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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.

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Talks and lectures

Explore our on-demand archive to catch up, listen in, binge or do a workshop from wherever you are whenever you want!

Birds-eye view
Birds-eye view
Birds-eye view
Birds-eye view

Birds-eye view

In Conversation

46 minutes

Jump in the nest and join the brood as we celebrate National Bird Week! We’ll take a birds-eye view of the collection, and explore faces of folks with their feathered friends. BYO binoculars.

Chance encounters
Chance encounters
Chance encounters
Chance encounters

Chance encounters

In Conversation

45 minutes

Our Curator, Collection & Research, Joanna Gilmour, has thrown caution to the wind and suggested she play a game of chance.

Down the rabbit hole
Down the rabbit hole
Down the rabbit hole
Down the rabbit hole

Down the rabbit hole

In Conversation

48 minutes

Come on a journey behind the scenes, into the woods and reaching for the stars with Penny Grist Curator, Exhibitions.

Capturing a global mood
Capturing a global mood
Capturing a global mood
Capturing a global mood

National Portrait Galleries In Conversation

Capturing a global mood

65 minutes

The power of the photograph and how the exhibitions Hold Still/Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize reflect identity and our shared human experiences at this unique point in history.

Louise Cummins
Louise Cummins
Louise Cummins
Louise Cummins

There and back again

In conversation

46 minutes

Louise Cummins, our Travelling Exhibitions Coordinator regales you with tales of journeys across the nation; from moving movie stars to Bathurst to baring all in Broken Hill.

Sandra Bruce
Sandra Bruce
Sandra Bruce
Sandra Bruce

Another pic on the wall

In conversation

44 minutes

An Auslan interpreted program with Director Collections & Exhibitions, Sandra Bruce, for National Week of Deaf People and on the International Day of Sign Languages.

You choose the story!

In conversation

46 minutes

In the very strange land where portraiture meets Choose Your Own Adventure meets Six Degrees of Separation meets Australian Idol, there you will find our Curator, Exhibitions; Penny Grist.

Living Memory panel discussion
Living Memory panel discussion
Living Memory panel discussion
Living Memory panel discussion

Living Memory panel discussion

Join us from wherever you are for a lively panel discussion about lockdown experiences across Australia, illustrated through some of the portraits in our exhibition Living Memory – National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021.

Sandra Bruce
Sandra Bruce
Sandra Bruce
Sandra Bruce

Introducing Living Memory

In conversation

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection & Exhibitions, for a sneak peek at our exciting new exhibition, Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Living Memory panel discussion
Living Memory panel discussion
Living Memory panel discussion
Living Memory panel discussion

Panel discussion

Living Memory

56 minutes

Join us for a dynamic panel discussion that interrogates some of the themes revealed in Living Memory.

William Yang

In conversation

57 minutes

Join us from wherever you are to celebrate and reminisce with artist William Yang as he reflects on his joyous photographs of Australia's LGBTIQ+ community.

Rock Chick: Lindy Morrison

In Conversation

45 minutes

Lindy Morrison has played in her share of bands over the years. From jazz to pop to punk, she’s been an ever-present force in Australian music.

NPG Wellington, Edinburgh and Canberra

15 minutes of frame

49 minutes

Delve into the lives, loves and labour of the world’s most prominent portrait galleries in this international conversation series.

NPG London, Scotland and Australia

15 Minutes of Frame

48 minutes

Delve into the lives, loves and labour of the world’s most prominent portrait galleries in this international conversation series.

Virtual collection tour

Disability in the frame: Part one

54 minutes

Join us as we reflect on how people with disability have been represented in portraiture, how this has changed over time and what comes next.

Karen Quinlan and Kim Sajet

15 Minutes of Frame

33 minutes

Karen Quinlan AM, Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, in conversation with Kim Sajet, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Liam Nunan and Guy Simon

In Conversation

40 minutes

Darling Portrait Prize finalist Liam Nunan and actor Guy Simon discuss their portrait, their friendship and the intensity of the acting life.

Brenda L Croft and Dr Matilda House In Conversation video: 43 minutes
Brenda L Croft and Dr Matilda House In Conversation video: 43 minutes
Brenda L Croft and Dr Matilda House In Conversation video: 43 minutes
Brenda L Croft and Dr Matilda House In Conversation video: 43 minutes

Brenda L Croft and Dr Matilda House

In Conversation

43 minutes

Brenda L Croft (Gurindji/Malngin/Mudburra peoples) talks with Ngambri/Ngunnawal/Wiradjuri elder, Dr Matilda House, about her photographic portrait.

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The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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