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Uncommon Australians

The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Daily from Friday 6 March 2015 until Sunday 14 June 2015
Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti+Campbell
Andy Thomas, 2002 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

1General Cosgrove, Dili, East Timor 1999, 2006. 2Professor Peter Doherty, 2001. 3Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley. 4Professor Mandyam Srinivasan, 2014 Sam Leach. 5Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, 2000 Victorian Tapestry Workshop. 6Dr John Yu, 2004 Ah Xian.
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The National Portrait Gallery of Australia (NPGA) 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.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.