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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 29 January 2022 – Sunday 29 January 2023

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.

Jeanne Little
Jeanne Little
Jeanne Little
Jeanne Little

Portrait Play Takeaway

Daily from Saturday 4 December 2021

Pop on your spy goggles and become an art detective. It’s all in the details! Search for clues!

The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson
The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson
The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson
The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson

In conversation

Michael Ghillar Anderson: Standing Firm, Speaking Strong

2:00pm, Sat 29 Jan
Onsite and live online

Join us online or in the Gallery for a powerful conversation with Michael Ghillar Anderson, as he speaks about his personal involvement in the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, its 50-year legacy, and the significance and power of its continuing presence.

Bookings required
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, 2:15pm, Daily from Tue 1 Feb until Fri 11 Mar

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

Bookings available
La Milo as Lady Godiva at Coventry
La Milo as Lady Godiva at Coventry
La Milo as Lady Godiva at Coventry
La Milo as Lady Godiva at Coventry

Virtual highlights tour

Rebels, rule breakers and revolutionaries

12:30pm, Tue 1 Feb
Live online

Are the scandals of the past still regarded as scandals today? Don your defiance and delve into history with us to see if times have changed.

Bookings required
© Forough Yavari
© Forough Yavari
© Forough Yavari
© Forough Yavari

Fine art portraiture: from concept to execution

with Forough Yavari

10:30am, Sat 5 Feb

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

Bookings required
Neil Perry
Neil Perry
Neil Perry
Neil Perry

Virtual highlights tour

Bon Appetit!

12:30pm, Tue 8 Feb
Live online

Dine online with some of our most delicious portraits of Australia’s groundbreaking culinary experts.

Bookings required
Portrait of Ali, 2014 by Hoda Afshar
Portrait of Ali, 2014 by Hoda Afshar
Portrait of Ali, 2014 by Hoda Afshar
Portrait of Ali, 2014 by Hoda Afshar

In conversation

Hoda Afshar

12:30pm, Thu 10 Feb
Live online

Join Curator Exhibitions Penny Grist to hear about Hoda’s recent book and upcoming exhibition Speak the Wind, and to chat about portraiture, photography, and her life as an artist over the last few years.

Bookings required
Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch
Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch
Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch
Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch

Virtual highlights tour

Wool, ivory and mirrors

12:30pm, Tue 15 Feb
Live online

What’s it made of? Join us from wherever you are as we look beyond the sitters and artists to explore the materiality of some intriguingly made portraits.

Bookings required
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)
Kate (Kate Grenville)

Audio Description Collection tour

1:00pm, Fri 18 Feb

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
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall
Drawing in the Gordon Darling Hall

Drawn in

Alex Voorhoeve

1:00pm, Sun 20 Feb

Draw while listening to cellist Alex Voorhoeve.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Virtual highlights tour

Colour me in

12:30pm, Tue 22 Feb
Live online

Feeling blue? Need something to brighten up your day? Join us online as we explore some of the most colourful hue-mans in 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 23 Feb until Fri 25 Feb

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

Bookings required
Animate your face
Animate your face
Animate your face
Animate your face

Animate your face!

Children’s workshop

10:30am, Sat 26 Feb

Join us in the Gallery for an exciting stop-motion animation workshop with Toonworld!

Bookings required
Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner
Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner
Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner
Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner

Virtual highlights tour

Daredevil drivers

12:30pm, Tue 1 Mar
Live online

Do you feel the need … the need for speed? Well, click in your seatbelt and join us at pole position for a high-octane adventure to meet some of Australia’s most daredevil drivers!

Bookings required
The Bold Festival
The Bold Festival
The Bold Festival
The Bold Festival

The Bold Festival

Goddess

3:00pm, Fri 4 Mar
Onsite and live online

Stretch up and join us in the Gallery for a series of short performances by some of Australia's leading performing artists.

Bookings required
Michael Hutchence
Michael Hutchence
Michael Hutchence
Michael Hutchence

Virtual highlights tour

Polly wants a cracker photo

12:30pm, Tue 8 Mar
Live online

Join us online as we explore photographic portraits by Polly Borland. Explore her unique artist eye by deeply looking at four fellow ex-pats who ventured to England for bigger and brighter things.

Bookings required
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor

Shakespeare to Winehouse

Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Exhibition opens 12 March

From Shakespeare to Winehouse, Darwin to Dickens, the Beatles, Brontë sisters and Beckham, the National Portrait Gallery London holds the world’s most extensive collection of portraits.

