To celebrate our 20th birthday we are throwing a party for the whole family! Join us for a day of free fun, celebration, art making, magic… and cake!
Milliner extraordinaire Neil Grigg demonstrates his creative skills, devising quirky confections and dramatic statements in head apparel.
Customise your party hat
Draw inspiration from Neil Grigg and the Portrait Gallery collection to create a personalised party hat. Dare to be wild and whacky or stay sleek and stylish.
Help us celebrate by making a birthday card! What does the Portrait Gallery mean to you? What would you like it to look like in 20 years time? Create a card on A4 paper any way you like – cut, fold, colour and decorate. We will be collecting cards at the Information Desk over the Summer holidays or bring it in on the 25th of February. Any questions? Contact Alana, our Digital Learning Coordinator.
Decorate our gorgeous giant five-tier cardboard birthday cake. Embellish the cake or make a portrait on a stick to add to the colourful tiers.
Art attack portraits
Paint water portraits on the courtyard tiles with everyday buckets, mops, brushes and sponges. Watch your paintings evaporate in the sun and then create another.
Portrait making with Cherry Hood
Award-winning artist Cherry Hood, demonstrates her masterful use of watercolour and portrait making techniques.
Model for a portrait and experiment with different drawing techniques; discover continuous line drawing, drawing upside down and learn to look differently at everyday objects.
Drawn In with Betty Alto
Draw to live music from alternative pop band Betty Alto.
Nomad the Magician
Watch the mesmerising Nomad perform magic tricks in the Gallery.
Choose a face painting design from B-Bizz-R Face & Body Painting, inspired by the Portrait Gallery collection of fascinating subjects and their animal companions.
Party games in the galleries
Join in quick games in the Gallery for groups of up to 15 people. Play musical statues, pass the portrait, and the memory game.
until Sunday 3 June 2018
When a portrait communicates determination and individuality as boldly as these do, it has the potential to become an iconic image. For the Gallery’s 20th birthday this display brings together a group contemporary photographic portraits of inspiring women and men.Entry is free.
Australian Movie Portraits
until Sunday 4 March 2018
Striking, beautiful portraiture comes out of the most thoroughly documented creative process there is – filmmaking. In a ground-breaking collaboration the National Portrait Gallery and National Film and Sound Archive invite you into this captivating realm between real and fictional worlds.
Collection display galleries
The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia. Visitors to the Gallery can follow the development of portraiture from oil painting to digital media.Entry is free.