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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.

Little Faces

Spring series: virtual program

Daily from Thursday 19 November 2020 until Friday 20 November 2020
Glenn Murcutt, 1992 Ken Done
Glenn Murcutt, 1992 Ken Done. © Ken Done

This pilot virtual program is designed to be playful, relaxed and social. We will explore faces inspired by portraits from the collection using movement and music. There will be lots of time to interact and plenty of opportunity to cuddle your baby.  

Helpful hints: Have some instruments or homespun noise making objects nearby and a peek-a-boo scarf or similar.

For children from 6 months to 18 months.

Little Faces - toddlers (18 months to 3 years) to be offered soon.

Make a booking and the Gallery will email you 24 hours before the program with instructions on how to connect with us using Zoom.

Made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC

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Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley

The Amazing Face

A 14-day dive into portraiture

Daily event until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am

An educational and fun 14-day adults’ introduction to portraiture.

Entry tickets

Daily event until Sun 28 Feb
10:00am

All visitors must pre-book for one of the daily sessions. Each day will have a limited number of people allowed.

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

Australian Love Stories

An amorous online adventure

Daily event until Thu 31 Dec
10:00am

Lust and longing, drama and devotion, seduction and scandal! Delve into an enticing array of tales of the heart.

Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky
Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky

Before hand

The private life of a portrait

Current exhibition

from Saturday 10 October 2020

Revealing the backstories behind the NPG collection, Before hand features interviews with artists and sitters as well as working drawings, scrapbooks, sketches and footage taken in artists’ studios and out on location.

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© National Portrait Gallery 2020
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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.