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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.

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Face the Music

Australia has become recognised for the range and talent of its musicians, composers, conductors and celebrities in general associated with the music industry

More information on Face the Music

Selected images

Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell
Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell. © Jon Campbell
Natalie Imbruglia, 1999 Polly Borland
Natalie Imbruglia, 1999 Polly Borland. © Polly Borland
Sherbet, 1974 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Sherbet, 1974 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley. © Lewis Morley Archive LLC
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley. © Estate of Howard Arkley. Licensed by Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art.
Michael Hutchence, 1997 Polly Borland
Michael Hutchence, 1997 Polly Borland. © Polly Borland
Waiting for Zipporah (Christine Anu), 2002 Elizabeth Barden
Waiting for Zipporah (Christine Anu), 2002 Elizabeth Barden. © Elizabeth Barden
Don Burrows at work, 1998 Barry Walsh
Don Burrows at work, 1998 Barry Walsh. © Barry Walsh
Get Wet series (David Twohill), 1979 Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (David Twohill), 1979 Paul Worstead. © Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (Greedy Smith), 1979 Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (Greedy Smith), 1979 Paul Worstead. © Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (Martin Plaza), 1979 Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (Martin Plaza), 1979 Paul Worstead. © Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (Peter O'Doherty), 1979 Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (Peter O'Doherty), 1979 Paul Worstead. © Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (Reg Mombassa), 1979 Paul Worstead
Get Wet series (Reg Mombassa), 1979 Paul Worstead. © Paul Worstead
James Morrison with flugelhorn, 1994 Kerrie Lester
James Morrison with flugelhorn, 1994 Kerrie Lester. © Kerrie Lester/Copyright Agency, 2020
Eagle Ross (Ross Wilson), 2005 Tessa Jones
Eagle Ross (Ross Wilson), 2005 Tessa Jones. © Tessa Jones
Dame Joan Sutherland, c. 1977 Robert Hannaford
Dame Joan Sutherland, c. 1977 Robert Hannaford. © Robert Hannaford/Copyright Agency, 2020
Johnny O'Keefe "A little bit louder now...", 1999 Ivan Durrant
Johnny O'Keefe "A little bit louder now...", 1999 Ivan Durrant. © Ivan Durrant/Copyright Agency, 2020
Bernie McGann, 1999 Sage
Bernie McGann, 1999 Sage. © Sage
Peter Allen, 1980 William Yang
Peter Allen, 1980 William Yang. © William Yang
Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT, 2004 John Elliott
Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT, 2004 John Elliott. © John Elliott
Slim Dusty at Carlton Hill Station, WA, 1993 John Elliott
Slim Dusty at Carlton Hill Station, WA, 1993 John Elliott. © John Elliott
Troy Cassar-Daley, Brisbane, 2004 John Elliott
Troy Cassar-Daley, Brisbane, 2004 John Elliott. © John Elliott
Kasey Chambers, Sydney, 2004 John Elliott
Kasey Chambers, Sydney, 2004 John Elliott. © John Elliott
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith
Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith. © Estate of Eric Smith
Molly Meldrum, 2004 Robin Sellick
Molly Meldrum, 2004 Robin Sellick. © Robin Sellick
Michael Hutchence, 1997 Harry Borden
Michael Hutchence, 1997 Harry Borden. © Harry Borden

Related information

Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981 Jenny Watson
Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981 Jenny Watson
Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981 Jenny Watson
Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981 Jenny Watson

Face the music

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2005

Drawn from the Gallery's collection, the exhibition Face the Music explores the remarkable talents and achievements of Australian musicians, composers, conductors and celebrities associated with the music industry.

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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.