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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

What's on

Saturday 8 October 2022 – Tuesday 8 October 2024

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.

2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford
2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford

Darling Portrait Prize 2022

Exhibition closes 9 October

The Darling Portrait Prize is a biennial 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
Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam
Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam
Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam
Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam

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

The National Portrait Prizes 2022 Tour

2:15pm, Mon 18 Jul until Sun 9 Oct

Join us in the Gallery as we share the stories behind the photographs and paintings in the National Photographic Portrait Prize, Darling Portrait Prize and Little Darlings.

Bookings available
Art cart
Art cart
Art cart
Art cart

Art cart

10:00am, Sat 24 Sep until Sun 9 Oct

Our popular art cart is back for the school holidays! This is where you can get all creative during your visit if the mood takes you, responding to our latest exhibition the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Maria
Maria
Maria
Maria

WHO ARE YOU

Australian portraiture

Exhibition closes 29 January

Featuring 130 works across painting, film, photography, screen printing, sculpture, and then some – it explores our inner worlds, outer selves, intimacy, isolation, celebrity and more.

Maria
Maria
Maria
Maria

WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture tour

11:15am, Daily until Sun 29 Jan

Join us in the Gallery for this free 30-minute tour exploring the exciting new exhibition WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture.

Bookings available
Man with two lives, 2021 Caroline Zilinsky
Man with two lives, 2021 Caroline Zilinsky
Man with two lives, 2021 Caroline Zilinsky
Man with two lives, 2021 Caroline Zilinsky

Walking a fine line

Line drawing with Caroline Zilinsky

10:30am, Sat 8 Oct
Live online

Join Darling Portrait Prize 2022 finalist Caroline Zilinsky in a deep dive into drawing, focussing on the importance of line in creating a portrait.

Bookings required
Caroline Zilinsky. Photo Donald Arnold
Caroline Zilinsky. Photo Donald Arnold
Caroline Zilinsky. Photo Donald Arnold
Caroline Zilinsky. Photo Donald Arnold

Walking a fine line

Line drawing with Caroline Zilinsky

2:00pm, Sat 8 Oct

Join Darling Portrait Prize 2022 finalist Caroline Zilinsky in a deep dive into drawing, focussing on the importance of line in creating a portrait.

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Relaxed mornings

9:00am, Sun 9 Oct

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
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

2:15pm, Daily from Mon 10 Oct until Sun 29 Jan

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

Bookings available
Annette Kellerman
Annette Kellerman
Annette Kellerman
Annette Kellerman

Virtual Highlights Tour

Once Upon A Time

12:30pm, Tue 11 Oct
Live online

Take a journey with us as we uncover princesses, mermaids, and magicians of the movie screen in the enchanted forests of the gallery collection.

Bookings required
Adut, The Studio Series, 2015 Atong Atem
Adut, The Studio Series, 2015 Atong Atem
Adut, The Studio Series, 2015 Atong Atem
Adut, The Studio Series, 2015 Atong Atem

In conversation

Who are you?

2:00pm, Thu 13 Oct
Onsite and live online

Join us online or onsite for an intriguing insight into the WHO ARE YOU: Australian portraiture themes with the curators.

Bookings required
Ningali Lawford-Wolf
Ningali Lawford-Wolf
Ningali Lawford-Wolf
Ningali Lawford-Wolf

Audio described tour

1:00pm, Mon 17 Oct

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
Jessie with doll, 1897 Hugh Ramsay
Jessie with doll, 1897 Hugh Ramsay
Jessie with doll, 1897 Hugh Ramsay
Jessie with doll, 1897 Hugh Ramsay

Virtual Highlights Tour

Back in the Day

12:30pm, Tue 18 Oct
Live online

What stands out as a childhood memory for you? What advice would you give your younger self knowing what you know now?

Bookings required
Photographer: Art Atelier, Dancers: Zoee Mylordis, Josh Freedman
Photographer: Art Atelier, Dancers: Zoee Mylordis, Josh Freedman
Photographer: Art Atelier, Dancers: Zoee Mylordis, Josh Freedman
Photographer: Art Atelier, Dancers: Zoee Mylordis, Josh Freedman

Canberra Dance Theatre presents

Out of the Frame

2:00pm, Sat 22 Oct until Sun 23 Oct

Canberra Dance Theatre’s dancers respond to our latest exhibition with a series of dances including Contemporary, Ballet, Hilal and K-Pop.

Portrait of some rocks, 1948 Lloyd Rees AC CMG
Portrait of some rocks, 1948 Lloyd Rees AC CMG
Portrait of some rocks, 1948 Lloyd Rees AC CMG
Portrait of some rocks, 1948 Lloyd Rees AC CMG

Virtual Highlights Tour

Face off

12:30pm, Tue 25 Oct
Live online

Does an artwork need to have a face in it to be considered a portrait? Spoiler alert, no! Join us as we unpack what really is – or isn’t - important for a portrait, featuring works from WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture.

