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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.

Charles Teo, 2012 Adam Chang
Charles Teo, 2012 Adam Chang
Charles Teo, 2012 Adam Chang

Charles Teo

by Adam Chang

1 minute

Dr Charles Teo, high-profile neurosurgeon, describes how it felt to sit for the portrait by Adam Chang.

William Bligh by John Webber video: 2 minutes
William Bligh by John Webber video: 2 minutes
William Bligh by John Webber video: 2 minutes

William Bligh

by John Webber

2 minutes

Twice rebelled against, and twice vindicated, William Bligh occupies an ambivalent space in Australian history. Angus Trumble, former Director of the National Portrait Gallery, explains.

Marilyn Darling interview video: 2 minutes
Marilyn Darling interview video: 2 minutes
Marilyn Darling interview video: 2 minutes

Marilyn Darling

by Anne Zahalka

2 minutes

Marilyn Darling talks about the creation of her portrait, and the photographic process.

Gordon Darling interview video: 2 minutes
Gordon Darling interview video: 2 minutes
Gordon Darling interview video: 2 minutes

Gordon Darling

by Jiawei Shen

2 minutes

Gordon Darling talks about how Jiawei Shen came to paint his portrait.

Aldo Giurgola by Mandy Martin video: 2 minutes
Aldo Giurgola by Mandy Martin video: 2 minutes
Aldo Giurgola by Mandy Martin video: 2 minutes

Aldo Giurgola

by Mandy Martin

2 minutes

Romaldo Giurgola talks about his portrait and the relationship between architecture and landscape.

Portrait of Cate Blanchett by David Rosetzky video: 3 minutes
Portrait of Cate Blanchett by David Rosetzky video: 3 minutes
Portrait of Cate Blanchett by David Rosetzky video: 3 minutes

Portrait of Cate Blanchett

by David Rosetzky

3 minutes

David Rosetzky and Cate Blanchett talk about the creation of their video portrait.

Robert Drew by Nicholas Harding video: 3 minutes
Robert Drew by Nicholas Harding video: 3 minutes
Robert Drew by Nicholas Harding video: 3 minutes

Robert Drewe

An interview with Nicholas Harding

3 minutes

Artist Nicholas Harding talks about what was captured in his portrait of Robert Drewe.

Hugo Weaving by Nicholas Harding video: 3 minutes
Hugo Weaving by Nicholas Harding video: 3 minutes
Hugo Weaving by Nicholas Harding video: 3 minutes

Nicholas Harding

'A portrait of Hugo Weaving'

3 minutes

Artist Nicholas Harding talks about how he became interested in portraiture, and his motivation in painting Hugo Weaving.

An interview with Akira Isogawa video: 4 minutes 18 seconds
An interview with Akira Isogawa video: 4 minutes 18 seconds
An interview with Akira Isogawa video: 4 minutes 18 seconds

Akira Isogawa

Inside the patterns

4 minutes 18 seconds

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

Kate Grenville reading The Secret River video: 6 minutes
Kate Grenville reading The Secret River video: 6 minutes
Kate Grenville reading The Secret River video: 6 minutes

Kate Grenville

'The secret river'

6 minutes

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

'Blockbuster Betty' video: 3 minutes
'Blockbuster Betty' video: 3 minutes
'Blockbuster Betty' video: 3 minutes

Betty Churcher

'Blockbuster Betty'

3 minutes

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

Betty Churcher on Captain Cook video: 3 minutes
Betty Churcher on Captain Cook video: 3 minutes
Betty Churcher on Captain Cook video: 3 minutes

'The portraits of Captain Cook'

An interview with Betty Churcher

3 minutes

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

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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.