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Annual Appeal 2019

Annual Appeal 2019

Support our Exhibition Fund

The Portrait Gallery is the youngest of Australia’s national cultural institutions, and one of only a handful of portrait galleries in the world – there are others in London, Washington and Edinburgh. Occupying our award-winning, purpose-built home in Canberra’s cultural and parliamentary precinct, the Gallery has come to be known, respected and loved. Our purpose is to reflect, through portraiture, all facets of Australian life: its diversity, its heart, its history and its complexity. 

The Portrait Gallery Collection – now comprising over 3000 artworks – continues to demonstrate portraiture’s flexibility, energy and relevance as a genre, attracting more than 430,000 visitors each year, with a further 500,000 visiting online. It presents an evolving, immersive narrative of the Australian experience, presented through a fusion of art, history and biography.

The Gallery’s dynamic exhibition program drives a deeper understanding of the art of portraiture. We present exhibitions that highlight the Gallery’s permanent collection; temporary exhibitions that explore the broad and beguiling scope of portraiture; and travelling and online exhibitions that reach out to regional, national and international audiences. Through the support of artists, private collections, museums and galleries, and international cultural institutions, we provide a multi-faceted program, exploring historical and contemporary Australian and international artworks.

Your generous support of the National Portrait Gallery Exhibition Fund will provide resources for our talented team to research and develop new exhibition concepts. We seek to pursue ambitious projects, in collaboration with existing and new international partners.

Our ambition is to expand the repertoire of portraiture, to present content that excites and resonates with audiences, and to further our standing, nationally and internationally, as a truly inspirational art gallery.

Donations of $1,000 or more entitle you to become a member of the Foundation.

Thank you for your support.

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Donations over $2 are tax deductible.