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

What's on

Wednesday 1 December – Friday 31 December 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.

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
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
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
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.

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Saturday 1 January – Monday 31 January 2022

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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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