Skip to main content

Shakespeare to Winehouse open 9:00am–7:00pm on Thu, Fri, Sat from 7 July

Menu

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

Monday 1 August – Wednesday 31 August 2022

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

Exhibition 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.

Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)
Play on (A portrait of Neale Daniher)

Collection Highlights Tour

11:15am, Daily until Sat 31 Dec

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

Bookings available
Darling Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize 2022

Darling Portrait Prize 2022

Exhibition closes 9 October

The Darling Portrait Prize is a national prize for Australian portrait painting honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015). The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

Bookings required
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Exhibition closes 9 October

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Bookings required
Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize finalists
Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize finalists
Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize finalists
Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize finalists

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2022

Exhibition closes 9 October

Little Darlings is for primary and secondary students, with four separate categories across Kindergarten to Year 12. Responding to the theme ‘identity’, students painted, drew, photographed, printed or combined all of these to make their portrait.

Bookings required
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Finalists for the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

The National Portrait Prizes 2022

Exhibition closes 9 October

Experience the very best new portrait paintings and photographs from across Australia.

Bookings required
The Shuttle, 2021 Andrew Rovenko
The Shuttle, 2021 Andrew Rovenko
The Shuttle, 2021 Andrew Rovenko
The Shuttle, 2021 Andrew Rovenko

Looking at the NPPP22

12:30pm, Mon 1 Aug
Live online

An opportunity to take it slow, come together as a community, engaging with art and each other.

Bookings required
Winter festival
Winter festival
Winter festival
Winter festival

Winter festival

Warm up and chill out

10:00am, Sun 7 Aug

Celebrate the change in the seasons, the joy of art and coming together as a community in the warmth of the National Portrait Gallery!

Emily and Effi, 2021 Bec Lorrimer
Emily and Effi, 2021 Bec Lorrimer
Emily and Effi, 2021 Bec Lorrimer
Emily and Effi, 2021 Bec Lorrimer

Looking at the NPPP22

12:30pm, Mon 8 Aug
Live online

An opportunity to take it slow, come together as a community, engaging with art and each other.

Bookings required
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.
Pop Up Choir. Photo Lona Logan.

Drawn in

Pop Up Choir

1:00pm, Sun 14 Aug

Draw while listening to the Pop Up Choir, singing songs that will leave your toes tapping and heart full.

Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell

Looking at the NPPP22

12:30pm, Mon 15 Aug
Live online

An opportunity to take it slow, come together as a community, engaging with art and each other.

Bookings required
Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman

Audio described tour

1:00pm, Wed 17 Aug

Join us in the Gallery as we explore the collection with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Sighted companions and guide dogs are more than welcome.

Bookings required
The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness Matt Ottley
The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness Matt Ottley
The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness Matt Ottley
The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness Matt Ottley

Professional Learning Program for teachers and museum educators

The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness

4:00pm, Thu 18 Aug

Join award winning writer, illustrator, musician and composer Matt Ottley for an intimate conversation focussed on his latest ground-breaking work, The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness, about one boy’s journey into mental illness.

Bookings required
Matt Ottley, 2019 Jana Vodesil-Baruffi
Matt Ottley, 2019 Jana Vodesil-Baruffi
Matt Ottley, 2019 Jana Vodesil-Baruffi
Matt Ottley, 2019 Jana Vodesil-Baruffi

Screening and Q&A with Matt Ottley

The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness (MA 15+)

2:00pm, Sun 21 Aug

Join award winning writer, illustrator, musician and composer Matt Ottley for an intimate conversation focussed on his latest ground-breaking work, The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness, about one boy’s journey into mental illness.

Bookings required
Keenan, 2021 Emma Pegrum
Keenan, 2021 Emma Pegrum
Keenan, 2021 Emma Pegrum
Keenan, 2021 Emma Pegrum

Looking at the NPPP22

12:30pm, Mon 22 Aug
Live online

An opportunity to take it slow, come together as a community, engaging with art and each other.

Bookings required
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman

Little Faces

Winter 2022

10:30am, Wed 24 Aug until Fri 26 Aug

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

Bookings required
Mr. Zee, 2021 Luke Ray
Mr. Zee, 2021 Luke Ray
Mr. Zee, 2021 Luke Ray
Mr. Zee, 2021 Luke Ray

Looking at the NPPP22

12:30pm, Mon 29 Aug
Live online

An opportunity to take it slow, come together as a community, engaging with art and each other.

Bookings required

More events

Thursday 1 September – Saturday 1 October 2022

Related information

The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance

The Gallery

Visit us, learn with us, support us or work with us! Here’s a range of information about planning your visit, our history and more!

The National Portrait Gallery building at night
The National Portrait Gallery building at night
The National Portrait Gallery building at night
The National Portrait Gallery building at night

Support your Portrait Gallery

We depend on your support to keep creating our programs, exhibitions, publications and building the amazing portrait collection!

Visiting the Gallery
Visiting the Gallery
Visiting the Gallery
Visiting the Gallery

Plan your visit

COVID-19 information, location, accessibility and amenities.

© National Portrait Gallery 2022
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

This website comprises and contains copyrighted materials and works. Copyright in all materials and/or works comprising or contained within this website remains with the National Portrait Gallery and other copyright owners as specified.

The National Portrait Gallery respects the artistic and intellectual property rights of others. The use of images of works of art reproduced on this website and all other content may be restricted under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Requests for a reproduction of a work of art or other content can be made through a Reproduction request. For further information please contact NPG Copyright.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency