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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Cathy Freeman, 1994 Montalbetti+Campbell

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In this ten-part series on Australian portraits, Angus Trumble and Fiona Gruber hold a wide-ranging, thought-provoking and often unexpected face-off with history and culture.

Jokowi, Indonesia, 2014 by Adam Ferguson

Statement from Mr Angus Trumble 30 April 2015

Archived media releases 2015

Today, Mr Angus Trumble, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, expanded on his reasons for removing the photographic portrait of Indonesian President Joko Widodo from exhibition.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 17 March 2015

Archived media releases 2015

National Portrait Gallery Director Angus Trumble invites media to the announcement of the winner and exhibition preview for the 2015 National Photographic Portrait Prize.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 14 March 2017

Archived media releases 2017

Save the date: National Portrait Gallery Director Angus Trumble invites media to the announcement of the winner and exhibition preview for the 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize on 31 March.

Angus Trumble and David Hansen

National Portrait Gallery Director's tenure ends in triumph 30 November 2018

Archived media releases 2018

National Portrait Gallery Director Angus Trumble is ending his five-year tenure with a flourish, after announcing that Gallery publication Dempsey’s People: A Folio of British Street Portraits 1824-1844 has been awarded the 2018 William MB Berger Prize for British Art History.

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A fully-illustrated, high-spirited catalogue by exhibition curator, Dr. Sarah Engledow. 

Reg Richardson AM, 2014 Mitch Cairns

Grow the Portrait Gallery of Australia 9 June 2016

Archived media releases 2016

The Portrait Gallery is calling for contributions to support in the acquisition of superb portraits for the national collection.

New partnership with Stripy Sock 5 July 2016

Archived media releases 2016

We have a new partnership with Canberra-based leading mobile application development consultancy, Stripy Sock.

Angus Trumble National Portrait Gallery Director

National Portrait Gallery Director announced 20 December 2013

Archived media releases 2013

The National Portrait Gallery welcomes Angus Trumble

Ken Catchpole, 2014 Gary Grealy

Rugby great unveiled 1 December 2014

Archived media releases 2014

A new portrait commission of Australian Rugby great, Ken Catchpole OAM by Gary Grealy will be officially unveiled on 3 December.

Richard Walley, 2015 Julie Dowling

Richard Walley OAM honoured in new Portrait Gallery commission 2 September 2015

Archived media releases 2015

A new commissioned portrait funded by the Gallery’s Foundation will be launched at Murdoch University in Perth tonight, Wednesday 2 September.

Portrait 50 hits the shelves 1 September 2015

Archived media releases 2015

With contributions from Julia Gillard, Fiona Gruber, and Dr Karl James, the National Portrait Gallery’s 50th edition of Portrait has something for everyone.

Mark Ella, 2015 Nikki Toole

Gallery unveils Portrait of Mark Ella 12 May 2016

Archived media releases 2016

Last night in Sydney, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled a newly commissioned portrait of Australian sporting legend Mark Ella AM.

Nat Young, c. 1968 by Albert Falzon

Arcadia media information 31 July 2014

Archived media releases 2014

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Artist in residence creates portraits using brainwave zctivity 29 June 2016

Archived media releases 2016

Digital media artist, George Khut, is creating a spectacular form of digital portraiture involving public participants.

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown, 1957 Graham Sutherland

Philanthropic donations enable otherwise unobtainable acquisition 20 October 2016

Archived media releases 2016

A magnanimous portrait of Helena Rubinstein has been acquired for the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.

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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.