Bookings required
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 from Sat 12 Mar until Thu 26 May

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

Bookings available
Professor Terence Tao
Professor Terence Tao
Professor Terence Tao
Professor Terence Tao

Virtual highlights tour

A Pi in your face

12:30pm, Tue 15 Mar
Live online

Join us from wherever you are as we celebrate International Pi Day (3/14 … get it?!), oh but a day late because it was cooling on the windowsill.

Bookings required
Self portrait, c. 1770–75  by Angelica Kauffmann
Self portrait, c. 1770–75  by Angelica Kauffmann
Self portrait, c. 1770–75  by Angelica Kauffmann
Self portrait, c. 1770–75  by Angelica Kauffmann

In Conversation with Jo Gilmour

Shakespeare to Winehouse

12:30pm, Thu 17 Mar
Live online

The thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to: six centuries, seven stories, 500 years of British history.

Bookings required
The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë), c. 1834 Patrick Branwell Brontë
The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë), c. 1834 Patrick Branwell Brontë
The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë), c. 1834 Patrick Branwell Brontë
The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë), c. 1834 Patrick Branwell Brontë

Virtual highlights tour

Paper dreams

12:30pm, Tue 22 Mar
Live online

Join us online as we explore some remarkable stories from, Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Bookings required
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily

Little faces

10:30am, Wed 23 Mar until Fri 25 Mar

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

Bookings required
nonbinarycode
nonbinarycode
nonbinarycode
nonbinarycode

Drawn in

nonbinarycode

1:00pm, Sun 27 Mar

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

Untitled#15 (Kylie Minogue performs at Tour of Duty concert at Dili Stadium, East Timor, 21 December 1999)
Untitled#15 (Kylie Minogue performs at Tour of Duty concert at Dili Stadium, East Timor, 21 December 1999)
Untitled#15 (Kylie Minogue performs at Tour of Duty concert at Dili Stadium, East Timor, 21 December 1999)
Untitled#15 (Kylie Minogue performs at Tour of Duty concert at Dili Stadium, East Timor, 21 December 1999)

Professional training

Voice Training Workshop

4:00pm, Mon 28 Mar

Join NIDA-trained actor and teacher, Karen Vickery, Director of Access and Learning, for a workshop full of tips and exercises to protect your most important asset: your voice!

Bookings required
Missy Higgins
Missy Higgins
Missy Higgins
Missy Higgins

Virtual highlights tour

What has 88 keys but can’t open a single door?

12:30pm, Tue 29 Mar
Live online

A piano! Celebrate International Piano Day with a mixed tape of piano inspired portraits.

Bookings required
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman

Slow art day

2:00pm, Sat 2 Apr

Rush in, slow down and take a looong look at a few portraits, then meet to share your thoughts and observations.

Bookings required
He Named Me Malala, directed by Davis Guggenheim
He Named Me Malala, directed by Davis Guggenheim
He Named Me Malala, directed by Davis Guggenheim
He Named Me Malala, directed by Davis Guggenheim

Film screening

He Named Me Malala

3:00pm, Sun 3 Apr

After the Taliban tries to kill her for speaking out on behalf of girls' education, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai emerges as a leading advocate for children's rights and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. PG (2015), Directed by Davis Guggenheim.

Bookings required
Nick Cave
Nick Cave
Nick Cave
Nick Cave

Virtual highlights tour

Fresh Faced

12:30pm, Tue 5 Apr
Live online

To celebrate ACT Youth Week, we’ll be winding back the clock and uncovering the early starts some of our favourite artists and sitters received.

Bookings required
Art cart
Art cart
Art cart
Art cart

Art cart

10:00am, Fri 8 Apr until Mon 25 Apr

This free activity for families and friends to enjoy together will have you channelling your inner royal.

Catapult Dance and Canberra’s Australian Dance Party
Catapult Dance and Canberra’s Australian Dance Party
Catapult Dance and Canberra’s Australian Dance Party
Catapult Dance and Canberra’s Australian Dance Party

Dance performance

Connecting Stories: Innovations

11:30am, 12:15pm, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, Sat 9 Apr until Sun 10 Apr

We’re thrilled to host Newcastle’s Catapult Dance and Canberra’s Australian Dance Party as they explore innovation and self-portraiture through dance.

