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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.

Headspace 9

Self Identities - Making Connections

Previous exhibition from Saturday 12 September 2009 until Sunday 15 November 2009

Headspace 9 is an exhibition of outstanding student self portraits (paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography and media arts) by Year 10, 11 and 12 school students that will engage a national audience.

Rose’s afternoon delight, 2009 by Rose Hammer
Rose’s afternoon delight, 2009 by Rose Hammer

The National Portrait Gallery invited Years 10, 11 and 12 students from schools around Australia to make portraits in response to the theme Self Identity - making connections. Headspace 9 shows self portraits that deal with connections to place and family, relationships to objects and possessions, the passing of time, moods and emotions, and events that have significant impact on growing up. This exhibition invites us to consider and discover the students’ stories of self, and make meaning of their diverse visual representations. The National Portrait Gallery is committed to providing students with an opportunity to exhibit portraits, rigorously engage with the creative process as well as connecting with other students.

The aim of Headspace is to expand secondary students’ understanding of self portraiture, to explore its possibilities as an art form, and to express ideas about self identity. Through self portraiture students can examine and express much about themselves – how they fit comfortably or otherwise into a community; real or virtual, local or national, family or friends. The National Portrait Gallery congratulates all the artists who submitted work for Headspace 9 and thanks them for their generosity in so willingly sharing their artistic insights.

34 portraits

1Break away, 2009 by Blake Williams. 2Untitled, 2009 by Sam Wiechula. 3Wrapped in the media, 2009 by Annabel Kavanagh. 4Which way from here?, 2009 by Daniel DeValentin. 5Myself, 2009 by Tori Berquist. 6Self portrait, 2009 by Spencer Harvie.

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Headspace 8

The Journey

Previous exhibition, 2007

This year's theme calls upon students to consider the concept of 'The Journey'.

The Precasso Armoured Butterfly, 2010 by Alicia Mozqueira
The Precasso Armoured Butterfly, 2010 by Alicia Mozqueira
The Precasso Armoured Butterfly, 2010 by Alicia Mozqueira
The Precasso Armoured Butterfly, 2010 by Alicia Mozqueira

Headspace 10

Self/reflections

Previous exhibition, 2010

Headspace 10 is a national, secondary school art exhibition from all states and territories exploring the theme, Self/reflections, through portraiture.

Wendy drunk 11pm, 1983 by Brett Whiteley
Wendy drunk 11pm, 1983 by Brett Whiteley
Wendy drunk 11pm, 1983 by Brett Whiteley
Wendy drunk 11pm, 1983 by Brett Whiteley

Idle Hours

Previous exhibition, 2009

Idle hours is an exhibition of luxurious beauty. Paintings, prints and drawings represent subjects in quiet moods and situations arranged according to the time of day they depict - reading, drawing, snoozing, bathing, sewing, gardening, sitting, looking, making love and spending tranquil time with companions. Works in the exhibition range from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.

Gazira Babeli
Gazira Babeli
Gazira Babeli
Gazira Babeli

doppelgänger

Previous exhibition, 2009

doppelgänger is the second in a series of virtual exhibitions held by the National Portrait Gallery that explore contemporary notions of portraiture in the online environment.

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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.