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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.

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Wednesday 12 June – Sunday 30 June 2024

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.

Marea Gazzard
Marea Gazzard
Marea Gazzard
Marea Gazzard

The Iconoclasts

In Gallery Three

Open every day

Australian portraiture of the mid-twentieth century was rich with the influence of European modernism, exemplified by the work of artists including Arthur Boyd, Judy Cassab and Clifton Pugh.

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.

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 closes 15 September

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
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
Habitat of monstera II (Self-portrait with yellow paisley jacket), 2023 Bahman Kermany
Habitat of monstera II (Self-portrait with yellow paisley jacket), 2023 Bahman Kermany
Habitat of monstera II (Self-portrait with yellow paisley jacket), 2023 Bahman Kermany
Habitat of monstera II (Self-portrait with yellow paisley jacket), 2023 Bahman Kermany

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
Fragility, 2024 Naomi Hobson
Fragility, 2024 Naomi Hobson
Fragility, 2024 Naomi Hobson
Fragility, 2024 Naomi Hobson

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.

More events

Monday 1 July – Friday 19 July 2024
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