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Current and forthcoming | Archive

LUCIAN FREUD’S UNSEEN SELF-PORTRAIT AND DRAWINGS ON DISPLAY FOR FIRST TIME AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

A selection of drawings from the unseen sketchbooks of Lucian Freud, together with a newly-discovered self-portrait by the artist, have gone on display for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery, following their allocation to the Gallery under the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme which is administered by the Arts Council on behalf of Government, it was announced today, Monday 13 June 2016. A National Portrait Gallery book containing a larger selection of sketchbook drawings will be published 7 July 2016.

RARELY SEEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE BEATLES AND JUDE LAW GO ON DISPLAY AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S VOGUE 100: A CENTURY OF STYLE EXHIBITION

Rarely seen photographs of the Beatles and Jude Law will go on view at the National Portrait Gallery as part of its exhibition Vogue 100: A Century of Style (11 February – 22 May 2016), tomorrow, Thursday 11 February.

A GIRL IN A LIBERTY DRESS, THE POET HUGO WILLIAMS AND A CHINESE ARTIST’S DYING GRANDMOTHER IN THE RUNNING FOR BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2016

Three artists have been shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award 2016 at the National Portrait Gallery, London, which will be presented on 21 June 2016 by athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, it was announced today (Wed 6 April).

BP AWARD 2016 WINNING ARTIST CLARA DRUMMOND MEETS YOUNG TALENT AT PORTRAIT GALLERY’S AFTER-HOURS PRIVATE VIEW FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has unveiled its most recent commissioned portrait, a painting of Baroness Gail Rebuck by the artist Jennifer McRae, it was announced today, Thursday 14 July 2016. It was commissioned by the Gallery with the support of J. P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions.

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2016 CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN

The National Portrait Gallery invites entries for the BP Portrait Award. To enter, artists are invited to upload a photograph of their finished painting to the BP Portrait Award website, which will be considered by the judges in the first round of the competition. The entrants who are successful in this round will then be invited to hand-deliver or courier their work to a venue in London for the second round of judging and final exhibition selection.

CELEBRATING CHARLOTTE BRONTË 1816-1855

A major display of personal items, original manuscripts and works of art to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, author of Jane Eyre, opens at the National Portrait Gallery today, Monday 22 February.

CHEKHOV, TCHAIKOVSKY & TOLSTOY... RUSSIA’S MOST FAMOUS FACES COME TO THE UK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN GALLERY’S CULTURAL EXCHANGE WITH MOSCOW

The most important exhibition of Russian portraits ever to take place at a British museum, opens at the National Portrait Gallery, London, on March 17 2016, as part of an unprecedented cultural exchange with Moscow.

DAVID BOWIE, ADELE AND RIO FERDINAND... LAMBETH AND SOUTHWARK GREATS TO GO ON SHOW AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ALONGSIDE GIANT PHOTOGRAPH OF 180 STUDENTS THEY HAVE INSPIRED

David Bowie, Adele and Rio Ferdinand are among the famous faces that will go on show in a new display opening today (10 June 2016) at the National Portrait Gallery which celebrates - through a giant photograph - the inspirational figures that have lived or worked in Lambeth and Southwark.

DAVID STEWART WINS THE TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2015 BY RESTAGING HIS 2008 ENTRY

David Stewart has won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 for a group portrait of his daughter and her friends, the National Portrait Gallery has announced.

DEAF AND AUTISTIC STUDENTS TO CREATE GIACOMETTI- INSPIRED ART WORKS FOR PRIVATE VIEW

The National Portrait Gallery is working with two London schools, Oak Lodge School for students with hearing, speech, language and communication needs in Wandsworth and Drumbeat School for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Brockley. The project involves artist-led creative workshops and Gallery visits inspired by its current critically acclaimed exhibition Giacometti: Pure Presence.

