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

What's on

Tuesday 21 November 2023 – Friday 21 November 2025

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman

At ease

In Gallery One

Exhibition closes 3 December

Enjoy, sit back, and relax with some of our favourites from the Gallery’s collection, where they find themselves expertly – and comfortably – captured by their artists.

Self-nature is subtle and mysterious - Tree Woman / Woman Tree
Self-nature is subtle and mysterious - Tree Woman / Woman Tree
Self-nature is subtle and mysterious - Tree Woman / Woman Tree
Self-nature is subtle and mysterious - Tree Woman / Woman Tree

New acquisitions

In Gallery Two

Open every day

A collection display that showcases some recent major acquisitions including Nell and Julie Rrap.

Mary Chomley
Mary Chomley
Mary Chomley
Mary Chomley

The Cosmopolitans

In Gallery Two

Exhibition closes 8 February

Spanning the 1880s to the 1930s, this collection display celebrates the innovations in art – and life – introduced by the generation of Australians who travelled to London and Paris for experience and inspiration in the decades either side of 1900.

An Afternoon (Aunty Jenny Munro at the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy)
An Afternoon (Aunty Jenny Munro at the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy)
An Afternoon (Aunty Jenny Munro at the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy)
An Afternoon (Aunty Jenny Munro at the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy)

This is my place

In Gallery Four

Open every day

We all have places where we feel at ease, a sense of belonging, of ownership, of relaxation, of self. Given the opportunity, portraitists love to place their sitters in an environment where they are most at home.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait: Myself and I

In Gallery Five

Open every day

Encompassing works created over the past 80 years, this selection of portraits from the Gallery’s collection celebrates inventiveness and diversity in approaches to self portraiture.

Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman

Frocked up

In Gallery Six

Open every day

The selection of works in Frocked up richly demonstrates the interconnectedness of costume and portraiture – and the many ways in which artists have employed the representation of dress to powerful, insightful effect.

Tempe Manning Self-portrait 1939
Tempe Manning Self-portrait 1939
Tempe Manning Self-portrait 1939
Tempe Manning Self-portrait 1939

Archie 100

A Century of the Archibald Prize

Exhibition closes 28 January

This major exhibition celebrates 100 years of Australia’s oldest and most-loved portrait award and reflects upon the changing face of our nation.

Bookings available
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie

Maggie Beer

In Gallery One

Exhibition opens 7 December

Our most recent commission, the portrait of Maggie Beer by Del Kathryn Barton both combines a statuesque almost devotional likeness with a spell-binding and dream-like personalised symbology of the sitter.

Mīal 2022/2023 Archie Moore. On display in Gallery One, March 2024. Purchased 2023 © Archie Moore.
Mīal 2022/2023 Archie Moore. On display in Gallery One, March 2024. Purchased 2023 © Archie Moore.
Mīal 2022/2023 Archie Moore. On display in Gallery One, March 2024. Purchased 2023 © Archie Moore.
Mīal 2022/2023 Archie Moore. On display in Gallery One, March 2024. Purchased 2023 © Archie Moore.

Mīal by Archie Moore

In Gallery One

Exhibition opens 1 March

Archie Moore is a celebrated Kamilaroi and Bigambul artist whose practice is embedded in the politics of identity, racism and language systems. Mīal is a conceptual self portrait that counters expectations of what a self portrait should be.

HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006 Ralph Heimans AM
HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006 Ralph Heimans AM
HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006 Ralph Heimans AM
HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006 Ralph Heimans AM

Ralph Heimans

Portraiture. Power. Influence.

Exhibition opens 15 March

The exhibition will feature some of the most significant portraits in the artist’s career to date, from early major works such as his painting of HM Queen Mary of Denmark through to his most recent.

Bookings available
Art Cart
Art Cart
Art Cart
Art Cart

Art Cart

The Doll's Gallery

10:00am, Thu 28 Mar until Sun 30 Jun

Adventure into a miniature world this autumn. Create your own paper doll inspired by portraits in our collection. Then make your own chair for your doll to have a rest in our mini-Gallery with portraits of people taking a seat!

Paradise won, 2024 Ryan Presley
Paradise won, 2024 Ryan Presley
Paradise won, 2024 Ryan Presley
Paradise won, 2024 Ryan Presley

Ryan Presley: Paradise won

On view until May 2025

Marri Ngarr artist Ryan Presley's site-specific commission Paradise won is prominently positioned at the Gallery’s entrance. This ambitious new work invites conversations about the ongoing legacies of colonisation and celebrates First Nations survival and autonomy.

