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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.

Anna Meares  video: 9 minutes 19 seconds

Anna Meares and Narelle Autio 'Come along for the ride'

Portrait story

Champion track cyclist, Anna Meares, discusses her portrait with artist Narelle Autio.

Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio
Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio
Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio

Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by King & Wood Mallesons 2018

Professor Ainslie Meares, 1980 Jacqueline Mitelman
Professor Ainslie Meares, 1980 Jacqueline Mitelman
Professor Ainslie Meares, 1980 Jacqueline Mitelman

Professor Ainslie Meares, 1980 Jacqueline Mitelman

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003

Don Watson, 2002 Anna Sande
Don Watson, 2002 Anna Sande
Don Watson, 2002 Anna Sande

Don Watson, 2002 Anna Sande

Portrait, oil on canvas board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

Anna Pavlova, 1926 Harold Cazneaux
Anna Pavlova, 1926 Harold Cazneaux
Anna Pavlova, 1926 Harold Cazneaux

Anna Pavlova, 1926 Harold Cazneaux

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Jack With Flossy, 2016 by Anna Culliton

Anna Culliton

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Anna Culliton never had a colouring-in book when she was little. Her parents –Tony, a filmmaker, and Stephanie, a painter – wouldn’t let her have one. Instead, they insisted on her drawing her own pictures to colour-in. 

Anna Volska, n.d. Stuart Campbell
Anna Volska, n.d. Stuart Campbell
Anna Volska, n.d. Stuart Campbell

Anna Volska, n.d. Stuart Campbell

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Stuart Campbell 2012

Anna Josepha King, c. 1830 an unknown artist
Anna Josepha King, c. 1830 an unknown artist
Anna Josepha King, c. 1830 an unknown artist

Anna Josepha King, c. 1830 an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour and gouache on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio

Anna Meares, 2018 by Narelle Autio

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by King & Wood Mallesons 2018

Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky

Before hand The private life of a portrait

Previous exhibition, 2020

Revealing the backstories behind the NPG collection, Before hand features interviews with artists and sitters as well as working drawings, scrapbooks, sketches and footage taken in artists’ studios and out on location.

Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky

National Portrait Gallery unveils twenty new portrait commissions to celebrate twenty years 18 October 2018

Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled twenty new portrait commissions of Australian leaders and individualists as part of its twentieth birthday celebrations in a new exhibition, 20/20: Celebrating twenty years with twenty new portrait commissions.

Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio

Before hand

Hosting a touring exhibition

How is it done? How do artists capture someone’s presence and personality? What is the nature of this relationship? What does it feel like to be a sitter for a portrait in the national collection?

Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel

The Popular Pet Show

Previous exhibition, 2016

This exhibition expresses the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, and celebrates their trusting, unpretentious ways, with portraits of Australians and their furry, feathered and fluffy friends.

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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.