DENNIS HOPPER AND UNSEEN IMAGE OF JOE STRUMMER IN MAJOR EXHIBITION OF AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER WILLIAM EGGLESTON AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

A previously unseen image of The Clash frontman Joe Strummer and a never-before exhibited portrait of the actor and photographer Dennis Hopper will be displayed for the first time in the National Portrait Gallery this summer. They will be included in the first museum exhibition devoted to the portraits of pioneering American photographer, William Eggleston it was announced today, Thursday 10 March 2016.

Lucian Freud Archive acquired for the nation

An important archive comprising Lucian Freud’s sketchbooks, drawings and letters has been acquired by the nation from the estate of Lucian Freud through the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme. The archive has been permanently allocated to the National Portrait Gallery, which in 2012 staged the acclaimed Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition, the Gallery’s most visited ticketed exhibition.

MOBILE PHONES, SWEATSHIRTS AND ‘FADE’ HAIRCUTS ... LONDON’S STREETS REIMAGINED THROUGH CLASSICAL SCULPTURE AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

A group of classically-inspired sculptures of black London men with modern accessories - such as a mobile phone tucked into a pocket, American sports sweatshirts and a male haircut known as a ‘fade’ - will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery from next month, it was announced today, Wednesday 11 May 2016.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ACQUIRES EARLIEST KNOWN PAINTING OF A BRITISH ARCHITECT

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired the first known portrait of a British architect. The painting of Ralph Simons, a mason-architect active in the late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries, was discovered in an Italian auction. It was identified thanks to the survival of an early copy of the painting, which records an inscription of the original frame of this work that identified the sitter. The portrait goes on display at the Gallery for the first time today, Monday 11 July 2016.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ACQUIRES NEW SCULPTURE OF BARONESS JOAN BAKEWELL

A newly acquired portrait of Baroness Joan Bakewell, the broadcaster, journalist and writer, has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery it was announced today, Thursday 31 March.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY ACQUIRES RARE ALBUM OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY ‘FATHER OF ART PHOTOGRAPHY’

An extremely rare and important album of photographs by the celebrated early Victorian photographer, Oscar Gustav Rejlander, most of which have never been exhibited before, has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, it was announced today, Monday 9th May 2016.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AUTOGRAPH ABP PRESENTS UNIQUE ‘SNAPSHOT’ OF BLACK LIVES AND EXPERIENCES IN 19th AND 20th CENTURY BRITAIN

An important display of photographs, which will reveal some of the stories of Black and Asian lives in Britain from the 1860s through to the 1940s, opens next month at the National Portrait Gallery, it was announced today, Thursday 28 April 2016.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY STAGES FIRST MAJOR EXHIBITION OF PICASSO PORTRAITS FOR TWENTY YEARS

The National Portrait Gallery is to stage a major exhibition of portraits by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) this autumn, it was announced today, Monday 11 April 2016.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY TO SUSPEND SCULPTURE BY ANTONY GORMLEY FROM MAIN HALL CEILING

A life-size sculpture by Antony Gormley dramatically suspended from the ceiling of the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall of the National Portrait Gallery, together with a suite of drawings, will be seen for the first time in Britain this autumn, it was announced today, Friday 15 July 2016.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS ITS NEW PORTRAIT OF PUBLISHER BARONESS GAIL REBUCK

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has unveiled its most recent commissioned portrait, a painting of Baroness Gail Rebuck by the artist Jennifer McRae, it was announced today, Thursday 14 July 2016. It was commissioned by the Gallery with the support of J. P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS NEWLY COMMISSIONED PORTRAIT OF CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER PROFESSOR DAME SALLY DAVIES

A newly commissioned portrait of Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, by artist Daphne Todd has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, London, it was announced today, Monday 27 June 2016. The commission is supported by BP.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY’S ICONIC PAINTING OF THE BRONTËS TO BE DISPLAYED WITH TREASURES FROM FAMILY HOME FOR FIRST TIME

A major display of personal items, original manuscripts and works of art to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, author of Jane Eyre, will open at the National Portrait Gallery early next year.

NEW RESEARCH BY NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY REVEALS STORIES ABOUT PIONEERING VICTORIAN MEDICS

New research into the pioneering medics of the later Victorian era has been published for the first time on the National Portrait Gallery’s website.

PORTRAITS OF THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE FROM BRITISH VOGUE CENTENARY ISSUE ACQUIRED AND DISPLAYED BY THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired, as a gift from the photographer Josh Olins, five of the photographic portraits of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge commissioned for the June 2016 centenary issue of British Vogue as a collaboration between the magazine, the National Portrait Gallery and The Duchess, it was announced today, Monday 20 June 2016. Three of the portraits will go on display at the Gallery on Tuesday 21 June 2016 and will be on view until Wed 27 July 2016.

SIMON RUSSELL BEALE NARRATES THE FIRST MUSEUM CHORAL AUDIO GUIDE...A SOUNDTRACK TO FIVE CENTURIES OF PORTRAITS CREATED BY GALLERY’S CHOIR IN RESIDENCE

The National Portrait Gallery will create the world’s first museum permanent collection Choral Audio Guide, it was announced today, Monday 25 July 2016.

THIRD TIME LUCKY FOR THE GIRL IN A LIBERTY DRESS AS BRITISH PAINTER WINS BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2016

The winner of the BP Portrait Award 2016 has been announced at the National Portrait Gallery, Tuesday 21 June 2016. The prestigious first prize - in the 27th year of BP’s sponsorship of the competition - was won by 38-year-old Cambridgeshire-based artist Clara Drummond, for Girl in a Liberty Dress, a striking portrait of her friend and fellow artist Kirsty Buchanan.

UNSEEN LUCIAN FREUD SELF-PORTRAIT ACQUIRED FOR THE NATION

A recently discovered unfinished self-portrait of Lucian Freud (1922-2011) has been accepted in lieu of inheritance tax from the estate of the artist and allocated to the National Portrait Gallery.

WILLIAM EGGLESTON PORTRAITS

The first comprehensive museum exhibition devoted to the portraits of pioneering American photographer, William Eggleston, opens at the National Portrait Gallery tomorrow, Thursday 21 July.

CHEKHOV, TCHAIKOVSKY AND TOLSTOY... RUSSIA’S MOST FAMOUS FACES COME TO LONDON AS NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY EMBARKS ON CULTURAL EXCHANGE WITH MOSCOW

The most important exhibition of Russian portraits ever to take place at a British museum, is to open at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in March 2016 as part of an unprecedented cultural exchange with Moscow.

GIACOMETTI: PURE PRESENCE

The first ever exhibition solely to consist of portraits by the twentieth-century artist Alberto Giacometti opens at the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday 15 October. Giacometti: Pure Presence (15 October 2015-10 January 2016) comprises over 60 works, including paintings, sculptures and drawings, spanning the entire range of the Swiss artist’s career.

A CENTURY OF BRITISH VOGUE IS CELEBRATED WITH MAJOR PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

A major exhibition celebrating 100 years of cutting-edge fashion, beauty and portrait photography by British Vogue will open at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in February 2016.

SIMON SCHAMA OPENS NEW EXHIBITION AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY TO ACCOMPANY MAJOR BOOK AND TV SERIES ON THE FACE OF BRITAIN

Historian Simon Schama has joined forces with National Portrait Gallery curators to create a free exhibition of five intriguing new thematic displays in spaces across the permanent collections. Staged on three floors of the Gallery, portraits from across the Collection are displayed for the first time in cross-period groups according to themes rather than chronology, taking a long view of the history of British portraits in each room. This free exhibition includes over 120 portraits from the Gallery’s Collections as well as several loans.

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 ANNOUNCES SHORTLIST FOR TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2015

Four photographs have been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015, the major international photography award organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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.

RARELY SEEN PHOTOGRAPHS BY RINGO STARR GO ON DISPLAY AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

A new display of photographs by Ringo Starr is to open at the National Portrait Gallery, it was announced today, Wednesday 9 September 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 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.)

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.

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, LONDON

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

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

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.