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

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Monday 18 October 2021 – Wednesday 18 October 2023

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

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 18 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
The black coat: Lily Brett
The black coat: Lily Brett
The black coat: Lily Brett
The black coat: Lily Brett

Virtual highlights tour

Knowing me, knowing you

12:30pm, Tue 19 Oct
Live online

Convenient or muse? Artists often make portraits of people they love and live with. Join us to take a close up and personal look at works that capture the intimate and familiar relationship between artist and sitter.

Bookings required
Lucy Culliton
Lucy Culliton
Lucy Culliton
Lucy Culliton

In Conversation

Birds-eye view

12:30pm, Thu 21 Oct
Live online

Jump in the nest and join the brood as we celebrate National Bird Week! We’ll take a birds-eye view of the collection, and explore faces of folks with their feathered friends. BYO binoculars.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 25 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
Dan Sultan
Dan Sultan
Dan Sultan
Dan Sultan

Virtual highlights tour

The noisemakers

12:30pm, Tue 26 Oct
Live online

Portraiture is traditionally a silent, static medium, so how do we celebrate those who are known for making sound? Join us as we turn it up to eleven for an exploration of works featuring some well loved noisemakers.

Bookings required
Matilda (Ngambri)
Matilda (Ngambri)
Matilda (Ngambri)
Matilda (Ngambri)

In Conversation

Considering Representation

12:30pm, Thu 28 Oct
Live online

Join Associate Curator Rebecca Ray and Director Collection and Exhibitions Sandra Bruce for a conversation on the presence of First Nations people in portraiture today.

Bookings required
Mr Tim
Mr Tim
Mr Tim
Mr Tim

Drawn in with Mr Tim

3:30pm, Fri 29 Oct
Live online

Join us from wherever you are for a musical adventure with the fabulous Mr Tim! He will excite and delight our family audience with his combination of rock, folk, funk, a touch of country, and what can only be described as hypnotic Transylvanian polka.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 1 Nov
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
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Virtual highlights tour

Encroaching on all Man’s Privileges

12:30pm, Tue 2 Nov
Live online

Ditch your corset and join us as we celebrate the female artistic pioneers of the era as we look at portraits of women who forged their own paths.

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

Experiments with portraiture!

4:00pm, Thu 4 Nov
Live online

This interactive online session aims to equip primary teachers to work with portraiture in the classroom. Join us as we explore many ways of art making inspired by portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection.

Bookings required
Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver

In Conversation

MEL to LAX

12:30pm, Thu 4 Nov
Live online

Join us in first class as Exhibitions Curator, Penny Grist catches up with photographer John Tsiavis to reflect on his career and how his creative practice has changed during the global pandemic.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 8 Nov
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
Peace, the Man and Hope
Peace, the Man and Hope
Peace, the Man and Hope
Peace, the Man and Hope

Virtual highlights tour

Cut and paste

12:30pm, Tue 9 Nov
Live online

Collage! Join us as we piece together all the elements for an exploration of some of our more layered portraits in the collection.

Bookings required
Michelle Garnaut
Michelle Garnaut
Michelle Garnaut
Michelle Garnaut

In conversation

Tacon Portraits

12:30pm, Thu 11 Nov
Live online

Join Shanghai-based Australian photographer Dave Tacon in conversation with Exhibitions Curator, Penny Grist.

Bookings required
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)

Focus the fidgets

Mindfulness for children and families

4:00pm, Fri 12 Nov
Live online

Have you been feeling a bit ho hum lately? Fidgety one minute and a bit down the next?

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 15 Nov
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
Still image taken from Style Over Substance
Still image taken from Style Over Substance
Still image taken from Style Over Substance
Still image taken from Style Over Substance

Virtual highlights tour

Pride of the nation

12:30pm, Tue 16 Nov
Live online

To celebrate SpringOUT – Canberra’s very own pride festival – join us for a virtual tour hosted by queen of the local queer scene, Toni Kola!

Bookings required
Lucky Day, 2011 by Nikki Toole
Lucky Day, 2011 by Nikki Toole
Lucky Day, 2011 by Nikki Toole
Lucky Day, 2011 by Nikki Toole

In conversation

Paris pivot

12:30pm, Thu 18 Nov
Live online

Join us for the sliding-doors story of NPPP finalist Nikki Toole's relocation to Paris, and a wander through the incredible portrait projects she has created throughout her career.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 22 Nov
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
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix

Virtual highlights tour

The gang's all here

12:30pm, Tue 23 Nov
Live online

Elbows out and get in amongst the group portraits in the Living Memory exhibition with Curator Exhibitions Penny Grist.

