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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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Friday 23 February 2024 – Saturday 22 February 2025

Maggie
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie

Collection Highlights Tour

2:15pm, Daily

Join us in the Gallery for this free 30-minute tour of the collection, exploring portrait stories and the history of the building.

Bookings optional
Marea Gazzard
Marea Gazzard
Marea Gazzard
Marea Gazzard

The Iconoclasts

In Gallery Three

Open every day

Australian portraiture of the mid-twentieth century was rich with the influence of European modernism, exemplified by the work of artists including Arthur Boyd, Judy Cassab and Clifton Pugh.

An Afternoon (Aunty Jenny Munro at the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy)
An Afternoon (Aunty Jenny Munro at the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy)
An Afternoon (Aunty Jenny Munro at the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy)
An Afternoon (Aunty Jenny Munro at the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy)

This is my place

In Gallery Four

Open every day

We all have places where we feel at ease, a sense of belonging, of ownership, of relaxation, of self. Given the opportunity, portraitists love to place their sitters in an environment where they are most at home.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait: Myself and I

In Gallery Five

Open every day

Encompassing works created over the past 80 years, this selection of portraits from the Gallery’s collection celebrates inventiveness and diversity in approaches to self portraiture.

Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman

Frocked up

In Gallery Six

Open every day

The selection of works in Frocked up richly demonstrates the interconnectedness of costume and portraiture – and the many ways in which artists have employed the representation of dress to powerful, insightful effect.

Art Cart
Art Cart
Art Cart
Art Cart

Art Cart

10:00am, Wed 31 Jan until Sun 24 Mar

Create memories and connect with loved ones through the art of postcard-making, inspired by The Huxleys’ self-portraits Smalltown Boy (Surfers Paradise) and Smalltown Boy (Perth). All materials provided; for all ages and abilities.

Maggie
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie

Collection Highlights Tour

11:15am, Daily until Thu 29 Feb

Join us in the Gallery for this free 30-minute tour of the collection, exploring portrait stories and the history of the building.

Bookings optional
Me
Me
Me
Me

Little Faces

9:30am, 10:30am, Fri 23 Feb

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Michelle de Kretser, Geography & History
Michelle de Kretser, Geography & History
Michelle de Kretser, Geography & History
Michelle de Kretser, Geography & History

Virtual Highlight Tour

Wonderful Wordsmiths

12:30pm, Tue 27 Feb
Live online

What do artists reveal or conceal about wonderful wordsmiths? This week we’re looking at the talented writers in our collection.

Bookings required
Wattle, 2021 Dylan Mooney
Wattle, 2021 Dylan Mooney
Wattle, 2021 Dylan Mooney
Wattle, 2021 Dylan Mooney

Enlighten

Dylan Mooney: Drawn Together

8:00pm, Fri 1 Mar until Mon 11 Mar

We are excited to be partnering with Yuwi, Torres Strait and South Sea Islander artist Dylan Mooney, for the 2024 Enlighten Festival. This year’s display will see Mooney transform the façade of the Gallery building into a giant digital canvas via a livestreamed drawing performance.

Portrait of Nell #15
Portrait of Nell #15
Portrait of Nell #15
Portrait of Nell #15

Virtual Highlight Tour

Call me Nell: A dame, the artist, and a star

12:30pm, Tue 5 Mar
Live online

Join us this International Women’s Day to reflect on three women’s important contribution to the Australian arts landscape.

Bookings required
William Dakin
William Dakin
William Dakin
William Dakin

Virtual Highlight Tour

Camouflage

12:30pm, Tue 12 Mar
Live online

Let’s hold a paint brush up to three war artists from our collection who used paint to solve the challenges of concealment and visual deception at war.

Bookings required
HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006 Ralph Heimans AM
HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006 Ralph Heimans AM
HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006 Ralph Heimans AM
HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006 Ralph Heimans AM

Ralph Heimans

Portraiture. Power. Influence.

Exhibition opens 15 March

The exhibition will feature some of the most significant portraits in the artist’s career to date, from early major works such as his painting of HM Queen Mary of Denmark through to his most recent.

Bookings available
Ralph Heimans
Ralph Heimans
Ralph Heimans
Ralph Heimans

Ralph Heimans

In Conversation

5:30pm, Fri 15 Mar

Join artist Ralph Heimans and Senior Curator, Joanna Gilmour, in conversation to celebrate the opening of Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence.

Bookings required
The Architecture of Music (Vladimir Ashkenazy)
The Architecture of Music (Vladimir Ashkenazy)
The Architecture of Music (Vladimir Ashkenazy)
The Architecture of Music (Vladimir Ashkenazy)

Virtual Highlight Tour

Curator's intro: Ralph Heimans

12:30pm, Tue 19 Mar
Live online

Join Joanna Gilmour, Senior Curator, for a peek at some of the portraits and themes in the exhibition Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence.

Bookings required
Fiona McMonagle sitting in her studio with paint splatters on the white walls
Fiona McMonagle sitting in her studio with paint splatters on the white walls
Fiona McMonagle sitting in her studio with paint splatters on the white walls
Fiona McMonagle sitting in her studio with paint splatters on the white walls

Explore watercolour

With Fiona McMonagle

2:00pm, Fri 22 Mar
Live online

Join artist Fiona McMonagle online and discover the wonders of watercolour painting.

Bookings required
Ruth Park
Ruth Park
Ruth Park
Ruth Park

Virtual Highlight Tour

The books that we remember

12:30pm, Tue 23 Apr
Live online

Join us this World Book Day to explore portraits of some of Australia’s most cherished childhood picture book authors.

Bookings required

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