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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 Stories

Portrait Stories use video, multimedia and sound to present the stories of the artists and subjects in the National Portrait Gallery's collection. This series is produced with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

Nikki Toole video: 4 minutes 53 seconds
Nikki Toole video: 4 minutes 53 seconds
Nikki Toole video: 4 minutes 53 seconds

Nikki Toole

'Beauty and strength'

4 minutes 53 seconds

Photographer Nikki Toole describes the creation of her portrait of Rosie Batty.

Rosie Batty  video: 10 minutes 52 seconds
Rosie Batty  video: 10 minutes 52 seconds
Rosie Batty  video: 10 minutes 52 seconds

Rosie Batty

'Together we will give victims a voice and demand our leaders act'

10 minutes 52 seconds

The 2015 Australian of the Year talks about grief and searching for recognition of, and action on, domestic violence.

David McAllister video: 4 minutes 45 seconds
David McAllister video: 4 minutes 45 seconds
David McAllister video: 4 minutes 45 seconds

David McAllister

'Complex stories without words'

4 minutes 45 seconds

Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister describes the trajectory of his relationship with dance.

Ken Done video: 3 minutes 36 seconds
Ken Done video: 3 minutes 36 seconds
Ken Done video: 3 minutes 36 seconds

Ken Done

'I am very Sydney'

3 minutes 36 seconds

Iconic Australian artist Ken Done discusses his life and career as a painter.

Mark Loane video: 4 minutes 34 seconds
Mark Loane video: 4 minutes 34 seconds
Mark Loane video: 4 minutes 34 seconds

Mark Loane

'The small space we are given'

4 minutes 34 seconds

Ophthalmic surgeon and former Wallabies Captain, Mark Loane, discusses his sporting and professional career.

Christos Tsiolkas video: 4 minutes 35 seconds
Christos Tsiolkas video: 4 minutes 35 seconds
Christos Tsiolkas video: 4 minutes 35 seconds

Christos Tsiolkas

'Learning to write saved my life'

4 minutes 35 seconds

Acclaimed Australian author, Christos Tsiolkas describes his childhood and how he came to write.

Quentin Bryce video: 4 minutes 47 seconds
Quentin Bryce video: 4 minutes 47 seconds
Quentin Bryce video: 4 minutes 47 seconds

Quentin Bryce

'To change the world'

4 minutes 47 seconds

Australia's 25th Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, discusses her childhood, career paths and her portrait by Michael Zavros.

Brian Schmidt  video: 3 minutes 58 seconds
Brian Schmidt  video: 3 minutes 58 seconds
Brian Schmidt  video: 3 minutes 58 seconds

Brian Schmidt

'A celebration of science'

3 minutes 58 seconds

Astrophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate and Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, Professor Brian Schmidt chats about his career.

Mark Webber video: 4 minutes 4 seconds
Mark Webber video: 4 minutes 4 seconds
Mark Webber video: 4 minutes 4 seconds

Mark Webber

'You've got to make of it what you will'

4 minutes 4 seconds

Champion racing driver, Mark Webber, discusses his childhood and racing career.

Kristin Headlam with Chris Wallace-Crabbe video: 3 minutes 9 seconds
Kristin Headlam with Chris Wallace-Crabbe video: 3 minutes 9 seconds
Kristin Headlam with Chris Wallace-Crabbe video: 3 minutes 9 seconds

Kristin Headlam with Chris Wallace-Crabbe

'Poetry, painting and princesses'

3 minutes 9 seconds

Artist Kristin Headlam and poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe discuss their art.

Jacqueline Mitelman video: 3 minutes 37 seconds
Jacqueline Mitelman video: 3 minutes 37 seconds
Jacqueline Mitelman video: 3 minutes 37 seconds

Jacqueline Mitelman

'Buddha-nature'

3 minutes 37 seconds

Australian photographer, Jacqueline Mitelman, discusses her process for creating portraiture.

Graeme Clark video: 4 minutes 44 seconds
Graeme Clark video: 4 minutes 44 seconds
Graeme Clark video: 4 minutes 44 seconds

Professor Graeme Clark

'Scientific creativity'

4 minutes 44 seconds

Creator of the bionic ear, the Cochlear Implant, Professor Graeme Clark discusses his life and 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 both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.