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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.

Surfing, Noosa, 1970s Stuart Spence

The play’s the thing

About Face article

Penelope Grist charts an immersive path through Stuart Spence’s photography.

Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews

Pub Rock Your backstage pass to 70s and 80s sounds and scenes

Current exhibition

Celebrate the people, places and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on our nation’s identity.

Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson

Protest! How can we dance when our earth is turning?

General content

Rock’s raw potency made it the ideal medium for fomenting protest. The 1970s, 80s and onwards saw calls for social and environmental justice ring out through song.

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

Spring exhibition program 18 August 2020

Media

The following on-line and physical exhibitions are planned to open at the National Portrait Gallery in coming months. For those who can’t travel at present, selected works from all exhibitions will be included online

Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews

Announcing... Pub Rock 11 August 2020

Media

An exhibition that celebrates the people, places and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on the nation’s identity, opens at the National Portrait Gallery on 5 September, 2020.

Queenie McKenzie Nakara, 1997 Greg Weight

She saved his life. He showed her painting.

Nearest & Dearest

Leaders, painters, friends

In the Lounge, 2006 by North Sullivan

Seduce, Amuse, Entertain NPPP 2007 exhibition essay

General content

Michael Desmond, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2007 Prize.

Mal Meninga, 2018 Peter Hudson

Mal Meninga, 2018 by Peter Hudson

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Commissioned with funds provided by Maliganis Edwards Johnson and Alan Dodge AM 2018

Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead

Electric! Portraits that pop!

Previous exhibition, 2018

Celebrate the Gallery’s 20th birthday summer with Electric! Portraits that pop! The collection exhibition features a mix of bright, bold and colourful paintings, prints and photographs, and buoyant video portraits.

Trevor Jamieson, 2016 by Brett Canet-Gibson

The more things change... NPPP 2017 exhibition essay

General content

Dr Sarah Engledow, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2017 Prize.

Daniel Johns, Silverchair Melbourne 2007 by Martin Philbey

Rock art

Magazine article by Andrew Mayo, 2016

Andrew Mayo talks to three of Australia’s most prominent and prolific music photographers — Martin Philbey, Kane Hibberd and Daniel Boud — about the challenges and inspiration behind their craft.

The Rays, 1970 
Raindance Corporation, Frank Gillette, Michael Shamberg, Paul Ryan

Post digital

Magazine article by Tegan Mcauley, 2015

Tegan McAuley looks at the evolution of video portraiture.

Dan Sultan, 2011 Martin Philbey

Dan the man

Magazine article by India Bednall, 2015

Martin Philbey’s portrait of Dan Sultan.

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History

About us

How the National Portrait Gallery and its unique collection came to be

Paul Kelly, 1992 by Wendy McDougall

Paul Kelly and The Portraits media information 18 June 2013

Archived media releases 2013

Paul Kelly & The Portraits presents a multifaceted image of the performer over the course of his career.

Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson
Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson
Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson

Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Courtesy of Kev Carmody, Song Cycles Pty Ltd.

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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.