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This year we request your generous support in the acquisition of a large, vibrant portrait of Elena Kats-Chernin by Wendy Sharpe, titled The Witching Hour

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The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin, 2017 by Wendy Sharpe

The National Portrait Gallery’s Circle of Friends Acquisition Fund is now in its seventh year. The ongoing generosity of our members and supporters in this time has added some significant portraits to the Collection, all of which contribute to the evolving Australian narrative, presented through the Gallery’s unique blend of art, biography and history.

Elena Kats-Chernin AO is an eminent contemporary Australian pianist and composer. Among her many commissions are pieces for Opera Australia, the Australian Chamber Orchestra; the Australian World Orchestra; the Adelaide, Tasmanian, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras; the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra; and a myriad of international orchestras. The Witching Hour refers to a concerto composed by Kats-Chernin in 2016.

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s most awarded artists and, although she does not refer to herself as a portrait artist, she has a great interest in painting people. She is a committed creator with a sumptuous, distinctive style. We are excited about the acquisition of The Witching Hour, because not only is it a wonderful portrait but it is also the first Wendy Sharpe work in our permanent collection.

The Circle of Friends Acquisition Fund has assisted in the purchase of several important portraits for the Collection over the last 20 years.

Note that the National Portrait Gallery is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Tax Deductible Recipient, which means your cash donation is fully tax-deductible.

For further information on the Circle of Friends Acquisition Fund, please contact:

Circle of Friends Coordinator
PO Box 1400
CANBERRA ACT 2600
Telephone: 02 6102 7022
Email: jody.barnett@npg.gov.au