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Current and forthcoming | Archive

AUDREY HEPBURN: PORTRAITS OF AN ICON (02 Jul 2015 - 18 Oct 2015)

A major photography exhibition exploring the fascinating life and career of celebrated film star, fashion icon and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn, opens at the National Portrait Gallery tomorrow, Thursday 2 July.

AUDREY HEPBURN’S SONS LEND 35 PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF THEIR MOTHER TO MAJOR NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY EXHIBITION

Thirty-five important photographs of Audrey Hepburn from the personal collection of her sons, Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti, will go on rare UK display in the National Portrait Gallery’s summer exhibition Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, AMY WINEHOUSE AND ALAN BENNETT...CAMDEN RADICALS TO GO ON SHOW IN THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

Benedict Cumberbatch, Amy Winehouse, Alan Bennett and Dame Tessa Jowell are among the famous faces that will go on show in a new display celebrating the London Borough of Camden and the inspirational figures that have lived, worked or studied there, it was announced today.

BRIDGETTE AMOFAH TO SING IN PORTRAIT GALLERY’S ONLY AFTER-HOURS PRIVATE VIEW FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Singer Bridgette Amofah will headline this year’s Private View of the BP Portrait Award, at the National Portrait Gallery, run exclusively for young people as part of its BP Portrait Award Next Generation project.

INTIMATE PORTRAITS OF FRIENDSHIP AND MOTHERHOOD REVEALED IN FIRST JOINT DISPLAY BY ARTISTS CHANTAL JOFFE AND ISHBEL MYERSCOUGH ...& A NEW GALLERY ACQUISITION

A new display revealing a unique artistic collaboration inspired by the close friendship of two painters over many years is to open at the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday 11 June 2015.

ISRAELI ARTIST WINS BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2015 FOR PICTURE OF FRIEND AND STEP-DAUGHTER DEFIANT IN THE FACE OF BIBLICAL INSPIRED TRAGEDY

ON TUESDAY 16 JUNE 2015 the winner of the BP Portrait Award 2015 was announced at the National Portrait Gallery. The prestigious first prize - in the 26th year of BP’s sponsorship of the competition - was won by 35-year-old Israeli artist Matan Ben-Cnaan, for Annabelle and Guy, a striking allegorical portrait of the artist’s friend and step-daughter as if contemplating their tragic fate in the blinding sunlight of Israel’s Jezreel Valley.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS NEW PAINTING OF SIR ANDREW WILES...THE MAN WHO SOLVED MATHEMATICS’ MOST FAMOUS PROBLEM

A newly commissioned portrait of Sir Andrew Wiles, the mathematician who proved ‘Fermat’s last theorem’ after it had baffled scientists for centuries, has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, it was announced today (Tuesday 14 July 2015.)

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS NEW SCULPTUREOF TIM BERNERS-LEE...INVENTOR OF THE WORLD WIDE WEB

A newly commissioned portrait of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, London, it was announced today (Thursday 28 May 2015.)

TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE ANNOUNCES CHANGES FOR 2015...UNSEEN PIETER HUGO PHOTOGRAPHS FORM FIRST IN FOCUS DISPLAY

Previously unseen prints by the award-winning South African photographer, Pieter Hugo, will go on show in the inaugural In Focus display within the National Portrait Gallery’s major global photography exhibition, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY STAGES FIRST EXHIBITION OF GIACOMETTI PORTRAITS...AND REVEALS ARTIST’S DOUBLE LIFE AS ONE OF HIS SCULPTURES SELLS FOR MILLIONS

The first ever exhibition solely to consist of portraits by Alberto Giacometti is to open at the National Portrait Gallery this autumn, it was announced today, hours after a sculpture of the Swiss artist sold for millions of dollars at an auction in New York, making him the world’s most highly prized modern sculptor.

KATE TEMPEST PHOTOGRAPH IS ACQUIRED BY NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY AND JOINS MAJOR EXHIBITION OF CELEBRATED POETS

The cover photograph for Kate Tempest’s critically-acclaimed debut solo album, Everybody Down, taken by Dav Stewart, is the latest work to be added to the National Portrait Gallery Collection.

SIMON SCHAMA CREATES FIVE NEW DISPLAYS AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY TO ACCOMPANY MAJOR BOOK AND TV SERIES ON THE FACE OF BRITAIN

Historian Simon Schama is to join forces with National Portrait Gallery curators to create five intriguing new temporary displays within its permanent collections.

GROUND-BREAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OF INDIA’S SIDI COMMUNITY GO ON SHOW IN THE UK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEW NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY DISPLAY

A selection of ground-breaking photographs of the Sidi community, an African minority living in India, by one of India’s most celebrated contemporary photographers, Ketaki Sheth, has gone on show for the first time in the UK at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

ARTISTS FROM ISRAEL, SPAIN AND UK IN THE RUNNING FOR BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2015 ... GALLERY ANNOUNCES GLOBAL COMPETITION’S BIGGEST YEAR FOR ENTRIES

Three artists have been short-listed for the BP Portrait Award 2015 at the National Portrait Gallery, in the competition’s biggest ever year for entries and the first where images of portraits were submitted digitally for the initial stage of judging.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ANNOUNCES MAJOR AUDREY HEPBURN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION, 65 YEARS AFTER HER IMPORTANT PERFORMANCE THERE

The fascinating life and career of celebrated film star, fashion icon and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn, will be explored in a new photography exhibition opening at the National Portrait Gallery in July 2015.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY STAGES FIRST DISPLAY OF CHARLES I’S FORGOTTEN PAINTER CORNELIUS JOHNSON

The first ever display of works by the seventeenth-century artist Cornelius Johnson, forgotten court painter to Charles I, will open at the National Portrait Gallery on 15 April 2015, it was announced today, 9 April 2015.

RARELY SEEN PAINTINGS BY JACK SMITH GO ON SHOW IN THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S FIRST DISPLAY OF ABSTRACT PORTRAITS

A selection of rarely seen abstract paintings by the important British artist Jack Smith has gone on show at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in the Gallery’s first display to focus on entirely non-figurative portraits.

DR NICHOLAS CULLINAN APPOINTED NEW DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, LONDON

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and co-curator of last year’s hugely successful Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition at Tate Modern, has been appointed Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, it was announced today, Tuesday 6 January 2015.

AN UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPH FROM A 150-YEAR-OLD CAMERA ... PORTRAIT OF SIR SIMON RATTLE ACQUIRED BY NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY FOR HIS 60th BIRTHDAY

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired an unpublished photograph of the British conductor Sir Simon Rattle. Rory Coonan took the portrait in 1982 on film, using a 150-year-old plate camera. The acquisition is announced to mark Sir Simon’s 60th birthday, today, Monday 19 January 2015, and ahead of his concerts in London with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, of which Liverpool-born Rattle is Principal Conductor.

GRAYSON PERRY PORTRAITS AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY SEEN BY A RECORD NUMBER OF VISITORS

A record quarter of a million visitors came to see new works by artist Grayson Perry at the National Portrait Gallery, in a free display, in partnership with Channel 4. In total, 850,000 visitors to the National Portrait Gallery are thought to have seen at least one new work by the artist as part of a gallery-wide display and trail, it was announced today, Monday 16 March 2015.

INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM TAYLOR WESSING TO SPONSOR NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S GLOBAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION UNTIL 2018

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has announced that international law firm, Taylor Wessing, will continue to sponsor the Gallery’s major global photography competition, the Photographic Portrait Prize, until 2018.

EXHIBITIONS AND DISPLAYS 2015

The National Portrait Gallery outlines its exhibitions and displays programme, including Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends and Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, LONDON

General information about the National Portrait Gallery, London for all Press.