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Introducing Living Memory

In conversation

Saturday 7 August 2021
Onsite and live online
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalists

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection & Exhibitions, for a sneak peek at our exciting new exhibition, Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.

The annual National Photographic Portrait Prize always holds a mirror up to Australian experience, emotion and spirit. As we’re all aware, 2020 was a year like no other.

It was full of extraordinary moments, and the photographers of Australia were there to see, feel and capture them. This year we know Living Memory, a special edition of the prize, will reflect these remarkable times of change and continuity, isolation and community, destruction and resilience.

You can be at the Gallery for the paid event, or watch the live broadcast beamed out to wherever you are! The online version is free.

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Access information

This program is wheelchair accessible, Auslan interpreted and closed captioned.

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

Related information

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.

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville during the install of Express Yourself
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville during the install of Express Yourself
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville during the install of Express Yourself
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville during the install of Express Yourself

In conversation

There and back again

12:30pm, Thu 30 Sep

Louise Cummins, our Travelling Exhibitions Coordinator will regale you with tales of journeys across the nation; from moving movie stars to Bathurst to baring all in Broken Hill.

Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema
Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema
Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema
Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema

Capturing a global mood

National Portrait Galleries In Conversation

7:00pm, Tue 5 Oct

The power of the photograph and how the exhibitions Hold Still/Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize reflect identity and our shared human experiences at this unique point in history.

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