National Portrait Gallery

  • Phone: (02) 6102 7000
  • Address:
    National Portrait Gallery
    King Edward Terrace
    Parkes, Canberra, ACT 2600
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Even though the National Portrait Gallery is the youngest of Australia’s national cultural institutions, the idea has been around for over a century. In the early 1900s, the painter Tom Roberts was the first to propose that Australia should have a national portrait gallery, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the possibility began to take shape.The 1992 exhibition ‘Uncommon Australians’ – developed by the Gallery’s founding patrons, Gordon and Marilyn Darling – was shown in Canberra and toured to four state galleries, reigniting the idea of a national portrait gallery.Program Bookings:Ph: (+61 2) 6102 7070E: bookings@npg.gov.auFor the first ten years of the National Portrait Gallery’s life, the spaces of Old Parliament House provided an apt location for the various programs and exhibitions exploring the traditions and currency of portrait practice in Australia.In 1994, under the management of the National Library of Australia, the Gallery’s first exhibition was launched in Old Parliament House. It was a further four years before the appointment of Andrew Sayers as Director signalled the establishment of the National Portrait Gallery as an institution in its own right, with a board, a budget and a brief to develop a collection of portraits reflecting the breadth and energy of Australian culture and endeavour.The opening of displays in the refurbished Parliamentary Library and two adjacent wings of Old Parliament House in 1999 endorsed the Gallery’s status and arrival as an independent institution.The Gallery is open every day from 10am - 5pm except Christmas Day 25 December.


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