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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.

Interview with Joan Croll video: 2 minutes
Interview with Joan Croll video: 2 minutes
Interview with Joan Croll video: 2 minutes

Joan Croll

2 minutes

An interview with the indomitable Joan Croll, subject of John Brack's portrait.

Interview with Ron Tandberg video: 2 minutes
Interview with Ron Tandberg video: 2 minutes
Interview with Ron Tandberg video: 2 minutes

Political Cartooning

2 minutes

An interview with cartoonist Ron Tandberg about the tradition of caricature.

Interview with Martin Sharp video: 2 minutes
Interview with Martin Sharp video: 2 minutes
Interview with Martin Sharp video: 2 minutes

Young Mo (Roy Rene)

'The artist's notebook'

2 minutes

An interview with Australian artist and collector of quirky artefacts, Martin Sharp.

Walter Lindrum portrait story video: 2 minutes
Walter Lindrum portrait story video: 2 minutes
Walter Lindrum portrait story video: 2 minutes

Walter Lindrum

'Wally and the game of billiards'

2 minutes

A portrait story exploring the life of Walter Lindrum, one of the greatest billiard players of all time.

Nancy Wake portrait story video: 2 minutes
Nancy Wake portrait story video: 2 minutes
Nancy Wake portrait story video: 2 minutes

Nancy Wake

'The White Mouse'

2 minutes

A portrait story describing the amazing life of World War II resistance fighter, Nancy Wake.

Interview wtih Dr John Yu video: 2 minutes
Interview wtih Dr John Yu video: 2 minutes
Interview wtih Dr John Yu video: 2 minutes

Dr John Yu

2 minutes

An interview with the acclaimed pediatrician Dr. John Yu who describes the process of having his portrait sculpture created by artist Ah Xian.

Interview with Andrew Sayers video: 2 minutes
Interview with Andrew Sayers video: 2 minutes
Interview with Andrew Sayers video: 2 minutes

Sir Henry Barkly

2 minutes

An interview with former National Portrait Gallery Director, Andrew Sayers, who describes the portrait of Sir Henry Barkly by Thomas Clark.

Hugh Ramsay portrait story video: 2 minutes
Hugh Ramsay portrait story video: 2 minutes
Hugh Ramsay portrait story video: 2 minutes

Hugh Ramsay

'Letters from Paris'

2 minutes

Hugh Ramsay's letters were written while he was living in Paris to his family back in Australia.

Albert Namatjira portrait story video: 2 minutes
Albert Namatjira portrait story video: 2 minutes
Albert Namatjira portrait story video: 2 minutes

Albert Namatjira

'You must not lose it'

2 minutes

The art and landscape of Albert Namatjira.

Interview with William Yang video: 2 minutes
Interview with William Yang video: 2 minutes
Interview with William Yang video: 2 minutes

Patrick White by William Yang

2 minutes

An interview with photographer William Yang who recalls his encounters with the author Patrick White.

Interview with Martin Sharp and Garry Shead video: 2 minutes
Interview with Martin Sharp and Garry Shead video: 2 minutes
Interview with Martin Sharp and Garry Shead video: 2 minutes

Martin Sharp by Garry Shead

2 minutes

Artists Garry Shead and Martin Sharp recount their friendship and the creation of Martin's portrait.

Tim Winton portrait story video: 2 minutes
Tim Winton portrait story video: 2 minutes
Tim Winton portrait story video: 2 minutes

Tim Winton

'I am at the beach'

2 minutes

A series of excepts from Tim Winton's novel 'The Land's Edge'.

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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.