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

Spring 2022

10:30am, Wed 26 Oct

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

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

Spring 2022

10:30am, Thu 27 Oct

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

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

Spring 2022

9:30am, 10:30am, Fri 28 Oct

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

Bookings required
Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto

Come alive 22

Fri 28, Sat 29, Mon 31 Oct, Tue 1, Wed 2 Nov 2:00–3:30pm AEST

Young people explore the stories in our cultural institutions as part of the COME ALIVE Festival of Museum Theatre.

Bookings required
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water

Culture Cruise

Presented by Australian Dance Party

10:30am, Sat 29 Oct

Travel via lake cruise on the stunning Lake Burley Griffin to Canberra's premiere cultural destinations: The National Portrait Gallery and The National Museum of Australia.

Bookings required
Mr Tim
Mr Tim
Mr Tim
Mr Tim

Drawn In

Mr Tim

1:00pm, Sun 30 Oct

Join us in the Gallery and draw while listening to Mr Tim journey around the world through rock music!

Terry Snow and China
Terry Snow and China
Terry Snow and China
Terry Snow and China

Virtual Highlights Tour

With a little help from my friends

12:30pm, Tue 1 Nov
Live online

Friends are the family you choose! Join Circle of Friends Coordinator Tazmin Kip and explore some of our favourite portraits of best mates, chums and bffs from our collection.

Bookings required
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water
A person with long hair being blown by the wind, wearing a blue dress, while leaning over the edge of a boat on the water

Culture Cruise

Presented by Australian Dance Party

10:30am, Sat 5 Nov

Travel via lake cruise on the stunning Lake Burley Griffin to Canberra's premiere cultural destinations: The National Portrait Gallery and The National Museum of Australia.

Bookings required
Smith & Jones
Smith & Jones
Smith & Jones
Smith & Jones

Drawn in

Smith & Jones

1:00pm, Sun 13 Nov

Draw while listening to Smith & Jones, made up of keyboard player and vocalist Abby Smith, and guitarist and vocalist Sophie Jones.

Margel and Tarquin, Canberra
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra

Virtual Highlights Tour

Take a seat

12:30pm, Tue 15 Nov
Live online

Pull up a chair or kick back on your sofa! Join us as we lounge with some seated sitters in the collection (see what we did there?).

Bookings required
Nest, 2006 Patricia Piccinini
Nest, 2006 Patricia Piccinini
Nest, 2006 Patricia Piccinini
Nest, 2006 Patricia Piccinini

Virtual Highlights Tour

Surprise me!

12:30pm, Tue 22 Nov
Live online

Here at the NPG, we love surprises. Come along with us as we are delighted, enraptured and puzzled by some of the more ‘out of the box’ portraits in WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture.

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 23 Nov

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

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

10:30am, Thu 24 Nov

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

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

9:30am, 10:30am, Fri 25 Nov

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

Bookings required
Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market

Undercurrent

5:00pm, Fri 25 Nov

It’s back baby! The Undercurrent Design Market showcases an array of contemporary, leading-edge, Australian-made design treats.

Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market

Undercurrent

10:00am, Sat 26 Nov

It’s back baby! The Undercurrent Design Market showcases an array of contemporary, leading-edge, Australian-made design treats.

Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market
Undercurrent Design Market

Undercurrent

10:00am, Sun 27 Nov

It’s back baby! The Undercurrent Design Market showcases an array of contemporary, leading-edge, Australian-made design treats.

Ned Kelly death mask
Ned Kelly death mask
Ned Kelly death mask
Ned Kelly death mask

Virtual Highlights Tour

Ned’s Heads

12:30pm, Tue 29 Nov
Live online

Join us to discuss Ned Kelly - the man and the myth. Exploring a small selection of portraits of the famous bushranger we will mount our interpretive saddles and ride off into the portraits.

Bookings required
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman

Audio described tour

1:00pm, Fri 2 Dec

Join us in the Gallery for a tour of WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Bookings required
Making Chinese Shadows (sixteen silhouette portraits)
Making Chinese Shadows (sixteen silhouette portraits)
Making Chinese Shadows (sixteen silhouette portraits)
Making Chinese Shadows (sixteen silhouette portraits)

In Conversation

Cutting Traditions with Pamela See

To be rescheduled
Onsite and live online

Join us onsite or online with artist Pamela See (Xue Mei-Ling) to hear about her fascinating portrait series, Making Chinese Shadows (sixteen silhouette portraits).

Bookings closed
Mrs Woods and ‘Ere
Mrs Woods and ‘Ere
Mrs Woods and ‘Ere
Mrs Woods and ‘Ere

Relaxed mornings

9:00am, Sun 4 Dec

Explore WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture and the collection displays before our usual opening hours.

