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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.

Chiselled features

IRL sculpture workshop

Saturday 1 May 2021
10:30am – 12:30pm AEDT
Mrs Grey, c. 1845 Theresa Walker
Mrs Grey, c. 1845 Theresa Walker

Bookings essential

$50 / $40 Circle of friends / $30 under 21
Suitable for young people and beginners. Everyone welcome.

Join artist Ellis Hutch in the Gallery for a hands-on workshop with a nod to the ancient art of relief carving. Inspired by artworks in the collection, you’ll learn some simple carving techniques and skills to create our own relief portraits in soap. Starting with simple geometric forms to get you confident with tools and creating a 3D illusion, you’ll move on to facial features and create your own delightful miniature sculpture.

Ellis Hutch creates drawings, videos, installations and performances inspired by powerful stories, significant places, and the mechanisms of curiosity and wonder. She loves drawing people's attention to small things that go unnoticed and giving them the opportunity to take time out from their daily lives to be immersed in art that feeds the senses and provokes deep, reflective thought. In 2014 she was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to create an ephemeral installation for the exhibition All that fall.

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All that fall exhibition walkthrough video: 7 minutes
All that fall exhibition walkthrough video: 7 minutes
All that fall exhibition walkthrough video: 7 minutes
All that fall exhibition walkthrough video: 7 minutes

All that fall

Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War

Previous exhibition, 2015

Focussing on the wide-ranging theme of loss and absence, this exhibition provides a moving ‘portrait’ of loss during the First World War on the Australian home front. Powerful symbolic images, including contemporary works, evoke the emotional intensity of loss. All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War is the National Portrait Gallery’s contribution to the Anzac Centenary.

Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley
Nick Cave, 1999 Howard Arkley

The Amazing Face

A 14-day dive into portraiture

Daily event
10:00am

An educational and fun 14-day adults’ introduction to portraiture.

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

Australian Love Stories online

Daily event
10:00am

Lust and longing, drama and devotion, seduction and scandal! Delve into an enticing array of tales of the heart.

Portrait Stories app

Explore the collecton

Daily event
10:00am
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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.