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'The portraits of Captain Cook'

An interview with Betty Churcher
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Betty Churcher describes the creation of the portrait of Captain James Cook in the National Portrait Gallery.

Charlie Teo

'I would love to be considered mainstream'
Portrait story

Acclaimed neurosurgeon, Charlie Teo discusses the pressures of his career.

Phrenology video: 3 minutes 25 seconds

Ned Kelly and death masks

'Judge a person by their cover'
Portrait story

Alexandra Roginski explains the history behind the pseudo-science of phrenology.

Tom Carroll

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Regarded as one of the greatest surfers of all time, Tom Carroll describes his career.

Akira Isogawa

Inside the patterns
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Iconic Australian fashion designer, Akira Isogawa discusses the development of his unique style.

Tan Le

'So many stars'
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Tech entrepreneur Tan Le and photographer John Tsiavis.

Michael Leunig

'Drawing the human spirit'
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Philosopher, cartoonist and national treasure, Michael Leunig discusses his art.
 

Ken Done

'I am very Sydney'
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Iconic Australian artist Ken Done discusses his life and career as a painter.

Aldo Giurgola

by Mandy Martin
Portrait story

Romaldo Giurgola talks about his portrait and the relationship between architecture and landscape.

Cadel Evans

'I believed in myself'
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Australian champion cyclist Cadel Evans discusses his career.

Marilyn Darling interview video: 2 minutes

Marilyn Darling

by Anne Zahalka
Portrait story

Marilyn Darling talks about the creation of her portrait, and the photographic process.

Christos Tsiolkas

'Learning to write saved my life'
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Acclaimed Australian author, Christos Tsiolkas describes his childhood and how he came to write.

Peter Sculthorpe

'Brings in the sun'
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Legendary Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe, describes the development of his career.

Jacqueline Mitelman

'Buddha-nature'
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Australian photographer, Jacqueline Mitelman, discusses her process for creating portraiture.

Kate Grenville

'The secret river'
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Kate Grenville reads a passage from her novel The secret river and describes its creation.

Mark Webber

'You've got to make of it what you will'
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Champion racing driver, Mark Webber, discusses his childhood and racing career.

Mark Loane

'The small space we are given'
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Ophthalmic surgeon and former Wallabies Captain, Mark Loane, discusses his sporting and professional career.

David McAllister

'Complex stories without words'
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Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister describes the trajectory of his relationship with dance.

Shane Gould

'Swimming is in my bones'
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Shane Gould, Australian champion and Olympic gold medallist talks about her passion for swimming.

Betty Churcher

'Blockbuster Betty'
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Betty Churcher discusses her career as the Director of the National Gallery of Australia.

Mark Richards

No choice, you’re going surfing, son
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Australian surfing legend Mark Richards describes his professional surfing and surfboard shaping careers.

Glenn Murcutt

'Strength and delicacy'
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Award-winning Australian architect, Glenn Murcutt describes the philosophy of his architectural practice and his minimalist portrait by Ken Done.

Rosie Batty

'Together we will give victims a voice and demand our leaders act'
Portrait story

The 2015 Australian of the Year talks about grief and searching for recognition of, and action on, domestic violence.

Michelle Simmons

Eureka moment
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Professor Michelle Simmons and photographer Selina Ou.

Rod McNicol

'Life and Times'
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Echoing 19th-century photography, Rod McNicol's portraits give us a chance to look quietly at the human condition.

Tim Flannery by Robert Hannaford video: 3 minutes and 21 seconds

Tim Flannery by Robert Hannaford

'The space around'
Portrait story

Tim Flannery and artist Robert Hannaford discuss the creation of Tim's portrait.

Professor Graeme Clark

'Scientific creativity'
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Creator of the bionic ear, the Cochlear Implant, Professor Graeme Clark discusses his life and career.

Bob Brown

In defence of the 'leech ridden ditch'
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Bob Brown discusses the events that occurred during the Franklin River campaign as depicted in his portrait by Harold 'The Kangaroo' Thornton.

Brian Schmidt

'A celebration of science'
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Astrophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate and Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, Professor Brian Schmidt chats about his career.

Charles Teo

Charles Teo

by Adam Chang
Portrait story

Dr Charles Teo, high-profile neurosurgeon, describes how it felt to sit for the portrait by Adam Chang.

