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

Live online

Tuesday 30 November 2021 – Thursday 30 November 2023

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?

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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
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
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
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

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. With Auslan interpretation.

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
La Milo as Lady Godiva at Coventry
La Milo as Lady Godiva at Coventry
La Milo as Lady Godiva at Coventry
La Milo as Lady Godiva at Coventry

Virtual highlights tour

Rebels, rule breakers and revolutionaries

12:30pm, Tue 1 Feb
Live online

Are the scandals of the past still regarded as scandals today? Don your defiance and delve into history with us to see if times have changed.

Bookings required
Neil Perry
Neil Perry
Neil Perry
Neil Perry

Virtual highlights tour

Bon Appetit!

12:30pm, Tue 8 Feb
Live online

Dine online with some of our most delicious portraits of Australia’s groundbreaking culinary experts.

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
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Virtual highlights tour

Colour me in

12:30pm, Tue 22 Feb
Live online

Feeling blue? Need something to brighten up your day? Join us online as we explore some of the most colourful hue-mans in the collection!

Bookings required

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Friday 1 December 2023 – Sunday 30 November 2025

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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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