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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

Sunday 28 February 2021 – Tuesday 28 February 2023

Entry tickets

Every day

We’re taking daily bookings as part of our COVID-19 Safety Plan. This is to make sure you have a safe and memorable visit without things getting too squishy.

Bookings available
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews

Pub Rock

Your backstage pass to 70s and 80s sounds and scenes

Exhibition closes 14 March

Celebrate the people, places and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on our nation’s identity.

Ticketed entry
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

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

Daily throughout the Gallery

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.

Pub Rock Highlights Tour

2:30pm, Daily until Sun 14 Mar

Take a 30 minute tour of the exhibition.

Bookings available

Collection Highlights Tour

11:30am, Daily until Wed 26 May

Take a 30 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

Bookings available
spaces between movement and stillness
spaces between movement and stillness
spaces between movement and stillness
spaces between movement and stillness

Harriet Schwarzrock

spaces between movement and stillness

Exhibition closes 1 August

Harriet Schwarzrock’s new work explores notions of emotional processes and their physical manifestations.

Geo Face Distributor prototype version 1, 2009 James Angus
Geo Face Distributor prototype version 1, 2009 James Angus
Geo Face Distributor prototype version 1, 2009 James Angus
Geo Face Distributor prototype version 1, 2009 James Angus

highlights tour

Off the wall

12:30pm, Tue 2 Mar
Live online

Seeing faces in random information, physical distancing and the human heart – take an intriguing three dimensional trip through the gallery.

Bookings required
Doctor Stovepipe at Gorman House. Photo by Adam Thomas.
Doctor Stovepipe at Gorman House. Photo by Adam Thomas.
Doctor Stovepipe at Gorman House. Photo by Adam Thomas.
Doctor Stovepipe at Gorman House. Photo by Adam Thomas.

Drawn in

Doctor Stovepipe

1:00pm, Sun 7 Mar

Draw while listening to music. Be swept away in the moment and let colour become your instruments, line become your melody and create your own visual composition.

Ticketed entry

highlights tour

Road to Canberra

12:30pm, Tue 9 Mar
Live online

Discover some of the artists, architects, and activists who have travelled far and wide and yet call Canberra home.

Bookings required

15 minutes of frame international

Wellington, Edinburgh, Canberra

7:00pm, Wed 10 Mar
Live online

Delve into the lives, loves and labour of the world’s most prominent portrait galleries in this international conversation series.

Bookings required
The Go-Betweens, London, c.1986 Warwick Orme
The Go-Betweens, London, c.1986 Warwick Orme
The Go-Betweens, London, c.1986 Warwick Orme
The Go-Betweens, London, c.1986 Warwick Orme

In Conversation

Rock Chick: Lindy Morrison

12:30pm, Fri 12 Mar
Live online

Lindy Morrison has played in her share of bands over the years. From jazz to pop to punk, she’s been an ever-present force in Australian music.

Bookings required

highlights tour

Style and substance: fashionistas in the Gallery

12:30pm, Tue 16 Mar
Live online

Join us on the red carpet to meet some of Australia’s fashion stars, known not just for striking poses, but also for their striking stories. 

Bookings required
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis
Kath & Kim, c. 2011 (printed 2020) John Tsiavis

Australian Loves Stories tour

2:30pm, Daily from Sat 20 Mar until Sun 1 Aug

Is love all you really need? If so, what kind of love? Join us for an exhilarating look at love in all its guises – from lust and longing, drama and devotion, to seduction and scandal.

Bookings available
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan

Australian Love stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)

Exhibition opens 20 March

Reconnect and reflect with our new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) as we explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

Bookings required

highlights tour

Wild earth

12:30pm, Tue 23 Mar
Live online

Join us as we navigate through portraits of those who’ve explored, adventured and endured the challenges of traversing on and off our planet.

Bookings required
CJ Bowerbird
CJ Bowerbird
CJ Bowerbird
CJ Bowerbird

Postponed: Poetry slam

Late night love stories

5:00pm, Fri 26 Mar

We’re sorry to breaks hearts, but forces outside of our control mean we’ve had to postpone the Poetry slam: all the languages of love event.

Bookings closed

Evensong

4:00pm, Sat 27 Mar until Sun 28 Mar

Be uplifted by the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble, directed by Tobias Cole.

Ticketed entry

Highlights Tour

Australian Love Stories: artist communities

12:30pm, Tue 30 Mar
Live online

From Heide to the outback, take a closer look at some of the artist communities celebrated in our exciting new exhibition, Australian Love Stories.

