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The work of art

In Galleries Eight and Nine

Previous exhibition
from Saturday 29 October 2022 until Tuesday 23 May 2023
Self portrait
Collection display in Gallery 8, November 2022
1 Self portrait, 1990 Anne Zahalka. © Anne Zahalka/Copyright Agency, 2024. 2 Collection display in Gallery 8, November 2022.

It takes a village to raise a creative! Get an insight into the often-unseen work and supporters needed for the arts to thrive. The work of art documents the creative process, evoke states of creativity and inspiration, and shows us clues about the subject’s own work from the way artists portray them.

Not confined to images of artists in their studios, this display goes beyond. Think gallerists, curators, collectors, patrons, philanthropists, and professionals from the literary and performing arts. It’s quite the crowd.

Portraits on display

John Mawurndjul
Portrait of Kym Bonython/Portrait of Mr Bonython's speedway cap
A Portrait (Kate Hattam)
1 John Mawurndjul, 2005 R. Ian Lloyd. © R Ian Lloyd/Copyright Agency, 2024. 2 Portrait of Kym Bonython/Portrait of Mr Bonython's speedway cap, 1963-1966 John Brack. © Helen Brack. 3 A Portrait (Kate Hattam), 1956 Clifton Pugh AO. © Shane Pugh.
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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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