Twelve portraits of finalists for the Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2024
Twelve portraits of finalists for the Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2024
Twelve portraits of finalists for the Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2024
Twelve portraits of finalists for the Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2024

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize 2024

Exhibition opens 23 May

Launched at the National Portrait Gallery in 2022, the Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize is a competition for primary and secondary students, with four separate age categories across Kindergarten to Year 12.

Maggie
Maggie
Maggie
Maggie

Collection Highlights Tour

Selected days 11:15am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm

Join us in the Gallery for this free 30-minute tour of the collection, exploring portrait stories and the history of the building.

Bookings optional
Caroline Jones
Caroline Jones
Caroline Jones
Caroline Jones

Virtual Highlight Tour

Outfit Of The Day

12:30pm, Tue 11 Jun
Live online

The social media hashtag #OOTD, or ’Outfit Of The Day’, is a celebration of clothing as a daily form of self-expression.

Bookings required
Marjorie Jackson
Marjorie Jackson
Marjorie Jackson
Marjorie Jackson

Virtual Highlight Tour

Come Fly with Me

12:30pm, Tue 18 Jun
Live online

Grab your press pass and keep your boarding pass handy as we check in with three press portraits from the collection, all taken at an airport.

Bookings required
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 19 Jun

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back

Little Faces

10:30am, Thu 20 Jun

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Fragility, 2024 Naomi Hobson
Fragility, 2024 Naomi Hobson
Fragility, 2024 Naomi Hobson
Fragility, 2024 Naomi Hobson

Circle of Friends preview

National Photographic Portrait Prize and Darling Portrait Prize

2:00pm, Thu 20 Jun

As a valued member of our Circle of Friends this is your opportunity to be the first to explore a captivating selection of paintings and photographs that showcase and celebrate artistic talent from across the nation.

Bookings required
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back

Little Faces

10:30am, Fri 21 Jun

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
William Nuttall with horses in field, 2023 Noel McKenna
William Nuttall with horses in field, 2023 Noel McKenna
William Nuttall with horses in field, 2023 Noel McKenna
William Nuttall with horses in field, 2023 Noel McKenna

Darling Portrait Prize 2024

Exhibition opens 22 June

The Darling Portrait Prize is a biennial national prize for Australian portrait painting honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG.

Bookings available
Alexis with moon, 2024 Amos Gebhardt
Alexis with moon, 2024 Amos Gebhardt
Alexis with moon, 2024 Amos Gebhardt
Alexis with moon, 2024 Amos Gebhardt

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2024

Exhibition opens 22 June

The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2024 celebrates established and emerging artistic talent from across the country.

Bookings available
Wayne Quilliam with his NPPP2022 winning portrait Silent Strength
Wayne Quilliam with his NPPP2022 winning portrait Silent Strength
Wayne Quilliam with his NPPP2022 winning portrait Silent Strength
Wayne Quilliam with his NPPP2022 winning portrait Silent Strength

Artist Floor Talks

National Photographic Portrait Prize and Darling Portrait Prize

10:30am, Sat 22 Jun

On the opening day of the Darling Portrait Prize and the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2024, we invite you to join us in the galleries for a series of artist floor talks with some finalists from each prize.

Viewing Silent Strength by Wayne Quilliam from the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Viewing Silent Strength by Wayne Quilliam from the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Viewing Silent Strength by Wayne Quilliam from the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
Viewing Silent Strength by Wayne Quilliam from the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

The Prizes Highlights Tour

11:15am, Wed 26 Jun until Sun 13 Oct

Join us on a 30-minute tour of this year's Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize to explore the links between portraiture and identity through diverse representations of Australians and Australian life.

Bookings available
Creative activities
Creative activities
Creative activities
Creative activities

Reach for the stars

A place to create

10:00am, Sat 29 Jun until Sun 21 Jul

Drop in to the Gallery these school holidays and enjoy free creative activities.

Viewing Blow Back by Julie Rrap
Viewing Blow Back by Julie Rrap
Viewing Blow Back by Julie Rrap
Viewing Blow Back by Julie Rrap

Relaxed Morning

9:00am, Sun 30 Jun

Explore the collection and our current exhibitions, the Darling Portrait Prize and National Photographic Portrait Prize 2024 before our usual opening hours.

Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) and Lowitja O’Donoghue at the opening of the inaugural National Aboriginal Conference, Canberra
Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) and Lowitja O’Donoghue at the opening of the inaugural National Aboriginal Conference, Canberra
Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) and Lowitja O’Donoghue at the opening of the inaugural National Aboriginal Conference, Canberra
Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) and Lowitja O’Donoghue at the opening of the inaugural National Aboriginal Conference, Canberra

Virtual Highlight Tour

Keep the Fire Burning

12:30pm, Tue 2 Jul
Live online

Celebrate the contributions, achievements and enduring strength of First Nations people represented in the National Portrait Collection.

Bookings required
Nick Chenery
Nick Chenery
Nick Chenery
Nick Chenery

Drawn in

Nick Chenery

1:00pm, Sun 7 Jul

Draw while listening to live music by Nick Chenery as he plays an assortment of 80s pop and country blues, refreshed by his studies in jazz and folk.

Portrait Play
Portrait Play
Portrait Play
Portrait Play

Portrait Play

Picture your passion

10:30am, Mon 8 Jul until Fri 12 Jul

What do you love to do? Dance? Play soccer? Write? Sing? No matter what it is, everyone has something they love to do.

Bookings required
Story Time
Story Time
Story Time
Story Time

Story Time

Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines

10:30am, Tue 9 Jul

Celebrate NAIDOC week with a lively reading of Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines, written by Jasmine Seymour.

Bookings required

Virtual Highlight Tour

Curator's introduction: Darling Portrait Prize

12:30pm, Tue 9 Jul
Live online

Join curator Dr Emma Kindred on a virtual tour of the Darling Portrait Prize, where she will examine the approaches and techniques used by artists to capture their sitters.

Bookings required
Story Time
Story Time
Story Time
Story Time

Story Time

Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines

10:30am, Wed 10 Jul

Celebrate NAIDOC week with a lively reading of Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines, written by Jasmine Seymour.

Bookings required
Araatika: Rise Up! poster
Araatika: Rise Up! poster
Araatika: Rise Up! poster
Araatika: Rise Up! poster

Araatika: Rise Up!

Screening

3:00pm, Sat 13 Jul

This NAIDOC week, join us for a screening of Araatika: Rise Up!

Bookings required
Bran Nue Dae
Bran Nue Dae
Bran Nue Dae
Bran Nue Dae

Bran Nue Dae

Screening

2:00pm, Sun 14 Jul

Celebrate NAIDOC week with a screening of Bran Nue Dae.

Bookings required
Portrait Play
Portrait Play
Portrait Play
Portrait Play

Portrait Play

Picture your passion

10:30am, Mon 15 Jul until Fri 19 Jul

What do you love to do? Dance? Play soccer? Write? Sing? No matter what it is, everyone has something they love to do.

Bookings required
Fred Hollows
Fred Hollows
Fred Hollows
Fred Hollows

Virtual Highlight Tour

The Good Doctor

12:30pm, Tue 16 Jul
Live online

Join us as we take a deep dive into the achievements and remarkable lives of eminent medical researchers and doctors in the collection.

Bookings required
The National Portrait Gallery building
The National Portrait Gallery building
The National Portrait Gallery building
The National Portrait Gallery building

Virtual Highlight Tour

Staff Favourites

12:30pm, Tue 23 Jul
Live online

Join us as our team share some of their favourite portraits that are currently on view in the Gallery.

Bookings required
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 24 Jul

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back

Little Faces

10:30am, Thu 25 Jul

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back

Little Faces

9:30am, 10:30am, Fri 26 Jul

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Herb and Flan
Herb and Flan
Herb and Flan
Herb and Flan

Virtual Highlight Tour

What’s in a story?

12:30pm, Tue 30 Jul
Live online

In this program, we explore portraits of renowned Australian authors and how artists have represented them.

Bookings required
Benjamin Law: happy sad, 2019 Keith Burt
Benjamin Law: happy sad, 2019 Keith Burt
Benjamin Law: happy sad, 2019 Keith Burt
Benjamin Law: happy sad, 2019 Keith Burt

Andrew Sayers Memorial Lecture

Why Portraiture? Who gets to be painted and why?

6:00pm, Wed 31 Jul
Onsite and live online

Writer, broadcaster and cultural commentator Benjamin Law explores contemporary portraiture and the press.

Bookings required
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back

Little Faces

10:30am, Wed 28 Aug

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back

Little Faces

10:30am, Thu 29 Aug

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back
Blow Back

Little Faces

9:30am, 10:30am, Fri 30 Aug

Do we have a treat for the smaller humans in your life! Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Bookings required

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