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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.

Bed piece, 1972 by Chris Burden

Chris Burden

Tough & Tender
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In the video in Tough and tender Chris Burden narrates his performance artworks characterised by focused attention to mind over physical body.

Follow curator Chris Chapman on Instagram

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Dr. Chris Chapman's Instagram account is inspiration for the exhibition Tough & Tender.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe

2014-15 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

Kristin Headlam's portrait of Chris Wallace-Crabbe was acquired with the support of the Circle of Friends in 2014.

Self portrait with Spots and Veins

2007 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

Chris O'Doherty's self portrait was acquired in 2007 with the assistance of the Acquisition Fund.

Reg Richardson AM

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.

Basil steps out, 2016 by Kristin Headlam
Courtesy the artist and Charles Nodrum Gallery

Kristin Headlam

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Basil grew into a speckled beauty – a long-legged leaper and an exceptionally vocal dog, with a great register of sounds, ascending in shock value from a whimper to a growl to a bark to a yelp that’s a violation of the ears.

Spencer 2016, by Warwick Baker

Tough & Tender Media Release

14 July 2016
Archived media releases 2016

Photographs from internationally acclaimed artists Robert Mapplethorpe, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Collier Schorr and Chris Burden along with contemporary Australian artists, Rozalind Drummond and Warwick Baker will call the National Portrait Gallery home during our extraordinary winter exhibition Tough and Tender.

All that fall artist interviews video: 4 minutes

All that fall artist interviews

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Lawrence English, Ellis Hutch and Lee Grant talk about the works they created for All that fall.

Tim Flannery

Provocative talks on Saturdays in September

29 August 2016
Archived media releases 2016

Join The Saturday Paper’s chief political correspondent, Karen Middleton, for A Month of Saturdays – afternoon conversations bringing current affairs experts to the Gallery for engaging, real-time discussions about the topics that matter.

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Maryan, 2010 by Rod McNicol

Rod McNicol

18 June 2015
Archived media releases 2015

Australian photographer Rod McNicol has consistently analysed the passing of time through the evidence of the photographic portrait. At once confronting and tender, McNicol’s portrait photographs are bold and intimate.

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.

Jacki Weaver

Jacki Weaver, 2018

by John Tsiavis
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Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2018

Tan Le

Tan Le, 2018

by John Tsiavis
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Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

Emitt sitting, 2001 by Lucy Culliton

Lucy Culliton

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Most well-regarded pictures of chickens show them dead. A reliable way to tell if a chicken in a painting is dead is to check if it’s hanging upside down, because unlike, say, cockatoos, chickens don’t practise inversion for enjoyment in life.

Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne

NPPP 2009 exhibition essay

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Dr Christopher Chapman, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2009 Prize.

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