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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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Cathy Freeman

Australian Portraits

Radio National Books and Arts
Learning resources

In this ten-part series on Australian portraits, Angus Trumble and Fiona Gruber hold a wide-ranging, thought-provoking and often unexpected face-off with history and culture.

Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St Leonards Robertson
Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St Leonards Robertson
Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St Leonards Robertson

Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St Leonards Robertson, c. 1865

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype, hand-coloured

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Fiona Turner (née Robertson) and John Robertson 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Margaret Robertson
Margaret Robertson
Margaret Robertson

Margaret Robertson, c. 1855

an unknown artist
Portrait, daguerreotype, hand-coloured

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Fiona Turner (née Robertson) and John Robertson 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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.

Contributing artists

General content

Find out more from each of the artists reinterpreting and reimagining elements of Australian history.

Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel

The Popular Pet Show

Previous exhibition, 2016

This exhibition expresses the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, and celebrates their trusting, unpretentious ways, with portraits of Australians and their furry, feathered and fluffy friends.

Margaret Robertson
Margaret Robertson
Margaret Robertson

Margaret Robertson, c. 1852

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype, hand-coloured

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Fiona Turner (née Robertson) and John Robertson 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Vincent Brady leading anti Bicentenary Protest, Brisbane, 1987 Michael Aird

Activating the space

Magazine article by Sandra Phillips, 2020

Sandra Phillips on portraits of Indigenous activism from Cairns Art Gallery’s 2019 Queen’s Land Blak Portraiture exhibition.

 

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 Who will win?

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Upcoming exhibition

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

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