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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.

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Headspace 4

Facing Memory

Previous exhibition from Friday 19 September 2003 until Sunday 2 November 2003

Facing Memory: Headspace 4 provides us with valuable insights into the thoughts, creative processes and art-making practices of secondary students from Year 7 to Year 12 from sixty-two schools in the Australian Capital Territory, regional New South Wales and Victoria. Portraiture makes a powerful visual statement, no less so when it is made by secondary school students.

Checkered Past, 2003 by Alex Epoff
Checkered Past, 2003 by Alex Epoff

This year’s Headspace exhibition Facing Memory: Headspace 4 provides us with valuable insights into the thoughts, creative processes and art-making practices of secondary students from Year 7 to Year 12 from sixty-two schools in the Australian Capital Territory, regional New South Wales and Victoria. Portraiture makes a powerful visual statement, no less so when it is made by secondary school students.

At the National Portrait Gallery we are committed to education as a social process which enables young people to engage with themselves and their worlds. Through our collaboration with art teachers the Gallery offers students the opportunity to realise their own unique capabilities through portraiture as a valuable art form for the expression of ideas. Exploring the theme of memory students demonstrate a diverse range of responses through the concept of portraiture. We compliment the students and teachers who have contributed to producing the artworks.

Andrew Sayers, Director

9 portraits

1Looking Back, 2003 by Sarah Ashton. 2Untitled, 2003 by Anna King. 3Looking For Reasons, 2003 by Andrew Rees. 4Grace, 2003 by Caitlyn Hogan. 5Untitled, 2003 by Chris de Hoog. 6Chalking Up Memories, 2003 by Hannah Bull
. 7Self-portrait, 2003 by Jessica Gibson. 8Present, 2003 by Stephanie Downey.

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The Joy Of Life, 2002 by Janelle McKay
The Joy Of Life, 2002 by Janelle McKay
The Joy Of Life, 2002 by Janelle McKay
The Joy Of Life, 2002 by Janelle McKay

Headspace 3

Being Me

Previous exhibition, 2002

The self-portrait enables students to explore emerging and changing aspects of their own identity, their sense of self, their place in the world, their experience of being human

Losing Faith, 2004 by Alexandra Cody
Losing Faith, 2004 by Alexandra Cody
Losing Faith, 2004 by Alexandra Cody
Losing Faith, 2004 by Alexandra Cody

Headspace 5

Crystal Gazing

Previous exhibition, 2004

Crystal Gazing: Headspace V, the fifth in the National Portrait Gallery's program of secondary student portrait exhibitions, invites students from Canberra and the surrounding regions to explore the possibilities of portraiture

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor
Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor
Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor
Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

Australia and the Nobel Prize

Previous exhibition, 2003

This unique exhibition will give an insight into the private lives, pursuits and work of all the Nobel laureates associated with Australia

Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

Australians in Hollywood

Previous exhibition, 2003

Although perceived to be a recent phenomenon, the 'Aussie invasion' of Hollywood can actually be traced as far back as the early 1900s

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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.