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A very Australian place

by Dr Sarah Engledow, 1 March 2009

The National Portrait Gallery's new building, opened on 3 December 2008, is a beautiful home for the national collection of portraits.

The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery’s new building, opened on 3 December 2008, is a beautiful home for the national collection of portraits. Characterised by a welcoming approach, a fine sense of proportion and sensitivity to materials, the building creates the ideal setting for the visitor to experience portraiture.

As Brett Boardman’s photographs reveal, the building is an architectural gem that sits perfectly in Canberra’s light-filled landscapes.

7 portraits

1Ian Potter Gallery through to Fairfax Gallery. 2A S Liangis Gallery. 3External evening view of the Robert Oatley Gallery . 4Ian Potter Gallery.
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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.