National Exhibition Register

  • Attractor
    Gregory Lorenzutti Attractor , 2021
    Digital Photograph
    Image Credit
    Attractor is collaboration, co-directed by Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek and commissioned by Dancenorth with Indonesia’ music duo, Senyawa.

About the exhibition

From letting loose in the loungeroom to enthralling audiences on stage, this National Portrait Gallery exhibition celebrates dance and dancers. Capturing the beauty of movement, self-expression and connection, the works on display in DANCER were collaboratively curated and choreographed by the National Portrait Gallery together with a group of local dancers.

DANCER comprises 50 exhibition prints and two audio-visual works. Some of the themes addressed in the exhibition include the accessibility of dance to all, the authentic joy to be experienced through dance, and how art, life, body and nature all connect in dance. The images on display also show dance connecting humanity across time through cultural knowledge, teaching and legacies. The exhibition offers space for imagination, empathy and curiosity about different ways of understanding the world and the confidence and wellbeing that flows from this.

Portraits from the Gallery’s collection include dance legends Gideon Obarzanek, Kristian Fredrikson, Graeme Murphy, Janet Vernon, Robert Helpmann, Marilyn Rowe and Anna Pavlova. These are interpreted and contextualised through stunning, relatable images of people dancing by some of Australia’s leading photographers. In the text accompanying the works, dancers from all over Australia share their personal experiences, giving an insider perspective on lives lived through dance.

Artists and Curator

Penelope Grist

Max Dupain, Julian Kingma, Liz Looker, Stuart Spence, Peter Brew-Bevan, Wayne Quilliam, Lisa Tomasetti and more.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/03/2024 - 01/04/2027
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
National Portrait Gallery of Australia
$2,000 (inc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Audio Descriptions, Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Signage
Other materials
Monitors available for AV works This exhibition is self-installation. The exhibition is thematically presented with each venue encouraged to design and interpret the exhibition.
Primary contact
Tara James
Senior Exhibitions Project Coordinator
National Portrait Gallery
0439 474 823