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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 1 April – Saturday 30 April 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.

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 closes 17 July

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 until Thu 26 May

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

Bookings available
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

More events

Sunday 1 May – Monday 30 May 2022
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