Bookings required
Rhythm Syndicate choir standing together on stage
Rhythm Syndicate choir standing together on stage
Rhythm Syndicate choir standing together on stage
Rhythm Syndicate choir standing together on stage

To the moon and back again in time for Christmas

Presented by Rhythm Syndicate

1:00pm, Sun 4 Dec

Join local jazz vocal group Rhythm Syndicate in the Gallery as they take you on an enchanting journey through some jazz, pop and Christmas greats of the music world.

Mike Parr
Mike Parr
Mike Parr
Mike Parr

MCA Artist’s Voice: Mike Parr (2006)

Film Screening

2:30pm, Sun 4 Dec

Join us in the gallery to discover more about Mike Parr’s broad interdisciplinary practice, and his thoughts on portraiture, self and expression.

Bookings available
Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy
Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy
Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy
Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy

Virtual Highlights Tour

Celebrate!

12:30pm, Tue 6 Dec
Live online

With the holiday season fast upon us let us get in the festive spirit with portraits that Celebrate! Join us for a dash of joy, a sprinkle of fun and a measure of merry.

Bookings required
Children doing activities at a table in the gallery
Children doing activities at a table in the gallery
Children doing activities at a table in the gallery
Children doing activities at a table in the gallery

Family space

Who am I?

10:00am, Sat 17 Dec until Sun 29 Jan

We have free creative activities for families to enjoy together inspired by WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture.

Bella Groove
Bella Groove
Bella Groove
Bella Groove

Drawn in

Bella Groove

1:00pm, Wed 28 Dec

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

Salar Ayoubi
Salar Ayoubi
Salar Ayoubi
Salar Ayoubi

Drawn in

Salar Ayoubi

1:00pm, Mon 2 Jan

Draw while listening to live music performed by Salar Ayoubi. Salar is an Iranian oud player, playing Persian and Kurdish songs.

Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play
Portrait play

Portrait Play

My favourite things

10:30am, Tue 3 Jan until Fri 27 Jan

Join us in the Gallery this school holidays and explore portraits of people with the things they love.

Bookings required
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman

Audio described tour

1:00pm, Wed 11 Jan

Join us in the Gallery as we explore WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture with our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Bookings required
Do you want to meet your Grandma?
Do you want to meet your Grandma?
Do you want to meet your Grandma?
Do you want to meet your Grandma?

Story time

Do you want to meet your Grandma?

10:30am, 1:00pm, Mon 16 Jan

Listen to a lively reading of Do you want to meet your grandma? by author SV Middleby, followed by some creative craft activities.

Bookings required
Do you want to meet your Grandma?
Do you want to meet your Grandma?
Do you want to meet your Grandma?
Do you want to meet your Grandma?

Story time

Do you want to meet your Grandma?

10:30am, Tue 17 Jan
Live online

Listen online to a lively reading of Do you want to meet your grandma? by author SV Middleby, then create your own visual response with materials found around the house.

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 18 Jan until Fri 20 Jan

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

Bookings required
Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011
Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011
Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011
Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011

Workshop – TextaQueen

We don’t need another hero

1:00pm, Sun 22 Jan
Live online

Join us online for a vibrant workshop with artist TextaQueen! Discover more about their art practice before grabbing your own Textas and creating a movie-inspired poster about fighting oppression. Right on!

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 Mon 30 Jan until Fri 10 Mar

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

Bookings available
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman
Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman

Audio described tour

1:00pm, Fri 17 Feb

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

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 19 Feb

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

Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 22 Feb until Fri 24 Feb

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

Bookings required
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Little Faces

9:30am, Fri 24 Feb

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

Bookings required
Minna Gilligan
Minna Gilligan
Minna Gilligan
Minna Gilligan

Workshop - Minna Gilligan

Collage and colour

10:30am, Sat 25 Feb

Join us in the Gallery with artist Minna Gilligan for a creative workshop exploring the story telling powers of colour and collage.

Bookings required
Minna Gilligan
Minna Gilligan
Minna Gilligan
Minna Gilligan

Workshop - Minna Gilligan

Collage and colour

1:30pm, Sat 25 Feb
Live online

Join us online with artist Minna Gilligan for a creative workshop exploring the story telling powers of colour and collage.

Bookings required
Portrait23: Identity logo
Portrait23: Identity logo
Portrait23: Identity logo
Portrait23: Identity logo

Portrait23: Identity

Exhibition opens 10 March

Portraiture. Not as you know it. We invite you to stretch, push, resist and transcend portraiture’s conventional constraints.

Nine square images of previous winners of the National Photographic Portrait Prize
Nine square images of previous winners of the National Photographic Portrait Prize
Nine square images of previous winners of the National Photographic Portrait Prize
Nine square images of previous winners of the National Photographic Portrait Prize

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023

Exhibition opens 17 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. Entries are now open!

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