Experience winter's magic and explore our relationships with animals in the warmth of the National Portrait Gallery at our free Winter Festival!
For all ages and abilities. All materials provided.
Learn how to weave a basket or mat and watch a demonstration of animal-weaving with the Northern Territory’s Tjanpi Weavers. (Limited places)
10.00am–12.00pm and 1.00pm–3.00pm
Create your own three dimensional animal portrait, inspired by the Tjanpi Weavers’ techniques.
Fold your own creature into being! Try your hand at a simple fold, tease your mind with a more complicated pattern, or be brave and engineer your very own original.
Watch a kangaroo, koala and eagle emerge from the ‘berg in a show of live ice carving. Glenn Smith from Down Under Ice Designs will be chipping away at the old block to craft these Australian animals.
Drawn in with Betty Alto
Draw your own wintery scene while listening to Betty Alto, alternative pop band. All materials provided.
Join Nomad The Magician for a thirty-minute magic show that will leave you beguiled and befuddled in equal measure! (Limited places)
12.45pm and 2pm
This program made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC, thank you Tim!
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.