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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.

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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

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

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Portrait 31, March - May 2009

Magazine

This issue features the new National Portrait Gallery building, James Cook and John Banks, Cate Blanchett, Irina Baranova, Annette Kellerman, Shepard Fairey and more.

Kevin Rudd
Kevin Rudd
Kevin Rudd
Kevin Rudd

An Australian story

Magazine article by Hon. Kevin Rudd

In his speech launching the new National Portrait Gallery building on 3 December 2008, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd set the Gallery in a national and historical context.

A Sydney family, 1840s
A Sydney family, 1840s
A Sydney family, 1840s
A Sydney family, 1840s

The house, the horse, the wife and the offspring

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour

Joanna Gilmour writes about the portraiture of the colonial artist William Nicholas.

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