• Ian McGibbin
  • Ralph Hotere
  • World Wide Knit in Public Day
  • Julia Holden: Performance Painting
  • Sydney L Thompson
  • Ian Mune by Daniel Rose
  • Portrait of Betty Rhind
  • Hans by Freeman White
  • Logan Moffat
  • Self Portrait, 2000, Alan Pearson, New Zealand Portrait Gallery Collection
  • Taika Waititi as Viago by Freeman White
  • Marriage Portrait RJ Kelly
  • Dame Kiri te Kanawa
  • Rita Cook (Angus) by Leo Bensemann
  • The Whale Watcher, Harriet Bright, Adam Portraiture Award 2016 Finalist
  • Colin McCahon, Partridge Street by Gordon H.Brown
  • Lucy in her Green Dress


The New Zealand Portrait Gallery gives us perspectives on ourselves and our place in the world. It is home to a growing collection of portraits. Our exhibitions include painting, sculpture, caricature, photography and new media. These portraits of members of our society spur us into thinking about what it means to be New Zealanders – perhaps even to wonder if there is a character that is particularly our own.  Find Out More

Current Events
  • Strangely Familiar: Portraits by Wayne Youle
    From 21 April 2018 until 24 August 2018, Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History - cornerr Bruce and Dixon Street, Masterton

    Wayne Youle’s bold, compelling portraits of New Zealand art-world personalities include musicians, poets, writers and visual... Read more

  • The Adam Portraiture Award 2018
    From 3 July 2018 until 19 August 2018, The Pah Homestead (Auckland)

    New Zealand’s premier portrait prize is going on tour.

    This biennial award is for painted portraits, of New Zealanders... Read more

  • From 5 July 2018 until 22 July 2018, Main Gallery

    Julia Holden’s art practice breaches perceptions of what painting and portraiture can be. This exhibition... Read more

  • From 13 July 2018 until 23 September 2018, Deane Gallery

    This exhibition celebrates the life and art of expatriate New Zealand artist Douglas MacDiarmid. The exhibition... Read more

Upcoming Events
From 2 August 2018 until 2 August 2018, New Zealand Portrait Gallery
From 2 August 2018 until 22 October 2018, Main Gallery
From 3 August 2018 until 3 August 2018, New Zealand Portrait Gallery
From 11 August 2018 until 11 August 2018, New Zealand Portrait Gallery