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Miranda Otto, 1997 (detail) Montalbetti+Campbell

Opens Saturday 14th December 2019
Free entry

A summer collection remix arranged by degree of eye contact, where we explore artists’ and subjects’ choices around the direction of the gaze. Find out more.

Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh (detail)

From the National Portrait Gallery, London
Opens Saturday 20th June 2020
Tickets on sale 14th February

Stories of love, lust and longing from the sixteenth century through to the present day – from Venetia Digby, Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas, to John & Yoko and the Beckhams. Find out more.

The Portraits

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, 2009 Guy Maestri
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott

The collection

Our growing collection consists of representations of individuals who have influenced or contributed to the shaping of Australia as a nation and a society.

What's on

The Dance - David McAllister, 2016 Peter Brew-Bevan

Check out the current and upcoming exhibitions and events at the Gallery.

Plan your visit

Charles Perkins on a bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe, c.1964 (printed 2015) Robert McFarlane

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Professor Terence Tao, 2006 Reed Hutchinson


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Online and distance groups

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A brand new interactive Gallery experience for children with each other and our portraits. More information


Tommy Woodcock and Reckless, 1977 (detail) Bruce Postle

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Bryan Brown, 2008 (detail) Adam Knott

Closes Saturday 9th February 2020
Free entry

Featuring striking photographic portraits of contemporary figures from the National Portrait Gallery collection, The Look is an aesthetic treat with a lashing of je ne sais quoi. Find out more.

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