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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.

Before hand

The private life of a portrait

Currently touring: Bunbury Regional Art Gallery
Saturday 11th April until Sunday 7th June 2020
Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio
Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio

How is it done? How do artists capture someone’s presence and personality? What is the nature of this relationship? What does it feel like to be a sitter for a portrait in the national collection?

Before hand reveals the backstories of iconic works from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. Each portrait becomes a fascinating and inspiring personal and creative journey shared by artist and sitter. Interviews with artists and sitters as well as rarely seen working drawings, studies, scrapbooks, sketches, and footage taken in artists’ studios and out on location take you on that portrait-making adventure.

Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky.

Related information

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva
Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

Darling Portrait Prize

Previous exhibition, 2020

The Darling Prize is a new annual prize for Australian portrait painters, painting Australian sitters. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Previous exhibition, 2020

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

The National Portrait Prizes

Previous exhibition, 2020

Experience the very best new portrait paintings and photographs from across Australia.

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Explore portraiture and come face to face with Australian identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity.

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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.