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Uncommon Australians

The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Previous exhibition
from Friday 6 March until Sunday 14 June 2015
Andy Thomas
Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti + Campbell. © Montalbetti & Campbell

Uncommon Australians: The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling showcases portraits acquired through the generosity of the National Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons, L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC; and pays tribute to the Darlings’ persistence in turning their private dream of a gallery of portraits of ‘uncommon Australians’ into a tangible collection in a purpose-built home.

Accompanied by a lavish catalogue, the exhibition will tour to McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery, Victoria, and the Tweed Regional Gallery, New South Wales.

Read more in the exhibition essay

62 portraits

1 General Cosgrove, Dili, East Timor 1999, 2006 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor/Copyright Agency, 2021. 2 Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor. 3 Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley. © Estate of Howard Arkley. Licensed by Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art. 4 Professor Mandyam Srinivasan, 2014 Sam Leach. © Sam Leach. 5 Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, 2000 Australian Tapestry Workshop. © Australian Tapestry Workshop.

Related information

Gordon Darling

by Jiawei Shen

Portrait story

Gordon Darling talks about how Jiawei Shen came to paint his portrait.

Marilyn Darling interview video: 2 minutes
Marilyn Darling interview video: 2 minutes
Marilyn Darling interview video: 2 minutes
Marilyn Darling interview video: 2 minutes

Marilyn Darling

by Anne Zahalka

Portrait story

Marilyn Darling talks about the creation of her portrait, and the photographic process.

Marilyn Darling AC
Marilyn Darling AC
Marilyn Darling AC
Marilyn Darling AC

Support Crew

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2011

Portraits of philanthropists in the collection honour their contributions to Australia and acknowledge their support of the National Portrait Gallery.

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