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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, 1782 John Webber

The hand of Captain Cook Google Arts and Culture

Learning resources

A fine portrait with a hidden message

Art Handlers' Award NPPP 2019 video: 1 minute

Art Handlers' Award 2019 James & Michelle

General content

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

Art Handlers' Award NPPP 2020 video: 1 minute

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.

Annual lecture 2012 photos 1 August 2012

In Frame

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

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

Fragility my freedom – Ink blot mind, 2011 by Aaron James McGarry

General content

Finalist, iD2012

Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips

Don’t judge a book by its cover

Lust

You saucy minx

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 Tom Roberts

Who is Lillie Roberts?

Devotion

Talented wife for a talented husband

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.

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Donors $10,000 - $49,999

Honour board
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For our Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends giveaways
Joan Sutherland, (printed 1992) Lewis Morley

All the world's a stage

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Joan Sutherland, Robert Helpmann and Raigh Roe

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 video: 15 seconds

Art Handlers' Award

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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, c. 1776 John Webber

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.

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, 1910 Tom Roberts

2013-14 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

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. 

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Supporters $5,000 - $9,999

Honour board
Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 Imants Tillers

Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 by Imants Tillers

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Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Bednall, Jillian Broadbent AO, John Kaldor AO and Naomi Milgrom AO 2018

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Annual Appeal Listed by year

Honour board
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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
A Calm So Deep, 2018 by Elizabeth Looker

The National Portrait Gallery Announces Art Handlers’ Award 18 February 2019

Media

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.

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, 2006 Peter Hudson

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.

James, 2012 by Myles Nelson

Myles Nelson

Finalist interviews

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.

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.

Face of South Sudan, 2012 by Melanie Faith Dove

Melanie Faith Dove

Finalist interviews
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau

Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 by Andrew Bonneau

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Commissioned with funds provided by Ross Adler AC 2018

Andrew Sayers, 2012 Mark Mohell

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.

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

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

To our glorious dead – For the national life by 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

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

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

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.

George Reid paperweight an unknown artist

Some prime ministers

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.