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Shakespeare to Winehouse

Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Opens Saturday 12 March
until Sunday 17 July 2022

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Book by 24 December 2021 and receive 10% off.
$22.50 Early Bard / $22 Concession / $20 Members / $9 Youth (16–26) Early Bard / $4.50 Child (15 and under) Early Bard / $52.20 Family (2 adults + 3 children) Early Bard
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Early Bard tickets on sale until 24 December!

From Shakespeare to Winehouse, Darwin to Dickens, the Beatles, Brontë sisters and Beckham, the National Portrait Gallery London holds the world’s most extensive collection of portraits. While they undergo the largest renovation of their building in 125 years, we’re thrilled to say that over 80 treasures from their collection are travelling to Australia for an exclusive exhibition with us in 2022!

Start planning now to visit famous faces from the sixteenth century to today. Think Mandela, Malala, Churchill, Diana, Bowie, Sheeran, Westwood and more! And iconic artists like Warhol, Hockney, Emin, van Dyck, Rubens and Freud. There’ll be fame, power, love, loss, innovation and the downright inspirational – it’s going to be incredible.

This really is a rare, once-in-a-generation opportunity – showing exclusively at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra – so keep calm and grab your ticket!

Selected portraits

1 William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610 John Taylor. National Portrait Gallery, London. Given by Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere, 1856. 2 Amy Winehouse ('Amy-Blue'), 2011 Marlene Dumas. National Portrait Gallery, London. Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 2012. 3 Malala Yousafzai, 2018 Shirin Neshat. National Portrait Gallery, London. Commissioned with support from Scott Collins and Lotta Ashdown, in partnership with Outset Contemporary Art Fund, 2018. 4 Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575 Nicholas Hilliard. National Portrait Gallery, London. Purchased 1865.
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