Awesome Achievers: Stories from Australians of the Year
Official exhibition opening, Friday 15 December at 6pm
An inspiring array of talent, passion and achievement - with many examples of triumph over adversity - is celebrated in this exhibition. Awesome Achievers has been developed specifically as a National Portrait Gallery touring exhibition to regional Australia, with major portraits drawn from the NPG collection and supplemented with works from private and institutional sources.
This exhibition showcases a representative selection of Australian of the Year recipients from diverse fields of endeavour: 28 recipients from a field of 60 are presented in eight thematic groupings. The exhibition aims to bring to life the underlying complex and shifting notions of national identity that are exemplified or challenged in the portrait of each person.
This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.
Image: Lee Kernanghan near Broken Hill 2005, by Ian Jennings. digital print Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Purchased 2008