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

Talks and lectures

Tuesday 30 November 2021 – Thursday 30 November 2023

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
Image: Polly Borland, Untitled (Nick Cave in blue wig), 2010, Type C photograph, 50 x 40 cm or 87 x 70 cm or 156 x 127 cm. Editions of 3 plus artist’s proofs. Image courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf.
Image: Polly Borland, Untitled (Nick Cave in blue wig), 2010, Type C photograph, 50 x 40 cm or 87 x 70 cm or 156 x 127 cm. Editions of 3 plus artist’s proofs. Image courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf.
Image: Polly Borland, Untitled (Nick Cave in blue wig), 2010, Type C photograph, 50 x 40 cm or 87 x 70 cm or 156 x 127 cm. Editions of 3 plus artist’s proofs. Image courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf.
Image: Polly Borland, Untitled (Nick Cave in blue wig), 2010, Type C photograph, 50 x 40 cm or 87 x 70 cm or 156 x 127 cm. Editions of 3 plus artist’s proofs. Image courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf.

In conversation

Polly Borland

12:30pm, Thu 16 Dec
Live online

Join us for a very special final In Conversation for the year with internationally celebrated Australian artist Polly Borland.

Bookings required
The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson
The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson
The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson
The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson

In conversation

Michael Ghillar Anderson: Standing Firm, Speaking Strong

2:00pm, Sat 29 Jan
Onsite and live online

Join us online or in the Gallery for a powerful conversation with Michael Ghillar Anderson, as he speaks about his personal involvement in the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, its 50-year legacy, and the significance and power of its continuing presence.

Bookings required
Portrait of Ali, 2014 by Hoda Afshar
Portrait of Ali, 2014 by Hoda Afshar
Portrait of Ali, 2014 by Hoda Afshar
Portrait of Ali, 2014 by Hoda Afshar

In conversation

Hoda Afshar

12:30pm, Thu 10 Feb
Live online

Join Curator Exhibitions Penny Grist to hear about Hoda’s recent book and upcoming exhibition Speak the Wind, and to chat about portraiture, photography, and her life as an artist over the last few years.

Bookings required
Self portrait, c. 1770–75  by Angelica Kauffmann
Self portrait, c. 1770–75  by Angelica Kauffmann
Self portrait, c. 1770–75  by Angelica Kauffmann
Self portrait, c. 1770–75  by Angelica Kauffmann

In Conversation with Jo Gilmour

Shakespeare to Winehouse

12:30pm, Thu 17 Mar
Live online

The thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to: six centuries, seven stories, 500 years of British history.

Bookings required
Don Burrows at work
Don Burrows at work
Don Burrows at work
Don Burrows at work

Virtual highlights

Hands On

12:30pm, Tue 12 Apr
Live online

Let’s take a look at the importance of the hands in a portrait.

Bookings required
Dame Zaha Hadid, 2008 Michael Craig-Martin
Dame Zaha Hadid, 2008 Michael Craig-Martin
Dame Zaha Hadid, 2008 Michael Craig-Martin
Dame Zaha Hadid, 2008 Michael Craig-Martin

Virtual highlights tour

Putting a ding in the universe

12:30pm, Tue 19 Apr
Live online

Get your Tuesday inspiration from some revolutionary artists and sitters.

Bookings required
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard

Virtual highlights tour

Sumptuous and Virtuoso Oil Painting

12:30pm, Tue 26 Apr
Live online

From pearls, jewels and silk to a self-portrait all about flesh, join us for a feast of portraits from Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London where opulence, prowess and oil painting collide. This program will be audio described.

Bookings required
Ed Sheeran, 2016 Colin Davidson
Ed Sheeran, 2016 Colin Davidson
Ed Sheeran, 2016 Colin Davidson
Ed Sheeran, 2016 Colin Davidson

In conversation

Colin Davidson

12:30pm, Mon 16 May
Live online

Join us from wherever you are as Belfast-based artist, Colin Davidson talks about the fortuitous happenstances that led to him painting a range of famous faces (from Brad Pitt to the Queen, and everyone in between!)

Bookings required
Anna May Wong, 1929 Dorothy Wilding
Anna May Wong, 1929 Dorothy Wilding
Anna May Wong, 1929 Dorothy Wilding
Anna May Wong, 1929 Dorothy Wilding

Virtual highlights tour

Head, Shoulders, Knees and… shawls

12:30pm, Tue 24 May
Live online

Let’s discuss what is happening in and out of the image in a fun investigation discovering portraiture tropes from 1929 onwards.

Bookings required
Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen
Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen
Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen
Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen

Repainting History

In conversation with Jennifer Higgie

12:30pm, Thu 30 Jun
Live online

Join us from wherever you are for our Curator, Joanna Gilmour in conversation with Jennifer Higgie, author of ‘The Mirror and the Palette: Rebellion, Revolution, and Resilience, Five Hundred Years of Women’s Self Portraits’.

Bookings required
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis

In Conversation with Helen Ennis

Changing spaces: Portraiture and photography

2:00pm, Sat 2 Jul
Onsite and live online

Join Australian photography curator, historian and writer, Helen Ennis for a conversation about photographers challenging the conventions of personal and public space in their portraits.

Bookings required
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Introducing the National Portrait Prizes 2022

In conversation with Sandra Bruce and Rebecca Ray

2:00pm, Sat 23 Jul
Live online

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection & Exhibitions, and Rebecca Ray, Associate Curator, as they explore some of their favourite portraits in our exciting new exhibitions.

Bookings required
Miss Penny, 2021 Penelope Rudge
Miss Penny, 2021 Penelope Rudge
Miss Penny, 2021 Penelope Rudge
Miss Penny, 2021 Penelope Rudge

Virtual Highlights Tour

So cute I could eat you

12:30pm, Tue 6 Sep
Live online

Lunch? Just a snack? Come nibble on some of this year’s cutest entries of the National Photographic Portrait Prize, Darling Portrait Prize, and the Little Darlings!

Bookings required

More events

Friday 1 December 2023 – Sunday 30 November 2025
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