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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.

Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel

Pets of all types take over the National Portrait Gallery 3 November 2016

Archived media releases 2016

It is not every day that a national gallery turns its walls over to the animal companions that bring unconditional love and joy to their owners but this summer we have opened the doors to 15 contemporary artists with very different ways of depicting our furry, feathered and scaled pets.

Wendy drunk 11pm, 1983 by Brett Whiteley

Idle Hours

Previous exhibition, 2009

Idle hours is an exhibition of luxurious beauty. Paintings, prints and drawings represent subjects in quiet moods and situations arranged according to the time of day they depict - reading, drawing, snoozing, bathing, sewing, gardening, sitting, looking, making love and spending tranquil time with companions. Works in the exhibition range from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.

Gloria Petyarre by R. Ian Lloyd

Studio Australian Painters Photographed by R. Ian Lloyd

Previous exhibition, 2007

Studio: Australian Painters Photographed by R

Judy Davis, 1981 William Yang
Judy Davis, 1981 William Yang
Judy Davis, 1981 William Yang

Judy Davis, 1981 William Yang

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998

Dr Helen Nugent AO

The Board

Governance & Board

The Board oversees the Gallery's strategic directions, objectives and governance.

Portrait of Henry Hopkins, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Portrait of Henry Hopkins, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Portrait of Henry Hopkins, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Portrait of Henry Hopkins, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2013

Nick Enright, c. 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane
Nick Enright, c. 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane
Nick Enright, c. 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane

Nick Enright, c. 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Judy Davis on the set of 'Heatwave', Sydney, 1981 (printed 2000) David Moore
Judy Davis on the set of 'Heatwave', Sydney, 1981 (printed 2000) David Moore
Judy Davis on the set of 'Heatwave', Sydney, 1981 (printed 2000) David Moore

Judy Davis on the set of 'Heatwave', Sydney, 1981 (printed 2000) David Moore

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan

Peter Brew-Bevan Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2005

In this exhibition Sydney based photographer Peter Brew-Bevan brings together an intimate collection of works that highlight his passion for the genre of portraiture over the last 10 years

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Donors $10,000 - $49,999

Honour board
Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh
Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh
Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh

Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh

Portrait, oil and enamel on hardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Tom Uren's family 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Decorative portrait – Len Lye, c.1925 by Rayner Hoff (1894-1937)

Presence and Absence Portrait Sculpture in Australia

Previous exhibition, 2003

This exhibition focuses on exploring national and communal identity through sculptural production in Australia, from the early decades of settlement through to the present day

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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.