Bryan Brown 2008
by Adam Knott
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2013

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Gill Hicks 2016
by Tony Kearney
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2016

Megan Gale 2002
type C photograph
by Ellen Dahl
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2006

Noni Hazelhurst 1977 (printed 2011)
by Lorrie Graham
gelatin silver photograph
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2011

Portrait of Cate Blanchett 2008
by David Rosetzky
Blu-Ray digital video, colour, sound
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Commissioned with funds provided by Ian Darling 2008

 

Bryan Brown 2008
by Adam Knott
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2013

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Gill Hicks 2016
by Tony Kearney
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2016

Megan Gale 2002
type C photograph
by Ellen Dahl
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2006

Noni Hazelhurst 1977 (printed 2011)
by Lorrie Graham
gelatin silver photograph
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2011

Portrait of Cate Blanchett 2008
by David Rosetzky
Blu-Ray digital video, colour, sound
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Commissioned with funds provided by Ian Darling 2008

 

Bryan Brown 2008
by Adam Knott
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2013

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Gill Hicks 2016
by Tony Kearney
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2016

Megan Gale 2002
type C photograph
by Ellen Dahl
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2006

Noni Hazelhurst 1977 (printed 2011)
by Lorrie Graham
gelatin silver photograph
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2011

Portrait of Cate Blanchett 2008
by David Rosetzky
Blu-Ray digital video, colour, sound
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Commissioned with funds provided by Ian Darling 2008

 

Bryan Brown 2008
by Adam Knott
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2013

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Gill Hicks 2016
by Tony Kearney
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2016

Megan Gale 2002
type C photograph
by Ellen Dahl
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2006

Noni Hazelhurst 1977 (printed 2011)
by Lorrie Graham
gelatin silver photograph
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2011

Portrait of Cate Blanchett 2008
by David Rosetzky
Blu-Ray digital video, colour, sound
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Commissioned with funds provided by Ian Darling 2008

 

Bryan Brown 2008
by Adam Knott
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2013

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Gill Hicks 2016
by Tony Kearney
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2016

Megan Gale 2002
type C photograph
by Ellen Dahl
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2006

Noni Hazelhurst 1977 (printed 2011)
by Lorrie Graham
gelatin silver photograph
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2011

Portrait of Cate Blanchett 2008
by David Rosetzky
Blu-Ray digital video, colour, sound
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Commissioned with funds provided by Ian Darling 2008

 

Bryan Brown 2008
by Adam Knott
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2013

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Gill Hicks 2016
by Tony Kearney
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2016

Megan Gale 2002
type C photograph
by Ellen Dahl
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2006

Noni Hazelhurst 1977 (printed 2011)
by Lorrie Graham
gelatin silver photograph
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2011

Portrait of Cate Blanchett 2008
by David Rosetzky
Blu-Ray digital video, colour, sound
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Commissioned with funds provided by Ian Darling 2008

 

Bryan Brown 2008
by Adam Knott
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2013

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Gill Hicks 2016
by Tony Kearney
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2016

Megan Gale 2002
type C photograph
by Ellen Dahl
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2006

Noni Hazelhurst 1977 (printed 2011)
by Lorrie Graham
gelatin silver photograph
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2011

Portrait of Cate Blanchett 2008
by David Rosetzky
Blu-Ray digital video, colour, sound
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Commissioned with funds provided by Ian Darling 2008

 

Bryan Brown 2008
by Adam Knott
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2013

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Gill Hicks 2016
by Tony Kearney
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2016

Megan Gale 2002
type C photograph
by Ellen Dahl
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2006

Noni Hazelhurst 1977 (printed 2011)
by Lorrie Graham
gelatin silver photograph
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2011

Portrait of Cate Blanchett 2008
by David Rosetzky
Blu-Ray digital video, colour, sound
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Commissioned with funds provided by Ian Darling 2008

 

Bryan Brown 2008
by Adam Knott
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2013