Lindy Lee
Lindy Lee
Lindy Lee
Lindy Lee

Relaxed mornings

9:00am, Sun 10 Apr

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
Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play

Portrait play

All sorts

10:30am, Mon 11 Apr until Thu 14 Apr

Are you aged between 4 and 8 years old? Why not join us in the galleries with our mixed bag of crafty and playful activities inspired by some of our favourite portraits.

Bookings required
Don Burrows at work
Don Burrows at work
Don Burrows at work
Don Burrows at work

Virtual highlights

Hands On

12:30pm, Tue 12 Apr
Live online

Let’s take a look at the importance of the hands in a portrait.

Bookings required
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Story time

10:30am, 1:30pm, Wed 13 Apr

A real life Witch will be reading Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, so children are also encouraged to dress up in their best witch or wizard costumes!

Bookings required
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Story time online

10:30am, Thu 14 Apr
Live online

A real life Witch will be reading Room on the Broom (on Zoom!) by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, so children are also encouraged to dress up in their best witch or wizard costumes at home.

Bookings required
Victor Rufus (guitar) and Elise Walsh (vocal & flute)
Victor Rufus (guitar) and Elise Walsh (vocal & flute)
Victor Rufus (guitar) and Elise Walsh (vocal & flute)
Victor Rufus (guitar) and Elise Walsh (vocal & flute)

Drawn in

Bella Groove

1:00pm, Sun 17 Apr

Draw while listening to Bella Groove as they play an assortment of originals and familiar jazz and blues tunes.

Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play

Portrait play

All sorts

10:30am, Tue 19 Apr until Fri 22 Apr

Are you aged between 4 and 8 years old? Why not join us in the galleries with our mixed bag of crafty and playful activities inspired by some of our favourite portraits.

Bookings required
Dame Zaha Hadid, 2008 Michael Craig-Martin
Dame Zaha Hadid, 2008 Michael Craig-Martin
Dame Zaha Hadid, 2008 Michael Craig-Martin
Dame Zaha Hadid, 2008 Michael Craig-Martin

Virtual highlights tour

Putting a ding in the universe

12:30pm, Tue 19 Apr
Live online

Get your Tuesday inspiration from some revolutionary artists and sitters.

Bookings required
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor

Lakespeare Performance

His Picture and His Book: Shakespeare and Portraiture

11:00am, Sat 23 Apr

Created and delivered by the team behind the popular ‘Shakespeare by the Lakes’ festival, Lakespeare and Co.’s specially commissioned performance blends a discussion of Shakespeare and portraiture with performed excerpts from his plays and sonnets.

Bookings required
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard

Virtual highlights tour

Sumptuous and Virtuoso Oil Painting

12:30pm, Tue 26 Apr
Live online

From pearls, jewels and silk to a self-portrait all about flesh, join us for a feast of portraits from Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London where opulence, prowess and oil painting collide. This program will be audio described.

Bookings required
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily

Little faces

10:30am, Wed 27 Apr until Fri 29 Apr

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

Bookings required
Transcendence, Tobias Cole
Transcendence, Tobias Cole
Transcendence, Tobias Cole
Transcendence, Tobias Cole

Voices of London

12:00pm, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, Sun 1 May

Taking inspiration from market seller’s calls, Tobias Cole and his ensemble, Transcendence, create a soundscape that evokes the energy, chaos, excitement and charm of London’s West End.

Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage

Virtual highlights tour

London Calling

12:30pm, Tue 3 May
Live online

Hello operator, this is London calling. One minute, I’ll put you through. Join us like a telephonist to eavesdrop on conversations about collection works that have London ties.

Bookings required
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland

Film screening

Alice in Wonderland

3:00pm, Sun 8 May

After watching a scurrying rabbit in a waistcoat, Alice, a young and curious girl, follows him down his hole to Wonderland, and meets an array of anthropomorphic creatures who defy logic and reason. G (1951), Directed by Clyde Geronimi.

Bookings required
Rhythm Syndicate
Rhythm Syndicate
Rhythm Syndicate
Rhythm Syndicate

Rhythm Syndicate

1:30pm, Sun 8 May

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Rhythm Syndicate’s musical offering of high energy jazz classics.

Rosie Batty
Rosie Batty
Rosie Batty
Rosie Batty

Virtual highlights tour

Magnificent Mums

12:30pm, Tue 10 May
Live online

With Mother’s Day in mind, join us as we join you from our Women Make History collection hang.

Bookings required
Cashews
Cashews
Cashews
Cashews

Drawn in

The Cashews

1:00pm, Sun 15 May

Draw while listening to Canberra duo, the Cashews.

