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Current and forthcoming | Archive

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.