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Gill Hicks 2016
by Tony Kearney
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2016

Megan Gale 2002
type C photograph
by Ellen Dahl
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2006

Noni Hazelhurst 1977 (printed 2011)
by Lorrie Graham
gelatin silver photograph
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2011

Portrait of Cate Blanchett 2008
by David Rosetzky
Blu-Ray digital video, colour, sound
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Commissioned with funds provided by Ian Darling 2008

 

Bryan Brown 2008
by Adam Knott
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2013

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

The Look
installation view, Geelong Gallery, 2020
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Gill Hicks 2016
by Tony Kearney
inkjet print
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2016

Megan Gale 2002
type C photograph
by Ellen Dahl
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2006

Noni Hazelhurst 1977 (printed 2011)
by Lorrie Graham
gelatin silver photograph
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2011

Portrait of Cate Blanchett 2008
by David Rosetzky
Blu-Ray digital video, colour, sound
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Commissioned with funds provided by Ian Darling 2008

 


The Look

Saturday 7 March to Tuesday 17 March 2020
Adult $11
Concession $9*
Child $6**
Members $8***
Family (2 adults and 2 children) $28
Group (over 10) $9

You don’t have to be beautiful to have it, or young, or famous or notorious. You don’t have to dress on-trend, or even neatly. 

The Italians have an expression, bella figura, to describe a way of being that’s striking. The French might call it je ne sais quoi. It’s a quality that makes you look twice, without really knowing why. In English, it might be called cool.

In Canberra’s National Portrait Gallery there’s The Look—a collection of photographic portraits of extraordinary Australians. The Look reflects a wonderful range of Australian achievement; and it oozes style too.

Whether you go for a steamy look, a sceptical look, a sardonic look, or an icy look, one look at this show, and you’ll have to look again.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors are warned that the exhibition contains images and names of people who have passed away.

Events

Learn Space—The Look
Saturday 7 March to Sunday 3 May, from 10.00am to 5.00pm

Floortalk: The Look—Joanna Gilmour
Saturday 7 March

Afterhours—The Look 
Friday 13 March, from 5.30pm to 8.00pm

Portrait Play (cancelled)
Saturday 14 March,  from 10.30am to 11.30am

Geelong Design Week (cancelled)
Thursday 19 to Sunday 29 March 
This exhibition was programed as part of Geelong Design Week 2020, an initiative of Geelong UNESCO City of Design and the City of Greater Geelong

Members exclusive: Behind the lens—technical aspects of photography (cancelled)
Thursday 19 March, from 5.30pm to 7.00pm

First Friday: Kenneth Park—portraits of Scotland (cancelled) 
Friday 3 April, from 11.00am to 12.00pm
Cost—Members $10 | Non-members $12

In conversation: Talking art—Portrait of Cate Blanchett (cancelled)
Thursday 23 April, from 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Cost—Members $25 | Non-members $30

Tickets

Download our Frequently asked questions (FAQs) document to assist with any ticketing queries.

Pass-outs are available for same-day entry.
*Concession tickets are valid for Full-time students aged over 15 years of age (includes high school, TAFE, university and international students, upon presentation of a valid student card), Pension card holders, Healthcare cardholders and Veterans Affairs cardholders (DVA gold cards). Seniors discount (concession price) available on Tuesday’s only.
**Child tickets are valid for children 5–15 years. 
***Members tickets are valid for Geelong Gallery members, in addition to members of the following galleries: Art Gallery of Ballarat; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Art Gallery of South Australia; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Bendigo Art Gallery; Benalla Art Gallery; East Gippsland Art Gallery; Gippsland Art Gallery; Hamilton Gallery; Horsham Regional Art Gallery; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; Murray Albury Museum of Art, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory; Museum of Contemporary Art; National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; National Portrait Gallery; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; Shepparton Art Museum; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; Wangaratta Art Gallery and Warrnambool Art Gallery.