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Late night love stories

Words of affirmation: Spooky Men’s Chorale

Friday 30 April 2021
5:00 – 8:00pm AEST

Bookings essential

$20 / $18 concession / $16 Circle of Friends
Includes entertainment and entry to Australian Love Stories.
Drinks and bar snacks available to purchase.

Hello lovers! Need ideas for a first date, a romance rekindle or fun with friends? Come and hang out with us as we keep our doors open till 8:00pm on a few Fridays from March to July. Laugh, cry and swoon with our Australian Love Stories exhibition and enjoy intimate and surprising events with musicians, artists and poets. Consider us your chaperone! (or enabler, whatever works.)

For our second late night event, join the hair, socks and sly, sonorous sounds of the Spooky Men’s Chorale singing words of affirmation. Always renowned for a combination of Visigothic bravado, absurdist humour and eye-moistening tenderness, the Spookies in middle age, with six albums under their belt, are more masters of their territory than ever before. They will delicately garnish their much loved black-catalogue with further incursions into beauty and stupidity.

But wait! Before that, at 5:30pm take an exhilarating look at love in all its guises in a 30 minute tour of the exhibition with Curator, Sandra Bruce.

The Spooky Men’s Chorale emerged blithering and blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of NSW eighteen years ago and armed with no more than their voices, a nice line in deadpan and an ill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully disturbing audiences throughout Australia, NZ and the UK ever since.

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

Australian Love Stories

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

Upcoming 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, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock

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

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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.