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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.

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The National Portrait Gallery's Director, Karen Quinlan, receives Australia Day Honour

26 January 2019
Archived media releases 2019

The newly appointed Director of the National Portrait Gallery Karen Quinlan, was today recognised in the Australia Day Honours list for her significant service to the visual arts and to higher education.

Helen Nugent, Karen Quinlan and Angus Trumble

Ms Karen Quinlan appointed to lead the NPGA

25 September 2018
Archived media releases 2018

The Board of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Karen Quinlan as its incoming Director.

15 Minutes of Frame

Karen Quinlan and Kim Sajet, 18th November 2020
Recorded virtual programs

Karen Quinlan AM, Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, in conversation with Kim Sajet, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Winner announcement

NPPP 2020
General content

Karen Quinlan AM, Director, National Portrait Gallery announces the Winner and Highly Commended Award for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020.

Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images

The National Photographic Portrait Prize: 2021 Living Memory

1 September 2020
Media

Director Karen Quinlan AM announces significant changes for 2021, including a larger, longer exhibition, themed to reflect our experience of events that have occurred in this historic year.

Karen Quinlan AM

Executive

Our team

National Portrait Gallery Director Karen Quinlan AM leads the executive team.

The Hon E.G. Whitlam AC QC

Policies and plans

Governance & Board

Polices and plans that direct the Gallery's work

Nick Cave

The Amazing Face: a 14-day Dive into Portraiture

Media

The National Portrait Gallery is offering a free online class on the art of portraiture from April 28.

Update on Temporary Closure of the National Portrait Gallery

15 April 2019
Archived media releases 2019

The National Portrait Gallery will close its doors from Tuesday 23 April 2019, but the public are still able to experience the home of portraiture during the four-month closure.

Carla Zampatti

Vale Carla Zampatti AC

3 April 2021
Media

The National Portrait Gallery is deeply saddened by the news of the untimely death of Carla Zampatti AC, an Australian icon and a woman who contributed so significantly to defining the identity and style of Australian women.

Elizabeth

The National Portrait Prizes

29 January 2020
Media

The National Portrait Gallery today announced finalists for the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize, a national new $75,000 prize for Australian portrait painting, and released selected images from the final prize pool for the popular National Photography Portrait Prize.

Professor Denise Ferris, Tony Ellwood AM and Karen Quinlan AM

Darling Portrait Prize judges announced

26 August 2019
Archived media releases 2019

The National Portrait Gallery is excited to announce the judging panel for the prestigious inaugural Darling Portrait Prize with first place prize valued at $75,000.

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize

Prizes and awards

Calling all teachers! Tell your students to get their pencils sharpened, brushes loose and cameras ready, ‘cause there’s a new portrait prize in town!

New Dates for the Inaugural Darling Portrait Prize

10 April 2019
Archived media releases 2019

Artists will have more time to get their paints out after the National Portrait Gallery announces new dates for the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize.

Wendy Bowman, 2019 David Darcy

The People’s Choice Awards

16 June 2020
Media

The votes have been counted, and the winners of the National Portrait Gallery’s People’s Choice Awards for the Prize exhibitions are...

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Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize

Entries close 8 October 2021.

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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.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency