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Archived media releases 2021

Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown
Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown

Australian Love Stories

4 January 2021

A major new exhibition celebrating love in all its guises. Opening 20 March 2021.

Bogong Cluster
Bogong Cluster
Bogong Cluster
Bogong Cluster

Announcing... Jonathan Jones Bogong Cluster: Physically distant, socially connected

5 January 2021

A new light installation by Jonathan Jones reflects on the importance of community through the lens of his Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi heritage, whilst also acting as a prompt for gallery visitors to maintain social distancing.

spaces between movement and stillness
spaces between movement and stillness
spaces between movement and stillness
spaces between movement and stillness

Harriet Schwarzrock: spaces between movement and stillness

10 February 2021

To celebrate the new exhibition Australian Love Stories, renowned Australian glass artist Harriet Schwarzrock has been commissioned to make a large-scale installation reflecting on the role the heart plays as our emotional centre.

Carla Zampatti
Carla Zampatti
Carla Zampatti
Carla Zampatti

Vale Carla Zampatti AC

3 April 2021

The National Portrait Gallery is deeply saddened by the news of the untimely death of Carla Zampatti AC, an Australian icon and a woman who contributed so significantly to defining the identity and style of Australian women.

Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley
Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley

Living Memory – National Photographic Portrait Prize extended to January 2022

6 September 2021

In light of recent and ongoing gallery closures brought on by the COVID pandemic, the NPG’s 2021 National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition season will be extended until 16 January next year.

Penny Fowler and Dr Helen Nugent AO
Penny Fowler and Dr Helen Nugent AO
Penny Fowler and Dr Helen Nugent AO
Penny Fowler and Dr Helen Nugent AO

New Chair of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia Board

5 November 2021

The Morrison Government has appointed Mrs Penny Fowler as Chair of the Board of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia (NPGA) for a 3 year term, commencing on 1 January 2022.

Tim Fairfax AC
Tim Fairfax AC
Tim Fairfax AC
Tim Fairfax AC

Philanthropy Australia names Tim Fairfax as Australia’s 2021 Leading Philanthropist

24 November 2021

Australian philanthropy’s highest honour, the Leading Philanthropist Award, was awarded to Tim Fairfax AC for his significant and enduring contributions to rural and regional Australia, as well as his passionate support and advocacy for organisations involved in education, arts and culture.

Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London
Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London
Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London
Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Announcing Shakespeare to Winehouse

24 November 2021

More than eighty treasures from the National Portrait Gallery London will travel to Canberra for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from March 2022.

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