Bookings required
Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne
Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne
Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne
Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne

In conversation

Ingvar Kenne

12:30pm, Thu 25 Nov
Live online

Join us for an In Conversation with photographer, director, and seven times Photographic Portrait Prize finalist Ingvar Kenne.

Bookings required
Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Story time – Fashionista

Reading with author, Maxine Beneba Clarke

4:00pm, Fri 26 Nov
Live online

How do you express with your dress? What do you share through your clothes and hair? We are excited to welcome poet, author and illustrator Maxine Beneba Clarke to read Fashionista to us.

Bookings required
Omar Musa - Killernova
Omar Musa - Killernova
Omar Musa - Killernova
Omar Musa - Killernova

Omar Musa – Killernova

Book Launch

1:00pm, 3:00pm, Sat 27 Nov

Grappling with his heritage, Musa charts a journey through the colonial history of South-East Asia, environmental destruction, race in Australia, the isolation and addiction of COVID lockdown, family, lost love and, ultimately, recovery.

Bookings required

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

12:30pm, Mon 29 Nov
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
Kay Cottee
Kay Cottee
Kay Cottee
Kay Cottee

Virtual highlights tour

Women who make history

12:30pm, Tue 30 Nov
Live online

Join us and be inspired by the stories of some extraordinarily resilient women.

Bookings required
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman

In conversation

Six degrees of Hugh Jackman

12:30pm, Thu 2 Dec
Live online

If we start with world-famous actor Hugh Jackman and give over control to you, where will the chance meetings, delightful parallels, and forks in the road take us?

Bookings required
7 smiling, dark haired young women standing in front of a black background. They are wearing small cream and gold head dresses and pale gold sequinned dresses which sparkle in the light.
7 smiling, dark haired young women standing in front of a black background. They are wearing small cream and gold head dresses and pale gold sequinned dresses which sparkle in the light.
7 smiling, dark haired young women standing in front of a black background. They are wearing small cream and gold head dresses and pale gold sequinned dresses which sparkle in the light.
7 smiling, dark haired young women standing in front of a black background. They are wearing small cream and gold head dresses and pale gold sequinned dresses which sparkle in the light.

I-Day on display

A local global performance

3:30pm, Fri 3 Dec

Join us in the Gallery to celebrate International Day of People with Disability, with an afternoon of dance and music performed by people of all abilities!

Jeanne Little
Jeanne Little
Jeanne Little
Jeanne Little

Portrait Play Takeaway

Daily from Saturday 4 December 2021

Pop on your spy goggles and become an art detective. It’s all in the details! Search for clues!

Dr John Yu
Dr John Yu
Dr John Yu
Dr John Yu

Relaxed mornings

9:00am, Sun 5 Dec

Explore the main collection during our ‘quiet hours’ sessions, suitable for anyone who prefers a quieter visitor experience.

Bookings required
Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage

Virtual highlights tour

Baubles and bling

12:30pm, Tue 7 Dec
Live online

Get into some festive fun and frivolity as we check out the stories behind the bling and baubles worn by some of our most bespangled sitters.

Bookings required
ACT Youth Orchestra
ACT Youth Orchestra
ACT Youth Orchestra
ACT Youth Orchestra

ACT Youth Orchestra

An evening of fairy tales

7:00pm, Wed 8 Dec

A beautiful beginning to launch the ACT Youth Orchestra and their exciting collaboration with Dance Development Centre Canberra.

Bookings required
Margaret Fulton
Margaret Fulton
Margaret Fulton
Margaret Fulton

Christmas Crafternoon

4:00pm, Fri 10 Dec
Live online

Grab your crafty ingredients and join us online to celebrate the festive time of year!

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

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

11:00am, Mon 13 Dec

Join us in the Gallery to view the Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize, and we’ll continue to share our ideas with each other, and discover the different perspectives that come from seeing these portraits in person.

Bookings required
Lockdown bubble, 2021 Nick Stubbings
Lockdown bubble, 2021 Nick Stubbings
Lockdown bubble, 2021 Nick Stubbings
Lockdown bubble, 2021 Nick Stubbings

Family Space

Memory (play) space

10:00am, Fri 24 Dec until Thu 20 Jan

This school holidays, remember to drop into the free Memory (play) space to explore the sights, smells and sounds that bring back your special memories! Through creative activity, children, their friends and families are welcome to share the stories that shaped them.

Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection

Collection Highlights Tour

11:15am, Daily from Tue 4 Jan until Sat 31 Dec

Take a 30 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

Bookings available
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix

Living Memory Tours

National Photographic Portrait Prize

2:15pm, Daily from Tue 4 Jan until Sun 16 Jan

Join us in the Gallery to as we share the stories behind the photographs, and explore how the artists have captured a year like no other.

