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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.

Tilman Ruff AO video: 8 minutes 30 seconds
Tilman Ruff AO video: 8 minutes 30 seconds
Tilman Ruff AO video: 8 minutes 30 seconds

Tilman Ruff

'To literally save the world'

8 minutes 30 seconds

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor Tilman Ruff AO has focused his efforts on the prohibition of nuclear weapons.

Carla Zampatti video: 4 minutes 37 seconds
Carla Zampatti video: 4 minutes 37 seconds
Carla Zampatti video: 4 minutes 37 seconds

Carla Zampatti

'Frescoes, feminism and fashion'

4 minutes 37 seconds

Carla discusses her decision, at age six, to become a fashion designer and the subsequent evolution of her career.

Anna Meares  video: 9 minutes 19 seconds
Anna Meares  video: 9 minutes 19 seconds
Anna Meares  video: 9 minutes 19 seconds

Anna Meares and Narelle Autio

'Come along for the ride'

9 minutes 19 seconds

Champion track cyclist, Anna Meares, discusses her portrait with artist Narelle Autio.

Tan Le video: 10 minutes 27 seconds
Tan Le video: 10 minutes 27 seconds
Tan Le video: 10 minutes 27 seconds

Tan Le

'So many stars'

10 minutes 27 seconds

Tech entrepreneur Tan Le and photographer John Tsiavis.

Catherine Livingstone video: 4 minutes 5 seconds
Catherine Livingstone video: 4 minutes 5 seconds
Catherine Livingstone video: 4 minutes 5 seconds

Catherine Livingstone

A conversation between artist and subject

4 minutes 5 seconds

Businesswoman Catherine Livingstone and artist Mathew Lynn.

Jessica Mauboy video: 6 minutes 36 seconds
Jessica Mauboy video: 6 minutes 36 seconds
Jessica Mauboy video: 6 minutes 36 seconds

Jessica Mauboy

'Chaos and stillness'

6 minutes 36 seconds

Singer, songwriter and actress Jessica Mauboy with artist David Rosetzky.

David Foster video: 7 minutes 30 seconds
David Foster video: 7 minutes 30 seconds
David Foster video: 7 minutes 30 seconds

David Foster

'What the tree saw'

7 minutes 30 seconds

World champion woodcutter David Foster and artist Jacqui Stockdale.

Michelle Simmons video: 5 minutes 56 seconds
Michelle Simmons video: 5 minutes 56 seconds
Michelle Simmons video: 5 minutes 56 seconds

Michelle Simmons

Eureka moment

5 minutes 56 seconds

Professor Michelle Simmons and photographer Selina Ou.

Andrew Gaze video: 6 minutes 26 seconds
Andrew Gaze video: 6 minutes 26 seconds
Andrew Gaze video: 6 minutes 26 seconds

Andrew Gaze

'Make it fun'

6 minutes 26 seconds

Basketballer Andrew Gaze and photographer George Fetting.

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.

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