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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

Friday 23 July 2021 – Sunday 23 July 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.

Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection
Self portrait in reflection

Collection Highlights Tour

11:30am, Daily

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

Bookings available
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
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy

Portrait play takeaway

10:00am, Daily until Tue 30 Nov

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.

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

To be rescheduled

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.

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 27 Jul
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
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 28 Jul until Fri 30 Jul

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

Bookings required
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images

Exclusive preview

Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021

3:30pm, Fri 30 Jul

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection and Exhibitions, for an exclusive preview to the exhibition.

Bookings closed
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix
Artists in residence – Carlos, Jono and Lazy Susan, 2020 Suzanne Phoenix

Living Memory Tours

National Photographic Portrait Prize

2:30pm, Daily from Sat 31 Jul until Sun 7 Nov

Join us in the Gallery to as we share the stories behind the photographs, and explore how the artists have captured a year like no other.

New Year's Eve 2019 Allison Marion
New Year's Eve 2019 Allison Marion
New Year's Eve 2019 Allison Marion
New Year's Eve 2019 Allison Marion

Panel discussion

Living Memory

2:00pm, Sat 31 Jul
Onsite and live online

Join us in the gallery or online for a dynamic panel discussion that interrogates some of the themes revealed in Living Memory.

Bookings required
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images

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
© Forough Yavari
© Forough Yavari
© Forough Yavari
© Forough Yavari

Fine art portraiture: from concept to execution

with Forough Yavari

To be rescheduled

Join award-winning photographer Forough Yavari on a journey to learn how to create intricate, gallery-style fine art portraits from scratch.

Kurt Fearnley
Kurt Fearnley
Kurt Fearnley
Kurt Fearnley

Virtual Highlights tour

Drip the light fantastic

12:30pm, Tue 3 Aug
Live online

Join us for this dripsnorter of a tour to look at works with drips! We’ll ask what makes a drip?, and what do drips bring to a portrait?

Bookings required
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images
Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist images

Introducing Living Memory

In conversation

12:30pm, Sat 7 Aug
Onsite and live online

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection & Exhibitions, for a sneak peek at our exciting new exhibition, Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Bookings required
The Thames Bank Booty Band
The Thames Bank Booty Band
The Thames Bank Booty Band
The Thames Bank Booty Band

Drawn in

The Thames Bank Booty Band

1:00pm, Sun 8 Aug

Draw while listening to the Thames Bank Booty Band with their range of Persian and Kurdish folk, Classical oboe and Tuscan songs.

Self portrait (Hilda in the Chinoise hat)
Self portrait (Hilda in the Chinoise hat)
Self portrait (Hilda in the Chinoise hat)
Self portrait (Hilda in the Chinoise hat)

Virtual Highlights tour

La Belle Epoch

12:30pm, Tue 10 Aug
Live online

Join us as we go back to the intoxicating ‘beautiful age’ in Paris where Australian women artists enjoyed non-conventional surrounds and a new independence, firing up their artistic ambitions and bringing it all home.

Bookings required
Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E.
Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E.
Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E.
Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E.

Virtual Highlights tour

National Science Week

12:30pm, Tue 17 Aug
Live online

Get your white coat and safety googles on to celebrate National Science Week! This year’s school theme is Food: Different by Design.

Bookings required

Evensong

3:30pm, Sat 21 Aug until Sun 22 Aug

Be uplifted by the glorious sounds of the Clarion vocal ensemble directed by Tobias Cole (in the magnificent acoustics of the Gordon Darling Hall).

A Covid kind of day, 2020 Marzena Wasikowska
A Covid kind of day, 2020 Marzena Wasikowska
A Covid kind of day, 2020 Marzena Wasikowska
A Covid kind of day, 2020 Marzena Wasikowska

Studio visit

Marzena Wasikowska

1:30pm, Sat 21 Aug

Join us for a visit to the studio of Living Memory finalist, Marzena Wasikowska, where she will generously share aspects of her photographic practice.

Bookings required
Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Virtual Highlights tour

A thousand words

12:30pm, Tue 24 Aug
Live online

If a picture tells a thousand words, can a picture of an author tell us even more? What happens when our winning-wordsmiths are moved from page to canvas?

Bookings required
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 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
Study of Louis Nowra
Study of Louis Nowra
Study of Louis Nowra
Study of Louis Nowra

Virtual Highlights tour

Oh my word!

10:00am, Tue 31 Aug
Live online

Grab your specs and join us for a look at works with words. We’ll explore a range of portraits that use text in diverse ways, and discuss why artists might choose to add it.

Bookings required

Luminescence Children’s Choir

12:45pm, Sat 4 Sep

Luminescence Children’s Choir performs a short recital of joyous and uplifting music, including music by J.S Bach, Pablo Casals, Paul Stanhope and Elena Katz-Chernin.

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown

Audio-described highlights tour

1:00pm, Thu 16 Sep

Join us in the Gallery as we explore the collection with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Bookings required
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa
Portrait of Minika, 2013 by Grace Costa

Portrait Photography - How to Pose Everyday People

with Grace Costa: Photographic Artist

1:00pm, Sat 18 Sep

Join photographer Grace Costa in the Gallery as she shares practical portrait-posing skills for beginner or mid-career photographers.

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 onsite

10:30am, Mon 20 Sep until Fri 1 Oct

Explore portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries. For children from 4 to 8 to share with family and friends.

Bookings required

Story time

10:30am, 1:00pm, Tue 21 Sep

Have you ever had a bad day? Turn that frown upside down and listen to the story of ‘The Best Worst Day Ever’ by Sophy Henn.

Bookings required
Art cart
Art cart
Art cart
Art cart

Art cart

10:00am, Tue 21 Sep until Mon 4 Oct

Our popular art cart is back for the school (cool?) holidays! This is where you can get all creative during your visit if the mood takes you …

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 22 Sep until Fri 24 Sep

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

Bookings required
Rhythm Syndicate Photo © Peter Hislop
Rhythm Syndicate Photo © Peter Hislop
Rhythm Syndicate Photo © Peter Hislop
Rhythm Syndicate Photo © Peter Hislop

Rhythm Syndicate

1:30pm, Sat 25 Sep

Relax and welcome the warmer weather with a program of great jazz classics and some original tunes by pianist Mike Dooley.

Kitiya Palaskas
Kitiya Palaskas
Kitiya Palaskas
Kitiya Palaskas

Bring on spring!

Kitiya Palaskas

11:00am, Sun 26 Sep

Create a flower using crafty materials in this hands-on workshop, hosted by craft-based designer Kitiya Palaskas. It may not smell like roses, but will be everlasting!

More events

Monday 24 July 2023 – Wednesday 23 July 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.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency