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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.

Portrait donations

Curator, Joanna Gilmour with donors Peronelle and Jim Windeyer.
Curator, Joanna Gilmour with donors Peronelle and Jim Windeyer.

Gifting a portrait ensures it becomes part of the National Portrait Gallery Collection, remaining a gift to the nation for eternity. All proposed gifts of works of art will need to be discussed with a curator and meet the collection development criteria. Gifts of works of art made under the Cultural Gifts Program will entitle you to a tax deduction, which may be spread over five years.

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 acquisitions@npg.gov.au

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

Browse the portraits donated to the National Portrait Gallery collection so far.

Portrait valuations

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

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The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance

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Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

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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.

This website comprises and contains copyrighted materials and works. Copyright in all materials and/or works comprising or contained within this website remains with the National Portrait Gallery and other copyright owners as specified.

The National Portrait Gallery respects the artistic and intellectual property rights of others. The use of images of works of art reproduced on this website and all other content may be restricted under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Requests for a reproduction of a work of art or other content can be made through a Reproduction request. For further information please contact NPG Copyright.

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