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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 16 May 2021 – Tuesday 16 May 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
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 4 July

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
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.

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.

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
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

In conversation

You didn’t hear it from me...

12:30pm, Sun 30 May
Live online

Join curator Penny Gist as she sneaks behind the frame, seeking the salacious scenarios of love and life in the Australian Love Stories exhibition.

Bookings required
The Movie Star David Gulpilil, 1985
The Movie Star David Gulpilil, 1985
The Movie Star David Gulpilil, 1985
The Movie Star David Gulpilil, 1985

Virtual highlights tour

Reconciliation Week – Take Action

12:30pm, Tue 1 Jun
Live online

Join us to celebrate Reconciliation Week with Dr Jilda Andrews taking a personal walk through some eclectic portraits in the collection.

Bookings required
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio

Harriet Schwarzrock’s studio

10:30am, Sat 5 Jun

Join us for a visit to the hot-glass studio of artist Harriet Schwarzrock in Queanbeyan, NSW.

Bookings required

Drawn in

Bella Groove

1:00pm, Sun 6 Jun

Draw while listening to Bella Groove. Elisa Walsh (vocals & flute) and John Black (pianist) will play an assortment of originals and familiar jazz and blues tunes.

Virtual highlights tour

In your head

12:30pm, Tue 8 Jun
Live online

What’s going on in your head when you view portraits? Join us for an interactive virtual tour of some of the works currently on display.

Bookings required
Neon hands
Neon hands
Neon hands
Neon hands

In conversation

Designing a love story

12:30pm, Fri 11 Jun
Live online

Join us for a behind-the-scenes exposé with the Australian Love Stories designer, Maria Mosquera, alongside our very own Exhibition Manager Sheridan Burnett, to find out how it all comes together.

Bookings required

Virtual highlights tour

Young talent time

12:30pm, Tue 15 Jun
Live online

Grab a front row seat and discover the incredible talents and fascinating stories behind some of the youngest and brightest stars in the National Portrait Gallery collection.

Bookings required
Imperium, Civic Square 2020 Gold Dance performance
Imperium, Civic Square 2020 Gold Dance performance
Imperium, Civic Square 2020 Gold Dance performance
Imperium, Civic Square 2020 Gold Dance performance

Dance performance

GOLD: outrageous dancing seniors!

2:00pm, Sat 19 Jun

Canberra’s company of dancing elders, GOLD, will wow you with routines old and new.

Graham Sylvester's crowd, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983 William Yang
Graham Sylvester's crowd, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983 William Yang
Graham Sylvester's crowd, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983 William Yang
Graham Sylvester's crowd, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983 William Yang

In conversation with William Yang

2:00pm, Sun 20 Jun
Live online

Join us from wherever you are to celebrate and reminisce with artist William Yang as he reflects on his joyous photographs of Australia's LGBTIQ+ community.

Bookings required
Asian Lesbian and Gay Pride Group, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1993 William Yang
Asian Lesbian and Gay Pride Group, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1993 William Yang
Asian Lesbian and Gay Pride Group, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1993 William Yang
Asian Lesbian and Gay Pride Group, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1993 William Yang

In conversation with William Yang

Onsite

2:00pm, Sun 20 Jun

Join us in the Gallery to celebrate and reminisce with artist William Yang as he reflects on his joyous photographs of Australia’s LGBTIQ+ community and Mardi Gras from 1982 to 2018.

Bookings required
My Jack, 2011 Jenny Sages. Private collection. © Jenny Sages. Photo © AGNSW
My Jack, 2011 Jenny Sages. Private collection. © Jenny Sages. Photo © AGNSW
My Jack, 2011 Jenny Sages. Private collection. © Jenny Sages. Photo © AGNSW
My Jack, 2011 Jenny Sages. Private collection. © Jenny Sages. Photo © AGNSW

Virtual highlights tour

Australian Love Stories: Trace - Tales of loss, longing and the land

12:30pm, Tue 22 Jun
Live online

Relationships affect us, change us, and leave their mark on our skin and in our psyche. Join us as we trace roads travelled, places visited and time passing.

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
Red target icon
Red target icon
Red target icon
Red target icon

Family space

In my heart

10:00am, Sat 26 Jun until Sun 11 Jul

Love big and small. Free activities inspired by the exhibition Australian Love Stories for families to enjoy together.

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
Frame from Self portrait, 2008 Bruce Petty
Frame from Self portrait, 2008 Bruce Petty
Frame from Self portrait, 2008 Bruce Petty
Frame from Self portrait, 2008 Bruce Petty

Virtual highlights tour

Portraits in portraits

12:30pm, Tue 29 Jun
Live online

What do we call a portrait within a portrait? A portrait portrait? Portrait²? Portraitception? Join us as we peer at works within works within the collection!

Bookings required
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits
Pebble Portraits

Pebble Portraits workshop

Wednesday 30 June, 10:30am, 11:45am, 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

Australian Love Stories: audio-described tour

11:30am, Sun 4 Jul

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

Bookings required

Relaxed mornings

9:00am, Sun 4 Jul

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
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus

Story time

Can bears ski?

10:30am, 1:00pm, Wed 7 Jul

Brrrrr, it is getting cold outside! Get cosy and join us in the Gallery to listen to the story of Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus and then create your own visual response.

Bookings required
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus
Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus

Story time

Can bears ski?

11:00am, Wed 7 Jul
Live online

Brrrrr, it is getting cold outside! Can’t come to us? Snuggle inside at home in your warmest knits and listen to the story of Can bears ski? by Raymond Antrobus and then create your own visual response.

Bookings required
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nonbinarycode

Drawn in

nonbinarycode

1:00pm, Sun 11 Jul

Draw while listening to nonbinarycode – two unique humans who grew up on a diet of grunge, punk and stadium rock.

I Progetti © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti © Eva Schroeder
I Progetti © Eva Schroeder

I Progetti

A Dream of Spring

1:30pm, Sat 17 Jul

Get your druid on as the I Progetti Chamber Choir invites you to share in this programme of selected works celebrating the Winter Solstice.

Virtual highlights tour

NAIDOC – Heal Country!

12:30pm, Tue 20 Jul
Live online

Celebrate our First Nations Identity for NAIDOC with the National Portrait Gallery collection from the comfort of your own home.

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

Performance - Amulet Body

WeiZen Ho

11:30am, 1:00pm, Sat 24 Jul

In Amulet Body, artist WeiZen Ho enacts a communal ritual in the Gallery. Join her to create a collaborative work of actions and reflections which interpret the love language of physical touch, ultimately reminding us of our interconnectedness.

Harriet Schwarzrock's studio
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio
Harriet Schwarzrock's studio

Harriet Schwarzrock’s studio

10:30am, 12:30pm, Sat 24 Jul

Join us for a visit to the hot-glass studio of artist Harriet Schwarzrock in Queanbeyan, NSW.

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

Performance - Amulet Body

WeiZen Ho

11:30am, Sun 25 Jul

In Amulet Body, artist WeiZen Ho enacts a communal ritual in the Gallery. Join her to create a collaborative work of actions and reflections which interpret the love language of physical touch, ultimately reminding us of our interconnectedness.

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 28 Jul until Sun 30 May

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

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’.

Bookings required

Little Faces

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

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

Bookings required

More events

Wednesday 17 May 2023 – Friday 16 May 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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