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Archived media releases 2016

Charles (still from video)  by Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Charles (still from video)  by Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Charles (still from video)  by Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Charles (still from video)  by Amiel Courtin-Wilson

The Winner of the Digital Portraiture Award 2016 is...

2 December 2016

The winner of the Digital Portraiture Award 2016 has been announced. Congratulations to Amiel Courtin-Wilson for his submission titled Charles.

Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel
Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel
Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel
Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel

Pets of all types take over the National Portrait Gallery

3 November 2016

It is not every day that a national gallery turns its walls over to the animal companions that bring unconditional love and joy to their owners but this summer we have opened the doors to 15 contemporary artists with very different ways of depicting our furry, feathered and scaled pets.

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown, 1957 Graham Sutherland
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown, 1957 Graham Sutherland
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown, 1957 Graham Sutherland
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown, 1957 Graham Sutherland

Philanthropic donations enable otherwise unobtainable acquisition

20 October 2016

A magnanimous portrait of Helena Rubinstein has been acquired for the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton, 2016 Evert Ploeg
Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton, 2016 Evert Ploeg
Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton, 2016 Evert Ploeg
Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton, 2016 Evert Ploeg

Equation of a life – a portrait of Derek Denton

9 September 2016

The National Portrait Gallery, has welcomed the newest portrait commission of Emeritus Professor Derek Denton AC by Evert Ploeg.

Tim Flannery, 2006 Robert Hannaford
Tim Flannery, 2006 Robert Hannaford
Tim Flannery, 2006 Robert Hannaford
Tim Flannery, 2006 Robert Hannaford

Provocative talks on Saturdays in September

29 August 2016

Join The Saturday Paper’s chief political correspondent, Karen Middleton, for A Month of Saturdays – afternoon conversations bringing current affairs experts to the Gallery for engaging, real-time discussions about the topics that matter.

Divide (Self portrait), 2011 Sam Jinks
Divide (Self portrait), 2011 Sam Jinks
Divide (Self portrait), 2011 Sam Jinks
Divide (Self portrait), 2011 Sam Jinks

Dissections: Layered portraits from the collection is now open

19 August 2016

Dissections, showcases the hyper-realist sculptural self-portrait of artist Sam Jinks, Divide, alongside the painted portrait of philosopher David Chalmers by Nick Mourtzakis, which was commissioned by the Gallery in 2011.

Spencer 2016, by Warwick Baker
Spencer 2016, by Warwick Baker
Spencer 2016, by Warwick Baker
Spencer 2016, by Warwick Baker

Tough & Tender Media Release

14 July 2016

Photographs from internationally acclaimed artists Robert Mapplethorpe, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Collier Schorr and Chris Burden along with contemporary Australian artists, Rozalind Drummond and Warwick Baker will call the National Portrait Gallery home during our extraordinary winter exhibition Tough and Tender.

New partnership with Stripy Sock

5 July 2016

We have a new partnership with Canberra-based leading mobile application development consultancy, Stripy Sock.

Call for entries – Digital Portraiture Award

5 July 2016

Today, the National Portrait Gallery has opened the Call for Entries for the annual Digital Portraiture Award 2016.

Creator versus character - Chris Lilley, 2009 John Tsiavis
Creator versus character - Chris Lilley, 2009 John Tsiavis
Creator versus character - Chris Lilley, 2009 John Tsiavis
Creator versus character - Chris Lilley, 2009 John Tsiavis

Help warm the Canberra community

4 July 2016

National Portrait Gallery and the St Vincent de Paul Society are asking Canberrans to pick up their knitting needles and crochet hooks to create warm winter scarves to assist people in need.

Artist in residence creates portraits using brainwave zctivity

29 June 2016

Digital media artist, George Khut, is creating a spectacular form of digital portraiture involving public participants.

Reg Richardson AM, 2014 Mitch Cairns
Reg Richardson AM, 2014 Mitch Cairns
Reg Richardson AM, 2014 Mitch Cairns
Reg Richardson AM, 2014 Mitch Cairns

Grow the Portrait Gallery of Australia

9 June 2016

The Portrait Gallery is calling for contributions to support in the acquisition of superb portraits for the national collection.

Mark Ella, 2015 Nikki Toole
Mark Ella, 2015 Nikki Toole
Mark Ella, 2015 Nikki Toole
Mark Ella, 2015 Nikki Toole

Gallery unveils Portrait of Mark Ella

12 May 2016

Last night in Sydney, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled a newly commissioned portrait of Australian sporting legend Mark Ella AM.

Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd
Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd
Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd
Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Arthur Boyd’s Mysterious Eyes

6 May 2016

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a focus exhibition of captivating portraits by renowned artist Arthur Boyd, titled Mysterious eyes: Arthur Boyd portraits from 1945.

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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.