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The New Zealand Portrait Gallery is a significant visual archive of the many faces of New Zealand. From the celebrated to the seldom seen, the New Zealand Portrait Gallery defines the unique qualities of Aotearoa New Zealand.
From poets to prime ministers, visionaries to villains, actors to activists – and many in between – the Gallery’s images help us appreciate New Zealand’s identity, culture and creativity. They help us understand ourselves and our origins.
The New Zealand Portrait Gallery keeps us in good company with New Zealanders across time, race, creed and gender, and provides visitors with powerful insights into our country. The portraits speak of who we are regardless of our origins.
Through dynamic and evolving exhibitions the New Zealand Portrait Gallery records our rapidly changing social environment, illuminating our past, present and even giving glimpses of our future. The Gallery shows creativity of significant historical and contemporary artists.