Australian Love Stories and Pub Rock come to life

The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in Canberra is launching an amorous online adventure on 15 August, offering up an interactive storybook of Australian devotion, family ties, close friendships, passion and lust, providing not your usual online exhibition experience!

Featuring portraits and stories that become a choose-your-own adventure, visitors can navigate their way through the portraits and engage with the stories behind them, receiving at the end their own ‘love profile’, based on how and where their love interests led them.

Showcasing famous figures from the NPG collection, Australian Love Stories explores universal themes encompassed by ‘love’ and offers an exhaustive feast of love tales, from drama, lust, devotion, seduction and scandal. This intriguing, moving, sometimes hilarious love journey is available for you to play online ahead of a major new physical exhibition scheduled for March 2021.

The Gallery also runs popular Virtual Tours every Tuesday as well as a range of other activities via Portraiture Comes Home on their website, National Portrait Gallery. Included here is long-time favourite, Portrait Stories, a series of over 100 mini-movies showcasing the collaboration between portrait artists and their subjects.

Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) by Peter Brew-Bevan. Image sourced: Canberra Times

In September, the NPG will also launch Pub Rock from 8 September to 14 February 2021. This exhibition celebrates the people, places and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on the nation’s culture and identity. Pub Rock combines works from the NPG collection with images by leading Australian music photographers.

A vibrant celebration of homegrown rock ‘n’ roll, punk and pop, Pub Rock will feature staged portraits and publicity shots alongside images captured during unguarded moments and the grungy energy of live performance. Pioneering acts like The Easybeats, Little Pattie and Johnny O’Keefe will share the stage with globally-successful performers such as AC/DC, INXS, Nick Cave, The Bee Gees and Kylie Minogue and a long list of local favourites including Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Yothu Yindi, Cold Chisel, The Angels, Christine Anu, Marcia Hines and many more.

Other upcoming exhibitions include This is my place, from 21 September to 28 February and Virtual collection tours occur at 12.30pm every Tuesday.

Find out more about all the exhibitions on offer on their website here!