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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.

Live online

Sunday 3 December 2023 – Wednesday 3 December 2025

Explore the collection from the comfort of you loungeroom. Join us for free, interactive, virtual collection tours. Examine portraits in depth with Gallery Educators delivered via Zoom, and chat, comment and ask questions just like the IRL experience. Videos of selected previous events are available too.

Wesley Enoch and David McAllister
Wesley Enoch and David McAllister
Wesley Enoch and David McAllister
Wesley Enoch and David McAllister

Virtual Highlight Tour

All the Lovers

12:30pm, Tue 13 Feb
Live online

Join us to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit! Maybe you’ll find a new love while exploring the portraits of some of Australia’s favourite power couples.

Bookings required
Susan Lord
Susan Lord
Susan Lord
Susan Lord

Virtual Highlight Tour

Styling Australia

12:30pm, Tue 20 Feb
Live online

From notions of propriety to celebrating our flora and fauna, join us as we look at what it means to get all frocked up in Australia.

Bookings required
Michelle de Kretser, Geography & History
Michelle de Kretser, Geography & History
Michelle de Kretser, Geography & History
Michelle de Kretser, Geography & History

Virtual Highlight Tour

Wonderful Wordsmiths

12:30pm, Tue 27 Feb
Live online

What do artists reveal or conceal about wonderful wordsmiths? This week we’re looking at the talented writers in our collection.

Bookings required
Portrait of Nell #15
Portrait of Nell #15
Portrait of Nell #15
Portrait of Nell #15

Virtual Highlight Tour

Call me Nell: A dame, the artist, and a star

12:30pm, Tue 5 Mar
Live online

Join us this International Women’s Day to reflect on three women’s important contribution to the Australian arts landscape.

Bookings required
William Dakin
William Dakin
William Dakin
William Dakin

Virtual Highlight Tour

Camouflage

12:30pm, Tue 12 Mar
Live online

Let’s hold a paint brush up to three war artists from our collection who used paint to solve the challenges of concealment and visual deception at war.

Bookings required
The Architecture of Music (Vladimir Ashkenazy)
The Architecture of Music (Vladimir Ashkenazy)
The Architecture of Music (Vladimir Ashkenazy)
The Architecture of Music (Vladimir Ashkenazy)

Virtual Highlight Tour

Curator's intro: Ralph Heimans

12:30pm, Tue 19 Mar
Live online

Join Joanna Gilmour, Senior Curator, for a peek at some of the portraits and themes in the exhibition Ralph Heimans: Portraiture. Power. Influence.

Bookings required
Fiona McMonagle sitting in her studio with paint splatters on the white walls
Fiona McMonagle sitting in her studio with paint splatters on the white walls
Fiona McMonagle sitting in her studio with paint splatters on the white walls
Fiona McMonagle sitting in her studio with paint splatters on the white walls

Explore watercolour

With Fiona McMonagle

2:00pm, Fri 22 Mar
Live online

Join artist Fiona McMonagle online and discover the wonders of watercolour painting.

Bookings required
Portrait of Benita Collings
Portrait of Benita Collings
Portrait of Benita Collings
Portrait of Benita Collings

Virtual Highlight Tour

Through the Windows

12:30pm, Tue 26 Mar
Live online

Learn about children's television presenters who have helped to shape generations of young minds across Australia.

Bookings required
Ruth Park
Ruth Park
Ruth Park
Ruth Park

Virtual Highlight Tour

The books that we remember

12:30pm, Tue 23 Apr
Live online

Join us this World Book Day to explore portraits of some of Australia’s most cherished childhood picture book authors.

Bookings required

More events

Thursday 4 December 2025 – Sunday 5 December 2027
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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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