Bookings available
Evan Buckley by Wouter Van de Voorde
Evan Buckley by Wouter Van de Voorde
Evan Buckley by Wouter Van de Voorde
Evan Buckley by Wouter Van de Voorde

Drawn in

Evan Buckley

1:00pm, Sun 9 Jan

Draw while listening to Evan Buckley's post-religious folk hymns.

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

Mindfulness Monday

Slow Looking

11:00am, Mon 10 Jan

Join us in the Gallery to view the Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize, and we’ll continue to share our ideas with each other, and discover the different perspectives that come from seeing these portraits in person.

Bookings required
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa

Portrait Photography - How to Pose Everyday People

with Grace Costa: Photographic Artist

1:00pm, Sat 15 Jan

Join photographer Grace Costa in the Gallery as she shares practical portrait-posing skills for beginner or mid-career photographers.

Bookings required
A Covid kind of day, 2020 Marzena Wasikowska
A Covid kind of day, 2020 Marzena Wasikowska
A Covid kind of day, 2020 Marzena Wasikowska
A Covid kind of day, 2020 Marzena Wasikowska

Studio visit

Marzena Wasikowska

1:30pm, Sat 15 Jan

Join us for a visit to the studio of Living Memory finalist, Marzena Wasikowska, where she will generously share aspects of her photographic practice.

Bookings required
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)

Audio Description Collection tour

1:00pm, Tue 18 Jan

Join us in the Gallery as we explore the collection with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Sighted companions and guide dogs are more than welcome.

Bookings required

Dreaming with drawings, waltzing with words

Telling your story with Cheryl Orsini

10:30am, Thu 20 Jan

Join illustrator and author Cheryl Orsini, in this magical workshop as she helps you weave words and pictures to tell your story.

Bookings required
Cheryl Orsini
Cheryl Orsini
Cheryl Orsini
Cheryl Orsini

Dreaming with drawings, waltzing with words

Telling your story with Cheryl Orsini

2:00pm, Thu 20 Jan
Live online

Join us online for a magical workshop with illustrator and author, Cheryl Orsini, as she guides you to weave words and pictures to tell a story.

Bookings required
Dancing With Memories by Sally Yule
Dancing With Memories by Sally Yule
Dancing With Memories by Sally Yule
Dancing With Memories by Sally Yule

Story time

Dancing With Memories

10:30am, 1:00pm, Fri 21 Jan

Make some moving memories with us! Dancing With Memories author Sally Yule will join us onsite for a special reading of her book.

Bookings required
Dancing With Memories by Sally Yule
Dancing With Memories by Sally Yule
Dancing With Memories by Sally Yule
Dancing With Memories by Sally Yule

Story time

Dancing With Memories

11:30am, Fri 21 Jan
Live online

Make some moving memories with us! Dancing With Memories author Sally Yule will join us for a special reading of her book.

Bookings required
© Forough Yavari
© Forough Yavari
© Forough Yavari
© Forough Yavari

Fine art portraiture: from concept to execution

with Forough Yavari

10:30am, Sat 5 Feb

Join award-winning photographer Forough Yavari on a journey to learn how to create intricate, gallery-style fine art portraits from scratch.

Bookings required
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)

Audio Description Collection tour

1:00pm, Fri 18 Feb

Join us in the Gallery as we explore the collection with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Sighted companions and guide dogs are more than welcome.

 

Bookings required
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall

Drawn in

Alex Voorhoeve

1:00pm, Sun 20 Feb

Draw while listening to cellist Alex Voorhoeve.

The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin

Little faces

10:30am, Wed 23 Feb until Fri 25 Feb

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610 John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610 John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610 John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610 John Taylor

Shakespeare to Winehouse

Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Exhibition opens 12 March

From Shakespeare to Winehouse, Darwin to Dickens, the Beatles, Brontë sisters and Beckham, the National Portrait Gallery London holds the world’s most extensive collection of portraits.

Bookings required
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nonbinarycode
nonbinarycode

Drawn in

nonbinarycode

1:00pm, Sun 27 Mar

Draw while listening to nonbinarycode – two unique humans who grew up on a diet of grunge, punk and stadium rock.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 Who will win?
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 Who will win?
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 Who will win?
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 Who will win?

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Exhibition opens 25 June

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. The call for entries is now open.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Who are you

Australian portraiture

Exhibition opens 1 October

Featuring more than two-hundred works by Australian artists, the exhibition explores our inner worlds and outer selves, as well as issues of sociability, intimacy, isolation, celebrity and ordinariness.

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Thursday 19 October 2023 – Saturday 18 October 2025

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