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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!

Colin Davidson
Colin Davidson
Colin Davidson
Colin Davidson

Colin Davidson

In conversation

1 hour 5 minutes

Belfast-based artist, Colin Davidson talks about the fortuitous happenstances that led to him painting a range of famous faces (from Brad Pitt to the Queen, and everyone in between!)

Jo Gilmour video: 54 minutes
Jo Gilmour video: 54 minutes
Jo Gilmour video: 54 minutes
Jo Gilmour video: 54 minutes

Jo Gilmour

In Conversation

54 minutes

The thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to: six centuries, seven stories, 500 years of British history.

Hoda Afshar video: 46 minutes
Hoda Afshar video: 46 minutes
Hoda Afshar video: 46 minutes
Hoda Afshar video: 46 minutes

Hoda Afshar

In conversation

46 minutes

Join Curator Exhibitions Penny Grist to hear about Hoda’s recent book and upcoming exhibition Speak the Wind, and to chat about portraiture, photography, and her life as an artist over the last few years.
 

Michael Ghillar Anderson video: 58 minutes
Michael Ghillar Anderson video: 58 minutes
Michael Ghillar Anderson video: 58 minutes
Michael Ghillar Anderson video: 58 minutes

Michael Ghillar Anderson: Standing Firm, Speaking Strong

In conversation

58 minutes

Join us online or in the Gallery for a powerful conversation with Michael Ghillar Anderson, as he speaks about his personal involvement in the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, its 50-year legacy, and the significance and power of its continuing presence.

In conversation: Polly Borland

50 minutes

A very special conversation event with internationally celebrated Australian artist Polly Borland - direct from Los Angeles!

Six degrees of Hugh Jackman
Six degrees of Hugh Jackman
Six degrees of Hugh Jackman
Six degrees of Hugh Jackman

Six degrees of Hugh Jackman

In conversation

46 minutes

If we start with world-famous actor Hugh Jackman and give over control to you, where will the chance meetings, delightful parallels, and forks in the road take us?

Ingvar Kenne
Ingvar Kenne
Ingvar Kenne
Ingvar Kenne

Ingvar Kenne

In conversation

47 minutes

Join us for an In Conversation with photographer, director, and seven times Photographic Portrait Prize finalist Ingvar Kenne.

Nikki Toole
Nikki Toole
Nikki Toole
Nikki Toole

Paris pivot

In conversation

44 minutes

Join us for the sliding-doors story of NPPP finalist Nikki Toole's relocation to Paris, and a wander through the incredible portrait projects she has created throughout her career.

Dave Tacon
Dave Tacon
Dave Tacon
Dave Tacon

Tacon Portraits

In conversation

45 minutes

Join Shanghai-based Australian photographer Dave Tacon in conversation with Exhibitions Curator, Penny Grist.

John Tsiavis and Penny Grist video: 44 minutes
John Tsiavis and Penny Grist video: 44 minutes
John Tsiavis and Penny Grist video: 44 minutes
John Tsiavis and Penny Grist video: 44 minutes

MEL to LAX

In Conversation

44 minutes

Join us in first class as Exhibitions Curator, Penny Grist catches up with photographer John Tsiavis to reflect on his career and how his creative practice has changed during the global pandemic.

Considering Representation
Considering Representation
Considering Representation
Considering Representation

Considering Representation

In Conversation

45 minutes

Join Associate Curator Rebecca Ray and Director Collection and Exhibitions Sandra Bruce for a conversation on the presence of First Nations people in portraiture today.

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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