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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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Saturday 29 January 2022 – Monday 29 January 2024

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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

More events

Tuesday 30 January 2024 – Thursday 29 January 2026

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