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Archived media releases 2019

Study of Louis Nowra
Study of Louis Nowra
Study of Louis Nowra
Study of Louis Nowra

Summertime Fun at the National Portrait Gallery

4 January 2019

Escape the heat this summer and step inside the National Portrait Gallery for an array of family-fun activities. From storytelling and drawing to music and art, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Gallery.

The National Portrait Gallery's Director, Karen Quinlan, receives Australia Day Honour

26 January 2019

The newly appointed Director of the National Portrait Gallery Karen Quinlan, was today recognised in the Australia Day Honours list for her significant service to the visual arts and to higher education.

A Calm So Deep, 2018 by Elizabeth Looker
A Calm So Deep, 2018 by Elizabeth Looker
A Calm So Deep, 2018 by Elizabeth Looker
A Calm So Deep, 2018 by Elizabeth Looker

The National Portrait Gallery Announces Art Handlers’ Award

18 February 2019

The National Portrait Gallery is excited to announce that Perth photographer Elizabeth Looker has won the Art Handlers’ Award for this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg
Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg
Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg
Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg

Winner announced for National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

22 February 2019

From an outstanding field of more than 3,000 entries, culminating in a shortlist of 39 exceptional finalists, the Winner and Highly Commended entries for this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize have been named.

The Textiles Scientist, 2018 by Kate Atkinson
The Textiles Scientist, 2018 by Kate Atkinson
The Textiles Scientist, 2018 by Kate Atkinson
The Textiles Scientist, 2018 by Kate Atkinson

Textiles Scientist Voted the People’s Favourite

27 March 2019

The black and white portrait of an elderly woman with sidelong glance and irreverent, contemplative smile has taken out the people’s choice award in this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize.

The cast of the Walls That Talk
The cast of the Walls That Talk
The cast of the Walls That Talk
The cast of the Walls That Talk

Alluring Performance Brings Gallery to Life

5 April 2019

See the Gallery through a different lens and experience the portraits with a unique sensorial performance of movement, voice and live sound.

New Dates for the Inaugural Darling Portrait Prize

10 April 2019

Artists will have more time to get their paints out after the National Portrait Gallery announces new dates for the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize.

Update on Temporary Closure of the National Portrait Gallery

15 April 2019

The National Portrait Gallery will close its doors from Tuesday 23 April 2019, but the public are still able to experience the home of portraiture during the four-month closure.

So Fine catalogue
So Fine catalogue
So Fine catalogue
So Fine catalogue

National Portrait Gallery takes out top gong in MAPDA awards

16 May 2019

The National Portrait Gallery is thrilled to be named the winner of the Museums Australasia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards in the category of exhibition major catalogue level B, for our publication So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history.

Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson
Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson
Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson
Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson

Women in Vogue: Celebrating Sixty years in Australia

20 May 2019

Celebrating sixty years of Australia’s most exceptional women as they appeared in Vogue Australia, the National Portrait Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition in collaboration with this pre-eminent fashion title.

Professor Denise Ferris, Tony Ellwood AM and Karen Quinlan AM
Professor Denise Ferris, Tony Ellwood AM and Karen Quinlan AM
Professor Denise Ferris, Tony Ellwood AM and Karen Quinlan AM
Professor Denise Ferris, Tony Ellwood AM and Karen Quinlan AM

Darling Portrait Prize judges announced

26 August 2019

The National Portrait Gallery is excited to announce the judging panel for the prestigious inaugural Darling Portrait Prize with first place prize valued at $75,000.

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