Exhibition and Shows

20 Oct 2018 to 10 Feb 2019

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.


Cafe Carpark Conference/Convention Facilities Disabled access available Family Friendly Free Wifi Museums Australia Non Smoking Parents Room Public Toilet Shop


Free Entry

Event Times

20 Oct 2018 to 10 Feb 2019

Once Only Event


National Portrait Gallery

King Edward Terrace, Parkes, 2600

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Two Bedroom Cabins

Canberra Carotel Motel

Watson, Canberra

Hotel room with a bed

Brassey Hotel

Barton, Canberra

Motel room

Miranda Lodge

Downer, Canberra

Indoor Swimming Pool

Mantra on Northbourne


Entrance and garden

Practically Lakeside B and B

Yarralumla, Canberra


Hotel Kurrajong Canberra

Barton, Canberra

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