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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.

Virtual Excursions

Online and distance groups

If you can’t make it to us for whatever reason or just prefer to be in your own space, we have a number of virtual excursions and interactive programs that we can deliver in real time.

What will you experience?

Your group will be hosted by one of our Access & Learning educators for a cultural program via Zoom. Here all participants will be encouraged to explore new ideas, ways of seeing and to respond creatively, in order to understand and appreciate Australia’s complex history, its intriguing people and magnificent art.

We’re pretty flexible so can tailor our programs to almost any area of Australian history, society and culture. With over 3,000 portraits of prominent Australians, there’s a lot to explore—and our drawing and self-expression exercises can bring out the artist in anybody!

How does it work?

Once you’ve booked in and everything’s confirmed, we’ll send you information on how to connect with us over the web using a laptop or computer with a webcam, or a device. You can connect your computer or device to a larger screen or electronic whiteboard so a bigger audience can participate.

Available Programs

Special NAIDOC Week-themed celebrations

Join us for NAIDOC week under the 2021 theme: Heal Country!

Programs for all stages are delivered live by educators for students in the classroom. Celebrate the continued contributions and perspectives of the many First Nations subjects from our collection. Join Wiradjuri-Scottish educator-in-residence April Phillips on an interactive excursion to investigate how and why we need to recognise place as a significant part of our identity. If we work towards healing country, we work towards healing our nation.

Visual art

Our visual art programs investigate ways students can interpret portraits. They’ll explore aspects of biography, identity and culture; look at portraits that use different styles and media; and learn through discussion, activity and drawing.

History

Our history programs identify significant historical periods, events and ideas through key individuals who have shaped Australia’s social, economic, political and cultural developments. In these interactive programs, students will explore portraits through visual analysis, contrast and compare works from different eras; and discover how portraits can be used as historical documents.

Civics and citizenship

In these interactive programs we emphasise recognition of individuals from diverse backgrounds and fields of endeavour who have excelled and contributed to society. Students will discover ways to examine the portraits of significant Australians – past and present – through discussion, activity and drawing.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievements and activism

This engaging program identifies significant events and ideas in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, through key individuals who have shaped the political and cultural developments involved. Students will explore portraits via visual analysis, debate and pictorial representation; and discover how portraits can be used as historical documents.

Bookings

Once you’ve decided which virtual excursion you’d like to take, head over to our bookings page.

All our live video programs are free for Australian audiences.

If you’ve got a general enquiry or want to chat about specific content for your program, please get in touch via bookings@npg.gov.au

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The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance

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Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

This website comprises and contains copyrighted materials and works. Copyright in all materials and/or works comprising or contained within this website remains with the National Portrait Gallery and other copyright owners as specified.

The National Portrait Gallery respects the artistic and intellectual property rights of others. The use of images of works of art reproduced on this website and all other content may be restricted under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Requests for a reproduction of a work of art or other content can be made through a Reproduction request. For further information please contact NPG Copyright.

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