Exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery in 2016
Collection display galleries
The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia. Visitors to the Gallery can follow the development of portraiture from oil painting to digital media.
The Popular Pet Show
until Monday 13 March 2017
The Popular Pet Show expresses the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, and celebrates their trusting, unpretentious ways.
The exhibition includes portraits of Australians and their furry, feathered and fluffy friends by contemporary artists Nicholas Harding, Lucy Culliton, Darren McDonald, Anna Culliton, Fiona McMonagle, Ken Done, Noel McKenna, Graeme Drendel, Robyn Sweaney, Kristin Headlam, Shen Jiawei, Jude Rae, William Robinson, Janet Dawson and Davida Allen.
Layered portraits from the collection
until Sunday 27 November 2016
This display sets two impressive portraits from the collection into direct dialogue: Sam Jinks’ sculptural self portrait and Nick Mourtzakis’ painted portrait of David Chalmers, along with related maquette and sketches.Together they explore physical and psychological manifestations of the strata of self-hood.
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016
until Sunday 26 June 2016
The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.