Bookings required
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits

10:00am, Daily from Fri 2 Apr until Sun 11 Jul

To celebrate our Australian Love Stories exhibition, we’re making tokens of affection! Make pebble portraits of the special people in your life.

Paper Pocket Hearts
Paper Pocket Hearts
Paper Pocket Hearts
Paper Pocket Hearts

Paper Pocket Hearts

10:00am, Daily from Fri 2 Apr until Sun 18 Apr

Be inspired by our Australian Love Stories exhibition and fold your own origami pocket heart. Use it to keep a treasure in, make some more at home and decorate your room, or write someone you love a note and pop it inside!

Portrait play takeaway

10:00am, Daily from Fri 2 Apr until Tue 31 Aug

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.

As Famous As The Moon
As Famous As The Moon
As Famous As The Moon
As Famous As The Moon

Drawn in

As Famous As The Moon

1:00pm, Sun 4 Apr

Draw while listening to music. Be swept away in the moment and let colour become your instruments, line become your melody and create your own visual composition.

Ticketed entry

Highlights Tour

Wading deep

12:30pm, Tue 6 Apr
Live online

Dip your toes in. Winter may be fast approaching, but bundle up and get ready to dive into our Collection to discover the different connections people have with water.

Bookings required

Slow Art Day

Lingering look

1:00pm, Sat 10 Apr

Rush in and slow down for Slow Art Day. This global event has a simple mission: help more people discover the joy of looking at and loving art.

Bookings required

Highlights Tour

Cat people

12:30pm, Tue 13 Apr
Live online

Hello cool cats! Join us as we make a beeline for the feline and explore works featuring furry faces (and their human friends/slaves).

Bookings required

Story time

The story of Rosy Dock

10:30am, 1:00pm, Wed 14 Apr

Follow the wind and desert sands into the wilderness. Join us in the Gallery to listen to The story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker and then create your own visual response.

Bookings required
The story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker
The story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker
The story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker
The story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker

Story time

The story of Rosy Dock

3:00pm, Wed 14 Apr
Live online

Follow the wind and desert sands into the wilderness. Can’t come to us? Join us online for a reading of Jeannie Baker’s The story of Rosy Dock and then create your own visual response with items at home.

Bookings required
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits workshop

Thursday 15 April and Thursday 1 July, 11:00am and 3:00pm
Live online

To celebrate our Australian Love Stories exhibition, we’re making tokens of affection! Make pebble portraits of the special people in your life or even somewhere you treasure.

Bookings required
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits workshop

Friday 16 April and Wednesday 30 June, 10:30am, 11:45am, 1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm

To celebrate our Australian Love Stories exhibition, we’re making tokens of affection! Make pebble portraits of the special people in your life or even somewhere you treasure

Bookings required

Relaxed mornings

9:00am, Sun 18 Apr

Explore the main collection before our usual opening hours. We welcome anyone of any age who would benefit from a more relaxed gallery experience.

Bookings required

In conversation

Meeting, making and missing

12:30pm, Sun 18 Apr
Live online

Celebrate the life, love and creative work of one of Australia’s artistic power couples in our Australian Love Stories exhibition: Rosemary Madigan and Robert Klippel.

Bookings required

Highlights Tour

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

12:30pm, Tue 20 Apr
Live online

Mirror as a noun: any reflecting surface. Person as a mirror... let’s reflect on that! Join us as we look into the faces of others who might show us something about ourselves.

Bookings required

Highlights Tour

ANZAC chat

12:30pm, Tue 27 Apr
Live online

Join us on a journey that talks to our national identity in times of war.

Bookings required

Introducing Australian Love Stories

In Conversation:

12:30pm, Fri 30 Apr
Live online

Join curators Joanna Gilmour & Sandra Bruce for a sneak peek at our exciting new exhibition.

Bookings required
Spooky Men’s Chorale
Spooky Men’s Chorale
Spooky Men’s Chorale
Spooky Men’s Chorale

Late night love stories

Words of affirmation: Spooky Men’s Chorale

5:00pm, Fri 30 Apr

Spooky Men’s Chorale singing words of affirmation.

Bookings required

Chiselled features

sculpture workshop

10:30am, Sat 1 May

Join artist Ellis Hutch in the Gallery for a hands-on workshop with a nod to the ancient art of relief carving.

Bookings required

Chiselled features

sculpture workshop

2:00pm, Sat 1 May
Live online

Join artist Ellis Hutch from wherever you are for a hands-on workshop with a nod to the ancient art of relief carving.

