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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.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

The hand of Captain Cook

Google Arts and Culture
Learning resources

Take a close look at a portrait with a hidden message in its hands. For Year 7 – 9 students.

Catherine Martin

The love, life and art of Bazmark

Passion

Fruitful fusion

Andrew Cowen

Andrew Cowen

Winner, National Photographic Portrait Prize 2014
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Andrew Cowen on photographing his friend Matthew Martin.

Art Handlers' Award 2020

James & Jessica
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The Art Handlers' Award for 2020 went to Gemma Baxter (right view), 2019 by Shea Kirk.

Art Handlers' Award NPPP 2019 video: 1 minute

Art Handlers' Award 2019

James & Michelle
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The Art Handlers' Award for 2019 went to A Calm So Deep, 2018 by Elizabeth Looker.

Art Handlers Award 2021

Art Handlers' Award 2021

James & Jessica
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The Art Handlers' Award for 2021 went to Kristina Kraskov for I'm just a suburban fashionista.

Fragility my freedom – Ink blot mind, 2011 video: 6 minutes

Fragility my freedom – Ink blot mind, 2011

by Aaron James McGarry
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Finalist, iD2012

Annual lecture 2012 photos

1 August 2012
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With James Holloway, former Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

The photographers

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The eight photographers represent diverse styles, specialities and career paths. Abigail Varney, Peter Brew-Bevan, Martin Philbey, John Tsiavis, Michelle Day, Julian Kingma, and Giovanni Lovisetto.

Living Memory Finalist interviews

Finalist interviews

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Tara James, Exhibitions Coordinator at the National Portrait Gallery interviews Finalists from the Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Ellen Stirling

Don’t judge a book by its cover

Lust

You saucy minx

Portrait 50 hits the shelves

1 September 2015
Archived media releases 2015

With contributions from Julia Gillard, Fiona Gruber, and Dr Karl James, the National Portrait Gallery’s 50th edition of Portrait has something for everyone.

Living Memory winner announcement video: 26 minutes

Winner announcement

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Director Karen Quinlan AM announces the winner at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Donors

$10,000 - $49,999
Honour board
Abigail Varney

The inside story

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The photographers reveal the technical side of their work and reflect on changes in their profession. Now everyone has a camera in their pocket, is everyone a photographer? What is it like to sustain a career as a photographer in the entertainment industry? How do you work with celebrity subjects, negotiate the complex logistics of big shoots, and create captivating portraits under pressure?

Joel Pratley

Joel Pratley

Finalist interviews

An interview with Joel Pratley, Winner of the Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955 by Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon People media information

8 August 2013
Archived media releases 2013

Press releases and images downloads for media.

Leith Alexander video: 20 minutes

Leith Alexander

Finalist interviews

An interview with Leith Alexander, Finalist in the Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Glen Braithwaite video: 27 minutes

Glen Braithwaite

Finalist interviews

An interview with Glen Braithwaite, Finalist in the Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Clare M. Lapworth video: 19 minutes

Clare M. Lapworth

Finalist interviews

An interview with Clare Lapworth, Finalist in the Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Sandy Scheltema video: 37 minutes

Sandy Scheltema

Finalist interviews

An interview with Sandy Scheltema, Finalist in the Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Jessica Hromas video: 44 minutes

Jessica Hromas

Finalist interviews

An interview with Jessica Hromas, Finalist in the Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Tajette O'Halloran video: 30 minutes

Tajette O'Halloran

Finalist interviews

An interview with Tajette O'Halloran, Finalist in the Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Franky Tsang video: 28 minutes

Franky Tsang

Finalist interviews

An interview with Franky Tsang, Finalist in the Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Glenn Homann video: 34 minutes

Glenn Homann

Finalist interviews

An interview with Glenn Homann, Finalist in the Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Julian Kingma video: 43 minutes

Julian Kingma

Finalist interviews

An interview with Julian Kingma, Finalist in the Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Jarrod Vero video: 24 minutes

Jarrod Vero

Finalist interviews

An interview with Jarrod Vero, Finalist in the Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Dion Georgopoulos video: 46 minutes

Dion Georgopoulos

Finalist interviews

An interview with Dion Georgopoulos, Finalist in the Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Kristina Kraskov video: 14 minutes

Kristina Kraskov

Finalist interviews

An interview with Kristina Kraskov, Finalist and Art Handlers' Award winner in the Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize.

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Annual Appeal

Listed by year
Honour board

Art Handlers' Award 2016

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The winner of our Art Handlers' Award receives $1000 and free return transport for their photograph, courtesy of International Art Services.

William Bligh

Welcome home, Captain Bligh

27 March 2015
Archived media releases 2015

The National Portrait Gallery will, next Tuesday, unveil an exciting new acquisition of irrefutable importance to all Australians. Portrait of William Bligh, in master’s uniform c. 1776, attributed to John Webber, is one of the earliest portraits of the contentious, historical figure, and extends the Gallery’s remarkable collection of early colonial portraits.

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

8 March 2018
Archived media releases 2018

Images for media use will be available from 8 March 2018.

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts

2013-14 Acquisition Fund

Annual Appeal

This 1910 portrait of Elizabeth Sarah (Lillie) Roberts by Tom Roberts was brought into the Gallery's collection with the assistance of the Acquisition Fund in 2013.

Phrenology video: 3 minutes 25 seconds

The Dissecting Room

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Though initially developed by physicians, phrenology was taken up by certain non-medical practitioners who applied the theory to social questions such as education and criminal reform. 

