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Christos Tsiolkas, 1998 (printed 2009) John Tsiavis
Christos Tsiolkas, 1998 (printed 2009) John Tsiavis

Express Yourself is drawn from the National Portrait Gallery’s contemporary collection and highlights portraits of Australians whose unique life experiences symbolise social and cultural themes. The portraits attest to the facility of photographic portraiture to convey compelling psychological depth. The exhibition will premiere a newly-commissioned portrait of Rosie Batty by photographer Nikki Toole. Recognised as a spokesperson for combatting domestic violence, Rosie Batty was Australian of the Year in 2015. Short interviews with some sitters and artists complement the portraits displayed.


The exhibition will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra from 31 March to 4 November 2018. The National Portrait Gallery intends to tour the exhibition to four or five venues, beginning early 2019.

Number of works

Approximately 34 framed works, principally photographs and one drawing. There will also be two AV screens on which selected Portrait Stories (interviews with sitters and artists) will be shown on continuous loops.

1Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba, 1982 Juno Gemes. 2Jeff Fenech and trainer, John Lewis, 1986 Graham McCarter. 3Nam Le, 2010 Rozalind Drummond.


Approximately 80 running metres.

Tour manual

An electronic manual will be provided to the host venue with all material required for promotion and advertising, such as logos, logo-use and acknowledgement specifications, promotional images, a DL invitation, an exhibition checklist and captions, and more.


A National Portrait Gallery (NPG) designer will assist with exhibition layout in the lead up to the exhibition in consultation with your team. On site during the changeover period a NPG representative will courier the exhibition and provide support with unpacking, condition reporting, layout and installation – assistance on pack-up will be by negotiation with venues. An additional NPG staff member will be available for the opening of the exhibition and to deliver a public program.

Signage and wall labels

The tour will include physical introductory signage, wall text and labels. A bespoke vinyl wall graphic design can also be supplied if desired.


$7,000 (GST exclusive). This fee includes all freight and courier costs and is anticipated to be subsidised by support from the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program.

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