Bookings required
Australian Dance Party, photo: Lorna Sim
Australian Dance Party, photo: Lorna Sim
Australian Dance Party, photo: Lorna Sim
Australian Dance Party, photo: Lorna Sim

Love dance

10:30am, Sun 2 May

Romance through dance! Ausdance ACT will be in the Gallery during Australian Dance Week to enhance your Australian Love Stories exhibition experience with pop-up performances that fill our spaces (and hearts) in surprising and delightful ways.

Jorge Bontes and Cicilia Kemezys
Jorge Bontes and Cicilia Kemezys
Jorge Bontes and Cicilia Kemezys
Jorge Bontes and Cicilia Kemezys

Drawn in

Jorge Bontes and Cicilia Kemezys

1:00pm, Sun 9 May

Draw while listening to music. Be swept away in the moment and let colour become your instruments, line become your melody and create your own visual composition.

Audio-described tour

Australian Love Stories

11:30am, Sun 16 May

Listen in and feel the love with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Bookings required
Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan

Late night love stories

Love in the fast lane: Chris Ryan

5:00pm, Fri 21 May

Join comedian Chris Ryan as she hosts a night of ‘speed dating’ with a twist!

Bookings required
CJ Bowerbird
CJ Bowerbird
CJ Bowerbird
CJ Bowerbird

Afternoon poetry

1:00pm, Sun 23 May

Join Australian Poetry Slam Champion CJ Bowerbird and some of Canberra’s best spoken-word artists, Eleanor Malbon and Audrey McCormick for an afternoon of poetry, participation and love.

Little faces

10:30am, Wed 26 May

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

10:30am, Thu 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

Reconciliation Week tours

11:30am, Thu 27 May until Thu 3 Jun

To celebrate Reconciliation Week, our highlights tours will focus on some remarkable, resilient and  inspirational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the collection.

Bookings available

Circle of Friends Autumn Dinner 2021

6:30pm, Thu 27 May

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Gill Hicks AM MBE will be our guest speaker for the Circle of Friends Autumn Dinner this year.

Bookings required

Little faces

10:30am, Fri 28 May

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

Bookings required

Writing the portrait

10:30am, 2:00pm, Sat 29 May

Join Wuilli Wuilli woman Lisa Fuller in the Gallery as she explores slow looking and how art can open up your writing.

Bookings required

Little faces

10:30am, Wed 23 Jun

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

10:30am, Thu 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

Little faces

10:30am, Fri 25 Jun

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

Bookings required
Kitiya Palaskas
Kitiya Palaskas
Kitiya Palaskas
Kitiya Palaskas

Late night love stories

Happily ever crafter: Kitiya Palaskas

5:00pm, Fri 25 Jun

Embrace your creativity and make a thing of joy for them with craft-based designer Kitiya Palaskas.

Bookings required
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton
You are what is most beautiful about me: a self portrait with Kel and Arella, 2007 Del Kathryn Barton

Auslan interpreted tour

Australian Love Stories

2:30pm, Sun 27 Jun

Join us for an exhilarating look at love in all its guises.

Bookings required
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits workshop

Friday 16 April and Wednesday 30 June, 10:30am, 11:45am, 1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm

To celebrate our Australian Love Stories exhibition, we’re making tokens of affection! Make pebble portraits of the special people in your life or even somewhere you treasure

Bookings required
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits workshop

Thursday 15 April and Thursday 1 July, 11:00am and 3:00pm
Live online

To celebrate our Australian Love Stories exhibition, we’re making tokens of affection! Make pebble portraits of the special people in your life or even somewhere you treasure.

Bookings required
WeiZen Ho Performance: A Kind of Divination - Red Threads, Read Chair, 2019 Photographer: Vsevelod Vlaskine
WeiZen Ho Performance: A Kind of Divination - Red Threads, Read Chair, 2019 Photographer: Vsevelod Vlaskine
WeiZen Ho Performance: A Kind of Divination - Red Threads, Read Chair, 2019 Photographer: Vsevelod Vlaskine
WeiZen Ho Performance: A Kind of Divination - Red Threads, Read Chair, 2019 Photographer: Vsevelod Vlaskine

Late night love stories

Weizen Ho

5:00pm, Fri 23 Jul

Performance artist Weizen Ho interprets the love language of physical touch.

Bookings required
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
NPPP 2021 Who will win?
NPPP 2021 Who will win?

Living Memory

National Photographic Portrait Prize

Exhibition opens 31 July

That’s a different name? Yep! Acknowledging how extraordinary 2020 has been, we've decided to mix it up a little and title the exhibition, ‘Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize’.

More events

Wednesday 1 March 2023 – Friday 28 February 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 both past and present.

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

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