Ed Sheeran, 2016 Colin Davidson
Ed Sheeran, 2016 Colin Davidson
Ed Sheeran, 2016 Colin Davidson
Ed Sheeran, 2016 Colin Davidson

In conversation

Colin Davidson

12:30pm, Mon 16 May
Live online

Join us from wherever you are as Belfast-based artist, Colin Davidson talks about the fortuitous happenstances that led to him painting a range of famous faces (from Brad Pitt to the Queen, and everyone in between!)

Bookings required
Turia Pitt
Turia Pitt
Turia Pitt
Turia Pitt

Virtual highlights tour

All Access

12:30pm, Tue 17 May
Live online

Join us for a closer look into how three portraits from our collection depict diverse Australians and their different accessibility requirements. We'll be celebrating their art and impact on greater society.

Bookings required
Anna May Wong, 1929 Dorothy Wilding
Anna May Wong, 1929 Dorothy Wilding
Anna May Wong, 1929 Dorothy Wilding
Anna May Wong, 1929 Dorothy Wilding

Virtual highlights tour

Head, Shoulders, Knees and… shawls

12:30pm, Tue 24 May
Live online

Let’s discuss what is happening in and out of the image in a fun investigation discovering portraiture tropes from 1929 onwards.

Bookings required
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily

Little faces

10:30am, Wed 25 May until Fri 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
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes
Essie Coffey (Bush Queen) and Orlando Gemes

Reconciliation week tours

11:15am, Fri 27 May until Fri 3 Jun

To celebrate Reconciliation week, our free highlights tours will reflect on Australia’s history of challenges and change, and the people who drove us forward.

Bookings available
Wenten Rubuntja
Wenten Rubuntja
Wenten Rubuntja
Wenten Rubuntja

Virtual highlights tour

Be Brave. Make Change.

12:30pm, Tue 31 May
Live online

Join Associate Curator, Rebecca Ray and Curator, Collection & Research, Joanna Gilmour as they explore First Nations activists in our collection, celebrating their continual culture, identity, strength and resilience.

Bookings required
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard

Workshop

Wear, repair, repurpose

11:00am, Sat 4 Jun

Join Pure Pod founder, Kelli Donovan, and repurpose your own pair of jeans.

Bookings required
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 from Sat 4 Jun until Sat 31 Dec

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

Bookings available
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

Film screening

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

3:00pm, Sun 5 Jun

The remarkable story of one of the true icons of our time, Vivienne Westwood. PG (2018), Directed by Lorna Tucker, 83min.

Bookings required
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard

Virtual Highlight Tour

Sumptuous and Virtuoso Oil Painting

12:30pm, Tue 7 Jun
Live online

From pearls, jewels and silk to a self-portrait all about flesh, join us for a feast of portraits from Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London where opulence, prowess and oil painting collide. This program will be audio described.

Bookings required
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist

World Oceans Day

Portraits of Australians who shaped the Marine Sciences

12:30pm, Wed 8 Jun
Live online

Come on a journey of exploration to celebrate World Oceans Day! Join artists Dr Sarah Kachovich, Megan Cope and Jiani Sheng in conversation with NPG Exhibitions Curator Penny Grist.

Bookings required
A Royal Hoopla
A Royal Hoopla
A Royal Hoopla
A Royal Hoopla

A Royal Hoopla

You’re invited to an outrageous party!

7:30pm, Fri 10 Jun

Calling all glam-punks, royal-rebels and glitzy-queens!

Bookings required
Uccellini Recorder Ensemble
Uccellini Recorder Ensemble
Uccellini Recorder Ensemble
Uccellini Recorder Ensemble

Drawn in

Uccellini Recorder Ensemble

1:00pm, Sun 12 Jun

Draw while listening to the Uccellini Recorder Ensemble.

The Queen
The Queen
The Queen
The Queen

Film screening

The Queen

3:00pm, Sun 12 Jun

Join us for our film series exploring themes, stories and lives celebrated in our special exhibition Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London.  

Bookings required
Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh), 1588 Unknown artist
Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh), 1588 Unknown artist
Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh), 1588 Unknown artist
Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh), 1588 Unknown artist

Virtual Highlights Tour

Dark demise

12:30pm, Tue 14 Jun
Live online

As we approach the end of our time with Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London, let’s get all spooky, light our candelabras and delve into the stories of those in the exhibition who met a gruesome, untimely end...

