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The National Portrait Gallery unveils a blooming good spring program

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This spring, the National Portrait Gallery is giving Canberrans a chance to rock and roll and fall in love. Oh, and grab a taste of Floriade.

Ready to give Canberrans the art-packed spring that they deserve, the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) has unveiled a jam-packed line up for the next few months—and with eased restrictions meaning the Gallery can now welcome up to 100 in-person visitors, there’s never been a better time to visit. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to pre-book.

In fact, this program so jam-packed that we’ve already zipped past the first opening. This weekend, the NPG launched Australian Love Stories, an interactive online ‘adventure’ all about—you guessed it—lurrrve.

While the gallery’s much-heralded Love Stories exhibition has sadly been postponed due to COVID-19, the gallery has a very sweet consolation prize in Australian Love Stories—a ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ style interactive game where online visitors are guided through the gallery in an “interactive storybook of Australian devotion, family ties, close friendships, passion and lust”.

At the end of the session, each user is given their own ‘love profile’, depending on where their interests took them. Take a peek here. Then, once you’re all loved up, Canberra—are you ready to rock?

Celebrating Australian pub culture in all its glory, Pub Rock seamlessly blends images from Australia’s leading music photographers with gems from the Gallery’s permanent collections. Opening 8 September, Pub Rock will feature “staged portraits and publicity shots alongside images captured during unguarded moments and the grungy energy of live performance”.

With photographic appearances from AC/DC, INXS, Nick Cave, The Bee Gees and Kylie Minogue as well as Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Yothu Yindi, Cold Chisel, The Angels, Christine Anu and Marcia Hines, you’re sure to spot a favourite.

Know a music lover who is unable to visit or outside Canberra? Videos and a curated Spotify playlist are included in both the physical and online versions of the exhibition.

However, if you’re after something a little quieter, This is my place is the place for you.

Opening 21 September, this exhibition is all about those intimates spaces that we call ours, whether they’re countries, towns or homes. Spanning 250 years and featuring painting, drawing, photography and sculpture, This is my place is a meditation on the spaces that define us—an important exhibition for our times.

Finally, make sure to check out the NPG’s blooming good floral display when Floriade Reimagined kicks off from 12 September, located right out the front of the Gallery.

Pub Rock: 8 September 2020–14 February 2021

This is my place: 21 September 2020–28 February 2021

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