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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.

Winter festival

Warm up and chill out

Sunday 7 August 2022
10:00am – 2:00pm AEST
Winter festival

Bookings not required - free

For all ages and abilities.

Check our latest conditions of entry related to COVID-19.

Celebrate the change in the seasons, the joy of art and coming together as a community in the warmth of the National Portrait Gallery!

Warm up with a Welcome to Country and cleansing ceremony, energetic dance performances and artistic aerobics, or by making woolly neurons for our giant art installation.

Chilling out more your style? Come crafting and transform your wardrobe rags into riches, slow down with mindful drawing, or experience a fun workout for your body and brain with some gentle movement.

Welcome to Country and Cleansing Ceremony
With Ngunawal man Tyronne Bell of Thunderstone. 
10:00 – 10:30am

Kulture Break
Get energised and learn some smooth moves from the spectacular Kulture Break dance crew.
11:00 – 11:45am

Aerobicide: Feel Better - Lite!
Still more fuel in your tank? Get moving with 80’s arty aerobics, presented by Lifestyle and Microwave Cooking Guru Amelia de Frost, Coach Dragon, and motivational mascot Koji the Dog (no experience or lycra required!).
12:00 – 1:00pm

Neural knitwork installation 
Or, why not set your brain firing? Connect with your community, art, and science when you make some no-knit neurones to add to our giant art installation. All materials provided. 
10:00am – 2:00pm

Chill out craft
Relax, re-use and restore by getting creative with your old clothes. As the season changes, raid your wardrobe and we’ll help you transform your rags into riches. Some materials provided but please bring along an old but loveable shirt, t-shirt, trousers, leggings or tights you don’t mind cutting up. 10:00am – 2:00pm

Gentle grooves
Add some gentle joy to your day with music and movement to nourish your body and brain. Philip Piggin welcomes every-body with dance for wellbeing.
11:30am – 12:30pm and 1:00 – 2:00pm 

Mindful drawing
Take home some inner calm and quiet with your very own mindful portraits. Join Antipodigital aka Bobby Graham as we see, create and draw fun faces in ink blots. This is truly art for all! All materials provided. 
10:30 – 11:30am and 12:30 – 1:30pm

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Portrait Stories app

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Whether you’re at the Gallery, in a cafe or your living room, ‘Portrait Stories’ is a trusty guide to thousands of portraits and people.

In their own words

Audio-guide

Always available

In their own words is an audio-guide with a difference. We let the portraits of these remarkable Australians speak for themselves.

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Collection Highlights Tour

11:15am, Daily

Take a 30 minute tour of the Portrait Gallery exploring the collection and the building.

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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