Champion Pedestrian, c. 1866 an unknown artist. 3 MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846 Samuel Metford. 4 Billy Hughes, n.d. Will Dyson. 5 Practising the Minuet (Miss Hilda Spong), 1893 Tom Roberts. 6 Ian Thorpe, 2002 James Houston. © James Houston.

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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