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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.

Timed ticketing

Daily from Saturday 6 June 2020 until Thursday 31 December 2020
10:00am – 5:00pm

Bookings essential - free

The permanent collection is not yet open.

We're looking forward to seeing you!

While the permanent collection is not yet open we have a number of free exhibitions on show. The National Photographic Portrait Prize, the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize and Shirley Purdie’s exceptional exhibition, Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe (From my women) are on display. The permanent collection is available online.

All visitors must pre-book for one of the hourly sessions that are available daily. Each session will have a maximum of 100 people allowed and – to make sure we can safely transition between the sessions – you will have 50 minutes of glorious viewing time.

Please ensure that you turn up on time and have your booking confirmation with you—either as a print-out or displayed on your phone. 

We will have someone to greet you, check your booking, and explain what to expect. We’ll also have somewhere warm for you to wait if you're a bit early.

It may take longer than usual for you to enter the Gallery too, so please be patient.

To help keep our visitors and staff safe please:

  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres
  • Practise good hygiene and stay home if you’re unwell
  • Follow directions from Gallery staff and security
  • Consider downloading the COVIDSafe app if you haven’t already

Cancellations

If you need to cancel your booking please contact us on (02) 6102 7070 or by email at bookings@npg.gov.au

Related information

Quickly, before it's gone, 2019 Elizabeth Looker
Quickly, before it's gone, 2019 Elizabeth Looker
Quickly, before it's gone, 2019 Elizabeth Looker
Quickly, before it's gone, 2019 Elizabeth Looker

National Portrait Prizes highlights tour

Tue 23 Jun until Sun 26 Jul
11:15am; 2:15pm

Take a 30 minute tour of the exhibition.

© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Shirley Purdie

Current exhibition

from Saturday 6 June

Using ochres collected on her country in Western Australia’s East Kimberley, Shirley Purdie’s self-portrait is a kaleidoscope of traditional Gija stories and Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) passed down to her.

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

Darling Portrait Prize

Current exhibition

from Friday 6 March

The Darling Prize is a new annual prize for Australian portrait painters, painting Australian sitters. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Current exhibition

from Friday 6 March

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

We would like to thank our partners.
© 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.