David Foster

'What the tree saw'
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World champion woodcutter David Foster and artist Jacqui Stockdale.

Andrew Gaze video: 6 minutes 26 seconds

Andrew Gaze

'Make it fun'
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Basketballer Andrew Gaze and photographer George Fetting.

Jessica Mauboy

'Chaos and stillness'
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Singer, songwriter and actress Jessica Mauboy with artist David Rosetzky.

Gordon Darling

by Jiawei Shen
Portrait story

Gordon Darling talks about how Jiawei Shen came to paint his portrait.

Nikki Toole

'Beauty and strength'
Portrait story

Photographer Nikki Toole describes the creation of her portrait of Rosie Batty.

Robert Drewe

An interview with Nicholas Harding
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Artist Nicholas Harding talks about what was captured in his portrait of Robert Drewe.

Kate Grenville

'Making Stories'
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Australian writer Kate Grenville discusses her career and portrait by Jenny Sages.

Mandyam Srinivasan

'Hive minds'
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An interview with Professor of Visual Neuroscience, University of Queensland, Mandyam Srinivasan.

Portrait of Cate Blanchett

by David Rosetzky
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David Rosetzky and Cate Blanchett talk about the creation of their video portrait.

David Malouf

'The person who is the writer'
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Australian author David Malouf discusses the creation of his portrait by artist Rick Amor.

Nicholas Harding

'A portrait of Hugo Weaving'
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Artist Nicholas Harding talks about how he became interested in portraiture, and his motivation in painting Hugo Weaving.

David Chalmers

'Consciousness, iPhones and philosophical zombies'
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Professor David Chalmers explains his interest in philosophy and introduces some of his theories on the conscious mind.

Shane Maloney and Rick Amor

'Big canvas, small head'
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Artist Rick Amor and author Shane Maloney relate divergent experiences of the creation of Shane's portrait.

Lowitja O'Donoghue and Robert Hannaford

'I'm going to wear everything red, black, and yellow'
Portrait story

Lowitja O'Donoghue discusses her life and portrait by Robert Hannaford.

William Bligh by John Webber video: 2 minutes

William Bligh

by John Webber
Portrait story

Twice rebelled against, and twice vindicated, William Bligh occupies an ambivalent space in Australian history. Angus Trumble, former Director of the National Portrait Gallery, explains.

Catherine Livingstone

A conversation between artist and subject
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Businesswoman Catherine Livingstone and artist Mathew Lynn.

Kristin Headlam with Chris Wallace-Crabbe video: 3 minutes 9 seconds

Kristin Headlam with Chris Wallace-Crabbe

'Poetry, painting and princesses'
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Artist Kristin Headlam and poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe discuss their art.

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

'Radical Restraint'
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The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG interviews the artist who painted his portrait, Ralph Heimans.

Quentin Bryce

'To change the world'
Portrait story

Australia's 25th Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, discusses her childhood, career paths and her portrait by Michael Zavros.

Marcia Langton, Brook Andrew and Trent Walter

'A big idea'
Portrait story

Professor Marcia Langton, artist Brook Andrew and printer Trent Walter discuss the creation of Marcia's portrait.

Dave Graney and Clare Moore

'Why would you want to listen to pub rock?'
Portrait story

Dave Graney and Clare Moore discuss music, photography and bandoleros of meat.

Captain Cook

'The photojournalists of their time'
Portrait story

An exploration of the role of artists such as John Webber who, whilst a member of Cook’s crew over many voyages, created paintings and drawings of the situations and people the explorers encountered.

Michael Riley's portraits

Portrait story

Linda Burney, Brenda Croft and Darrell Sibosado share memories of Michael Riley and his photographic practice.

Nora Heysen

'This peaceful spot'
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Australian artist, Nora Heysen, discusses her childhood and the development of her career.

Professor Frank Fenner

'A White Shirt'
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An interview with Professor Frank Fenner who describes his life and the creation of his portrait.

Andrew Mezei

'From Earth to Sky'
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Artist Andrew Mezei talks about his art practice and the process behind his portrait of Professor Penny Sackett. 

Penny Sackett and Andrew Mezei

From Earth to Sky
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Professor Penny Sackett and artist Andrew Mezei describe the process behind making the portrait.

Penny Sackett

From Earth to Sky
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Professor Penny Sackett, Australian National University and former Chief Scientist for Australia (2008-2011) talks about her life in science.

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