For two decades the National Portrait Gallery has been telling Australian stories through portraits of remarkable people. It now boasts a collection of more than 2,600 portraits.
Established in 1998, the National Portrait Gallery was originally housed in Old Parliament House and a nearby gallery on Commonwealth Place. Ten years later the permanent gallery opened its doors in the current location beside the High Court of Australia in Canberra.
The Gallery has collected portraits in all forms, including sculpture, photography, works on paper, and increasingly moving image, digital and new media.
National Portrait Gallery Director Angus Trumble says the Gallery “holds up a mirror to the Australian community and fulfils a national remit”.
“In collecting portraits of notable people, we try as hard as possible to represent every corner of the country,” Mr Trumble said. “We define distinction as broadly as possible. We try therefore to give this institution a very strong Australian accent and that's very important.”
Throughout 2018 there will be a series of events to mark the Gallery’s 20th birthday, providing regular opportunities for the public to celebrate this milestone.
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