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Archived media releases 2017

Terry Snow and China, 2017 Jude Rae
Terry Snow and China, 2017 Jude Rae
Terry Snow and China, 2017 Jude Rae
Terry Snow and China, 2017 Jude Rae

Portrait Gallery unveils new commission

1 December 2017

The National Portrait Gallery unveiled its most recent portrait commission for the collection on Thursday 30 November 2017.

Selfie Factory, 2017 by Ralph Kenke and Elmar Trefz
Selfie Factory, 2017 by Ralph Kenke and Elmar Trefz
Selfie Factory, 2017 by Ralph Kenke and Elmar Trefz
Selfie Factory, 2017 by Ralph Kenke and Elmar Trefz

Ralph Kenke and Elmar Trefz win Digital Portraiture Award with Selfie Factory

1 December 2017

The National Portrait Gallery is pleased to announce Mr Ralph Kenke and Mr Elmar Trefz are the winners of the Digital Portraiture Award 2017 for their submission Selfie Factory.

Tara Callaghan, Suzie Furness, and Angus Trumble
Tara Callaghan, Suzie Furness, and Angus Trumble
Tara Callaghan, Suzie Furness, and Angus Trumble
Tara Callaghan, Suzie Furness, and Angus Trumble

One Millionth Visitor to Portrait Gallery Touring Program

13 November 2017

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce the Gallery’s Touring Exhibitions Program has welcomed its one millionth visitor.

Toni Collette as Muriel trying on a wedding dress by Robert McFarlane, Muriel’s Wedding, 1994
Toni Collette as Muriel trying on a wedding dress by Robert McFarlane, Muriel’s Wedding, 1994
Toni Collette as Muriel trying on a wedding dress by Robert McFarlane, Muriel’s Wedding, 1994
Toni Collette as Muriel trying on a wedding dress by Robert McFarlane, Muriel’s Wedding, 1994

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits opens

9 November 2017

Visitors will be left in awe with the National Portrait Gallery and National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s (NFSA) new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

Selfie Factory, 2017 video: 3 minutes
Selfie Factory, 2017 video: 3 minutes
Selfie Factory, 2017 video: 3 minutes
Selfie Factory, 2017 video: 3 minutes

Finalists Announced for Digitial Portraiture Award 2017

23 October 2017

The National Portrait Gallery is thrilled to announce nine finalists have been selected from the national call for entries for the Digital Portraiture Award 2017.

Hugo Weaving as Horatio Farrat by Ben King Film: The Dressmaker, 2015
Hugo Weaving as Horatio Farrat by Ben King Film: The Dressmaker, 2015
Hugo Weaving as Horatio Farrat by Ben King Film: The Dressmaker, 2015
Hugo Weaving as Horatio Farrat by Ben King Film: The Dressmaker, 2015

If you love movies, you’ll love Starstruck!

8 August 2017

In an unprecedented partnership, the National Portrait Gallery and National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) present a new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Copeman, gardener, Great Yarmouth by John Dempsey
Copeman, gardener, Great Yarmouth by John Dempsey
Copeman, gardener, Great Yarmouth by John Dempsey
Copeman, gardener, Great Yarmouth by John Dempsey

Calling all family history buffs

3 July 2017

The National Portrait Gallery is calling on family history enthusiasts and amateur historians to tell it more about the people in its new show, Dempsey’s People: A folio of British street portraits from 1824-1844.

Billy the match man, Liverpool, 1844 by John Dempsey
Billy the match man, Liverpool, 1844 by John Dempsey
Billy the match man, Liverpool, 1844 by John Dempsey
Billy the match man, Liverpool, 1844 by John Dempsey

Rare Set of Watercolour Paintings on Display for the First Time

15 June 2017

A rare and enchanting collection of 52 portraits of British street people will be on display for the first time in the National Portrait Gallery’s winter show, Dempsey’s People: a folio of British street portraits 1824-1844.

Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 by Gary Grealy
Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 by Gary Grealy
Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 by Gary Grealy
Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 by Gary Grealy

Gary Grealy wins National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

31 March 2017

After months of anticipation, the winner for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 has been announced with renowned Sydney portrait photographer Gary Grealy taking out the award. George Fetting, guest judge for the 2017 Prize, was entranced with the evocative nature of the winning portrait Richard Morecroft and Alison Mackay.

Mark Loane, 2016 Joachim Froese
Mark Loane, 2016 Joachim Froese
Mark Loane, 2016 Joachim Froese
Mark Loane, 2016 Joachim Froese

Rugby great a fine addition to Portrait Gallery Collection

21 March 2017

A portrait of Australian rugby great, Dr Mark Loane AM MBBS FRANZO FRACS, is the latest addition to the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. The work is the final in a series of three commissioned portraits of Australian rugby luminaries funded by Gallery benefactor, Mr Patrick Corrigan AM.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

14 March 2017

Save the date: National Portrait Gallery Director Angus Trumble invites media to the announcement of the winner and exhibition preview for the 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize on 31 March.

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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.