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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.

20/20

Celebrating twenty years with twenty new portrait commissions

Previous exhibition from Saturday 20 October 2018 until Sunday 10 February 2019

20/20 showcases the suite of arresting new portraits commissioned to celebrate the National Portrait Gallery’s twentieth year. Portrait subjects – leaders and individualists invited by the Gallery – have been judiciously matched with artists, a synergy leading to the creation of distinctive contemporary artworks encompassing a variety of techniques and approaches to portraiture.

As with the portraits purchased and donated to the Gallery, the subject of each commissioned portrait is an Australian who is recognised for the notable contributions they have made to society, across a range of fields. Since the National Portrait Gallery’s foundation in 1998, over 50 portraits have entered the collection through the commissioning program.

The 20 new portraits displayed here emphasise the Gallery’s ongoing commitment to commissioning contemporary portraits, and the unique relationship between sitter and artist. The significant support of donors has assisted the realisation of these portraits.

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Dr Christopher Chapman (curator)

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The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 Deidre But-Husaim
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 Deidre But-Husaim
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 Deidre But-Husaim
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 Deidre But-Husaim

Off grid

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2019

Aimee Board ventures within and beyond to consider two remarkable new Gallery acquisitions.

Jacki Weaver, 2018 John Tsiavis
Jacki Weaver, 2018 John Tsiavis
Jacki Weaver, 2018 John Tsiavis
Jacki Weaver, 2018 John Tsiavis

Flash mob

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2019

Sarah Engledow trains her exacting lens on the nine photographs from 20/20.

Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso
Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso
Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso
Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso

Shop Talk

Magazine article by Stephen Phillips, 2016

Angus and the arbiters talk (photo) shop for the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks
Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks
Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks
Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks

Collection: Icons

Volume One

Previous exhibition, 2018

When a portrait communicates determination and individuality as boldly as these do, it has the potential to become an iconic image. For the Gallery’s 20th birthday this display brings together a group contemporary photographic portraits of inspiring women and men.

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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.