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20/20 showcases the dynamic suite of new portraits commissioned to celebrate the National Portrait Gallery’s 20th year. Leaders and individualists invited by the Gallery were matched with unique artists to create distinctive contemporary portraits.

For each portrait, an artist was invited whose insight makes for a stimulating, thoughtful match with their portrait subject.

Since the National Portrait Gallery’s foundation in 1998, over 50 portraits have entered the collection through the commissioning program. The 20 new portraits displayed in this exhibition continue the Gallery’s commitment to commissioning contemporary portraits.

As with the portraits purchased and donated to the Gallery, the subject of each commissioned portrait is an Australian who is recognised for the notable contributions they have made to society. Sitters were invited by the Gallery under the guidance of the Gallery’s Board of Directors.

Leading Australian portrait artists have been encouraged to exercise their artistic skill to create these new portraits. The program highlights the unique relationship between sitter and artist.

The significant support of donors has assisted the realisation of these portraits.

The complete suite of new commissions will be unveiled at the exhibition launch.

Dates and times:

From 20 October 2018 to 10 February 2019

18 November:10:00 to 17:00
19 November:10:00 to 17:00
20 November:10:00 to 17:00
21 November:10:00 to 17:00
22 November:10:00 to 17:00
23 November:10:00 to 17:00
24 November:10:00 to 17:00

Contact operator for further dates and times


Phone:02 6102 7000


National Portrait Gallery
King Edward Terrace
Parkes  ACT  2600


Free entry