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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

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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

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

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.

Stuart, 2008
Stuart, 2008
Stuart, 2008

Interiors

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman

Christopher Chapman previews the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009.

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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.