Bookings required
The Capel Family, c. 1640 Cornelius Johnson
The Capel Family, c. 1640 Cornelius Johnson
The Capel Family, c. 1640 Cornelius Johnson
The Capel Family, c. 1640 Cornelius Johnson

Audio described tour

Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

1:00pm, Thu 16 Jun

Listen in on our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Join us in the Gallery as we explore artworks from our special exhibition, Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London with audio descriptions.

Bookings required
Dr Duncan Driver, Christopher Samuel Carroll, Lainie Hart
Dr Duncan Driver, Christopher Samuel Carroll, Lainie Hart
Dr Duncan Driver, Christopher Samuel Carroll, Lainie Hart
Dr Duncan Driver, Christopher Samuel Carroll, Lainie Hart

Lakespeare

Pen Portraits

11:00am, Sat 18 Jun

Canberra’s premiere literary theatre company, Lakespeare, returns to the Gallery with a new performance to bring to life the great works of the poets, novelists, orators and inspiring minds featured in Shakespeare to Winehouse.

Bookings required
Dr Duncan Driver, Christopher Samuel Carroll, Lainie Hart
Dr Duncan Driver, Christopher Samuel Carroll, Lainie Hart
Dr Duncan Driver, Christopher Samuel Carroll, Lainie Hart
Dr Duncan Driver, Christopher Samuel Carroll, Lainie Hart

Lakespeare

Pen Portraits

11:00am, Sun 19 Jun

Canberra’s premiere literary theatre company, Lakespeare, returns to the Gallery with a new performance to bring to life the great works of the poets, novelists, orators and inspiring minds featured in Shakespeare to Winehouse.

Bookings required
Frederick Burnaby, 1870 James Jacques Tissot
Frederick Burnaby, 1870 James Jacques Tissot
Frederick Burnaby, 1870 James Jacques Tissot
Frederick Burnaby, 1870 James Jacques Tissot

Virtual Highlights Tour

The Art of Dressing Up

12:30pm, Tue 21 Jun
Live online

Dive into the world of frills, feathers and fatigues as we discuss the importance of costume in Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Bookings required
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman

Little Faces

Winter 2022

10:30am, Wed 22 Jun until Fri 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
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG

Darling Portrait Prize 2022

Exhibition opens 25 June

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 Who will win?
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 Who will win?
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 Who will win?
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 Who will win?

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Exhibition opens 25 June

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 opens 25 June

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.

Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

The National Portrait Prizes 2022

Exhibition opens 25 June

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

Bookings required
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis

New date: In Conversation with Helen Ennis

Changing spaces: Portraiture and photography in Shakespeare to Winehouse

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

Join Australian photography curator, historian and writer, Helen Ennis for a conversation about photographers challenging the conventions of personal and public space in their portraits.

Bookings required
The Most Wuthering Heights Day ever
The Most Wuthering Heights Day ever
The Most Wuthering Heights Day ever
The Most Wuthering Heights Day ever

Performance

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

10:30am, Sat 2 Jul

Calling on Canberra Cathies! Help celebrate Canberra’s sixth The Most Wuthering Heights Day ever and our special exhibition, Shakespeare to Winehouse, featuring a beautiful portrait of the Brontë sisters.

Beatrix Potter, 1938 Delmar Banner
Beatrix Potter, 1938 Delmar Banner
Beatrix Potter, 1938 Delmar Banner
Beatrix Potter, 1938 Delmar Banner

Family space

Play Plot

10:00am, Sat 2 Jul until Sun 17 Jul

This school holidays, remember to hop (like Peter Rabbit) into our play plot! Inspired by Beatrix Potter’s portrait in our special exhibition, Shakespeare to Winehouse.

Patricia 'Bambi' Tuckwell (Shmith)
Patricia 'Bambi' Tuckwell (Shmith)
Patricia 'Bambi' Tuckwell (Shmith)
Patricia 'Bambi' Tuckwell (Shmith)

Relaxed mornings

9:00am, Sun 17 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. We’ll have low sensory spaces, quiet areas and a creative activity for families to enjoy together.

Bookings required
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman

Little Faces

Winter 2022

10:30am, Wed 27 Jul until Fri 29 Jul

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

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
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

WHO ARE YOU

Australian portraiture

Exhibition opens 1 October

Featuring more than two-hundred works by Australian artists, the exhibition explores our inner worlds and outer selves, as well as issues of sociability, intimacy, isolation, celebrity and ordinariness.

More events

Monday 30 January 2023 – Tuesday 30 January 2024

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