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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.

Reopening celebration!

Daily from Saturday 14 September 2019 until Sunday 15 September 2019
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall

After a short hiatus, we're super excited to be reopening the Gallery at 10am on Saturday 14 September (and every day after that, except Christmas Day)!

We'll be celebrating all that weekend with music, drawing and giveaways; come and get your face painted, meet our Director Karen Quinlan and take a free highlights tour (in whatever order you like).

We'll also have a mix of your old favourites and new hangs ready for your gazing pleasure – including the exhibitions, Primed and The Look.

It's been a while, so remember that we're open from 10am to 5pm daily. If you can't make it to the Gallery, don't stress, we're still running our virtual tours. Hope to see you all soon!

Saturday 14 September

Morning:
10:00am – 11:00am - Meet the Director
10:30am – 1:30pm - Face painting 
11:30am – 12:00pm - Guided tour

Afternoon:
1:30pm – 4:30pm - Live music with Carl St Jacques on viola
1:30pm – 4:00pm - Drawn in 
2:30pm – 3:00pm - Guided tour

Sunday 15 September

Morning:
10:30am – 1:30pm - Face painting 
11:30am – 12:00pm - Guided tour

Afternoon:
1:30pm – 4:30pm - Live music with Bella Groove Trio
1:30pm – 4:00pm - Drawn in 
2:30pm – 3:00pm - Guided tour

+ Competitions, giveaways and a photobooth happening all weekend!

Related information

Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott

The Look

Previous exhibition, 2019

Featuring striking photographic portraits of contemporary figures from the National Portrait Gallery collection, The Look is an aesthetic treat with a lashing of je ne sais quoi.

Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish

Primed

Some Prime Ministers

Previous exhibition, 2019

Seventeen of Australia’s thirty prime ministers to date are represented in the contrasting sizes, moods and mediums of these portraits.

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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.