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.
A folio of British street portraits 1824–1844
until Sunday 22 October 2017
Dempsey’s people: a folio of British street portraits 1824–1844 is the first exhibition to showcase the compelling watercolour images of English street people made by the itinerant English painter John Dempsey throughout the first half of the nineteenth century.
Australian Movie Portraits
until Sunday 4 March 2018
Striking, beautiful portraiture comes out of the most thoroughly documented creative process there is – filmmaking. In a ground-breaking collaboration the National Portrait Gallery and National Film and Sound Archive invite you into this captivating realm between real and fictional worlds.
Two Japanese stories
Award-winning poet Hiromi Ito explores the impact of her move to California in the early 1990s; and Sydney-based Japanese artist Mayu Kanamori performs an excerpt of her latest work, accompanied by Terumi Narushima.
Ekphrasis refers to writing that evokes or responds to works of visual art. Six poets – Cassandra Atherton, Tony Barnstone, Susan Fealy, Luke Fischer, Ravi Shankar and Paul Hetherington – will read and discuss their ekphrastic work.