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National Portrait Galleries In Conversation

Tuesday 5 October 2021(9:00 – 10:00am BST)
Live online
Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema
Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema. Finalist, Living Memory, National Portrait Gallery, Australia

With the support of the British Council, we invite you to join Sandra Bruce (Director, Exhibitions & Collections) and Tara James (Exhibitions Project Coordinator) from the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, in conversation with Magda Keaney (Senior Curator, Photographs) and Denise Vogelsang (Director of Communications & Digital) from the National Portrait Gallery, London. Together, they will consider the power of the photograph and how the exhibitions Hold Still/Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (NPG, London) and Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPG, Australia) reflect each nation’s identity and our shared human experiences at this unique point in history.

Supported by the British Council as part of the UK/Australia Season.

Dadi's love, 2020 Simran Janjua
Dadi's love, 2020 Simran Janjua. Finalist, Hold Still, National Portrait Gallery, London

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Make a booking and the Gallery will email you details on how to connect with us using Zoom.

Other ways to book: Phone 02 6102 7070 or email bookings@npg.gov.au

British Council Season 2021-22

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Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley

Living Memory

National Photographic Portrait Prize

Current exhibition

Currently closed

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Matilda (Ngambri)
Matilda (Ngambri)
Matilda (Ngambri)
Matilda (Ngambri)

In Conversation

Considering Representation

12:30pm, Thu 28 Oct

Join Associate Curator Rebecca Ray and Director Collection and Exhibitions Sandra Bruce for a conversation on the presence of First Nations people in portraiture today.

Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019

Collection display galleries

Current exhibition

Currently closed

The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in 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 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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