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Paws for Art at the NGA and NPG

It’s doggy day at the NGA.

Plenty of fun all morning so dress up your furry best friend, bring the whole family down to the NGA Sculpture Garden and step into the world of Versailles.

Then, from 11.30am, go walkies to the National Portrait Gallery where the fun continues until 3pm.

National Gallery of Australia activities


Outdoor photo booth – Step into the hall of mirrors, dress your doggy as Louis XIV or Marie-Antoinette, pose on the golden throne and snap an amazing pic.

9.45am and 10.45am

Picnic curator talks – Hear tales about dogs and their status symbol at the Palace of Versailles.


Best dressed comp – Pimp your pooch in the best Versailles style to win prizes throughout the morning including pet accessories and food from

Kids, pets and art – Paw painting and other fun activities guaranteed to get tails wagging and kids smiling.


Join the parade – Follow the music from the Royal Court on a doggie walk adventure and let the K9’s take the lead.

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Show us how you and your pooch rule the court #NGAPawsForArt

National Portrait Gallery activities

11am – 1pm

Draw a portrait of your pup while you listen to live music starting with Betty Alto, alternative pop band, followed by Don Carlo, guitar duo from 1 – 3pm.

11am -12pm

Meet some young AFP canines between and learn about how they are trained.

11am onwards

Best Friends show bags for the first 100 visitors to the stall.

There will also be a variety of pet-friendly stalls from local business owners including Dogs on the Run, Pups 4 Fun and many more!

Inside you can see The Popular Pet Show ($10 / $8) or partake in family activities. Pet minders will be available to look after your pooch while you’re indoors.


To ensure a smooth day please make sure your doggy is fully vaccinated, on a leash at all times and is socialised and generally non-aggressive to people or other dogs.

Make sure you come prepared with sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and appropriate outdoor clothing and poo bags to collect ‘doggy deposits’.

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