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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.

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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.

Karen Quinlan AM

Karen Quinlan AM

Biography

Karen Quinlan AM took up her appointment as Director of the National Portrait Gallery in December 2018. Karen commenced her curatorial career in 1994 at National Gallery of Victoria before becoming Curator of Bendigo Art Gallery in 1996, and the Director of Bendigo Art Gallery from 2000 until 2018. Karen was a Professor of Practice and previously Director of the La Trobe Art Institute La Trobe University, a former Trustee of the State Library of Victoria, Board Member and former Chair of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria.

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. 

Girl with Cigarette, c. 1925 by Agnes Goodsir

Agnes enigma

Magazine article by Karen Quinlan AM, 2019

Karen Quinlan considers the case of Agnes Goodsir, whose low profile in Australia belies her overseas acclaim.

Ray Lawler, 2006 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Diamond Doll

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2016

Karen Vickery delights in a thespian thread of the Australian yarn.

Chang the Chinese giant and party, c. 1871 Paterson Brothers

The portrait writ large

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2015

Karen Vickery on Chang the Chinese giant in Australia.

Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky

The transparent mask

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2015

Cate Blanchett and the art of acting in Rosetzky’s digital portrait.

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

Media

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.

Portrait 62 Autumn 2019

Magazine

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019, the iconoclastic Japanese figures Yukio Mishima and Tamotsu Yato, Angélica Dass’ Humanæ project and more.

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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.