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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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

What's on

Friday 1 October – Wednesday 13 October 2021

Entry tickets

10:00am, Daily

To help keep our visitors and staff safe, please book your spot before visiting.

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Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019

Collection display galleries

Exhibition open every day

The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia.

Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen
Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen
Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen
Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen

Bogong Cluster

Socially connected, physically distant

10:00am, Daily

In these uncertain times, with physical gatherings restricted, we can all still recall major events such as the bogong moth migration, and remain connected to each other through nature.

The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy

Portrait play takeaway

10:00am, Daily until Tue 30 Nov

Become an adventurer and make a gadget to help you on your journey around the Gallery! Explore the portraits on display through close looking and creative activity.

Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley

Living Memory

National Photographic Portrait Prize

Exhibition closes 16 January

The 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.

Bookings required
Potters' Portrait Pot
Potters' Portrait Pot
Potters' Portrait Pot
Potters' Portrait Pot

Critters from coast to country

3:30pm, Fri 1 Oct
Live online

Discover some of the wonderful creatures that live in Australia and on our portraits. Birds, fish, marsupials, amphibians, snakes, lizards – we’ve got them all.

Bookings required
Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema
Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema
Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema
Hugs on hold, 2019 Sandy Scheltema

Capturing a global mood

National Portrait Galleries In Conversation

7:00pm, Tue 5 Oct
Live online

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.

Bookings required
Study for portrait of Helen Garner
Study for portrait of Helen Garner
Study for portrait of Helen Garner
Study for portrait of Helen Garner

Virtual highlights tour

The starting line

12:30pm, Tue 5 Oct
Live online

Hey presto, it's done! Making a portrait is rarely so easy. Join us as we look at initial sketches of works in the collection, and get an insight into the creative process.

Bookings required
Maggie Tabberer
Maggie Tabberer
Maggie Tabberer
Maggie Tabberer

In Conversation

Down the rabbit hole

12:30pm, Thu 7 Oct
Live online

Come on a journey behind the scenes, into the woods and reaching for the stars with Penny Grist Curator, Exhibitions. You decide what path through the collection she takes by voting on which way to turn.

Bookings required
Mem Fox
Mem Fox
Mem Fox
Mem Fox

Story time

Possum Magic with Mem Fox

3:30pm, Fri 8 Oct
Live online

Looking to go on an adventure across Australia? Tune in for a reading of  the treasured classic, ‘Possum Magic’ read by Mem Fox.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 11 Oct
Live online

Mindfulness Monday is an opportunity to come together as a community and practice looking, talking, listening, and engaging with art and each other.

Bookings required
Marilyn Darling AC
Marilyn Darling AC
Marilyn Darling AC
Marilyn Darling AC

Virtual highlights tour

Going door to door

12:30pm, Tue 12 Oct
Live online

As we look forward to flinging open our doors from the comfort/containment of our own houses into the big, wide world, join us as to take a look at the role and concept of 'the door' within portraiture. Come on in!

Bookings required

More events

Thursday 14 October – Monday 25 October 2021

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The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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