A Calm So Deep, 2018 by Elizabeth Looker

The National Portrait Gallery Announces Art Handlers’ Award

18 February 2019
Archived media releases 2019

The National Portrait Gallery is excited to announce that Perth photographer Elizabeth Looker has won the Art Handlers’ Award for this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize.

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Supporters

$5,000 - $9,999
Honour board
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.

In their own words

Audio-guide
Apps

In their own words is an audio-guide with a difference. We let the portraits of these remarkable Australians speak for themselves.

Angus Trumble National Portrait Gallery Director

National Portrait Gallery Director announced

20 December 2013
Archived media releases 2013

The National Portrait Gallery welcomes Angus Trumble

Animation 1 from the series Hereinbefore, 2012 by Laura Moore

iD Digital Portraiture Award winner announced

2 August 2012
Archived media releases 2012

The inaugural winner of the $10,000 iD Digital Portraiture Award was announced this morning at the National Portrait Gallery.

Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody

Protest!

How can we dance when our earth is turning?
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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.

What the tree saw: David Foster

What the tree saw: David Foster, 2018

by Jacqui Stockdale
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Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

In the Lounge, 2006 by North Sullivan

Seduce, Amuse, Entertain

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

James, 2012 by Myles Nelson

Myles Nelson

Finalist interviews

It was definitely a candid encounter as was the expression on the face. It was constructed insofar as the image was deliberately taken from a distance so as to minimize intrusion and to magnify the effect of the image.

Finalists announced for National Photographic Portrait Prize

14 November 2018
Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery would like to congratulate the forty finalists for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019.

Announcing.... In their own words

24 November 2020
Archived media releases 2020

Inspiring Australians tell their own stories in a unique new gallery audio tour, developed in collaboration with the National Library of Australia.

Nicholas Paspaley Jnr

Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018

by Andrew Bonneau
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Commissioned with funds provided by Ross Adler AC 2018

Face of South Sudan, 2012 by Melanie Faith Dove

Melanie Faith Dove

Finalist interviews

I had been watching Agnes with intrigue, her face and profile were so mesmerizing. On our final day together I pulled her aside and convinced her that she had such an amazing face that I needed to get a photograph for myself. It was very spontaneous in that I decided quickly how it would best look and shot it in only two frames.

Thilin-Thilin Gooragall Nyajaringil Garnkiny-nu (white gum tree, mother for the moon), 2018 by Shirley Purdie

Storytelling

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The fourth row of paintings interweave Ngarranggarni, memories, relationships and Country.

Andrew Sayers

Andrew Sayers AM FAHA

13 October 2015
Archived media releases 2015

The Chairman, Board, Director and staff mourn the loss of the National Portrait Gallery's inaugural director.

Writing on the Wall, 2019 Dr Christian Thompson AO

To arrive at hope

NPPP 2020 exhibition essay
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Penelope Grist, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2020 Prize.

Untitled (Chihuahua), 2001 by Noel McKenna
Private collection, Melbourne

Noel McKenna

Explore The Popular Pet Show

It’s a matter beyond dispute that in the entire history of Australian art, it’s Noel McKenna who’s painted the liveliest rendition of the head of a Chihuahua.

Last Light Ellis Hutch

Reflections

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All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War exhibition co-curators Dr Anne Sanders and Dr Christopher Chapman reflect on the evolution of the Gallery’s Anzac Centenary exhibition.

Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker

NPPP 2016 exhibition essay

General content

Penny Grist, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2016 Prize.

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

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

Barry Humphries

Uncommon Australians

The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling
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Sarah Engledow writes about Gordon and Marilyn Darling and their support for the National Portrait Gallery throughout its evolution.

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Guidelines for entrants

Darling Portrait Prize
Darling Portrait Prize

These terms and conditions govern your entry to the National Portrait Gallery’s Darling Portrait Prize.

Dr Anne Sanders

Less than six degrees of separation

Lecture, 28 May 2011
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Dr Anne Sanders NPG Curatorial Researcher investigated the lives of the pioneering psychologists whose portraits are featured in Inner Worlds.

George Reid paperweight

Some prime ministers

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Sarah Engledow explores the history of the prime ministers and artists featured in the exhibition.

The Bare story

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Curator, Penny Grist, reveals how this exhibition came to be

Trevor Jamieson, 2016 by Brett Canet-Gibson

The more things change...

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

The Art Lovers - Megan, 2013 by Gary Grealy

Everybody, look serious

NPPP 2014 exhibition essay
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Dr Sarah Engledow, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2014 Prize.

Dr Reg Hook

Inner Worlds and psychoanalysis

Lecture, 4 June 2011
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Inner Worlds evokes a broad view of psychology as a discipline. However, the specific interests of the practitioners whose portraits are included in the exhibition incorporate specialist areas including psychoanalysis.

Dr Christopher Chapman

The art of Inner Worlds

Lecture, 7 May 2011
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Dr Christopher Chapman NPG Curator of Inner Worlds explains the development of an exhibition that spans from Surrealism to contemporary art.

David Marr, 2011 by Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits

Exhibition essay
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Sarah Engledow looks at three decades of Nicholas Harding's portraiture.

Lesley Harding

Faces of war

Lecture, 14 May 2011
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Lesley Harding, Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne explores Albert Tucker’s experience of World War II, his interests in the intersection between psychology and creativity, and their influence on his portrait making.

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