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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.

Family activities

Thursday 2 December 2021 – Saturday 2 December 2023

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!

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
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.

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, 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. With Auslan interpretation.

Bookings required
Art cart
Art cart
Art cart
Art cart

Art cart

Ngunawal seasons

10:00am, Sat 22 Jan until Wed 26 Jan

Join us in the Gallery to celebrate the colourful flora and fauna of this beautiful Ngunawal and Ngambri country.

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
Animate your face
Animate your face
Animate your face
Animate your face

Animate your face!

Children’s workshop

10:30am, Sat 26 Feb

Join us in the Gallery for an exciting stop-motion animation workshop with Toonworld!

Bookings required
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily

Little faces

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

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

Bookings required
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Drawn in

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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.

Art cart
Art cart
Art cart
Art cart

Art cart

10:00am, Fri 8 Apr until Mon 25 Apr

This free activity for families and friends to enjoy together will have you channelling your inner royal.

Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play

Portrait play

All sorts

10:30am, Mon 11 Apr until Thu 14 Apr

Are you aged between 4 and 8 years old? Why not join us in the galleries with our mixed bag of crafty and playful activities inspired by some of our favourite portraits.

Bookings required
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Story time

10:30am, 1:30pm, Wed 13 Apr

A real life Witch will be reading Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, so children are also encouraged to dress up in their best witch or wizard costumes!

Bookings required
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Story time online

10:30am, Thu 14 Apr
Live online

A real life Witch will be reading Room on the Broom (on Zoom!) by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, so children are also encouraged to dress up in their best witch or wizard costumes at home.

Bookings required
Victor Rufus (guitar) and Elise Walsh (vocal & flute)
Victor Rufus (guitar) and Elise Walsh (vocal & flute)
Victor Rufus (guitar) and Elise Walsh (vocal & flute)
Victor Rufus (guitar) and Elise Walsh (vocal & flute)

Drawn in

Bella Groove

1:00pm, Sun 17 Apr

Draw while listening to Bella Groove as they play an assortment of originals and familiar jazz and blues tunes.

Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play

Portrait play

All sorts

10:30am, Tue 19 Apr until Fri 22 Apr

Are you aged between 4 and 8 years old? Why not join us in the galleries with our mixed bag of crafty and playful activities inspired by some of our favourite portraits.

Bookings required
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily

Little faces

10:30am, Wed 27 Apr until Fri 29 Apr

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

Bookings required
Cashews
Cashews
Cashews
Cashews

Drawn in

The Cashews

1:00pm, Sun 15 May

Draw while listening to Canberra duo, the Cashews.

Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily

Little faces

10:30am, Wed 25 May until Fri 27 May

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

Bookings required
Uccellini Recorder Ensemble
Uccellini Recorder Ensemble
Uccellini Recorder Ensemble
Uccellini Recorder Ensemble

Drawn in

Uccellini Recorder Ensemble

1:00pm, Sun 12 Jun

Draw while listening to the Uccellini Recorder Ensemble.

Little faces
Little faces
Little faces
Little faces

Little Faces

Winter 2022

10:30am, Wed 22 Jun until Fri 24 Jun

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

Bookings required
Beatrix Potter, 1938 Delmar Banner
Beatrix Potter, 1938 Delmar Banner
Beatrix Potter, 1938 Delmar Banner
Beatrix Potter, 1938 Delmar Banner

Family space

Play Plot

10:00am, Sat 2 Jul until Sun 17 Jul

This school holidays, remember to hop (like Peter Rabbit) into our play plot! Inspired by Beatrix Potter’s portrait in our special exhibition, Shakespeare to Winehouse.

Portrait Play activities in the gallery
Portrait Play activities in the gallery
Portrait Play activities in the gallery
Portrait Play activities in the gallery

Portrait play

10:30am, Mon 4 Jul until Fri 8 Jul

Are you aged between 4 and 8 years old? Why not join us in the galleries to explore portraits through drawing and creative activity?

Bookings required
Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing
Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing
Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing
Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing

Story time

Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country

10:30am, Mon 4 Jul
Live online

Can’t come to us? Join us online and celebrate NAIDOC week with a reading of Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing.

Bookings required
Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing
Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing
Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing
Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing

Story time

Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country

10:30am, 1:30pm, Wed 6 Jul

Come and celebrate NAIDOC week with a reading of Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, followed by some colourful and playful activities.

Bookings required
Portrait Play activities in the gallery
Portrait Play activities in the gallery
Portrait Play activities in the gallery
Portrait Play activities in the gallery

Portrait play

10:30am, Mon 11 Jul until Fri 15 Jul

Are you aged between 4 and 8 years old? Why not join us in the galleries to explore portraits through drawing and creative activity?

Bookings required
Little faces
Little faces
Little faces
Little faces

Little Faces

Winter 2022

10:30am, Wed 27 Jul until Fri 29 Jul

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

Bookings required
Little faces
Little faces
Little faces
Little faces

Little Faces

Winter 2022

10:30am, Wed 24 Aug until Fri 26 Aug

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

Bookings required
Lynden Bassett
Lynden Bassett
Lynden Bassett
Lynden Bassett

Drawn in

Lynden Bassett

1:00pm, Sun 18 Sep

Draw while listening to a gentle sound work based on mandolin and electronics with sound artist Lynden Bassett.

Art cart
Art cart
Art cart
Art cart

Art cart

10:00am, Sat 24 Sep until Sun 9 Oct

Our popular art cart is back for the school holidays! This is where you can get all creative during your visit if the mood takes you, responding to our latest exhibition the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play

Portrait play onsite

10:30am, Mon 26 Sep until Fri 30 Sep

Explore portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required
Little Faces
Little Faces
Little Faces
Little Faces

Little Faces

Spring 2022

10:30am, Wed 28 Sep

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

Bookings required
Little Faces
Little Faces
Little Faces
Little Faces

Little Faces

Spring 2022

10:30am, Thu 29 Sep

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

Bookings required
Little Faces
Little Faces
Little Faces
Little Faces

Little Faces

Spring 2022

10:30am, Fri 30 Sep

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

Bookings required
Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play

Portrait play onsite

10:30am, Tue 4 Oct until Fri 7 Oct

Explore portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries.

Bookings required
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.

Drawn in

Pop Up Choir

1:00pm, Sun 19 Feb

Draw while listening to the Pop Up Choir, singing songs that will leave your toes tapping and heart full.

More events

Sunday 3 December 2023 – Tuesday 2 December 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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