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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.

Gordon Darling Hall

The Gordon Darling Hall is the main entrance foyer of the Gallery and it never fails to impress, with its soaring ceiling and natural light. This space is available from 6.30pm and is ideal for your cocktail or dinner receptions and just perfect for your wedding reception. When hiring this space the Front Forecourt to is supplied free of charge for your pre-dinner drinks and canapés service. The Gordon Darling Hall also leads into the exhibition and permanent galleries and we encourage you to begin your evening with an exclusive viewing of gallery’s collection before beginning the formalities of your evening.

Rates
Monday to Thursday evening (6.30–11.30pm) $1700
Friday to Saturday evening (6.30–11.30pm) $2000

 

Seating capacities, 652m2
Cocktail up to 500
Theatre up to 300
Long tables up to 250
Round tables up to 200

It’s possible that there’s been a change in government restrictions and you’re seeing the following seating capacity figures or venue guide PDF before we’ve had the chance to update them. To ensure we can meet your needs please get in touch by completing the enquiry form or contacting the events coordinator at npgevents@npg.gov.au

Seating configurations

Theatre style

Theatre seating

Theatre style seating is considered the best way to maximise space, but does not lend itself to note taking or group interaction. It is ideal for events that feature staged entertainment or speakers.

Round/long

Round long seating

Seating style almost always used at functions that include food. Also for boardroom style seating for groups that gather around one large table.

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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
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance

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The National Portrait Gallery building at night
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King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

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.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency