National Portrait Gallery
About National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery is a prestigious collection of portraits that have been regarded as important Australians (by birth or association) in their field. The first paintings were displayed when they opened to the public on May 5, 1998; until 2008, all pieces were kept at Old Parliament House and then moved over 400 metres away onto Commonwealth Place, where they currently reside!
In 2020, the National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection stands at approximately 3000 portraits across a range of mediums – including photography and painting but also multimedia sculptures that are sometimes displayed as artwork in their own right. This continues to grow through an acquisition program that commissions work for display based on stringent criteria.
National Portrait Gallery is home to Australia's most iconic portraits, with works by Brett Whiteley and Sir Edward Dyer. Through these pieces, we celebrate our people - their identity as well as history from every age group throughout the decades!
What to do in National Portrait Gallery
The Australian arts calendar is complete with the arrival of two prestigious portrait prizes. The Gallery's National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP) has been bringing together 40-50 finalists from thousands annually since its inception in 1989, while also hosting an AUD$75K winner’s prize at this year’s inaugural event - The DarlingPortraiture Exhibition!
The National Portrait Gallery is a historic museum in the heart of Australia that features world-class art and portraits from all over our country. You can find gallery spaces for your favourite paintings or temporary exhibitions on any topic you like, as well as amenities such as coffee shops with delicious food to take away what might have been inspired by this amazing place!
One local company in Canberra that is involved in this tourist attraction:
Name: Concreting Canberra Pro
Address: 10 Gould St, Turner ACT 2612
Telephone: (02) 5114 2540