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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.

Late night opening

Fridays in summer

Friday 3 February
Emitt sitting, 2001 by Lucy Culliton
Emitt sitting, 2001 by Lucy Culliton

The Portrait Gallery will keep its doors open until 8.00pm on Fridays 13, 20, 27 January and 3, 10, 24 February. We will have a variety of fascinating (and free!) performances throughout the summer, and don’t forget to catch our Popular Pet Show highlights tour at 7.00pm (exhibition ticket required).

February 3: 'Climbing equipment 1–3'
View local artist Jacqueline Bradley’s installation and listen to live music performed by the John Mackey Trio.

Climbing equipment 1–3 are a series of wearable sculptures combining ladder and dress. Hung from exaggerated clothes hangers, these sculptures mimic the tree forms that are ever present through the windows of the Gordon Darling Hall, implying an attained height, the gravity of the fall and the precarious space for the figure at the top and bottom of the ladders. These works extend Bradley’s exploration of functional and wearable sculpture as self-portrait in the landscape; a tangible barrier describing both the artist/wearer and her relationship to the outdoors. 

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Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel
Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel
Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel
Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel

The Popular Pet Show

Previous exhibition, 2016

This exhibition expresses the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, and celebrates their trusting, unpretentious ways, with portraits of Australians and their furry, feathered and fluffy friends.

Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer
Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer
Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer
Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer

Sideshow Alley

Infamy, the macabre & the portrait

Previous exhibition, 2015

Death masks, post-mortem drawings and other spooky and disquieting portraits... Come and see how portraits of infamous Australians were used in the 19th century.

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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.