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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

Monday 1 November – Thursday 18 November 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

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

More events

Friday 19 November – Monday 6 December 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
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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