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

Live online

Friday 27 May 2022 – Monday 27 May 2024

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

Curator’s Curios

12:30pm, Tue 7 Jun
Live online

Come on a mystery tour to explore a few of Sandra Bruce’s (Director, Exhibitions & Collections) favourite British portraits in Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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
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 14 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
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 21 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
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

Virtual Highlights Tour

People in the portraits

12:30pm, Tue 28 Jun
Live online

Join us from wherever you are for a close look at a few of the stunning portraits in the brand new exhibition, Darling Portrait Prize 2022.

Bookings required
Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen
Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen
Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen
Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen

Repainting History

In conversation with Jennifer Higgie

12:30pm, Thu 30 Jun
Live online

Join us from wherever you are for our Curator, Joanna Gilmour in conversation with Jennifer Higgie, author of ‘The Mirror and the Palette: Rebellion, Revolution, and Resilience, Five Hundred Years of Women’s Self Portraits’.

Bookings required
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis
Helen Ennis

In Conversation with Helen Ennis

Changing spaces: Portraiture and photography

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
Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing
Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing
Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing
Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing

Story time

Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country

10:30am, Mon 4 Jul
Live online

Can’t come to us? Join us online and celebrate NAIDOC week with a reading of Ceremony: Welcome to Our Country written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing.

Bookings required
Self portrait, c. 1640 Sir Anthony van Dyck
Self portrait, c. 1640 Sir Anthony van Dyck
Self portrait, c. 1640 Sir Anthony van Dyck
Self portrait, c. 1640 Sir Anthony van Dyck

Virtual Highlights Tour

Sumptuous and Virtuoso Oil Painting

12:30pm, Tue 5 Jul
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 where opulence, prowess and oil painting collide.

Bookings required
Cadel Evans
Cadel Evans
Cadel Evans
Cadel Evans

Virtual Highlights Tour

Tour de Faces

12:30pm, Tue 12 Jul
Live online

Are you tyred? Unable to sleep? Been feeling a sudden urge to wear lycra? Yes it’s Tour de France time!

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

Introducing the National Portrait Prizes 2022

In conversation with Sandra Bruce and Rebecca Ray

2:00pm, Sat 23 Jul
Onsite and live online

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection & Exhibitions, and Rebecca Ray, Associate Curator, as they explore some of their favourite portraits in our exciting new exhibitions.

Bookings required
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell
Siegi, 2020 Steph Connell

Virtual Highlights Tour

When I grow up...

12:30pm, Tue 26 Jul
Live online

Put on your growing up, growing old, growing into glasses and come along for the ride as we look at some portraits from the National Photographic Portrait Prize and Darling Portrait Prize.

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
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
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
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
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

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