Every part of Australia is, always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. As a community gathering-place, a festival of arts, cultural exchange and celebration and as a site for the sharing of ideas and stories, Ten Days on the Island pays respect to the palawa – original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across lutruwita/Tasmania upon which our Festival takes place.


Louise Cummins

National Portrait Gallery’s Touring Exhibition Manager

Wednesday 2 March
11:00am – 12:00pm
Intersection art space
4-22 Wilmot St, pataway/Burnie


with National Portrait Gallery’s Touring Exhibition Manager – Louise Cummins.

Louise provides us with a behind the scenes glimpse into what’s involved in the presentation of a national touring exhibition.

An industry learning event and guided tour for gallery staff, exhibition volunteers, arts organisations and anyone interested in developing their knowledge of exhibition installation practice and touring exhibition processes.

TICKETS: click here to secure your place

Image Credit: National Portrait Gallery

Lisa Garland

Award-winning Tasmanian Photographer

Thursday 10 March
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Intersection art space
4-22 Wilmot St, pataway/Burnie



Award-winning Tasmanian photographer Lisa Garland takes you on a journey through this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize entries and provides her personal responses to the astonishing selection of this year’s selected entries.

  • Discussion points may include the evolution of photography techniques, portraiture, fashion and references to the influence of rapidly changing technologies.
  • Consideration for what this year’s entries tell us about our identity at personal, local, and national levels. With particular attention paid to the work of Tasmanian artists.
  • Concluding with an audience Q and A.

TICKETS: click here to secure your place

Image Credit: I’m just a suburban fashionista, 2021 Kristina Kraskov. Courtesy of the artist. © The artist

CafeLab Series

University of Tasmania

Wednesday 16 March
5:30pm – 7:15pm
Domestic Arts Building,
University of Tasmania West Park

4-8 Bass Highway
Parklands, TAS 7320


Learn about Australia’s National Photographic Portrait Prize, discover what makes a great contemporary photographic portrait.

At this CaféLab you’ll learn about Australia’s National Photographic Portrait Prize, discover what makes a great contemporary photographic portrait and be part of a conversation about what portraiture can teach us about our identity, as individuals and a community.

The annual exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

To celebrate the exhibition in Burnie, the University of Tasmania is partnering with Ten Days to present an engaging evening of lively, creative discussion in two parts:

Part 1. In conversation with the NPPP exhibition curator (5:40-6:10pm)

A live, on-line presentation by exhibition curator Sandra Bruce, directly from the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. Sandra discusses this year’s NPPP selection, the quirks of this year’s NPPP, what were the deciding factors on what was presented (and what wasn’t).

Part 2. “Seeing Me, Seeing You” (6:10-7:15pm)

A panel discussion with Tasmanian photography experts, on what makes a good photographic portrait, what portraiture can teach us about our identity as an individual and a community and how the genre has evolved.

Our panellists:

– Mark Viner – Executive Manager Burnie Arts and Function Centre | Burnie City Council

– Dr Tracy Edington-Mackay – Community Mobiliser | Burnie Community House

– Sarah Rhodes – PhD Candidate researching photographic portraiture | UTAS

– Dr Troy Ruffels – Lecturer in Fine Art, School of Creative Arts and Media | UTAS

You must wear a mask at the event. This event will also be live streamed for those unable to attend in person. Join the event via Zoom, HERE

Registrations are essential for catering and COVID compliance.

TICKETS: click here to secure your place

 CafeLab: Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize image

Children's University

University of Tasmania

Sunday 13 March
Intersection art space
4-22 Wilmot St, pataway/Burnie


Join in the fun with Jesse from Children’s University as we explore the National Portrait Prize from a kid’s perspective.

  • Guided Tours (on the hour)
  • Vote for your favourite picture
  • Gallery Scavenger Hunt
  • Learning Resources

Don’t forget to bring your CU passport to receive a stamp worth two hours!

RSVP Essential
by Tuesday 8th March
Via TEXT: 0428 505 502
Please include name, school, and number in group.

NB. Students must be under adult supervision. (One adult may supervise multiple children)

Virtual Excursions

National Portrait Gallery


VIRTUAL EXCURSIONS: Living Memory: National Photographic Portraiture Prize

  • Secondary Students Event – Thursday 17th March, 4-5pm ONLINE
  • Primary Students’ Event – Tuesday 22nd March, 4-5pm ONLINE (supported by Children’s University)

To celebrate the arrival of the National Photographic Portraiture Prize in Burnie, Ten Days has partnered with the National Portrait Gallery to present two, free Virtual Excursions especially for Tasmanian students…no matter where you live, in real time.



Students from all over Tasmania will be hosted by one of the National Portrait Gallery’s Access & Learning educators for a 1-hour art class designed around portraiture.

  • Participate in a virtual tour of the National Photographic Portraiture Prize and get to know this year’s winning entries.
  • Explore new ideas, ways of seeing and responding creatively, to understand and appreciate what portraiture is, and what it can teach us about ourselves.
  • Investigate themes of identity, at personal, local and national and even global levels.
  • Discover the secrets of what makes a good portrait and learn tips for entering the next youth portraiture prize.
  • Ask questions and get answers…live!



  • Email bookings@NPG.gov.au with your name, age, stating which of the two events you would like to participate in in the title of the email.
  • The team at the National Portrait Gallery will send you information on how to connect over the web using a laptop or computer with a webcam, or a device. You can also connect your computer or device to a larger screen or electronic whiteboard so a bigger audience can participate.

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. The pataway/Burnie exhibition has been made possible thanks to the support of Ten Days on the Island, Burnie City Council, Business Northwest and the Tasmanian Government through Arts Tasmania.