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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

Saturday 27 May 2023 – Tuesday 27 May 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.

Yves Rees
Yves Rees
Yves Rees
Yves Rees

Virtual Highlight Tour

Gender, voice and trans identity

12:30pm, Tue 30 May
Live online

Writer Yves Rees discusses Voice Notes – their Portrait23: Identity catalogue essay about gender, voice and trans identity.

Bookings required
Jack Charles
Jack Charles
Jack Charles
Jack Charles

Virtual Highlight Tour

Reconciliation Week Stories

12:30pm, Tue 6 Jun
Live online

Join us as we celebrate Reconciliation Week with a focus on the stories and portraits of the fabulous First Nations faces of Robert Fielding, Jessica Mauboy, Heath Bergerson and Jack Charles.

Bookings required
Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage

Virtual Highlight Tour

Barry, Edna & Les

12:30pm, Tue 13 Jun
Live online

Join us as we explore the (sometimes cheeky) portraits of Barry Humphries, and all reflect on the art, life and humour of this Australian legend.

Bookings required
Nine square images of previous winners of the National Photographic Portrait Prize
Nine square images of previous winners of the National Photographic Portrait Prize
Nine square images of previous winners of the National Photographic Portrait Prize
Nine square images of previous winners of the National Photographic Portrait Prize

Virtual Highlight Tour

NPPP 2023 – a Curator's intro

12:30pm, Tue 20 Jun
Live online

Join Senior Curator and NPPP 2023 judge, Joanna Gilmour for a peek at some of this year’s artworks in the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023.

Bookings required
Peter Sipeli and Kirikiti Juna
Peter Sipeli and Kirikiti Juna
Peter Sipeli and Kirikiti Juna
Peter Sipeli and Kirikiti Juna

Virtual Highlight Tour

A Fijian Perspective

12:30pm, Tue 27 Jun
Live online

Join us as we celebrate Pride Month with poet Peter Sipeli and visual artist Kirikiti Juna, as they talk about life and portraits from their uniquely Fijian LGBTIQA+ perspective.

Bookings required
Jacob Nash
Jacob Nash
Jacob Nash
Jacob Nash

Virtual Highlight Tour

For Our Elders

12:30pm, Tue 4 Jul
Live online

Join 2022 and 2023 National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist Jacob Nash as he discusses portraiture through the lens of this year’s NAIDOC theme, For Our Elders.

Bookings required
Tangki Tjuta Donkeys
Tangki Tjuta Donkeys
Tangki Tjuta Donkeys
Tangki Tjuta Donkeys

Story Time Online

Tangki Tjuta Donkeys – Story and sculptures by Tjanpi Desert Weavers

2:00pm, Fri 7 Jul
Live online

Come one, come all and celebrate NAIDOC week! Book in (see what we did there?) for an Auslan-interpreted story time with us!

Bookings required
In Leopard Print, 2021 Ayman Kaake
In Leopard Print, 2021 Ayman Kaake
In Leopard Print, 2021 Ayman Kaake
In Leopard Print, 2021 Ayman Kaake

Virtual Highlight Tour

NPG X Yarra Ranges

12:30pm, Tue 11 Jul
Live online

While the 2022 National Photographic Portrait Prize visits Lilydale in VIC, catch Yarra Ranges Regional Museum curator Maddie Reece as they speak to finalists Ayman Kaake and Joey Chan about photography, portraits and their art practice.

Bookings required
Kylie Kwong
Kylie Kwong
Kylie Kwong
Kylie Kwong

Virtual Highlight Tour

Girls who wear glasses

12:30pm, Tue 18 Jul
Live online

Read the bottom line for me. Better or worse? Better or worse? Join us for a lively tour as we focus on (ay, see what we did there?) some of our bespectacled beings in the collection.

Bookings required
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton

First Nations Perspectives in Visual Arts

Live Teacher PD Webinar

4:00pm, Thu 20 Jul
Live online

Teachers – celebrate First Nations stories with version 9.0 of the F-10 Australian curriculum. Explore the visual arts collections from leading collections at the National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery of Australia.

Bookings required
Self-portrait, 2011-22 Yvette Coppersmith
Self-portrait, 2011-22 Yvette Coppersmith
Self-portrait, 2011-22 Yvette Coppersmith
Self-portrait, 2011-22 Yvette Coppersmith

Draw collection portraits with Yvette Coppersmith

2:00pm, Sat 22 Jul
Live online

Did someone say, ‘art workshop with an Archibald winner?!’ Woo! Join Yvette Coppersmith from wherever you are for a drawing session using a range of works from the collection.

Bookings required
Sir John Franklin
Sir John Franklin
Sir John Franklin
Sir John Franklin

Virtual Highlight Tour

A river runs through it

12:30pm, Tue 25 Jul
Live online

Can you believe it’s been 40 years since the High Court decision to save the Franklin river?! Grab your paddle and join us as we explore the portraits connected to this beautiful lutruwita/Tassie waterway.

Bookings required

More events

Wednesday 28 May 2025 – Saturday 29 May 2027
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