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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.

Winter Festival

Sunday 7 August 2016

Celebrate Canberra’s winter season at the Portrait Gallery’s annual Winter Festival. Check out the super-cool schedule of events:

Chill Zone

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Winter fest and relax in the Gallery's Chill Zone. Winter themed books and atmospheric short films provided.
10.00am – 4.00pm
Liangis Theatre

Ice Sculptures

Watch the live carving of three ice sculptures. Inspired by work from our Collection. These works will come to life over the course of the day.
From 10.00am
Western Courtyard

Sideshow

Etcetera Duo are back with their eclectic mix of comedy, mime and illusion.
11.00am and 2.00pm
30 minutes
Terrace Room 2

Woolly wonderland

Canberra artist, Dan Edwards, will guide you to create your own woolly winter snowflakes and show you how to knit with needles, your fingers and arms!
10.00am – 4.00pm
Gordon Darling Hall

Warm up Canberra

Start knitting! Bring along your knitted socks, scarves and gloves to warm up and decorate the Gallery hall. Our friends at Vinnies and their Night Patrol Van will be at the Gallery to collect your knitted donations. More details here.
10.00am – 4.00pm
Gordon Darling Hall

Live music

Live music will be performed by jazz band As Famous as the Moon and Carl St. Jacques on the viola.
10.00am – 4.00pm
Gordon Darling Hall

Bling your beanie

Bring your own beanie from home or buy one on the day from the Information Desk. Get crafty and decorate it with materials provided by us. Then bedazzle with your blinged up headgear!
10.00am – 4.00pm
Terrace Room 1

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

Make snowflake garlands, crowns and a snow person all of your own to take home.
10.00am – 4.00pm
Terrace Room 1

...and for those Pokémon addicts there will be lures dropped all day around the Portrait Gallery for your hunting pleasure :)

Come one, come all!

2 portraits

1Creator versus character - Chris Lilley, 2009 John Tsiavis. © John Tsiavis. 2. .

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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.