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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.

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.

Making Stories video: 3 minutes
Making Stories video: 3 minutes
Making Stories video: 3 minutes

Kate Grenville

'Making Stories'

3 minutes

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

An interview with Peter Sculthorpe  video: 2 minutes
An interview with Peter Sculthorpe  video: 2 minutes
An interview with Peter Sculthorpe  video: 2 minutes

Peter Sculthorpe

'Brings in the sun'

2 minutes

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

Interview with Mark Richards video: 7 minutes
Interview with Mark Richards video: 7 minutes
Interview with Mark Richards video: 7 minutes

Mark Richards

No choice, you’re going surfing, son

7 minutes

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

Interview with Tom Carrol video: 6 minutes
Interview with Tom Carrol video: 6 minutes
Interview with Tom Carrol video: 6 minutes

Tom Carroll

6 minutes

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

Interview with Bob Brown video: 12 minutes
Interview with Bob Brown video: 12 minutes
Interview with Bob Brown video: 12 minutes

Bob Brown

In defence of the 'leech ridden ditch'

12 minutes

Bob Brown discusses the events that occurred during the Franklin River campaign as depicted in his portrait by Harold 'The Kangaroo' Thornton.

Interview with David Chalmers video: 13 minutes
Interview with David Chalmers video: 13 minutes
Interview with David Chalmers video: 13 minutes

David Chalmers

'Consciousness, iPhones and philosophical zombies'

13 minutes

Professor David Chalmers explains his interest in philosophy and introduces some of his theories on the conscious mind.

Interview with Rick Amor and Shane Maloney video: 8 minutes
Interview with Rick Amor and Shane Maloney video: 8 minutes
Interview with Rick Amor and Shane Maloney video: 8 minutes

Shane Maloney and Rick Amor

'Big canvas, small head'

8 minutes

Artist Rick Amor and author Shane Maloney relate divergent experiences of the creation of Shane's portrait.

Interview with Marcia Langton, Brook Andrew and Trent Walter video: 12 minutes
Interview with Marcia Langton, Brook Andrew and Trent Walter video: 12 minutes
Interview with Marcia Langton, Brook Andrew and Trent Walter video: 12 minutes

Marcia Langton, Brook Andrew and Trent Walter

'A big idea'

12 minutes

Professor Marcia Langton, artist Brook Andrew and printer Trent Walter discuss the creation of Marcia's portrait.

Interview with Michael Kirby and Ralph Heimans video: 5 minutes
Interview with Michael Kirby and Ralph Heimans video: 5 minutes
Interview with Michael Kirby and Ralph Heimans video: 5 minutes

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

'Radical Restraint'

5 minutes

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG interviews the artist who painted his portrait, Ralph Heimans.

Interview with Professor Frank Fenner video: 2 minutes
Interview with Professor Frank Fenner video: 2 minutes
Interview with Professor Frank Fenner video: 2 minutes

Professor Frank Fenner

'A White Shirt'

2 minutes

An interview with Professor Frank Fenner who describes his life and the creation of his portrait.

Interview with Nora Heysen video: 2 minutes
Interview with Nora Heysen video: 2 minutes
Interview with Nora Heysen video: 2 minutes

Nora Heysen

'This peaceful spot'

2 minutes

Australian artist, Nora Heysen, discusses her childhood and the development of her 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.