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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

Media

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.

Andrew Sayers Memorial Lecture 2019 A Face to the Future: The Third Decade

About us

For our Annual Lecture, Director Karen Quinlan AM expands upon her vision for the National Portrait Gallery and talks about plans for the institution's third decade. 

NPPP 2020 Winner Announcement video: 4 minutes 30 seconds

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.

Event cancellations Updated 3:30pm Monday 16 March 2020

What's on

On behalf of the National Portrait Gallery, I would like to reassure you that we are still here for you in these unusual times. Karen Quinlan AM

The Hon E.G. Whitlam AC QC, 1980 Graeme Inson

Policies and plans

Governance & Board

Polices and plans and that direct the Gallery's work

Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley

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

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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.

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

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

Media

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.

New Dates for the Inaugural Darling Portrait Prize 10 April 2019

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

So Fine catalogue

National Portrait Gallery takes out top gong in MAPDA awards 16 May 2019

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The National Portrait Gallery is thrilled to be named the winner of the Museums Australasia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards in the category of exhibition major catalogue level B, for our publication So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history.

Gloves off (Tom Uren), 1996 Ralph Heimans

Public information

Governance & Board

An agency plan prepared in accordance with the Information Publication Scheme.

Elle Macpherson, 1995 photographed by Andrew Macpherson

Women in Vogue: Celebrating Sixty years in Australia 20 May 2019

Media

Celebrating sixty years of Australia’s most exceptional women as they appeared in Vogue Australia, the National Portrait Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition in collaboration with this pre-eminent fashion title.

Tim Winton, 2019 Sally Robinson

Annual Appeal 2020

Circle of Friends

We are asking for your support by making a contribution to the National Portrait Gallery Annual Appeal. The first acquisition we wish to make is of this remarkable portrait of author Tim Winton.

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe, 2018 Shirley Purdie

Presenting… Shirley Purdie’s Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe Wednesday 27 May 2020

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The National Portrait Gallery this week launches an online exhibition of Shirley Purdie’s remarkable self-portrait Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe to coincide with Reconciliation Week.

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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.