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Mission and values

Our Mission

The purpose of the National Portrait Gallery is to increase the understanding and appreciation of the Australian people – our identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity – through portraiture.

To achieve its purpose the Gallery will:

  • Develop the collection;
  • Reach out and engage Australians;
  • Build our resource base;
  • Create a supportive culture;
  • Maintain and enhance our signature building

Our Values

We aim to inspire

In everything we do we strive to be an inspiration to the individual, the community and the nation.

We are inclusive and accessible

We are approachable, friendly and welcoming of our visitors and each other.  We strive to ensure that the Gallery, the collection and our programs are accessible to all.

We operate with integrity

We are accountable, responsible for our actions and act with honesty and empathy, remaining true to our purpose. We respect the focus of our collection, the sitters and their stories, the artists, our visitors and each other.

We strive for excellence

We continue to strive and challenge ourselves through our initiatives. We are innovative and seek to lead in everything we do.

2 portraits

1L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen. 2Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka.
© National Portrait Gallery 2019
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia


Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196
The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal people, the traditional custodians of the land upon which the NPG stands.