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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.

Akira Isogawa

Inside the patterns
Portrait story

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

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown, 1957

Graham Sutherland
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC, Tim Fairfax AC and the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2015

Kate Grenville

'The secret river'
Portrait story

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

Kate Grenville

'Making Stories'
Portrait story

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

'The portraits of Captain Cook'

An interview with Betty Churcher
Portrait story

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

Betty Churcher

'Blockbuster Betty'
Portrait story

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

Penny Sackett

From Earth to Sky
Portrait story

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

Penny Sackett and Andrew Mezei

From Earth to Sky
Portrait story

Professor Penny Sackett and artist Andrew Mezei describe the process behind making the portrait.

Portrait stories

Publications

A selection of audiovisual stories about the artists and subjects in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

Mark Richards

No choice, you’re going surfing, son
Portrait story

Australian surfing legend Mark Richards describes his professional surfing and surfboard shaping careers.

Tom Carroll

Portrait story

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

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

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

Andrew Mezei

'From Earth to Sky'
Portrait story

Artist Andrew Mezei talks about his art practice and the process behind his portrait of Professor Penny Sackett. 

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, 1999/2005

Tracey Moffatt AO
Portrait, black and white photograph, pen, and hand-coloured photograph on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AM 2013

Dr Christopher Chapman

The art of Inner Worlds

Lecture, 7 May 2011
General content

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

Peter Sculthorpe

'Brings in the sun'
Portrait story

Legendary Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe, describes the development of his career.

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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