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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.

Copyright and reproductions

We’re committed to supporting the legal and moral rights of artists and respecting the intellectual property rights of others. We recognise the rights of copyright holders under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and acknowledge the cultural and intellectual property rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.


Depending on each artwork’s copyright clause, we’re usually able to provide a digital copy of them for a number of purposes, including for research, publications, exhibition usage, online usage, film and television, and limited forms of commercial usage.

The only time you can use images from this website without copyright permission is if it’s for research and study as defined by section 40 of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). If you need a higher resolution image for this purpose, please submit a reproduction request below.

All other usage of artwork images or other material from our website needs permission from both the copyright owner and us. Where possible, we’ll provide the contact details you’ll need to seek copyright and, where relevant, First Nations cultural and intellectual property permission as part of the reproduction request process.

It is the sole responsibility of the person reproducing the artwork to ensure they have copyright and cultural permissions, and to resolve any associated fees. All permissions and proof of any associated payments must be submitted to us in writing (email is fine) before we can release any image files.

For media image requests please email


We don’t provide artwork files for private use, however, you can buy posters and postcards of selected artworks, publications and other merchandise from The Curatoreum.


Please complete the reproduction request below.

After submitting the online form, your request will be assessed, and then the details of required copyright permissions, fees and other relevant information will be sent to you via email. Once copyright and other permissions are confirmed, we’ll send you a tax invoice and image licence. Once your invoice has been paid, we’ll send you a link to download the digital file/s.


Our processing time for reproduction requests can vary depending on the permissions required. Initial reproduction requests will be responded to within five working days where possible. Please note that copyright holders and cultural permissions coordinators can take several weeks to reply to your request, so please factor that in to your schedule.

If a reproduction request is urgent please provide a clear date required in the reproduction request, and we’ll let you know if the required supply date is achievable.


If your reproduction request is approved, we will send you our terms and conditions of supply, the invoice, and any other relevant details. Acceptance of the terms and conditions will be required for the image to be supplied.


Files types and sizes provided vary depending on what they’ll be used for. The standard formats provided are:

  • Publications: a high resolution .jpg or .tiff file will be provided, where possible, for publications and commercial uses.
  • Online or digital usage: a low resolution .jpg comparable in size to what’s on our website will be provided for all online, multimedia, intranet or email newsletter usages.
  • Research and study: a low resolution .jpg comparable in size to what’s on our website will be provided for research and study usages (outside of academic publications).


Image supply fees vary depending on the nature of the reproduction request. Our standard fees listed below are GST exclusive and in Australian Dollars. All Australian requests will be charged GST.

Any copyright or other related fees are the sole responsibility of the requestor and will be in addition to the Gallery’s image supply fees.

We reserve the right to apply a discount or waive a fee in relation to specific requests.

Publications – including e-books and related promotional use
Front cover $300
Back cover $200
Internal page $100
A copy of the publication may also be requested for our research library.
Other uses
Gallery exhibition $100
Including display, didactics, public and educational programs and promotion.
Online $100
Including websites, social media and streaming video.
Film and television $250
Public performance $250
Unpublished research or study No fee
Fees for published or online research outcomes will be charged at the relevant rate above.
Merchandise Price on application
Merchandise includes (but is not limited to) to calendars, greeting cards, postcards, reproduction prints, product packaging and labelling. Price will be on application but will be a minimum of 10% Recommended Retail Price x Print run/unit numbers.
General non-commercial use $100
Commercial use Price on application
Commercial use will be assessed on a case by case basis and if approved to proceed, the price will be negotiated with the requestor based on context of use.


General copyright or reproduction enquiries that cannot be submitted via the online reproduction request form can be emailed to

Reproduction request form


Contact details

Selected image/s

No portraits selected. Choose one from the collection by clicking the "copyright request" link on a portrait page, or describe it below.

Use of image/s

Please select all applicable

Anticipated alteration or modification of the image/s
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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.

This website comprises and contains copyrighted materials and works. Copyright in all materials and/or works comprising or contained within this website remains with the National Portrait Gallery and other copyright owners as specified.

The National Portrait Gallery respects the artistic and intellectual property rights of others. The use of images of works of art reproduced on this website and all other content may be restricted under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Requests for a reproduction of a work of art or other content can be made through a Reproduction request. For further information please contact NPG Copyright.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency