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My Favourite Australian

30 April – 5 June 2010


All Australians have a favourite Aussie: whether it is an historic figure, sporting hero, popular idol, cultural great or the local publican. My Favourite Australian, a unique multi-platform collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, called on the public to vote for their favourite Australians in two categories, Popular and Unsung Heroes.

Leading Australian artists and filmmakers were then commissioned to create short duration, moving image portraits of each subject. Filmmakers were given complete independence to develop their creative concepts. This approach has created a wonderfully engaging and diverse juxtaposition of portraiture.

This exhibition includes video portraits of famous Australians including Gough Whitlam, Fred Hollows and Olivia Newton-John, and includes work by Lynette Wallworth, TV Moore, Merilyn Fairskye and SODA_JERK.