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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

Thursday 1 April – Friday 30 April 2021

Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Open every day

Collection display galleries

The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia.

FREE

Collection display galleries

Exhibition open every day
FREE
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
Closes 1 August

Harriet Schwarzrock

spaces between movement and stillness

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

FREE

Harriet Schwarzrock

spaces between movement and stillness

Exhibition closes 1 August
FREE
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Closes 1 August

Australian Love Stories

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

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

Australian Love Stories

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

Exhibition closes 1 August
Bookings required
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Daily event,

The Amazing Face

A 14-day dive into portraiture

10:00am

An educational and fun 14-day adults’ introduction to portraiture.

Free.
FREE
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The Amazing Face

A 14-day dive into portraiture

Daily event
10:00am AEDT
FREE
O
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
Daily event,

Australian Love Stories online

10:00am

Lust and longing, drama and devotion, seduction and scandal! Delve into an enticing array of tales of the heart.

Free.
FREE
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Australian Love Stories online

Daily event
10:00am AEDT
FREE
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Daily event,

Portrait Stories app

Explore the collecton

10:00am
Free.
FREE
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Portrait Stories app

Explore the collecton

Daily event
10:00am AEDT
FREE
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Daily event,

In their own words

Audio-guide

10:00am

In their own words is an audio-guide with a difference. We let the portraits of these remarkable Australians speak for themselves.

Free.
FREE
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In their own words

Audio-guide

Daily event
10:00am AEDT
FREE
A
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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
Daily event,

Bogong Cluster

Socially connected, physically distant

10:00am

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.

Free.
FREE
A
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Bogong Cluster

Socially connected, physically distant

Daily event
10:00am AEDT
FREE
A
E
Self portrait in reflection, 1973 Lewis Morley
Self portrait in reflection, 1973 Lewis Morley
Self portrait in reflection, 1973 Lewis Morley
Self portrait in reflection, 1973 Lewis Morley
Daily event, until Wed 26 May

Collection Highlights Tour

11:30am

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

Free.
FREE
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Collection Highlights Tour

Daily event until Wed 26 May
11:30am AEDT
FREE
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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
Daily event, until Sun 1 August

Australian Loves Stories tour

2:30pm

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.

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Australian Loves Stories tour

Daily event until Sun 1 Aug
2:30pm AEDT
T
Sun 4 April

Drawn in

As Famous As The Moon

1:00pm

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.

Free.
FREE
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Drawn in

As Famous As The Moon

Sun 4 Apr
1:00pm AEDT
FREE
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Portrait of Ambrose Patterson, 1901-02 Hugh Ramsay
Portrait of Ambrose Patterson, 1901-02 Hugh Ramsay
Portrait of Ambrose Patterson, 1901-02 Hugh Ramsay
Portrait of Ambrose Patterson, 1901-02 Hugh Ramsay
Sat 10 April

Slow Art Day

Lingering look

1:00pm

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
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Slow Art Day

Lingering look

Sat 10 Apr
1:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
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Wed 14 April

Story time IRL

The story of Rosy Dock

10:30am; 1:00pm

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
F

Story time IRL

The story of Rosy Dock

Wed 14 Apr
10:30am; 1:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
F
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
Wed 14 April

Story time online

The story of Rosy Dock

3:00pm

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.

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Story time online

The story of Rosy Dock

Wed 14 Apr
3:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
V
F
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes, 1978 (printed 2003) Juno Gemes
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes, 1978 (printed 2003) Juno Gemes
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes, 1978 (printed 2003) Juno Gemes
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes, 1978 (printed 2003) Juno Gemes
Sun 18 April

Relaxed mornings

9:00am

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

Free. Bookings required
FREE
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Relaxed mornings

Sun 18 Apr
9:00am AEDT
Bookings required
FREE
F
Fri 30 April

Late night love stories

Words of affirmation: Spooky Men’s Chorale

5:00pm

Spooky Men’s Chorale singing words of affirmation.

Bookings required
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Late night love stories

Words of affirmation: Spooky Men’s Chorale

Fri 30 Apr
5:00pm AEDT
Bookings required
N
H

More events

Saturday 1 May – Sunday 30 May 2021

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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.