National Portrait Gallery, London

Note to Editors: Current as of 8 September 2014. Please discard any previous list.

Founded in 1856, the aim of the National Portrait Gallery, London is ‘to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and ... to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media’.

The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. With over 1000 portraits on display across three floors, from Elizabeth I to David Beckham, the Gallery has something for everyone. Artists featured range from Holbein to Hockney, and the Collection includes work across all media, from painting and sculpture to photography and video. As well as the permanent displays, the Gallery has a diverse and ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events which promote an understanding and appreciation of portraiture in all forms.

The Collection is displayed in London and in a number of locations around the United Kingdom, including several houses managed by the National Trust. The Gallery is increasingly keen to find new ways to share the Collection through the National Programmes, as well as through this website.

Like other national museums, the Gallery is supported both by government and increasingly by a large number of individuals, companies, trusts and foundations, as well as by the receipts from ticketed exhibitions, shops, catering and events.

The Gallery aims to bring history to life through its extensive display, exhibition, research, learning, outreach, publishing and digital programmes. These allow us to stimulate debate and to address questions of biography, diversity and fame which lie at the heart of issues of identity and achievement.

The National Portrait Gallery aims to be the foremost centre for the study of and research into portraiture, as well as making its work and activities of interest to as wide a range of visitors as possible.

Website: www.npg.org.uk 

Gallery Switchboard: 0207 306 0055

Recorded Information Line: 0207 312 2463

Information about the Portrait Restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery can be found on the Gallery’s website: www.npg.org.uk/visit/shop-eat-drink   

For more information about visiting the Gallery in general, please visit: www.npg.org.uk/visit

Group booking discounts on major exhibition admission apply; for more information, or to book groups of 10 or more, please contact the Gallery's Learning Department:

020 7312 2483 (Text Direct: 18001). Fax: 020 7321 6662. Email: education@npg.org.uk

EXHIBITIONS PROGRAMME 2014

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2014
From 26 June until 21 September 2014

VIRGINIA WOOLF: ART, LIFE AND VISION
From 10 July to 26 October 2014

ANARCHY & BEAUTY: WILLIAM MORRIS AND HIS LEGACY, 1860 - 1960
From 16 October 2014 to 11 January 2015

  • Press view: 15 October 2014

TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2014
From 13 November 2014 – 22 February 2015

  • Press view: 12 November 2014

For further press information please contact:

  • Neil Evans, Media Relations Manager, Tel 020 7312 2452; Email nevans@npg.org.uk (not for publication)
  • Sylvia Ross, Press Officer, Tel 020 7321 6620; Email sross@npg.org.uk (not for publication)

To download press releases and press images please visit: www.npg.org.uk/press

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE, opening hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 10am – 6pm (Gallery closure commences at 5.50pm) Late Opening: Thursday, Friday: 10am – 9pm (Gallery closure commences at 8.50pm) Nearest Underground: Leicester Square/Charing Cross Recorded information: 020 7312 2463 General information: 020 7306 0055 Website: www.npg.org.uk


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