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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 24 June – Thursday 30 June 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 Sat 31 Dec

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

Bookings available
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
Darling Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize 2022
Darling Portrait Prize 2022

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
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

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.

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

The National Portrait Prizes 2022

Exhibition opens 25 June

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

Bookings required
YGen to IGen Across Borders
YGen to IGen Across Borders
YGen to IGen Across Borders
YGen to IGen Across Borders

Dance performance

Connecting Stories: Generations

11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, Sat 25 Jun until Sun 26 Jun

A YGen to IGen Across Borders project by Newcastle’s Catapult Choreographic Hub, Canberra’s Australian Dance Party and QL2 Dance.

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
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

Unboxing the Bard

A Shakespeare to Winehouse Afternoon Tea

2:00pm, Wed 29 Jun

Join Joanna Gilmour, Sheridan Burnett and Penny Grist as they reveal the exclusive secrets behind bringing Shakespeare and his friends from London to Canberra.

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

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Friday 1 July – Thursday 7 July 2022

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