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Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 by George Lambert
Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 (detail) by George Lambert

In developing the National Portrait Gallery Collection, we consider portraits produced in any medium but the sitter must:

  • be Australian-born or closely associated with Australia
  • have contributed substantially to Australian life, history or culture
  • be of enduring public interest

In addition, the portrait must possess aesthetic qualities consistent with the Collection.

If you would like to donate a portrait, and you believe it meets these criteria, please email a photograph of it, along with biographical information of the sitter, to:

Christopher Chapman, Senior Curator

We also consider donations through the Cultural Gifts Program and by bequest – with the caveat that the same criteria apply.

Portrait valuations

We are unable to provide valuations of artworks. Please refer to the Australian Government’s lists of approved valuers.