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Untitled#15 from Tour of Duty series (Kylie Minogue performs at Tour of Duty concert at Dili Stadium, East Timor, 21 December 1999), 1999-2000

Matthew Sleeth

type C photograph on paper (frame: 75.0 cm x 71.8 cm, image: 43.0 cm x 43.0 cm)

Kylie Minogue OBE (b. 1968) is one of the most popular solo female performers of all time. Having achieved fame playing Charlene in the television soap Neighbours, she signed with the English hitmakers Stock Aitken Waterman in 1987 and made history by achieving more than 20 consecutive top ten hits in the UK. A change of record labels in 1992 ushered in a more sophisticated sound and image, and she has since been involved in some daring collaborations with artists including Nick Cave, Robbie Williams, Japanese pop star Towa Tei, and the Hurts. Apart from Madonna, Minogue is the only performer to have achieved UK number one hits in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, she became a prominent survivor of the scourge, her ordeal inspiring hope in many other women. Her eleventh album was Aphrodite (2010), following the release of which she toured the world in the astounding spectacle Aphrodite: Les folies. Her latest album is Kiss Me Once (2014).

Kylie Minogue was in East Timor in December 1999 to appear with a range of Australian talent in Tour of Duty, a concert for InterFET troops and East Timorese people.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Matthew Sleeth

Accession number: 2010.170

Currently on display: Gallery Three (Robert Oatley Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Matthew Sleeth (age 27 in 1999)

Kylie Minogue OBE (age 31 in 1999)

Subject professions

Performing arts

Donated by

Patrick Corrigan AM (123 portraits)

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

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Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2011

Portraits of philanthropists in the collection honour their contributions to Australia and acknowledge their support of the National Portrait Gallery.

Untitled #88 from Tour of Duty series (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue , Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999) Matthew Sleeth
Untitled #88 from Tour of Duty series (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue , Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999) Matthew Sleeth
Untitled #88 from Tour of Duty series (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue , Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999) Matthew Sleeth
Untitled #88 from Tour of Duty series (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue , Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999) Matthew Sleeth

For the boys

Magazine article by Alistair McGhie, 2011

The photographs from Matthew Sleeth's tour of duty series look more like advertisements than images of war.

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Magazine article by Margot Anderson, 2005

The Kylie exhibition celebrated the significant achievements of one of Australia's most internationally recognisable faces and gave the general public a rare glimpse into her glamorous life. 

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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.