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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

Saturday 1 May – Monday 31 May 2021

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
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.

Collection Highlights Tour

11:30am, Daily until Fri 30 Jul

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.

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 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 closes 1 August

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

Portrait play takeaway

10:00am, Daily 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.

Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits

10:00am, Daily 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.

Chiselled features

IRL 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

Virtual 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.

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

Virtual Highlights Tour

A Celebration of Mothers

12:30pm, Tue 4 May
Live online

Join us from wherever you are to celebrate a Mother’s Day themed tour as we explore a rich diversity of maternal spirits in the collection  whether they’re mothers or not!

Bookings required
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.

Virtual Highlights Tour

National Portrait Gall...eerie

12:30pm, Tue 11 May
Live online

From the quirky and unsettling, to the slightly surreal. Join us for a walk on the eerie side as we explore some of the more unusual portraits in our collection.

Bookings required
spaces between movement and stillness (detail), 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness (detail), 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness (detail), 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness (detail), 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock

In conversation

Hearts of glass

12:30pm, Fri 14 May
Live online

Join us as we talk to Harriet Schwarzrock about her creative practice, as well as the art and the science of her amazing new installation.

Bookings required
Under Pressure (David Bowie Tribute), 2017 Will and Garrett Huxley
Under Pressure (David Bowie Tribute), 2017 Will and Garrett Huxley
Under Pressure (David Bowie Tribute), 2017 Will and Garrett Huxley
Under Pressure (David Bowie Tribute), 2017 Will and Garrett Huxley

Huxleys: extreme and unapologetic

Friyay 14 May 2021 7:00 – 11:00pm AEST

Join the Huxleys in the Gallery for a night of splendour, surrealism, silliness and sparkle. Be dazzled by/lose your mind over their inflatable sculptures, vocals, moves and colourful costumes.

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

Virtual Highlights Tour

Profiling the silhouette

12:30pm, Tue 18 May
Live online

Join us for a sideways look at some shady silhouettes from the National Portrait Gallery collection.

Bookings required
Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan

Late night love stories

Love LOLs: Chris Ryan

5:00pm, Fri 21 May

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

Bookings required
Just Romeo and Juliet
Just Romeo and Juliet
Just Romeo and Juliet
Just Romeo and Juliet

Just Romeo and Juliet!

11:00am, Sat 22 May

Originally by William Shakespeare, messed around with by Andy Griffiths, adapted by Joanna Erskine.

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.

Virtual Highlights Tour

So emotional

12:30pm, Tue 25 May
Live online

Take a look at some artists who move us emotionally as we explore a selection of portraits which highlight the expressive quality of their work.

Bookings required

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

Reconciliation Week tours

11:30am, Wed 26 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

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

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

More events

Tuesday 1 June – Thursday 1 July 2021

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The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
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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.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency