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Late night love stories

Love in the fast lane: Chris Ryan

Friday 21 May 2021
5:00 – 8:00pm AEDT
Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan

Bookings essential

$20 / $18 concession / $16 Circle of Friends
Includes entertainment and entry to Australian Love Stories.
Drinks and bar snacks available to purchase.

Hello lovers! Need ideas for a first date, a romance rekindle or fun with friends? Come and hang out with us as we keep our doors open till 8:00pm on a few Fridays from March to July. Laugh, cry and swoon with our Australian Love Stories exhibition and enjoy intimate and surprising events with musicians, artists and poets. Consider us your chaperone! (or enabler, whatever works.)

For our third late night event we’re putting the pedal to the metal. Join comedian Chris Ryan as she hosts a night of ‘speed dating’ with a twist! Connecting with portraits and people, you’ll get to chat rapid-fire for five minutes before moving on to the next portrait and new bestie! But not before our host busts out her dry observations on relationships, personalities and life from 6:00pm.

Chris Ryan is one of the most exciting new voices on the Australian comedy scene, winning Best Newcomer at the Sydney Comedy Festival in 2019. Her laconic take on everything from romance to passive aggressive co-workers has earned her spots in Galas at the Sydney and Canberra Comedy Festivals, Floriade Nightfest and TEDx Canberra.

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Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan

Australian Love Stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)

Upcoming exhibition

from Saturday 20 March

Reconnect and reflect with our new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) as we explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock
spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock

Harriet Schwarzrock

spaces between movement and stillness

Current exhibition

from Saturday 13 February

Harriet Schwarzrock’s new work explores notions of emotional processes and their physical manifestations.

Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019

Collection display galleries

Current exhibition

Open every day

The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia.

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The National Portrait Gallery
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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.