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Mission and values

Our Mission

The purpose of the National Portrait Gallery is to:

  • develop, preserve, maintain and promote a national collection of portraits and other works of art; and
  • develop and engage a national audience for the collection, exhibitions, education, research, publications, and public and online programs.

To achieve its purpose the Gallery will:

  • Enliven the collection
  • Engage with audiences
  • Increase support, and
  • Invest in people and resources.

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.
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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 of Australia (NPGA) 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.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.