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Late night love stories

Love LOLs: Chris Ryan

Friday 21 May 2021
Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan

For our third late night event we’re getting all lolled up. Join comedian Chris Ryan and her big hair as she busts out her dry observations on relationships, personalities and life. It all starts with a line-up of Canberra’s coolest comedians including Laura Campbell, Anthony Tomic, Jeffrey Charles and Daniel Mehareb from 6:00pm. PSA: Bring spare pants, ‘cause you might wet yours.

Chris Ryan is one of the most exciting new voices on the Australian comedy scene, winning Best Newcomer at the Sydney Comedy Festival in 2019. Her laconic take on everything from romance to passive aggressive co-workers has earned her spots in Galas at the Sydney and Canberra Comedy Festivals, Floriade Nightfest and TEDx Canberra.

Anthony Tomic is a local comic who has been performing around the country over the past few years, sometimes on a stage. His unique story-telling and style has seen his star rise to the point that a barista once asked if he had a brother who was a comedian.

Jeffrey Charles is an emerging Canberra-based comedian, podcaster and writer. Jeff’s relatable material about his failures as a parent, teacher and middle-class mess will have you in stitches. Jeffrey has sold out shows at the Sydney Comedy Festival, Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival and has MCed almost every public space within Canberra.

Laura Campbell is a young Canberra based stand up-comedian, MC and disability activist. Her comedy is an energetic, witty and fearless perspective into the life of a woman who has absolutely nothing to lose but an uncanny ability to keep on losing anyway.

Daniel Mehareb is a young Canberra based comedian who has been performing since 2018. As well as being a regular in the Canberra scene he has also performed in Sydney and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

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Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan

Australian Love stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)

Current exhibition

from Saturday 20 March

Reconnect and reflect with our new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) as we explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

spaces between movement and stillness
spaces between movement and stillness
spaces between movement and stillness
spaces between movement and stillness

Harriet Schwarzrock

spaces between movement and stillness

Current exhibition

from Saturday 13 February

Harriet Schwarzrock’s new work explores notions of emotional processes and their physical manifestations.

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

Open every day

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 both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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